When we all “break free” from this pandemic COVID-19 where are you going on holidays?
Nizhny Novgorod (Russia), a sister-city of Novi Sad, invites you!
If you want to see the “real” Russia, to feel its soul, its beauty, its taste – visit Nizhny Novgorod! “Nizhny “ means “located lower”(along the river), “Novgorod” means “Novi Sad” ):
Nizhny has a “royal” location at the confluence of the two great Russian rivers – the Volga and the Oka. (Compare with the confluence of the Sava and the Danube in Belgrade!)
It was founded in 1221 by Prince Yuri Vsevolodovich (a grandson of Yuri Dolgoruky, the founder of Moscow) as a fort post for protection of the Russian lands from different enemies.
Nizhny played an important role in the history of Russia – in the XIII-XVI centuries protected frontiers, in the XVII century the NiNo peoples’ army rescued Moscow from the Polish invaders and thus, the Romanovs’ dynasty acceded to the throne, in the XIX century Nizhny became “the pocket of Russia” due to the world-famous trade fair, in the XX century during the Second World War the city became the centre of military manufacturing. Now it’s a big economic, industrial, educational, cultural and touristic centre with the population of 1.3 mln people.
The modern Nizhny Novgorod is the territory of diverse and rich cultural heritage, dynamic development and hearty hospitality. Museums and galleries, city events and activities, joyful festivals, boat trips and river cruises, magnificent landscapes and picturesque sunsets attract tourists from all over the world. In 2018 Nizhny hosted FIFA worldcup – that was a great experience! Our stadium for 45 000 visitors was recognized the most beautiful!
TOP-10 “must have” in Nizhny Novgorod
1/ Visit Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin
It is a unique fortress, built in the early XVI century under the guidance of an Italian architect Pietro Francesco (people say that might be Leonardo da Vinci himself!). You will see the oldest building in Nizhny – the ancient temple of Mikhail the Archangel, walk along the 2 km-long Kremlin wall including 13 towers, enjoy the breath-taking views over the river, the Strelka (the confluence point), learn a lot of local legends.
The city symbol is a dear – and you will see a picture of this noble animal everywhere. Why? Once upon a time, when the city existed only inside the Kremlin walls and all around there were deep woods, there lived dears. When the enemies approached the city, the disturbed animals rushed out of the forest and that was a signal for the watchman on the tower to get prepared. Thus the citizens had quite enough time to get ready for the battle – and during its whole history the Kremlin has never been conquered by the enemies.
2/ Walk along the main pedestrian street Bolshaya Pokrovskaya
Every city has its Arbat – the main street where people gather, spend free time, walk and talk, drink coffee, sing songs, play music, go to the theatre, or just wander. Bolshaya Pokrovskaya is a 1-mile-long street connecting the two main city squares – Minin Squ. and Gorky Squ. The most luxurious boutiques, restaurants, theatres are located here. Tourists also like to take photos with nice street sculptures depicting the realities of the XIX century.
3/ Climb the Chkalov Staircase
One of the most popular attractions of the visitors is to climb the staircase and count the stairs. This is the longest staircase in Europe, built in 1943 by prisoners of war in honour and memory of the victory in Stalingrad Battle. Come and try to count the steps! At the top a monument to the famous pilot Valery Chkalov will welcome you!
4/ Take a cableway trip across the Volga river
Built as a transport means to connect Nizhny Novgorod with its satellite town of Bor, the cableway became one of the top tourist attractions. Its length over the river is 861 m – the longest in Europe. A 12-minutes’ trip will present you the most picturesque views of the city and the river.
5/ Take a boat trip
In summer time you can enjoy pleasant romantic trips on the river or joyful disco-cruises at sunset – you will surely like both!
6/ Nizhny Novgorod is the City of Maxim Gorky – visit one of the museums dedicated to this great writer
Maxim Gorky was born in Nizhny. Since 1932 to 1990 Nizhny Novgorod was called Gorky (many people recognize our city by this name)
We have 3 museums dedicated to M.Gorky – Kashirin’s House where he spent his childhood, apartment-museum where he lived with his wife and children and wrote the most famous pieces, and Literature Museum dedicated to Nizhny Novgorod writers. There is an interesting tour “ Travelling in Russia with Maxim Gorky” – really worthwhile.
7/ Try specialties of the Russian Cuisine in one of the authentic restaurants
Bliny (crepes), pelmeni (duplings), kurnik (Chickenpie), herring and potatoes, kvas (a drink) and many other delicious dishes
Bring Russian chocolates, Gorodets Gingerbread or Sufflet “Bird’s Milk” as a gift for your friends
8/ Visit a theatre
Nizhny Novgorod theatrical life is rich and diverse – puppet show, ballet and opera house, musical theater or Piano theatre are understandable even for those who don’t speak Russian.
Piano Theatre is really unique, the actors are deaf children, their performances grip your soul forever.http://www.tepi.org/
9/Go to a master-class in famous Nizhny Novgorod arts and crafts
Visit one of the neighboring towns in the region where our world-known arts and crafts are produced.
Matreshka is considered a symbol of Russia. But do you know that it originally comes from NiNo ? – here is its motherland. Take a trip to Semenov and paint your own matreshka at the original factory – keep it as a good luck charm! https://goldenhohloma.com/
Or visit Gorodets – the city of samovars, gingerbread and craftsmen.
Or Boldino where A.Pushkin wrote his best books. http://www.boldinomuzey.ru/
If no time, stay in Nizhny and go to the Ariel factory of new year’s tree decorations
10/ Be a guest at one of the city festivals
Summer: Alfa Future People – a festival of electronic music and gadgets similar to EXIT in Novi Sad
Come and compare both, make friends and enjoy modern music with the best DJs from different countries (July/August)
Autumn: International festival of arts and crafts (September) Come and see how modern and up-to-date look these things!
Winter: Christmas Festival. Don’t miss an opportunity to experience the Russian way of Christmas celebration! Frost, snow, sledge, New Year’s tree, skiing and skating, snowman making…
We invite you to come to Nizhny and fall in love with Nizhny forever!