Welcome to Nizhny Novgorod
Sometimes called Russia's 'third capital', Nizhny Novgorod is markedly less cosmopolitan than Moscow and St Petersburg. But its ancient kremlin on the banks of the Volga and its pleasant pedestrian promenade make it an appealing place to spend a few days.
During Soviet times the city was named Gorky, after the writer Maxim Gorky, born here in 1868. Literature connoisseurs will find several museums in his memory. Everyone else will find one of Russia's most dynamic provincial capitals, replete with eating and entertainment opportunities
What to see:
The Kremlin is worth a wander around and contains a church, war monument with eternal flame, a reasonable art museum and impressive views along the Volga River.
Note that the walks on the Kremlin's wall are cariied out from 1, May to 1, October.
Yarmarka, (the Fair) - Nineteenth century complex abound with exposition, exhibition and conference halls.
Square of Minin and Pozharsky, the main square of Nizhny at the south-east side of the Kremlin.
Museum-house of the writer Maxim Gorky.(19, Semashko st)- a big house with several rooms keeping the atmoshpere of the 1900s.
Museum-flat of Andrey Sakharov, the father of the H-bomb and human rights activist. (214, Prospekt Gagarina). The museum is inside the appartment house.
Russian museum of photography (9a, Piskunova st.)
Museum of steam engines - 15 engines constructed before 1950 in various countries, located 200m away from the suburb station "Nizhny Novgorod Sortirovochnaya".
Nizhegorodsky Ostrog. (Museum of prison). 2 Svobody sq. (пл. Свободы, д.2. Built in 1823-1824 and had amongst its prioners writers and politicians.
History Museum of GAZ, Russian car-producer. 95, Lenina st. Mo-Fr 08:00-11:30 12:30-16:00.
Monument to Valery Chkalov, a test pilot, known for his ultra long flight from Moscow to Vancouver via the North Pole.
Alexander Pushkin (at the entrance to the Theatre of Opera and Ballet)
Prince George and Saint Simon of Suzdal (inside the Kremlin).
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