Minsk, Belarus

General information on Minsk

Minsk is the capital of the Republic of Belarus and its’ geographical heart. Minsk is the largest city in the country with population of 1.7 million people. First mentioned in the Medieval Chronicles under the year of 1067, Minsk of today is the city of wide streets, modern and old architectural ensembles, fountains, shady parks and green boulevards well deserving the opinion of being one of the best cities of the former Soviet Union. The city is situated in a picturesque place on the banks of the Svisloch river which in the old days used to be one of the busiest trade routes connecting the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea. The climate is moderate continental with an average January temperature of -6C and an average July temperature of +18C.

Minsk is the city where one can find the best of the Belarusian cultural heritage — museums, exhibitions, theatres, world famous Belarusian ballet, folk dance and choir performances, etc.

Minsk is the city where everyone feels at ease. The city has lucrative geographic position (700 km West of Moscow, 900 km South of St. Petersburg, 500 km East of Warsaw, 650 km North of Kiev).

About 844,000 trees grow in Minsk, and the every fourth is linden. The area for planting flowers in about 72 766 m2, that could form 10 football fields.

Minsk Botanical Garden is the 3rd largest in Europe, after the Royal Botanic Garden Kew in London, and park in Madrid. The Area of Botanical Garden is 96 hectares.

There is a square with a single building. The whole area of Paris Commune square is occupied by the only building – the Opera and Ballet Theatre.

The oldest fountain in Minsk was opened in 1874, to mark the opening of the water supply system of artesian water. This composition is preserved until our time. The Fountain, “The boy with a swan” is located in Alexander Square in the center of the capital. In all there are over a hundred of big and small fountains.

The longest street of Minsk and Belarus is Nezavisimosty Avenue, which has the length of 12 km and an interesting history of name change. While founded in 1801 it was named Zakharjevskaya (after governor Zakhary Korneev), during the German occupation in 1918 it was named Hauptstraße, also it had the names Sovietskaya, Adam Mickiewicz street, Lenin Prospect, Stalin Prospect… Alltogether it has had 18 name changes!

In Minsk you can see the Kilometre Zero Monument in Oktyabrskaya Square. That`s the point where the all Belarussian routes start. On this point you can see the to the Belarusian cities and towns, as well as the capitals of European countries, may be you can find here you city too.

May 9 (Victory Day) and July 3 (Independence Day) are the dates when Minsk turns into a holiday city. The grandiose parades of military machines, declamations, festivals and concerts all over the city, dedicated to the Victory Day and the liberation of Minsk during the 2nd World War are worth to be seen.

The second weekend of September is a Fest of the City. The shows for adluts and children are holding on each square and place. This Fest every year attract thousands of visitors from other countries and Belarussian cities. We hope that Volkswagen Minsk Half Marathon will make even more people get together and will become a perfect sport event.

National currency is Belarusian Ruble. Exchange rate is approximately: 1 EUR = 2,3 Belarusian Rubles

Visa-Free travel in Belarus

According to the Presidential Decree, effective from July 27, 2018, foreign citizens of 74 countries can enter Belarus for up to 30 days and exit from the territory of Belarus only through the State border checkpoint of the Republic of Belarus “Minsk National Airport”.

To enter the Republic of Belarus in the visa-free regime, foreign citizens should have the following documents:

– a valid ordinary passport (at least 90 days beyond intended date of departure from the Republic of Belarus);
– financial means;
– a medical insurance policy with coverage for at least 10 000 euros, valid in Belarus during the whole duration of stay.

More information on visa-free travel via the checkpoint “Minsk National Airport” you can find by visiting the link:
http://mfa.gov.by/en/visa/visafreetravel/e0ced19bb1f9bf2c.html

Borisov Arena

Address: Gagarina str. 119, Borisov, 222520 Minsk region, Republic of Belarus

Borisov Arena is a football-specific stadium in Borisov, Belarus and is the home stadium of FC BATE Borisov and the Belarus national football team.The stadium’s official capacity is 13,126.

