Minsk is a city of beautiful squares and many parks.
Gateway to Belarus
With a population of about two million, Minsk is the capital of Belarus, located in the central part of the country. Mass tourism cannot be found in Minsk – it is hard to believe that the city is only a fair flight from Finland.
Minsk is a neat city with numerous beautiful squares and green parks to counterbalance the gray Soviet architecture.
The most beautiful area of the city, which suffered severe damage during World War II, is called Trinity. The area, filled with colorful houses, cafes and galleries, attracts tourists with its scenic nature.
Flights, accommodation and getting around Minsk
Minsk is a destination for independent travelers – the city is not one of the typical package destinations. The easiest way to get to Minsk is to travel on a direct flight from the Belarusian airline Belavia from Helsinki. Ticket prices start at around 200 euros.
Like the big cities, Minsk has a wide range of hotel offerings – most of the mid-range hotels in the city. Unlike the low price level in the city, the higher quality hotels have quite high prices.
Minsk also has hostels for backpackers and budget travelers. You can search for rental apartments, for example, through the Airbnb website.
Minsk is easy to reach on foot, but the capital’s only metro network also serves tourists in the capital. It is a good idea to agree on the price with taxi drivers in advance or to check that a taximeter is used during the trip.
The main attractions of Minsk
Minsk lacks the famous sights that everyone knows. For those interested in the history and culture of Belarus, there are several interesting museums in the downtown area. The Belarusian Art Museum is also located in Minsk.
Especially in the spring and summer months, it is worth visiting the parks of Minsk. Gorky Park is a family-friendly outdoor destination that also offers fun from the Ferris wheel to other children’s equipment.
Other interesting park areas in Minsk include the Aleksandrovsky and Mikhailovsky Gardens decorated with sculptures.
The most famous squares in Minsk are Victory Square and Independence Square, which is one of the largest squares in Europe. In addition to major agencies, it is also surrounded by tourist attractions and entertainment services. A large shopping center has been built under the square.
From Minsk, you can also take a day trip to Mir Castle, for example, which is about 90 kilometers away. Completed in the 16th century, the historic castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.