7 days in Minsk & Brest Itinerary

7 days in Minsk & Brest Itinerary

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7 days in Minsk & Brest Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + train:  20​h 15​min
1
Minsk
— 3 nights
2
Brest
— 1 night
Fly:  28​h
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
Minsk

Minsk ©
As the capital and largest city of Belarus, Minsk represents a cultural center full of churches, libraries, museums, and theatres.
Change things up with these side-trips from Minsk: Nesvizh Castle (in Nesvizh) and Mir Castle (in Mir). And it doesn't end there: get lost in a book at National Library of Belarus, examine the collection at Museum Strana Mini, contemplate the long history of Khatyn Memorial, and make a trip to Victory Square.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Minsk trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Minsk is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Minsk. When traveling from Johannesburg in May, plan for slightly colder days in Minsk, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Brest.

Things to do in Minsk

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Nesvizh Castle, Mir Castle, Khatyn Memorial
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Mir Castle ©
Mir Castle
Nesvizh Castle ©
Nesvizh Castle
National Library of Belarus ©
National Library of Belarus

1
night
Brest

Brest ©
A sharp contrast to the capital of Minsk, Brest is a city filled with fortress ruins, old culture, and medieval history.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): make a trip to Lights Alley, don't miss a visit to Sovetskaya Street, see the interesting displays at Brest Railway Museum, then learn about all things military at Memorial Complex Brest Hero-Fortress, and finally don't miss a visit to Brest Railway Station Building.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Brest online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Minsk to Brest takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in May, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Brest

Museums
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Memorial Complex Brest Hero-Fortress ©
Sovetskaya Street ©
Sovetskaya Street
Brest Railway Museum ©
Brest Railway Museum

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