Minsk Travel Guide

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Minsk Highlights

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    Raimix says…

     Great variety of soviet architecture, clean, safe city, nice lightened at night. 

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    Alexeyko says…

     very calm peoples 

  • In a nutshell
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    HORSCHECK says…

     Belarusian capital of grandiose Stalinist architecture. 

Minsk Things to Do

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  • Modern National Library of Belarus

    Obviously not located in the east of Minsk to just house the books, the National Library of Belarus is called "the diamond of knowledge". A 23-floor 74-meter tall building, it still isn't the tallest one in Minsk though one of the ugliest ones. It employs the personnel of a 1000+ and can store up to 14m books (out of which 10m are there). On top...

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  • Red Church - Chyrvoni Kastel

    The church of Sts. Simon & Helena or simple call The red brick church is main catholic church in the city and one of main touristic attraction on Independence square. During its existence, the cathedral survived many changes, as time and politics are change. At various times this church was housed the Polish National Theater of Belorussian SSR,...

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  • Isle of Tears

    Walking around Central Minsk, perhaps on Fridays or Saturdays - you will find that there are quite a few visitors going on and off of an island through a curved bridge that connects it with the Trinity Suburb. The island laid in 1988 has a poignant name - the Island of Tears. The complex that was originally designed as a monument to the...

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Minsk Hotels

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Minsk Restaurants

  • Indispensable for a tourist on the run

    First thing in an unknown place – look for the nearest McDonald’s, and it already is a known place.Not that I advertise fast-food, but a hamburger is always better than no food at all, that’s why I have the list ready before I even set my foot on Minsk soil. Hopefully they work 24/7 and take credit cards – I’ll tell you when I am back. Oh yes, and...

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  • Diner on main square

    I have a dinner on outdoor patio of Minsk hotel with a view on beautiful Independence square. We sould choose between several location inside the Hotel, but whether was nice and I could resist to enjoy in peaceful surrounding of big square. The patio was very simple. The benches was a very simple but comfortable. Still, nice a dinner on fantastic...

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  • Il Patio

    Despite the relative good reviews in books and on the internet, I must admit that I was a bit disappointed with Il Patio. It is an Eastern European chain restaurant which is specialised in Italian cuisine, especially pizza.The restaurant in Minsk has a large roofed patio on the pavement of Independence Avenue (Nezavisimosti prospekt), where we took...

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Minsk Nightlife

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  • Public events and celebration

    I am not exactly nightlife person and when I walking around the City at the night with my friends on our journey trough Eastern Europe we didn't try to find the nightlife spot. This is merely observation on life in capital one summer night in 2011. So, this tip also can be serve as local custom too.Public events on open air and free of charge...

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  • having fun

    From where to begin??!! A very nice place i should say. A place where you can combine good italian kitchen and great modern music. We were dancing the whole night. There were a lot of people. And all of them really very friendly. Even if you come alone without a company you will make friends in 5 minutes. The place was full of very beautiful girls....

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  • Interesting Restaurant-Disco

    price: no entrance fee; normal prices for foodmusic: pop with more italian songspeople: dozens of girls sit at various tablesplace description: mix of restaurant and small disco floorcomment: I didn't stay until midnight when the local supposely starts boasting. I suppose it can be a very interesting place my rating: 6.5/10. Worth going...

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Minsk Transportation

  • UTair ruins my holiday

    Can you believe it – I booked UTair flight from Minsk about a month ago – now right before the trip they are telling me it’s cancelled. Not moving an hour or so earlier or later, but cancelling the only flight they have that day altogether! Supposing one has a non-refundable hotel or apartment booking, what does one do?Or, better still, supposing...

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  • Minsk on foot

    I love to discover new places on foot and if you anything like me then Minsk is the right place for you. Minsk is a very big city with long streets, wide squares and foot paths with grandiose soviet architecture and interesting monuments and sculpture and streets additional ornaments. Interesting route would be between Independence square (via...

