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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

Named after the Uzbek capital, Bukhara is a show restaurant with an interior reminiscent of those in the cuisine's country of origin. Oriental shows are held here to keep diners entertained as they feast on scrumptious Uzbek dishes in the restaurant's rather upscale setting.

Surganova 41, 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
Art Market (Vernisazh)

Steps away from the Palace of the republic lies Minsk's own art market, where paintings, traditional crafts, iconic "Matryoshka" dolls, jewelry and other artwork may be purchased directly from the creators. The market is located in the space between buildins 25 and 25A.

Nezalezhnosti 25, 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.

Public Transport

You can get around Minsk by using the bus, tram, or the metro. All three are cheap and reliable. The two-line metro is an interesting way of getting around as each station's decor is dedicated to a specific theme (the October Square station commemorates the 1917 revolution, for example). Public transport operates from about 05.30 to 01.00 daily and serves all parts of the city. Trolleybuses 1, 2 and 18 pass through Minsk’s main street, Pr Francyska Skaryny. The metro closes at 24.30 every night. Remember to validate your ticket by punching it on one of the red punching machines. Ten-day or monthly passes are available for all modes of transport.