The city of Novgorod The Great (Novgorod Veliky) is located between Moscow and Saint Petersburg; its population is estimated at 230,000 people; it is one of the most culturally important cities in Russia. Novgorod is inscribed on the World Heritage List.
Novgorod Airport (IATA code: NVR) is currently not operational. It was a busy airport during USSR, but then, due to country's economical situation, had to cease its operations. It reopened in 1998 with a daily flight to Moscow's Sheremetyevo I (on Yak-40 fleet). This charter flight also came to an end in late 1999. There were plans to open Krechevitsy as a civil airport for the 1150 Anniversary of the city, but the progress in not confirmed.
Train schedules and conditions change very rapidly, without any official notices. Check in advance! The best way to get accurate up-to-date information is to visit the train station itself. Info online is very often outdated.
Train is usually the cheapest and most hassle-free way of getting to and from Novgorod. The station is located at the west end of the city center, within 15 minutes' walk of the Detinets (Kremlin). All trains and elektrichkas make a brief stop in Chudovo, where you can get out of the train and use a very unpleasantly dirty bathroom. When purchasing the ticket, check the duration of this stop. Also, while in Chudovo, beware of the gypsies and never talk to them!
From Saint Petersburg, two trains daily from Moskovskiy Vokzal terminal for suburban trains. The seats are not very comfortable, but there is a lot of leg-room space and the windows are there to enjoy the scenery. It is not allowed to smoke anywhere on the train.
Train #171 departs St. Petersburg at 7:11am and arrives Novgorod at 9:50am
Elektrichka train #6905 departs St. Petersburg at 08:13 and arrives Novgorod 11:49
Train # 801 departs St. Petersburg at 17:18 and arrives Novgorod 20:24
Train # 802 departs Novgorod at 07:45 and arrives in St. Petersburg ~11:30
Elektrichka train #6916 departs Novgorod at 16:55 and arrives St. Petersburg 20:54
From Saint Petersburg, one daily from Vitebskiy Vokzal. It is the slowest of the trains from St. Petersburg.
Train #6685 departs St. Petersburg at 07:53 and arrives Novgorod 13:02
Train #638E departs Novgorod at 17:13 and arrives St. Petersburg 22:12
From Moscow, 2 daily overnight trains run from Leningradskii Vokzal and arrive in Novgorod early in the morning. These trains is more comfortable, with seats designed for both sitting and sleeping. Personal suites for 2 or 4 are also available.
Novgorod is a walking-friendly city, and if you like long walks, everything in the city is within walking distance. The advantage is also that you have a chance to see the beautiful architecture of the city.
Kremlin, (City Center). Novgorod's Kremlin, or Detinets, is free to visitors and includes many of the main places of interest in the city. Admission is free, and two gates (one from the footbridge on the river; the other by Sofiyskaya Square and the Lenin Statue) are open to pedestrians. A beach along the bank of the river can be accessed from a gate inside the Kremlin wall.edit
Monument of the Millennium of Russia, (In the Kremlin). This iron statue is in the park in the center of the Kremlin. It was created in 1862 and is ringed by an interesting panorama of famous individuals in Russian history up to that time. Russian Tsars and Patriarchs appear on one half of the panorama, and cultural figures on the other half.edit
The St. Sophia Cathedral
St. Sophia Cathedral, (In the Kremlin). 10AM to 4PM daily. This eleventh-century cathedral is the centerpiece of Novgorod's religious buildings. The iconostasis and frescoes inside are especially interesting. On the north-west exterior of the cathedral, see the Magdeburg Doors, a bronze twelfth-century German creation with reliefs of biblical scenes and, allegedly, the doors' sculptors themselves in one of the scenes.500 rubles. edit
Yaroslav's Court, (Across the river from the Kremlin). Across the footbridge from the Kremlin is the old commercial district, which is marked by a long arcade along the river bank. Within the commercial district are several churches, many of which are in typical Novgorod style: a square base topped by a dome. Some wooden houses in Yaroslav's Court also hold temporary museum exhibitions.edit
Fine Arts Museum, Sophiyskaya Square 2 (Across from the Lenin Statue), ☎ +7 (816 2) 87 22 65. 10AM to 4PM except Monday and the first Thursday of the Month. A collection of Russian art, including Repin and other 19th and 20th Century artists.edit
There are different activities and services available at the Volchov Most River Complex - you can rent a boat or catamaran, play badminton or Russian game "Gorodki" and even swim in a swimmingpool. In winter you can try hockey or rent cross-country ski.
