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Minsk In Your Pocket

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The only regularly updated guide to Minsk, capital of Belarus.
The only regularly updated guide to Minsk, capital of Belarus.

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MINSK 
Hotels Restaurants Cafés Nightlife Sightseeing Events Maps
Inside
A thoroughly researched,impartial scrutiny of the best things Minsk has to offer 
National  Art Museum
An in-depth look at oneof Belarus’ best culturaltreasures
 
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CONTENTS
ESSENTIAL CITY GUIDES
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Archangel Michael dispatches the Devil in the form of adragon in front of the Catholic Church of Sts. Simon & Helena.Read the sad story behind its construction on p. 33.
Arriving in Minsk 
5
Are we there yet?
Basics 
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Essential information, from alcohol to visas
History 
9
Some useful background information
Mail & phones 
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Keeping in touch
Culture & Events 
11
Galleries, theatres, events and more
Where to stay 
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A bed for all budgets
Dining & Nightlife
Restaurants 15
A roll call of recommended eateries
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The magnificent Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Spirit isone of Minsk’s most well known sights. Find it on p. 33along with a whole host of other great places to visit.
Cafés 25
Where to find the best espresso
Nightlife 27
Drinking, dancing and other after-dark treats
Sightseeing
What to see 32
Unmissable Minsk 
Getting around
37
When legs just aren’t enough
Shopping 
43
What you need to know
Directory 
46
Everything else you need to know
Sport & Leisure 
51
Where to partake and observe
Maps
Street index 53City centre map 54City map 56Country map 57
 
