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How to Spend 1 Day in Minsk

How to Spend 1 Day in Minsk

Although not well-known as a travel destination, the capital of Belarus is attractive and interesting, especially for architecture and history buffs. Nearly destroyed during World War II, Minsk was rebuilt in the Stalinist style of architecture popular in the Soviet Union at the time. Here are some ways to get to know the city in a day.

Morning: Take a walking tour

Walking is a good way to get a feel for Minsk, with its wide boulevards, sweeping plazas, spacious parks, and brutalist and neoclassical architecture. Join a guided tour to learn more about the sights, or wander independently and stop at shops, museums, and cafés along the way. Look out for the railway station, the Belarusian Government Building, October Square, the Palace of the Republic, the GUM department store, the Holy Spirit Cathedral, the KGB building, and the Trade Union Palace of Culture. If you’d rather not walk, the metro is a convenient way to get around.

Afternoon: Visit a museum or gallery

After the morning’s overview, zero in on a cultural attraction. Art enthusiasts love the Belarusian National Arts Museum, full of works by Russian, Soviet, and Belarusian artists. If you’re more of a history fan, check out the collection of propaganda posters and art at the Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War.  

Night: Tour the nightlife

End your visit with a nighttime tour of Minsk, and discover hot spots you might have overlooked on your own. Don’t miss sampling some local varieties of vodka, flavored with herbs, spices, berries, or honey—they’re more like liqueur. 

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Mir and Niasvizh UNESCO castles tour

Mir and Niasvizh UNESCO castles tour

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Discover Belarus beyond Minsk with this full-day castles tour. Visit the two small towns of Mir and Niesvizh, both home to 16th-century palaces. Follow your guide to see these Unesco-protected buildings and enjoy free time to explore independently at your own pace. Taste traditional fare during a lunch in Niesvizh complete with a samovar tea party and cakes.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Minsk Soviet tour

Minsk Soviet tour

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On this interesting Soviet tour of Minsk you will learn about the communist era in Belarus, and see many buildings and monuments that remain as reminders of that time. Your local guide will point out the Stalin-era buildings and the places that played a role in communist rule in Minsk. As this is a walking tour, you’ll experience the city up close.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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