Chilly Minsk is a whole new adventure of a city
Being capital not only of Belarus, but of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Belarus has a modern, post-war feel about it with plenty of fascinating Soviet-era architecture from the 40s and 50s, but look between the concrete blocks and you’ll find hidden gems including beautifully restored churches and more.
|Time zone:||GMT +2 hours (GMT +3 hours in summer)|
|Flight Time:||4 hours 50|
|Holiday type:||City break|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 9.6°C
Rainfall: 677mm a year
The church of Saints Peter and Paul on Vulitsa Rakovskaja is Minsk’s oldest, dating from around 1613.
Must eat at:
Taj, on Vulitsa Brilevskaja, specialises in delicious food with a distinctly Northern Indian flavour, with plenty of vegetarian options and even a menu in English (a rarity in these parts).
Must be there for:
Winter in Minsk is, though a touch chilly, a wonderful time to come. The city crisps over and rugs-up, and its legendary outdoor ice rink is open to the public. Come to the Palats Respubliki for a lesson from the locals!
- A few words of Belarusian or Russian will go a long way in this part of the world. English isn’t widely spoken, except in the most touristy of places.
- Take a trip out of town to the Minskoe More reservoir for its beach and watersports – perfect in summer when the inland heat starts to build.
British citizens need a visa to visit Belarus. More information
Duty free shopping:
Although Belarus is in Europe, it is outside of the EU Value Added Tax Area so you can benefit from duty free prices on certain items purchased when travelling to Minsk through our terminals. More information.
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