Minsk in winter. Taken on January 2, 2017.
The Belarus introduces five-day visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries from 12 February 2017.
The document introduces the visa-free entry through the border checkpoint at the Minsk National Airport and the visa-free stay in Belarus for up to 5 days for the citizens of 80 states. These are 39 countries of Europe, including the entire European Union, Brazil, Indonesia, the USA, Japan, and other countries.
History of Minsk started when Early East Slavs settled the forested hills of today’s Minsk by the 9th century. They had been migrating from further south and pushing the preceding Balts northwards. The valley of Svislach river was settlement boundary between two Early East Slavs’ tribal unions – Krivich and Dregovichs. By 980 the area was incorporated into the early medieval Principality of Polatsk, one of the earliest East Slav states alongside with the principalities of Kiev and Novgorod. There is no exact historical record for the date when Minsk was founded. It was first mentioned (as Mensk) in the Primary Chronicle in 1067. Minsk was hosted the 2014 IIHF World Championship. By the by, the visa requirements for the entry to Belarus during the 2014 Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships: (on 25 April – 31 May 2014) was visa-free.
26 Places to visit in Minsk or things to see:
- The Minsk upper town, Nemiga: the cathedral, church, Town Hall.
- Kilometer Zero.
- Opera house.
- Troitskoye Predmestye (Trinity Suburb).
- Niezaliežnasci Square (Independence Square).
- The Parliament building.
- Church of St. Simon and St. Helena (Red Church).
- Church of the Holy Trinity (St.Roch) on the Golden Jam.
- Gorky Park.
- Independence Avenue (praspiekt Niezaliežnasci).
- Building of KGB Headquarters is a historical landmark in the heart of the capital city.
- The National Museum.
- Passenger Railway Station and the Railway station (Pryvakzalnaja) square.
- Orthodox Elisavetinsky Monastery.
- Cemetery. Calvary Chapel.
- Yakub Kolas Square.
- Children’s Railroad
- Palats Mastatsva (Art Palace) – opens from 10 am until 7 pm Tuesdays through Sundays and offers FREE admission sometimes.
- The National Library.
- Museum of History of the Great Patriotic War
- The Komsomolskoye lake.
- Pischalovsky Castle – Prison.
- Belarusian State Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Lifestyle.
- Prushinsky’s country estate in Loshica.
- Osmolovka is the first luxury neighborhood after 1945, probably, will soon be demolished.
We also recommend walk around city at night till 24:00h.: The buildings are highlighted. Here’s another travel tips.
Where to eat cheaply in Minsk? Recommended ‘budget’ place in center of city for lunch, save money on food.
- Cheap Eats: Central Department Store (ЦУМ: Belarussian, TSUM), Olymp сafe on the second floor. There you can eat dense for 4-7 Euro. Attention! There is no WC. Addess of TSUM: praspiekt Niezaliežnasci 54 (Independence Avenue, 54). Plošča Jakuba Kolasa underground station.
- Near the Central Department Store, on the opposite side of the Independence Avenue (praspiekt Niezaliežnasci) located Lido restaurant fastfood. There lunch will be more expensive, but the interior is modern than interior of epoch of the Soviet Union at the TSUM cafe. There is free WC. Address of LIDO: praspiekt Niezaliežnasci 49/1 (Independence Avenue, 49/1). Plošča Jakuba Kolasa underground station.
Scheme of lines Minsk underground. Hotels in Minsk near metro, click here.
Tips and Warnings for traveling to Minsk and Belarus.
Have to say the Belarus retains the flavor of the old Soviet Union a still. English is not widely spoken here. The official languages are Belarusian and Russian.
Panoramic view of Niezaliežnasci Square, catholic church of St.Simon and St.Helena, Parliament Building, the building of the University, Minsk Hotel, Stolitsa Underground Mall – Minsk panorama:
A few words about the catholic church of St.Simon and St.Helena (Red Church). This church is one of the symbols of the city, it is located in the center of the city. Church survived thanks to Vatican. During USSR the communist authorities wanted to dismantle it. When the Vatican found this out, they decided to recreate that church in Europe somewhere, was prepared an area for this project. As a result, the communist authorities refused to dismantle, and decided to keep catholic church – so as not to provoke an international scandal.
Panorama of Yakub Kolas Square:
Best free things to do today in Minsk.
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