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'''Novgorod''' ([[Russian phrasebook|Russian]]: Великий Новгород ''Velikii Novgorod'') is one of the oldest cities in Russia. It was first mentioned in the manuscripts as early as 859.
 
'''Novgorod''' ([[Russian phrasebook|Russian]]: Великий Новгород ''Velikii Novgorod'') is one of the oldest cities in Russia. It was first mentioned in the manuscripts as early as 859.
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
 
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[[Image:NOV1000.jpg|thumb|200px|The Millennium Monument]]
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.
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The city of Novgorod The Great (Novgorod Veliky) is located between [[Moscow]] (530km) and  [[Saint Petersburg]] (108 km). Its population is estimated at 230,000 people. Novgorod is inscribed on the [[World Heritage List]].  
  
 
===History===
 
===History===
  
Novgorod was first mentioned in the manuscripts as early as 859. Together with Kiev, Novgorod was a very important cultural, social and economical centre in Rus'.
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Novgorod was first mentioned in manuscripts as early as 859. Together with [[Kiev]], Novgorod was a very important cultural, social, and economical centre in Rus, and was the capital of one of the first European democracies, the Novgorod Republic.  
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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===By plane===
 
===By plane===
  
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.
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Novgorod Airport (IATA code: NVR) is not operational. It was a busy airport during the time of the USSR.
  
 
===By train===
 
===By train===
 
[[Image:NOVtrain.jpg|thumb|The Railway Station]]
 
[[Image:NOVtrain.jpg|thumb|The Railway Station]]
Train is usually the cheapest 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).  Note that for the elektrichka trains from/to St. Petersburg (train number begins with a 6), tickets can only be purchased on the day of travel, there are no assigned seats, and the cost is about 250 Rubles. For trains # 801 and 802 tickets can be purchased in advance. Two cars have soft seats, versus plastic ones in other cars and other elektrichkas. The price is 275 Rubles for a regular seat, 295 Rubles for a soft seat, which is assigned on a ticket. All trains and elektrichkas have bathrooms on borad - trains have them in the first and last car, elektrichkas have them in the first car only. All trains and elektrichkas also 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.
 
  
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. In between the wagons it is also allowed to smoke.
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The '''Novgorod-Na-Volhove''' train station is located 1.5km west of the city center, the river, and the Detinets (Kremlin).
  
* Elektrichka train #6905 departs St. Petersburg at 08:13 and arrives Novgorod 11:49
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'''[http://pass.rzd.ru/main-pass/public/en Russian Railways]''' operates trains between the '''Novgorod-Na-Volhove''' train station and [[Saint Petersburg]]'s '''Moskovskiy Vokzal''' station (3 hours, early morning and late evening, ~400 руб) as well as Moscow's '''Leningradskii Vokzal''' station (8 hours, overnight, 800+ руб). The trains to/from Saint Petersburg are all seated and can be uncomfortable, although there is a lot of leg room. The overnight trains to/from Moscow feature soft berths and compartments for an additional charge.
  
* Train # 801 departs St. Petersburg at 17:18 and arrives Novgorod 20:24
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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.
  
 
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Left luggage services are available at the Novgorod-Na-Volhove train station.
* Train # 802 departs Novgorod at 08:05 and arrives St. Petersburg 11:21
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* Elektrichka train #6916 departs Novgorod at 16:55 and arrives St. Petersburg 20:54
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From [[Saint Petersburg]], one daily from '''Vitebskiy Vokzal'''.  It is the slowest of the trains from St. Petersburg.
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* Train #6685 departs St. Petersburg at 07:53 and arrives Novgorod 13:02
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* Train #638E departs Novgorod at 17:13 and arrives St. Petersburg 22:12
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From [[Moscow]], daily overnight train run from '''Leningradskii Vokzal''' and arrive in Novgorod early in the morning. This train is more comfortable, with seats designed for both sitting and sleeping. Personal suites for 2 or 4 are also available.
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===By bus===
 
===By bus===
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The bus station in Novgorod is located across the street from the train station.
  
Several buses run daily from [[Saint Petersburg]] Bus Terminal to Novgorod, with a travel time of about 3.5 hours. Buses to [[Moscow]] run only during the summertime, but the trip is long and inconvenient.
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Several buses run daily from [[Saint Petersburg]]'s Main Bus Terminal to Novgorod (several daily, 4 hours, ~200 руб). Buses to [[Moscow]] operate only during the summer, but the trip is long and inconvenient. Buses also operate to [[Tver]], [[Pskov]], [[Riga]], and other cities in the Novgorod region.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
  
 
===By bus===
 
===By bus===
Novgorod has both bus and trolleybus systems. Running approximately every 5 minutes, buses and trolleybuses will get you to every part of the city.
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Novgorod has both bus and trolleybus systems. Running approximately every 5 minutes, buses and trolleybuses will get you to every part of the city. [http://bus62.ru/novgorod/ Bus & trolleybus route maps] and [http://transport.nov.ru/urban_trans/1 timetables] are available online in Russian.
 
