Magnificent, mysterious, meditative… Mogilev! Read our guide, visit the city and come up with your own word to describe this marvelous place.
The third largest city in Belarus had a turbulent history. Mogilev was set ablaze by a Swedish king, rose from the ashes, lived through the cataclysms of the 20th century and came as we know it today, radiant and calm.
Here you can climb the highest town hall in the country and rest your eyes over the mighty Dnieper river, which is responsible for the city’s significant role as a medieval trading hub.
Ever dreamed of walking down Broadway? In Mogilev, you can walk along its namesake, the Mogilev Broadway – the longest pedestrian street in Belarus. The city has a lot to offer. What does it have in store for you?
Getting to Mogilev and around
A train from Minsk will deliver you to Mogilev-1 train station in no less than three hours. If you enjoy lengthy train rides, you are in luck! Some trips may take up to six hours. Prices vary between BYN7 (~€3*) and BYN13 (~€6*) for sitting and sleeping-coach respectively.
However, if you are in a hurry, you should opt for a private minibus. Choose a date and convenient time and book it online. The trip will take you about two hours while costing BYN10 (~€4*). The Bus Station in Mogilev is located in two bus stops from the train station. You can check the city bus schedules here.
Mogilev is a bicycle-friendly city. You can rent a bicycle for BYN15 (~€6*) per day or BYN25 (~€11*) for a weekend. Planning a trip out of town? Rent a car from BYN25 (~€11*) to BYN75 (~€31*) per day.
Remember that bicycle runs on fat and saves you money, while the car makes the opposite.
Walk down Leninskaya Street – the longest pedestrian street in Belarus, cheekishly nicknamed after the famous Broadway in NYC. Though Mogilev Broadway is shorter than his American sister, that is only 1,5 kilometers.
You should definitely stop at Star Square. At the center of the square, you will find the sculpture of an astronomer pointing at the sky, while his giant telescope sits idle.
Around are placed twelve chairs as big as the Iron Throne in GOT, marked by individual zodiac signs. Sit in your sign’s chair and the astronomer will predict your good fortune.
Pay a visit to Mogilev Town Hall. With its tower reaching 46 meters, it’s the highest town hall in Belarus. Through the years, it housed the registry office, the city’s first prison, military radio station, and even a fire lookout tower! Now the building accommodates the Museum of the History of Mogilev. Entrance fee is BYN2 (~€1*) per person.
Lifehack! The museum has a free entrance on every third Thursday of the month.
See an exhibition at P. Maslienikaŭ Mahilioŭ Regional Art Museum. The museum is located in the former Peasants’ Land Bank built between 1903-1914.
The building that now looks like a gingerbread house combines the elements of the Russian Revival, Art Nouveau, and late Classicism architecture. Entrance fee is BYN1,5 (>€1*). The museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
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Museum of Ethnography walks you through the milestones in the country’s history, providing near-realistic mock-ups of urban and country life in the past. Entrance fee is BYN2 (~€1*). The museum is closed on Wednesday and Thursday.
Walk into the Co-Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin and St. Stanislaus, located at the site of a former Carmelite monastery. The cathedral has stunning frescos from the 18th century.
Stop at the St. Nicholas Monastery Complex, occupying a picturesque location in the Dnieper river valley. This monument of Baroque architecture from the 17th century consists of a number of stone buildings, the St. Nicholas and St. Onuphry Churches among them.
The Memorial Complex Buinichi Field is a historical site dedicated to the defense against Nazis in 1941. The complex consists of a chapel with a crypt underneath and alleys branching in different directions.
There is an open-air museum of WW2 military machinery. The entrance is free of charge. When you get hungry, visit Karchma restaurant nearby.
Piačerski forest park is a large forested area on the outskirts of Mogilev and includes the eponymous lake. A great area to explore on your rented bike!
Metropol Hotel & Spa is a 4* in the downtown Mogilev, across the road from Bellagio restaurant. The hotel is located in a historical building. The rooms are designed in pastel colors and give off a calm, modest ambiance. Single rooms are from BYN90 (~€38*).
