A city with a difficult fate, having experienced a period of prosperity and decline, but carefully preserving its uniqueness, Minsk annually attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. Here you can feel the breath of the past, but at the same time, a fresh stream of air from the future. It doesn’t matter if you come by car for a few days, on business issues or to relatives, take the time to look at the main attractions of the city and feel how it lives. Among the main places that are definitely worth seeing: the town hall, the Red Church, Independence Avenue, Park them. Chelyuskintsev, Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War. When visiting restaurants, be sure to try potato pancakes, “sorcerers”, “machanica”, and “cold store”. And as a souvenir, bring linen products, Belarusian knitwear, clay products (mugs, pots, plates), local cosmetics.
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The car rental service at the Minsk airport is provided by the companies: Avis, Sixt, Auto-sale. Car rental desks are located in the arrivals hall. Parking is available near the airport. The tariff schedule is available on the airport website.
Pl. Independence, 15 chyrvony.by
Walking along Independence Square, it is impossible not to notice the Church of Saints Simeon and Elena - a famous monument of Soviet constructivism. To the left of the entrance you can see the Nagasaki bell, reminiscent of the consequences of nuclear disasters. The interior is architectural pomp. The vaults and walls are decorated with original paintings. Window stained-glass windows, bronze elements, fences are striking in the eye of extraordinary beauty. Despite many details, the 50-meter four-tier bell tower located in the south-eastern part of the church is considered a symbol of the shrine.
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Having rented a car, go to one of the most significant, but at the same time tragic places in Minsk - the Island of Tears. The main attraction here is a memorial in honor of the fallen compatriots in Afghanistan. It consists of several elements: a bronze sculpture of the Mother of God with a symbolic inscription, a temple that clearly resembles the shrine of Efrosinya of Polotsk of the 11th century, and the figure of a crying guardian angel. Residents of the city honor the place. The newlyweds come to lay flowers, and every year on February 15, war veterans gather here to honor the memory of the dead and meet with military comrades.
For a fun pastime with children, go to the water park, which is considered one of the largest European ones. There are many slides for children and adults, a spa area with a salt room, a tepidarium, a hammam and even a hotel complex with two-story bungalows. For a bite to eat or a tight lunch, guests can enjoy one of the 7 international bars. Among other services - the possibility of holding a wedding, birthday or corporate party.
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One of the most interesting architectural monuments of the city is the Bolshoi Theater, built in the middle of the 20th century. During its existence, he survived the looting by the Nazis and a complete restoration. Now there is a beautiful alley, decorated with ladies in lace dresses and dancing ballerinas. Near the theater entrance, tired dancers seem to relax. After examining the sculptures, be sure to take some pictures on a picturesque background.
St. Uborevich, 40 12 nemominsk.com
The best place for antistress is the Nemo Dolphinarium, where everyone will be interested in attending the performance, regardless of age. This is a modern wellness center where you can learn all about dolphin life, visit large-scale show programs and unique rooms, and even swim with kind and understanding mammals. It is proved that communication with dolphins gives vigor, strength and causes complete delight among all generations. So every guest will certainly come out of the dolphinarium with a lot of positive emotions. To get to the place, rent a car.
Fans of architectural monuments should definitely visit the town of Rakov, located 24 kilometers from Minsk. The main religious places are the Church of the Transfiguration, the old chapel, the church of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Church of St. Anne is considered a completely unique place, in the back yard of which is an ancient Catholic cemetery. For the most beautiful views, you should go to the Settlement, and if you want to get acquainted with art and culture, you can look at the Yanushkevichi Museum-Gallery. The city has retained its special charm, so the tour will definitely not leave anyone indifferent.
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90 kilometers from the capital is a completely unique place - Mir Castle. Its history began in the middle of the 15th century, when there was an urgent need for the construction of bastion fortifications to protect against attacks by the Crimean Tatars. Many times he passed into the possession of relatives of the first owner, from each of them the castle inherited some elements. Someone was building towers, new buildings, someone was breaking gardens. Today, tourists are invited to visit several excursions, during which it will turn out to see the halls of the Northern building of the palace (cellars, wine cellar, portrait, hunting halls), the South-Western tower with a battle gallery, a cellar, a tomb church and even a castle prison. In addition, there is an interactive photo platform with decorations. It will be possible to try on the image of a princess or prince and make some memorable pictures.
Having rented a car, go to the village of Raubichi for an excursion to the church of St. Matthew dating from the 17th century. Today, an original museum of national culture is working here, the collection of which contains sculptures of Saints Nicholas the Ugodnik, Peter, George the Victorious, the Archangel Michael. It is interesting that the faces of the saints were copied from ordinary people. During the tour you can also admire the national clothes of the late XIX-early XX centuries, as well as explore the Royal Gates, woven from yellow straw.
