Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Minsk

Museum of the Great Patriotic War

Housed in a garish new building, Minsk's best museum houses an excellent display detailing Belarus' suffering and heroism during the Nazi occupation. With English explanations throughout, atmospheric dioramas and a …
Architecture in Minsk

Pr Nezalezhnastsi

Minsk's main thoroughfare impresses with its sheer girth. Formerly pr Francyska Skaryny, it runs the length of the modern city, beginning near the train station at the stubbornly austere and expansive pl Nezalezhnas…
Museum in Minsk

Stalin Line Museum

A must for military buffs is this impressive collection of tanks, missiles, helicopters and all other manner of Soviet war paraphernalia in an open field in Lashany, about 25km northwest of Minsk. While the theme is…
Museum in Minsk

Museum of Folk Architecture & Rural Lifestyle

Several dozen traditional wood houses, a school, a church and an old windmill have been transplanted to this open-air folk museum in Azyartso, 15km southwest of central Minsk. While not as developed as the similarly…
Museum in Minsk

Belarusian State Art Museum

This excellent state museum has been renovated and now includes a light-bathed extension out back that features local art from the 1940s to the 1970s. Don't miss Valentin Volkov's socialist realist Minsk on July 3, …
Museum in Minsk

National History Museum

This old museum is a little more user-friendly these days thanks to the occasional English placard and an upgraded collection of artefacts.
Square in Minsk

Pl Svabody

In the heart of the Old Town just off central vul Lenina is charming pl Svabody, lorded over by the white medieval Ratusha (town hall). Just northeast of the square is the baroque, twin-towered Orthodox Cathedral of…
Historic Site in Minsk

Trinity Hill

Trinity Hill is a pleasant – if tiny – re-creation of Minsk's pre-war buildings on a pretty bend of the river just a little north of the centre. It has a few little cafes, restaurants and shops, and a walking bridge…
Monument in Minsk

Zaslavsky Jewish Monument

This extremely moving sight, rather hidden away in a sunken gully amid trees off vul Melnikayte, commemorates the savage murder of 5000 Jews from Minsk at the hands of the Nazis on 2 March 1942.
Library in Minsk

National Library of Belarus

For a taste of post-Soviet Belarus, head north of the centre to the new national library, a ghastly piece of Lukashenko-approved hubris. You'll need your passport to enter the main building, which is in the shape of…