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How to Spend 3 Days in Minsk

How to Spend 3 Days in Minsk

A fascinating place in its own right, Minsk is also a good base for venturing farther afield in Belarus. With three days in the capital, you can explore the city, visit a castle, spend an evening at the Bolshoi, and more. Here’s how.

Day 1: Discover Central Minsk

As Minsk was largely destroyed during World War II, most of the current city dates from the 1950s. The wide boulevards, attractive parks, and brutalist and neoclassical architecture are a dream for architecture enthusiasts and avid photographers. 

Spend the morning on a self-guided or guided tour, either on foot or by metro. After lunch, head over to one of the city’s galleries or museums. Art lovers shouldn’t miss the Belarusian National Arts Museum, featuring work by Russian, Soviet, and Belarusian artists. The Belarusian State Museum of the History of the Great Patriotic War is also worth checking out, especially for its collection of propaganda art.

In the evening, seek out some authentic Belarusian cuisine for dinner. You’ll find fine-dining establishments as well as places that specialize in rustic rural food.

Day 2: Take a Day Trip to Mir Castle and Nesvizh Palace

Go back in history a few centuries and visit Mir Castle and Nesvizh Palace. Very different from what you will have seen in the capital, these grand 16th-century UNESCO World Heritage sites are two of Belarus’ most popular attractions.  About a 90-minute drive from Minsk, the towns of Mir and Nesvizh are quite close together, so most full-day tours go to both places.

Later, indulge in a ballet, opera, or chamber music concert at the beautiful Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus. Arrange your tickets in advance.

Day 3: Visit the Dudutki Ethnographic Museum

About 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Minsk, the open-air Dudutki Ethnographic Museum makes for an easy day trip. Experience what life is, and was, like in rural Belarus: sample cheese and vodka, see farm animals, wander around the traditional-style wooden buildings, and watch artisans produce traditional crafts. The museum staff generally don’t speak much English, so unless you understand Russian, consider stopping by the museum as part of a tour.

Spend your last night in Minsk on a city nightlife tour. You’ll sample local food and drink, and visit quirky and fun hangouts that you might not find otherwise.

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Sightseeing tour Minsk - Mir Castle - Nesvizh Castle - Brest Fortress

Sightseeing tour Minsk - Mir Castle - Nesvizh Castle - Brest Fortress

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Visit three of the most important—and most beautiful—sites in Belarus, on this sightseeing tour to Mir Castle, Nesvizh Castle, and Brest Fortress. An ideal trip for first-time visitors to Belarus who want an overview of Belarussian history and culture. You’ll have the freedom to explore these sites independently and at your own pace, as your chauffeur will wait for you outside.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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$295.65
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$295.65
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Sightseeing tour to The Mound of Glory

Sightseeing tour to The Mound of Glory

The Mound of Glory is a must-see attraction in Minsk, and it’s often one of the first that visitors see because it’s close to the airport. On this private tour you will visit the attractive and informative war memorial, and climb up the 241 steps to the top if you feel like it. This tour is an easy and comfortable way to visit this site, which is quite far from central Minsk.
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  • 2 hours
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$49.48
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$49.48
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Individual Guided tour within Minsk city

Individual Guided tour within Minsk city

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This private guided tour of Minsk is an ideal trip for first-time visitors, or those who have a limited amount of time in the city and want to spend it exactly as they please. As this is a private tour, you can customize the itinerary to suit your own interests. Tour the grand boulevards, churches, or communist-era buildings. Your guide will tell you all about the culture and history of the city.
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  • 3 hours
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$142.26
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$142.26
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Sightseeing tour Minsk - Mir Castle - Nesvizh Castle

Sightseeing tour Minsk - Mir Castle - Nesvizh Castle

Visit two must-see cultural attractions from Minsk on this convenient day tour. Your English-speaking chauffeur will drop you at the UNESCO-listed Mir Castle and Nesvizh Palace, which you can explore on your own. You can enjoy the best of both worlds, with freedom to explore on your own without a guide, but with local insight from your driver.
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  • 4 hours
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$178.13
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$178.13
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Minsk Soviet tour

