Built between 1998 and 2009, the Blagoveshchensky (Annunciation) Cathedral is the third biggest in Russia and one of the tallest Orthodox cathedrals in the world. At its highest point it towers 97 metres above the ground.The date that the original cathedral was built is unknown but may have been 1586 or 1620. It was made from wood and burnt down...more
This is war memorial to and mass burial site of the soldiers who died in the Second World War. The main monument depicts a dying soldier and his final thoughts - a woman and child (possibly his wife and child). A little bit further along is the Eternal Flame. About 10,000 soldiers who died during the conflict are buried in mass graves here, named...more
Owned by the same people as BARak O'Mama's and a couple of other restaurants in Voronezh, this is a pleasant German-style pub / restaurant. The food was tasty - I had chicken wrapped in bacon - but not anything hugely memorable. The service was a bit on the slow side, although not so slow that we were getting aggravated, just that we'd noticed it...more
This is a great value Japanese restaurant in the centre of Voronezh with a pleasant and comfortable decor. It is open 24 hours, the service was fast and the staff efficient. We were all more than satisfied with what we ordered - noodles with beef, eel rolls and shrimp salad.They also do delivery and take away.The bill was about 500r for a main and...more
Very smart-looking restaurant with friendly and polite staff. It is popular, but large so not difficult to get a seat without booking. The beer was great and everything was brought quickly. We all ordered pizza and all of us found it rather too cheesy - we can normally manage a whole pizza each but none of us did here. The ingredients were fresh...more
Gvozdi - meaning nails - is a cheap bar in the style of Kruzhka in Moscow. Very student-like and usually very busy. We didn't eat here so can't comment on the food but the atmosphere was cheerful enough. I wouldn't recommend this place if you want a classy night out, but for cheap beer, it was fine. It is a chain so there are several of them around...more
Looked like a typical Irish pub abroad form the outside but when we went inside, we were less than impressed. The chairs were metal and it smelt of over-cooked cabbage. There are TV screen where apparently they show sports events. Can't say any more as we decided not to stay and went on to more appealing places.Has wi-fi.more
I have just returned from a trip to Voronezh and can say that the city is safe to travel anywhere. I left over 1500 USD in a floder in a restraunt and returned 30 minutes late to find that had saved it for me and nothing was missing. There is no worry about dangers that you wouldnt be cautious for anywhere in the world. Have no fear of Bums or...more
we took a train to Voronezh from Moscow. Check for available tickets! Book a whole room 4 beds even if it's only one or two of you or you will be sharing a very small sleeping room with some drunken Russians! it cost us 340.00 U.S. dollars for a sleeping cabin booking all 4 beds for the two of us we booked round trip and then had our tickets...more
RIde the Bus if you don't want to walk. we walked all over town mostly, but the bus will take you everywhere cheap! 4. rubles for the electric bus and 4.5 rubles for the regular bus and 6.50 rubles for the van like buses. But be prepared to stand while riding and packed in like sardines!more
Public transport is THE best way to get around Voronezh. The dilapidated Soviet trolleybuses are OK for 3 roubles (It's Russia so prices can fluctuate, since i've been here it's changed many times between 2 and 3 roubles); there are a few trams, but buses abound in plenty for 3 to 4 roubles for however long you stay on the bus. Private minibuses...more
there is a few nice shops even if they look expensive (they are to locals) but you will find some nice items not much in finding local made things at the Central Market all western clothes and shoes, but they do have these nice house slippers for 30 rubles (alittle over a dollar in U.S. money) everyone in Russia wears them in their house! but in...more
buy from the Central Market Building for all your food, great bread vendor right inside the front entrance to the the right and is on the left next to the cigarette vendor, has flat bread for 8. rubles the size of a large dinner plate. Not a very big stand just alittle vendor with a glass front case. The lower level inside the market has lots of...more
9 Reviews and Opinions
I was tired one day of walking and was going to sit on the steps to a building or monument and was told that they do not sit on anything but a bench in the parks or at the bus stops where there are benches. After looking around I seen they didn't sit on any of their steps to any buildings or monuments as we do in America. I asked why no reason they...more
We seen that they don't smile, We asked our interpreter about this he said, it's just the way things are and they didn't have anything to smile about which was true the poverty is unreal over 80% unemployment and the ones with a job make about 1,000. dollars a year the police even less than that, be careful with your money, remember they are not...more
It can be difficult to navigate the streets of Voronezh as many of them have two names - the old pre-revolutionary name and the more recent Soviet one. Many of the streets have had their names changed back to the original but are often referred to by the Soviet name or vise versa. Some streets have both names written on the signs but not all and the maps rarely have both.
watch out for men on the street asking you to come inside their businesses to gamble , trade U.S. dollars for Rubles or ?
Unique Suggestions: we were told if you were exchanging money with one of the the dishonest locals that the police are in on it with them. They get your dollars then the police man will walk up to you and ask you what are you doing. You would have to say nothing since it's illegal to exchange dollars for rubles on the street and then you would be left with no cash and sent on your way with the police man and the other man splitting the money you just gave him. Most everyone does exchange money on the street with the "mafia" men but you have to know the right ones to exchange with. Not many poeple use the banks there. But being from another country you're better off getting a few less Rubles on the dollar in a real bank, than trying your luck at exchanging on the street. Even the locals have been known to get ruffed up by them and their money stolen, nothing you can do about!
