The Most Difficult City To Visit In Europe
“Minsk, The Most Difficult City To Visit In Europe” is actually the title of a Minsk vlog review I posted back in October of 2016.
I stayed in Minsk for a total of 3 weeks in 2016 (1 week, then 2 additional weeks), and decided that it was an awesome city to visit… if you could get in.
For many years, the Visa process for many people was a headache, which prevented extensive amounts of income from tourism.
Furthermore, if you stayed for more than 5 days (even with a Visa), you needed to register with the police, which is STILL a good 2-3 hours of waiting in the offices, going to a bank to submit a payment, and waiting again… all the while, hoping that you completed the right documents.
But as of January 2017, most tourists can come for 5 days, without needing a visa, if they arrive through the Minsk International Airport.
As of 2018, tourists can visit for 10-days without a visa.
Minsk, Belarus Photos
As an interesting side note, Minsk was COMPLETELY destroyed by the German army in World War 2.
Thus, everything you see in these photos, was built after the war.
A lot of Minsk was built by prisoners of war as well.
As of 2017, Belarus attempts to offer most, if not all, of your most favorite International brands, including terrible Soda drinks from Coca Cola, and other horrendous foods for the human body like KFC, Burger King, and McDonalds 🙂
Capitalism is working quite well here!
The amount of parks, and greenery in Minsk and Belarus is incredible. Everything is incredibly well maintained.
This is a result of 99% employment in the country. Everyone is required to work, and you are charged a fee if you don't work.
This has stirred unrest in Belarus, because not everyone can find work.
While this Library looks great, I felt it was underused. In Toronto, the city allows Friday nights to be a clubbing night in the ‘Royal Ontario Museum'. I would recommend this happen in this museum as well.
Bonus, Belarus 2017
My friends and I rented a car, and rode south through Belarus, to 2 palaces, and war monument in the city of Brest.