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Switzerland Travel Guide Where The Country Stands in Size

Switzerland is one of the smallest European countries, but it has one of the strongest economies. Switzerland is the fourth richest country in the world (ranked by nominal GDP per person). Though it takes only three hours to travel the length of the country, there are FOUR national language separated by area. The largest area speaks Swiss German, a dialect of German. Swiss German is so different from German that most Germans can not understand it. The largest cities in the Swiss German area are Zurich, Basel, Bern and Luzern. Over 65% of the Swiss Population speaks Swiss German. The French region is the next biggest area and includes Geneva and Lausanne. About 20% speak French. The Italian region, with Lugano as the main city, makes up less than 10%. The Romanch region with St Moritz as its main city makes up less than 1% of the population..

Of European countries, Switzerland has:

· some of the highest mountains

· the largest water fall

· the greatest nobel prize density

· the most number of working hours per person

· the largest percentage of people over 100 years old

· the highest solar power usage per person

· the highest proportion of people renting their homes

· the highest number of asylum seekers per capita

· the largest army

One of the best features about Switzerland for the traveler, is its amazing public transportation system. It is arguably the best in Europe and perhaps the best in the world. It is comfortable, relaxing and nearly always on time. If you know what time your train is due to arrive in your destination, you do not need to look out the window to see where you are. Simply look at your watch. 98% of Swiss trains arrive on time, which means less than 4 minutes delay. Swiss transportation is also affordable. Adults can buy a 4 day pass for under $200 for unlimited travel on all trains, lake steamers and city transportation lines. Children under 16 travelling with an adult travel for free. Alternatively, if your travel is limited to just one city (such as Zurich) you can buy a 24 hour pass just for that city for Sfr 5-10.

Some of the negative features about Switzerland for travelers are:

· The high costs. Switzerland is expensive. But we will try to give you tips to enjoy your time on a minimal budget

· Hotel policy in Switzerland often requires cancellation several days before arrival to avoid paying large cancellation fees. Photos on internet sites can be misleading or deceptive, showing for example, only the beautiful views from the hotel and not poor conditions of the rooms. If you do not know the hotel, it is often best to book only for 1-2 days to avoid disappointement. We will give you suggestions for what we think are good hotels.

.· Switzerland is not in the EC and does not use the Euro. Some business will accept it, but will give you a bad exchange rate. The mighty Swiss Franc is still king.

Travel Destinations covered in the Switzerland Travel Guide:

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England Tour? A Brief History of England


In 43 AD Rome invaded England and abandoned it about 400 years later. But in the meantime, the Romans left their mark. Cities such as Bath, Chester and Dover owe their origins to Romans and display remnants from the Roman period to tourists. Even London was a Roman city known as Londinium, however, not much remains from Roman times there.

Alfred the Great became the first king of all free Englishmen in 878 under the Treaty of Wedmore after leading a defeat of attacking Vikings. He started a long line of monarchs. Queen Elizabeth II, the current monarch can trace her linage back to Alfred. Today English monarchs have mostly ceremonial duties which are clearly defined in the country’s constitution; however, some of these duties can be significant. For example, the Queen Elizabeth II has a weekly consultation with the Prime Minister, the democratic ruler of the country. While the Prime Minister is free to rule as he sees fit, these discussions can be very influential.

England became a protestant country when King Henry VIII wanted to divorce his wife. Since divorce was not permitted by the Catholic Church, Henry cut off ties with Rome and created the Anglican Church. Henry became the head of the Anglican Church and one of his accomplishments was to fund the publication of the first complete English language Bible. To this day, the Anglican Church (Church of England) is still the dominant religion in the country.

England became very wealthy in the 1700s from its activities in its colonies around the world and particularly the African slave trade. Slaves were bought and sold in London until 1834 when slaves were emancipated. Roughly at the same time that slaves were being freed, the steam engine was being developed and the industrial revolution radically changed English society. Everything from manufacturing to transportation became much more efficient, inexpensive and available to the masses. England became an even richer and more powerful nation.

