Holidays in Russia in May: where to go
Holidays in Russia in May, if you wish, can turn into an extraordinary vacation. We tell you how to visit Russia to explore submarines; scientific museums; old fortresses and, of course, churches with monasteries during the Russian spring.
Holidays in Russia in May: Yaroslavl in May
Sochi in May
Gold Ring in May: Suzdal
Sevastopol in spring
Visit Saint Petersburg in May
Pskov in May
What to see in Nizhny Novgorod in May
Kaliningrad in May
Visit Moscow in spring
Veliky Novgorod: the historic city
Holidays in Russia in May: Visit Yaroslavl in May
The main stone in the collar of the Golden Ring cities during the holidays is experiencing a real tourist boom. To see the ancient monasteries and churches go people from all over the country and the world. The main “place of power” in Yaroslavl is the Reserve Museum. Where, in addition to fascinating excursions on weekends; master classes on the production of pupae and various handicrafts made of cloth are held. If you walk without a guide, do not forget to consider the exhibition “The disposition of Igor’s host”. After all, one of the most valuable exhibits in Russian history is here: the only handwritten list of the poem; whose original died in a fire during the war with Napoleon.
Go to the museum, take a gift: your living symbol, the beautiful bear Masha. He has already woken up after hibernation and picks up a “tribute” from tourists with cookies and apples.
The city has many theaters: the Volkov drama theater; and the theater-studio “El vagabundo” and the Vorontsov Chamber Theater. But even those who are not interested in the theater; They have things to do in this city: see the attractions associated with film and literature, the place where the movie “The Thief”, “Doctor Zhivago”, “Equipage” and the “Bolkonski house” on the coastline were recorded. Look at the Nekrasov estate, see the ancient Russian city of Myshkin in the vicinity of Yaroslavl.
Finally, the history and architecture of the city, its ancient cathedrals and monasteries are interesting in themselves. Many centuries ago, Yaroslavl was called “the city of one hundred churches”. But now there are only thirty left, and everything can be inspected in one visit. In the summer, when the flower beds are blooming, and at the beginning of autumn, when the leaves start to turn yellow, it is just nice to walk around Yaroslavl.
Tour Sochi in May
The sun is already heating the Olympic capital. Bathing, of course, is still early, but the city can be explored without crowds of tourists. Walk through the territory of the coastal cluster; where the opening ceremony of the Winter Games was held; and look at the huge futuristic stadiums of the Olympic Park: Fisht, the Bolshoy Ice Palace, Adler-Arena, Shaybu.
In the vicinity of the city in May, you can take a walk in the mountains, climb the Eagle rocks, reach the Zmeikovski waterfalls, go with a guide to the Sochi National Park, where you will definitely enter the Vorontsovskaya cave.
From the beginning of summer and until the end of autumn, tourists come here to swim in the Black Sea, to sunbathe and warm up on the sides on the cobblestones of the red-hot beach. In breaks: take horseback riding and cycling in the mountains, skiing and snowboarding in winter in the Krasnaya Polyana resorts, and, of course, to see the best Russian cinema films at the Kinotavr festival.
Sochi, it’s like a film set, it was chosen repeatedly by Soviet cult filmmakers. In 1956 there was the filming of “Elder Hottabych” in 1961 – “The amphibious man”, in 1966 – “the captive of the Caucasus”, in 1968 – “The hand of diamond”, in 1969 – “Attention, turtle”, In 1981 – “Be my husband” (in the village of Loo), in 1984 – “Love and pigeons”, and, of course, the film “In the city of Sochi dark nights” in 1989.
Excursion in the Golden Ring in May: Suzdal
An ancient city, where a day trip is traditionally chosen. Here it is convenient to walk on foot. You can walk along the earthen walls and the ditches of an old fortress, whose wooden buildings were burned two centuries ago, visiting the Chambers, monasteries, and churches of the Bishops. And, of course, sit for an hour in a cozy refectory or tavern.
One of the most interesting places in the city is the Museum of Architecture of Wood and Peasant Life, which consists of buildings with dark trunks. In the interior, the utensils, articles for the home, that were used in the town are collected. In addition, the territory of the museum regularly hosts handicrafts. Do not forget to visit the museum “Shurovo Gorodische”, whose exhibitions were the stage for the movie “King” by Pavel Lungin.
Suzdal is a great tourist center, loved by both Russians and foreigners. For the first trip here, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the traditions, architecture, and history of the native country, for the second, the Russian exoticism. In Suzdal, you can forget about the sweet soda: here in almost every step, traditional Russian drinks are sold: sbiteni and mead, including non-alcoholic options.
