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Belarus is a former part of the old USSR, and the name actually means White Russia. This is a large landlocked country in Europe that is filled with natural beauty, so car hire Belarus is the ideal way to get around and take it all in. The borders across Europe are always pretty good, so your Belarus rental car will allow you to get around as much as possible and see the sights of the area. Much of the country is covered by forest and the winters are very cold but rent a car Belarus is great because of the quality of the roads in the nation. The people are friendly, and this means that you can have a good tome in the country whether you visit for leisure or business.
Belarus has natural features and big cities that all will want to see, so Belarus car hire lets you get around and take it all in. There is a lot of manufacturing in the nation and it has become a hub for business over the years since the breakup of the Soviet Union. This means rental car Belarus is popular with business as well as holidaymakers. Money was spent in large amounts on the country in the Soviet times, so if you want to take in all this splendour then Belarus rent a car is going to be the right thing for you.
Visiting any country is about being connected to the landscape. Car hire Belarus lets you see this fantastic nation from the road rather than flying overhead and missing it all. Plus, this means that you get to make your own way across the country. Belarus rental car is safe and convenient for any traveller so think about yours today. We recommend you book your rent a car Belarus nice and early to get the best deals.
Belarus is a nation that is starting to emerge out of the shadow of Russia. It is a land where not many people have visited so you will want to know more about it if you are travelling there.
There are around 9.5 million people living in the country. These are spread out over an area of over 80,000 square miles, so the population density is very low. Many of the people are located in the big cities of the country. It is landlocked and shares borders with –
From this, you can see that it holds a strategic place between Russia and the rest of Europe.
Being north of the equator, the summer in Belarus is in the months of June, July and August, while the winter months are December, January and February. It has a temperate climate with distinct seasons, although the winters are particularly cold. From December until March, snow covers the ground for most of the nation.
The main languages spoken in Belarus are Belarusian and Russian. Around 72% of the people speak Russian as their first language. The sports most widely practised in Belarus are ice hockey and football.
Things to do in Belarus
A large proportion of the people of Belarus live in the cities. Here are some great things to do and see when you are there.
Top Things To Do & See In Brest
Not to be confused with Brest in France, this city is one of the most ‘European’ cities in this former part of the Soviet republic. And Brest car hire is the perfect way to get around. The streets are well made and well maintained so you can travel in the way you are used to at home.
The biggest attraction in the city is the Brest Fortress which is a monument that has stood since 1836. It is also famous in the country from World War II. The entire site will take some time to work around so we suggest setting aside a full day. There are museums there such as the Museum of War and the Defence Museum. These are definitely worth a visit and will make your visit worthwhile.
The main street in the city centre, Sovetskaya street is another must-see attraction for your list. It is pedestrian, so leave your Brest car hire on the nearby streets and head out on foot. This is the place the locals love to spend time in. Get there at dusk and you can see the lamplighter go around and light up the kerosene street lights. It really is a sight to behold and adds to the feeling that this place is from another time. If you get the chance to have your photo taken with him then jump at the opportunity.
This is a city filled with museums, so take your pick from the growing list. It includes museums of –
- Salvaged Art Treasures
- Railway Machinery
- National History
And many more. In the winter Brest can get cold so get a quality Brest car hire and work your way around these amazing museums. They will fill your eyes with wonder and allow you to understand the nature of this country. Brest is a brilliant place to go as a couple or as family. Just make sure you have your Brest car hire sorted in plenty of time.
Top Things To Do & See In Gomel
This is an old city, having stood here since 1142 and being passed through the hands of rulers from the Finnish to the Lithuanians and the Russians. It’s amazing that the streets are ready for your Gomel rental car with roads that have stood there for almost a thousand years. Let’s look at what there is to do in the city.
The Gomel Park and Palace complex is the must-see sight in the centre of the city. It is built on the banks of the River Sozh and houses the place, the park as well as the beautiful St Peter and Paul Cathedral. All of this is within a short drive from your hotel so get in your Gomel rental car and drive! We recommend you spend a few hours here and walk the park, especially near the river no matter what the weather. It is a sight to behold and really gets you into the way the locals see their city.