The first official game ever played at the Borisov Arena was the 2013-14 Belarusian Cup Final on May 3, 2014.

Since that Borisov-Arena hosted numerous important sports events. It was BATE home venue for two UEFA Champions League group stage tournaments hosting games against FC Barcelona, FC Porto, Athletic Club from Bilbao, FC Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, AS Roma, FK Partizan Belgrade, SK Slovan Bratislava. It is also the national stadium where Belarusian national team faced Spain, Ukraine and Slovakia in 2016 Euro qualifiers. FC Dinamo Minsk played two group stages of UEFA Europa League in 2014/15 and 2015/16, and FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk faced Zulte Waregen and PSV in UEFA Europa League qualification.

In 2015 Borisov-Arena became member of ESSMA.

Capacity: 13,126
Field size: 105 x 68 m
Surface: Grass

Dinamo Stadium (Minsk)

Address: Kirava str. 8, Minsk, 220006, Republic of Belarus

Dinamo Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Minsk, Belarus. That was currently reopened (in June 2018) after massive renovation as a soccer and athletics stadium ready to host European football tournaments and the 2019 European Games. Earlier it was used mostly for football matches and was the home ground of Dinamo Minsk, FC Minsk and the Belarus national football team. The stadium officially seated 40,000, but because part of the upper stand had been abandoned in the mid-1990s for safety reasons, the capacity before renovations was only 34,000. After renovation it’s capacity is 22 246.

Dinamo Stadium was constructed and opened in 1934 and then expanded in 1939. It was destroyed during the Second World War and rebuilt during the years 1947–1954. It was further renovated during 1978–1980 in preparation for 1980 Summer Olympics. In October 2012 the stadium was closed for major reconstruction works and was reopened on 21st of June 2018.

Capacity: 22,246
Field size: 105 x 70 m
Surface: Grass

Accomodation in Minsk

Marriott Minsk Hotel 5*****

Address: 20 Pobediteley ave., Minsk, Republic of Belarus

Recommended for Teams’ accommodation
Distance to National airport Minsk – 47 km (44 min drive)
Distance to Railway station – 6,7 km (15 min drive)
Distance to Dinamo Stadium – 5,6 km (12 min drive)
Distance to Borisov Arena – 82,8 km (70 min drive)
Distance to training pitches of the ABFF’s TC & FC Minsk – 700 m (walking distance)

A stellar Minsk Marriott Hotel, opening in May 2016, puts travelers in the midst of business and cultural life of Minsk, providing high-quality services and crafted details under one roof. Take a 45-minute taxi ride from Minsk National Airport to get to the hotel, which is next door to the main city exhibition center, just 3 km from the city downtown and steps from the biggest sport cluster Minsk Arena.

Minsk Marriott Hotel features 217 guest rooms and Suites fully equipped with high-end amenities. Most of the guest rooms and Suites have individual balconies with inspiring river view.

Free Wi-Fi, 8 conference halls, 1 banquet hall, multi-functional event space (with 940 sq. m. of flexible meeting space it is easy to host a MICE event for 400 people), contemporary boardrooms for short event debriefs, summing-ups or private gatherings, SPA, saunas, swimming pool and fitness centre, restaurants and bars, laundry, 24/7 room service, concierge service, 24/7 money exchange office,

The high-end Sports & Entertainment Complex Falcon Club with numerous sport and leisure facilities is situated within the hotel area.

Located close to the contemporary Sports Arena and business clusters. The Minsk Marriott is ideal for room group blocks for games and events.