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===By cab===
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Like almost everywhere else in Russia, you can wave your arm and a car will stop to take you anywhere in town. You can cross the whole centre for 80 rubles ($3 US).
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===By foot===
 
===By foot===
 
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.
 
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.
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===By bicycle===
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Bicycles are a perfect way to get around Novgorod. Bicycle and rollerblade rental are available at the "Shooting Club" on the Main Alley of the Kremlin Park. Phone: +7 921 731 74 32.
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===By taxi===
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Taxis are cheap and plentiful.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
  
 
[[Image:NOVkrem.jpg|thumb|The Kremlin Wall]]
 
[[Image:NOVkrem.jpg|thumb|The Kremlin Wall]]
* <see name="Kremlin" alt="" address="" directions="City Center" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">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.</see>
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* <see name="Kremlin" alt="" address="" directions="City Center" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">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.</see>
  
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===Monuments===
 
* <see name="Monument of the Millennium of Russia" alt="" address="" directions="In the Kremlin" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">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.</see>
 
* <see name="Monument of the Millennium of Russia" alt="" address="" directions="In the Kremlin" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">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.</see>
  
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* Aleksandr Nevsky Monument
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* Monument to St. Peter and Fevronia
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* Monument Novgorod Militia 1812
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===Religious buildings===
 
[[Image:NOVsophia.jpg|thumb|The St. Sophia Cathedral]]
 
[[Image:NOVsophia.jpg|thumb|The St. Sophia Cathedral]]
* <see name="St. Sophia Cathedral" alt="" address="" directions="In the Kremlin" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="8AM to 8PM daily" price="Free.">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.</see>
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* <see name="St. Sophia Cathedral" alt="" address="" directions="In the Kremlin" phone="" url="" hours="10AM to 4PM daily" price="500 руб" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">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.</see>
  
* <see name="Yaroslav's Court" alt="" address="" directions="Across the river from the Kremlin" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">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.</see>
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* <see name="Yaroslav's Court" alt="" address="" directions="Across the river from the Kremlin" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">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.</see>
  
* <see name="Fine Arts Museum" alt="" address="Sophiyskaya Square 2" directions="Across from the Lenin Statue" phone="+7 (816 2) 73 22 65" email="" fax="" url="" hours="10AM to 6PM except Monday and the first Thursday of the Month" price="">A collection of Russian art, including Repin and other 19th and 20th Century artists.</see>
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* St. George Monastery
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* Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
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* Church Simeona Bogopriimtsa
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* Saviour Church on Nereditsa
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* Church of Spasa-na-Iliene
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* Paraskeva Church at the Marketplace
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* St. Nicholas Cathedral
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* Cathedral of the Virgin of the Sign (Znamensky)
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* Church of Theodore Stratilates on the Brook
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* Monastery of The Virgin Nativity
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* Church of Peter and Paul
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* Church of St. Philip the Apostle and St. Nicholas
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* Demetrios Solunskiy Church
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* Church of Andrew Stratilat
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* St. Basil's Cathedral
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* Church of the Saint Great Martyr Fedor Stratilat on the Brook
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* Church of Saints Boris and Gleb
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* Church of the Assumption on the Volotovo Field
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* Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin at the Marketplace
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* Church of the Intercession
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* Holy Spirit Monastery
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* The Church of the Transfiguration
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* Zverin Monastery
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* The Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul
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* Church of St. George at the Marketplace
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* Church Of Nikolai Bely
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===Museums===
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[[Image:NOVwood.jpg|thumb|Some of the wooden buildings at the Vitoslavitsy Museum of Folk Wooden Architecture]]
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* <see name="Fine Arts Museum" alt="" address="Sophiyskaya Square 2" directions="Across from the Lenin Statue" phone="+7 (816 2) 87 22 65" email="" fax="" url="" hours="10AM to 4PM except Monday and the first Thursday of the Month" price="">A collection of Russian art, including Repin and other 19th and 20th Century artists.</see>
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* <see name="Vitoslavitsy Museum of Folk Wooden Architecture" alt="" directions="Take 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" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="110 руб for foreigners, 50 руб for Russians">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, .</see>
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* Museum of History and Art
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* Kokui Tower Museum
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* State Art Museum of Novgorod Land
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* Sofiyskaya Zvonnitsa Museum
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* Center of Musical Antiquities
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* Likhudov Building Museum
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* Vorotnaya Bashnya Gostinogo Dvora Museum 
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* Nikolskiy Cathedral Museum
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* Faceted Chamber Museum
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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===Outdoor===
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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.
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You can try water taxis or a boat trip. Novgorod from the river looks pretty amazing, especially Kremlin.
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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:).
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===Cultural===
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* <do name="Novgorod Drama Theater" alt="Новгородский академический театр драмы имени Ф.М. Достоевского" address="14 Velikaya st." directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="theatre@mail.natm.ru" fax="" url="http://teatrvn.ru" hours="" price=""></do>
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* <do name="Novgorod Philharmony" alt="Новгородская Областная Филармония" address="" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="filarmon@mail.natm.ru" fax="" url="http://filarmon.natm.ru" hours="" price=""></do>
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* <do name="DinoLand Family Entertainment Centre" alt="" address="" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://visitnovgorod.com/culture/dinoland.html" hours="10AM–9PM" price="Child 150 руб (weekdays), 190 руб (weekends); Adults: Free"></do>
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* <do name="King Festival" alt="" address="" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://eng.kingfestival.ru/king-festival/" hours="" price="">Mid-April</do>
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* Summer festival "Sadko" - you can see real old-Russian folklore
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* Ivan Kupala Day at Ilmen-lake
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* International Music Festival and the International Young Pianists Contest - April-May
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* International Bell Ringing Festival at Vitoslavlitsy
  