The Winter Garden in the city is a run-of-the-mill winter garden that you can find in many cities across the world. The difference with this one is the observation tower that affords you views across the city. It is only 35 metres high but from the top you can see how flat the city is and quite probably even spit where you parked your Gomel rental car too.
Known as one of the most beautiful parks in Eastern Europe, Rumyantsev-Paskevich Residence Park is another place you should have on your to-do list. It contains over 5,000 trees – that should give you an idea of the size of the place. Sime of the trees are only found in a handful of places on the planet. Belarusians are lucky t have these in their own back yard.
Just outside the city is the Paskevich family hunting lodge, preserved from the 19th century. This is a huge building with 7 exhibition halls so there is plenty to do. You’ll need your Gomel rental car to get to this one and enjoy all it has to offer.
Top Things To Do & See In Grodno
As with many cities in Eastern Europe, the cathedral sits above the rest of Grodno, looking down on the city. The Jesuit Cathedral of Grodno is an imposing building that is the first attraction many people visit when in the city. Parking is great around there so your rent a car Grodno is the ideal way to get there and spend some time. This is the most Instagrammed sight in the city, so get on social media and share your experience.
Grodno was a military outpost during the days of the Soviet Union and the city still carries a string military tradition to this day. If you are heading to the city then check out to see if there are any military parades happening at the time. February is a great one, when the Defender of The Fatherland and Armed Forces Day (yes, that’s a thing in Belarus!) parade happens. Lienina Square is the place to be when this happens. The streets get incredibly busy so maybe best to leave tour rent a car Grodno behind for this one and head out on foot.
The great outdoors is a place where Belarusians spend a lot of their time. Park Zhilibera is the place to do this when in the city. Take a stroll in nature while you are there. On your way, as well as animals and plants, you might find the odd market stall or fun fair. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, take in one of the beer gardens or cafes to refuel and rehydrate.
While you are out and about, the Old Castle is an interesting place to visit. Get in your rent a car Grodno and get out to the castle. There are 3 floors of Belarus history in this place. You’ll find out all manner of things about the city which has been a pivotal part of European history for centuries.
Top Things To Do & See In Minsk
As you’d expect with a capital city, Minsk is a busy place filled with sights and sounds. Taking a Minsk car hire is a great idea so you can manoeuvre through the attractions on our list here. Start with a museum or two. They give you the real history of the city and the nation of Belarus. The Museum of the Great Patriotic War is a top choice for locals and tourists alike. Aim to spend a good day there as there is so much to do and see. Crime is low in the capital so your Minsk car hire will be safe while you take it all in.
The architecture here is something to behold. A mix of old, Soviet and the new really strikes the eye at every corner. You will spend so much time in Minsk looking up that you end up with a sore neck! But it is really worth taking your time as you drive along the streets in your Minsk car hire. You’ll be glad the red light stopped you so you can take it in for a few seconds more. If you want to take in more architecture, then maybe leave the Minsk car hire for a while and jump on the metro. Many of the stations are stunning and you can really feel the Russian influence from when the system was built.
The old town of Minsk is a lovely place to spend some time. Set aside a couple of hours, walk along the side of the river in the old town. The pastel houses give you an idea of what the place used to look like. There are plenty of cafes and bars here so take a stroll and then grab a bite to eat and watch the world go by. And you are only a short hop from the main city and the department stores if you are on the lookout to spend some cold hard cash.
Top Things To Do & See In Mogilev
The city has stood here for over 800 years. Because of this, there is so much to see and do there. The Dnieper River dissects the city, and this allows you to easily navigate the place in your Mogilev rental car. The main square of the city is probably the best place to start – it is known as Soviet Square. You will find architecture from all ages in and around this square as well as a museum dedicated to the region. Close by is City Hall which was built as far back as 1578. The building has been remodelled, repaired and replaced in parts and is now a fitting building for the city’s government.