Experience with football groups:

PSV (Netherlands), Arsenal FC (UK), Atromitos FC (Greece), FC Köln (Germany), SJK (Finland), FC Astana (Kazakhstan), FC Oleksandria (Ukraine), FC Alashkert (Armenia), National Team of Bulgaria, National team of France, U19 National Team of the Netherlands, Chelsea FC (UK)

Rennaissance Minsk Hotel 4,5****

Address: 1Е Dzerzhinskogo av., Minsk, Republic of Belarus

Recommended for Teams’, VIPs’ accommodation
Distance to National airport Minsk – 47,2 km (45 min drive)
Distance to Railway station – 2,7 km (5 min drive)
Distance to Dinamo Stadium – 5,6 km (13 min drive)
Distance to Borisov Arena – 82,8 km (75 min drive)
Distance to training pitches of the ABFF’s TC & FC Minsk – 6,3 km (15 min drive)

Renaissance Minsk Hotel is the first hotel in Belarus of the famous international hotel chain Marriott. The hotel offers 267 rooms of different categories: from spacious, elegant style Standard room (30m2) to exquisite Penthouse Renaissance and luxurious Presidential Suite. All rooms are equipped with high speed internet access (Wi-Fi), interactive TV system, mini bar, in-room safe. The hotel has 2 rooms for disabled people. Most rooms have a balcony. Also there is spacious indoor (26 cars) and outdoor (123 cars) parking area which can accommodate busses and coaches, SPA, state of the art fitness-center, Russian and Finnish saunas, Jacuzzi and Beauty Salon. The restaurant “Arborea” and the Lobby bar offers dishes of European and Belarusian cuisine and signature dishes from our Chef. Business people can appreciate the atmosphere of the Executive Lounge (for guests in Club Level rooms and up).

The hotel has all the potential to become one of the main congress centers of the capital, offering 10 multi-functional meeting rooms with a total area of over 940 m2 and can accommodate up to 640 persons, including the largest Grand Ballroom in Minsk.

Experience with football groups:

FC Slavia Prague (Czech Republic), VIPs of Arsenal FC (UK), Switzerland National Team, Netherland National Team, Scotland Women’s National Team, U 21 Greece National Team, Athletic Club de Bilbao (Spain), FC Porto (Portugal), U19 FC Shakhtar Donetsk, FC Barcelona (Spain), Villareal CF (Spain), U19 Bayer04Leverkusen (Germany), NK Domzale (Slovenia), VSC Debreceni (Hungary), Women’s team of FC Barcelona (Spain), VIPs of Chelsea FC (UK), PAOK FC B Team (Greece)

Double Tree by Hilton 4****

Address: 9 Pobediteley ave., Minsk, 220004, Republic of Belarus

Recommended for Sponsors’, VIPs’, Media’ accommodation
Distance to National airport Minsk – 45 km (45 min drive)
Distance to Railway station – 4,1 km (11 min drive)
Distance to Dinamo Stadium – 3,1 km (11 min drive)
Distance to Borisov Arena – 71 km (70 min drive)
Distance to training pitches of the ABFF’s TC & FC Minsk – 1,5 km (5 min drive)

Located in the very heart of Minsk, within an exclusive shopping and entertainment complex, and boasting a commanding position on Pobediteley Avenue, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minsk is conveniently set near the Old Town, within walking distance of all major attractions. This modern Minsk hotel is 800m away from a metro station, 3.5km away from the central train station and 45km away from Minsk International Airport. Enjoy our signature, warm DoubleTree cookie when you check-in.
Admire beautiful city views through the large windows of your guest room or suite. Feel at home with complimentary Wi-Fi, a 42-inch plasma TV and a desk with ergonomic chair. Experience complete luxury in the exclusive Presidential Suite, or stay in Ambassador or Diplomat Suite, or 15 Junior Suites.
Dine in our warm and welcoming restaurant, Ember, specializing in “wine & dine” concept. Ember offers honest and sumptuous menu options ranging from perfectly prime cuts and mouth-watering cheese, grilled specialties and local dishes to flat Italian bread from the stone oven. The selection is accompanied by elegant wines.

Sip cocktails and enjoy evening entertainment and magnificent views from our chic, 21st-floor Skybar and enjoy fine dining at the lounge restaurant BarDot21. Recharge with an artisan coffee and a pastry in the urban retreat of Beans & Leaves Lobby Café. Ideal for conferences, seminars and weddings for up to 400 people, the hotel has a ballroom, three boardrooms and contemporary A/V technology, GYM.

