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Nizhny Novgorod

Being the 5 th largest city in Russia, Nizhny Novgorod is called a metropolis with provincial allure. It stands on the Volga river banks just in 4 hours by a high-speed train from Moscow

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City with  Long History

The city was founded in the 13th century. At that time cities were built as fortresses not to let any enemy get inside, the city was surrounded by high walls. The part inside the walls is called Kremlin. The Kremlin in Nizhny Novgorod is well preserved till nowadays.

Nizhny Novgorod is well-known for traditional Russian churches and other architectural monuments, museums, art galleries. As there are a lot of ancient sights in the city, UNESCO has included it into the list of 100 cities of cultural and historical importance.

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LOCAL TIME
UTC+3
CLIMATE
Temperate
POPULATION
1,2 million people
HOW TO GET
1,5 hour by plane / 4 hours by train from Moscow
HIGHLIGHT
Volga River

types of tourism

A lady with binocular sightseeing

Excursion

Gilded onion domes with crosses of an orthodox church

Religious

A tree, fields, hills, sun, different natural zones: mountains, tundra, taiga steppes, mixed forests

Nature

A portrait of an old bearded man, a portrait of famous Russian writer Lev Tolstoy in a golden frame

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FEEL YOURSELF LIKE AT HOME

Best City  for Living

Not long ago Nizhniy Novgorod was called the best city for living in Russia, thanks to all the necessary infrastructure, lots of interesting places and entertaining, but at the same time the ecology is better than in Moscow and the way of life is less stressful. Everyone who comes to Nizhny Novgorod feels themselves like at home there.

A 19-th century two-storey mansion with rich decoration built in eclectic style, gates with sculptures on the top

DIVE INTO THE 19TH CENTURY

Rukavishnikov Museum-Estate

Nizhny Novgorod is famous for the estate of the widely-known Russian merchant Michael Rukavishnikov. This estate is considered to be the most beautiful and historically significant building of the city, which is worthy of tourists` attention. The facility was built in the 19 th century and was the most expensive construction in Nizhny Novgorod. Nowadays it has become a museum, where tourists have the opportunity to get acquainted with the life of the richest Russian merchants of that time.

HAVE A LOVELY WALK

Promenades and Pedestrian Streets

As there are two big rivers on the territory of Nizhny Novgorod, this city is the Russian center of river tourism. It has magnificent river promenades and restaurants with a view of the Volga river.

​One of the favorite places for all the tourists and the citizens in Nizhny Novgorod is Bolshaya Pokrovskaya Street. It is regarded as an analog of Arbat Street in Moscow. The peculiarity of this street is lots of monuments that depict the ordinary citizens of the city – a policeman, a photographer with a dog, a servant in the tavern, a lady with a child on a bench, a postman, etc.

PLACE OF PILGRIMAGE

St. Seraphim- Diveyevo Monastery

Diveyevo is a small city near Nizhny Novgorod. It is famous among the Orthodox pilgrims as the Holy abode of St. Seraphim of Sarov.

Saint Seraphim-Diveyevo monastery is considered to be the fourth lot of the Holy Theotokos, which is one of the four places on earth that Theotokos took under her protection – here she comes every day. One of the sacred events of Diveyevo is that it keeps the relics of St. Seraphim of Sarov. On the territory and in the vicinity of the village of Diveyevo there are Holy springs known for their healing. Pilgrims from all corners of Russia and abroad come here with faith in a miracle.

FOR LITERATURE LOVERS

Bolshoye Boldino Museum-Estate

About 200 km away from Nizhny Novgorod Bolshoye Boldino is located. That is the estate of the family of the greatest Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. Here tourists have the opportunity to get acquainted with Pushkin`s family tree. The most memorable period in the poet`s life, connected with Boldino, was his self-isolation because of the cholera epidemic in Russia. Pushkin was very productive at that time. He wrote a lot of outstanding works, among them are “Bronze Horseman”, “The Belkin Tales”, “The Queen of Spades” and the last chapters of “Eugene Onegin”.

A face of a bronze monument of a famous Russian poet Pushkin, man with curly hair, a tree and a street light behind the monument
A wooden yellow building, mansion of a famous Russian poet Pushkin surrounded with yellow trees in autumn
View from the ground to the yellow trees in golden autumn against the sky
A small wooden church in a countryside with wooden bell-tower and domes in autumn
Autumn landscape in the countryside: two people wearing 19th century clothes on a small boat on a river, white wooden bridge and yellow wooden building behind them

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