April is almost over now and, finally, May holidays are coming. It seems to be a wonderful time to get vivid impressions, bright emotions and start a new journey.
So, we want to advise to you 4 destinations to discover the widespread area around Moscow.
Here is the first part.
It is an old town to the east from Moscow. This city is a real pearl of the Golden Ring of Russia. In Kostroma, more than in other places, unique monuments of history, culture and architecture have been preserved. Traditional folk handicrafts and crafts are not forgotten: pottery, weaving from vines and birch bark, patchwork sewing.
Piece of history
Kostroma was twice ravaged by the Poles. The heroic peasant Ivan Susanin became a symbol of the city's resistance to foreign invaders; several monuments of him may be seen in Kostroma. The monument to Ivan Susanin, that is placed in the middle of the city, presents a peasant hero facing the Volga.
How to get to the city
Moving to the east from Moscow’s Railway station “Yaroslavskiy” you may reach Kostroma in 6 hours (going at night).
There are bus trips daily from Moscow’s Shchyolkovsky bus station (metro station “Shchyolkovskaya”), plus you can take buses stopping in transit, that are going to Pereslavl-Zalessky and Yaroslavl.
For warm weather from about early June to early October, long–distance Volga passenger ships stop in Kostroma every couple of days on their way between Moscow and cities like Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan and Astrakhan.
Complex “Snegurochka’s Chamber”
The guests have an opportunity not only to get acquainted with the Slavic traditions, the way of Snegurochka's life (the Snow Maiden), but will have a chance to visit the “Ice room”, made of the lake ice, where Snegurochka feels comfortable even in Summer time.
Open-air Museum “Kostromskaya Sloboda”
Museum of Architecture and Ethnography, and Open-air Landscape is situated in the most beautiful place – at the junction of the rivers Kostroma and Volga, near the ancient Ipatiev Monastery. The pearl of the museum – the oldest wooden church of Russia, the Cathedral of Our Lady (1552). The museum possesses 28 monuments of wooden architecture – residential and utility constructions, with samples of church architecture. They are interesting if you want to see old Russian izbas (wooden houses) and churches gathered in one place.
The Ipatiev Monastery
Considered as one of the most beautiful monasteries of the so-called "Golden Ring", the best towns around Moscow. The monastery was founded in 1330, and it is also an important place of the Russian history, because Michael Romanov, who finally became the first Tsar of the Romanov dynasty, was living in 2 small chambers of this monastery with his mother when he was chosen to become the Tsar of Russia. This is why Kostroma was always given a lot of attention by the Romanov-family who reigned Russia for more than 300 years.
The old shopping-arcades of Kostroma
They date back to 1796. The idea behind these giant market halls was that the tax-authorities could easily watch over the income of the merchants. Some of these arcades were transferred into posh, modern stores lately. Here you can find a lot of souvenirs and food spots
Some places to eat
Best place to have dinner is Susanin House (Susanina St., 54), a home-like cozy family cafe. Guests will certainly appreciate the author's meals, large portions and stunning desserts.
When you are staying for a night, Park Hotel Berendeyevka is the best option in city. This modern complex located in an ecologically clean area of Kostroma in a man-made park occupying an area of 90 hectares. This park, which is called a "forest in the city", is good for a healthy rest, sleep and appetite. Pines and spruce fill the air of the park with the scent of pine needles and freshness. Food is also very good and healthy there.
As Kostroma is a cheese capital of Russia.Cheese market (Syrnaya Birga) is a big grocery store. It is popular among tourists as well as locals. Very good cheeses are produced in the Kostroma region. The prices are attractive, and in any case cheaper than on the market located nearby. The taste is awesome, even better than in Moscow. You may also take butter to taste.
Piece of history
Tver’s foundation year is officially accepted to be 1135. Tver was the capital of a powerful medieval state and a model provincial town in the Russian Empire. The city is situated at the conflux of three rivers, splitting the town into northern and southern parts by the Volga River. Now city’s population is around half of million people.
How to get to the city
Tver is located 180 kilometres (110 mi) northwest of Moscow. You should buy the train ticket on Leningradsky railway station (it costs 255 rubles with a student ID card and if you want to go back to Moscow at the same or the next day - be sure to take a round-trip ticket). The trip will take only 1h 40min on Express called “Lastochka” (“Swallow”).
1. Tver is called “Little Saint-Petersburg” because of more than 30 bridges. One of them - Starovolzhsky bridge - looks like Bridge of Freedom in Budapest.
2. The most beautiful view to the Volga is from Afanasy Nikitin’s embankment.
3. Trekhsvyatskaya street is for pedestrians and is located in the center of the city. There are a lot of cafes, souvenirs shops and street musicians.
Take a picture here
One of the most popular place to take a picture in Tver is near Mikhail Krug’s monument, popular Russian singer. And also with a huge word “ТВЕРЬ” located near the River station.
Time to have some food
There is one place where you can eat the best breakfasts all day long - it is “Breakfast Band” located in the center. And if you prefer traditional russian food, you are welcome to “Manilov” restaurant.