Minsk is the capital of the Republic of Belarus. The first mention of the city can be found in the Primary Chronicle (a history of Kievan Rus’) and dates to 1067. However, despite its age, Minsk can’t boast of having much ancient architecture; often affected by major historical events, the city has been repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt. Nevertheless, Minsk is a gem well worth visiting and is sure to satisfy even the most exacting travellers.
Minsk is very picturesque and colourful. It will charm visitors year-round with its beauty and harmony between architecture and nature, the proximity of ancient monuments, buildings from Stalin’s time, its cosy cafes and the hospitality of its citizens.
The easiest way to get there is to fly. Aeroflot operates direct, 90-minute flights from Moscow to Minsk International Airport. For the best deals, look for round-trip tickets and be sure to book in advance.