Kostroma Travel Guide

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Kostroma Things to Do

  • Ipatiev Monastery

    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...

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  • the monument for Mikhail Romanov

    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...

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  • The Guard-house / Gauptvakta

    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...

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  • The Palace of General Borshov

    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...

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  • Some interesting buildings we passed by

    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...

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  • The Townhall

    The townhall of Kostroma looks similar in style as the buildings around of the closeby Susaninskaya Square. There are a lot of other administrative buildings around of it and in fact this part of the city was built all at around almost the same time.

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Kostroma Hotels

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  • Azimut Hotel Kostroma

    I choused Azimuth Hotel Kostroma because it is located in a picturesque green area of Kostroma....

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  • Shelestoff Hotel

    ulitsa Kommunarov 1, Kostroma, 156002, Russia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Volga Kostroma

    1 Yunosheskaya Street, Kostroma, 156005, Russia

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

Kostroma Restaurants

  • beer & grill restaurant

    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...

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  • a pleasant place to have a rest

    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).

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  • Eat out King Arthur style!

    Good hangout and quite popular among locals. It is decorated in King Arthur style, and in my opinion I can't say that I've seen many a kind in other countries. Good atmosphere in the evening. Try out the Hunter's meat (mjaso po-ohotniku). It's quite heavy...

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Kostroma Nightlife

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    by faloon77 Updated Nov 20, 2006

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    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

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Kostroma Transportation

  • I came by river-cruise to Kostroma

    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...

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  • Ride along Kostroma by public transport

    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...

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  • How to get to Kostroma by car or train

    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...

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Kostroma Shopping

  • by Neman Written Aug 2, 2009

    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

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    • National/State Park
    • Study Abroad

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Kostroma Local Customs

  • Dont miss the local market

    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...

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  • KBAC / Kvas

    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...

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  • a bit of luxury around the window-frames

    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 !

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Kostroma Warnings and Dangers

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    by globetrott Updated Apr 24, 2010

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    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.

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Kostroma Tourist Traps

  • Price for a dog in a hotel

    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...

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  • Candles in Trinity Cathedral

    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...

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Kostroma Off The Beaten Path

  • Moscow Gates

    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...

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  • the wooden church

    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...

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  • a nice church between the wooden houses

    This is a nice church that I saw between the interesting wooden houses in the outskirts of Kostroma. The gates of the church were closed unfortunately.

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Kostroma Sports & Outdoors

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jan 12, 2010

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    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 .

    Irina and Zharden Irina and Zarina

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Kostroma Favorites

  • Volga and Kostroma Rivers

    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...

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  • Kostroma’s XVIIIth town design

    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...

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  • Kostroma’s name origin

    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...

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Some more exhibits from the Ipatiev Monastery
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a green house at the monastery
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the church of Our Saviour in the shopping-arcades
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The most beautiful firewatch on earth !
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The ceiling of Trinity Cathedral
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The museum inside of the Romanov chambers
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Romanov chambers
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The belfry of Trinity Cathedral Ipatiev Monastery
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the old shopping-arcades
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The inconostasis of Trinity Cathedral
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The frescos inside of Trinity Cathedral
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Trinity Cathedral of Ipatiev Monastery
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The entrancehall of the Trinity Cathedral
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The Bogoyavlensky (Epiphany) Monastery
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The Bogoyavlensky (Epiphany) Monastery
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Just a few meters behind the boulevard
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lovely wooden houses
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Even the grass was freshly painted for Mr. Putin
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The charms of the communiste times
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Papa Lenin is still showing the right direction
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Monument to Saint George
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Local cats and dogs
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Soviet names of streets
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Theodore Stratelates feast day
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Boulevard – Kostroma’s Ramblas
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Joann Zlatoust (John Chrysostom) Church
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Ilyinskaya Church in Gorodishe
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Stone houses
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Wooden houses
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Central Park
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Moscow Gates
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Church of Resurrection-on-Debre
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Art Museum
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Drama Theatre
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Monument to Lenin
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Monument to Mikhail Romanov
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Our Saviour Church in Arcades
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Red Arcades
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Bogoyavlensky (Epiphany) Monastery
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Big Flour Arcades
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Map of Kostroma

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