Uspenskaya square, 8, Yaroslavskaya region, Uglich, 152615, Russia
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Travel Tips for Uglich
where time stands still
Uglich, population 35,000. It's a simple town where time seems to stand still. There's a handful of beautiful and historical churches where the old cremlin walls once were, and plenty of little wooden cabins which have known better days. It's located on the River Volga and it's very ancient, having been founded in 1148. it's the place where the nine-year-old Ivan the Terrible's son, Dimitry, was found dead under not so mysterious circumstances, and where he exiled his 7th wife. The Church of St. Demetrius of the Blood, with its blue onion-shaped domes adorned with little white stars is the most impressive sight - one which I really enjoyed. I also enjoyed walking around town, appreciating the laid-back atmosphere and the delicious blueberries at the market.
The gifts of the forest
The forest and woods around Uglich are very rich - there's a true abundance of "natural" products to be found: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries... all sorts of berries you might want to have. There's plenty of edible mushrooms, too. If you don't have time to go and look for them yourself, you should buy some at the local market. They're very cheap, healthy and yummy. A real taste of wild Russia.
Address: in the main square, next to the hotel
Library of Russian vodka
What's the library of Russian vodka? For sure you won't fid books to read here - only vodka bottles from all over Russia (more than 800) and machinery used for making it.
Everything is labelled in Russian but the visit is quite enjoyable, anyway. There's an entry fee of 50 rubles, and after the visit you're invated to a tasting session - how many shots of vodka you can drink is really up to you, there's no official limit.
Address: ul Bergolts 9
Walk straight from where the boats dock - the museum is in a white building on your left
Walking thru the woods
Getting from the jetty to town, you walk thru a wooded area where this lovely old lady was selling flowers in order to get some money. Half the flowers were already past their sellby date, but she was not deterred.
Today there is Hotel Uspenskaya with shops underneath. It always was an old style shopping center ie gostinny dvor. It is older than 1860 because then it became a new façade. There are several such shopping rows in Uglich. This one is just across the square from the kremlin area. In the background you see the Epiphany cathedral.