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Capital:   Minsk
Currency:   Belarusian ruble
Time Zone:   GMT + 3
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Christina Gibbons
After your fill of Soviet-era attractions, you will be surprised at the bewildering selection of freshly brewed beer at the Rakovsky Brovar microbrewery. As you sup a thirst-quenching beer watch the next batch brewed through the glass-sided microbrewery. Before those powerful beers ‘hit the spot’ too quickly have a meal in their popular restaurant, much frequented by Minsk residents.
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Dig deep to discover the fun and charm of Minsk. You will think you have stepped back to Soviet times with its Communist-era blocks and statue of Lenin in Independence Square but this is part of Minsk’s attractions. Follow a route from Independence Square to October Square and get your fill of Stalin-era grandiose gems including the Post Office, GUM Department Store and Palace of Culture. Take a tour to the intriguing Stalin Line, fortifications to protect the Soviet Union from Western aggression. The city comes alive at night where you will be pleasantly surprised by its fine restaurants and buzzing live music venues.

Visiting Belarus is like stepping back into the Soviet Union. After total destruction during the Second World War, Minsk, the Belarussian capital, was reconstructed in the 1950s as a model Soviet city. Located on the banks of the Svisloch River, Minsk passed up its post-war chance to Europeanise like its Baltic neighbours, and visitors can judge for themselves how effective their neo-communist model was. Lenin still stands proudly in the main square. If the Soviet style becomes too much, you can seek refuge in more classical attractions.

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A visit to the Line of Stalin and the recently opened museum. The Line of Stalin was a fortification line built in 1933 to protect the western borders of the U.S.S.R. It stretched for more than 2000 km from the Barents to the Black sea and consisted of 21 fortified regions.

Taste regional specialities such as Belarussian Borshch (beetroot soup served with sour cream) and Draniki (potato pancakes), washed down with Belovezhskaya Bitter, the local beer made with 100 different herbs.

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Best of Western Belarus
BelarusBelarus
Explore the sights and towns to the west of Minsk including Grodno, one of the oldest cities in Belarus and Brest, a former...
  • Tailor-Made
From £940 per adult
8 Day Tour
Suggested Itinerary
Flights included
A Journey from Belarus to Kaliningrad
BelarusBelarus
LithuaniaLithuania
RussiaRussia
This new individual itinerary starts in Minsk, where you will feel like you have stepped back in time to the Soviet days,...
  • Tailor-Made
From £1095 per adult
13 Day Tour
Suggested Itinerary
Flights included
3 Night City Break: Sputnik Hotel
BelarusMinsk, Belarus
Occupying a distinctly Soviet-era building, this hotel is full of character (Soviet!) and a breath of fresh air from usual budget...
  • City Breaks
From £555 per adult
3 Nights, Bed and Breakfast
Flights included
3 Night City Break: Hotel Minsk
BelarusMinsk, Belarus
Once you step inside the door you could easily forget you are in Minsk. The opulent lobby and classy rooms in this 4-star hotel...
  • City Breaks
From £685 per adult
3 Nights, Bed and Breakfast
Flights included