Pskov Oblast : Pushkinskie Gory
Pushkinskie Gory (also can be called Pushgory or Pushkin Hills) is a large open-air museum around the former Alexander Pushkin's family mansion. There is also a settlement with the same title nearby.
Flora and fauna
Suschevo train station is about 70 km from museum. Transit trains go to/from Saint Petersburg (5 hours), Minsk (8.5 hours), Kiev (17.5 hours), and Odessa (29 hours). The rest of the way can be done by taxi, or hotel transfer can be arranged.
The most suitable way to Pushkin Hills is by car.
From Riga and Moscow: take E22/M9 road, turn to Pskov at Pushtoshka (Пустошка), go by E22/M9 road till Novgorodka (Новгородка) village, then turn right to Pushkinskie Gory. Expect 7-9 hours for the route. Form Saint Petersburg and Kiev: take E95/M20 road and turn to Pushkinskie Gory at Novgorodka (Новгородка) village. Expect 5-6 hours for the route from Saint Petersburg and 12 hours from Kiev.
Entering museum territory is free of charge. A permit or fee payment is needed for those who want to enter the territory by car. Visiting mansions and exhibitions is at addtional cost.
Walking is the usual way to explore the Pushgory museum, but Mikhailovskoe, Trigorie and Petrovskoe are located at 5-10 km distance from each other. So, if you are not ready to walk such distance, use a car or hire a bike (bike rental is available at some hotels, e.g. Arina R.)
There are several sleeping facilities in the museum or right outside it. Book in advance during the summer season.
The place is generally safe for visitors. Take repellent in summer, because of many mosquitos and botflies.
There are at least 3 historic cities at the distance of 100-150 km from Pushgory:
Also, there are few beautiful mansions around:
Altun mansion - 15 munites drive from Pushgory. Once a deserted noble mansion, now being intensively reconstructed, promising to be a beautiful destination in the nearest future. A hotel at the mansion will also start to operate soon.
Musorgsky mansion - the only house-museum of famous Russian composer Musorgsky in the world. Located near E22/M9 road in Tver Oblast near its border with Pskov Oblast. This place is on the way between Moscow (350 km away) and Pushkinskie Gory (200 km away).