With small steps, with variable clouds, the first month of summer is leaving. Nizhny Novgorod, like any other city with a population of one million, receives crowds of tourists. Of course, you can take a standard guided tour of Rozhdestvenskaya Street, look at houses and churches with a lot of history. In the evening you can stroll along the Fedorovsky embankment, watch the sunset, sitting on the banks of the Volga, and see the city strewn with thousands of lanterns. But, you must admit, this is too boring and trite. It is much more interesting to visit places where people from Nizhny Novgorod like to go and spend time.
- Train tickets from Moscow round-trip from 2 300 rubles*;
- 1 night in a hostel – from 360 rubles* or in a 3 * hotel – from 1000 rubles*;
- The average bill in a cafe is 400 rubles;
- Walking around the city, travel by public transport, souvenirs – 800 rubles.
Interesting excursions from local residents in Nizhny Novgorod
Daily trains to Nizhny Novgorod also come from Vladimir (3 hours on the way), Ivanovo (5 hours on the way), Saransk (7.5 hours on the way), Yaroslavl (8.5 hours on the way), Ryazan (9.5 hours on the way) …
1. Cable car
The cable car connects Nizhny Novgorod and Bor, a small satellite town known throughout the country for its glass factory. This is the only 3.6 km over water crossing in Russia and Europe. Take a 15-minute journey to enjoy the scenic views of the city. Upon arrival on the left bank of the Volga, you can buy a ticket and go back. Better to stroll along the Victory Square of Bor, a two-minute walk from the Museum of Military Equipment.
You will not stay on the other side: the cabins run every 3-5 minutes. Perhaps this is the cheapest attraction in the city. One way ticket costs 90 rubles.
Kazanskaya embankment, 8A.
Working hours: Mon-Thu 6: 45-21: 00.
Fri-Sat 6: 45-22: 00.
Sun 9: 00-22: 00.
* The last booths leave the stations 15 minutes before the end of work.
2. “The seventh guest at Mayakovka”
The trendy and popular establishment combines a coffee shop, a chocolate bar and a pastry shop. The menu contains many original desserts and drinks.
Light walls, large windows, a lot of light, unobtrusive musical accompaniment – the whole atmosphere is conducive to a leisurely feast.
The pastry shop is located on the top floor of a five-story building. The visiting card of this establishment is the observation tower, which offers stunning views of the Christmas side. The floor below is occupied by the Mayakovka 10 theater stage, which means that gastronomic pleasure can be supplemented with an aesthetic one – a trip to the theater.
St. Rozhdestvenskaya, 10 (5th floor).
Working hours: daily from 11:00 to 22:00.
info: +7 (831) 291-76-81.
3. Architectural and Ethnographic Museum-Reserve “Shchelkovsky Khutor”
In the very center of Nizhny Novgorod, there is a monument of wooden architecture “Shchelkovsky Khutor” – the most famous museum of architecture and life of the peoples of the Nizhny Novgorod Volga region of the late 17th and early 20th centuries in Russia. The exposition is located on a large forest park area of 36 hectares. The most valuable exhibits of the museum are peasant houses brought from different parts of the Nizhny Novgorod region, old churches, outbuildings, carved wells, century-old mills. Museum workers regularly conduct educational excursions, acquainting visitors with the life and rituals of bygone centuries. Shchelkovsky Khutor has served as a film set more than once: scenes from The Siberian Barber, Children of the Arbat and The Cherry Pool were filmed here.
St. Gorbatovskaya, 41.
Working hours: Tue-Sat 10:00 – 16:00.
info: +7 (831) 422-40-55.
+7 (831) 422-40-56.
4. National Center for Contemporary Art “Arsenal”
The only organization in the entire Volga region that is engaged in the development of contemporary art in all senses: organizing exhibitions, creating their own projects, research activities, working with children and adolescents to develop talent and taste. The center often hosts international exhibitions. Among the exhibits, you can see both complex instrumental expositions and a simple museum poster. The building of the Center for Contemporary Art, renovated over 11 years, is of great historical value. Once in this building there was a cartographic archive, and in 2003 its place was given to an exhibition space.