Polotsk is considered the oldest city of Kievan Rus, in which the most incredible monasteries, cathedrals, colleges, palaces were erected. The main religious attractions are St. Sophia Cathedral, where once ambassadors were received and shrines were preserved, the Spaso-Efrosinievsky monastery, founded at the beginning of the XII century. Fans of historical facts should visit the Museum of Medieval Knighthood, the Museum of Printing and the Jesuit College. It will also be interesting to stroll along the Red Bridge, whose name is associated with tragic events, to see the monument with the letter “Ў” and the monument to Francis Skorina.
The oldest city in Belarus, Vitebsk has been subjected to fires and attacks more than once, but historical sights have been preserved here, attracting tourists not only from the countries of the USSR. Among the main places worth seeing are the Repin Museum-Estate, the Governor's Palace, the Annunciation Church, and the Chagall House-Museum. The main monument of urban planning is the Old Town. If you want to diversify your tourist route and visit picturesque natural places, you should visit the Berezensky Biosphere Reserve (the best place for ecotourism and excursions with children), as well as a botanical garden where you can see greenhouses, an arboretum and even an old linden tree, which is about 100 years old.
St. Karl Marx, 36 babushka.gusto.by
For breakfast in Minsk the My English Grandmother restaurant is perfect. The interior of the institution is made in the best English traditions: it is light, cozy, and the main detail of the decor is antique furniture. It is worth trying pancakes, dumplings, a signature breakfast with sausages. As a drink, you should order coffee or anti-stress tea. Dishes are served in large portions, but the main highlight is the original design. It will be more convenient to get to the restaurant on a rental car.
Are you looking for a colorful place where you can go for lunch? Stop your choice on “Tavern on Parkova”. The restaurant staff kindly welcomes each visitor, helping to comfortably settle down and determine the range of dishes. On Saturdays, live music is played, national ceremonies are held, and the hall is completely filled, so if you want to have a good time, it is better to book a table in advance.
St. Lenin, 2 grandcafe.gusto.by
If you want to diversify your meals, for example, French cuisine, go to the “Grand Cafe”. The first thing that catches your eye is a stylish interior and a cozy atmosphere. The staff is extremely attentive and polite to each guest, the second thing that focuses on is first-class service. The restaurant has an extensive menu, including a cocktail menu. It is worth trying fish, steak, salad to your taste and dessert, especially creme brulee.
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Riding around Minsk in a rented car from attraction to attraction, stop for a snack at the Bistro de Luxe. It is worth trying roast beef, oysters, salted caramel, panna cotta. The interior is simple, while the friendly staff makes the place especially cozy. The restaurant is located in the center, so it is simply impossible not to notice. By the way, it will be convenient to settle here both together and a large company.
Pl. Liberty, 2 gambrinus.by
The best place for a boring evening is undoubtedly the Gambrinus gastro-pub. The restaurant has a cheerful and relaxed atmosphere, so the place is perfect for celebrating a birthday (you will certainly be presented with something original, such as beer glasses), and for gatherings with friends. It doesn’t matter if you are hungry or not, taste the steak and tartare, beer to your taste. The portions are large and the service is fast, you will definitely want to return to this place.
The Monastyrsky Hotel is an excellent accommodation option in the center of Minsk, which will be conveniently accommodated during a family trip or business trip. Guests can choose from standard rooms, doubles, suites, suites. In the mornings, you can enjoy hearty breakfasts in the Lavsky restaurant, and in the evenings you can have fun in the billiards bar. In addition, the hotel has a gym, sauna, spa area.
Planning to rent a car and looking for a luxury hotel for your vacation in Minsk? Choose your own “Renaissance Minsk”. The rooms are large and stylish, equipped with everything necessary. The staff is polite and attentive, helps to resolve any troubles. In the mornings, a rich buffet breakfast is served, especially fresh juices. After long excursions, you can drop by the spa, swim in the pool or work out in the fitness center.
Fans of fashionable hotels with the best interiors and a full range of services will surely enjoy Buta Boutique Hotel. Guests are offered standard rooms, family, business, suites. The apartments are spacious, bright and comfortable. Equipped with a working area in case of business trips. In the Buta restaurant you can not only have breakfast or dinner, but also arrange a buffet, corporate event or a meeting with partners. Those who like to have fun should visit the casino, who want to relax - in the spa area.
An excellent accommodation option in Minsk with a convenient location for business trips is the Slavyanskaya Hotel. It is famous for its excellent service: here you will be warmly welcomed and will help organize a buffet reception and hold a business event. The rooms are also comfortably furnished to make couples with children feel comfortable. The hotel provides a conference room, dry cleaning, shuttle service. You will spend the night in the bar for a cup of coffee and pleasant conversations.
If you plan to rent a car and are looking for a budget option for one or two days in Minsk, opt for the Sputnik hotel. The staff is friendly and helpful, in the morning a varied and hearty breakfast buffet is offered. The rooms are spacious and comfortably equipped. Among other services available: free parking, conference room, beauty services (haircuts, coloring, styling, manicures, pedicures).
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