Visit Minsk - Best of Minsk

Quite a few cities in the world have the fortune to Minsk. Prominently known as the capital of Belarus, this city is also headquarters of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Minsk has always been one to enjoy power. In the 20th century, in the timespan from the First World War to the end of the Cold War, Minsk served as the capital of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic. Its power caused it to be almost completely destroyed in the Second World War. However, much of the city was rebuilt in the 1950s according to the plans of Stalin. If you look at the map of the city, you will immediately realise this city has had its foundations in a very ancient period of history. Earliest historical references state that the city existed as a provincial city in the 11th century in the Polotsk province. The layout of the city today hints at the fact that it was heavily guarded and was very influential. All the time periods and events that unfolded in Minsk have influenced the city. The rich cultural heritage and the feel of aristocracy that lingers in the city air can hardly be missed by anyone. There are museums dedicated to the various aspects of the city’s life like the military age, the art age and the social practices. Another way to understand Minsk is by visiting the numerous churches and state buildings in the city. Each of these is an architectural masterpiece, not exactly following a Belarusian style of design, but charismatic and powerful in their style. These buildings are made to belong to the country thanks to the materials and the appearance given to them. Many of the buildings are pristine and white but the most important ones were constructed in red bricks. Minsk is almost circular in its layout. As you head out from the heart of town, you can see the various periods that gave prominence to the city. Despite its heritage, Minsk is modern in its approach to life. The Belarusian capital has all the facilities that make it one of the must-visit places in Europe. The people here are quite warm and friendly, if you can navigate through the language barrier. The overall atmosphere is quite lively and charming, much unlike the grim Soviet past that is a part of the city that cannot be erased completely. Minsk is a city that does not disappoint if you want the best of both worlds in one place.

Minsk Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Minsk tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: UTC +03.00
  • Currency: Belarusian Ruble
  • Language: Russian
  • Electricity: 220 V, 50 Hz
  • Internet: Most hotels offer free Wi-Fi. There are plenty of Wi-Fi spots all over the city.
  • Security: Emergency Number: Police – 102; Ambulance – 103; Bus Station – 114; Taxi – 107, 135, 152; Minsk Information Service – 168
  • Tipping: 5% of the restaurant bill.
  • Tipping is not expected but is appreciated.
  • Be careful when photographing state buildings and the Lenin Monument. It is likely to cause trouble.
  • Sometimes cars and delivery trucks ride on the sidewalks. Be careful if such a thing happens.
  • You will find it easier to move around the city of you know a bit of Russian or Belarusian. Only a few people in Minsk speak English.
  • This is a relatively safe city, even at night. There is plenty of police protection throughout the city.

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Facts and Stats for Minsk*

  • Pollution Statistics in Minsk

    Know the pollution level of Minsk before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 40.38 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 40.22 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 42.39 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 15.1 (Very Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 36.98 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25.56 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 27.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 24.48 (Low)
  • Minsk: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Minsk for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Minsk.

    • Burglary and Theft 22.16 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 18.82 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 17.05 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 60.11 (High)
    • Car Stealing 17.53 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 31.4 (Low)
    • Attacks 25.85 (Low)
    • Drug offense 30.9 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 90.63 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 72.75 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 25 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 12.36 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 30.68 (Low)
  • Living in Minsk - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Minsk is 141.17 (High)

    • Safety Index 75.41 (High)
    • Climate Index 64.37 (High)
    • Pollution Index 41.35 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 29.82 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 33.83 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 58.29 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 13.8 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 45.87 (Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Minsk

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Minsk

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.04 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 41.17 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 91.19 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 78.2 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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