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From Minsk: 4 Main Castles of Belarus In 1 Day Private Tour

Product ID: 307483
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Belarusian castles, although not numerous, are major tourist attractions. See the 4 main castles in just 1 day on a private tour departing from your accommodation in Minsk. Enjoy the castles’ grounds as well as free time along the way.
About this activity
Duration 10 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Driver
English

Pickup included

At your hotel or any other location in Minsk
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Take a full-day tour from Minsk with an English-speaking driver
  • Explore the ruins of 4 castles on a self-guided tour
  • See amazing Kosava, Ruzhany, Nesvizh, and Mir castles
  • Enjoy free time in the picturesque park of Nesvizh Castle and stroll along its alleys
Full description
Depart from Minsk on a private tour to see 4 of the most famous castles in Belarus: Kosava Castle, Ruzhany Castle, Nesvizh Castle, and the Mir Castle Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your driver will pick you from any address in Minsk and take you to grounds of each castle where you are free to walk around. If you prefer to go inside, you can buy tickets at each castle.  

The tour last 9-10 hours and takes in a total distance of 575 km. During the tour, you can to ask your driver to stop at a local café or restaurant for lunch or dinner. After the tour, your driver will take you back to your destination in Minsk.

Kosava Castle  

Kosava is the smallest town in Belarus and is a typical western Belarusian town with unhurried life, cozy houses, and friendly locals. The 19th-century castle was dramatically ruined during WWII. The castle had 12 towers that symbolized the 12 months of the year and a unique system of internal corridors and windows allowing the sun’s rays to get into all corners of the building.

Ruzhany Castle

The next point on the tour is Ruzhany Castle, near the road just as you enter Ruzhany town. The building looks very impressive even in ruins, and is often called the Belarusian Versailles because it was built in the same style as the famous French palace. According to legend, there is a secret underground passage from the Ruzhany Castle to Kosava. The basements of the palace go four floors down. Unfortunately, they are inundated with earth now, but they will be restored in future.

Nesvizh Castle   

This 16th-century castle is probably the most famous castle of Belarus and once belonged to the Radziwills, the most powerful nobles of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Nesvizh Castle had long been considered one of the most powerful fortifications in the Belarusian lands, due to the artillery and a large garrison. The most famous ghost of Belarus also lives here. The spirit of Barbara Radziwill appears in the corridors after midnight. Another legend says that the untold treasures were stored in the castle, but they are yet to be found.

Mir Castle Complex

The exact time of the castle’s construction is unknown, but most historians believe that it was built in the 1520s. During the course of history, the castle witnessed frequent changes of owners and was gradually turning into romantic ruins. During WWII, a ghetto was located in the building. After the war, it became home to local residents. A visit in the evening has a charm of its own and the building looks amazing in the rays of the setting sun.
Includes
  • Private hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Bottled water
  • Friendly English-speaking driver
  • Visit to the grounds of 4 castles
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance fees
  • Audio guide
  • Lunch

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Jacket
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
Know before you go
• Entrance fees to the castles may be applicable if you decide to enter the buildings
• This is a self-guided tour with an English-speaking driver to take you to each castle

From £202.20 Per group up to 3

Organized by

Minsk Airport Transfer & Tours

Product ID: 307483