The Belfry of St. Sophia Cathedral is the major bell tower of the city of Novgorod. Dating from mid-15th century, it was built in order to replace an earlier belfry that was destroyed in a flood in 1437. Very little has been preserved of the original appearance of the belfry - over the centuries it was reconstructed and redesigned many times, but...more
8AM to 8PM daily. This eleventh-century cathedral is the centerpiece of Novgorod's religious buildings. The iconostasis and frescoes inside are especially interesting. On the north-west exterior of the cathedral, see the Magdeburg Doors, a bronze twelfth-century German creation with reliefs of biblical scenes and, allegedly, the doors' sculptors...more
This iron statue is in the park in the center of the Kremlin. It was created in 1862 and is ringed by an interesting panorama of famous individuals in Russian history up to that time. Russian Tsars and Patriarchs appear on one half of the panorama, and cultural figures on the other half.more
Kremlin, (City Center). Novgorod's Kremlin, or Detinets, is free to visitors and includes many of the main places of interest in the city. Admission is free, and two gates (one from the footbridge on the river; the other by Sofiyskaya Square and the Lenin Statue) are open to pedestrians. A beach along the bank of the river can be accessed from a...more
This airplane of WW II is part of the exhibition inside of the Kremlin-walls. Nizhny Novgorod had been an important place for the production of weapons and untill 1990 the city was even totally off-limits for all foreigners. The city was named "Gorkii" untill then, with rechanging the name back to Nizhny Novgorod in 1990 tourism started again to...more
15A Sormovskoe Highway, Nizhniy Novgorod, 162521, Russia
Good for: Couples
I stayed 2 times in this hotel and the first time the temperature outside was -32 and the second...more
3 Georgiyevskiy S"ezd, Nizhniy Novgorod, 603005, Russia
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
You get a lot of food. I expected the salads and soups to be small so that they should be combined with a main dish, but when I had eaten all salad and soup I was so full that I couldn't almost eat anything more! Haven't been there enough times to say I have a favourite dish. I ate tomatoe salad, borsch and then some meat with paprica and fried...more
Bol'shaya Pokrovskaya Street is the pedestrian mall just off Mein Square in the center of the city. This cafateria is bearly two doors down on the right hand side. There is an ATM machine and a bank just past the entrance so if you see your short of funds, stop at the bank-o-mat first!!The food selection was quite wide, soup, salad, deserts, main...more
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Exploring Nizhny Novgorod in a Rikshah might be a good way to see the city for elderly or handicpped people, because these vehicles will be able to get to almost any place of the city, although I saw them driving up and down the pedestrian zone in Bolschaja Pokrowskaja only.It will be quite hard to rent a wheelchair when you are a tourist in Nizhny...more
I came to Nizhny Novgorod by cruise-ship, on a rivercruise from Perm to Moscow, onboard of M/S Furmanov. Such tours from or to Perm are not yet offered very often, in fact it was the 1st cruise of the summerseason in early May 2008 and that same cruise will be done again as the last cruise of the season in October, before the ship will be taken to...more
This might be interesting for you to know, when you travel with your smaller children. It seems to be quite popular among the local population to take a ride on a horseback through the pedestrian zone . I had been there in beginning of May, when it was warm enough already in the area.more
"she does not know where to buy anything "real". She said with the problems in Russia you never know what you are buying" - This is nuts. Don't ever listen to anything your friend says, as this is truly, totally nuts.I'm an American who has lived in Nizhny for years. There is an astounding array of retail outlets available, in some cases with much...more
I bought an obsurd amount of amber jewlry in this city.. It was really cheap, and I got the fever..I also bought several black laquer boxes, which at the time were the equivilent to about 10 dollars.. These were Palach (I don?t have cyrrilic font to type it right, ) the best kind. I also bought quite a few birchbark items, as this is the birchbark...more
9th of May is an important festivity in Russia, commemorating the victory of the Soviet Union over the "Deutsches Reich" in WW II. Almost everyone in Russia will have 1-3 days off, you will see giant flags decorating the buildings all over the cities and you will see the local people wearing badges etc.I was a bit afraid of walking through the city...more
Without beeing able to read at least the russian alphabet you will hardly be able to get along in places like Nizny Novgorod. The inscription of "Cappucino" on my photograph is an exception, as you will hardly find anything written in our letters.A few young people might speak english or even some german, BUT 99,9% of the people in supermarkets,...more
A monument for holy George fighting with the dragon was placed in the middle of the big square inside of the Kremlin, where you will find the big exhibition of cars, tanks and other machineries for war-fare. This exhibition is quite interesting to see when you think of the fact that not so many years ago it was totally forbidden to take pics of...more
No Smoking / Penalty is 1000 Rubles ( ca. 30 Euros)
I saw this signpost at the entrance to the university and once again it is a good excample for the fact that it makes sense to be able to read the cyrillic letters,because the word for penalty in Russia is "Schtraf" similar to the german word Strafe with exactely the same meaning.
Smoking-bans are not yet so severe as in USA or Italy, but step by step Russia is going into the same direction.
IF YOU ARE A FOREIGNER AND NEED TO REGISTER YOUR VISA HERE IN NIZHNY NOVGOROD. NEVER REGISTER YOUR VISA AT THE POST OFFICE IS A NIGHTMARE!!! IF YOU ARE A TOURIST ALWAYS REGISTER YOUR VISA AT THE HOTEL EVEN IF YOU STAYING WITH A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER. OTHERWISE YOU WILL HAVE A BIG HEADACHE.
"To V.I.Lenin and the Marxists of Nichny Novgorod" is the translation of the inscription on this monument that you will find at the western end of the pedestrian area of the street "Bolschaja Pokrowskaja". So you will see that the monuments of Lenin did not all disappear after the last revolution of 1989.Thanks a lot to Viktor (HunterV) for your...more
This is another quite funny monument / sculpture in the pedestria area of Bolschaja Pokrowskaja : a young mother and her son, who is playing with a small steam-boat-toy. The most funny part of this sculpture is the fact that you will be able to take a seat next to the lady and her son, on the same bench.My 3-5th photoraph are showing another funny...more
This is another great church, not more than just 200 meters from the Kremlin-walls, when you drive to it from the port-area, and about halfway to the upper Kremlin-walls.Our bus had stoped there closeby, but the tourguide went into the other direction and I had to follow her in order not to loose the group. Maybe the interior is not so special,...more
Well, I wouldn't exactly recommend swimmnig in the Volga, but while we were there it was over 100 and I didn't really care how dirty the water was at that point!!!!
While I did not have occasion to visit this center I did notice it at night because of the elegant lighting work. So I have included it as just one more example of the Russian mastery of decorating with light. A rather plain building complex by day, becomes an artistic display by night!more