The main thing, of course, is architecture. Nowhere in Russia there are not so many ancient monuments than here (here there are more than three hundred). At a glance, you can see that some of them need restoration. Go to the Suzdal Kremlin, take a look at the shopping arcade, feel the provincial silence and the grandeur of Central Russia’s nature. Many people think that one weekend is enough for a trip to Suzdal, but if you really want to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of big cities, go there for a week.
Sevastopol in spring
In the 6th century BC, a Greek colony was established in the area of the modern-day city. The Greek city of Chersonesus existed for almost two thousand years, first as an independent democracy and later as part of the Bosporan Kingdom. In the 13th and 14th centuries, it was sacked by the Golden Horde several times and was finally totally abandoned. The ruins are a popular tourist attraction located on the outskirts of the city.
What can you see?
Sevastopol with its old fortresses, bays and gun batteries has been transformed for a long time into a large open-air museum. It is not necessary to talk about the sea. Anyone who has been to Sevastopol remembers the local beaches and the embankment. There you can walk for hours, admiring the sunsets and the waves that breaking the granite, cover the main promenade of the city with foam and splashes.
Visit Saint Petersburg in May
The guide books put aside the noisy Moscow and place Saint-Petersburg first on their pages. While obstructed traffic jams in the capital are looking for low-cost and tolerable housing, St.Petersburg has good hotels near the center of the city, next to St. Isaac’s Cathedral, walk on the endless Nevsky Avenue and get lost in the labyrinth of The Hermitage museum.
In the end of May 20 begins the season of White Nights. It’s the best time to walk along the embankments and look at the drawbridges.
Pskov in May
For the first time about this city, located at the confluence of the Great and Pskov rivers, is mentioned in the ancient Russian chronicles, dating from the beginning of the XII century. Up to the beginning of the 18th century, Pskov was one of the largest cities not only in Russia but also in Europe. For a long history, the city survived many battles, but Pskov was captured only once and occupied – twice during the First and Second World War. Today Pskov, which is the largest stone fortress in Europe, is one of the most important tourist centers in Russia of ancient architecture.
Pskov belongs to the type of cities, the streets of which it is better to wander on foot because all its main attractions are hidden behind the facades of the main streets and away from highways.
Located 120 km from Pskov, the Pushkin Mountains – This is a unique historical and cultural reserve with floodplain meadows, ancient settlements, lakes, the merchant village Velia and three noble estates. Each of them is connected with the stay of the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. The total area of the Pushkin Memorial Museum-Reserve is about 9,800 hectares. It is very beautiful during the whole year and especially in spring.
What to see in Nizhny Novgorod
The city is famous for several reasons: a stone fortress Kremlin, the writer Maxim Gorky, who was born here and lived for many years, the car factory “GAS” and the patriots who liberated Moscow from the poles – Minin and Pozharsky. Nizhny has its own “Arbat”( the same name of the street in Moscow), the Bolshaya Pokróvskaya pedestrian street with an incredible number of intricate monuments: the postman with the motorcycle, a spoon, a goat, a young woman, cleaning shoes, and many other characters. It is worth getting acquainted with all these attractions.
There are more than 600 unique historic, architectural, and cultural monuments in the city. Most of the notable landmarks are the two great medieval abbeys. The Pechersky Ascension Monastery features the austere five-domed cathedral (1632) and two rare churches surmounted by tent roofs, dating from the 1640s.
The Chkalov Staircase connecting Minin and Pozharsky Square, the Upper Volga and the Lower Volga embankments. It is the longest staircase in Russia The staircase starts from the monument to Chkalov, near St. George’s Tower of the Kremlin.
If you are planing to visit Russia this spring, do not forget to include Nizhny Novgorod to your list.
The charming province of Kostroma touches the soul. Especially if you are going to walk through its streets early in the morning of the day off. Local residents, concerned about internal affairs; They have not yet entered the city and, therefore, there is silence around. The platforms carved in wooden houses, from time to time they are with columns of water; peeking from behind the trees golden domes of the churches, and; finally, the shopping gallery next to the mountain of milk. It seems that at a time in this mountain there will be noisy women with cans, cottage cheese, and cheese; who crossed here from the other side of the Volga to sell their fresh produce. It seems incredible that the city retained the appearance and atmosphere of the late nineteenth century, which today can only be imagined with the help of history textbooks.
The business card of Kostroma is Susaninskaya Square, which the locals call “frying pan”. The streets come out of their rays. In the square there is a monument to Ivan Susanin. Remember that, from the beginning, Kostroma was associated with the Romanov dynasty. It is here, on the walls of the Ipatievsky Monastery; At the behest of Zemsky Sobor, the young Mikhail Romanov was named the Tsar. Here, not only Russian tourists but also Germans, British, French, and Americans come to see the Romanov boyar chambers and the amazing church paintings that cover the walls from floor to ceiling.