Types of rooms: 193 rooms, including 15 Suites, 1 Embassador Suite, 1 Diplomat Suite and 1 Presidential Suite.

Experience with football groups:

VIP’s of Arsenal FC (UK), Media of PAOK FC (Greece)

Beijing Hotel 5*****

Address: 36 Krasnoarmeiskaya str., Minsk, Republic of Belarus

Recommended for Teams’, Sponsors’, VIPs’ accommodation
Distance to National airport Minsk – 42 km (45 min drive)
Distance to Railway station – 4 km (7 min drive)
Distance to Dinamo Stadium – 1,8 km (6 min drive)
Distance to Borisov Arena – 71 km (71 min drive)
Distance to training pitches of the ABFF’s TC & FC Minsk – 6 km (20 min drive)

Beijing Hotel is a new business hotel (opened in April 2014) located on the embankment of the River Svisloch, Minsk. It was designed according to the standards of five-star hotels.
The architecture of the hotel is a unique traditional Chinese courtyard with white walls and grey tiles, a blend of ancient Huizhou Style and modern hotel architectural elements.

Hotel is also a multifunctional complex with 180 various types of guest rooms. The complex houses three restaurants (Chinese, Western and Russian), a banquet hall which can accommodate 500 people, a multi-function hall, meeting rooms, fitness center, swimming pool, spa, lobby-bar and several other recreational facilities. Our hotel is a five-star business garden hotel which provides accommodation, catering service, conference facilities and other leisure facilities. Whether you are on a business trip or on vacation, you will definitely get very comfortable experience here.

Experience with football groups:

SK Slovan Bratislava, ACF Fiorentina, Paok FC, FC Glenavon, FC Kukesi, Dundalk FC, PFC Cherno More Varna, FC Videoton, SK Rapid Wien, AS Roma, FC Fortuna, Bayer04Leverkusen, FC Viktoria Plzen. VIP & Sponsors` groups: Athletic Bilbao, FC Porto, PAOK FC, San Marino National Football Team

Europe Hotel 5*****

Address: 28 Internatsionalnaya str., Minsk, Republic of Belarus

Recommended for Sponsors’, VIPs’ accommodation
Distance to National airport Minsk – 46 km (45 min drive)
Distance to Railway station – 5 km (10 min drive)
Distance to Dinamo Stadium – 950 m (6 min drive)
Distance to Borisov Arena – 70,2 km (72 min drive)
Distance to training pitches of the ABFF’s TC & FC Minsk – 3 km (10 min drive)

The “Europe” hotel is one of the first 5* hotels and the first atrium-type hotel in Belarus. Beautiful 7-storey building in the center of Minsk offers 67 rooms of different categories – from single standard rooms to Executive suites. The hotel offers service on the highest level. The Hotel is small, exclusive and distinguished by the elegance in façade and décor and perfection of its furnishing and standard of service. A cozy lobby with a fountain and a piano welcomes guests. The hotel is filled with elegance and charm and is ideally located in the very heart of the city, next to the City Hall and the Palace of the Republic. It is surrounded by deluxe boutiques, art galleries and famous cafés.

Classic decoration of the rooms is perfectly combined with modern amenities, including LCD TV and Wi-Fi. For convenience the bathrooms are equipped with a “warm-floor”. Panoramic lifts are circulating between the floors. The infrastructure of the hotel includes conference room (up to 100 guests) and meeting room (up to 20 pax), a Health club, which features up-to-date equipment, relaxation areas with swimming pool, Turkish bath and gym.
The Europe hotel’s restaurant “Avignon” features a wonderful selection of wines and dishes of the European cuisine, a la carte lunch and dinner and an extravagant breakfast buffet.
“Europe” hotel is a member of an international group Warwick International Hotels. Providing services to guests by Warwick standards, employees create perfect conditions for staying in the business center of the country.

