Old Town of Minsk is almost 900 years old. Part of the old buildings, such as the cathedral church and the town hall was renovated in recent years. But the center still is very young, because it was completely rebuilt after the Great Patriotic War (WWII) and the occupation of the city. Special attention has the buildings, which erected in the first decade after war. After this period, a large-scale development of residential areas started.
Here you can find characteristic like European cities, such as bike road along the river with very beautiful views and parks around. Almost everybody who had the opportunity to visit Minsk, notice that there is not rush as in other big cities, instead of this in Belarusian capital you can find quiet, clean, secure and comfort atmosphere and friendly people.
The location of Minsk in the center of Eastern Europe make it a very attractive place for Europeans who are looking something different and extraordinary travel. Minsk has good direct flight connection with many European cities.
In Minsk, the problem is to find cheap hotels like you can find easily in Europe. If the price is low probably mean that the hotel most likely located far from the center and will be in medium condition. This problem come to solve the independent renting apartments. We can find it for you.
Try Draniki with pancake with mushrooms, Mochanka and Kolduni, then drink non-alcohol Kisel and Kvass or alcohol "Zumbrowfka" where is possible to find in traditional restaurants and cafes. Generally, the food prices are low. Some nice traditional places to eat are Vasilky, U Franziska, Rakovsky Brovar, Gosti all located in the center of the city.
Please note that in Belarus in many cafes there are not allowed to smoke but if you search you can also find some smoking places.
If you want to eat very cheap and to feel the Soviet time atmosphere you can go in shop Centralnyi (near metro station Oktobryaska, next to McDonalds) there you can take glass of juice or Kefir and cake and eat standing near bar table overlooking on main prospect (avenue).
Minsk’s state shops GUM ( Independence Avenue, 21) and Central Department Store CUM ( Independence Avenue, 54) – is not Shopping Mall but real Soviet shops where you can buy all Belarusian products in one time, like : linen, cosmetics, underwear, traditional alcohol, candies, handicrafts and magnets for the fridge.
After this you will no need to go for shopping anymore. Also in Minsk you can find brand shops with clothing brands which better not to look because there are generally very high prices, no discounts and they sell all collections like new.
Please note that in Minsk they stop selling alcohol after 23:00 and work only few all-night product stores.
Minsk was totally damaged during the war, so almost nothing left before war times but you can enjoy architecture style "Stalinki" (Stalin time), which is built in all center of the Belarusian capital.
The center of Minsk is small, the rest of the city is residential and industrial areas. You will also be fascinating to see the sights, which are very convenient settled on the two main avenues of the city -Independence and Pobiditely. In the center of Minsk is very pleasant to walk - you can see small houses in Trinity Hill area that was built on the second half of 20 century and Svislach river banks.
Independence Avenue is going through the entire city. If you are too lazy to walk through it by foot, you can take the city shuttle bus number 100, which goes very slowly like would a excursion bus, on this bus you will go from Nezavismosti square ( there is monument of Lenin and Government building) to the National Library ( Independence Avenue, 116), which built in the shape of diamond and has 73 meter high and has became the most fashionable tourist attraction in Minsk the last decades.
In the evenings, library shinning with light show and looks like amazing. It has an observation platform, and is one of the most top recommended places to go in Minsk, there you can enjoy amazing views of the city. It also recommended to visit the famous Gorky Park ( Independence Avenue, 84) which you can take a ride from ferris wheel. On the way you will see Victory Square with the famous Stella (obelisk). By the way, in Gorky Park you can find another attractions and prices are very low.Add to Favorites