Where to walk in Yaroslavl: sights and beautiful places
This old Russian city is located 270 km north of Moscow. Even if you have not been to Yaroslavl, you have definitely seen it. For example, in the movies “Afonya” and “The Big Break” or on the thousand-dollar bill.
The city has more than 780 monuments of history and culture, so it’s better to come here not just for a day, but for a weekend. I’ll describe three routes for you – walking, children’s, museum route – and tell you what to see in Yaroslavl and what to visit in the neighborhood.
Walking route: city center, Strelka, embankment
I suggest you start with a walking tour of the historic center of Yaroslavl, which is under UNESCO protection. Only four cities in Russia are awarded this honor: St. Petersburg, Veliky Novgorod, Derbent and Yaroslavl. This means there is something to see here, and on your own.
This small but atmospheric street is Yaroslavl Arbat. Stop by the expensive boutiques, have a bite in the cafe “Actor’s House”, “Van Gogh”, “Gavroche” or “Cocktail”, listen to the street musicians, take a picture of the bear monument.
Bears are everywhere in Yaroslavl: on the coat of arms, on souvenirs, on the streets, in museums. According to legend, Yaroslav the Wise defeated the bear, a sacred animal of the tribe that did not want to convert to Christianity. At the place of the battle the prince ordered to lay the city-fortress, which was named in his honor.
After Kirov street you come to the Soviet square. The main square out of the 16 squares, where the buildings of the Government of the region and the Duma are situated, the New Year and Shrovetide celebrations take place. In the center of the square is the Church of Elijah the Prophet, which is considered the “visiting card” of Yaroslavl.
The temple can be visited only from May to October. If it rains heavily, the church is closed – to preserve the frescoes. Tickets can be purchased on the website of the Yaroslavl Museum Reserve, the price – 120 ₽ for adults and 60 ₽ for schoolchildren, students and pensioners.
There’s a pretty square around the temple. Go to its southern part – there is a scheme of the historical center of Yaroslavl with the borders of the World Heritage Site of UNESCO. The author of the sculpture is the famous artist Nikolai Mukhin.
Turn right onto Peace Boulevard, which goes through the Demidovsky Garden-Square. At the beginning is a monument to the Red Army men who died during the White mutiny in the summer of 1918. The Reds then brutally suppressed the uprising and destroyed half the city.
A little further up is the Demidov Pillar, a memorial column in honor of Pavel Demidov. In 1803 he founded the Demidov Lyceum, the first high school in Yaroslavl, which was destroyed to the ground in the summer of 1918.
The Demidovsky pillar was established in honor of the patron of arts Pavel Demidov, the founder of the Yaroslavl Higher School of Science
Moving on: past the Eternal Flame, along Peace Boulevard to the Assumption Cathedral, the main temple of the city. In 1937, the cathedral was blown up, and a city park was laid out in its place. The temple was rebuilt in 2010 to the millennium of Yaroslavl. The new cathedral is larger than the previous one: an area of about 2 thousand square meters, a height of almost 50 meters, a capacity of 4,000 people.
Entrance to the temple is free, the schedule of services is on the website.
In the temple courtyard you will see the Trinity sculpture, Russia’s only stone depiction of the Holy Trinity, and the bell tower
To visit Yaroslavl and not to visit Strelka means not to visit Yaroslavl. From Uspensky Cathedral go down the stone stairs and you’ll find yourself in a historical place of Yaroslavl with a huge number of beautiful views.
It was here, at the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl rivers, in the IX century appeared a settlement of Finno-Ugric, which marked the beginning of Yaroslavl. Now there are lawns and pedestrian paths. On City Day, there are fairs, singers and dancers, the best place to watch the air show and fireworks in honor of the holiday.
It’s also worth coming here to see and hear the singing fountains. During the day the fountains “dance” to classical music, and in the evening the lights turn on and the real show begins. Fountains work from May to October, but the schedule can “float” because of the weather.