 
==Buy==
 
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
* <eat name="Detinets" alt="" address="Pokrovskaya Tower" directions="Inside the Kremlin" phone="+7 (8162) 774-624" email="" fax="+7 (8162) 773-015" url="" hours="" price="">Located in the cellar of one of the defensive towers, this restaurant serves old Russian food and drink.  English menu.  Average entree is about 250-400 Rubles.</eat>
 
  
* <eat name="Cafe Charodeyka" alt="" address="Ul. Volosova 1" directions="Corner of Sofiyskaya Square across from the Fine Arts Museum" phone="+7 (8162) 730-879" email="cafe@napoli-restaurant.ru" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">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.</eat>
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* <eat name="Cafe Charodeyka" alt="" address="Ul. Volosova 1" directions="Corner of Sofiyskaya Square across from the Fine Arts Museum" phone="+7 (8162) 730-879" email="cafe@napoli-restaurant.ru" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">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.</eat>
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
* <sleep name="Beresta Palace" alt="" address="Ul. Studentechskaya 2" directions="North of the city center on the east side of the river, " phone="+7 (8162) 94-09-10" email="beresta@beresta-hotel.ru" fax="" url="http://eng.fclnovgorod.ru/index.php?" checkin="" checkout="" price="Singles starting at 3000 Rubles">Novgorod's top class hotel, with the most amenities, a moderate distance from the city center.</sleep>
 