One of the most popular places in the city is the Kostroma Sloboda reserve, where the most beautiful examples of churches and wooden houses built in the region are collected. Here you can see how the loom works and how the linen is turning. For the youngest of Kostroma an impressive museum was opened: Terem Snow Maiden, where an ice room is equipped, which even in the summer needs to go in boots, and on a regular basis, there are vacations.
Kaliningrad in May
Kaliningrad is a very interesting option to spend holidays in Russia in May. This city became the city we know today after the end of World War II. The Soviet power literally restored the city from the ruins. Although some of the old buildings have survived. To this day, here are the church and housing blocks, the complex of defensive fortresses; the University rebuilt from the ruins of the cathedral, which houses the mausoleum of Emmanuel Kant; the great philosopher, who lived all his life in this city.
In addition to the “classic” of the city, be sure to visit the World Ocean Museum; where the world’s largest research vessel “Vityaz” and Russia’s only submarine museum float “B-413”. At the same time, have time to walk the dilapidated corridors of Fort No. 5 and, perhaps, to reach the Curonian Peninsula.
In addition to the architecture, Kaliningrad inherited from Koenigsberg the traditions of fishing and brewing, the zoo and the botanical garden. Parks and ponds preserved, where citizens mingle with tourists relax after a walk through the museums.
Because the city is located in the Baltic Sea, it has a very specific marine climate. How citizens joke “If you do not like the weather, wait 15 minutes, it will soon change”. In Kaliningrad, the rains go often, which does not prevent sun-tan lovers from being fired in black on the “skillettes” on the beaches of Zelenogradsk and Svetlogorsk. The proximity of the sea offers the inhabitants of the village an opportunity at the end of the day to move easily through the area (the benefit of Kaliningrad to the sea is only 30 km away) and rest in the sand of the dunes.
The third capital of Russia, a city with 1000 years of history. The beautiful Kazan surprises with her architectural masterpieces and hospitality. Here the tangle of Eastern and Western cultures is tangible: in language, in architecture, in the kitchen, in everything. Here, not far from the city, the “Temple of all religions” is built.
It is one of the most beautiful and modern cities of Russia, which acquired modern sports complexes, new facades and excellent roads for the Universiade last year. The most famous local monuments are the old Kremlin, established by order of Ivan the Terrible. And the Kul-Sharif mosque: it is one of the most beautiful in Russia.
In addition to excursions to historic sites, be sure to go to Blue Lake: it does not freeze even in winter and, according to locals, have healing properties. You can relax after the excursions and hikes at the entertainment center “Korston” or on the “Kazan Riviera”.
Enjoy the Russian spring
The Moscow region is incredibly diverse. In the west, there are many military monuments and memorials. To the south, there are many historic mansions and museums connected by the name of famous writers, poets, and statesmen. Continuing the tour in a circle to the left towards the east; It is worth visiting the old Kolomna with its impressive Kremlin and Posad, to see the Lavra of Sergiev-Posad. To study better-revived crafts. In the northern outskirts of the region you can visit in Zhostovo – painted trays; in Fedoskino – miniature lacquer and in Bogorodsky – wooden toys.
Veliky Novgorod: the historic city
The “Father of the Russian cities”, which, in 2009 celebrated a pompous 1150 anniversary. For the commemoration, it was carefully restored, and now it is as well arranged as the tourist cities without torsion of Europe. The history is full of each street: almost all the wooden and stone buildings of the old city are protected by UNESCO. Beyond the borders of Novgorod is incredibly interesting. Only 10 kilometers away is the legendary Ilmen Lake and the active Yuryev monastery founded by Yaroslav the Wise.
In addition to the most popular attractions in the city, you should definitely visit the Museum “Vitoslavlitsy”. The museum represents wooden architecture, where the old wooden cabins. You can see how people lived and what utensils they used, and even get to a festival.
In the center of the city, Novgorod Detinets is located on the same bank of the Volkhov; and Yaroslav Dvorishche, in the other. You can spend many days exploring local buildings and monuments. Near the city, there is a city of Rurik; where the residence of the Russian princes was for a long time. Lovers of nature and picturesque species will surely appreciate the walk along the river to Lake Ilmen.
Despite the abundance of ancient architectural monuments; Novgorod does not produce the impression of an old and backward city. The Novgorodians are very careful with their cultural heritage, but at the same time, they are constantly trying to change the face of the city. There are new monuments, architectural compositions, restored and open to visit the old buildings. Clean and tidy Novgorod is the place where it is good to come to the weekend to spend a couple of days not only on vacation but also studying the history of Russia.
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