1. Easy to get to
It’s easy to travel to Minsk with direct routes from most European and CIS countries. The number of flight connections to Minsk is constantly growing. Belarus’ national airline Belavia, operates daily flights between major European cities such as Frankfurt, Vienna, London, Rome, Warsaw, Riga, Moscow and Paris. Other major airlines that fly into Minsk are: Lufthansa, El Al (Israel), Austrian Airlines, Lot (Poland) and Etihad Airways (UAE). The average flight time to Minsk from EU countries is around 2 hours. Alternatively, Vilnius has become a popular connection hub to Belarus. You can get to Minsk by rail in just 2 and a half hours in new and comfortable trains. Enjoy the scenery while traveling!
Minsk is one of the safest cities in Europe. You will be surprised at how clean and calm the streets are at any time, day or night. Unlike most Central and Eastern European cities, there are very few homeless people or drunks wandering the streets. Minsk is a city where you need to do something really outrageous to find trouble, even at night. If you need any help, there is a large police presence in the city centre.
Minsk is certainly a destination for nature lovers. Parks and green zones can be found everywhere in the city, which also reflects on the air quality. It is very unusual for a capital to hear such a wide range of birdsongs in the morning or to see a forest animal, such as a beaver, calmly crossing a road somewhere in the city. If you are ready for a countryside trip, the must-sees are: Nesvizh town, Dudutki museum complex, Mirsky castle (in the town of Mir).
4. Cultural background
After The Great Patriotic War, Minsk was mostly rebuilt and became one of the world’s masterpieces of Socialist-Realist urban planning. The best way to experience Minsk is by wandering the streets and leisurely enjoying the architecture of the Old Upper city, the Trinity suburb, the Isle of Tears and of course by visiting the diamond-shaped National Library (an honored member of The world’s 30 ugliest buildings) Another place that demands special attention is The Great Patriotic War Museum, which has been entirely remodeled and is definitely worth visiting!
5. Culinary delights at great prices
Belarusian food is simple, hearty and filling. Minsk has an overwhelming number of places to eat at all price ranges. You must taste Draniki (a sort of potato pancake), Holodnik (a cold beetroot soup), Machanka (a picture paints a thousand words), the non-alcoholic beverage Kvas (a fermented beverage), Mors (a cranberry or blueberry beverage), and Khrenovucha or Krambambulya (hard-alcohol).
6. Prices: facts
Compared to other European countries, the prices in Minsk are very low and the costs of living are a fraction of what a foreign student would have to pay in other cities. Let’s look at the facts.
bus ticket 0.3 €
5 km by taxi 3,2 €
lunch in a café 12 €
ice-cream 0,5 €
The Great Patriotic War museum entrance ticket 3,2 €
a bottle of local beer 0,75 €
A week of Russian language group courses at Leader Language school 120 €
bike rental per hour 2,5 €
*all the given prices are approximate and are based on the current exchange rate.
7. Extra-curricular activities: sports & bars
Work hard, play hard! After spending the week working and studying hard, students definitely deserve a good rest! There are several options to relax in the evenings: you can join a Bike City Tour with Leader Language school teachers, so that you can continue practicing your Russian language skills. Or you can go to a bar and enjoy a fresh-brewed local beer ( ‘Druzja’ or ‘Staromestniy Pivovar’). If you miss the taste of your native German/Belgian or Austrian beer, visit ‘Malt and Hops’ ‘bar in the Old Upper city, which offers a variety of imported beers and classic cocktails.
8. Special approach
Minsk is a quickly developing as both a tourist destination, as well as a destination for students who want to study the Russian language. There are a number of advantages to studying Russian in Minsk. The teachers at school are young, professional, motivated and have a good command of the latest pedagogical approaches. In addition, we offer small Russian course groups – max 8 people (compared to other popular destinations, where the average group-size is 12-15 students). Thanks to small class sizes, students at Leader Language school get a personalized approach and a lot of individualized attention from teachers. This keeps students’ motivation high and helps them make faster progress.
9. Russian language in action
Russian is widely spoken in Belarus and is the most common language in Minsk, which cannot be said about English. This will allow you to immediately apply the language skills you learn at your lessons on the streets, in shops and at restaurants! Enjoy your stay and our Russian language courses at Leader Language school in Minsk!
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