What you can see in Nizhny Novgorod in 1-2-3 days

Nizhny Novgorod is an excellent place where you can go for a few days walk along the embankments, enjoy beautiful views of the confluence of two rivers, walk through museums and the Kremlin, ride a cable car. A couple of days are enough for a quick inspection, that is, a weekend.

Despite the fact that you can get from Moscow in almost 3 hours, it is still better to go with an overnight stay, so as not to arrange a race on the spot and take a walk at a relaxed pace. I have a separate post - A selection of inexpensive hotels in Nizhny Novgorod, just for such a case.

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Author's excursions

For those who want to save time on preparing for the trip and immerse themselves more fully in the atmosphere and history of the city, I would recommend using the services of a private guide in Nizhny Novgorod. In my opinion, individual excursions are much more interesting than organized excursions with their large number of people and a hackneyed program. Moreover, with a private guide, you can always agree on a convenient time and day for you..

Take a look below, selected author's excursions, you might like something. First of all, pay attention to the excursion «Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin and other brands».

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What to see in Nizhny Novgorod

Bolshaya Pokrovskaya street

This pedestrian street in the city center can be called «Nizhegorodsky Arbat». There are many historic houses, cafes, street musicians, souvenir shops and expensive boutiques. The old buildings are interspersed with small sculptures. For example, a cat and bronze pigeons, a shoe shiner and a policeman. There is such a street in almost every major European city: there are many artists, musicians, artisans, and souvenir stalls. Music and delicate smells of food spreading through the air, motley crowds and architecture create a feeling of celebration and euphoria.

Pedestrian street in Nizhny Novgorod

Pedestrian street in Nizhny Novgorod

Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin

Entrance fee: from 130 rubles, excursions from 300 rubles

An excellent view of the Volga and Strelka (the confluence of the Oka and Volga) opens up from the walls of the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin. You can walk along the walls and five towers of the Kremlin. The area of ​​the Kremlin is more than 22 hectares, the territory is clean and well-groomed, planted with flowers. Here you can also see a collection of military equipment from the Second World War. More about the Kremlin.

Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin

Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin

Limpopo Zoo

Entrance fee: 400 rubles

One of the most interesting places in Nizhny Novgorod. A zoo with a large territory, which is divided into several zones. All animals and enclosures are clean and well-groomed. Some animals can be hand-fed and petted. Great variety: from birds to large animals and predators. The zoo will be interesting not only for adults, but also for children. There are cafes and attractions for children on the territory.

Chkalovskaya stairs

The staircase has more than 500 steps and connects the Minin and Pozharsky squares with the Volga embankment. This is one of the main attractions of the city. If you look from the banks of the Volga, at the very top of the stairs you can see a monument to Valery Chkalov, and at its foot - a monument-boat «Hero». The staircase was built in honor of the victory in the Battle of Stalingrad. It offers an excellent view of the confluence of the Oka and Volga rivers, this is a favorite place for walking for the residents of Nizhny Novgorod.

Chkalovskaya stairs

Chkalovskaya stairs

Monument to Valery Chkalov

The monument, one of the symbols of the city, is located next to the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin, at the beginning of the descent to the river of the famous Chkalovskaya stairs, in which there are more than 500 steps. The monument offers a magnificent view of the Strelka, the Volga and the city.

Fedorovsky embankment

The embankment is a pedestrian path at an altitude of about 400 m above the river. A magnificent view of the Strelka (confluence of two rivers), the lower city and the Volga opens from here. The views from the Feodorovsky embankment are picturesque almost at any time of the year, at dawn and dusk, in the afternoon and in the evening. You can climb to the embankment from the People's Unity Square (where the monument to Minin and Pozharsky is located). Pedestrian bridges, a monument to M. Gorky, a quiet and cozy atmosphere make this place one of the best for walking in Nizhny Novgorod.

Feodorovsky embankment

Feodorovsky embankment

View from the Feodorovsky embankment

View from the Feodorovsky embankment

Verkhnevolzhskaya embankment

The embankment starts from the monument to Valery Chkalov and goes along the banks of the Volga to the Rowing Canal. Along with the Fedorovsky embankment, this is one of the best places for walking and a leisurely promenade with excellent views of the Volga, though through the trees, so it is better to go to the Feodorovsky embankment for the views or stay on the Chkalovskaya stairs. Old buildings with commemorative plaques are located along the street.

Verkhne-Volzhskaya embankment

Verkhne-Volzhskaya embankment

Cable car

Entrance fee: 90 rubles one way

The road connects the high right bank divided by the Volga, where the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin and the historical part of Nizhny Novgorod are located, with the town of Bor, which itself is not interesting from a tourist point of view. A one-way trip lasts 15 minutes and costs 90 rubles. For residents of Bora, the cable car is a common form of public transport. For tourists, it's more of an attraction. From the cabin of the funicular, you can see the rowing canal below, floating baths and islands, a backwater. Better to use the cable car in good sunny weather, because during strong winds, the movement of the cabins can be stopped. More about the cable car.

