My Trip to Minsk!

The new visa rules allow Europeans, Americans and a number of other countries to visit Minsk without a visa for 5 days. There are no hidden charges of any sort, and people are not even required to go online and get a New Zealand ETA like I had to for my last New Zealand trip. Belarus is still a super cheap country (compared to the rest of Europe) and still has a fairly low amount of tourists.

The prices, amount of tourists and accessibility are 3 super important factors for me when booking a trip to another country. And I must say, Minsk delivered very well! It took me 4 hours to get there from Copenhagen with a small stop in Riga.

So, how to spend 5 days in Minsk?


Full day guided tour
First of all, unless speaking Russian or Belarusian, there can be a huge language barrier when going there. I highly recommend starting with a guided tour through the city, where the guide will tell you everything worth knowing about Minsk and the Belarusian history. One of the companies that I went on a guided tour with was BelAgro Travel, which consists of a super professional team. They know almost anything about everything.

I had Dzmitry with me for an entire day. Since it was just a private tour without other travelers, I felt very privileged to have him explain so many things to me. There was lots of time to ask questions, and he explained well, detailed and never ended up in a situation where he didn’t know the answer.

During my trip in Minsk I didn’t see any other tourist at all. Except for my guide speaking English really well (he had been living in the US for a few years), there was no point where I heard another language than Belarusian.

With BelAgro Travel you can be sure to see absolutely all parts of Minsk – including the hidden gems.

1 hour walking tour
However, if you’re not interested in a complete day tour, there is also the option to see the city by choosing a 1 hour walking tour. This tour is only 20 EUR, and you are guaranteed to have an English speaking guide with you. The good thing about choosing this is that it is a small group tour. This means that the group will consist of maximum 6 people, which gives you great opportunities to ask the guide lots of questions.

3 hour driving tour
If you think that 1 hour might not be enough to see everything Minsk has to offer, then I can highly recommend to choose a 3 hour private driving tour. Here, the English speaking guide will drive you around the city and show you everything that you should see, in a car with great interiors thanks to vehicle detailing services online. What I love about this option is that it is a private tour (you must be at least 2 people), although some people decide is better to drive by themselves so they use resources as used cars ottawa for this purpose.

After spending one day of visiting the major sights on the tour, you’ll also get to know which restaurants to dine at and where to go for coffee. I found my favorite coffee place super fast and also ended up eating at the same restaurant each day (of course I tried other places as well).

Starting each morning with a coffee from a café that has no name, I got prepared for the day. By doing this I gained enough energy to walk through the city for hours and inhale new impressions. At the coffee shop without a name, the owner made his own coffee recipe which includes more than 10 ingredients. The address is Vulica Kirava 11 if anyone should be interesting in trying out a completely different type of coffee. The owner doesn’t speak English and you probably won’t understand the menu (unless you speak the language of course), but he’ll gladly show you which one to choose.

My favorite restaurant experience in Minsk was going to Vasilki. The restaurant serves traditional Belarusian food in an environment that sets you back in time. When eating here during lunch time, you see that all the local people eat here as well. All types of people come here. You’ll see grandmothers gossiping, young couples and groups of friends eating here.

Another restaurant with a similar style as Vasilki is restaurant Lido, which is located really close to the food market Komarovka.

There are several authentic food markets in Minsk, which all deserve a visit. I only got to see one during my stay in Minsk, but it was fun to see how grocery shopping can be done completely different having far more choices than in a regular supermarket.

While you’re in Minsk, you definitely shouldn’t miss the opportunity to go to the circus. The Belarusian State Circus is a sight in itself, but the show will definitely be something you haven’t seen before. Even though the jongleur drops the cones several times, there are still amazing artists among the circus crew and you can be sure to be entertained during the entire show.

The seats in the circus obviously have different prices according to where you get the best view. Sitting in the front row isn’t actually that expensive, so while you’re there you should definitely invest in getting the full experience.

The show is divided into two parts, where the second part takes place after a short break and is all about lions and tigers. I do not support lions and tigers being prisoned to perform in a circus, but it was a huge cultural experience to see how the audience was entertained and loved the performance. Other parts of the show are super cool to watch and so different from a North European circus.

If you’re looking for a place to stay, I have made a list with my recommended places to stay at in Minsk.

Minsk was one of my favorite trips in 2017. It was like exploring a hidden gem, which is easily reachable once you get to know about this place. I am sure that the new visa rules will change many things in Minsk – once thing will be a new crowd of tourists wanting to explore the yet quite unexplored.

Thanks for an amazing trip, Dzmitry and all the people who live in Minsk. You gave me the culture experience I had been longing for.


By | 2020-03-31T21:46:34+01:00 January 2nd, 2018|9 Comments

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Marie is the founder of this blog, which has existed since 2012. Her entire life, she has had a passion for traveling and loves to explore and try out new adventures. Having visited 40+ countries so far, she keeps being in love with Africa and its incredible nature. She used to live in both Norway and Switzerland, but has moved her base back to Copenhagen, Denmark. Besides traveling, Marie loves reading books, writing and meeting new people.


  1. Jon January 7, 2018 at 5:01 PM - Reply

    Sounds like you had a really nice time 🙂 Im an english guy and ‘ve been living in Minsk for almost 4 years I really like it here but I hope Minsk doesn’t become another city with too many tourists ?
    I also think Russian is much more useful than Belarusian to know if you are in Minsk. I’ve heard Belarusian spoken in the streets as often as I have English!!

    • Marie Meier January 7, 2018 at 6:08 PM - Reply

      I already know lots of Danish people who plan on visiting Minsk because of the new visa rules. Hopefully it won’t be too crowded in the future!
      And good to know that Russian is much more useful. 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

      • Polina January 12, 2018 at 6:24 AM - Reply

        It’s amazing you liked Minsk, I’m glad. I live here and my dream is to see the world. I hope you had an amazing time here.

        • Marie Meier January 12, 2018 at 12:34 PM - Reply

          I certainly did. Minsk is one of my favorite cities in Europe! I am sure you’ll get to see the entire world, if that’s just what you want! 🙂

  2. Stephanie H. January 10, 2018 at 7:42 AM - Reply

    I’ve made a trip to Minsk, like the Chelyuskinites Park a lot. Nice green park in the middle of Minsk near the botanic garden. There are many old and nostalgic amusement devices. Nice walk for a sunny day.

    • Marie Meier January 12, 2018 at 12:37 PM - Reply

      Oh, the Chelyuskinites Park! I wanted to go there, but unfortunately I didn’t make it. I heard it should be such a nice place to go to. Definitely on my to-visit list for next time I’ll visit Minsk! 🙂

  3. Travelling With Tara January 2, 2019 at 8:32 PM - Reply

    Vasilki is great – absolutely love draniki ( I think that’s the name?!), the potato pancakes. I’m very jealous you managed to catch the Circus – unfortunately there were no shows on during my visit 🙁

    I believe they might have extended the visa to more than 5 days now? Will be interesting to see how tourism develops in Belarus…

    • Marie @ MARIESTRAVELS.COM January 2, 2019 at 9:21 PM - Reply

      Oh, really? I didn’t know about the extension. That is super interesting. I think the tourism will develop quite a lot over the next couple of years. 🙂

  4. Olga April 20, 2019 at 11:27 PM - Reply

    I was very glad to read your travelling story about Minsk! It is my second homecity 🙂 Not only park Chelyuskintsev must be in to-visit list. We have The Victory Park in the middle of the city, near the river Svisloch. I will be glad to help to all who would like to visit our capital and try draniki 🙂

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