The friendship between the USA and England goes back a long way. Just two years after the 1783 Treaty of Paris where England officially recognized the US independance, England’s reigning monach, King George III said to John Adams, US ambassador to England “I was the last to consent to the separation; but I would be the first to meet the friendship of the United States as an independent power.”

England was hit hard by German bombing during World War II. Many cities including London were badly damaged. The wars between the countries caused, and continues to cause, strained relationship between these two members of the European Community. However, Germany and England have a lot in common. It is estimated that up to 35% of English words are from German. There are many words that have identical meanings in both languages even when they are not spelled exactly the same (Hand, Finger, Haus, Musik, Telefon, Mann, etc).

So, what is the difference between England, Great Britain and the UK?
* United Kingdom is: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
* Great Britain is: England, Scotland and Wales
* British Isles is: Great Britain, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Hebrides, Isle of Wight, Scilly Islands, Lundy Island, Channel Islands, plus others. The name British Isles has no official meaning; it is more of a geographical term.
Politically what is important is the United Kingdom. The Prime minister and Parliament do not rule only England or Britain, they rule the entire UK. But England is the major power within the UK.

Maps
Map of England
Map of Europe

Transportation
From inside Europe the most common form of transportation to England is airplane or train. England is rich in some of the largest discount airlines such as EasyJet and Monarch are headquartered here and most major discount airlines in Europe fly to England. This means that transportation to and from England can be inexpensive if booked in advance.

The English train system is extensive and overall very good. However, delays are frequent and the system can be a little confusing. In 1993 the national train company was broken up and privatized. Now there are over 20 independent train companies operating throughout the UK. If you are traveling cross country, your journey may require you to ride on trains operated by several different companies, each with its own policies and level of service. An umbrella organization, National Rail, operates in the train stations and sells tickets for all of the different companies. However, there are exceptions. Some lines, such as between Heathrow as Gatwick airports, are operated by several different companies and each sells its own ticket for that trip. Also, online purchases are made directly from the train company. If you go to the National Rail website, it can search through the different fares and schedules and recommend a low cost option. But it will not sell a ticket. Once you have selected a fare and train company from National Rail, you will be connected to the website for that company where you will begin your search all over again. It may seem a bit complicated, but it is not, and overall train travel throughout England is good and reliable. Not as good as train travel in Switzerland perhaps, but very acceptable.

General Information

* Capital City: London
* Languages: English is obviously the native language but regional accents and slang vary and in certain areas a non-native may wonder what language they are speaking.
* Size: About 130,000 square KM. This is quite small, but England is larger than The Netherlands, Switzerland and Denmark COMBINED. England is similar in size to the State of New York.
* Population: 50 Million
* Money: England has declined to enter the Euro system. The official currency of England is the British Pound. Other currencies such as the US Dollar and the Euro are not generally accepted, however exchange booths and ATMs are widely available.
* Visas: US citizens do not require visas only a valid passport. Schengen visas, accepted by many European countries are NOT valid here. For information about visas to England, see this list of


* Religion: The majority of the population (70-75%) is Christian with the vast majority belonging to the Church of England, and about 8% belonging to the Catholic Church. Muslim religion, represents about 3%. Jewish religion makes up less than 1% of the population.

Key Cities of Interest:

When is the best time to travel to England?
England has a coastal climate, meaning that the weather is moderated by the surrounding ocean. Tempertures rarely get extremely warm or cold; heatwaves and intense snowfall are unusual. However, rain and cool weather may be frequent year round. Think about cities such as San Francisco, Seattle or Amsterdam. London weather is often warmer than other cities in England as the buildings and streets keep in heat. The best time to come to London is usually in the summer months. However, late spring and early autumn can be pleasant as well.

