If you still think that the list of Russian cities you must see is limited to Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, this article would almost definitely change your mind
Due to the recent development of the Russian high-speed rails, Veliky Novgorod is now only 6 hours away from Petrozavodsk. Thus, we decided that this is a good reason to show our foreign students the beauty of this ancient city.
Veliky Novgorod is the administrative center of Novgorod Oblast, and one of the largest cities not only in Russia, but also in Europe. Since its foundation, the city played significant role in Russian political, social, religious, and economic life. It would not be wrong to say, that this is where the Russian statehood and sovereignty originate from.
Its history dates back to the IX century, so there is no wonder that Novgorod has a rich historical background. This city is so old, that it may seem the history left its footprints almost everywhere, and its marks wait for you around any corner. The city’s long existence makes it a unique mixture of architecture and styles: ancient churches are neighbors with the Central Post Office, built according to the traditions of the Russian classicism, or the Railway station, constructed in the soviet times.
Moreover, during his visit to Novgorod a tourist can not only enjoy its fascinating architecture, but nature as well. The city is situated on the Volkhov river and lake Ilmen, and they both offer visitor the view, that is calming and breathtaking at the same time.
“So beautiful”, – Veliky Novgorod conquered the hearts of our students
Obviously, if you still remain uncertain about visiting Novgorod, it is easy to find all the necessary information on tourist websites or just google the photos, prior to making the final decision. However, we think that positive feedbacks and smiling faces of our students will be much more convincing.
Eleanor, USA: “Novgorod was so beautiful! There was so much history, with churches around every corner and a beautiful Kremlin. The tours were really informational and pleasant — the walking tour of the Kremlin was especially nice. I recommend visiting the museum in the Kremlin, as well, which was really cool. There’s a drawing from the 13th century done by a nine-year-old boy — I found that so amazing! I really loved Novgorod and would definitely recommend it! It was really worth the trip”.
Lydia, Spain: “I like both organized excursions, with the bus we can see many attractions in the city and outside, I like the lake. The guided tour in the Kremlin area and the cathedral give us a lot of good information. It was good to have extra time the next day, so we walked a lot and visited several churches near the apartment and after lunch, we visited the museum in the Kremlin. I do highly recommend this excursion”.
Trip to Veliky Novgorod is a thrilling journey to the Russian past, that will leave you excited and full of emotions. Therefore, seize the moment, come to Russia, to learn both its language and mysterious soul.