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  • Airport Bus

    The Airport Bus service connects the main airport terminal building with both the central train and central bus stations in Minsk city.It seems to me the service runs about every 40 or 45 minutes.A single ticket costs 1900 Belarusian Rouble which is a miniscule amount compared to the 40 Euros I was quoted by the taxi company from my hotel.The bus...

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Minsk Shopping

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  • Different kind of gallery

    This store is on the beginning of Trinity suburb. At first sight I thought it is some kind of cultural institution because it was sign as Galereya (Belorussian: Галерея Бомонд) and in front of it it was a interesting statue. But, it was a high class fashion store. It has...

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  • Undeground Shopping Centre

    Trade Center "Stolitsa" (Belorussian: Торговый центр "Столица") is biggest shopping area in Minsk (and Belarus) and it is located under beautiful Independent square. All glass domes with three sculptures of storks in flight that...

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  • Big offer for everyone

    Like in Russia I saw here and big department store call GUM. Placed in main street it was easy to find it. It is in a huge building, it is in a popular Soviet style of architecture and date back to 1951. It has three level and on each level has a various offer of goods and product mainly for low prices. My attention was attract a small gift shop or...

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Minsk Local Customs

  • Cards and ATMs

    I am a bit concerned about currency exchange, haven’t travelled with cash for about 10 years.The Russian state-owned giant Sberbank has an affiliated bank in Belarus with an ATM at the Central railway station, they vowed their ATMs do not draw commission from their own cards.I thought that this may be the case with other foreign banks, too, did...

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  • Belarus travel

    This is how it worked:First I bought travel shoes made in Vitebsk - that was year 2000, and I still wear them.Then my stove went out of order, and the replacement happened to be made in Brest, so far I am quite happy with their customer service.Incidentally my 30-year-old fridge comes from Minsk.So, when I started planning my first outing after two...

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  • Money in Belarus

    The local currency in the Republic of Belarus is Belarus Ruble (BYR) in denominations of 50, 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000, 100,000 and 200,000. I found it online that government was withdrawn from circulation denominations of 10 and 20 BYR. And those ruble I save as souvenirs (possible collective items).Notice that at the time of...

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Minsk Warnings and Dangers

  • Spending money in Minsk

    I am very hard core budget traveler, believe me. And I try to have a detailed preparation for trip including and how, how much and where is possible to pay less for the same quality and prices and all usually information on spending money in new city/country. I exchange about 11-12 euros in Minsk. I don't remember how rate was in summer 2011. The...

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  • Small town spirit

    I find a Minsk very safe and somehow tourist friendly and somehow not. Its wide streets and huge pedestrian zone contribute to this. When you walking trough Minsk you hardly to see any locals. But minutes you enter in some small crowd you start to feel like "strangers". Been Slav and I think not so different then local by my look, you can feel and...

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  • Export and import permited

    I heard from guides (and read on some internet reassures) that for export the picture from Belarus, you will have to obtain a special permit from the Ministry of Culture of country. I didn't bought a picture, so don't know how process goes.This review I find very interesting so I take a task to write a more useful information. Detailed information...

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Minsk Tourist Traps

  • Minsky Vernisazh: expencive souveniers

    I visit Minsk in summer 2011 before my VT journey and knowledge about it. Interesting is that the minute a saw this outdoor fest I think "This is a tourist trap". Why? Because of prices of art peaces that was selling here. It was a cheaper then in most European cities, of course. Still, it is a very touristic friendly and that sentence always come...

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  • Attitude to Minsk and Belarus

    Could be that for some people Belarus are still exotic country - 20 years back to past, very soviet and autocratic in very high level. Some people afraid of visiting it, because it could be dangerous, some because of getting visa problems, price of it. That I have seen Soviet stylish in Belarus and Minsk - is political, social advertising, Lenin...

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  • Center town restaurants

    Almost all the more fancy downtown restaurants with English-speaking staff charge incredible prices, compared to the Belarussian standards. But the food is usually excellent, I need to admit! The places are okay, the food is usually great, and so on. It's not that the places suck - it's simply that there are more interesting ones, which better...