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Prague Travel Destinations You Cannot Resist the Beauty

Upon the downfall of the Soviet Union the iron curtain went up and let in a flood of foreign tourists eager to see one of the most beautiful jewels of Europe situated right in the heart of Czech Republic. Thus, Prague the city of hundred spires became a real Mecca for hard-to-surprise western tourists. They quickly get bewitched by its charms: authentic unharmed architecture of Baroque, Romanesque or Gothic design, art, culture and high-quality food.  But they come in droves and this is the negative side. Prague in peak season is packed with tourists. This results in crowds everywhere and often unfriendly service. And while this does detract from its romantic atmosphere, Prague remains a must see.
There is so much to see in Prague that you should plan at least a week. Stay there to visit all the sights and form a full picture of the city’s personality without feeling rushed.
Sightseeing:   To see an excellent video about Prague (requires QuickTime Player)

Start with the Old Town Square. There you’ll find the Astronomical Clock of the Old Town Square created in the 15th century that, once per hour until 10pm, offers a show of 12 Apostles appearing one by one in the clock windows and 4 statues representing greed, vanity, paganism and death which nod their heads at the crowds of the curious tourists below.
Charles Bridge (built in 14th c.), is 520 meter long with 30 statues and sculpture groups is one of the center points of the old town. At the end there is a high Romanesque Tower which is open to tourists and offers a nice panoramic view of Prague. But be warned, reaching the top of the tower requires preliminary physical training and good breathing technique. The bridge is always full of tourists wandering around taking lots of pictures, looking at souvenirs, listening to street musicians, having their portraits drawn, admiring the view. To enjoy the bridge at its best go in the early part of the day or even better, late in the evening, when the lights show the bridge and its surroundings at their romantic best and the herds of tourists have diminished to wandering lovers and a few determined entertainers.

Prague Castle was established in the 9th century and is a must for those who are interested in history and architecture.   You can see changing of the guard, countless museums, Kafka’s house and other tourist attractions. It was however, during our visit, completely packed with tourists, so do time your visit with care. To see a video of St Vitus Cathedral in Prague Castle
In the Jewish Quarter you’ll have a chance to get an insight into Jewish culture and history. You can buy a ticket which allows you to see 5 Synagogues (unfortunately one of them was closed during our visit because of the renovation necessary after the 2002 flood), museum and the Old Jewish Cemetery for about fifteen euro. Unless you are an expert on the Jewish history of Prague, it is advisable to take a guided tour to understand the significance of what you are seeing. To increase the probability that your guide is Jewish and an insider in the culture take a tour offered by the Jewish Museum itself. The tour runs every 1-2 hours and costs only a few euros (in addition to the ticket described above) and lasts 2-3 hours.  The ticket office and starting point for the tour are located in the Maisel Synagogue.


As you will notice the pivotal hubs of the Prague city characterized by intensive touristic flows are Charles’ Bridge and the Old Town Hall Square (Staromestske Namesti). You’ll learn to maneuver between the wandering individuals and guided tourist groups, your eyes will get used to continuous flashes from cameras and your ears will accustom themselves to the cries of admiration in all the possible languages of the world. But if you grow tired of crowds, just  go off the main streets and escape into the smaller alleys and avenues in the Lesser Town or Jewish Quarter, for example. Or go to Kampa Island garden where you can enjoy a bit of privacy and wonderful atmosphere.  On Kampa island, you can go to C’est la Via café located next to the River and very close to the canal locks. You can enjoy a cappuccino as you watch the boats enter into a lock to continue their voyage up the river.
We would strongly recommend reading some legends about Prague and its past. There are mysterious stories about almost every major historic monument and tourist attraction.  One, for example, says that a thief was once trying to steal jewelry from Virgin Maria’s crown at the church of St. James. The statue of Maria caught the thief by the arm and didn’t let him go until people came and discovered him. The grasp was so strong that the only way to release the man was to cut his arm off. The arm was mummified and hung up in the church. You can still actually see the mummified arm. As you enter the church look right and way up under the ceiling you’ll see something that at first sight looks like a rope but at a closer examination proves to be a real hand. Come before 12 noon, the closing time, and leave the hope to take pictures behind the church doors as the security is very strict. But who knows perhaps you’ll be as lucky as we were! (see picture on the right)
Another interesting place, associated with legends is Prague Loreto. It’s a close copy of the Loreto House – The Santa Casa – in Italy (information about the story of Santa Casa can be found on-line or read in the Prague Loreto Booklet). It was built at the beginning of the 17th century and dedicated to the cult of Virgin Mary. The strange legend connected with the Loreto House is  that once upon a time there lived a girl who was a true Christian but was to get married to a non-believer (a marriage arranged by her father).  Her grief knew no bounds and she prayed all night long to God to save her from this terrible destiny. God heard her prayers and to save the poor thing he made a bushy beard grow on her face. The beard, as it might have been expected, was not at all appreciated by the husband-to-be so he refused to marry the girl. Her father, at the sight of such a wonder, came to realize the deepness of his daughter’s belief and…. Crucified her!! So at the church in one of the chapels you’ll find a statue of a man/woman with a beard in a dress on a cross.
Funicular:

