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3 days in Veliky Novgorod
Veliky Novgorod

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In every country there is a city that occupies a special place in its history and you would not learn about the country’s history unless you visit this city. In Russia it is the city of Veliky Novgorod, a spiritual symbol of our country with its own history that is so closely and inseparably linked with Russian history.

In the Novgorod Land, like nowhere else, you have a truly unique opportunity to experience the history of the Russian nation and feel the breadth of the Russian soul ‒ thanks to the outstanding monuments, included into the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites, a great number of holy relics and memorable places, inseparably connected with lives of many eminent Russian geniuses.

The 3 days programme will be your indispensable guide in rich history and immense cultural heritage of Veliky Novgorod, one of the most beautiful cities in Russia.

We are certain that your visit to the Birthplace of Russia will be an unforgettable experience for you and you'll be sure to come to our city once again!

Day one

Buffet Breakfast
Hotels, Сafé le chocolat

Daily from 7 a.m. in city hotels; from 9 a.m. in city cafes

If you arrive in Veliky Novgorod on the train № 042 from Moscow you can have a tasty breakfast in one of the hotels of Veliky Novgorod: Intourist Hotel, Park Inn Hotel, Sadko Hotel or in one of the cafes in the very center of the city (Сafé le chocolat).

Morning Church Service
Churches of Veliky Novgorod

Daily from 9 a.m. Free

Daily service takes place in the St. Sophia Cathedral, Pokrovsky Cathedral of the Zverin Monastery, Сhurch of St. Philip the Apostle and St. Nicolas the Wonderworker and Church of St. Theodore Stratilates on Schirkova Street.

Monument to the Millenium of Russia

Daily 6 a.m. – 12 a.m. Entrance is free, guided tours on request

The only monument in the world which doesn’t tell you a story of one man of event, but of the whole millennium in the history of the state. 

Saint Sophia Cathedral

Daily 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Free

The most ancient orthodox temple in Russia where you can see the wonder-making icon of Our Lady of the Sign and the 11th century fresco that depicts Sts. Constantine and Helena.

The Saint Sophia Bell Tower

During the warm season; Mon – Tue, Thu: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Fri – Sun: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; 250 roubles

The most ancient of the bell towers that is left keeps a unique collection of the Novgorod bells, and its sightseeing platform provides visitors with the magnificent view of the city. 

The Battle Course

During the warm season; Mon – Tue, Thu: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Fri – Sun: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; 250 roubles

The route of the city’s guardians. You can enjoy the picturesque view of Novgorod and the Volkhov River from the Kremlin walls.

The Victory Monument
Bank of the Volkhov River

Daily. Free

Erected on the “Catherine’s hill” in remembrance of the victory of the Soviet Union over the fascist invaders. The 75th anniversary of this victory is celebrated in 2020. 

Hanseatic Fountain
Yaroslav’s Courtyard

During the warm season. Free

According to the legend, for every rouble thrown in the fountain, the waters of the Volkhov River will bring back 1000 roubles. 

St. Nicholas Cathedral
Yaroslav’s Courtyard

Wed – Sun: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; 300 roubles

One of the most ancient temples of Veliky Novgorod. The unique multimedia exhibition The Great Market and the Prince’s Court with the 360° panoramic view is opened here.

Merchant’s Dinner in the Berg’s House Restaurant
24 Bolshaya Moskovskaya St.

Daily, 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. Soups from 270 roubles, hot dishes from 490 roubles

Boyarskiy Borscht, home-made pickles, hot pies, salmon, Russian bread and honey drinks… 

Church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior on Ilyina Street

Wed – Sun: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; 200 roubles

Fresco art of Theophanes the Greek, the eminent Byzantine artist: Christ Pantocrator, Trinity. 

St. Varlaam Convent of the Transfiguration of Our Savior in the village of Khoutyn
Khoutyn Village

Daily, 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Free

In the Cathedral of the Transfiguration you will see the miracle-working hallows of Varlaam of Khoutyn. In the chantry of Apostle John the Theologian you will find the remains of a prominent Russian poet and political figure Gavriil Derzhavin.

Dinner in Charodeyka Bar
1/1 Meretskova-Volosova St.

Daily, 12 p.m. – 11 p.m. Hot dishes from 320 roubles, desserts from 180 roubles

A unique place with heartful service and gastronomy; it is not defined by any epoch and one can not only have a hearty meal here but also enjoy the view from the window.   

Day two

Panoramic view on lake Ilmen
Yuryevskoe Avenue

In the light time of the day. Free

On the way to the Museum "Vitoslavlitsy", you can enjoy one of the most impressive views of the unique natural landscapes of the Slovenian sea – Lake Ilmen. 

Peryn Hill
Yuryevskoe Avenue

Daily 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Free

Before adopting Christianity there was a temple of a pagan god Peryn.

