Minsk, a modern and multicultural metropolis, is the capital and one of the largest cities of Belarus. It is located along the Svislach and Nyamiha rivers. Minsk is well known for its wonderful Stalinist architectures and cultural landmarks. Plenty of cultural buildings, museums and theaters can be found here. The city holds many historic landmarks that reflect the role of the Soviet Union during World War 2.
The currency accepted in Minsk is the Belarusian Ruble (BYR). 1 BYR is equal to 0.00036 HKD.
Some famous tourist spots in Minsk are:
Church of Saints Simon and Helena: This is a Roman Catholic Church situated on the Independence Square of Minsk. The building is highly noticeable owing to its outstanding red exterior, hence bearing its local name, “The Red Church”. Bearing a neo-Romanesque style, the church was completed in 1910 when Minsk was still under the rule of the Russian Empire.
Belarusian Great Patriotic War Museum: This is a museum that depicts the German – Soviet War. It is opened in 1944, shortly after Minsk gained its independence from the Nazi army, and is known as the first museum in the history to operate during World War 2. There are 24 exhibition halls and more than 140000 items on display.
National Opera and Ballet of Belarus: This building is highly admired for its beautiful architecture. As the current national theater, it hosts various performances throughout the year.
Victory Square: Also known as Victoria Circus, this square is in the center of Minsk, bearing the iconic granite Victory Monument right at its heart. Standing at a height of 124 feet, the monument was built to commemorate the excellent service of the Soviet Union during World War 2.
The main international airport serving the city is Minsk National Airport (MSQ), which is located about 26 miles from Downtown Minsk. An average taxi ride from the airport to city center should cost about 140 HKD. There are several airlines that serve the Hong Kong – Minsk route, including Aeroflot, Air China, Etihad, Finnair, KLM and S7 Airlines. Hong Kong citizens are required to apply for a “Visa on arrival” at the consulate latest three days prior to their arrival.
Due to proximity, the weather here is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding Eurasian landmass. The weather in Minsk is known to be highly inconsistent and unpredictable. Moist winds and rainfall are common throughout the year while fog is occasionally observed. Humidity level stays relatively high all year round.
Summers are warm and short, lasting only from June to August, with temperatures averaging around 17 °C. Winters are very cold and run from November to March, with lots of snowing and temperatures averaging around -3 °C. It is recommended that you visit Minsk in the summers to avoid heavy snow and to enjoy better views of this beautiful city.
All information is valid as of February 2016.
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