Cable car in Nizhny Novgorod

Cable car in Nizhny Novgorod

Pechersky Ascension Monastery

The place where the Pechersky Ascension Monastery is located is very quiet even today, although it is located practically in the center of the city, on the banks of the Volga. Its history began in the XIV century, by the monk of the Kiev-Pechersk monastery of St. Dionysius, who with several monks came to Nizhny Novgorod and dug a cave near the city. A few years later, the temple of the Ascension of the Lord was built in this place. The monastery became the most important spiritual and cultural center of the Suzdal Nizhny Novgorod principality, within its walls the Laurentian Chronicle was created by the monk Laurentia. In the 16th century, the monastery was in its prime, but in 1597 it was suddenly destroyed by a collapse of the mountain, which was considered a bad sign, and the monastery was rebuilt a little further up the river. Soon after these events, the Time of Troubles began. The modern architectural ensemble of the monastery was created in the middle of the 17th century by a local architect. It is interesting that the bell tower of the Ascension Cathedral is not vertical, but inclined, like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The clock on this bell tower is modern, striking, playing a melody «God Save the Tsar». Now on the territory of the monastery there is a diocesan museum, several monks live, keeping the monastery clean and tidy. You can buy pies and tea in the refectory of the monastery.

Exhibition of paintings by artist A. Yurkov

Entrance fee: 50-100 rubles

Alexander Nikolaevich Yurkov (1935-2014) - an original Nizhny Novgorod artist and author of artistic style «florian mosaic». His paintings are notable for being made of dry autumn leaves, seeds, twigs, etc. materials. Art Gallery «Yurkovka» was founded in 1998, became a kind of museum of floristry, and after the artist's death, the exposition moved to the Exhibition Hall on Minin Square.

Museum of entertaining sciences Kvarki

Entrance fee: from 250 rubles

This interactive museum will delight not only children, but also adults. A great place to awaken interest in science, it is in this entertaining form that physics is best learned. A tilted room, giant soap bubbles, various physical experiments with electricity, acoustics and gravity will delight most visitors. You should plan about three hours to visit the museum, especially if you are with children.

Museum «Steam locomotives of Russia»

Entrance fee: free

It is rather not a museum, but a small exhibition of 14 steam locomotives. There are both passenger and cargo. The locomotives can be viewed free of charge, they stand in the open air. The exhibition is located on the outskirts of Nizhny Novgorod. Tracks are laid around the locomotives. True, not all locomotives can be climbed, the entrance to some is welded. This makes the exhibition less interesting than it would be if it were an organized museum..

Museum of Architecture and Life of the Peoples of the Volga Region

Entrance fee: 40 rubles

The museum is located in a forested area, on the territory «Shchelokovsky farm», consists of monuments of wooden architecture (huts, barns, mills), which were collected from different areas of the Nizhny Novgorod region. The houses are decorated with carvings, with original interiors. There is a historical reconstruction club at the museum, holidays and festivals are held.

Museum of the History of Arts and Crafts of the Nizhny Novgorod Region

Entrance fee: 50 rubles

Part of the museum's exposition are items from the private collections of the Nizhny Novgorod merchant D.V. Sirotkin and the famous local photographer A.O. Karelin. The museum exhibits works of folk art and traditional arts and crafts, crafts of the Nizhny Novgorod region since the 17th century. Architectural and household carving, art painting on wood, embroidery, lace-making, traditional costume, folk toy, handicraft furniture, etc..

Technical museum

Entrance fee: 200 rubles

An interesting private museum of ancient technology and various technical devices. Now the museum has more than 2,000 copies, and it began with an ordinary caliper. A tour of the museum lasts about three hours, all exhibits are in working order, everything can be touched: start the machines, listen to a unique phonograph, gramophones, gramophones, playing rare records.

Russian Museum of Photography

Entrance fee: 150 rubles

One of the youngest museums in Nizhny Novgorod, located in a 19th century building, where world famous photographers Andrei Osipovich Karelin, the founder of art photography, and Maxim Petrovich Dmitriev, the founder of publicistic photography, worked in the past. The museum contains not only photographs, but also daguerreotypes, negatives, postcards, copies of old photographic equipment illustrating its development, etc..

Electric vitamins

Not so long ago, an interesting art object called «Arch of kisses», but the people just call him «electric vitamins». It looks like a small white gazebo on a pedestal. From the plaque next to the monument, you can find out that this work of modern art is dedicated to «the electrical nature of human relations». For the arrow to deviate to the maximum value, it is necessary that the palms are slightly damp. By the way, the measuring scale on the back side has more values..

Electric vitamins

Electric vitamins

Attractions Map

Sights of Nizhny Novgorod

Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin:
Bolshaya Pokrovskaya Street:
Chkalovskaya stairs:
Limpopo Zoo:
Monument to Valery Chkalov:
Fedorovsky embankment:
Verkhnevolzhskaya embankment:
Cable car:
Pechersky Ascension Monastery:
Nizhny Novgorod State Exhibition Complex:
Museum of Entertaining Sciences Kvarki:
Exhibition 'Steam Locomotives of Russia':
Nizhny Novgorod Drama Theater. M. Gorky:
Literary Museum of A.M. Gorky:
Museum of Architecture and Life of the Peoples of the Volga Region:
Museum of Childhood A.M. Gorky «House of Kashirin»:
Museum of the History of Arts and Crafts of the Nizhny Novgorod Region:
Museum-apartment of A.M. Gorky:
Nizhny Novgorod Fair:
Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum:
Technical Museum:
Russian Museum of Photography:
Nizhny Novgorod Opera and Ballet Theater A.S. Pushkin:
Nizhny Novgorod Puppet Theater:
Nizhny Novgorod Orthodox Museum: