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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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Sightseeing tour to The Mound of Glory

Sightseeing tour to The Mound of Glory

The Mound of Glory is a must-see attraction in Minsk, and it’s often one of the first that visitors see because it’s close to the airport. On this private tour you will visit the attractive and informative war memorial, and climb up the 241 steps to the top if you feel like it. This tour is an easy and comfortable way to visit this site, which is quite far from central Minsk.
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  • 2 hours
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$49.15
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$49.15
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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
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$121.65
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Individual Guided tour within Minsk city

Individual Guided tour within Minsk city

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This private guided tour of Minsk is an ideal trip for first-time visitors, or those who have a limited amount of time in the city and want to spend it exactly as they please. As this is a private tour, you can customize the itinerary to suit your own interests. Tour the grand boulevards, churches, or communist-era buildings. Your guide will tell you all about the culture and history of the city.
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  • 3 hours
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$141.31
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$141.31
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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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$24.58
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Private Sightseeing tour Minsk - Belovezhskaya Pushcha - Minsk

Private Sightseeing tour Minsk - Belovezhskaya Pushcha - Minsk

Visit the Belovezhskaya Pushcha--the biggest national park in Europe and part of the UNESCO-listed Białowieża Forest--on this convenient day trip from Minsk. Imagine what the whole of Europe once looked like at the park, where you can visit the museum, café, and enjoy other facilities offered directly by the park. A highlight is the large population of European bison. As this is a private tour, you also have the choice to stop at the Brest Fortress on the journey home.
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  • 12 hours
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$294.90
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Guided tour to Memorial complex Khatyn

Guided tour to Memorial complex Khatyn

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Learn more about Belarus’ role in World World II, and how the events of the era have affected the country, on this informative guide tour of Khatyn. The memorial commemorates the place where hundreds of civilians lost their lives, and is a sobering reminder of the horror of war. Your guide will help you understand the significance of the place. History enthusiasts will love this tour, as will anyone who wants to discover more about Belarus.
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  • 3 hours
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$217.49
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Sightseeing tour Minsk - Stalin Line Complex

Sightseeing tour Minsk - Stalin Line Complex

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History and military enthusiasts will love this private sightseeing tour of the Stalin Line Complex in Minsk. Your guide will take you to this important and interesting site, which represents an historic defense system dating from the 1930s. As this is a private tour you will get the chance to ask questions and stay longer at the places that interest you most.
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  • 2 hours
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$82.33
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Walking guided tour within Minsk city

Walking guided tour within Minsk city

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On this walking tour of the historical heart of Minsk you’ll experience the city on an intimate level, and see things that you’d miss if touring on a large bus. Walk past must-see and lesser-known sites while listening to stories from the city’s long history. This is an ideal tour for active and curious travelers who like to get to know the character of a place while traveling.
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  • 3 hours
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$110.59
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Private chauffeur service Minsk

Private chauffeur service Minsk

Do you prefer to have your own professional chauffeur in Minsk for a few hours with business class car? No matter what the occasion is - business trip, private trip, night in Minsk. Our drivers - professionals with years of experience in chauffeur driving. English speaking. So you can feel really comfortable during the ride. Be sure you will be to the right place on time!
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  • 1 to 12 hours
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$115.50
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$115.50
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