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FOREWORD
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ARRIVING IN MINSK
customs torture, you end up at the arrivals hall on the first  floor. The currency exchange, directly opposite, usually oper-ates when flights arrive. Otherwise, head to the larger oneon the second floor (Open 09:00 - 13:00, 13:30 - 20:00).An ATM is located on the third floor, next to departure gateN°1. For public telephones, long distance calls, Internet andpost, head to the post office on the third floor.
Getting to town
Taxis can be found parked outside gatesN°5 and 6. If you’re quoted more than €25 for a ride into thecity centre you’re literally and metaphorically being taken for a ride. Bus N°300 goes to both bus stations in the city. Pay the driver, currently about 6,000BYR. Buses run betweenaround 04:15 and 01:00.
 By train
Minsk’s gleaming train station is a tribute to the modernity of Belarus, and proof that no matter how much money youspend you can still come up with something just as chaoticas the old train station. It does have the welcoming look of ashopping mall though, and if you follow the pictographic signsyou shouldn’t get lost. Currency exchange can be found at thetop of the escalator. Find public telephones accepting chipcards on the ground floor and in the basement. The basemenalso contains public toilets (currently 800BYR) and a large,24hr left luggage room.
Getting to Town
The station is in the centre of city, so walking might be an option. Otherwise, head to the basement leveland follow the underground passage, which eventually leadsto the entrance of the Ploschad Nezavismosti Metro station(see Public transport). Otherwise, take one of the taxis parkedin the immediate area (see Taxis). To be safe, go for one of theyellow, state-run taxis or a private one with 135, 157, 158 or 181 displayed on the car. Be sure they turn on the meter.
ESSENTIAL CITY GUIDES
Minsk In Your Pocket
published by JLLC TopPRINT/ In Your Pocket.Belarus, 220040 Minsk,155, ul. M.Bogdanovicha, 131 minsk@inyourpocket.comtel./fax: (+375 17) 331 34 52,www.inyourpocket.com
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Photos
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General Manager
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Layout & Design
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The Belarusian National Opera &Ballet Theatre recently received acomplete overhaul and is looking better than ever.Worthy of a look without visiting a performance (see p. 11), thebuilding is the work of one of Belarus’ most famous Soviet-era architects, Joseph Langbard(1882-1951).
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MINSK 
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Despite claiming a few outstanding historical sightsrepresenting the city’s rich and illustrious past,Minsk is best known as a living monument to thegrandiose aspirations of Soviet architecture andurban planning. Famously destroyed during theGreat Patriotic War, the Belarusian capital grew out of the ashes of conflict to become a Socialist Realist masterpiece complete with spacious avenues, lushgreen parks and a battalion of buildings dating fromthe 1940s and 1950s that simply have to be seento be believed. Minsk really is a city like no other. Yet beneath its clean and regimented exterior lies anunderbelly of exuberance in the guise of exceptionalrestaurants, world-class bars, clubs to rival thosein any major city around the world and a culturallife offering everything from theatre to opera toexperimental dance. The only thing missing in thepast has been a comprehensive, English-languageguidebook to the city, a situation now remedied by the regularly updated publication of Minsk In Your Pocket, produced by natives of the city and packedwith everything a visitor needs from informationon the best hotels to where to get your hair cut.Minsk In Your Pocket welcomes comments andsuggestions on any subject related to the city.Email us at minsk@inyourpocket.com or join theconversation online at minsk.inyourpocket.com.
In Your Pocket
has broken much new ground of late, publishing new guides in the Netherlands ( 
DenBosch, Utrecht
), Austria ( 
Vienna
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Senj
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Celje
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Niš
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Zurich
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Minsk
in Belarusis the next 
In Your Pocket
to launch, the proof of which you’re now holding in your hands. We’vealso started rolling out iPhone apps to all our citiesand will be launching even more
In Your Pocket
 guides as apps throughout the year. To find out which cities we’ll be covering and to keep up todate with all
In Your Pocket
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Europe In Your Pocket
Arriving in and getting around Minsk are fairly simple affairsonce you understand the basics. Accordingly, travelling  further afield is relatively painless if you’re prepared to doyour research beforehand and use some sign languagewhen using buses and trains. Car rental is relatively cheapby Western standards.
By bus
The conveniently located Central Bus Station is closed for reconstruction until the end of 2011, leaving the far less convenient Vostochny (Eastern) and Moscovsky (Moscow) bus stations to deal with international buses.Both stations have lockers for luggage and other basic faculties including pay toilets, cafés, currency exchangeand numerous kiosks.
Getting to town
Taking a bus to the city centre is complicatedand involves multiple stops so a taxi is the best bet.
By car 
Driving in Belarus is generally much better than it used tobe, and certainly less fraught with danger than in some of its EU neighbours. There’s a risk of receiving on-the-spot ‘fines’ from traffic police, so stay within the speed limits.Road signs are in Belarusian only with the exception of theM1 (E30) Brest-Minsk highway. At the border it’s necessary to fill out a declaration on your car and buy Belarusian vehicleinsurance which is cheap, but be sure you have the money in cash (Russian roubles, US dollars and euros only). Theremay not be controls at the border coming in from Russia,but there could be sporadic checks. You’ll have to pay asmall toll for using the Brest-Minsk highway, again payableonly in Russian roubles, US dollars and euros. In the event of a breakdown trouble, call tel. 116.
By plane
Minsk has two airports, the tiny and hardly used Minsk-1 inthe city centre and the larger Minsk-2, where the majority of international flights arrive and depart.
Minsk-1
A classic Socialist Realist building not dissimilar to the façadeof the nearby airport in Vilnius, Minsk-1, some 3km south of the centre, hardly qualifies as an airport at all. A currency exchange and café are the only services.
Getting to town
Bus N°100 goes to the city centre andruns along Nezavisimosti. Buy a ticket on board for 850BYR.Taxis outside may or may not be reliable. See Taxis for details on how to spot which is which.
Minsk-2
The city’s main international airport, Minsk-2, is located42km north-east of the city. Once you go through the usualMinsk-2 International Airport 
Copyright notice
Text and photos copyright JLLC TopPRINT1992-2011. Maps copyright JLLC TopPRINT.All rights reserved. No part of this publicationmay be reproduced in any form, except brief extracts for the purpose of review, without written permission from the publisher andcopyright.
Editor’s note
The editorial content of In Your Pocket guides is independent from paid-for advertising. Sponsored listings are clearly marked as such. We welcome all readers‘comments and suggestions. We havemade every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of going topress and assume no responsibility for changes and errors.
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