Strelka, a place of public festivities on the City Day. Here by the water is a monument to the 1000th anniversary of Yaroslavl: a stele with a bronze two-headed eagle on its top
You can finish your acquaintance with the sights of Yaroslavl with a walk along the embankments. Climb up the stone stairs again. First, go to the arbor-rotunda: from there you can see both Strelka and the Volga, and the architectural ensemble in Korovniki on the other side of the Kotorosl river.
And then take your pick. On the right is the Volga embankment, or Museum embankment. You can walk along the upper tier (there is another arbor-rotunda there), or you can go down to the lower one, closer to the water. Finish the route at the river port if you go down, or at the monument to Nikolai Nekrasov if you go up.
If you decide to go left, you’ll end up on the Kotorosl river embankment. You’ll pass merchant’s houses and picturesque churches, fortress walls of Yaroslavl Museum-Reserve, the Chapel of Kazan icon of the Mother of God (there is a tradition – to throw a coin up, so that the bell rang, for good luck).
Finish your itinerary in the Yaroslavl 1000th Anniversary Park. In summer, you can admire the bright floral lawns here, relax by the fountains, while the children play at the playgrounds or ride the rides. In winter, the park has an ice rink.
Children’s routes: Zoo, Ferris wheel, Damansky Island
It’s worth coming to town with kids – now I’ll tell you where to go. There are enough plans for the whole weekend: the places are quite unusual and will be interesting for adults, too.
This is a landscape type zoo: animals live in enclosures on fenced areas and feel almost like in the wild. Visitors do not always get to see all the animals: they can hide in secluded places.
Camels and wild boars, wolves and bears, deer and elk, lions and tigers, llamas and zebras, kangaroos and ostriches, and many birds live here. The park of ungulates is home to red and spotted deer, bison and yaks. You can visit only by horse-drawn carriage or by electric carriage, in winter – by horse-drawn sleigh.
For lovers of exotic animals I recommend visiting the zoo-exotarium. Here you can see civets and musangs, meerkats and turtles, iguanas and lizards, macaques and toads.
Next to the exotarium is “The Ark”. , a demonstration and educational center. Here are classes for students, conferences and workshops. There is also a contact zoo (you can pet guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters), aquariums and a terrarium.
The zoo is located on the other bank of the Volga. You can get here by public transport, the stop is 100 meters from the entrance. On the website of the zoo you will find the numbers of buses and buses, which you can take from different parts of the city.
Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office right at the entrance: you can choose a specific section of the zoo. Children’s tickets cost 100 ₽, adults from 200 ₽. Children under seven years of age get in for free.
The Ferris wheel is located in Millennium Park. It will lift you up to the height of a 22-story building. You will see Kotorosl, the embankment, and ancient temples, and the audio guide inside the cabin will tell you about these sights of Yaroslavl. The sightseeing tour lasts 15 minutes.
Each cabin is devoted to one of the cities of the Golden Ring. There is a “solemn” cabin for honeymooners and “Seagull” cabin, dedicated to the flight into space of the first woman cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova.
The booths are comfortable and safe. There is air conditioning inside, so you won’t feel hot in summer and cold in winter. If to advise what time of day it’s better to ride, I recommend the evening: first, the city is illuminated, and secondly, the illumination on the wheel.
The wheel runs until late at night. The price of tickets varies on weekdays, weekends and holidays: from 150 ₽ for children and from 250 ₽ adults. Children under five years of age ride for free.
A 25-minute drive from the center of Yaroslavl is the Dolphinarium, an amazing place where you can see sea animals up close: beluga whales, bottlenose dolphins, northern fur seals and even walruses. In the dolphinarium you can see the performance with the participation of sea “artists”, take pictures and swim with them, undergo dolphin therapy courses. The latter, however, are not cheap.
The most interesting part is to swim and communicate with dolphins. The program lasts only 15 minutes, but during this time you will play with dolphins in their favorite toys, stroke and scratch them. And take pictures, of course.
You can get to the dolphinarium by car or by bus number 105 from the bus stop to the village Dubky.
You can buy tickets on the dolphinarium website. The cost of the show is 1000 ₽ for both child and adult. Only children under three years old are free. See the price list for other services (communication and photos with dolphins, a white whale or a walrus).
