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Brest (Belarus)

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Introduction

Brest Fortress

Brest Fortress

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Brest is located right on the border between Belarus and Poland (nearest Polish town is Terespol), in the southwest of Belarus. It has a population of roughly 300,000 people. It is located on the Western Bug river about 200 kilometres from Warsaw and 330 kilometres from Minsk. The city has a rather turbulent history having been a part of Poland, Germany (occupied during World War II) and the U.S.S.R. before it became part of Belarus in 1991. Hitler chose Brest as the starting point for his invasion of the Soviet Union. The defence of the fortress of Brest became an act of heroism against the German aggression, when the fortress could be held for 9 days against the mighty German Wehrmacht.

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Sights and Activities

Brest Fortress

The main sight to see in Brest is the Brest Hero-Fortress. A majestic Soviet style war memorial (Bresckaia Krepasc) was built within the fortress after the second World War to commemorate the defenders of the Fortress during the 1941 battle.

Other Sights and Activities

  • Archeological museum of the old city Berestye - located within the Brest Fortress
  • The Museum of Recovered Values where objects of great cultural value (mostly icons) prevented from smuggling are exhibited
  • The Museum of Railway Vehicles - on the way to Brest Fortress
  • The Museum of the city history
  • The Museum of the Fortress Defense - on the right from the central alley

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Weather

Brest has a continental climate with generally warm sunny summers and cold winters with regular snowfall. Daytime temperatures in summer (June to September) are around 25 °C, in winter (December to February) around -3 °C degrees Celsius. Average nighttemperatures are around 15 °C in summer and -10 °C in winter but it can drop below -25 °C sometimes. Precipitation is fairly even during the year, although July and August are somewhat wetter. Winters have snowfall.

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Getting There

By Plane

Belavia, the national airline of Belarus, has connections to/from Kaliningrad, the Russian exclave in between Poland and Lithuania.

By Train

Polish Railways offers regular connections to/from Warsaw and other Polish places, including the town on the other side of the border, Terespol. There are additional commuter trains between Brest and Terespol.
Belarus Railways offers connections to/from Minsk and other cities in Belarus.
Russian Railways offers many connections to cities like Moscow, Murmansk, Sochi, St. Petersburg and even Irkutsk, and Astana in Kazakhstan. Most of these trains go about twice a week, some more.

By Car

There are car connections across the border with Poland. You can ask for a ride with some of the drivers crossing the border, or just take a car on both sides and walk across.

By Bus

Buses connect Brest with cities in Poland and Belarus.

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Getting Around

By Car

Navigation is easy - Moskovskaya Street and Prospect Masherova make the central highway that culminates in Brest Fortress.

By Foot

Might be quite a walk, perhaps a daily walk dedicated mostly to the vast ruins of the Brest Fortress. The old town of Brest is a block of streets that lie to the east from the fortress, the central one being Sovetskaya pedestrian street.

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Eat

A reasonably priced cafe is located in Brestsky Sports Complex, ground floor. A cafe within the Brest Fortress is a stylish Soviet place, but the menu is overpriced. A posh place to dine is Jules Verne restaurant, 29 Gogolya Street - just up the street from the Brest Stadium.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Click ApartmentsNaberezhanya F. Skoryny 36-92Apartment-
In-Zarechnaya-Street Farmestad8 Zarechnaya Street, Urochische Dershovo, Peski -1 Village, Kobrin District, Brest DistrictGuesthouse-

Budget

TPIDPropertyAddressTypeLatitudeLongitude
25781Brest - EastMolodogvardeiskaya 3/1Apartment
25782Click ApartmentsNaberezhanya F. Skoryny 36-92Apartment52.084569500000023.7175941000000
25783In-Zarechnaya-Street Farmestad8 Zarechnaya Street, Urochische Dershovo, Peski -1 Village, Kobrin District, Brest DistrictGuesthouse52.202977800000024.2437362000000

One of the budget bookable places is the 5 Rings/Pyat Kolets Hotel located inside the Brestsky Sports Complex in Gogolya Street. The hotel reception speaks English and is probably the most efficient one in Belarus budget hotels.

Mid-Range

A classical mid-range hotel option in Brest would be Vesta Hotel, 3 stars and a substantial buffet breakfast, located 100 metres away from the Museum of the Recovered Values or Pyat Kolets Hotel.

Upscale

Undoubtedly this is the newly-opened Hermitage Hotel.

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Keep Connected

Internet

A lot of places are appointed with WiFi hotspots but you have to buy a card and go through the login routine to get online. There are a few internet cafes in the major cities, but you’re more likely to be able to access the internet from your hotel’s Wi-Fi.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Belarus is: 375. To make international calls from Belarus it is necessary to dial 8, wait for a tone, then dial 10. Calls from Belarus to some countries must be booked through the international operator. Public telephones take cards. Grey booths are for internal calls and blue ones for international calls. Prepaid phone cards are available.

There are 3 major GSM providers in Belarus: MTS, Velcom and Life. All of them offer no-contract GSM SIM-cards and USB modems for Internet access. Cellular communications are very affordable and popular in Belarus. Each of these companies has numerous stores in Minsk, Brest and other regional centres. You will need your passport to purchase a SIM card, but many tariffs are available only to those who are registered with the authorities in Belarus. However, a stamp by your hotel on the back of the immigration card in your passport is sufficient to be registered, and this is routinely done by hotels upon check-in.

Avoid using your home SIM card in your own phone. Switch off data roaming and use only wifi instead.

Post

Belposhta (Belarusian: Белпошта) is the national postal service of Belarus. Services are affordabele but slow: airmail to Western Europe takes a minimum of 10 days. Post offices are generally open between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday, but some central offices in major cities keep slightly longer hours. Likewise, in rural small communicaties post offices might not be open every day. If you want to send a package internationally, use companies like DHL, FedEx, TNT or UPS, as they are faster and more reliable.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 52.096149
  • Longitude: 23.703091

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