You can try water taxis or a boat trip. Novgorod from the river looks pretty amazing, especially Kremlin.
If you have a bit more time, you can go to Ilmen (a village just a few kilometres away from Novgorod) to the rope park. It consists of 2 routes (4 and 11 meteres high) of different complexity. A great activity for kids but not only:).
Veliky Novgorod welcomes guests with interesting events and festivals in every season, just to mention a few: summer festival "Sadko", where you can see real old-Russian folklore; Ivan Kupala Day at Ilmen-lake; piano contest "Rakhmaninov S.V.", Christmas fortune-telling and the International Bell Ringing Festival and many more.
If you are really into Russian history, try a theme-tour, for instance historical or architectural, which will be an added value to the general experience you can have in Novgorod. Theme tours are available if you stay in St Petersburg or Moscow and decide to book the trip in advance. Such theme tours are available with a local tour operator website
There are several cultural and art centres in Novgorod, which promote local folk music, old military traditions. contemporary art and many other. With kids you can visit DinoLand Family Entertainment Centre and Activity centre for children Vykrutasy (visits here should be arranged in advance).
Souvenirs, particularly wooden handicrafts and birch-bark paintings, can be found at many locations, including the souvenir market on Sennaya Square (to one's right as one faces the Kremlin from Sofiyskaya Square and the Lenin Statue).
Cafe Charodeyka, Ul. Volosova 1 (Corner of Sofiyskaya Square across from the Fine Arts Museum), ☎ +7 (8162) 730-879 (firstname.lastname@example.org). A comfortable, trendy cafe with excellent food and coffee, a short walk outside the Kremlin walls. For both salads and main courses, you choose your own ingredients and sauces from a list on the menu. English menu. Has a sidewalk cafe in the summer.edit
Beresta Palace, Ul. Studentechskaya 2 (North of the city center on the east side of the river,), ☎ +7 (8162) 94-09-10 (email@example.com), . Novgorod's top class hotel, with the most amenities, a moderate distance from the city center.Singles starting at 3000 Rubles. edit
Sadko Hotel, Ul. Fedorovsky Ruchei (Across the river from the Kremlin, about a 30-40 minute walk from the train station), ☎ +7 (8162) 66-09-20 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +7 (8162) 60-30-17), . Mid-range, clean, renovated 3-star hotel with restaurant.Price starts at about 2000 for a single, including breakfast.. edit
Volkhov Hotel, Ul. Predtechenskaya 24 (Between the train station and the Kremlin, about a 10-minute walk from each.), ☎ +7 (8162) 33-55-48 (email@example.com, fax: +7 (8162) 33-55-51). checkin: 11:00; checkout: 12:00. Mid-range 3-star hotelPrice starts at about 1900 for a single or 2600 for a double, including a copious buffet breakfast.. edit
Akron Hotel, Ul. Predtechenskaya 24 (Next to the Volkhov Hotel but with a separate entrance), ☎ +7 (8162) 73-69-08, 73-69-12 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +7 (8162) 73-69-18). One of the less expensive decent options in the city center.About 1500 Rubles for a single. edit
Museum of Wooden Architecture. The museum is in the forest near the shore of Lake Ilmen. It is a collection of rural houses from around Novgorod region that were transported to the area in the 1960s to create this museum. Includes wooden churches, traditional houses, and even a windmill and blacksmith's shop. To get there, take the bus # 7 from the bus stop across the street from Sennaya Square and the tourist information office. The stop for the museum is about 20 minutes from the city center, and one stop after the Yurev Monastery. There is a large wooden hotel/restaurant on the left side of the road at the bus stop, but the entrance to the museum is on the right side of the road. To return to the city, board the #7 bus at the same bus stop where you got off; the bus makes a loop on the one-way road, and thus the same bus will bring you back to the city center.110 Rubles for foreigners, 50 Rubles for Russians. edit
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