The Ipatiev Monastery in Kostroma is one of the most beautiful monasteries of the so-called "Golden Ring" around of Moscow. The monastery was founded in 1330 and it is also an important place of russian history, because Michael Romanov, who finnaly became the first Tsar of the Romanov dynasty, was living in 2 small chambers of this monastery with...more
Susaninskaya Square is a really giant square in the very centre of Kostroma. At one side there are the large arcades of the ancient markets and at the other side there are the firewatch-tower, the gauptvakhda and the palace of General Borshov.In the centre of that square you will find a small monument for Mikhail Romanov : he had spent his...more
The Guard-House is the building on the square that is next to the firewatch and its russian name is "Gauptvakhta" . A funny name and a good excample of how close german and russian are in some cases: H does not exist in Russian alphabet and is mostly replaced by G. "Hauptwache" (Main Watch) is the german expression for this building and the russian...more
The Palace of General Borshov was built opposite of the firewatch between 1819 and 1824 and so it became one of the several buildings in the same, so-called "palace-style" and painted in yellow and white. General Borshov was a hero of the so-called "Patriotic War" of 1812, lateron he became a senator In 1849 the building was sold and finally turned...more
I had no time to go inside the Art Museum in Kostroma, but I really enjoyed that great architecture of the building from outside, you will see it in my first 2 photos.This museum was built for the 300th anniversary of the Royal Romanov Family and in the exhibits of the museum of Arts you will find great paintings of the XVIIIth-XIXth centuries and...more
I choused Azimuth Hotel Kostroma because it is located in a picturesque green area of Kostroma....more
ulitsa Kommunarov 1, Kostroma, 156002, Russia
Good for: Couples
1 Yunosheskaya Street, Kostroma, 156005, Russia
Good for: Solo
There are three restaurants in the Azimuth hotel: beer restaurant "Beer Stadt", Russian cuisine restaurant and "Azimuth" restaurant. Summer cafe is opened during warm seasons.The restaurant "Beer Stadt" - beer & grill restaurant, rich German specials. Open 24 hours.Russian Cuisine restaurant – tempting array of Russian cuisine choices. Open daily...more
A very pleasant place in the city centre where it is possible not only to drink some coffee but also to have dinner and enjoy a splendid view out of a window at the very centre of Kostroma. Average level of prices and good service. I recommend Russian blini and cappuccino.40 seats. working hours 10.00-20.00 (22.00 on Fridays and Saturdays).more
Brilliant disco and restaurant with reasonable prices! Go there if you're not interested in Tornado (you get that kind just about everywhere in the world). Dance to good Russian disco and "russkiy chanson" and have a shashlik in between
Dress Code: Dress nicely according to the situation
I came to Kostroma by the rivercruise-ship M/V Furmanov of Orthodox-cruises. We landed at "Rich-noi Vauxhall" (=river-station), a place that is quite close to the large markethalls and within easy walkindistance to the most important sights of the city.Nevertheless we made our citytour by bus, that was included in our cruisepackage. In the...more
I had to use public transport to get to the city center because our car was busy while Irina took part in the dog-show which was held in the suburb of the city.There are a lot of bus shuttles in Kostroma. Bus #13 shuttles between the main square (Susaninskaya ploshchad’) and the Ipatiev Monastery. Trolleybus #2 runs between the main square and the...more
The city is located on the banks of the Volga River 330 kilometers northwest of Moscow.You can get there by car on the way to Yaroslavl (270 km) and turn to the right just before entering the city. Then you should drive about 60 km (though the road isn’t very good, unfortunately). It took us about 5 hours because of traffic jams near Moscow. There...more
Souvenirs, Handmade goods, Special information about attractive places in Russia for tourists
What to buy: Souvenirs,
Handmade goods of local masters
Special information about attractive places in Russia for tourists
What to pay: delivery of mail
Dont miss to take a look at the local market as well. You will find it next to the ancient market-arcades at Susaninskaya Square and you will find a lot of things there that look funny and quite unusual for western tourists. This market is ment mainly for the everyday life of the local people but you will also find a few souvenirstands as well, and...more
