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This city could easily become the capital of Russia, but as fate would have it, this city remained an exemplary provincial city with an endless list of attractions

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Two flourishes of Tver

Between  Two Capitals

Tver is located 180 km north-west of Moscow on the banks of the famous Volga River. This is one of the oldest settlements in Russia, founded in the middle of the 12th century. Conveniently located on the Volga trade routes, Tver has gained a reputation as a guardian of traditions and a center of literacy but failed to become a unifier of Russian lands. During the years of the Tatar-Mongol yoke, Tver became a center of resistance, however at the end of the 15th century it became part of the Muscovite state.

Terrible fire accident destroyed all the historical artefacts of the ancient Russian principality including Kremlin in 1763, but in return, Tver got a new architectural plan. Catherine II assigned a special purpose to the provincial capital: an exemplary provincial city in Russia. It was from here that the Empress decided to begin the modernization of urban ensembles of the entire country, bringing them to European standards. The famous architects of St. Petersburg have restored the city in stone so that it looks imperial and the city plan is similar to the one of St. Petersburg.

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425 thousand people
3 hours by bus from Moscow
En Route Imperial Palace, Kalyazin, Seliger lake

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A lady with binocular sightseeing


Gilded onion domes with crosses of an orthodox church


A man hiking in beautiful nature


Two jars with caviar, black sturgeon caviar and red salmon caviar


Bridge similar to the Freedom Bridge in Budapest, opposite the two river supports there are "peaks" connected by transverse arches

City streets guide

Strolling Around

The oldest surviving stone building in the city is the church “White Trinity”, built by the Moscow merchant in 1564. And if you want to see the city rebuilt after a fire, you need to take a stroll along the embankments, such as Stepan Razin: there you will find well-preserved post-fire buildings of 18th century with a so-called solid facade. Besides, here you can see vivid examples of Soviet architecture: the “House of Voroshilov Riflemen” of the Stalin era and the “Zvezda” cinema in the style of late constructivism.

Now go to the left bank of the river along the Old Volga bridge. It was this bridge that became the first one across the Volga, and it is also very similar to the Freedom Bridge in Budapest. On the left bank, we advise you to visit the botanical garden of Tver University, inside which the landscape of the ancient city has been partially preserved.

En Route Imperial palace

By the Will of the Empress

The main attraction of Tver is the En Route Imperial Palace of Catherine the Great built in classicism style with baroque elements.
A yellow En Route Imperial Palace of Catherine the Great of the 18th century, built in the style of classicism with baroque elements, façade decorated with white columns and a sculpture on the top of the palace

The palace was intended for the repose of the imperial family members on the way from St. Petersburg to Moscow. Catherine loved the “ideal city” she created and willingly visited the palace during her frequent travels throughout the empire. At the beginning of the 19th century, under the guidance of Princess Yekaterina Pavlovna, sister of Alexander I, the palace turned into the center of social life in the Tver province: famous writers and artists were welcomed there.

A wall in an Art Gallery with paintings, big portrait of the Empress Catherine the Great in the middle, historical table and two chairs

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A hall in a royal palace with pink walls, massive chandelier, royal furniture and the 18th century paintings
The rich decoration of the royal halls has been preserved: the palace grand staircase was restored, the Pink Hall was dressed in marble. Today, the Palace houses a collection of Russian painters of 18th century, icons and frescoes of 15th century.


Not only Chicken Kiev

In about an hour, you can get from Tver to Torzhok, one of the most ancient cities in Russia. It is worth visiting Novotorzhsky Boris and Gleb Monastery, with its beautiful architectural ensembles, and Church of the Tikhvin Icon of Our Lady – a striking example of ecclesiastical wooden architecture.

But that is not all. A trip to Torzhok, an old town in the Tver region, is a journey for the tasting of … pozharsky cutlets. Legend claims that the founder of an inn and a tavern in Torzhok, Dmitry Pozharsky, hosted Emperor Alexander I. Suddenly there was no veal for the cutlets requested by the emperor for breakfast, and it was hastily replaced with chicken. Alexander I liked the tender and airy cutlets, and he allegedly named them Pozharsky. Since then, the cutlets not only became a symbol of the city but also gained fame throughout the country.

Seliger lake and the source of Volga

A Lake of Many Lakes

Seliger is perhaps the most famous Russian lake right after Lake Baikal. Actually, it is a network of reservoirs connected to each other by small rivers. Seliger is famous for excellent fishing (more than 30 species of fish, including the legendary ide, are found there), picturesque stretches and the Nilova Pustyn – a monastery on the small island of Stolobny. Throughout its history, the monastery was used as a prison of war camp, a colony for juvenile offenders, a hospital, and a tourist center, but now has been returned to the church. We advise you to climb the bell tower of the Epiphany Cathedral and see an unforgettable view of the lakes and islets.
A view of one small and on big gilded dome of a cathedral with gilded cross on the top, view over a lake with some islands in the middle of it
A view of an ensemble of several cathedrals on a small island in the middle of a lake.
A view of a wooden chapel behind the trees

Not far from Seliger there is a spot where several springs form a small pond. What is so special about this place? Exactly here the longest European river Volga begins. The source of the Volga is protected as a natural monument, and a chapel has been built over the spring itself.


Tver Atlantida

The flooded bell tower is the main attraction of the small town of Kalyazin, 160 km from Tver. Initially, it belonged to the Nikolo-Zhabensky Monastery and was located on land next to a large trading square. In the 30s of the last century, when the Uglich reservoir was being created, part of the city was under the threat of flooding. The cathedral had to be dismantled, and the bell tower, kept as a lighthouse, was partially under water. To preserve the historical monument, an island was poured around it and a pier for boats was equipped. The worship services accompanied by the ringing of bells take place regularly.

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