Tropical Beach Waterpark
Be sure to go with children to the water park – there is a zone with slides, pools and rides for those who like active rest, and a spa-zone for those who want to relax. Fans of extreme will appreciate slides “Tsunami”, “Space Hole”, “Spheres” and “Windigo”: high-speed slides with waves, turns, spinning, free-fall, sometimes in the dark, will not leave you indifferent.
For children there are quieter slides, but still fast enough to make them feel like real extremists. Downhill on an inflatable raft, in a zigzag tube in complete darkness, or in a tube with neon rings will be remembered for a long time.
The youngest visitors will enjoy playing in the town, where there are slides, fountains, water cannons and a fragment of a pirate ship. Around the town, the pool is half a meter deep and the water temperature is +34 ° C.
If you want to warm up and rest from swimming, go to the spa-area. There are Russian, herbal, salt sauna and Turkish hamam.
The water park is open every day from 10:30 to 21:30. Tickets are sold until 19:15. The price depends on your height and how much time you want to spend in the water park. Children under 4 years old or up to 120 cm tall pass for free. Fees vary on weekdays, weekends and holidays. There are promotions and children’s tickets. Check the price and buy a ticket on the website of the water park.
Bring a swimsuit or swimming trunks, towels and flip-flops. For small children need waterproof diapers. Before you visit, you should read the rules to know what you can and cannot do in the water park. You can get here by buses, minibuses, and cabs to the stop “Street Shipbuilders,” then walk to the large blue and white glass building. You can also come by car – there is a parking lot near the water park.
The water park has many pools: wave, classical and “Lazy River”, on which you can take a tour of the water park, without leaving the water. It will not be cold – the water temperature in the pools is +28-30 ° C.
Park on Damansky Island
There are many children’s parks in Yaroslavl, but the park on Damansky Island is probably the largest and most equipped. To get to the island you can only by pedestrian bridge, which begins on the Kotoroslaya embankment.
Here you can take a ride on a small Ferris wheel, walk through the “Giant’s House”, drive on the autodrome, swim in the pool on boats in the form of swans and dragons.
There are also more extreme attractions – Crazy Train ride, something like a simplified “roller coaster”, House-turner, where you can walk on the ceiling, the ride “Mars” and swinging swings, which is better not to sit on after eating. In the park you can rent bicycles, scooters or segways.
Ticket prices depend on the rides: the lowest price is 50 ₽, while most rides cost 100 ₽.
The park also has free entertainment – children’s playgrounds. You can also eat here: in cafes, pavilions, stalls with sweets or restaurant “Dacha”.
In winter the park rides don’t work, but you can go for a walk. Santa Claus and the Snow Maiden will keep you company, you can ride a sleigh, jump on a trampoline and warm yourself with mulled wine.
Yaroslavl children’s railroad
If your child likes to ride the train, but more often rides a car, show him the children’s railroad. Here you can take a ride on a real train with four cars. The length is 5.7 km and the travel time is 30 minutes.
In the station waiting room you can see how a railroad simulator works: five mini trains pass through stations, bridges, tunnels, crossings. Young railroaders use computers to operate them.
There is also a museum: you can learn about the history of the Northern Railway and sit in the driver’s cabin and watch a movie about the railroad in 5D with special effects.
From the city center you can reach children’s railroad by bus № 23, 31, 33, 40, 90c, 122, 126, 130, 136, 137, 138, 139, or bus № 40, 84, 86, 90, 132, get off at the stop “Yakovlevskaya. A train ticket for passengers over 10 years of age costs 220 ₽, younger than 10 years – 180 ₽. Children under two years of age ride for free. A guided tour of the museum is payable separately.
You can buy tickets at the ticket office at the station, there is no need to book anything. Before you go, be sure to check (for example, in the group VKontakte or by phone +7 4852 24-58-83) if there are free seats on the train: sometimes flights are cancelled due to large groups of schoolchildren from other cities. From October to April the road does not work.