KBAC is the name of a traditional drink that you will still get in many places in Russia and on a hot summerday you really should taste it ! It is made from barley and rye, it is not extremely sweet, the ingredients are fermented and Kbac reminds me a bit of the alkoholfree "maltbeer" that we drank in the childhood.KBAC / [pronounce it like...more
Take a closer look at the houses in Russia and you will find out that there is mostly a bit of luxury at least around the window-frames of many wooden houses. All these materials like fresh and colorful paint and extra-woods were hard to be found in the old communiste times, sothis was really some sort of a luxury for many people !more
I had been in Kostroma on a day with a sunny morning and a rainy afternoon and could watch one of the phenomenons of russian car-trafic : Potholes can be found anywhere in the world, but in Russia they are quite common even in the very centre of a town and they might also be deeper than 40cm maybe and much bigger than an ordinary car-tyre, so you will be able to watch the cars "dancing around these potholes"
This situation is even worse as soon as you are going into the outskirts, where the streets will have no asphalt at all.
As you know we use to travel around Russia and Europe with our dogs – our German Shepherds. We often stayed with them in hotels in Germany, Poland, France, Belgium, and Sweden. Usually dogs are free of charge in hotels. Sometimes we pay from 3 to 6 euros for a dog. It depends on the class of a hotel. It’s quite clear when we have to pay 6 euro in a...more
Lots of people seem to buy candles in order to lit them in from of the icons. This is normal pratice in a Russian orthodox church but not so in the Trinity Cathedral. I saw some church person collecting them again because you are not allowed to lit them in this cathedral. So they are bound to be resold again.I asked the our guide and was told that...more
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The Moscow gate is where the cruise-passangers will enter the town of Kostroma, after beeing arrived on a cruise of the river Volga. This gate was built for Tsar Alexander I, when he was expected to visit Kostroma in 1823. The architect P. Fursov built 2 obelisques with the Tsars eagle on top and as you see they would need some restauration as...more
Dont miss to take a closer look at this great wooden church that you will find just a few steps "off the beaten path" between the large car-parking for tourbuses and the Ipatiev monastery. It was obviously under reconstruction in summer 2008 and should be finished by now. Unfortunately I was not able to enter that church, but maybe thats possible...more
We went to Kostroma to take part in the German Shepherds dog-show 2009.
Our Zarina fom Irin Hof won the First place among female working dogs class (so we call her Miss “Kostroma” since then, haha!).
Our Zharden fom Irin Hof won the third place among male working dogs class.
You can watch my 8 min 22 sec HD Video German Shepherds dog-show in Kostroma – Zharden and Zarina fom Irin Hof out of my Yandex video channel,
and my 9 min 21 sec HD Video German Shepherds dog-show in Kostroma part 1 ,
and my 5 min 39 sec HD Video German Shepherds dog-show in Kostroma part 2 .
Kostroma has a very convenient location at the confluence of the Volga and Kostroma Rivers. That’s why it has three major parts. The largest part lies at the left banks of the Volga and Kostroma Rivers. Two other parts lay on the right banks of the Volga and Kostroma Rivers.There are two huge modern automobile bridges across the Volga and Kostroma...more
In 1773 Kostroma was devastated by a great fire. Afterwards the city was rebuilt with streets radiating from a single focal point near the river. They say that Empress Ekaterina II dropped her fan on the city map, and told the architects to follow her design.In the history of small town planning in old Russia it was rather unique. As it became the...more
The origin of the town's name is not very clear. I like the story which connects the town's name to an old heathen dancing ritual in which a huge straw doll, which was said to impersonate the awakening of forces of nature in the spring, was used in a ceremony of sacrifice. The straw doll which in fact was called "kostroma" played the role of...more