Nesvizh

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Introduction

Nesvizh (Niasviž) is a city in Minsk Province, Belarus.

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Sights and Activities

Niasviž Castle

Niasviž Castle was the estate of several very wealthy families from 1533 to 1939 outside of Nesvizh. In 1939 the Soviets expelled the Radvila family and turned it into a sanatorium and stopped maintaining the grounds. Today the castle is undergoing extensive repairs, although sadly in 2002 the upper story of the palace was destroyed by a fire. The Niasviž Castle castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Other Sights and Activities

Corpus Christi Church. A magnificent building from 1584–1593, one of the first Baroque churches in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Many members of the Radziwiłł family are buried here.
Slutsk Gate. An old city gate constructed around 1700, which takes its name from the nearby city of Slutsk.
City Hall. A building with Renaissance and Baroque features, one of not so many preserved city halls in Belarus.
Niasviž District Local History Museum, Lieninskaja vulica 96, ☏ +375 1770 51834, ✉ muz-nesvig@mail.ru.

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Getting There

By Train

At Minsk Pasažyrski station, ordinary suburban trains (economy class ER-9 elektrichka) stop in Haradzieja/Gorodeya station (costs 2.1 rubles), but don't confuse these trains with business-class suburban trains EPR — they don't have a stop there. The bus from Haradzieja to Nesvizh is leaving soon after every suburban train from Minsk. It is departing from the stop right behind the railway station. It is the cheapest way to come to Nesvizh. It will take from 1.5 to 2 hours to travel from Minsk to Haradzeya and 25 minutes from Haradzieja to Nesvizh.

By Car

Nesvizh (the town is marked at road signs as "Niasvizh") is situated to the south-east of M1/E30 highway between Minsk and Baranavichy. Use the P-11 road through Haradzieja (direct and broad) or P-54 through Stoubtsy (narrow); both of them have intersections with M1/E30.

By Bus

Buses to Nesvizh are departing from Minsk autostations "Central" and "Eastern". Usually Nesvizh is not the final destination, but Pinsk or another city. There are 4 or 5 buses a day from Minsk. They cost around 6 to 8 rubles and take about 90 minutes. The buses stop at Nesvizh bus station.

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Getting Around

The town is easily navigable on foot.

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Eat

Several restaurants in town. There is a restaurant in the Nesvizh Castle and several "fast service" restaurants along the street from the City Hall/Bus Terminal to the castle.

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Sleep

Palace Hotel, ☏ +375 44 778-66-04. Hotel in the Nesvizh Castle. Double room starts at 164 rubles.

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Keep Connected

Internet

A lot of places are appointed with WiFi hotspots but you have to buy a card and go through the login routine to get online. There are a few internet cafes in the major cities, but you’re more likely to be able to access the internet from your hotel’s Wi-Fi.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Belarus is: 375. To make international calls from Belarus it is necessary to dial 8, wait for a tone, then dial 10. Calls from Belarus to some countries must be booked through the international operator. Public telephones take cards. Grey booths are for internal calls and blue ones for international calls. Prepaid phone cards are available.

There are 3 major GSM providers in Belarus: MTS, Velcom and Life. All of them offer no-contract GSM SIM-cards and USB modems for Internet access. Cellular communications are very affordable and popular in Belarus. Each of these companies has numerous stores in Minsk, Brest and other regional centres. You will need your passport to purchase a SIM card, but many tariffs are available only to those who are registered with the authorities in Belarus. However, a stamp by your hotel on the back of the immigration card in your passport is sufficient to be registered, and this is routinely done by hotels upon check-in.

Avoid using your home SIM card in your own phone. Switch off data roaming and use only wifi instead.

Post

Belposhta (Belarusian: Белпошта) is the national postal service of Belarus. Services are affordabele but slow: airmail to Western Europe takes a minimum of 10 days. Post offices are generally open between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday, but some central offices in major cities keep slightly longer hours. Likewise, in rural small communicaties post offices might not be open every day. If you want to send a package internationally, use companies like DHL, FedEx, TNT or UPS, as they are faster and more reliable.

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