Minsk is a capital city and the biggest city in Belarus. There are main institutions located there such as parliament, theatres, banks and the most impressive tourist attractions. The city and the country were led by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (USRR) until 1991, when the disintegration of the USRR took place. Nowadays, the tourists who visit the city can feel and see the time of communism because the majority of buildings were designed and built during that period. There are very few places which demonstrate what Minsk looked like before the Second World War – most of those places have been destroyed during the War.
Architecture in Minsk
The buildings which are placed in the city are the mirrors of the past. They present how the city looked a decade ago or even a few centuries ago. When it comes to listed buildings, it is worth looking closer at the Independence Square, House of Government and Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church. The House of Government is a building which was built during the time of communism. It is a true relic of the past. In front of it, the traveller will find the monument of Lenin and a huge square. The Independence Square is situated right next to the House of Government. It is the most significant square in Belarus. There travellers can find parliament, two universities, the main post office and an enormous shopping centre, which is located under the square.
The Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church – it is the Catholic Church which was built between the second half of the seventeenth century and early eighteenth century. It is a Baroque-style building which looks amazing. It is one of the most breath-taking places in Minsk. The Catholic Church may surprise some visitors because Belarus is well-known as an Orthodox nation.
Entertainment in Minsk
Every traveller who is bored with visiting museums and churches in Minsk will definitely love the entertainment side of the city. There are three places which can fascinate travellers. They are: Minsk Zoo, National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Belarus and Olimpic Sport Centre in Rubichi (near Minsk).
Nature in the Capital of Belarus
Although Minsk is a huge city, there a traveller can also find plenty of peaceful and green areas. What is more, the travellers who enjoy nature can visit three places where the aura of peace and beauty will charm them. Those places are: the Island of Birds, Victory Park and Central Botanical Garden of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. The Island of Birds is an island which is located in the heart of Minsk. However, it is a place where holidaymakers can forget about their busy lifestyle and watch the birds and wild ducks.
Central Botanical Garden of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus is another huge park where you can relax and get away from the city fuss. It is the perfect location if you want to enjoy nature, read a book or just look at the swans which make the place more interesting. There are plenty of monuments to see and benches to sit on and relax in the park.
Minsk Airport [MSQ]
Minsk National Airport is the main airport in Belarus. Minsk is also a capital city of Belarus.
The airport is located 42 kilometres (26 miles) from the city centre. It used to be known as Minsk-2 airport, but since 1982 it has been the only international airport in Minsk. Minsk-1 airport was closed down in 2007 but until 1982 it was the place where Belarusian citizens soared into the air. Nowadays, the Minsk airport is recognized to be one of the biggest airports in this area. What is more, the statistics prove that the passenger traffic is increasing every year. According to the statistics, there were 2,593,559 passengers served in 2014. Those numbers can confirm that the Minsk airport took a significant position in the international airport rankings and it is worth considering.
Get to the airport and fly to … where?
The holidaymakers and business executives are able to find plenty of destinations where they can travel to have a rest or for business purposes. The airport offers more than forty international destinations, including Western Europe, the Near East and other interesting regions. Some of the destinations which can be visited by the passengers are Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Belgrade, St. Petersburg, Warsaw and many other noteworthy places. On the Internet, you are also able to find flight tickets at reasonable prices which will meet the financial expectations of numerous travellers.
At the airport
At the airport, travellers will find one terminal and one operative runaway. The passengers who wait for the departures may use some of the facilities which are provided for the travellers, such as restaurants, coffee houses, bars, shops, banks, cash machines and exchanging offices. There is also access given to the Internet. What is more, at Minsk airport you can also feel like a king or queen because the passengers can make use of the VIP lounge. Every VIP passenger who arrives at the airport will meet a personal agent who will take you to the VIP lounge. The person will take care of your luggage and documents.
The VIP passenger will wait in the VIP waiting room with an enhanced level of comfort. In the lounge, the traveller can have delicious meals, read the latest newspapers and magazines, surf the Internet and much more. When the departure time comes, the passenger will be escorted to the boarding of the plane.
To the city centre
The Minsk city centre is located 42 kilometres from the airport. It is not very far and travellers can visit the capital city of Belarus. When it comes to transport from the airport, holidaymakers have a few options to choose from.
The passengers can take the bus, which departs from the bus stop every 45 minutes. The journey to the city centre usually takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes. There are also minibuses which leave the airport every 30 minutes, and it takes 1 hour and 20 minutes to reach the city centre. There are also taxis – this mean of transport provides the fastest journeys which take only 40 minutes and cost from $30 to $50.
Minsk as a capital of Belarus has a lot to offer. The tourists can go sightseeing and explore the most fascinating places in Minsk such as Independence Square, House of Government and Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church. What is more, Minsk is also a place where various business people meet to make deals. The third purpose of visiting the city is definitely entertainment and the possibility to see some excellent plays or ballet performances. For those travelers are prepared thousands places to stay in various prices.
Luxurious hotels in Minsk
There are located more than 10 five and four-star hotels in Minsk. The majority of the hotels are located in the city centers. They provide every little thing which is demanded by the customers. What is more, there are also located branded hotels such as Crowne Plaza, Double Tree, Renaissance and Warwick hotel. The hotel guests can be certain that those hotels provide the same standards like other branded hotels in the world.
The hotels usually provides plenty of facilities to the hotel guests such as restaurant, swimming pool, wi-fi, room services, free parking space, free transfer to the airport and fitness center with gym. When it comes to the hotel rooms, they are designed to be practical, multifunctional and aesthetically looking. The rooms are spacious and provide a lot of useful equipment, for example individual air-condition and heating, fridge, mini bar in the living room and hairdryer in bathroom.
The hotels for businessmen
At present, Minsk is going to be the business center for plenty of international companies which want to open the offices in the city. There are also some business people who come to Minsk to make deals and leave the city after few days. The business people and company owners have usually specific requests which are often fulfilled by the hotel employees. The businessmen can receive full service when it comes to hotel room as well as the hotel facilities. The hotels provide car rental, 24-hour front desk, laundry, dry cleaning, ironing services, shoeshine, meeting and banquet facilities, business center, access to the fax and photocopying. Those facilities also allow to run temporary business in the hotel room.
Hotels located close to Minsk Airport
Minsk is a significant transit city for the travelers who want to visit the Russian Federation and the Near East. The majority of the holidaymakers are not interested in staying in the city for a long time. They want to get to the airport as fast as they can and discover other places.
The Minsk airport is situated over forty kilometers from the center of the city where the majority of hotels and hostels are located but the holidaymakers can also find some accommodation close to the airport. However, it is noteworthy that there is no accommodation very close to the airport. Still, the travelers have to go about twenty kilometers to the nearest holiday home. The plus of this accommodation is its location – in a peaceful area.
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