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Weekend trip: Ethnomir, Kaluga and Tula

Road Trip Route. Get acquainted with traditions of different peoples, Visit the Leo Tolstoy family estate, Taste the most delicious gingerbread.

Marching out for a couple of days for a change of scenery. A real trip close to home. First you will visit the biggest ethnographic park-museum in Russia, then you will go to Kaluga, where you can get acquainted with the city and stay for the night. On the second day, a visit to Yasnaya Polyana and Tula is planned. Kremlin, walks around the city, gingerbread men and an interactive tour at the industrial museum.

History and Culture. From: Moscow

Maria Mamedli. Travel Expert.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Ethnoworld and Kaluga

Start the first day with an immersion in the life of the peoples of the world, and then head to Kaluga for a walk around the city and a visit to several museums.



After leaving Moscow, head to Russia's largest ethnographic park-museum. It features a colourful interactive model of the real world. During the walk you will be able to get closer to the traditions, customs, houses, costumes, utensils, handicrafts of the peoples of the world, as well as to buy memorable souvenirs. It is also worth having a snack in the cafe of the complex before the trip. You can find out about the workshops, exhibitions and other activities, as well as buy tickets on the [official website](https://ethnomir.ru).

Kamennyy Most Talitskogo

Arrival in Kaluga! This stone bridge was built during the reign of Catherine II.

Присутственные Места

Another important structure of the city is its presence. Here the governor-general of Krechetnikov decided the fate of the province. It is worth paying attention to the construction and taking some photos.

Гостиные ряды

Then we look at one of the symbols of Kaluga - Gostinye Riody. Here you can take very atmospheric photos, and on weekends you can get to the fair of local craftsmen.

Калужский областной краеведческий музей

Visit the Zolotarevs' manor house built in 1805-1808. The Historical Museum was founded by the members of the Kaluga Scientific Archives Commission in 1897 in this architectural monument. Day off: Monday. Sanitary day: last Friday of each month. You can find ticket prices and possible excursions at [official website](http://kokm.ru/ru/museum/item_d84b/) of the museum.

Палаты Коробовых

Leave your car at the Manor House and go for a walk around the town's main attractions. The first thing worth seeing is the Korobov Chambers. It is the first stone building in the town. Mode of operation: Tuesday-Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m; Monday - day off; Last Wednesday of the month - sanitary day.

La Grillade

After the walk, have dinner at the Grillade Restaurant. Good service and quality food make a great addition to a busy day! You can reserve a table in advance by calling: +7 (4842) 41-00-61.

Day 2: Yasnaya Polyana and Tula

On the second day you will get acquainted with one of the most famous estates of Tula region - Yasnaya Polyana. After visiting the estate you will be able to take a walk along the most interesting places of Tula.

Музей-усадьба Л. Н. Толстого «Ясная Поляна»

The estate itself consists of several buildings, but the focus of attention is undoubtedly the house of Leo Tolstoy. The nature itself and the landscape of the place create a certain romantic mood, this place can be visited at any time of the year. Also worth visiting is the writer's grave and seeing the Volkonsky houses and the Kuzminski outbuilding. If necessary, you can have a bite to eat in the cafe near the manor before the visit. Sightseeing tours take place from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 to 15:30 in groups of no more than 5 people; independent visits to the memorial buildings are not possible. Tickets are purchased at the museum box office, so please note that tickets may not be available at the weekend. The reserve is open for self-guided tours every day from 9:00 to 17:00. The stables are also reopened. Saddle and carriage rides are available from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00 (depending on weather conditions). For more information on tickets and opening hours of the museum-reserve you can visit [official website](https://ypmuseum.ru/event/558).


Have lunch at the Berendei restaurant. It serves excellent Russian cuisine. You can reserve a table in advance by calling: +7 (920) 761-27-57.

Тульский кремль

After a rich lunch, go to get acquainted with the city of Tula. Here you will have a great opportunity to stroll through the historical centre and visit the Tula Kremlin. There are many museums in Tula. You can choose what you like best if it's cold to walk the streets. Mode of the Kremlin: Monday - Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00. Ticket office closes 45 minutes before the end of the working day. The last Tuesday of the month is a sanitary day.


The International Gingerbread Museum is at least worth a visit for tasty souvenirs for yourself and your loved ones. If you want to bake your own gingerbread, you'll need to sign up for a master class in advance by calling [website](http://mpryanika.com/tour/). The master class lasts from an hour and a half to two hours. And if you're not interested in a cooking master class, go on a guided tour of the loom museum. Doesn't sound very impressive? Believe me, in this case the first impression is deceptive!

Muzey Stanka

Do you enjoy eating gingerbread much more than baking it? Then spend time on a fascinating tour at the Machine Museum. It's a modern, multimedia art space where you'll learn about the history of Tula industry and the work of rising contemporary art stars. Tickets can be purchased online at [website](https://machinetoolmuseum.ru/buytickets) of the museum.

Kazanskaya Naberezhnaya

To conclude your exploration of Tula, take a stroll along the city's illuminated main promenade.

Kitchen Market

To make the trip home not too tedious, make a stop halfway through - in Serpukhov. There is a restaurant here which, even by Moscow standards, can surprise its guests. A table must be reserved in advance - the place is very popular. Phone: +7 (925) 659-06-00