City Name: Minsk
Where is it located?: Minsk sits in the center of Belarus.
Why do people go there?: A former shining star of the Soviet empire, those who arrive at Minsk from ritzy and glitzy Western Europe may find the city a little, well, slow, but make no mistake – Minsk still offers plenty of attractions, nightlife and other modern conviences, former Soviet style.
How do travelers get there?: Buses from Vilnius and Poland are your best bet.
City Code: 172
Population: 1.8 million
Languages: Belarusian with a smattering of Russian
Attractions: Belarus National Museum of History and Culture, Minsk Sea, Mount of Glory
Tourist Office: http://www.belarusembassy.org/
Off-the-beaten-path: Minsk Observation Wheel, Kurapati forest, Nesvizh city with castle
Health Issues: None
Tips for Visiting
When to go: Although you’ll never have a problem with tourists, spring is the best time to go, due to the weather.
Common Phrases: Welcome= ?i????; Hello=Vitayu; How are you?= Jak spravy?; Pleased to meet you= Pryiemna paznajomicca; Excuse me= Daruytsye; Thank you= Dziakuy
How to get around?: Buses are the way to do it.
Good to know: Minsk is Belarus’ major cultural center.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Minsk is the Minsk International Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Minsk travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.