Minsk is the capital of Belarus and the country's largest city. It is a bit of a throwback to the bygone Soviet era with wide boulevards, Lenin statues and even a Gorky Park. Minsk was reduced to rubble during WWII, and Stalinist architecture with grand squares and huge buildings gained prominence when it was rebuilt. One of the main tourist attractions is the KGB building in the middle of one of the main shopping streets, which shows how far the world has come since the days of the cold war. Most of the attractions are historic, with museums, Churches and war monuments. However visitors can still enjoy a vibrant nightlife, with plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs. This is a big city with 2 million people, so you will need to get a car for rent in Minsk if you want to see all of it.
Driving around to all the big squares and wide avenues is a pleasure when compared to the congested roads in most European capitals. You can get a car for hire in Minsk and enjoy the day poking around Privokzalnaya Square, Nezavisimosti Square and Victory Square. Do not miss Saint Peter and Paul’s Church, the oldest one in Minsk. There are many more historic Churches so you can spend the whole day admiring the mix of history, art, architecture and religion. If it is just history you seek, there are a bucket load of museums to see. Other must-visit attractions include Minsk City Hall, the Island of Courage and Grief, and the KGB HQ on Prospekt Nezavisimosty 17.
There are nightclubs for all budgets and tastes, from the boisterous and massive Westworld Club with a casino and strip club to the more sedate Night Star behind the Red Church on Independence Square where you can choose to sit near the dance floor or book a table upstairs. If you just need a late night drink, there are plenty of bars and restaurants on Komsomolskaya St.
Nesvizh is among the biggest cities in Belarus relatively close to Minsk. It can be reached in less than 2 hours on the E30, so a day trip is very much on the cards. You can even stop along the way at places like Dziaržynsk and Fanipaĺ. You could also visit cities near Minsk like Maladzyechna and Žodzina which are less than an hour and a half away.
There are three suppliers with counters at Minsk Airport (MSQ) and offices in the city that allow passengers to hire a car in Minsk. It's not that hard to book a vehicle, but if you must absolutely have the best deal available then use an online tool to compare all three agencies and all their offerings. Select the vehicle you like and book it right now so that it will be ready and waiting when you arrive in Minsk.
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