If you feel like spending more money, try out their executive suite for BYN295 (~€124*). Free breakfast buffet. The hotel has a premium class spa with a swimming pool.
Prices vary from BYN100 (~€42*) for a single to BYN330 (~€139*) for an executive suite. Free breakfast buffet. Free parking. Well-equipped spa and wellness center.
Lifehack! Book a room at the hotel website and get a 10% discount.
Hotel Mogilev 3* is an old-style hotel, which, in the absence of typical hostels, provides the best options for a thrifty tourist! Single rooms start at BYN28 (~€12*).
Lifehack! Birthday boys and girls will get a 10% discount.
Tourist Hotel is a down-to-earth hotel with the look of a suburban apartment building. It is located on the other side of the Dnieper river, within a 10-minute walk from the historical center. Here you can get a single room for a reasonable price of BYN42 (~€18*). More luxurious options of lux and studio will cost you BYN120 (~€50*).
Restaurants and cafés
Take the time to explore these distinguished places and you might be pleasantly surprised.
Drop by Bellagio on your promenade along Leninskaya Street. You won’t be disappointed by the best Italian food in the city, at least they say so. The restaurant has a plain, elegant interior. However, some clients complained of long waiting time.
Bar Wine’s is a rare find in Mogilev. Not only does it have good wine, as its name suggests, but also great food. Some of their menu options, such as ostrich tartare, may seem bizarre. Clients were particularly happy about the well-trained staff and their English menu.
Pan Bulban will give you a taste of Belarusian fast food at its best. Here you can get a hearty comfort meal for a good price. It will probably make you drowsy from the first bite, so time your visit accordingly.
“Thin people are easier to kidnap – eat more pancakes,” says the motto on their wall.
Cafe Buffet earned its fame for the marvelous breakfasts, sandwiches, and, certainly, coffee. Come here for a quick meal or a coffee with ponchik – you won’t be disappointed either way. The café is located in a university building and is particularly popular among students.
The below suggestions, though not many, will accommodate the tastes of all. Whether you are a beer enthusiast, a karaoke maniac, or an ordinary person looking for some entertainment, you should give these places a try.
Irish Pub Ale House will provide you with an authentic Irish Pub experience at the heart of Mogilev. A great choice of craft beer that goes wondrously with their juicy steaks. Other options on the menu are equally mouth-watering. Food and drinks are completed with excellent live entertainment.
Bez Bashni is a cocktail bar with wild weekend parties. The name literally says “batsh*t crazy” so you are allowed to have expectations. More than 100 items on the cocktail list and guest bartenders promise a diverse experience.
Waiting for an opportunity to shine on the stage? Drop by Karaoke Club Isterika in the downtown (10-minute walk from Star Square). The entrance fee is BYN 7 from Monday to Thursday, BYN 10 on Friday, BYN 12 on Saturday. Free entrance on Tuesdays.
Na Dubrovke is an insanely popular restaurant and bowling alley that serves as a dance floor on weekends. The venue has mixed reviews. If you like being squished by people, this is a place to go.
Let’s imagine you come to Mogilev exclusively for shopping. Where should you go?
For fresh fruit and vegetables go to Central’nyi rynok, sometimes referred to as Minskiy rynok. This is the biggest farmers’ market in the city. The market is open daily from 8:00 to 17:00.
Centralny Department Store, also known as TSUM (abbreviated from Russian), is the biggest and definitely the oldest shopping mall in Mogilev. It first opened the doors in 1947.
Back then people had to spend hours in a queue for a good buy. You may think about this as you shop for household goods, perfume, jewelry, or clothing.
For a more contemporary experience visit Magnit. The shopping mall is comprised of dozens of small stores, most of which sell clothes.
Grab your tickets. I’ll see you in Mogilev!
Text by Alesia Ivankova *All prices are accurate as of April 13, 2019