Architecture of industrial buildings and technology are living witnesses to history. Each object is the product of its time, the intersection of social, political and technological phenomena. This route will help you learn about our past and present through amazing exhibits from the world of technology and industrial giants known all over the world.
We arrive in Rybinsk early in the morning to admire the buildings of the legendary Rybinsk hydroelectric power plant. We won't miss the monument-plane and the observation deck overlooking Rybinsk bridge. After that we will go to the museum of unique equipment "Myshkinski Self-propelled", the only one in the whole Upper Volga region. Then we'll visit Uglich and its Hydroelectric Museum, where we will learn all the secrets of the history of hydropower in Russia, and a funny museum of unusual bicycles.
The journey begins! For a smooth trip, we recommend stopping at a gas station - fill a full tank of quality fuel, pump up the tires, buy aromatic coffee and snacks on the road.
The dam of the Rybinskaya hydroelectric power plant, which blocked two rivers at once, formed the largest reservoir in Europe. Construction began in 1935 and was completed 20 years later. The capacity of this HPP is small: only 356 MW. Among the Volga HPPs, it is the third from the end, most of the Moscow CHPPs are times more powerful than it, but the construction is still impressive in scale. To begin with, we will visit the main building of Rybinskaya HPP in Sheksna. The length of this beautiful building is 210 meters, and the dams along the river banks stretch for several kilometers. Be careful - you can't take pictures of the hydropower plant.
The Volga flowerbed of the Rybinskaya hydroelectric power plant is considered an architectural masterpiece of Stalin's hydraulic engineering. The two-stage airlock (with a height difference of about 15 meters) impresses with its arch and bas-relief depicting Stepan Razin and his team. And on your right hand will be a 28-meter sculpture "Mother Volga" (1953), welcoming ships sailing from the reservoir side.
The Tu-104A airplane was installed on Motorbuilders Street in 1984. The monument has already become an integral part of the urban environment. You can climb the stairs to the pedestal and see the plane from below. In the evening, the paths of the square are illuminated as a real runway.
Let's stop by the monument to the poet, author of the songs "Eh, roads" and "The Current Volga", Lev Oshanin. From here you can enjoy a beautiful view of the river and the six-year-old Rybinski bridge, another architectural pearl of the city.
For lunch we'll hurry up to the most famous restaurant in Myshkin, ["Mousetrap"](https://cathouse76.ru/). Mushrooms of all kinds, cutlets from a wild boar, assortment of dumplings, fragrant nalewkas and kvass - such a nourishing Russian lunch will be an excellent addition to the trip. And another cute touch: the waiter brings free cheese to every visitor. That's right - you're in a "mousetrap"!
Myshkin has a museum of unique equipment ["Myshkin Self-propelled"](https://www.myshgorod.com/festivals.html) - the only one in the whole Upper Volga region. There is a rich collection of agricultural machinery and pre-war cars, there is even a steam locomotive, lemonade and sausage machines of the XIX century and much more. Work schedule: daily from 10:00 to 17:00, lunch break 45 minutes (but when unknown, the museum workers themselves write - "when it turns out"), Monday - day off (by appointment - daily and around the clock!). You should order the excursion at least 2 days in advance.
Hurry up to Uglich to catch up with the Hydropower Museum, one of the youngest and most modern museums of the old city. The exposition [museum](https://vk.com/hydromuseum) sheds light on the history of hydropower development in Russia. The tour includes a visit to the Upper Volga Hydroelectric Cascade, the office of the construction manager and other halls of the complex. Excursions for individual visitors are held at 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00 from Tuesday to Sunday. The museum is open until 18:00.
If you're travelling at the weekend, there's still time to check out the Samokat Bicycle Museum (https://vk.com/samokat_ugl). Here you'll find historical and unusual bicycles, from simple "bone shakers" to magnificent examples of racing bicycles of modern times. All exhibits can be touched and photographed. The museum tour lasts 30 minutes and costs 250 rubles. Opening hours: Monday-Friday from 10:00 to 17:00; Saturday-Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 or until the last customer. If the museum is already closed, check out the equally interesting [Museum of Leatherwork](http://kozhremeslomuzeum.muzylevstyle.ru/), which is open from 9:00 to 19:00 (the tour includes a small souvenir hand-pressed on leather).
We'll have dinner at fashionable restaurant Uglich ["Brunch"](https://vk.com/brunchuglich). Try warm salad on a cake, dumplings with salmon, quails with spinach mashed potatoes and mushroom caviar here. And for dessert, a lovely homemade cottage cheese.