Minsk isn't the most advanced, wealthy or famous city but it's safer than Warsaw, cheaper than Kiev, less crowded than Moscow and cleaner than most European capitals. Moreover it has its own spirit and interesting history.
Almost completely rebuilt after destructive WWII, nowadays it has wide streets, large parks, beautiful architecture nice bars and restaurants. Minsk offers almost everything you need from a modern city, whether you came on business or enjoy weekend.
Main sights of the city: Victory Square, Independence Square, St. Helen & St. Simon Catholic Church, Saint Spirit Cathedral, Troitskoye Predmestiye (Trinity Suburb), Upper town, Railway station, Independence Av, Pobediteley Av, National Library. Belarusian Opera and Ballet Theatre is very popular among foreigners.
Island of tears
Saint Spirit cathedral
The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus