Surface area : 207600.0 km2
Population : 9473000 inhabitants
The craftwork consists of decorative items in wood painted in bright colours: plates, spoons, goblets, tablecloths, and embroidered shirts. Various reproductions of icons are sold in the souvenir shops. Shopping timetables: from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday to Saturday. In the large cities, the shops are open every day and some are even 24h/24.
Belorussia is a great fan of mushrooms, so you should appreciate them as well! Prepared with a natural or creamy sauce, they are the basis of several main courses. Gribnoy sup is a soup of barley and mushrooms, gribi v smetane, mushrooms with cream, and kotleta po krestiansky, balls of pork with a mushroom sauce. A lot of freshwater fish are offered on restaurant menus as the country is rich in rivers and lakes. Do not miss trying kvas, a drink resulting from the fermentation of malt, sugar, mint, and fruit.
Your stay in Belorussia can include cultural or artistic activities. There are several concerts during the National Convention for Belorussian Composers in Minsk in the month of January. Russian speakers will also appreciate the Poetry Festival by Lake Svityaz in June. Finally, the Belorussian musical autumn takes place at the end of November. Folk, classical and dance music are on the programme.