The Leningrad region is very rich in interesting sights. Here you can find beautiful and unique nature, amazing cultural and historical monuments, incredible museums, majestic fortresses and much more. First we plan to head southwest and visit Kingisepp and its surrounding attractions. And after that we plan to go to one of the centers of ancient Russia - Great Novgorod. On the way we will undoubtedly visit some of the most beautiful natural places.
Today begins our trip to the Leningrad region. First we will go to the south-west, where we plan to visit several ancient monuments of architecture. In the evening we intend to arrive in Kingisepp, from where we will continue our further journey.
You can start your journey with lunch at a small pizzeria in the centre of Gatchina called Me Gusto. The interior of the place is quite simple, but also stylish and modern. In addition to a large selection of pizzas, the menu also offers a range of traditional snacks and desserts.
The first attraction today will be the ruins of the Trinity Church in the village of Fifth Mountain. It is located on a small hill with picturesque views of the surrounding plains and forests. The church itself was built by some estimates in the early nineteenth century and functioned until the 1960s.
Another significant monument in the Leningrad region can safely be called the Koporye Fortress. It was built according to the estimates of archaeologists in 1237, for a long time during numerous battles it served as an important defensive border, and today some parts of it are restored and a separate part is open to the public.
Tokyo City is a small, cozy restaurant located right in the center of Kingisepp. Here visitors will find very well-established service and quiet atmosphere. The menu is dominated by a variety of Asian dishes, including light snacks, salads, as well as a large selection of sushi and rolls.
Today will be an extremely busy day. First we will head to the very border with Estonia and visit the main sights of Ivangorod, and after that we will have a long but interesting trip to Veliky Novgorod.
There are quite a few plans for today, so it's better to start the day early. For breakfast, you can go to a small cafe in the north of town with a positive name HoRoSho. It serves a variety of snacks and breakfast dishes, as well as vegetable salads with fish and a variety of soups.
Today begins with a visit to Ivangorod. First of all we will go to the famous Ivangorod fortress, which is one of the most valuable historical monuments of Russia. To date, it has been restored several times and acquired the status of cultural heritage of the Russian Federation.
Another important attraction of the city is the Ivanogorod Art Museum. It was founded in the late 80s of the twentieth century. The basis of its art fund is a collection of works by I.Y. Bilibin and other famous artists from the "World of Art" association.
After a long and interesting excursion it is worth taking a short break and going to one of the local restaurants called The Collection for lunch. Here visitors will find a calm and relaxing atmosphere, as well as a fairly wide range of different dishes and snacks.
On the way to Veliky Novgorod you should definitely make a stop at the Museum-Estate "Christmas". The history of this place dates back to the middle of the eighteenth century, when by the decree of Catherine II this place became a district town. The estate belonged to the relatives of the Russian classic V. Nabokov. Please note the museum schedule: it is open from Wednesday to Sunday.
After the tour it is worth spending some time and making a small stop for lunch. For this you can stay in one of the cafes in the small town of Vyritsa. The atmosphere here is quite simple and cozy, and in the menu you can find many dishes of traditional national cuisine.
The nature of the Leningrad region is truly unique and unique, and some local landscapes resemble the amazing nature of the Alps. In order to take a little walk and enjoy the stunning views of the forests and plains it is worth making a small stop near Lubunska Gora.
And after an evening walk in the countryside we go for a dinner in a cafe called "Sunny", which is just on the way to Veliky Novgorod. It serves a quite standard set of dishes and snacks. To arrive at the hotel early, do not stay too long here, because you will need to rest before tomorrow's trip.
Today will be entirely devoted to visiting various sights in Veliky Novgorod. We will visit the most interesting museums, as well as take a walk through the most important historical places.
You can have breakfast in one of the most cozy city cafes called Koromyslom House. Very warm and authentic atmosphere is recreated inside, the interior is made in an original and memorable style. It is worth trying steaks with vegetable salads, and you can also pay attention to the first course.
One of the most interesting museums of the city - Vitoslavlitsa - is situated not far from the lake Myachino. It is a real monument of Russian architecture, all buildings on the territory of the museum are built in accordance with the canons of architecture of Tsarist Russia. Visitors here will find a rich exposition of carved wooden products, as well as household items.
