Top 7 Things To Do in Minsk

Minsk is probably the only European capital city that is largely untouched by masses of tourists. It isn't a city full of attractions, but there are certainly enough things to see and do to keep you entertained for a few days. Here are the top attractions and things to see and do in Minsk, Belarus.

Lenin Square and Lenin Statue

The most famous square in Minsk is known as Lenin Square (its proper name is Independence Square, but it was at one point named Lenin Square). There is an absolutely massive statue of Lenin in the square - one of the only remaining statues of Lenin in Europe that is still standing.

Victory Square

Another key landmark is the victory square. It is 38 meters high, and at the base of it has a flame that runs 24/7. Despite it being a big landmark in Minsk, when I visited I didn't see many other tourists around it.

KGB Headquarters

This is just a building. You can't go in, and you probably shouldn't take photos of it. But it is interesting because Belarus still actually has the KGB. Check out this Wikipedia page about it.

WWII Museum

This is a very cheap (under 5 USD/5 EUR) musuem that is massive and full of military vehicles (including many tanks), guns and other memorabilia from WWII.

Even if you don't have an interest in WWII you should check it out!

National Library Viewing Platform

You can go to the top of this building (which is around 7km away from the city center) and get some great panoramic views of the city of Minsk. It costs just a couple of euros to enter, and you will probably be the only person up there!

Island of Tears

This is another famous landmark in Minsk. It is to commemorate soliders who died in the Soviet-Afghanistan war a few decades ago.

The Red Church

This is a couple hundred meters away from the big Lenin statue. It is on many of the postcards which you can buy in Minsk. It is a church, with red bricks. I kind of feel this is over rated, but it had to be mentioned as you can't find a list about Minsk attractions without mentioning the red church!

If you are interested in visiting Minsk and want to see a much more in depth travel guide, then please check out our full Ultimate Minsk Travel Guide page!

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Mon 15th January, 2018

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