Where we go, there is a wish to touch history of the country, gray-haired, age-old mysterious, it allows to understand better the people living here and quicker to find with them a common language.
In Belarus ,there are two objects, which were included into the UNESCO World Heritage List: a castle in Nesvizh and a palace in Mir Castle. The construction of both began under Mikola Krzysztof Radziwiłł "Orphan", who was considered the uncrowned king of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
(the route Minsk – Brest, 120 km from the Minsk ring highway)
The town of Nesvizh in the old days was called the uncrowned capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The palace and park complex constructed by Nikolay Radzivill "Orphan" on the project of the Italian architect Giovanni Maria Bernardoni, is a world value.
Start of construction of the estate one of the most influential and richest families in Europe belongs to the end of the 16th century. Until now, historians and restoration experts are trying to restore the old treasures that belonged to the richest in Belarus of the Radziwill family, who owned the castle of the 4th century. The castle complex includes the Majestic Castle Palace, surrounded by high earthen ramparts, vast ponds and four gardens: Castle Park, Old Park, New Park, English Park and Japanese Garden (founded in the 19th century by Maria de Castellano Radziwill).
(the route Minsk – Novogrudok, 90 km from the Minsk ring highway)
The unique medieval Mir Castle, the pearl of Belarusian architecture is one of the main national symbols of the country, vividly representing its history. The Mir castle was built in the first quarter of the 16th century and is a quadrangle formed by castle walls and powerful towers in the corners. The successful combination of architectural styles of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance makes Mir Castle one of the most impressive castles in Europe.
Restoration of the castle is completed, at the expositions you will see restored furniture, rare furniture, a collection of medieval cold weapons (swords, knives, spears, arrows, crossbows). Also, a monument of architecture is considered, located near, the tomb of princes Svyatopolk-Mirsky.
The Belarusian State Museum of Vernacular Architecture and Ethnic Heritage (Ozertso village)
(Ozertso village, 4 km from the Minsk ring highway)
It is the museum-skansen (or the museum under the open sky) which represents the whole complex of monuments of architecture of the 17-20th centuries. Today, three scientific and exhibition sectors are open to visitors: "Central Belarus", partially formed "Poozerie" and "Podnepria", restoring our understanding of the rural life of these areas. The Museum contains about 40 buildings, including the Church of the intercession of the XVIII century, a parochial school, a windmill and a barn, tavern, blacksmith shop, steam bath, hut wealthy and poor peasants.
There are about 280 pairs of vintage shoes and hats 270, about 2500 samples of weaving and 1600 units of clothing, and numerous fishing tools and crafts, farm implements and household items used by the Belarusians in everyday life over a hundred years ago.
A visit to the Museum will give you an idea about the features of the Belarusian folk architecture and way of life. And the Museum tavern is the current monument exhibit, where visitors are offered traditional Belarusian cuisine.
Belarusian ethnographic village of XIX century
(the village of Buinichi, 2 km from the city of Mogilev)
The ethnographic complex is located in the open air, opposite the memorial complex "Buinichskoe pole." This is not a museum, it is a colorful stylization of the Belarusian village of the XIX century. But, despite the absence of old exhibits, the guests of the museum will be able to discover the whole color of the Belarusian national culture, get acquainted with Belarusian crafts, customs and rituals.
There is a street of craftsmen in the ethnographic village, consisting of 7 houses: a potter's workshop, a carpenter's, a bakery, a smithy, a weavers workshop, a house of embroidery masters, weaving from straws and vines and the "House of the Self-Empress".
Here you can see craftsmen at work and buy souvenirs made by their hands, try a strong alcoholic drink, learn how bread, loaves and cakes were baked in the old times, and also entertain yourself with fresh baked goods.
The business card of the village is a huge windmill and a house in a traditional gentry’s style, where the hotel is located. The restaurant "Korchma" (eng. “Tavern”) offers dishes of national Belarusian and European cuisine.
The Dudutki museum
(the route Minsk – Slutsk, 40 km from the Minsk ring highway)
It is a museum complex of ancient folk crafts and technologies. You will have a fascinating journey to the world of the ancient life of Belarusians, will participate in tasting of original dishes and riding horses.
There is the only windmill operating in Belarus at the territory of the complex which can be visited. It was built more than 100 years ago. A treat will wait for you in the miller's house. The masters will demonstrate their art in the smithy and pottery workshop. You will taste homemade bread and kvass in a rural bakery. You will discover the secrets of cooking homemade cheeses in the dairy. And also you will see the moonshine machine, drink and have a bite with pickled cucumbers and honey. In addition, there is a small collection of vintage cars. Fans of horse riding are offered horseback riding, sleigh rides and sledges. In the cafe or on the glade of picnics it is possible to organize a dinner, consisting of dishes of Belarusian cuisine.