For a change of pace (and less than 1 Euro) you can take the funicular to the top of the hill behind Prague up to the hunger wall. While the wall itself is not so interesting, the funicular takes you through a beautiful park up to peaceful area with a flower garden where you can have a refreshing nap (as we did), an observatory (mostly interesting if you have come on a clear evening), a TV tower that you can climb for a spectacular view of the city below and a labyrinth of mirrors much like the funhouse in an amusement park. The TV tower and the mirror labyrinth are remnants of an industrial exhibition held in Prague in 1891. They were built as entertainment for the exhibition and were supposed to be removed aftere the exhibition was finished but somehow it never happenned. The tower was built as a 1:10 scale model of the Eiffel tower. After you have explored everything, you can get off the Funicular at the halfway point and enjoy a drink at a delightful café under the trees.
Prague by boat:
There are many companies offering boat tours of Prague. They come at different times of the day and in different variations: with/without lunch, drinks, ice-cream, jazz, discotheques on board, captain dressed in sailors clothes, etc. Accordingly the prices differ as well. We took an hour long tour without anything included and enjoyed it, despite the fact that the guide was just a recording saying nothing but the names of the building we were sailing by in 7 languages.

Restaurants:
In the course of our week stay we never ate badly though the service was often less than satisfactory. One can expect the too frequent rude behavior that is unfortunately common in touristy cities. But there is a great choice of restaurant to satisfy anyone’s taste and fit any budget. Czech cuisine is a must!  You should definitely try deep fried mushrooms followed by smoked pork or duck with white or red sauerkraut and potato or lard (actually bacon) dumplings as a side dish. And wash it down with a Czech beer.
U Fleku Pub: There are a few restaurants in Prague that have their own breweries. The most well known, “U Flaku”, has an interior and atmosphere which is very reminiscent of a German Bier Garten. It definitely is a great place to get the feel of the local food culture. The choice of dishes is limited to a couple of salads and a few main dishes but the quality of the food is excellent and the dark beer and Beherovka (the traditional Czech liquor) which are produced there are wonderful. U Fleku Pub, Restaurant & Brewery Kremencova 11 Prague 1, 110 00, situated near Wenceslas Square.


Malostranska Pivnice: Similar to U Flaku but without the home brewed beer. The only beer on tap is the very popular Pilzner Urquel. It is a cozy, nice and inexpensive place with an open courtyard area in the Lesser Town and a wide choice of traditional Check dishes. Fried mushrooms are incredibly delicious and are especially recommended! You may not find it on the menu, so be sure to ask for it. On one of our visits we both enjoyed a half liter mug of beer and shared an order of fried mushrooms with fried potatoes and tartar sauce for under 5 euros. The place is situated in Cihelná street (Malá Strana), between Charles Bridge and Malostranska square.

U Kostela: The tables outside give you a wonderful chance to enjoy a nice view of the Lesser Town Square (Malostranske Namesti) with the St. Nicholas Church. In the evening, live piano music is played inside where you can enjoy the surroundings of the 17th century house. It has a very big choice of international and home style Czech Cuisine. Situated in Malostranske Namesti 22, Praha 1.

