I had been beering it at the local bar the night before, so I decided to sleep in a bit. I caught the bus from the central bus station in Minsk at 11.50 AM and arrived at the castle at 1.35 PM.
I walked around the tiny Mir town for a while. This charming and colourful town, founded in 1345, was slightly run down, but had two beautiful churches and – of course – the famous castle, which is the only reason why tourists come there. There isn’t much to see in the town itself, but it does have a certain charm to it and I enjoyed my little walk around.
The Mir Castle Complex is located just outside the tiny village.
I spent over an hour at the beautiful castle compex. I walked around the lake, and took millions of pictures of the castle reflecting in the water. It was such a beautiful sight with all the autumn leaves falling to the ground, covering it in an orange and yellow carpet.
29 km northwest of the Mir Castle stands another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Niasviž Castle, which I unfortunately didn’t have time to visit this time around. It can easily be combined as a day trip though, but I had other plans for the rest of that day.
When I walked back through the village of Mir on my way to the bus station, I spotted a cat with such long and lush hair! As soon as I called it, SIX DOGS came running instead of the cat, haha! I still got to pet the cat, but I hadn’t imagined ending up in a dog convention too! They were all very cute and friendly though, although the cat jumped up a tree to avoid the barking creatures – she wasn’t having any of it! 😉
Two hours after arriving in Mir, I caught a bus back to Minsk and then a train to Brest, where my next exciting UNESCO adventure started – but more about that in the next post!
How to travel from Minsk to Mir Castle:
- Busses to Mir from the central bus station in Minsk seem to run pretty frequently. The people at my hostel didn’t know where to search for the timetable though, but go to the bus station and they will be able to help you out! I paid 6 BYN (20 DKK) for a one-way ticket.
- Getting back to Minsk is a bit tougher. There wasn’t anyone at the bus station in Mir when I got there, but I went to a hotel across the street and they were able to help with the times. Also, there is an information center on the way to the castle (just after the red church), and they were very helpful.
- I got into the castle grounds for free, but I’m not sure if I was actually supposed to do that, but there was no one around. I does cost a fee to get inside the castle though.
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