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Nesvizh and Mir Castle tour

updated on 10/01/2017

The Nesvizh and Mir tour will introduce you to the top Belarus tourist attractions - the monuments of architecture in Belarus included in UNESCO World Heritage List.

Nesvizh castle air view

Nesvizh Castle air view, 2015

First we will head for the famous palace-and-park complex in Nesvizh that is only 120 kilometers away from Minsk. Founded at the end of the 16th century by the Radziwills, the palace was a combination of several architectural styles. In the 19th century a huge park was laid out nearby and is a perfect place for a walk even today. The palace was used as a health resort which saved it from destruction. The Nesvizh palace-and-park complex is also a part of the World Heritage and today, when the restoration of the castle is almost complete, it is open to public.

Mir Castle (30 km away from Nesvizh) was founded in the early 16th century not far from Mir borough as a residence and was pretty expensive for its time. After the new hosts – the Radziwills – took over the castle, it was rebuilt into a magnate palace and beside thick curtain walls, loopholes, barracks and utility buildings it also featured luxurious apartments of the noble family that were appointed with works of art.

Successive wars and decades of neglect resulted in complete decay of the castle by the end of WWII. It is only after the inclusion of the monument in UNESCO World Heritage List and a long restoration process that Mir Castle regained a part of its former luxury and was open for the visitors.

Mir Castle air view, 2015

Mir Castle air view, 2015

The tour includes a visit to the castle in Mir with a walk around it, a tour around the palace and park in Nesvizh. A tour to the history museum in Nesvizh Palace and Mir Castle can be arranged on request. A dinner at a restaurant in Mir in the castle cellar can also be organized at a separate fee.

Tour duration: 7.0 hours, around 280 km round way.

Tour price: USD 180 (per 1-3 pax)* - ask for transportation-only option =)

Note: the price quoted for the present Minsk tour is for reference purpose and is confirmed upon request. It covers transportation (the standard option for 1-2 pax is Skoda Superb), an English-speaking guide-driver, travel services and taxes. The tour fee does not cover museum entrance fees (BYN 14 in Nesvizh and BYN 8 in Mir). The tour is available round the week. 

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