StGeorge Monastery
Yuryevskoe Avenue

Daily  8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Free

According to the legend the belfry of the Novgorod oldest monastery upon the project of a famous architect Carlo Rossi was planned to be higher than the belfry of Ivan the Great in Moscow, but Emperor Nicholas I personally crossed out one tier from the project. 

Open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture Vitoslavlitsy
Yuryevskoe Avenue

Daily, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., (in winter) 10 a.m. – 8 a.m. (in summer). 250 roubles

In 2019 Museum of Wooden Architecture "Vitoslavlitsy" celebrated its 55th anniversary. The church of the Nativity of our Lady impresses not only with its splendid architecture but also with its age. It was erected in 1530s.

Museum of Iron in Vitoslavlitsy
Yuryevskoe Avenue, near the museum “Vitoslavlitsy”

Daily, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; 100 roubles

A unique collection of irons consists of 250 exhibits (18-20 centuries) from Russia, Germany, France, Italy, USA, Thailand, England, Czech Republic, Spain, Poland and Scandinavia.

Porcelain Museum
3 Desyatinny monastery

Sat – Thu: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m

The most modern museum of the city. The glorious historical past of Kyznetsovsky porcelain and the trademark of Novgorod masters - the cobalt dinnerware. Workshops (in Russian) are held in the museum.

Aleksandr Varentsov’s workshop-museum of realistic painting
22 Kaberova-Vlasevskaya Str., office 19

Daily, noon – 8 p.m.; Workshops – from 600 roubles 

The art world where you can observe the creation of a painting, talk to artists, enjoy the art collection of the museum and even try your hand in painting. 

Dinner in the restaurant Na Solnce
2 Studencheskaya St. 

Daily, noon – 12 p.m. Soups from 250 roubles, hot dishes from 450 roubles

A premium class restaurant in Veliky Novgorod. Three separate halls with different interiors and atmosphere are at your disposal. The dishes suit any taste: soups, rolls, starters and hot appetizers, pasta, fish and meat, various desserts.

Day three

Exhibitions in the Historical Museum

Wed – Mon: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; 250 roubles

Ancient birch papers which belonged to Onfim the Boy, Peter and Paul icon of the 12th century, Nikola Lipnyi of 1294, The Novgorodians and the People of Suzdal Battle of 1460, Byzantine pyxes from the first half of the 11th century.  

Boat tours
The Kremlin Queue

During the warm season, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; 500 roubles

Unique landscapes of the lake Ilmen region, a guided tour (in Russian) to the Rurik’s Fort, an opportunity to take the best shots of the city and to have a good time.

Lunch in Telegraf Cafe
2 Ludogoshcha St.

Daily, 10 a.m. – 12 a.m. Soup from 200 roubles, hot dishes from 320 roubles

There was a time when people hurried here to dial the number of friends or relatives living hundreds of kilometers away and share news. Today one can have a tasteful communication in the former payphone hall, seasoning a good conversation with a suitable dish and drink.

Church of St. Simeon the God-Receiver At Zverin Convent
20 Bredova-Zverinaya St.

Sat – Wed: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; 180 roubles

The arches, pillars, and walls of the church are covered with small paintings of saints united in a church calendar according to which one can pray for those who died of plague. 

Cathedral of the Nativity of our Lady in St. Anthony's Monastery

Wed – Sun: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., 180 roubles

On the altar wall of the Cathedral of the Nativity of our Lady fragments of the original 12th century frescoes have been preserved. The only institution for restoration of monumental painting in Russia is located in the territory of St. Anthony's Monastery.

Modern monuments of Veliky Novgorod
Around the city  

Any time. Free

Take a walk along the streets of Veliky Novgorod and you will meet Peter the Great, enjoy the music at the monument to Sergei Rakhmaninov and get acquainted with the “Tired tourist”.

34 modern monuments enrich the streets of our city. And they multiply every year! Make sure to download the city guide here.

The Hall of Military Glory
11/62 Chudintseva St.

Tue – Sat: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 70 roubles

Wax figures of warriors from 4 eras – Novgorod warrior, Archer, Company Officer, Commander of the Workers and Peasants Red Army. Findings from the battlefields of the Second Attack Army. 

Dinner in Zavod-bar
2, Germana St.

Noon – 12 a.m. Soup from 180 roubles, hot dishes from 270 roubles

The concept of Zavod-bar includes a concise, but vivid and clear menu with delicious Russian food from the oven.

Traditional Novgorodian Drinks by Alkon
2, Germana St.

Daily, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; 300 roubles and more

In the factory store you will find the wide range of drinks produced by Alkon, the Novgorod company with 115 year old history.

Do you want to find out more about sightseeing and unique places in Veliky Novgorod? Visit us in Red Izba Tourist Information center (5 Sennaya Square), dial +7 905 290 86 86, write and explore our website.

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