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Minsk What to Pack

  • Travel guide books - Belarus

    Belarus is still a very undiscovered country , therefore an up to date guide book is highly recommended for individual travels.Unfortunately, the only guide book in English seems to be the Bradt travel guide - Belarus. In the past I was usually quite happy with Bradt guides for other countries, but I must admit that the Belarus guide couldn't...

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  • In Your Pocket - Minsk

    I must admit that I am a huge fan of the "In Your Pocket" guides. They are usually an excellent resource for information about travels to Eastern and Central European cities. So I was more than happy to download the Minsk guide from the In Your Pocket website, especially as it was a bit difficult to find good travel guides about Belarus.In Minsk...

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  • Visa to Belarus

    Lithuania has border with two non - European Union countries - Russia and Belarus. I needed to get visa to Belarus for two days. The things I needed to make before getting to Belarus territory: 1) fill in form with questionnaires about me, my work, purposes of going to Belarus, the place, where I am going and the route inside Belarus, so on. 2)...

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Minsk Off The Beaten Path

  • Day trip to Zaslavl

    We tried to find an interesting destination for a day trip by public transport from Minsk. Our choice finally came down to Zaslavl, as it could easily be reached by suburban train (elektrichka).The suburban trains serve the route almost half hourly. In 2011 the single fare was 2000 BYR for a modern train or 1550 BYR for an old style elektrichka.On...

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  • Minsk Tractor Works

    The Minsk Tractor Works are one of the world's largest manufacturer of agricultural vehicles, especially tractors. More than 20.000 people work here.The plant was built in 1946 on the site of a former aviation company, which was destroyed during the Great Patriotic War (WWII).The main products are tractors of the well known brand "Belarus". The...

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  • Children's Railway Minsk

    Like many other former USSR cities, also Minsk is home to a Children's Railway. These were established for the purose of giving teenagers better ideas of railway professions.Minsk's Children's Railway was named after the Soviet Hero Konstantin Zaslonov and inaugurated in summer 1955.The 4,5 km train trip takes about 20 minutes and leads through the...

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Minsk Sports & Outdoors

  • Fun on Svisloch river

    Svisloch river connect two large park: Gorky Central park and Yanka Kupala park. There is rich offer of water sports for visitors of both parks. You ca be hired: rowing boat’s, pedalos or join the small boat ride like I do. The ride takes about 30 minutes.

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  • Fun on ice

    In the south-east part of Gorky park is big indoor ice palace. It’s also the home of the Yunost Minsk ice-hockey team.This ice arena from above looks like a hokey pack.

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  • Ferris Wheel

    Ferris wheel is one of main attraction in Maksim Gorky Central Children's Park. It is 54 m high and is very slow and in fact this is a good way to explore the City from above. Mostly all cabin held 4 person maximum and is closed. For brave there is some open seats. All ride are slow, cheap and fun. Bring your photo or video camera.

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  • Ferris wheel panorama of Minsk

    Ferris wheel is strategic and funnest place in Gorky Park. Panoramic view of the central part of Minsk as taken from the Ferris Wheel in Gorky Park is something you should miss out. Even if you afraid a high (like me) shouldn't worry at all. There is closed cabins and the spins is very light and slow. For more adventurist there is and good secured...

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  • Minsk at night

    Popular touristic zone in city are very illuminated and nice and I feel very safe. My friends and I exploring the City all day long and most of night. We walking trough main touristic places and see many buildings illuminated. So, if you think that at night safety would be a issues but still wont to see a city at night then I suggest to walk just...

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  • Three storks

    I like big Independence square in Minsk. The big glass domes and fountains like a big windows on top of underground shopping mall embellished the square. I verily liked the sculpture. I found out some interesting information about it. A sculpture was unveiled on the top of a fountain on Minsk’s Independence Square on June 25 2009.Authors of...

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