Museum route: art, music, theater, planetarium
There are many museums in Yaroslavl, both public and private. The ones I recommend to visit are also conveniently located: nearby or right on the embankment of the Volga. This is how it is called: “The embankment of museums”.
Yaroslavl Museum Reserve
We start from the monument to the city founder Yaroslav the Wise on the Epiphany Square.
Yaroslavl museum-reserve is “surrounded” by sights, which can be seen on the banknote of thousand rubles
Nearby is Yaroslavl Museum Reserve, where you can learn the history of the region, Yaroslavl citizens’ life and visit the only exhibition in the country, devoted to “The Tale of Igor’s Campaign”.
In the museum-reserve there is a bell tower. On the upper tier at a height of 32 meters there is an observation deck with a view of the historic part of Yaroslavl.
Children will like the nature department with animals and insects of the Yaroslavl region and the bear Masha, who was rescued from poachers by a bear cub. She can be photographed and fed.
The museum operates year round, time varies depending on the day of the week. There are sanitary days – not to get into trouble, specify a working schedule on the website of the museum. Tickets also cost differently: from 50 ₽ for adults and 30 ₽ for high school and college students (preschoolers visit the museum for free). By the way, you can buy a complex ticket (500 ₽ adults, 300 ₽ high school and college students, 200 ₽ schoolchildren) and visit all departments of the museum. Such a ticket is valid for a day.
Yaroslavl Art Museum
It is actually three museums at once: the Metropolitan’s Chambers, the Governor’s House and the Museum of Foreign Art. You can start from the Metropolitan’s palaces – they follow the museum-preserve along the Museum embankment – then go to the Governor’s House and finish with the “foreign” museum.
In the Metropolitan’s Chambers you will see ancient icons, including pre-Mongolian “Christ Pantocrator”, a rare monument of the Old Russian culture; in the Governor’s House – the paintings of Aivazovsky, Repin, Shishkin, Levitan; in the Museum of Foreign Art – paintings, sculptures and even furniture from the Netherlands, Italy, France, Germany, Japan and China.
Ticket prices depend on the exhibit – an average of ₽200. You can buy a single ticket to visit all the exhibitions open on that day. By the way, tickets to the three museums are sold on one website, which is convenient. Just click on an exhibit and choose “Buy” from the menu. At the entrance you will need to either show a printed ticket (a PDF file will come to your email after the purchase), or show an electronic ticket on the screen of your phone.
In the Metropolitan’s palaces there is an exhibition of Old Russian art of the Yaroslavl Art Museum
There are gardens near the Governor’s House and near the “foreign” museum, where musical evenings and festivals are held, it is possible to take a walk and make beautiful photos near sakura and Manchurian apricot trees. The gardens are open from May through October.
Music and Time
Next to the art museum is Yaroslavl’s first private museum “Music and Time”. What’s there: gramophones, gramophones, music boxes, clocks, bells – all in working order. The exhibits can be touched and photographed for free. And then there’s the concert hall, where you can hear all kinds of music, from romances to jazz. The poster can be found on the website of the museum.
The museum is open every day from 10:00 to 19:00 without breaks and weekends. Tickets for adults cost 250-350 ₽, for schoolchildren, students and seniors 150-200 ₽. Tickets can be purchased at the museum ticket office or online on the tour portal of the Yaroslavl region.
Vadim Orlov Museum
The private museum is named after Vadim Orlov, a patron of the arts and an honorary citizen of the city. The exhibits are serving dishes and sculptures. The figures are made of porcelain, cast iron and silver.
The museum has programs for children, such as a master class on table setting. And the excursion with a treat will please both children and adults: you can try Yaroslavl dishes – Uglich cheese, Danilovsky gingerbread, Yaroslavl chocolate, Bolsheselsky sbiten.
The museum is open from 10:00 to 19:00 all days except Tuesday. You can choose the type of ticket: full (300 ₽), general (450 ₽), family (600 ₽). Tours are more expensive, see the museum website for details.
Strange that a theater ended up on the museum itinerary? It’s nothing strange, you can also take a tour of the Volkov Theatre: you will be shown the auditorium, exhibitions, the stage complex, and theatrical workshops.
