The Republic of Belarus is situated in the center of Europe on the watershed of the Baltic and Black Seas. The capital is the city of Minsk. Belarus borders on Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia and Ukraine. The total length of the state border makes up 2,969 km. Geographic and climatic conditions favor the development of transport and economic relations. The main track of Eurasia as well as the shortest ways from Russia to Western Europe and from the Baltic Sea to the Black sea run through Belarus. The distance between Minsk and the capitals of neighboring states is as follows: Vilnius - 215 km, Riga - 470 km, Warsaw - 550 km, Kiev – 580 km, Moscow - 700 km.
The territory of Belarus totals 207.6 thousand sq km. It stretches from west to east for 650 km and from north to south for 560 km. The republic ranks thirteenth in size among the European states and fifth in population among the CIS countries. In comparison with other European countries, Belarus is slightly smaller than Great Britain and Rumania, 2.2 times as big as Portugal and Hungary and 5 times as big as the Netherlands and Switzerland.
The Brest Region is situated in the southwest of the Republic of Belarus in the basins of the rivers West Bug, Neman(Nioman), Dnieper. The administrative centre of the region is the city of Brest.
The region is situated in temperate climatic zone, which is the most populous and economically developed. The important water and airways connecting Western Europe with Russia and the Baltic states with the Ukraine and South of Europe cross the territory of Brest Region.
The region boasts a range of unique natural complexes and nature monuments. The nature created and brought through the centuries unequaled beauty of landscapes and exceptional diversity of flora and fauna. The most important natural territories are brought under protection of the state.
The modern Brest surrounded by a large greenbelt (2500 hectares) is situated in the south-west of the Republic of Belarus, neighboring with Poland and Ukraine. Its territory covers 72.9 square kilometres, over 300 thousand people live here. Brest industry constitutes one fourth of the regional potential. Many countries of the world buy the production of the city’s enterprises “BrestGasApparatus” and “Carpets of Brest”, hosiery factory, knitwear enterprise “Elma”, garment enterprise “Nadzeya”, electric lamps plant and distillery, machine building plant, souvenir factory, furniture factory.
The museums of Brest are known far beyond the borders of the republic. The most famous of them is the memorial “Brest Hero-Fortress”, which was created in memory of the defenders from the fortress garrison, who met the “unwinnable” Hitler army with a courageous counterstand in June-July of the year 1941. 224 wooden buildings of the 12th century framed in glass and concrete at the museum “Berestye” are the archeological and ethnographic values of global importance. The collection of ancient icons, pictures and artifacts from the museum “Saved Treasures of Art” are worth adorning the best galleries of the world. The local ethnographic museum and its branches - “The City History”, “Native Nature”, "Space" - also contain a large number of rare exhibits.
The tourist axis of the city is Sovetskaya Street (former Dombrovsky Street and Politseyskaya Street). Over all its length, this street features a cozy pedestrian zone with numerous shops, bars and cafes. The most important, of couse, is another thing: in the evening the street looks like its old photos, nd historical buildings and society promenade atmisphere take us back to the heyday of Brest-Litovsk or Brest-on-the-Bug. Sovetskaya Street has many remarkable sights to offer, however, its main attraction is the Millennium Monument.