The 7 Best Spots To View Minsk From Above

Every tourist knows that the best city views are from above. Unfortunately, at present the capital of Belarus can boast only two skydecks. So the search for the places where one can get a bird-eye view of Minsk is a quest in itself.

Here are some tips for your next trip — check out seven spots that will give you a new perspective of the city!

Sky deck of the National Library

Open: 12.00 to 23.00 daily, last rise at 22.30. Closed on last Monday of every month.
Where: Niezaležnasci ave, 116.
Ticket price: 3 BYN (~ $1.5) for adults, 2 BYN — students and pupils. Kids under 7 enter for free.

This open observation deck is located at the top of the National Library of Belarus (the entrance is on the backside of the building). It offers a  panorama of several suburbs and the ourskirts of Minsk, as well as a view of the Independence Avenue.

Visitors can use free binoculars to study the details of the surrounding landscape. There’s also a bar “Graf Cafe” on 22nd floor.

Sky deck of Hotel Belarus

Open: 10.00 to 24.00 daily, last rise at 23.00.
Where: Storozhovskaya st., 15.
Ticket price: 2.5 BYN (~ $1.25).

The panoramic lift takes visitors to the observation deck, where they can admire a panorama of the city centre  at the height of 73 metres. Moreover, the deck can be rented in advance for special events, parties, a romantic dinner, and even a wedding ceremony.

Restaurant The View

Open: 12.00 to 23.30 daily, last rise at 22.30. Closed on last Monday of every month.
Where: Pobeditelei ave, 7a.
Ticket price: 3 BYN (~ $1.5) — that would be the cost of a coffee.

Located at the height of 100 metres, The View is the highest restaurant in Minsk. It’s not a surprise that most of its visitors are attracted to the place mainly because of the panorama of the Svisloch river, Nemiga and Pobeditelei avenue.

In addition to the main hall, the place has an open terrace that can sit up to 40 people.

 Ferris wheel in Gorky Park

Open: Mon 15.00 to 21.00, Tue–Thu, Sun 11.00 to 21.00, Fri–Sat 11.00 to 22.00.
Where: Plošča Pieramohi metro station.
Ticket price: 2.3 BYN (~ $1.15) for closed cabin and 2.8 BYN (~ $1.40) for open cabin.

The panoramic view of the central part of Minsk from the ferris wheel in Gorky Park is something one should miss out. Eight minutes is enough to have a good look around. There are closed cabins with 360° angle for those afraid of height and open ones for more adventurist people.

 The upper level of a parking on Nemiga

Where: Nemiga, 3.
Ticket price: Free.

This place is not exactly an observation deck but it offers a nice view of the old town. The doors leading to the top of the parking are closed after the shopping center stops working (at 21.00), so make sure you leave earlier unless you’re keen on spending a romantic night on the roof.

Galileo shopping mall

Open: the mall is open till 22.00.
Where: Bobruiskaya, 6.
Ticket price: Free.

This is another view from a parking, but it’s totally worth a visit. One can get a glimpse of the famous Minsk Gate as well as an old neighborhood surrounding the railway station. Grab a cocktail or a coffee in one of the mall’s cafes — and a simple visit to a parking will turn into a romantic outing.

Titan business centre

Open: 10.00 to 23.00.
Where: Dzerzhinskogo av., 104.
Ticket price: Free.

After exploring the central part of Minsk, you might want to have a look at one of its residential neighborhoods. One of the three towers of Titan might be just the right place to do it.

The building has balconies on 5th to 15th floor with a view of one of the city’s busiest streets, Dzerzhinskogo avenue, and Malinovka neighborhood.

Source: TUT. BY. Main picture by Dmitriy Vazhnik.