The capital of the Golden Ring, the first Christian city on the Volga, the origin of the founding of the Russian theater – all this is about the picturesque Yaroslavl, located in the central part of Russia. Every day he meets tourists from all over the country, as well as from abroad. After wandering around the city, you can see the monument to the founder Yaroslav the Wise, visit one or several churches (there are about 40 of them in Yaroslavl), enter the territory of a female or male monastery. We have compiled a list of what else you can do in Yaroslavl, but we could not resist and included 2 churches (the most famous) in it.
The approximate travel budget for one person is from 3600 rubles.
- Round-trip train tickets from Moscow from 1 180 rubles *;
- 1 night in a hostel – from 400 rubles * or in a 3 * hotel – from 1,500 rubles *;
- The average bill in a cafe is 400 rubles;
- Walking around the city, travel in public transport, souvenirs – 800 rubles.
Interesting excursions from local residents in Yaroslavl
1. Volzhskaya embankment and Strelka
Walking around Yaroslavl, first of all look at the Volzhskaya embankment. It offers an impressive view of the Volga, over which two bridges with busy traffic overhang. The lighthouse will draw your attention with its spire. Nearby is the building of the river station, from where everyone can go on a small excursion by boat.
Turning to the right, you will see the legendary hospital for the wounded officers of the Patriotic War of 1812. It was here, as conceived by the great writer Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy, that the last meeting of Natasha Rostova and Andrei Bolkonsky took place. Another of the most romantic places on the embankment is a gazebo – a monument to the poet Nekrasov. For a long time, newlyweds have fastened locks here for eternal love.
And now you have a view of the Strelka – the confluence of two rivers: the Volga and Kotorosl. It is the historic center of the city and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here in 2010 a monument to the 1000th anniversary of Yaroslavl was erected, which is a stele more than 20 meters high on a pedestal. Going down the stairs, you will see a complex of “singing” fountains.
2. Temple of Elijah the Prophet
Perhaps the most beautiful temple in Yaroslavl is the Church of Elijah the Prophet. This complex in composition building combines the main temple in the name of Elijah the Prophet, a small northern side-altar, a southern Pokrovsky side-altar with a refectory and a chapel of the Deposition of the Robe crowned with a tent. The frescoes, the main decoration of the Elias Church, represent an integral artistic expression of the idea of the temple and are distinguished by a wide variety of subjects. No one has yet left indifferent from here: spaciousness and tranquility are what awaits every guest here.
Opening hours: daily from 8:30 to 19:00. **
Entrance fee: 100 rubles. There are benefits for children, students and pensioners.
Address: Sovetskaya Square, 7.
3. Damansky Island
This amusement park, isolated from the city on a peninsula, is one of the city’s favorite places. There are many merry-go-rounds, including extreme ones: Mars, Peace, Free Fall Tower, Octopus, Panic Room, bike and roller rental, laugh rooms, popcorn and cotton candy tents and much more. You can also enjoy your accuracy and accuracy by shooting in the TIR, and, if successful, pick up your prize.
Park opening hours: daily from 10:00 to 22:00. **
The entrance to the territory is free.
4. Restaurant “Vanilla Sky”
If suddenly, walking along the Volga embankment, you feel hungry, go to the restaurant “Vanilla Sky”. This is a place, visiting which even the most refined gourmet will be satisfied – the menu includes dishes of Caucasian, Russian and European cuisines. By the way, the prices here are also quite acceptable.
Working hours: **
Sun-Thu: 12:00 – 00:00.
Fri-Sat: 12:00 – 03:00.
Address: Volzhskaya embankment, 2.
5. Temple of John the Baptist
The Church of John the Baptist is the largest in the city. The height of the main building is 44 meters. A pillar-shaped six-tiered bell tower 45 meters high was built separately from the temple. It became the tallest building in the city. Drawings and photographs of this fifteen-headed church are included in all publications and textbooks on Russian architecture. There are more than 500 scenes in the temple. Such voluminous and high-quality murals are not found anywhere else in the world. Today, services are not held here. St. John the Baptist Church has the status of a historical and cultural monument at the federal level. It belongs to the Yaroslavl Museum-Reserve and is protected by UNESCO.
Working hours: from 10.00 to 17.00, weekends – Monday and Tuesday. **
Address: 2nd Zakotorosnaya embankment, 69.
6. Arena 2000
Perhaps, every resident of our country knows the legendary hockey team Lokomotiv. Well, well-known hockey players are “brought up” in the Arena 2000 ice sports palace. The building with a total area of 33.6 thousand square meters can accommodate up to 10,000 spectators. Every home match the townspeople compare to a holiday. It hosts not only KHL matches, but also major musical events. In the palace itself, you can buy many souvenirs, as well as the paraphernalia of the famous team. Well, if you are not fond of hockey and are far from sports, you can still visit the memorial, which is located right at the entrance to the “Arena 2000”. You couldn’t help but hear about the tragedy that happened on September 7, 2011.
Average ticket price for a hockey match: 700 rubles.
HC Lokomotiv matches calendar.
Address: Gagarin Street, 15.
7. Skate Park
Now Yaroslavl skateboarders have a place to train, and those who wish to master this modern and youth sport, because a skate park was recently opened in the Yaroslavl 1000th Anniversary Park. You can throw out a storm of emotions and adrenaline right here.
Address: Kotoroslnaya embankment, 65.
8. Club “Honey”
Another secular place in Yaroslavl is the “Honey” club. This is one of the best dancing places in the country. In terms of technical equipment, the project meets European standards. Show business stars often visit the club with their programs. All this is accompanied by great music from fiery DJs, fantastic color lighting, airy steam effect and dancing accompaniment of girls on the poles. The club itself is located right on the water, therefore, leaving the balcony, you can enjoy an amazing view.
Address: Podzelenie street, 7.
9. Art space “Heat”
Any resident of Yaroslavl can show their creative abilities in the art space “Heat”, and the guests can enjoy creative evenings. Performances by novice musicians, poets, an art fair, programs of magicians and rock bands, as well as much more, are concentrated here, in a small interior and cozy basement of a house that once belonged to the merchant Vikulin.
Address: Sovetskaya Street 2 (A).
* 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 time for which tickets are purchased.
** The operating hours of the organizations are indicated at the time of publication of the text. Opening hours may vary depending on the season.
Lyricist: Anastasia Gribkova