Experience with football groups:

VIP’s of Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)

Crowne Plaza Hotel 5*****

Address: 13 Kirova str., Minsk, 220030, Republic of Belarus

Recommended for Sponsors’, VIPs’, Media’ accommodation
Distance to National airport Minsk – 46 km (45 min drive)
Distance to Railway station – 0,9 km (4 min walk)
Distance to Dinamo Stadium – 290 m (4 min walk)
Distance to Borisov Arena – 71,2 km (72 min drive)
Distance to training pitches of the ABFF’s TC & FC Minsk – 6 km (20 min drive)

Crowne Plaza Minsk is an upscale hotel located in the center of Minsk, Belarus. This is a place for a business traveler to find comfortable and exciting environment for rest, work and entertainment. Each of its 115 guest rooms combines modern and classic elegance and is full of comfort.
Crowne Plaza Minsk is a place where you can find all necessary facilities: well-designed, cozy rooms, business facilities, conference halls, restaurants Empire and Dolce Vita with exquisite cuisine, Star Cafe, Club Lounge, fitness center with swimming pool, Princess SPA, night club and casino.

Room Facilities: queen bed (1.8 x 2m) or twin bed (1.0 х 2.0m), LCD TV, international satellite TV, multi-line telephone (by the bed and in the bathroom), high-speed internet access, tea and coffee in room (free of charge), bedside outlet for recharging cellular telephones, air-conditioning, non-allergenic pillows, vibrating pillow alarm (on request), mini-bar, 1 bottle of water for free, 100% cotton oversized fluffy bath towels, thick terry bathrobes, complimentary fine toiletries, bathtub, hairdryer, illuminated make-up/shaving mirror, in-room safe suitable for a laptop computer, iron and ironing board, working desk with a lamp, stationery, double lock, sound-proofed windows, windows for opening, doors with spy-hole, emergency information, 110 volt power socket in the bathroom, twice-daily housekeeping service.

Leisure Facilities: fitness center with a swimming pool (20m x 10m), Princess SPA, night club Next, Diamond Casino, shops inside the hotel.

Experience with football groups:

VIP’s of Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)

Victoria Olimp Hotel 4*

Address: 103 Pobediteley ave., Minsk, 220035,
Republic of Belarus

Recommended Recommended for Youth teams, Media’, Supporters’ accommodation
Distance to National airport Minsk – 55 km (44 min drive)
Distance to Railway station – 8,6 km (16 min drive)
Distance to Dinamo Stadium – 7,7 km (16 min drive)
Distance to training pitches of the ABFF’s TC & FC Minsk –6,2 km (10 min drive)

Hotel complex “Victoria Olimp Hotel” is located in the ecologically clean and very quiet area of the city of Minsk with the magnificent views of the park area and the main thoroughfare of the city – Pobediteley Avenue. It gives you an opportunity to enjoy your pleasant staying in our hotel.

Hotel room capacity is 234 hotel rooms of 12 categories of comfort , including 102 single rooms (Single, Single Refined), 38 doubles (Double), 38 doubles (TWIN), 18 doubles (Double Refined), 4 family rooms , 18 suites, 8 studios, 2 apartments and 6 rooms for people with disabilities. The hotel complex “Victoria Hotel Olimp” is equipped with up-to-date technologies: high speed elevators, central air conditioning, fire and security alarm systems, high-speed wireless Internet.

Hotel guests can use from the following hotel services: a restaurant “Olympia”(capacity 130 pers.), a cafe-pizzeria (capacity 120 pers.), banquet hall (capacity 24 pers.),24-hour lobby-bar, health and beauty salon, Jacuzzi, Turkish and Finnish steam baths, fitness area, fully equipped gym, a hairdresser salon and SPA-center, underground garage with capacity of 184vehicles and open parking with capacity of 54 vehicles.

