What a lovely and cosy place! Cobbled streets and narrow roads were everywhere. You can see everything in the old town in two days. However, it is a lovely place if you wish to stay longer and relax as walking around is very pleasing and they have many cafés, bars and restaurants. I found a great cake shop in the subway.
From the airport we took the bus 22 which took around 30min to get to the city centre (€1).
The hotel, Wellton Centrum Hotel & Spa, was in a great location in the old town. Very clean, comfortable, with friendly and helpful staff. It was opposite a shopping centre, with a supermarket which had a nice deli section where we bought our dinner (many different types of meat and salads ). Worth to give it a try.
On the first day we walked to the House of the Blackheads (guild), a reconstructed 900 year old building of great distinction, in the medieval style, and very ornate.
We also saw the House of the Cats, built with cat statues on the roof with their bottoms facing the House of the Blackheads, as the owner wasn’t allowed to join the guild. Then we visited a huge indoor and outdoor market. We were able to go all round the Old Town in a day, stopping at the old city wall, the castle (president’s residence, under renovation) the artillery tower and the freedom memorial. A pillar with a woman on top holding three golden stars.
When packing try to leave your heels behind as the roads in the old town are cobbled. Best to wear walking shoes, sandals or boots.
Then we took the overnight train to Minsk, Belarus.