Minsk is the beautiful capital of Belarus, which is an ancient city, and the tourists flock here to get a good slice of its medieval past. It is mentioned in the Medieval Chronicles that date back almost a thousand years. The city is situated on the Svislach and Nyamiha rivers in a picturesque setting, which used to be an ancient trade route that connected the Black Sea to the Baltic Sea.
Minsk is considered to be one of the best cities of the former Soviet Union and there are a lot of things to do in Minsk while on vacation.
If you have at least a day to spare in this city, you should visit Belarusian National Arts Museum – a haven for art lovers. This museum has the largest collection of artifacts in the country – 27,000 pieces of art! It is located right in the middle of the city on Lenin Road.
The National Library is known as the ‘diamond of knowledge’. It stands 74 meters tall with 23 floors, with a capacity to store over 14 million books. On the top floor of the building, there is an open air observation pad where you can get a fantastic view of the entire city. It is a definite must-go for a first timer in Minsk. You can also catch a quick lunch in this area since there are quite a few good restaurants around here.
Animal lovers will love this small yet beautiful zoo located on the outskirts of the city.
Those who prefer getting to know more about history of the country can visit Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum or Old Belarusian History Museum.
The city is a perfect blend of old meets new. Minsk has vibrant nightlife with a number of clubs, discotheques, bars and casinos.
Minsk has a warm summer hemiboreal humid continental climate. The average January temperature is −4.5 °C (23.9 °F), while the average July temperature is 18.5 °C (65.3 °F).
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