Minsk Soviet tour

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On this interesting Soviet tour of Minsk you will learn about the communist era in Belarus, and see many buildings and monuments that remain as reminders of that time. Your local guide will point out the Stalin-era buildings and the places that played a role in communist rule in Minsk. As this is a walking tour, you’ll experience the city up close.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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$24.74
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Private Sightseeing tour Minsk - Belovezhskaya Pushcha - Minsk

Private Sightseeing tour Minsk - Belovezhskaya Pushcha - Minsk

Visit the Belovezhskaya Pushcha--the biggest national park in Europe and part of the UNESCO-listed Białowieża Forest--on this convenient day trip from Minsk. Imagine what the whole of Europe once looked like at the park, where you can visit the museum, café, and enjoy other facilities offered directly by the park. A highlight is the large population of European bison. As this is a private tour, you also have the choice to stop at the Brest Fortress on the journey home.
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  • 12 hours
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$296.89
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$296.89
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Guided tour to Memorial complex Khatyn

Guided tour to Memorial complex Khatyn

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Learn more about Belarus’ role in World World II, and how the events of the era have affected the country, on this informative guide tour of Khatyn. The memorial commemorates the place where hundreds of civilians lost their lives, and is a sobering reminder of the horror of war. Your guide will help you understand the significance of the place. History enthusiasts will love this tour, as will anyone who wants to discover more about Belarus.
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  • 3 hours
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$218.95
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$218.95
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Sightseeing tour Minsk - Stalin Line Complex

Sightseeing tour Minsk - Stalin Line Complex

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History and military enthusiasts will love this private sightseeing tour of the Stalin Line Complex in Minsk. Your guide will take you to this important and interesting site, which represents an historic defense system dating from the 1930s. As this is a private tour you will get the chance to ask questions and stay longer at the places that interest you most.
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  • 2 hours
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$82.88
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$82.88
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Private tour to Berezinsky biosphere reserve

Private tour to Berezinsky biosphere reserve

One day weekend trips into the wild from March till September  Berezinsky biosphere reserve is a  unique place in Europe preserved almost intact, where in the same area in the wild lives a Big European Five of large mammals - elk, bison, bear, wolf and lynx, and they are guaranteed to be seen at a distance of several meters in Forest Zoo
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  • 3 to 6 hours
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$210.29
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$210.29
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Individual guided tour to Dudutki museum

Individual guided tour to Dudutki museum

A visit to this open-air museum is the next best thing to going back in time to see how the people of the region lived in the 18th and 19th centuries. Rather than just seeing items on display, the Dudutki Museum offers an interactive experience. You can taste traditional food and drinks, ride a horse, or see craft and tradespeople in action in their workshops. This museum is a fun and comprehensive introduction to Belarussian culture and history.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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$123.70
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$123.70
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Walking guided tour within Minsk city

Walking guided tour within Minsk city

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On this walking tour of the historical heart of Minsk you’ll experience the city on an intimate level, and see things that you’d miss if touring on a large bus. Walk past must-see and lesser-known sites while listening to stories from the city’s long history. This is an ideal tour for active and curious travelers who like to get to know the character of a place while traveling.
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  • 3 hours
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$111.33
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Sightseeing tour to the Trostenets memorial complex

Sightseeing tour to the Trostenets memorial complex

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The Trostenets memorial complex is one of the most important World War II-era sites in Belarus. It marks the location of a concentration camp and place where mass shootings were carried out. This convenient excursion is the easy way to visit this site, to learn about the history and pay your respects.
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  • 3 hours
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$85.35
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$85.35
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Private excursion to BELAZ factory

Private excursion to BELAZ factory

During the tour you will see how cars are constructed, you will visit the museum, where you can follow the history of the enterprise, look at small models of mining dump trucks. You will be photographed with a giant dumper, which is included in the Guinness Book of Records. Tour starts from Minsk city (any address or airport)/
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$165.76
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$165.76
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