Minsk Belarus Tourist Information

Minsk Travel Guide

Minsk, the capital of Belarus, is scenically situated along the banks of the Svisloch River on the southeastern slope of the Minsk Hills, just 310 miles east of Warsaw. The geography of Minsk was formed during the Ice Ages as an ancient river valley was formed by water flowing from melting ice sheets. The city was originally founded on the hills, although the Minsk of today includes areas of mixed forests, flat plains in the southeast, and hilly terrains in the west.

Today, the city is filled with scenic parks and well-appointed boulevards with a mixture of architectural elements lining the wide streets. Minsk is a top tourist destination largely due to the friendliness and interesting culture of the Belarusian people. The city is also one of the cleanest and most beautiful cities of the former Soviet Union and has a wealth of museums, theatres and cathedrals to choose from. It is also home to the world-famous Belarusian ballet.

Minsk Tourist Attractions

Minsk is the major cultural centre of Belarus and houses a plethora of museums including the unique Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum, the Belarusian Nature and Environment Museum and the Ethnography and Folklore Museum. The city also has 139 libraries sprinkled throughout the city, plus 11 major theatres.

One of the most interesting elements of the city is the monolithic churches and cathedrals that can be found virtually everywhere. The Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Spirit is an excellent example of 16th and 17th centuries Baroque architecture, while the remarkable Neo-Romanesque Roman Catholic cathedral of Sts. Simeon and Helene - erected in 1910 - demonstrates the architectural mastery of modern times. One of the most impressive religious structures in the city is the St. Mary Magdalene church, which was built in the Russian imperial period of the town's history.

Sports in Minsk

Spectator sports are also a major focus in Minsk, as the city is home to a few professional football clubs. Dinamo Minsk is the premier Belarusian football club, playing in Minsk. You can catch them winning a home game at the 41,040-capacity Dinamo Stadion.

Visitors who prefer to participate in sports rather than be a spectator will find ample opportunities to indulge in the many sports on offer. The skiing opportunities in Minsk are excellent. Other outdoor activities include boating, fishing, climbing and mountaineering, and trekking and hiking.

If you do plan to engage in any mountain or water sports, we strongly advise you take out travel insurance before you travel to Minsk. With a comprehensive insurance plan, you can have peace of mind knowing that you will be taken care of in case of an illness or accident.