Ideas for enjoyment, relaxation and making the most of your spare time in Belarus
Belarus has a rich cultural heritage. If you’re in search of a night of Belarusian music or want to see some Belarusian art, you won’t be disappointed.
Most towns have theatres, museums and art galleries. Belarus’ amateur artistic groups are internationally respected and you can find performances around the country.
Recreation in Belarus is very important. Belarusian people love the outdoors and the cities of Belarus have plenty of parks and open spaces.
People in Belarus are also passionate about sport, and there are many high-quality sporting facilities throughout the country including:
Every year, lots of outdoor activities and events are arranged throughout the country.
The Belarus landscape is a major source of pride for the Belarusian people and there are five renowned national parks across the country. One of these – Belovezhskaya Pushcha - has been recognised as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Whilst Belarus might not have the bar and café culture of some cities in Europe, it has plenty of restaurants and most of these will be more than happy to serve you drinks. There are also numerous coffee shops in the larger cities and towns.
Don’t expect a menu in English in most Belarusian restaurants, especially outside Minsk. Good restaurants are popular, so it is advisable to book ahead – your hotel will be happy to do this for you.
There are many excellent restaurants offering authentic Belarusian cuisine as well as plenty of venues offering international cuisine or fast food.
Many Belarus restaurants offer cabaret performances or live music as part of the evening’s enjoyment.
Belarus has a growing nightclub scene and Minsk nightlife is particularly vibrant.
Most clubs play Russian and Belarusian pop music and the discos often go on all night.
Some venues also have cabaret shows, and many Minsk clubs offer billiards and casinos too.
Nightclubs in Belarus are popular with all ages, and not dominated by young people.