I recommend to go to the Volkovsky and to the performance. Usually the season at the theater ends in the summer, and during the year there are festivals, premieres, and theater awards.
The tour can be ordered by phone +7 4852 59-19-41, and tickets for the performance can be bought online at
tickets online on the website of the theater. Tickets for a performance at the Volkovsky cost from 100 to 3,000 ₽ (premieres can cost more).
Weekend in Yaroslavl
Yaroslavl is the capital of the Golden Ring. However, a trip here is not limited to strolling around ancient cathedrals, trading rows and merchant’s mansions.
During a trip to Yaroslavl you can visit a lot of interesting and worthy places on your own: chic embankment, nice parks and pedestrian spaces, modern bars and restaurants.
Sudovno.ru tells you what to see on a weekend in Yaroslavl in two days.
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How to get there
1. Train. The most popular way: from Moscow by this transport it takes about 3,5 hours, from Saint-Petersburg – about 11 hours. There are also ways to get by train from other big cities.
2. By plane. There is the airport “Tunoshna” 18 km far from Yaroslavl. It connects the city by air flights with Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Krasnodar. To get from the airport to the center of Yaroslavl you can take bus 183A.
3. Own car. If you are traveling by car from Moscow to Yaroslavl your way goes by the federal highway M-8. The distance is approximately 270 km and you will get there in three and a half hours. If you go from St. Petersburg about 800 km and 10 hours.
4. by Bus. There is a bus station in Yaroslavl, which takes flights from many large cities – for example, from Moscow, Tver, Kazan, Ufa, Cheboksary.
What to see in Yaroslavl in 2 days
Yaroslavl Museum Reserve
It includes the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery, white stone walls and towers. This place is also known as the Yaroslavl Kremlin. Here there are exhibitions devoted to the iconic moments of the city’s history. On the territory of the monastery there is an exposition of “The Word about Igor’s regiment” – this monument of ancient Russian literature was found exactly here.
A single ticket to visit the entire complex costs 500 rubles for adults, 200 rubles for students and 100 rubles for children from 7 to 16 years (free for preschoolers).
The embankment of the Kotorosl river
Here you will notice the Chapel of Our Lady of Kazan. It was built recently, in 1997, in memory of the militia of Minin and Pozharsky. But the Kazan chapel is very popular – it is depicted on the banknote of 1000 rubles. Also on the embankment are ancient cathedrals and churches.
The name “Strelka” is familiar to those who at least once spent a weekend in Nizhny Novgorod – there this word means the confluence of the Volga and the Oka. In Yaroslavl Strelka is the name of the place where the Volga and Kotorosl rivers meet.
Legends say that Yaroslav the Wise founded the city here. At the Strelka there is a beautiful green park and a monument in honor of the millennium of Yaroslavl. And the monument to Yaroslav the Wise is located on Bogoyavlenskaya square.
The Volga embankment
It has two levels, upper and lower. The upper level is more interesting for a walk – it can be considered a large observation deck. There are many monuments, museums and other attractions on the embankment. For example, the Metropolitan Chambers, the Volga Tower, the Demidovsky Garden, the Museum of History, the Art Museum. On the day of the city of Yaroslavl on the waterfront is always fun and crowded.
You can go down to the lower level – sit on the benches, eat in a cafe, look at the light and music fountain.
May Day Boulevard
From the Volga embankment you can walk here through Pervomayskaya Street and Red Square. Pervomaysky Boulevard is a walking area with old houses and merchant mansions. There are also iconic religious buildings – Kazan Cathedral and Kazan Women’s Monastery.
Volkov Drama Theater
It is known throughout Russia, because it is the first professional theater in our country. In 1750 it was founded by a merchant’s son Fyodor Volkov. Performances are given here to this day: the playbill is full, tickets cost from 100-200 rubles.
It is situated opposite the Volkov Theatre. Earlier there were the main city gates. For example there is Gostiny Dvor, which reminds a lot of its brother in St. Petersburg, and also Kirov Street, a pedestrian street with nice cafes and souvenirs.