Lavka (Club&Restaurant): It has a magnificent view of the Castle and Charles Bridge. We recommend going here for dinner when all the lights are on and Prague looks especially charming and irresistibly romantic. The view from the terrace at the back is more impressive than from the tables in the front. The food is nice, the service is excellent. Note that some places, such as Lavka, serve traditional Czech dishes only for lunch and not for dinner. Novotneho Lavka 1, Old Town, Prague 1.
Terrific Ice-Cream in Prague: Just around the corner from the Charles Bridge and on the way to Lavka club and restaurant, you will find delicious Italian gelato. From the Charles Bridge, walk in the direction of the old town hall and before crossing the street, turn right. Walk through the arcade and pass the various tourist shops. In front of the Capri Italian restaurant you will find the display case filled with heavy, creamy gelato exploding with flavor.
Entertainment:
There is a great variety of options for spending your evenings in Prague. We highly recommend a show at a black light theater. Our guide told us that IMAGE Theater was the original and best black theater offering performances, pantomime and modern dance. Because of the black light, the performers seem to float in air and sometimes magically appear and disappear. The performance that we saw “The Best of Image” was great: it was captivating, exciting, and very entertaining. Expect to be drawn into the actual play by pantomime actors and to have a really good laugh. An unforgettable experience! Tickets should be purchased well in advance of the show. Arrive early to get a good seat. To see the Image Theater website Click Here
If you like Jazz, we can recommend Jazz Club U Stare Pani in Michalska Str. 9, Praha 1. But come not later than 9 p.m. as the place doesn’t reserve and is quite popular so you might not get a seat.
Accommodations: From the variety of offers we selected the Bishops House, a four star hotel about 10 seconds walk from the Charles Bridge. The hotel was perfect: the service was excellent, the room was large, charming and very comfortable, and of course, the location couldn’t have been better.  And the price was exactly what we were hoping to pay. To see the Bishop’s House Website 
Transfer to Hotel:
If you are coming by plane or train into Prague, unless you are traveling on a business account,  we advise you NOT to simply climb into a taxi and give your hotel address. Prices will be extremely high and you will not be in a strong negotiation position. You have at least two good options, however. At the airport you can take a minivan run by Cedaz. You will find a Cedaz ticket booth near the main exit of the arrival hall (or call them at 220114296). There you can buy a ticket for about twelve euros good for 1 to 4 people. The van will take you directly to your hotel. Of course the van can hold 10-12 people, so you might be in for a small tour of the city before getting to your destination, but this is Prague, so who cares? The other option is that many hotels will arrange to have a taxi pick you up or drop you off at the airport or train station at a very good price. Currently the price is about twenty euro to or from the airport or ten euro to or from the train station. This is certainly the best price you will find for your transfer and probably half of the price that you will pay if you take neither of the options above.

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Cyprus The History of A Delight in One City

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and is geographically considered part of the mid-East. In 1974 Cyprus was invaded by Turkey and is today a divided island, with a Turkish army in the North, several UK military bases in the south and a UN peace-keeping force at the boarder of north and south. The line goes through the capital city of Nicosia (also known as Lefkosia).  The southern, Greek Part of Cyprus has been part of the European Union since 2004. It might seem that this division would give the island a strange tension, and it does when you see the fences and warnings. But this is quickly forgotten. Cyprus is a peaceful and fun place.

This discussion will focus on Greek Cyprus. As a former colony of the UK, Greek Cyprus has very strong british ties. You see the british influence everywhere, in the food, the driving (traffic is on the left) the electrical connections (bring a UK adapter with you for your devices). For the tourists, the advantage is that English is widely spoken.

Cyprus does not have a well developed public transportation system. While there are some bus lines running to a few locations, there is no national bus system. Bus information is poor and buses run infrequently. This generally means you will have three choices, stay in a centrally located hotel, keep within the confines of your hotel or rent a car.

To see the website of the company we rented a car from Click Here. Oasis offered good rates and friendly service though the car was quite old. They left the car for us at the airport and asked us to stop in Limmasol on the way to Paphos to fill out the paper work. This gave us a chance to see Limmasol and we decided that it was not a holiday location for us.

Cyprus is probably not for everyone, but it does have alot to offer. For example, there is a great range of scenary and climate on this little island. On the beaches it can be a sweltering 40 degrees, while just two hours away, in the Troodos mountains, it can be cool and refreshing. But Cyprus has been, in places, over developed and due to this it has lost much of its natural beauty. 