The Lord's Chamber is one of the oldest monuments of architecture in Veliky Novgorod. Experts believe that it was built around the mid-fifteenth century. Inside the Chamber itself, visitors will find numerous wall frescoes, as well as various items of applied art. When planning your visit here, you should remember that the museum is closed on Mondays.
After spending a lot of time on the excursions, it is worth taking a short break and going to lunch. Restaurant ZavodBar is perfect for us. In lunch there is quite calm atmosphere, the interior of the restaurant is made in the best traditions of Irish pubs. There are also quite a lot of various snacks, as well as meat and fish dishes in the menu.
The Novgorod child is perhaps the second most important monument of the military defensive architecture of Russia after the Moscow Kremlin. Historians and archaeologists believe that the present form of the fortress was erected in the fifteenth century. Today this majestic monument is not only a cultural site of federal importance, but is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
After the walk along the Novgorod Kremlin it is worth to go to the opposite bank of the Volkhov River on the embankment of A. Nevsky, which stretches from the Kremlin Bridge to the Church of Boris and Gleb in Plotniki. Stunning views of the Kremlin and other architecture await the tourists on their way, as well as paths decorated with small original sculptures.
Cozy establishment Cafe La Chatte is a perfect place to finish your day. Here you can enjoy various dishes of national as well as Western European cuisine in a comfortable and calming atmosphere. Many visitors also note the excellent choice of desserts and coffee.
Today we will set out on a journey around the legendary and historic Lake Ilmen. First we plan to visit one of the most popular local beaches, and then go to the small town of Old Russa, where we will also find interesting sights.
For a hearty breakfast, in the morning you should go to a small local cafe called Assorti. The establishment is very simple, but with a certain amount of comfort. It's self-service, very cheap.
Today's day will best start with a visit to one of the beaches of the famous Lake Ilmen. The nature here is amazing and unique, people from all over the country come here to enjoy the local picturesque scenery, as well as to swim in the waters of perhaps the most "epic" lake in Russia.
The day's in full swing, so it's time to go out for lunch. There is a small restaurant in Old Russa called Café Bar Tower, where you can take a break and have a good meal. The cuisine is very varied and delicious.
In the afternoon you can visit one of the most curious attractions of the Staoy Russa - Rushanin Museum Estate. In this ancient building there are excursions, where visitors are offered to learn about the history and life of these places, as well as to feel many of the exhibits with their own hands. There is also a souvenir shop where you can buy something to remember.
On the way back you can see the ancient monastery, founded in the early fifteenth century. Today the monastery is being reconstructed, you can go inside the temple and see the ancient frescoes.
After rather long walks and excursions it's time to recover for dinner. On the way to the hotel there is a nice and modern café called Street Food. Here, in a cosy and relaxing environment, visitors can enjoy a variety of dishes, including a variety of sandwiches, rolls and salads.
And after dinner it would be nice to walk around the historical part of the city, for example, you can see the old living room yard.
Today, we are finishing our journey. We are planning to leave Veliky Novgorod and go back to St. Petersburg. On the way, of course, we will not miss a few interesting sights.
Today it starts with breakfast in one of the most popular cafes in the city - Gurmetto. Here you can enjoy strong and invigorating coffee together with Asian and European dishes in a quiet atmosphere. Local desserts are also noteworthy. If you wish, you can take your food with you.
Homestead N. A. Nekrasov's "Chudovskaya Luka" is exactly the place where this great poet spent his last years of life. Here he rested alone with nature from the city bustle and anxiety. Many of his works were written here. Today, on the territory of the estate, among other things, there is also a museum in memory of Nikolai Alexeevich.
At the entrance to St. Petersburg you can make a small stop for lunch. For this you can stop by the cafe Baffo. There is a rather pleasant and hospitable atmosphere, the staff is friendly and courteous. Visitors have a rather large selection of pizzas to choose from, as well as salads and light snacks.
One of the most interesting places for a tourist of the Leningrad region can safely name a small town Pavlovsk. There is a huge number of interesting historical sights, one of which is the Pavlovsky Park. On its territory there are all kinds of historical buildings and monuments, and the landscape itself is picturesque, neat and well maintained.