When you think you’ve seen it all, Belarus will still find how to surprise you! Anyone can go to a museum or a bar, but how about tasting beer or cheese right where they’re made, at a factory?
Here’s a selection of nine industrial tours offered by famous Belarusian plants and factories. Go to see where Belarusian mascarpone and tractors are made!
Beer, Beer, Beer!
Get ready to a deep dive into the history of brewing! Start with exploring the red wooden building on Kisyalyova Street – which is the oldest operating production in the city – while listening to stories about 150 years of Alivaria’s history.
The excursion then continues downstairs to the museum where visitors can learn about all stages of brewing and taste freshly made beer.
Regular tours of Alivaria take place on Wednesday-Friday starting 6 p.m. and at weekends by previous appointment. You can check the available dates on the company’s website.
There are also individual tours, but they need booking in advance. Excursions in English are organized for groups of 4 and more people.
The tour lasts for an hour and a half, the ticket costs around €7.
Where: 30 Kisyalyova str., Minsk
During the tour you will learn the history of the last state-owned brewery, find out how it all started back in 1973, visit the brewhouse where the product is born, watch the process of beer packaging in the bottling room (Alivaria doesn’t show it, by the way), and, of course, enjoy beer tasting.
Don’t forget to grab some souvenirs from the local shop!
Tours are organized from Monday till Friday (8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.), booking in advance is required. The minimum group size is 8 people.
The ticket costs about € 3.3. For more information call +375 (17) 299-22-57.
Where: 52 Radyalnaya str., Minsk
If you plan a visit to the west of Belarus and Lida in particular, you should definitely consider an excursion around the main production in town, the local brewery, which has been there since 1876.
You’ll be invited to the brewhouse, then you’ll see a 140-year-old house where the history of Lidskae beer started, and will even chew malt and hops. Then, of course, there will be beer tasting.
Industrial tours are on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 12 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., and at 12 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Don’t worry if you can’t make it on time, there’s always a bar at your disposal.
Be ready to pay from € 3 to 17 for a ticket. Individual tours are available.
They do ask to book tours beforehand (5 days or earlier), you can do it by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information call +375 29 133 33 58.
By the way, there is much more to see in Lida.
Where: 32, Mitskevicha str., Lida, Hrodna region
If you have 19 friends willing to see how ricotta, mascarpone and provoletta a la Belarus are made, you can all get together and go to Turau. You’ll also finally be able to tell the difference between various kinds of cheese. And enjoy the tasting of the fresh produce.
There is no strict timetable, you can arrange a visit by writing to email@example.com.
The tour takes about 30 minutes and it’s free.
Where: 154 Leninskaya str., Turau, Zhitkovichi district, Gomel region
Hrodna Dairy Factory was one of the first in Belarus to solve the problem of sanitary limitations and pioneer the industrial tourism in Belarus.
Visitors can contemplate the work of the factory with acute fascination: the production is all automatized, so there are just a few people monitoring it. You are supposed to go all the way the milk travels on the plant. The excusrions ends with cheese and yogurt tasting.
Where: 28, Haspadarchaya str., Hrodna
Engineering and equipment
The plant is a real must-see for industrial tourism fans!
You’ll see how the world’s biggest dump trucks are assembled with your own eyes, and follow the production process of Belarusian giants.
A tour can be conducted even for one person any day from Monday to Saturday (a tour on Saturday is to be booked in advance). The cash desk is open till 3 p.m. The tour takes 1 hour and 20 minutes.
The ticket price is € 4.5 (and € 2.5 for children). For further information call: + 375 (1775) 7-93-57, +375 (44) 566-04-72 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The most adventurous visitors can test drive a BelAZ truck, but that is to be arranged separately.
Where: 40 let Octyabrya str. 4, Zhodino, Minsk region
The plant opened its doors to tourists in 2017. Visitors are given the opportunity to visit assemble shops and learns more about the place that produces every 10th tractor in the world.
At the end you’ll be taken to an exhibition of tractors.
Industrial tours are conducted in Russian, nglish, German and Spanish (you should indicate the language when applying). Excursions take place from Monday to Friday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Registration is to be done at least one day before the tour. To enroll, go here.
The ticket costs €2.5 for Belarusians and €4.5 for foreign tourists).
And if you can not make up your mind if to go or not, just watch these dancing tractors!
Where: 29 Dauhabrodskaya str., Minsk
Another industrial tourism legend is the Neman plant founded on the banks of the namesake river in 1883.
There are two tours available: the museum of glass and the production itself.
The tours are conducted every day from 8 a.m. till 5 p.m. To register, call +375 (154) 56-13-19. There must be at least 5 visitors, but if you are 2 or 3, you’ll be just asked to join another group.
A walk around plant or museum costs € 1.25.
Where: 8 Karzyuka str., Byarozauka, Lida district, Hrodna region
Slutsk belts are known all over the world as the Belarusian national relic and one of the symbols of the nation. Belarusian poets and songwriters dedicated passionate works to these accessories, which are, in fact, works of art.
In the factory there is a museum, where visitors can learn how Slutsk belts appeared, what they mean, and of course, how they are made.
The tours are available every day except Monday from 9 a.m. till 5.30 p.m. Booking is required (call +375 (1795) 3-68-09).
The ticket price is € 2, or € 6 with a guided tour.
Where: 16 Tutarinava str., Slutsk, Minks region
This is a short version of the guide with industrial tours from 34travel. For more industrial tours of Belarusian plants, go here.
If you are limited in time and can not drive around Belarus for adventure, find it in Minsk by visiting the city’s unusual museums.