The cities of Paphos, Larnaca, Limmasol, Nicosia and Agia Napa, in general, are not as attractive as the Greek villages of Mykonos, Hydra or Fira. Also, the main beaches for swimming are in the north east of the island. The shores of Limmasol and Paphos did not look inviting to us. But there is a relaxed holiday atmosphere in Cyprus that will spoil all but the travel purists.  

There are some wonderful beach resorts that offer the travelers everything that they will want from a summer holiday in the sun. A few that we can recommend are written below (The contents of this website are copyrighted by TravelsWise.com, the

West Coast

The Elysium hotel in Paphos is five star hotel that charges five star hotel prices. It is expensive, but you get what you pay for. The hotel is very well tended, with a very beautiful swimming area. The service is very good and the rooms are well designed. We took a small suite with a small private swimming pool, but would not recommend this option as the pool was not as private as we would have liked. The hotel is located outside of the main city area, so a car or taxi will be necessary if you will want to visit the city of Paphos or the nearby sites which include, the Paphos Harbor,  the temple of Aphrodite and the Tomb of the Kings.

East coast

The Napa Plaza Hotel in Agia Napa is one of the best hotels we have seen for Price/Quality. This hotel is located directly in the center of Agia Napa, next to the square. It is large, luxurious and beautiful. The pool area is pretty, though perhaps a bit crowded during peak hours. The breakfasts are generous and at the time of our visit, the dinners were amazing. Prefering to test the local fare, we generally eat in restaurants rather than our hotel. But Napa Plaza offered irresistable dinner bufferts at exceptional prices. The best part is, due to its location, a rental car is not necessary. You can easily walk all over Agia Napa and to the beach. Agia Napa is a fun town, with lots of restaurants, activities and outdoor events.  Also, there is bus service from the city of Agia Napa to Laranaca Airport. At the time of this writing, the Napa Plaza is still classified as a three star hotel, though it is equal in quality and luxury to some five star hotels we have visited. As a result, the Napa Plaza is possibly the best bargain in Cyprus.

Do you want to have four star luxury but pay two star prices? The small Nissi Park Hotel is a sister hotel of the much larger Nissi Beach Hotel. The latter has a beautiful swimming pool, beach access, fitness center etc. Guests of the Nissi Park are invited to enjoy all these facilities. The hotel rooms and the pool of the Nissi Park, are nothing special. In fact, they are very basic.  But the Nissi Park does have a pretty patio bar which is covered with vines and flowers that is beautiful in the evenings. And the day at the Nissi Beach or its swimming pool are very nice. Other than a few restaurants and shops, there is not much around these two hotels, so a rental car is advisable if you want to go into town or enjoy the nightlife. This would be a good choice for a young couple on a budget, but probably not the best selection for a family with small children. Even the short walk from the Nissi Beach to the Nissi Park, in the mid-day Cyprus sun will be too much for a small child.

The Dome is a modern well designed hotel with a beautiful pool area, near a pretty beach. And while we enjoyed our time there, one can’t but mention a few problems. First, it is isolated.  If you stay at this hotel, and you have no rental car, it is likely you will take all of your meals there, because there is little else around.  Second, there was a competition amongst the guests to get up early and reserve beds near the pool, or under an umbrella. The nicest locations near the pool would disappear very early. We did not like the look of the food from the buffet, so we never ate there.  The Dome was very pretty and well designed. This would be a great location for people who just want to stay at their hotel. But as we prefer a more central location, we would probably not return

Paralimni is a family beach resort just north of Agia Napa with some of the nicest beaches in the island. It is quieter, calmer and generally more relaxed than Agia Napa. If you stay at any of the central hotels here, a car will not be necessary. Evening walks along the main street, to one of the many restaurants and pubs are easy and pleasant  We stayed at Odessa Hotel, part of the Tsokkos chain of hotels which also owns the nearby Constantinos the Great hotel. As a guest of one we were allowed to enjoy the services of the other hotels which we frequently did. The Odessa is classed as a four star hotel and the Constantinos is classed as a five star. While both hotels were fine, neither deserves its class. Odessa should probably be considered a three star and Constantinos a four star hotel.

