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Built anew after the war, the capital of Belarus is a city embracing its own unique brand of modernity. A metropolis of nearly 2 million, Minsk is where nostalgia of Stalinist buildings and Soviet parks meets contemporary art galleries, stylish bars and excellent local eateries.

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Old Town

The Old Town sits on the eastern side of the Svislach River, bordered by Vul Maxima Bahdanovicha. Known as Troitskoe Predmestiye, or “Trinity Suburb”, the Old Town is not really that old. The original 17th and 18th century houses were recreated in the 1980’s. However, it’s a delightful place to walk around in. You can relax in quaint cafés or browse through the souvenir shops.

Troitskoe Predmestiye, Minsk
Island of Tears

Down from the Old Town by the riverbanks is the evocative Ostrov Slyoz, or “Island of Tears”. This is a memorial to Belarusians who lost their lives in battle, but particularly in remembrance of those that died in the Soviet Union’s war in Afghanistan in the 1980’s.

Island of Tears, Minsk
Pan Khmeliu

Pan Khmeliu is one of the most popular upscale restaurants in town, often visited by locals to celebrate special occasions. Here you can enjoy giant portions of traditional Belarusian dishes complemented by live bands and other entertainment. Open until 4am.

Internatsionalnaya 11, Minsk
Straunya Talaka

Straunya Talaka occupies a basement cellar space and entices with an unusual décor featuring stuffed animals and tables made from re-purposed old beds. Here, guests are welcome to indulge in generous portions of traditional dishes of the Belarusian cuisine.

Rakovskaya 18, Minsk
Komarovskiy Market

Minsk's largest food market, Komarovskiy is where locals head to stock up on fresh, locally-sourced produce. It's an experience even if you don't plan to buy, although prepare to be tempted - what better place to try the infamous local specialty called "salo" (cured animal fat), or purchase excellent quality honey.

V.Khorunzhey 8, Minsk

Minsk International Airport

The country's main international airport is located at a distance of 42 km from the city. Reaching the city centre is possible via public transport - buses 300Э and 173Э and shuttles 400-ТК and 1430-ТК all circulate between the city center and the airport. Tickets may be purchased at vending machines and/or from the driver directly. Journey time is estimated at 1 hour approximately. You can also easily get a taxi from outside the arrivals hall.

Passport / Visa

As of 2017, visa-free entry via the Minsk National Airport has been introduced for citizens of multiple world countries for stays of up to 5 days. In order to make use of visa-free entry, travelers must arrive and exit solely through the Minsk National Airport (no border crossing by car or train allowed). This does not apply to flights to and from Russia. Those eligible for the 5-days visa include all nationals of the European Union and further European countries, as well as the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, and many others. For longer stays a visa will most definitely be required. To learn more about different types of visas and supporting documents for each type, visit: http://mfa.gov.by/en/visa/typesofvisa