Minsk in Belarus, a pleasant surprise!

Wow! Entering the elevator and starting the way up to amazed me already then! Going up to 28th floor and getting out at the terrace at “The View” was simply stunning! Just forget about going anywhere else for the view. This is it! Sitting by the tall table facing the window, the city was literally at my feet.

Great view of Minsk, Belarus seen from The View

Great view of Minsk seen from “The View”

I do not know where to start… Minsk has surprised me time after time. Or, correction; what I have seen of Belarus in general has. But the latter is a different story…

The Holy Spirit Cathedral is probable what catches your eye first, but there is so much more to it. Minsk is a really clean city, and has lots of parks, a lake, and nice walking paths along the river.

Most of Minsk was destroyed during WW2, but a small part still remain. The houses of the old town are mostly colorful, and the most photogenic part is situated by the lakeside. There are many nice bars and restaurants, with nice patios to enjoy outside on a nice day.

My favorite tip when getting to a new place certainly also apply here; just wander around getting lost. My absolute favorite is to know a local, knowing where to go. I was really lucky to have one in Minsk! But as most travel without knowing the locals that is my bonus trick.

What to see in Minsk? I will let the photos speak for me…

Holy Spirit Cathedral

Holy Spirit Cathedral

The area around Holy Spirit Cathedral Minsk, Belarus

Behind the Holy Spirit Cathedral

Behind the Holy Spirit Cathedral

Minsk, Belarus
Old Town in Minsk, Belarus Old Town in Minsk, Belarus

Old Town in Minsk, Belarus

Old Town in Minsk

Old Town in Minsk, Belarus

The Km 0 mark is situated at the October Square in front of the Palace of Republic

October Square

The Km0 mark is situated at the October Square in front of the Palace of Republic

The Km 0 mark

October Square in Minsk, Belarus

Victory Square in Minsk

Victory Square

Names of the fallen under Victory Square in Minsk

Under Victory Square, honoring the fallen in the war.

The Circus in Minsk

The Circus

National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus

National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus.

A walk in one of the parks in Minsk, Belarus

A walk in one of the parks in Minsk.

A nice walk along the river in Minsk, Belarus

A nice walk along the river.

Fountain of Independence and the Church of Saints Simon and Helena in Minsk, Belarus

Fountain of Independence and the Church of Saints Simon and Helena

Fountain of Independence in Minsk, Belarus

Independence Square, Minsk, Belarus

Independence Square

When I visited it was also the “Victory Day”, so there was a huge military parade celebrating 70 years since WW2 ended.
“Victory Day” in Minsk. There was a huge military parade celebrating 70 years since WW2 ended “Victory Day” in Minsk. A huge military parade celebrating 70 years since WW2 ended Celebrating Victory Day 70 years after

3 thoughts on “Minsk in Belarus, a pleasant surprise!

  1. Minsk ser jo kjempeflott ut! En veldig hvit by ser det ut som. Jeg er skikkelig positivt overrasket 🙂 Gleder meg til fortsettelsen! Nå har jeg bestemt meg for Hviterussland, Ukraina og Moldova på senvåren engang, må bare finne datoer som passer :p

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  2. Pingback: Day trip from Minsk to Mir castle and Niasvizh – Life is a journey!

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