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Capital:   Minsk
Currency:   Belarusian ruble
Time Zone:   GMT + 3
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Still relatively off-the-beaten-tourist track, Minsk isn't quite overwhelmed with festivals and events. For the nostalgic amongst us, 9th May is Victory Day, celebrating victory in the Great Fatherland War (World War II) and veterans parade in the centre of Minsk.
Mir Medieval Castle, Belarus
 
Medieval castle in Nesvizh, Belarus
 
Cathedral of St. Nicholas in the Brest Fortress, Belarus
 

Minsk City Breaks

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A city break in Belarus is arguably like no other in all of Europe. A relic of Soviet times, “White Russia”, as it was once known, is like a living museum offering a unique and peculiar glimpse into the past. Scratch beyond the surface, though, and you will also find a young and energetic core - full of bustling nightlife, gastronomic delights and fashionable shops.

The emerging city of Minsk best exemplifies the conflict between old and new in a nation where staunch isolationism and strict regulation are met head on by youthful exuberance and progress, and a city break in Belarus is the ideal way in which to get a taste of the idiosyncrasies found in such a place.

Patrolling militia police and other relics of the cold war do little to get in the way of a burgeoning cultural scene which encompasses ballet, modern art, opera, theatre and rock music. And despite much of the city being rebuilt by the Soviets after 80% of its buildings were destroyed in World War II, Minsk still retains a certain architectural charm and individuality.

A Belarus city break is perfect for those fascinated by 20th Century history, the cold war years in particular. The KGB building in Minsk is still operational, while the Museum of History of the Great Patriotic War and the Katyn memorial present solemn reminders of the horrors that the Belarusian people faced during World War II.

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