The regional theatre here is something that the local people are very proud of. It still operates due to the donations of people from all over the city. It is used for all the arts, including art festivals as well as theatrical pieces. Check out what’s on before you go as you may catch a play. Anton Chekhov had some of his plays premiered here. Get there early in your Mogilev rental car as it can get busy at showtime.
The Astrologer Monument in the city is a top sight for locals and tourists alike. It is a hand-powered telescope the likes of which cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. Once inside, you can see the way it was set out back when the telescope was first conceived. Twelve chairs surround the main telescope, representing the signs of the zodiac. Look for it in City Square – you can’t miss it.
In 2013, as a nod to lovers who visit the city, a kissing stone was laid. Recent tradition dictates that this is where you and your loved one kiss and share a selfie with the world. If you visit the city with a lover, then this is the place to visit. And it is surrounded with bars if you need a drink to pluck up the courage!
Top Things To Do & See In Vitebsk
Vitebsk is one of those cities where you will find an array of things to do no matter what your taste. For the arty amongst you, Marc Chagall’s house is in the city. The famous artist hailed from Vitebsk and you can spend some time looking at his family home. Your Vitebsk rent a car is perfect for you to get to the home, and make sure you book one with a large boot as you will want to fill it with souvenirs.
As with all Eastern European cities, the City Hall is a monument to the power and money of Soviet times. This was where they gave out orders and kept a watchful eye on the people of the city. Don’t worry, your Vitebsk rent a car won’t be tracked by the authorities! Instead you van take a look at how things used to be with a tour of the City Hall.
Upensky Cathedral is up a large hill so your Vitebsk rent a car will be the ideal vehicle to get you close. Once there, you are afforded great views of the city. It contains the biggest bell in Belarus – weighing in at an almighty 4,716 kilogrammes. The noise travels well, as you can imagine. The observation deck is the place to be. Don’t forget your camera, as the views are wonderful.
The city is famous in Belarus for its festivals. Slavianski Bazaar is a display of everything the locals love about their culture. Featuring music and dance, you get to experience what Belarus used to be like centuries ago. The traditions have survived all of this time. Check out the itinerary and you might be able to arrange your trip around this interesting spectacle. No matter what you do here, the food in Vitebsk is plentiful. As is the drink. Look for local restaurants rather than international ones and you can sample foods such as zhurek (a soup made from oats and bread) and sashni – a kind of potato cutlet
Driving safely in Belarus is all about knowing the rules of the road. Here is our guide on how to get the most of your Belarus car hire experience –
- You will find many of the signs in Cyrillic script and not translated into other languages
- You cannot drive with any amount of alcohol. We advise this in any country you visit.
- Police make random stops to check people for alcohol.
- The speed limit on motorways is strictly 110 km/h
- The speed limit on national roads is 90 km/h
- You need an international drivers licence to drive in the country
- All drivers must be at least 18 years of age
- All cars must have a red warning triangle on board. Check you have one when taking the car out.
- Also, a first aid kit and fire extinguisher is essential. Ask your hire company.
- They drive on the right in Belarus, with overtaking on the left.
- Everyone in the front seat of a car must have seatbelts worn at all times.
- Nobody under the age of 12is allowed to travel in the front seats.
- Police can issue on the spot fines for traffic offences
Cars can and will be towed if they are parked illegally
Airports in Belarus
Belarus is well-connected to the rest of the world. The major cities all have airports. Here are the main ones –
- Brest Airport
- Gomel Airport
- Grodno Airport
- Minsk-1 Airport
- Minsk National Airport
- Mogilev Airport
- Polotsk Airport
- Vitebsk Vostochny Airport
Going from airport to city is best done by Belarus car hire and boked early. Stay safe with your rental car Belarus by booking early and understanding what to do in case of an emergency.
There are a few numbers you need to know, so we suggest you programme them in your phone before you visit. They are –
- Police 102
- Emergency 103
- Fire 101 or 112
- Gas emergency 104
Driving in the country is safe as long as you know what to do. Rent a car Belarus is a great way to get around.