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City Tourism Centre of Staraya Russa
Working hours:
Пн - Пт: 9:00 - 19:00
Сб, Вс: 10:00 - 16:00

Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sat, Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

6 Voskresenskaya St., Staraya Russa, Novgorod region, 175200

+7 (816 52) 5 29 77 - администратор/reception

+7 911 633 30 30 - бронирование туров/tour reservation

+7 911 634 99 99 – экскурсии по Старой Руссе/tours around Staraya Russa

+7 911 600 29 77 - групповое и корпоративное обслуживание/group and corporate service




57.99108300, 31.35454400

About Staraya Russa


City Tourism Centre

City map

Staraya Russa – the City with a Thousand-year History

Staraya Russa is situated in the heart of Russia, near Veliky Novgorod (about 100 km) and Valdai Hills, at the crossroads linking two Russian capitals – Moscow and Saint-Petersburg. Since ancient times Staraya Russa has been known as the city of specific significance in Russian history and culture. Back in pagan times here was the center of the famous trade route from the Varangians to the Greeks. According to numerous historical sources the name of the city gave its name the whole territory of the ancient Rus.

About the city sights
In the XVII century Staraya Russa developed economically as a centre of salt industry, competing with Moscow, Kazan, Rostov, Veliky and Nizhny Novgorod. At the beginning of the XIX century mineral water sources made Staraya Russa the first Russian imperial health resort built on the model of German resort town – Baden-Baden. Russian emperors, from Alexander I to Nicholas II, loved to be treated and rest here. The entire imperial court came here for the time of their staying in the town.

Fyodor Dostoevsky chose Staraya Russa as his place of residence in the 1870s. He spent the summer seasons of 1872-1876 here. Moreover, he did not leave Staraya Russa in the winter of 1874-1875, when he was writing the novel "The Raw Youth". In 1876 Dostoevsky bought a two-story wooden house with a big garden. His famous novel “The Brothers Karamazov” was written here, and the places described in the book are still preserved. The house, now the House-museum of the writer, remained too. Every year the international theater festival based on the Dostoevsky’s works is held here. The guests come from all over the world to see with their own eyes the places where the scenes of one of the greatest works of humanity unfolded.

Staraya Russa’s churches are places of a special significance: Transfiguration of the Saviour Monastery founded in 1192 under Prince Yaroslav; Resurrection Cathedral built in 1696 by the architect Stasov; Church of St. George with the miracle-working Icon of Our Lady called the Baby Joyful Move. It is the biggest processional icon in the world. The icon relates to the Novgorod land and is especially revered by the Russian Orthodox Church. Thousands of believers make annual pilgrimages to see it.

During the Great Patriotic War Staraya Russa was occupied by fascist invaders. The city not only shared the fate of the entire Soviet people, but it also became an important strategic bridgehead, for the possession of which fierce battles were fought all four years. “Even knee-deep in blood, not to surrender Russa,” Hitler said.

In 1984 Russian State Museum of the North-Western front was opened in Staraya Russa. Weapons, maps, schemes, archival documents, personal belongings of both red army and Wehrmacht soldiers are displayed there. Among 1500 exhibits, more than half are originals.

In 2008 the President of Russia issued Decree that gave Staraya Russa an honorary title of City of the Military Glory.


Railway station (Oktyabrskaya station (Moscow) – Bologoye – Valday – Staraya Russa – Dno-1 – Pskov)
Address: Privokzalnaya Street, Staraya Russa, Novgorod region
Tel.: +7 (816 52) 51 644

Bus station
Address: Privokzalnaya St., Staraya Russa, Novgorod region
Tel.: +7 (816 52) 52 401

Custom passenger transport (Staraya Russa – Veliky Novgorod – Saint-Petersburg)

Information and ticket reservations:

  • +7 911 603 09 39
  • +7 921 199 61 41
  • +7 953 902 97 70
  • +7 960 207 81 19

Tourist Information Centre

City Tourism Centre

  • individual and group tours around Staraya Russa and its surroundings are a great opportunity to relax and visit new places as well as to learn the history of the Russian land, being at its origins;
  • weekend tours – individual and group excursions and combined tours around Staraya Russa with a possible visit to Veliky Novgorod, Valdai and Pskov region;
  • corporate services for tour groups — services for corporate clients on organization of guided tours, recreation and corporate events in Staraya Russa and Novgorod region;
  • spa treatment at Staraya Russa Health Resort;
  • hotels and recreation facilities booking;
  • transportation service.

Head office

  • Address: 6 Voskresenskaya St., Staraya Russa, Novgorod region, 175200
  • Working hours: Mon – Fri: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday: closed.


  • +7 (816 52) 5 29 77
  • +7 911 633 30 30


Information centre at Staraya Russa Health Resort

  • Address: 64 Mineralnaya St., Staraya Russa Health Resort, Drinking gallery, Staraya Russa, Novgorod region
  • Working hours: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., daily
  • Tel.: +7 911 634 99 99
Learn more about City Tourism Centre

Tourist Information Centre and tour operator of Staraya Russa were established in 2010 with the support of Starorussky Municipal District Administration in order to develop tourism in the region.

The head office of the City Tourism Centre is situated on the central city street. It has a Russian national interior hand-made from only natural materials. There is a selling exhibition of unique souvenir products with views and symbols of the city, delicious souvenirs and paintings of the local artists.

Free of charge for city guests – tea, Wi-Fi, toilet, tourist maps, postcards with pictures of city sights, partners’ handouts.

For more than 6 years we have been hosting guests in Staraya Russa according to any requests and wishes. Our mission is to provide quality services (24/7) for our clients — individual tourists and big companies, tourist groups and VIP-tourists.

Tour reservation:

Guided tours:

  • tel.: +7 (911) 634 99 99

Group and corporate service:

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Collaboration, general questions and suggestions:

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