Fun Alternatives: Exchange money in the real banks only! It's easy just have to have your passport.
Luggage and bags:
Pack your luggage light you will end up carrying it and will have to get it into a bus or train on your own in a hurry! We found that one med. size bag on wheels worked best don't take a large one. And then a small carry on duffle size one to strap on the top of the roller one or a backpack wouldhave work even better than a duffle. Also pack a sleeping eye mask, you'll be glad you did! We had our luggage lost in Moscow for a few hours and we packed a carry-on bag with one change of clothes with ALL our medicines for the whole trip, so we didn't worry about any of the luggage missing we could have easliy bought everything that was in those bags that were checked in.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: check the weather right before you go. I packed a gortex rain jacket perfect for June rained a few times and was nice in the cool mornings and evenings, you can stuff a light weight jacket into your shopping bag. Don't take umbrella. Wear good walking shoes and some clothes that will serve more than one type of outing. Women take a scarf with you to get inside the churchs there! All married women have to wear a scarf in the churches. I took a none wrinkling skirt, light weight capri pants were my favorite, and a pair of jeans. I over packed with lots of clothes just a few essentials and a few different tops, a dressy one, tank top, light weight sweater , and 2 regular everyday shirts. When you pack everything unpack it all and repack lighter! You can buy anything you want over there if you forgot something and or need something else to wear, buy it at the Central Market at one of the blue/white tents, even nice sandels for just a few dollars are there so don't over pack!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: antiseptic, small brown bottle of red iodine less than 2.00, bandaids, travel packs of kleenex tissues. Don't use or trust the medicines there, bring extra medication heard of diabetics using more insulin from stress, alka-seltzer great! unsented baby wipes, tyenol 3's for the plane, the long train ride took the stress off us and helped us get to sleep. Had a prescription for antibiotics, that was a life saver! The first day being there our noses & throats burned from the pollution, We took acidophilus (good bacteria, found in yogurt also), buy that is shelf stable no refrig. needed, we ate a few times food that upset our stomachs but we never developed intestinal worms (traveler diarrhea). But do pack something for diarrhea. Advil for headache
Photo Equipment: bring a few disposable cameras you'll be glad you did to take in places where you could get your good camera stolen. It may not even be an expensive camera but they don't know that , and don't carry it around your neck or in a camera bag you'll have tourist written all over you! Also be careful on charging up your camera with electric plug converter, I took over 200 hundred pictures and still had charge left in my battery. We used a digital camera. Check at home first how many pictures you can take with you camera. I wouldn't have taken my charger (more weight in my luggage) if I had known how many pictures it would have taken without a recharge. and taking a few extra disposables would give me more pictures if my camera battery would have died. We could have put our pictures to disc. if we wanted to while we were there if we needed more space on the cameras memory card, but they didn't have any disposable cameras they didn't know what they were.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: take good bug spray! we used full-strength deet OFF! it's in a little bottle in the camping section of walmart. A little went a long way! the bottle was less that 3 inches tall so it didn't take up much space
Miscellaneous: You can buy the same things that are in the U.S. over in Russia. they have all the same product made by american companys just written in Russia you will reconise the packaging. Everything from candy bars, toothpaste, gum, pepsi and coke products everywhere throughtout the country. The bottle water we bought was bottled by pepsi company didn't have any trouble finding it was with all the other pepsi products throught the city at street side vendors. cost about 32 rubles for a 2 liter.
This land was given to Princess Evgenia of Oldenburg as a wedding present in 1879 and she and her husband built the castle. It was finished in 1887 and included a gate house and a menagerie with a number of animals. Princess Evgenia also founded a sweet factory nearby that employed many of the local peasants. Princess Evgenia and her husband...more
During the winter, the 9km is turned into a cross country skiing track, great fun and great exercise to get out of the city. You can also ice-skate here outside. In the summer, it's a roller skating track.
Equipment: For skiing bring gloves and a warm coat and hat; thick socks are essential.
You can hire skates for 30 roubles.
Favorite thing: In every home we visited they had an electric water kettle that boils water super fast within a short 3 minutes. The ones we seen in Voronezh was made out of plastic, they were stained from the dirty water, yellowish/brown. They have a separate heating base, an a automatic shut-off when it comes up to a full boil. I checked after getting back home and yes we can buy them in America, with the right plug end. Where have I been hiding all these years not to see this great water kettle! Buy one that comes off it's heating base and that the heating element is covered (easier to clean), has auto shut-off when it comes to a boil, has a view window to see how much water is in the pot, and I've even seen ones with strainers in the pouring spout to catch sediment that's in the water. Also buy one that has a 1500 watts of power or higher, faster heat up time and one with the element that is covering the entire base. I heard the plastic ones do leak sometimes, but stay cool to the touch and some of the stainless steel ones gets real hot to the touch but are easier to clean and won't turn yellowish color. If you have wiring in your home that your high power appliances trips the breakers you made have a hard time with this kettle since it will take alot of power real fast like a high power hair dryer is the same wattage. Best thing we seen there! In the picture was at a families home and this was the only stainless steel one we seen.