Common facts about Minsk
Belarus is situated in the center of Europe, has the common border with five countries: Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia.
The total area of the country is 207 600 km2 and the population currently stands at over 9.5 million. The country is landlocked, but with the help of the geographical position Belarus is one of the main trade and transport corridors between Europe and CIS.
Minsk – is the capital of the Republic of Belarus, situated in the center of country. The first written record of Minsk goes back to 1067. Over the course of its chequered history, Minsk has been destroyed and rebuilt numerous times, most recently after World War 2, when it was almost completely destroyed.
Minsk today is a modern European city, one of the biggest in the country. More than 1.8 million people live in Minsk today.
The City has an excellent public transport connections, including Minsk International Airport, the main railway station, and several bus stations. An Excellent road transport system and underground system are function in Minsk.
Minsk today is a well-established economic , educational and cultural centre of Europe..
Since 1991 the capital of the Republic of Belarus is the city of Minsk. Minsk today is, including the renovation, rehabilitation, the center of high-technology and mechanical engineering. City is endowed with enormous wealth of cultural heritage that has vast potential for development. It will be interesting both first-time and people who have already been here.
Moderate continental climate of Belarus, influenced by Atlantic air mass, characterized by hot rainy summer, mild winters, erratic weather conditions in autumn and winter. Average temperature differ from one region to another of the country. In July, the average temperature differs from +17˚ C in the north to +18,5˚ C in the south. The average January temperatures reach up to -4,5 ºC and are around -8ºC in the north-east.
Currently, there are 23 public (including the Academy of Management under the President of the Republic of Belarus, Belarusian State Economic University, Belarusian State University, Belarusian State Pedagogical University, Belarusian National Technical University, Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics, Belarusian State Academy of Music, etc.) and 9 privately owned high education institutions and 1 trade union (MITSO International University).
The city has more than 200 secondary schools, more than 25 gymnasiums, 33 secondary specialized educational institutions, as well as several lyceums.
Culture and sport in Minsk
The capital has an extensive network of cultural establishments with 13 museums and 10 theatres, including:
The Belarusian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War (World War 2)
National Art Museum of the Republic of Belarus
The National Museum of Culture and History of Belarus
National Academic Bolshoi Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus
State Musical Comedy Theatre of the Republic of Belarus
State Theatre of Dolls of the Republic of Belarus
Minsk has about 3,600 sports centres including stadiums and athletic fields, pools, sport centres and exercise rooms, tennis courts and a ski line.
How to navigate in Minsk
The city-map or a city-guide with complete information are on sale in the «Belsoyuzpechat’s» post offices, souvenir shops and bookstores of the city or for free in our hotel.
There is an interactive map in which you may find all museums, hotels, restaurants, ATM and petrol stations.
Information boards and signs, billboards with a map and a QR code that allow you to read information about places of interest are installed in tourist places in Minsk. Using this map, you can find out your location and get directions to the nearest points of interest.
In the lobbies of metro stations of the city signs in Russian and English, as well as transliteration of geographical names.
By materials of www.minskinfo.com, http://www.belarus.by