After you pass through the Brest Fortress main entrance, you'll see some tanks on your left, often with kids clambering over them. A truck here sells old Soviet posters and coats, winter hats and other Soviet army gear.

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Nearby Brest attractions

1. Thirst Statue

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On the grounds of the Brest Fortress, this classic piece of socialist realism depicts a water-starved soldier crawling for a drink.

2. White Palace

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On the grounds of the Brest Fortress are the brick ruins of the White Palace, where the 1918 Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was signed, marking Russia's exit…

3. Defence of Brest Hero-Fortress Museum

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Inside Brest Fortress, this large museum provides a more than comprehensive look at every minute detail of the fortress's long history and the siege for…

4. Brest Fortress Main Entrance

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The entrance to Brest Fortress is an iconic tunnel in the shape of a huge socialist star; sombre music accompanies your passage through the tunnel.

5. Museum of War, Territory of Peace

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Built into the southern bastion of the Brest Fortress, this is the newest museum within the complex, focusing on WWII. It's modern and visual and has…

6. Brest Fortress

0.17 MILES

During Operation Barbarossa in the early days of the Great Patriotic War (WWII), a small band of soldiers gallantly held off a superior Nazi force at…

7. Courage Monument

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Dominating the middle of Brest Fortress is this iconic, monolithic stone statue of a soldier's head projecting from a massive rock, next to a skyscraping…

8. Kholmskie Gate

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This brick gate built into the southern bastion of Brest Fortress is decorated with crenellated turrets, and its outer face is riddled with hundreds of…