As we celebrated Minsk tramways’ 90-year anniversary in fall 2019, I decided to pay homage to this often-underappreciated rail vehicle. Tram lines 4 & 7 offer equally nice routes for a scenic ride to observe city life. It will undoubtedly change up your scenery and make you feel as if you’ve travelled back in time.
Although my advice would be to follow the whole route from Miasnikova square to Teatralnaja (tram line #4) or to Traktarny zavod (tram line #7), you can of course hop on and off at any stop you wish.
Here are a few suggestions:
Tram #4: Miasnikova (Red Church and kitchen factory); Dynama Stadium (Kastryčnickaja and all the cool spots around, Beauty Residence); Horky Park (Planetarium and Observatory, pre-revolutionary buildings at Pieršamajskaja str.); Niezaliežnasci (Art-Belarus, Tea Room and St Roch church); Kujbyšava (coworking Rabotaem, one of the latest graffiti, and TIDEN); Teatralnaja (statues of Greek gods).
Tram #7: Miasnikova (Red Church and kitchen-factory); Dynama Stadium (Kastryčnickaja and all the cool spots around, Beauty Residence); Horky Park (Planetarium and Observatory, pre-revolutionary buildings at Pieršamajskaja str.); Kazlova lane (one of Sliapianskaja water system canals and parks); Traktarny Zavod (Traktarahorad, MON NOM and Antonaŭski park).
Don’t miss the dynamic graffiti under the bridge at the tram terminus (Miasnikova square) – one of the latest artworks created within Vulica Brasil (long spread outside Kastryčnickaja street).
Whether you are heading to Teatralnaja or Traktarny zavod, it would be wise to avoid the weekday rush hours and ideally opt for a Sunday morning ride.