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Minsk: a historic city reborn

Book flights to Minsk with Etihad Airways and explore the fascinating capital of Belarus. Present day Minsk is a progressive city, attracting visitors from across the globe with open arms.

Renowned for its continual reinventions, the striking architecture covers a range of styles.

holy spirit cathedral minsk

Walking the city streets, you’ll spot grand Soviet-era civic buildings, historic cathedrals and elegant galleries and entertainment venues.

In the summer months, live music events are held in the parks and squares, which also host a variety of eateries serving delicious local cuisine.

Stroll through the famed botanical gardens to see the iconic Eternal Flame at Victory Square. Embark on exciting day trips to national parks and attractions such as Nesvizh Castle.

Experience all this and more when you fly to Minsk.

What’s the weather like in Minsk?

What’s the weather like in Minsk?

Average temperatureAverage rainfall

JAN

-5°C

4cm

FEB

-5°C

4cm

MAR

-2°C

4cm

APR

6°C

4cm

MAY

13°C

6cm

JUN

17°C

8cm

JUL

19°C

9cm

AUG

15°C

7cm

SEP

11°C

6cm

OCT

7°C

5cm

NOV

1°C

5cm

DEC

-3°C

5cm

Minsk is at its warmest in June and July – with an average temperature of 18°C. May, August and September are also pleasant.

Rainfall is at its lowest in late winter and early spring. Temperatures regularly drop below freezing between March and December so bring extra layers for exploring.

Reasons to visit Minsk

Beautiful Botanical Gardens

Indulge in the beauty of nature at Minsk’s Central Botanical Garden. At around 100 hectares, it’s one of the largest gardens in Europe. Expect eye-catching flowers, rows of towering trees and serene pathways to follow around the grounds when you step into this oasis of colour and peace within the heart of the city.

The unique plants in the Central Botanical Garden make it an incredibly popular venue for both locals and visitors alike. You’ll also find surprising sculptures and water features as you explore. Visit in the spring or summer for an especially colourful experience.

national library in minsk

Landmark library

Widely regarded as one of the most famous landmarks in Minsk, the National Library makes for a truly remarkable sight.

On the outside, it resembles a giant diamond, raised above the ground on a giant plinth. On the inside, this impressive building contains more than 20 reading rooms, which can fit thousands of eager researchers and knowledge-seekers. It would certainly take you a long time to take in all it has to offer: the archives are believed to store an incredible eight million books.

This unique structure also contains an observation deck and cafe, allowing visitors stunning panoramic views of the city.

victory square in minsk

Eternal flame

Minsk Victory Square is one of the capital’s most intriguing focal points. A perfect place to begin any Minsk tour, you’ll find it nestled in the heart of the historic centre of the city. Within the square is the Victory Monument – a must-see attraction. This wondrous sculpture holds the Eternal Flame, which burns in all weathers, all-year-round.

Independence Square is not far away, and it’s here that you can find the awe-inspiring St Peter and Paul Cathedral.

Things to know before you fly to Minsk

plane Airport transfers

After you step off your flight to Minsk National Airport (MSQ), there are a variety of ways to make the journey into the city itself. Buses from the airport stop at Uruchye metro station, near the city’s Central Bus Station, and taxis are also available. You can also arrange an airport transfer with Etihad.

bus Getting around

The metro is a convenient way to get around Minsk, with its two lines providing useful stops throughout the most popular parts of the city. Smart cards granting unlimited travel and single-trip tokens can both be purchased locally.

globe Language

There are two official languages in Belarus – Belarusian and Russian – with Russian the most widely used. In Minsk, many of the public transport signs are written in English and many restaurants have English menus available.

currency Currency

The local currency in Minsk and the rest of Belarus is the Belarussian Ruble (BYN). US dollars (USD) and euros (EUR) are more widely accepted for exchange than other currencies. Only exchange money at government licensed booths.

Flying to Minsk: FAQs

How many days should I spend in Minsk?

Allow three to five days to explore Minsk and its surrounding areas. Getting around the city is surprisingly easy, particularly with the metro. You may also want to head out on trips to visit historic landmarks at Mir, Nesvizh and Brest, as well as Belarus’s beautiful national parks. If so, you can easily extend your trip to a week or ten days.

Where are the top attractions in Minsk?

Independence Avenue showcases many of Minsk’s most popular sights. This huge thoroughfare stretches to nine miles in length and is home to some of the most iconic architecture in the city, including Independence Square, The House of Government and Minsk City Hall. The avenue is also home to the Belarus State Circus, Palace of the Republic and the former headquarters of the Soviet Union’s KGB.

What is the local food like in Minsk?

Belarusian food is typically warm and hearty. Potato is an important ingredient in local cuisine and draniki, potato pancakes typically served with sour cream, are a must-try dish in the city. Look out for kletski too, a type of meat dumpling, often added to soup.

The best of Minsk

A truly unique capital city of Europe book your plane tickets to Minsk and discover history alongside a modern atmosphere where visitors are most welcome.

It’s a great city to walk around and explore. Admire the old town, stroll along the Svislach river, and stop at rustic cafes for Belarusian food. Discover the story of Belarus by visiting historic sites like Victory Square and delve even deeper at the Belarusian State Museum of the History.

Minsk is a green city too and Gorky Park is the biggest green space of all. Travel a little further afield to Belavezhskaya Pushcha National Park – an ancient forest between Belarus and Poland where bison, wolves, martens and minks live.

Check out Atlas, Etihad’s online magazine, for more Minsk inspiration.

Weather in Minsk

-0 °C
Friday28 Feb 2020
1 °C
Saturday29 Feb 2020
2 °C
Sunday1 Mar 2020
5 °C
Monday2 Mar 2020
5 °C
Tuesday3 Mar 2020
6 °C
Wednesday4 Mar 2020
2 °C
Thursday5 Mar 2020
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