This presents the classic trade-off, visiting the FSU in the summer with smaller crowds, or during the winter with extremely low temperatures but with more company in the city.
During the early 20th century, Minsk was a center for the Worker’s Party movement.
Belarus is easily accessible from Kiev, Moscow, Vilnius, Riga, Berlin and Frankfurt — Belavia Airlines has direct and affordable flights from all of these cities.
The center of the city is very walkable and Minsk is a pleasant and easy to navigate city, even without Russian language ability.
If you will be renting an apartment, be sure to ask before arriving if you will be required pay in cash.
Many apartment rentals will require a cash payment, and some will only accept USD or EUR.