Food

We ate well in Cyprus. Everything is on offer from fast food, pizza, Italian, Chinese. But if you want to eat traditional Cypriotic food in a beautifu. This is a restaurant that Cypriots go to, in the tiny village of Sotira. It is only possible to get there with a car. The Taverna is a short drive from Agia Napa and is well worth the trip.

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Top 10 things to do in Minsk

Here is a list of our 10 favorite things to do in Minsk:

1. Take a walk around Minsk Center. See our suggestions for walking routes.
2. Go to a circus performance!!! Click on the video below to watch highlights from a recent Belarus Circus performance.

3. Visit the Opera and Ballet Theater or go to a concert at the Musical Theater.
4. Check out central Minsk restaurants where for example you can have a traditional Belarusian meal at Pechki Lavochki or try freshly brewed beer at the Belarusian micro-brewery-restaurant Rakovski Brovar. See a list of our favorite Minsk Restaurants
5. Enjoy the nightlife. See a performance of singing or dancing in a nightclub or restaurant or go to a casino.
6. Take an excursion around Minsk or for a special taste of Belarusian culture go to Dudutki Open-Air Museum
7. Go shopping to one of the many department stores or have a Belarusian shopping adventure and go to one of the markets. Go bargain hunting! See our list of Top things to buy?
8. Got to the gym at Minsk Hotel, have a Sauna at one of the hotels like Minsk, Orbita or Zvezda
9. Spend an afternoon on the bank of the River Svisloch in Troitskoe Suburb where you can also enjoy a cup of coffee or a beer at one of the many cafes.
10. Go to one of the many Minsk parks such as Children’s Amusement Gorky Park or Chelyuskintsev Park and ride the Ferris Wheel. After that go to the Botanical Gardens where you can have a beautiful walk and feed the swans in the pond.

We lied, there are more than 10

11. Have a lunch or dinner at the top floor restaurant of the Hotel Belarus where you can enjoy a Panoramic view of Minsk with your meal.

Please tell us your favorite thing to do in Minsk. We will try it at our next opportunity and if we like it, we will include it in our list.

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European Visas Guides and Tips You Must Know

Europe can be partitioned into three regions. The European Union, European Economic Area and the Schengen Area. These 3 regions cover and nations can be individuals from mutiple.

In the event that you enter a Schengen country you get a Schengen multi day visa – as a rule. Kindly check and twofold check this data, we put forth a valiant effort to give a harsh aide for the principle identities visiting Europe.

The Schengen region is the biggest with 26 nations and incorporates all EU nations aside from the UK, Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia. Sweden, Norway and Switzerland are additionally important for the Schengen region. Individuals of most ethnicities will be granted a multi day visa that is legitimate for all nations in the Schengen zone which implies you have 90 days absolute regardless of whether you jump between part nations. It is important that there are no land borders with intersection customs across a large portion of the EU with the principle ones being into and out of the nations recorded previously. Monico, San Marino and the Vatican City aren’t individuals from the Schengen region however have no hard boundaries with encompassing nations.

Visa rules for nations not in the Schengen region are adequately something very similar, regularly permitting 90 days travel at a time in that one country. To reset your Schengen visa you’d need to leave the 26 nations and travel to a non part, for example, Romania and so on recorded previously.

On reemergence you can for the most part guarantee an additional multi day visa, yet you can ony do this once like clockwork or 180 days, twice in a year.

Essentially, if following 90 days in Europe you wish to remain, you’ll need to trade to a non Schengen country or nations and stay there for 90 days before you can get once again into the Schengen zone for anotther 90 days. Bode well ? Thought not.

We energetically suggest Romania, we lived there for a very long time, go there.

On the off chance that you hold an EU visa, you are allowed to travel, work, and live, in some other EU country. Brexit is as yet unsure, British individuals will probably lose all priveledges if Brexit occurs. Kindly check all visa data for Europe completely as it is extremely perplexing. Try not to accept this site as an authoritative aide, we’re simply giving you a concise outline.

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