Working hours: Tue-Sun 12:00 -20: 00.
info: +7 (831) 422-75-55.
+7 (831) 422-45-54.
* Free admission every Wednesday.
5. Gallery “FUTURO”
The private gallery “FUTURO” is located in a house built in the 19th century at the expense of the philanthropist and industrialist Perepletchikov. For two centuries, there was so much here: inns, offices, a hotel, a bank, communal apartments, and later – the Mayakovsky theater.
The surviving walls of the house with high ceilings and stucco moldings provide an excellent background for painting. Now, openings and lectures on fashion are held here, an exhibition hall and an art incubator are functioning.
St. Rozhdestvenskaya, 6.
Working hours: Wed-Sun 12:00 – 20:00.
info: +7 967 713-67-50.
6. Museum of the history of the Gorky Automobile Plant
In the museum of the history of GAZ you can see the first models that came off the assembly line – GAZ-AA, iconic cars of the times of the USSR – GAZ-21 “Volga”, GAZ-13 “Chaika”, as well as trucks. In addition to cars, factory relics are presented: the banner of the State Defense Committee, the Grand Prix of the Brussels exhibition of GAZ-21 “Volga” cars, GAZ-13 “Chaika” GAZ-52, documents on awarding the car plant with orders of the Soviet Union and many others.
Lenin Ave., 95, building of the educational center “GAZ Group”
Working hours: Mon-Thu 9:00 -18: 00.
Fri 9:00 – 17:00.
Sat 9:00 – 16:00.
info: +7 (831) 290-86-98.
* The last Friday of each month is a cleaning day.
Scratched walls, stylish posters, a motorcycle suspended from the ceiling, a bar that sometimes serves as a dance floor – you will see something like this when you come here.
The bar opened in the early 2000s as a meeting place for the city’s rock scene. Russian and foreign performers performed on the stage of the institution. Even during the heyday of club life, “Rock Bar” did not lose its popularity at all.
Among the Nizhny Novgorod artists, the bar is a significant place, it is very honorable to be on its stage. Every week from Friday to Sunday, residents of the city come off here at incendiary parties.
info / reserve: 4192636.
+7 (831) 419-26-36.
8. Sightseeing tram
A large four-hour trip, of which 1.5 hours are allotted for a walk around the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin and the historical center – the pedestrian street Bolshaya Pokrovskaya. The excursion includes a visit to the Nizhny Novgorod Museum of City Electric Transport. In the summer, the excursion tram-cafe is very popular, so it is worth making an appointment for a walk in advance.
Schedule of excursions and booking tickets: nn.kassir.ru.
info: +7 (831) 430-00-68.
9. Bolshaya Pokrovskaya street
The main walking street in Nizhny Novgorod, connecting the Minin and Pozharsky squares, Teatralnaya, Gorky and Lyadov squares. Until the beginning of the 20th century, only nobles and local nobility lived on the street.
Bolshaya Pokrovskaya stretches for about two kilometers, most of which are walking and closed from transport. The buildings of the old mansions now house numerous cafes, restaurants, shops and shops where you can buy souvenirs made by folk craftsmen.
On a cobblestone street, interesting sculptures are installed for a city policeman, a cheerful goat, a fashionista in front of a mirror, a shoe shiner, with whom tourists like to take pictures.
10. Chkalovskaya stairs
It consists of 560 steps going down to the Volga embankment from the St. George Tower of the Kremlin. On a clear summer evening, this is one of the best places to see the sunset.
At the top of the stairs, there is a monument to test pilot and Hero of the Soviet Union Valery Chkalov, whose name she bears. It was founded in honor of the victory in the Battle of Stalingrad and was built by German prisoners of war with the participation of the local population. The cost of construction at that time amounted to 7.5 million rubles, for which the then chairman of the city executive committee was accused of embezzling budget funds, removed from office and arrested.
* Prices for travel and accommodation are indicated at the time of writing. The cost indicated in the material and the final price may differ, depending on the season and the time for which tickets are purchased.
Lyricist: Elizaveta Vysotskaya