  
* <sleep name="Intourist Hotel" alt="" address="16 Velikaya St" directions="On the river north of the Kremlin" phone="+7 (8162) 77-42-36" email="nov@intourist.natm.ru" fax="+7 (8162) 77-41-57" url="http://www.eng.intourist.natm.ru/index.php?mmm=hotel" checkin="" checkout="" price="Singles starting at 1500 Rubles"></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Yaroslav Hostel" alt="" address="Nikolskaja Street #4" directions="Just east of the river" phone="" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="1PM" checkout="12PM" price="Dorm bed: 390-590 руб">Bright colors!</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Sadko Hotel" alt="" address="Ul. Fedorovsky Ruchei" directions="Across the river from the Kremlin, about a 30-40 minute walk from the train station" phone="+7 (8162) 66-09-20" email="sadko@novline.ru" fax="+7 (8162) 60-30-17" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Price starts at about 2000 for a single, including breakfast.">Mid-range, clean, renovated 3-star hotel with restaurant.</sleep>
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===Mid-range===
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* <sleep name="Sadko Hotel" alt="" address="Ul. Fedorovsky Ruchei" directions="Across the river from the Kremlin, about a 30-40 minute walk from the train station" phone="+7 (8162) 66-09-20" email="sadko@novline.ru" fax="+7 (8162) 60-30-17" url="http://www.hotel-sadko.ru/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Single: 2,000-2,100 руб; Double: 2,800-3,000 руб, including breakfast.">Mid-range, clean, renovated 3-star hotel with restaurant.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Volkhov Hotel" alt="" address="Ul. Predtechenskaya 24" directions="Between the train station and the Kremlin, about a 10-minute walk from each." phone="+7 (8162) 33-55-48" url="" checkin="11:00" checkout="12:00" price="Price starts at about 1900 for a single or 2600 for a double, including a copious buffet breakfast." lat="" long="" email="volkhov@novtour.ru" fax="+7 (8162) 33-55-51">Mid-range 3-star hotel</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Volkhov Hotel" alt="" address="Ul. Predtechenskaya 24" directions="Between the train station and the Kremlin, about a 10-minute walk from each." phone="+7 (8162) 33-55-48" url="http://www.hotel-volkhov.ru/en/" checkin="11:00" checkout="12:00" price="Single: 2,150 руб; Double: 3,100 руб, including breakfast" lat="" long="" email="volkhov@novtour.ru" fax="+7 (8162) 33-55-51">Mid-range 3-star hotel</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Akron Hotel" alt="" address="Ul. Predtechenskaya 24" directions="Next to the Volkhov Hotel but with a separate entrance" phone="+7 (8162) 73-69-08, 73-69-12" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="About 1500 Rubles for a single" lat="" long="" email="topol@mail.natm.ru" fax="+7 (8162) 73-69-18">One of the less expensive decent options in the city center.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Hotel Acron" alt="" address="Ul. Predtechenskaya 24" directions="Next to the Volkhov Hotel but with a separate entrance" phone="+7 (8162) 73-69-08, 73-69-12" url="http://en.hotel-acron.ru/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Single: 1,600 руб; Double: 2,200 руб" lat="" long="" email="topol@mail.natm.ru" fax="+7 (8162) 73-69-18">One of the less expensive decent options in the city center.</sleep>
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===Splurge===
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* <sleep name="Beresta Palace" alt="" address="Ul. Studentechskaya 2" directions="North of the city center on the east side of the river, " phone="+7 (8162) 94-09-10" email="beresta@beresta-hotel.ru" fax="" url="http://beresta-palace.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Singles: US$97; Doubles: US$109">Novgorod's top class hotel, with the most amenities, a moderate distance from the city center.</sleep>
  
 
==Contact==
 
==Contact==
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==Stay safe==
  
 
==Get out==  
 
==Get out==  
[[Image:NOVwood.jpg|thumb|Some of the wooden buildings at the museum]]
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* <listing name="Museum of Wooden Architecture" alt="" directions="" address="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="110 Rubles for foreigners, 50 Rubles for Russians">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.</listing>
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* [[Moscow]]
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* [[Tver]]
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* [[Pskov]]
  
 
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Novgorod (Russian: Великий Новгород Velikii Novgorod) is one of the oldest cities in Russia. It was first mentioned in the manuscripts as early as 859.

Understand[edit]

The Millennium Monument

The city of Novgorod The Great (Novgorod Veliky) is located between Moscow (530km) and Saint Petersburg (108 km). Its population is estimated at 230,000 people. Novgorod is inscribed on the World Heritage List.

History[edit]

Novgorod was first mentioned in manuscripts as early as 859. Together with Kiev, Novgorod was a very important cultural, social, and economical centre in Rus, and was the capital of one of the first European democracies, the Novgorod Republic.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Novgorod Airport (IATA code: NVR) is not operational. It was a busy airport during the time of the USSR.

By train[edit]

The Railway Station

The Novgorod-Na-Volhove train station is located 1.5km west of the city center, the river, and the Detinets (Kremlin).

Russian Railways operates trains between the Novgorod-Na-Volhove train station and Saint Petersburg's Moskovskiy Vokzal station (3 hours, early morning and late evening, ~400 руб) as well as Moscow's Leningradskii Vokzal station (8 hours, overnight, 800+ руб). The trains to/from Saint Petersburg are all seated and can be uncomfortable, although there is a lot of leg room. The overnight trains to/from Moscow feature soft berths and compartments for an additional charge.

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.

Left luggage services are available at the Novgorod-Na-Volhove train station.

By bus[edit]

The bus station in Novgorod is located across the street from the train station.

Several buses run daily from Saint Petersburg's Main Bus Terminal to Novgorod (several daily, 4 hours, ~200 руб). Buses to Moscow operate only during the summer, but the trip is long and inconvenient. Buses also operate to Tver, Pskov, Riga, and other cities in the Novgorod region.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

Novgorod has both bus and trolleybus systems. Running approximately every 5 minutes, buses and trolleybuses will get you to every part of the city. Bus & trolleybus route maps and timetables are available online in Russian.