This is the other bank of the Kotorosl River. Many years ago masters of tannery lived in Tolchkovo, and now this area attracts the church of John the Baptist – another landmark on the banknotes: it is also depicted on the already mentioned 1000-ruble banknote, only from the reverse side.
Another atmospheric place on the bank of the Kotorosl river. The sloboda was founded in the 18th century – cattle were bred here then (hence the name). Nowadays the Cowsheds are known for its 17th century churches – the Church of St. John Chrysostom and the Church of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God.
There are also other places popular among tourists: the monument to Athos and Kolya the Plasterer (Nahimson street, 21a), a miniature Eiffel Tower near the Vlasyevsky Garden, a monument to the lost iPhone (Sovetskaya street, 8), the Maslenitsa residence (Revolutionary avenue, 14).
1. Yaroslavl Art Museum (Volzhskaya naberezhnaya, 23). The building, also known as the Governor’s House, houses an impressive collection of paintings by Russian artists – Aivazovsky, Levitan, Shishkin and other masters. A single ticket for all exhibitions of the Governor’s House costs 350 rubles.
The Historical Museum (Volga embankment, 17). It tells about the 1000 year history of Yaroslavl. The cost of one exposition – 120 rubles, two – 180 rubles. For children under 7 years old free of charge, discounts for pupils and students.
The Music and Time museum (Volzhskaya naberezhnaya 33a). It tells about the musical instruments of past centuries. The adult ticket 350 rubles.
4. Metropolitan Chambers (Volzhskaya naberezhnaya, 1). The museum is devoted to the Old Russian art, mainly icons. The ticket is 130 rubles.
5. Museum of Military Glory (44a Uglichskaya St.). Its theme is the Great Patriotic War. The exhibition includes weapons of those times, as well as a park of military equipment. A complex ticket 500 rubles, students 250 rubles, children under 7 years old free of charge.
6. Multimedia museum new view on history (Volzhskaya naberezhnaya, 45). Offers the concept of “New Chronology” – different from the knowledge that is taught in schools and universities. The ticket for adults is 800 rubles, for students, seniors and students 8-17 years old – 500 rubles.
7. Golden Ring” show-market (Sovetsky lane, 2). Several square meters there are recreated miniature views of different Golden Ring cities. The adult ticket from 500 rubles, the children from 300 rubles.
8. Historical and cultural complex in the village Vyatskoe. Here you can visit 10 museums, which are devoted to the history and life of these lands. About 50 houses in Vyatskoye are classified as architectural monuments. The single ticket to all museums of the complex costs 1050 rubles (separate tickets – from 120 rubles).
Temples of Yaroslavl
1. Transfiguration Monastery (Bogoyavlenskaya Square, 25). Built in the 12th century. The main temple in the monastery is the Cathedral of the Transfiguration.
2. the temple of Elijah the Prophet (Sovetskaya square, 7). Elegant structure, which can be easily recognized by its green domes.
3. Assumption Cathedral (Kotorosnaya embankment, 2). Founded in the beginning of the 13th century, burned several times and each time was restored. After demolition in 1930s the cathedral was rebuilt in 2000s.
4. John Zlatoust’s church (Portovaya naberezhnaya, 2). Specimen of old Yaroslavl architecture in Korovnitskaya sloboda.
5. Church of John the Baptist (2nd Zakotorosnaya Embankment, 69). Located in Tolchkovskaya Sloboda, famous for its unique fresco paintings of the 17th century.
6. The Church of Archangel Michael (Pervomaiskaya street, 67). Famous for its icon of the Archangel Michael, which is now on display at the Moscow Tretyakovka.
7. Church of the Savior on Gorodu (3 Poshtovaya St.). Another temple in the historic center of the city, with many Orthodox shrines.
8. Sretenskaya Church (Deputatsky per. 4). Picturesque building with typical features of Yaroslavl architecture.
Also note these temples: St. Sophia Cathedral (Tveritskaya Embankment, 77), Svyato-Tikhonovsky Church (Leningradsky Prospekt, 97a), Theodorovsky Cathedral (Bolshaya Fedorovskaya Street, 72), Yakovlevsky Church (3rd Yakovlevskaya Street, 9) and the Protestant Church of the Holy Cross (Moskovsky Prospekt, 161).
