You are cordially invited at

Wednesday 22 November 2017

For the round table at:

Reasons to visit Belarus

(English spoken)

Venue: Royal Industrial Club, Dam 27, Amsterdam.

18:00 – 19:00. Welcome reception in the Clubzaal and the bar of the Royal Industrieele Groote Club

19:00 – 20.00:

Mr. Mikalai Barysevich – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus in the Netherlands;

Mr Mikalai Kernazhytsk - Counsellor (political, consular and protocol issues);

Representatives from National Agency of Tourism of Belarus;

Q&A (room for discussion).

20:00 – 22:00. Dinner.

Registration and payment:

If you want to register, you are kindly requested to do that not later than at Monday 20 November 2017, 11.50 AM.

Presentations including one welcome drink € 10,00 pp

Two course dinner including presentation and welcome drink: € 36,50 pp

Presentation, diner all-in incl. 2 glasses of wine and water, coffee or tea: € 46,50 per person.

For payment of the above-mentioned amount(s) please make a bank transfer to:

Stichting Oost-Europa & Centraal-Azie Tafel, NL35RABO 0304187836, with ref: "2211" and your personal name and e-mail address for the confirmation. Instead of “@” you can mention: “at”.

Registrations without personal e-mail address cannot be confirmed. For each person please mention an individual e-mail address (according to the regulations of the Royale Industrieele Groote Club). If you do not mention for each participant an individual e-mail address, the confirmation cannot be made.

Cancellation: of the dinner before 20 November 2017, 11.45 AM: 100 % refund. Cancellation as of 20 November 11.45 AM: no refund. Cancellation for the lecture: before 22 November, 11.45 AM 100 % refund. Cancellation as of 22 September 11.45 AM no refund.

Payments received only at the day of the event (22th of November) cannot be procesed anymore.

For further information or questions: please send an e-mail to: or dial: + 31 6 21280276


This evening is about "reasons to visit Belarus", a relatively unknown country in Europe, with, since 2017 a visa free regime for tourists and with, since summer 2017, a Dutch Embassy in the capital Minsk. There are direct flights from Amsterdam to Minsk, flight time two and a half hours.

There are a lot of reasons to visit Belarus, such as doing business in Belarus. About that topic several times has been organized an evening at the Royal Industrieele Groote Club. Therefore we decided to highlight this year the visafree regime and why to visit Belarus. For example for visiting the biosphere reserve Belovezhskaya Puscha (for more details: see at the end of this page).

Reasons to visit Belarus:


Enjoy the trills of the nightingale after the noise of the metropolis. Breathe in deeply the clean air — no wonder Belarusian swamps are called the “lungs of Europe”. Walk barefoot on the green grass after the sizzling hot asphalt. Belarus is the perfect place to forget about work during your vacation and to get inspired for future achievements.


Mineral springs, therapeutic mud deposits, salt mines and excellent conditions for climatic treatment, the healing power of nature multiplied by highly qualified doctors is a great occasion to remember about your health and take advantage of the invitation of the Belarusian health resorts. If regular life in a sanatorium is not for you – you can have an active rest in the tourism and recreation complexes of the country. Cycling tours, horse riding routes, walking and water tours — you will have no time to be bored.


Untouched corners of nature, thousands of lakes and rivers, a unique landscape, benchmark natural complexes, the rare species of flora and fauna of which were preserved. You can see all of this in Belarusian reserves and wildlife sanctuaries, each of which is unique. And not just see.


More and more often guests from near and far abroad are trying to comprehend the peculiarities of national hunting in Belarus. Only here you can feel like a participant of a royal bison hunt. Pertain of a hunter to a particular nation can be easily determined by his predilections in hunting. The Germans come to hunt big game — elk or deer. The Russians come for a wild boar hunt at the damage in the summer. The French prefer bird hunting: woodcock, blackcock and wood grouse. The Italians prefer water fowl. The English enjoy hunting foxes and wolves. Hunting does not end with a successful shot: the Belarusian legislation allows exporting hunting trophies from the country.


It will be interesting to visit the Belarusian outback for those who prefer the “luxury” comfort class and for those who would like to live in authentic, though Spartan conditions. The entertainment activities include a trip to the apiary, a master class in baking, weaving felt boots and knitting wisps, as well as horse riding, crossbow and bow shooting, boat trips. A holiday in Belarusian agricultural estates has been a popular holiday pastime among foreigners, especially with children, for some time now.


Any time of the year you can become a participant of folk celebrations: Christmas-time (Kolyady), Maslenitsa festival, Kupalie, Dozhinki. Some Belarusian ceremonies are included in the UNESCO list of intangible heritage. A lot of dishes of the Belarusian national cuisine may be exotic for many foreigners.


Belarus is considered to be one of the world centers of religious tourism for Jews. The unique architecture of Belarusian ancient churches attracts many Christian pilgrims. Foreigners come here to see with their own eyes the places where famous battles, in which their ancestors participated, took place. Memorials and steles in places of battles of the World War I, the War of 1812, in honor of the victory against the French and the Swedes, battles of the distant Middle Ages are established in Belarus. Numerous tilting matches with the participation of people who are indifferent to history from all over the world take place in Belarus almost the whole year through.


In Belarus there are at least five residences of New Year’s characters. You can visit the estate of the Belarusian Father Frost in the Belovezhskaya Puscha in the winter and summer. You can get acquainted with his Belarusian great-great-grandfather Zyuzya Poozersky, as well as visit the museum of the forest, take a tour held by a real Leshy. Fairytales and their characters are cherished in reserved Belarus. If your child is older, becoming acquainted with wildlife may be a miracle for him. There are “green routes” for school children and students all over the country. When taking a journey through the ecological trails of Belarusian regions, you can see rare plants in age-old thickets or eye animals and birds.

The Belovezhskaya Pushcha Biosphere Reserve occupies the area of 216,200 ha (2,162 km2; 835 sq mi) (2015).

Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. In 1993 it was granted UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status. This means that not only the flora and founa has the reserve status but also the water and the air. 

Today Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park is one of the most famous places in Belarus  and plays a very important role in the ecology of Belarus. The park is located 70 km. from the city Brest.

The park is famous for its ancient named oak trees dating back more than 500 years.

In all there are almost 900 species of trees and flowers here including: old ash, pine, silver fir, rare grass plants.

Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park is also home to more than 250 animal and bird species, including: the largest population of the rare European bison, wolf, lynx, otter, tarpan European wild horse, greater spotted eagle, crane, woodpecker.

More information about the Embassy of Belarus you can find on their website: