Minsk - Belarus

The capital city of Belarus, Minsk is a tourist destination with a difference. While lacking in the striking attractions that typify many European capitals, there is plenty to find for more determined travellers. What’s more, there are some real bargains to be found outside the Eurozone.

The capital and largest city in Belarus, Minsk sits on the rivers Svislach and Niamiha. This city has a population of approximately 1,830,000, as calculated in 2008.



The earliest references to Minsk date to 1067. It was annexed by Russia in 1793, and, from 1919 until the fall of communism, Minsk was the capital of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic (BSSR).

Restaurants and Bars

Minsk’s nightlife is limited compared to many European capitals. The restaurants and bars close at 11pm and only a couple of venues stay open through the night. Your Belarusian Roubles will stretch a long way if you choose your venues carefully.


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Minsk has mild summers and cold winters.

The average January temperature is minus 6.1 Celsius, while the average temperature in the peak of the summer is just under 18 C.

The Belarusian air is often highly moist, with humidity levels at 80-90%, especially during the cold season. Minsk receives annual precipitation of 646 mm, of which a third falls as snow and rain during the cold period and two thirds in the warm period.

Useful Links

US Embassy Minsk

BBC Weather Minsk