By foot[edit]

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.

By bicycle[edit]

Bicycles are a perfect way to get around Novgorod. Bicycle and rollerblade rental are available at the "Shooting Club" on the Main Alley of the Kremlin Park. Phone: +7 921 731 74 32.

By taxi[edit]

Taxis are cheap and plentiful.

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The Kremlin Wall
  • 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

Monuments[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
  • Aleksandr Nevsky Monument
  • Monument to St. Peter and Fevronia
  • Monument Novgorod Militia 1812

Religious buildings[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 руб.  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
  • St. George Monastery
  • Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin
  • Church Simeona Bogopriimtsa
  • Saviour Church on Nereditsa
  • Church of Spasa-na-Iliene
  • Paraskeva Church at the Marketplace
  • St. Nicholas Cathedral
  • Cathedral of the Virgin of the Sign (Znamensky)
  • Church of Theodore Stratilates on the Brook
  • Monastery of The Virgin Nativity
  • Church of Peter and Paul
  • Church of St. Philip the Apostle and St. Nicholas
  • Demetrios Solunskiy Church
  • Church of Andrew Stratilat
  • St. Basil's Cathedral
  • Church of the Saint Great Martyr Fedor Stratilat on the Brook
  • Church of Saints Boris and Gleb
  • Church of the Assumption on the Volotovo Field
  • Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin at the Marketplace
  • Church of the Intercession
  • Holy Spirit Monastery
  • The Church of the Transfiguration
  • Zverin Monastery
  • The Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul
  • Church of St. George at the Marketplace
  • Church Of Nikolai Bely

Museums[edit]

Some of the wooden buildings at the Vitoslavitsy Museum of Folk Wooden Architecture
  • 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
  • Vitoslavitsy Museum of Folk Wooden Architecture, (Take 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). 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, . 110 руб for foreigners, 50 руб for Russians.  edit
  • Museum of History and Art
  • Kokui Tower Museum
  • State Art Museum of Novgorod Land
  • Sofiyskaya Zvonnitsa Museum
  • Center of Musical Antiquities
  • Likhudov Building Museum
  • Vorotnaya Bashnya Gostinogo Dvora Museum
  • Nikolskiy Cathedral Museum
  • Faceted Chamber Museum

Do[edit][add listing]

Outdoor[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:).

Cultural[edit]

  • Novgorod Drama Theater (Новгородский академический театр драмы имени Ф.М. Достоевского), 14 Velikaya st., (), [1].  edit

Other[edit]

  • DinoLand Family Entertainment Centre, [3]. 10AM–9PM. Child 150 руб (weekdays), 190 руб (weekends); Adults: Free.  edit

Festivals[edit]

  • King Festival, [4]. Mid-April  edit
  • Summer festival "Sadko" - you can see real old-Russian folklore
  • Ivan Kupala Day at Ilmen-lake
  • International Music Festival and the International Young Pianists Contest - April-May
  • Christmas fortune-telling at Vitoslavlitsy
  • International Bell Ringing Festival at Vitoslavlitsy

Buy[edit][add listing]

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).

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Cafe Charodeyka, Ul. Volosova 1 (Corner of Sofiyskaya Square across from the Fine Arts Museum), +7 (8162) 730-879 (). 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

Drink[edit][add listing]

Honey mead is a local favorite.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Yaroslav Hostel, Nikolskaja Street #4 (Just east of the river). checkin: 1PM; checkout: 12PM. Bright colors! Dorm bed: 390-590 руб.  edit

Mid-range[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 (, fax: +7 (8162) 60-30-17), [5]. Mid-range, clean, renovated 3-star hotel with restaurant. Single: 2,000-2,100 руб; Double: 2,800-3,000 руб, 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 (, fax: +7 (8162) 33-55-51), [6]. checkin: 11:00; checkout: 12:00. Mid-range 3-star hotel Single: 2,150 руб; Double: 3,100 руб, including breakfast.  edit
  • Hotel Acron, Ul. Predtechenskaya 24 (Next to the Volkhov Hotel but with a separate entrance), +7 (8162) 73-69-08, 73-69-12 (, fax: +7 (8162) 73-69-18), [7]. One of the less expensive decent options in the city center. Single: 1,600 руб; Double: 2,200 руб.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Beresta Palace, Ul. Studentechskaya 2 (North of the city center on the east side of the river,), +7 (8162) 94-09-10 (), [8]. Novgorod's top class hotel, with the most amenities, a moderate distance from the city center. Singles: US$97; Doubles: US$109.  edit

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