Experience with football groups:

Football clubs and groups: U19 FC Barcelona, Wolfsberger AC (team and sponsors), FC Dundalk’s Sponsors and Fans, FC Viktoria Plzen’s Media

Willing Hotel 3***

Address: 50 Lenina str., Minsk 220030, Belarus

Recommended for Media’, Supporters’ accommodation
Distance to National airport Minsk – 39 km (45 min drive)
Distance to Railway station – 2,2 km (6 min drive)
Distance to Dinamo Stadium – 1,8 km (5 min drive)
Distance to Borisov Arena – 72,2 km (70 min drive)
Distance to training pitches of the ABFF’s TC & FC Minsk – 7,4 km (20 min drive)

Willing Hotel – is a new modern 3* hotel in Minsk, located at the intersection of two unique streets of the city – the central Lenina str. and atmospheric Octyabrskaya str., where history and modernity harmoniously coexist and the spirit of a unique past and bright present is felt in the air. This is the street of the first tram, of factories and tanneries, of original murals and the loft architecture, on which is still felt the breath of industrial aesthetics. Today Octyabrskaya str. – is a special place for a new generation of Belarusians, with bars, cafes, art galleries.

Set in Minsk, within an 18-minute walk of Belarusian National Arts Museum and 1.6 km of Yanka Kupala National Academic Theatre, Willing Hotel hotel has 120 air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom, flat LCD TV, tea/coffee making facilities. Minibars are provided upon request.

Buffet breakfast is being served at the Simple restaurant that situates within the hotel. Guests can enjoy a la carte dishes of modern Belarusian cuisine during lunches and dinners at the Simple restaurant as well.

Willing hotel offer its’ guests amazing conference facilities, including 3 fully-equipped conference rooms (up to 70 pax, 30 pax and 20 pax each) and 1 board room for 12 persons.

Willing Hotel – is a team of sincere fans of their business, who are in love with hospitality and the spirit and atmosphere of Octyabrskaya str.

Green Park Hotel 4****

Address: intersection of motorways E30/M1, 388 km, Minsk region, Smolevichi county, 222223 Belarus,

Recommended for Media’, Supporters’ accommodation
Distance to National airport Minsk – 7,7 km (8 min drive)
Distance to Railway station – 51 km (45 min drive)
Distance to Dinamo Stadium – 49,8 km (48 min drive)
Distance to Borisov Arena – 61 km (51 min drive)

Hotel Complex Green Park Conference & Spa Hotel is located just 8 min drive from the National Airport Minsk at the intersection of the European route E30/M1 Warsaw – Minsk – Moscow and M2 motorway Minsk – Minsk International Airport.

  • For passengers of the airport”Minsk” and the crews of the airlines – a fast transfer at any time of the day
  • For autotourists- a guarded parking, small urgent repairs and 24h check-in

The Hotel incorporates 2 separate 4-storey buildings connected by a 5-storey bridge structure. There are 139 rooms available of various categories: Standard Double, Comfort Double/Twin, Family Double/Twin, Double-room Lux, Triple-room Suite, Rooms adapted for people with disabilities.

Guest cottages
There are 10 wooden guest cottages, decorated in country-style, just in the middle of a beautiful pine forest. There two types to choose from: One-storey – 85 sq.m., Two-storey – 150 sq.m.

The accommodations and services will meet your demands. The hotel complex provides everything for a joyful stay from business and conference to relaxing walks in the park. All hotel rooms have IP TV, wired and Wi-Fi Internet access, air conditioning, safe and mini-fridge, phone, 24 room service.

The food facilities of the hotel complex “Green Park Hotel” include a restaurant “Svyata”, a lobby bar “Na Rostanyah ” and a “Pub at Brewery” restaurant.
Guests can enjoy the hotel’s aquazone and firewood saunas. Aqua zone is a unique opportunity for recovery and recreation, great way to remove fatigue and stress and includes the following:

• pool (15×6 = 90 sq m)
• saunas (dry and wet) / firewood saunas
• gym
• Beauty salon (hairdresser)
• massage
• Men’s and women’s change rooms.