Vologda Travel Guide

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Vologda Things to Do

  • Walking

    8 squares in Vologda.KremlyovskayaSvobodyu (Freedom)BabushkinaDryiginaFedulovaChehovaChaykovskogoRevolutoin

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  • Vologda Kremlin

    There was virtually nobody there when we visited on a cold November afternoon, but it's interesting enough to have a wander around.

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  • A dog peeing on a street lamp...

    It's a new monument! What have you thought?New interesting monument to the first Vologda street lamp was recently unveiled near to the Foot-bridge.It's dedicated to 100th anniversary of electric light in Vologda. A spirit of this monument is a dog peeing on the street-lamp pole. This monument can became one of the main Vologda sights. It stands on...

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  • Open Air Theatre Festival in the Kremlin

    ...is an annual event which takes place in summer within the walls of the Kremlin. The festival is called "Golosa istorii" ("Voices of History"). The highlight of the festival is a Russian historical drama. Various theatre companies take part in the event. The audience is seated on wooden banks arranged in tiers. The Kremlin builds a magnificent...

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  • Stalin's Apartment

    Stalin spent some time here while in excile. He lived at Ulyanoyov 33, which is now a real estate office. Poke your head in the door, and ask if you can see his old stove.Apparently he had a son who still lives in town, but I couldn't tell you where he lives now.

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  • The Kremlin

    Located on the Vologda River, it has some excellent examples of Russian Othodox churches. (you are not going to get a lesson here, because I can't give you one). One thing that is unique is the onion domes are all identicle in shape and size. The legend goes like this (a distant ancestor of mine) Ivan the Terrible ordered a church to be built for...

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Vologda Restaurants

  • Beer restaurant at Spasskaya Hotel

    We were in Vologda in time of world's football championship.So, we cannot miss visiting bar in a hotel Spasskaya with large TV on the wall.BTW there were no TV set in the room! Very good food. Everything is delicious!

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  • Nostalgia for CCCP

    Full name of the place is "Kitchen of Ivan Ivanovich , head of transport department" (Kukhnya Ivana Ivanovicha, nachalnika transportnogo tsekha).I guess it is the best place in the town. Original atmosphere - decorated as common kitchen of 1970's. Very funny menu, designed as a newspaper. And many other pretty details. Almost everything is very...

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  • If you want to feel yourself like a...

    The hot dish was being prepared there for 30-40 minutes but it's worth to do so! You'll enjoy every stick you have put in your mouth! All the dishes are prepared from fresh foodstaffs and there is delicate individual approach! I liked everything except some waitresses. Maybe they didn't like only me but... I think that for the money which we leave...

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  • The Spasskaya-great food

    The Spasskaya restaurant inside the hotel of the same name was excellent. Good service, and good food. Cheap Moldovan wine of good quality as well. If I ever go back to Vologda, I would definitely go there again.

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  • Restaurant Mercury

    As I said, never been there, tried to get a table, but no luck. It's on ul Miru 6If you're facing the Lenin Statue, turn left.

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  • Main Market

    To be honest I wasn't impressed by what I tried in restaurants. There is one that I arrived at a few times (serving gypsy fare) but it was always full. Maybe you will have better luck, as the fact that it was always full may say something. I will look up the adress, and post in in a little while. The main food market will have all your needs, and...

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Vologda Nightlife

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    by msforbes Written Dec 9, 2003

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    I can remember how the evenings started, but I can never remember how they ended. Each day at around 17:30 the other boarders at the hostel (all young Russians who were working in the area) would wake me up, my head would be pounding, they would laugh at me, and we would begin again.
    I was able to keep up with them, but how they went to work the next day is beyond me.
    Anyway, my favourit spots were outdoor establishments by the river, some had bon fires, and D.J's.

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Vologda Transportation

  • River ferry

    River ferry goes to the loop trip from the central pier 3-4 times a day (..., 18:00, 21:00, 23:00).Ferry with very strong name - Dionisiy will take you from Cathedral square to the Prilutskiy Monastery and back w/o a stop, but with very loud music and life singing.Minimal number of tourists for the trip - 20. Otherwise trip is cancelled. Ticket -...

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  • NO AIRPORT!!!!!!!!!!!

    There is no an airport and that's why you'll have to travel there by train:( But I can assure you that there are luxury first-class carriages on train which you'll enjoy with TV-sets, great mirrors.... Just try :) You'll sleep there well or you'll enjoy its dining-car :) I'd like to tell you as well that unified tariff for taxi there wherever you...

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  • Getting to Vologda

    There's an overnight train that leaves from Ladozhsky station in St Petersburg to Vologda and arrives at about 9 in the morning. We used this and found it to be good.There also through trains from Moscow headed northwards towards Archangelsk and elsewhere, and the train we used to get out of Vologda was the train to Yaroslavl which goes every two...

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Vologda Shopping

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    by Pablos_new Written Jun 17, 2008

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    Vologda is famouse with its local crafts - Vologda Laces.

    It is very beatiful and great for a souvinir, but really very expensive. Tissue like one on the picture can start from $50 up to $1000 depending on size. And a lace dress can be $3000 - $4000! That is because lacing is very time-taking process: one thing can took several month of work.

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Vologda Local Customs

  • Vologda hand-made lace

    The best traditional open-work in Russia...Lace-making in Vologda dates back to at least the 17th century. By the early 19th century, lace making in Vologda and the surrounding area had become an important trade.

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  • Yesterday's Vologda

    I stumbled across this beautiful painting by an artist named Isaac Levitan done sometime in the 19th centry. The painting is called "Evening Bells." I can't see it being anywhere other than Vologda, the identicle onion domes are what give it away for me. I love the sky, it brings me right back.

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  • Bread and Salt Greetings

    In Russia in general my favourit part is always the people. I was always treated as a valued guest, and was never alone when I needed company.

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Vologda What to Pack

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    by msforbes Written Dec 11, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: I've posted the same market photo again. I just loved that guy on the accordian.
    I was in Vologda at the end of August, take note of what the people are wearing. If you've forgoten anything, not to worry as you can buy whatever you need in town.

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Vologda Off The Beaten Path

  • Cow-girl :)

    I went to Vologda for business trip to audit some cow's farms which are situated in 60-80kms from Vologda. After this travel I can say that there are a lot of Russian villages which are needed to be improved. I'll stay without comments just look at the following photos...

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  • Real game hunting

    In the period from 29th April through 5th May 2004 a group of German hunters is expected in Vologda. Their object is wood grouses and/or black grouses. Fees: 1,300 Euro inclusive a grouse. The flight to and from Moscow is not included.

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Vologda Favorites

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    by msforbes Written Dec 11, 2003

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    Favorite thing: So, the great thinker, and founder of the worlds first socialist state, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin has finally put his hand down as he has finally found a cab!

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