Where to relax on the weekend near Yaroslavl?
There are interesting routes not only in the city, but also in the Yaroslavl region and neighboring regions. Those who like to travel in Russia by car, often choose such destinations for a weekend tour:
Rostov Veliky – Pereslavl-Zalessky. Located on the highway M-8 (60 and 120 km from Yaroslavl, respectively). These are two ancient cities, which are included in most packages on the Golden Ring.
If you decide to visit Rostov, be sure to walk around the white stone Kremlin, where the film “Ivan Vasilievich changes his profession” was shot. And whoever prefers to stay in Pereslavl-Zalessky, will see many ancient temples and the beautiful Lake Pleshcheyevo.
Tutaev to Rybinsk. These two cities are also on the same road from Yaroslavl, only in a northwest direction (at a distance of 40 and 85 km). Tutaev is first of all the Resurrection Cathedral and the park of the Soviet period. Rybinsk is interesting for its architecture and the reservoir, on which in good weather you can have a beach vacation.
Myshkin – Uglich. Two Volga cities with a quiet and enchanting atmosphere. Both are about 100 km from Yaroslavl.
Where to live
1. Kirovsky district. This area of Yaroslavl is the historical center of the city and its most iconic places: the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl rivers, the building of the 18th-19th centuries and older structures. The whole local architectural ensemble is included in the UNESCO list.
2. Krasnoperekopsk District. It is situated on the right bank of the Kotorosl river and is considered the industrial center of the city. However there is also a lot to see here: the Peter and Paul City Park of Culture and Recreation, the Church of St. John the Baptist and other church buildings.
3. Dzerzhinsky district. Dzerzhinsky district has no bright sights, but here you can take a walk near the Volga – for example, in Skobykinsky Park or Pavlovskaya Grove.
4. Frunzensky district. It is disseminated by a temple complex in Korovniki.
5. Leninsky district. There is a Museum of Military Glory and several nice parks.
Accommodation options in Yaroslavl
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What to eat in Yaroslavl
Since the city stands on the Volga, there are many treats with a fish accent – uha, kulebyaka, smoked fish, caviar.
If you decide to choose to tour the center of Yaroslavl, you can eat traditional pancakes with tea at street stands. A lot of cozy cafes to relax in Yaroslavl on weekends are on the pedestrian street of Kirov. And on the Volga embankment there are restaurants of a higher level – there is a view of the Volga, but the prices are already of a different order.
If you are interested in Russian cuisine (uha, pelmeni, rastegai, etc.), go to the restaurant “Ioann Vasilievich” (34 Revolutsionnaya St.) or “Sobranie” (33 Volzhskaya Naberezhnaya St.). The average bill in these places ranges from 700 to 1,000 rubles.
There are also classic bars in the city with restaurants without any Old Russian influence – for example “Baguette, Pate and Yellow Plaid” (Sobinov Street, 43), “Paulaner” (Pavlika Morozova Street, 3b), “Penaty” (Sovetskaya Street, 28). The average bill is around 1000 rubles.
Good reviews have a cafe “Utro” (40 Tchaikovsky St.), a cafe “Bazaar” (19 Svobody St.), a coffee house “Sweets and Joy” (2 Sovetskaya St.). The average bill is 200-300 rubles.
Weekends in Yaroslavl with children
A trip to one of the best cities in Russia is not just about visiting churches and historical sights of Yaroslavl. If you are looking for where to go with the kids at the weekend, we advise to visit these places:
1. The Museum of Amusing Sciences (47 Sobinova St.). Learn how to build a bridge without nails, lift weights with one finger or safely style your hair with electric lightning. Ticket price 350 rubles.
2. Children’s railroad (3-yaakovlevskaya Street, 54). You will receive a trip through a beautiful forest in cozy trailers. The price 200 rubles, children under 10 years old – 150 rubles.
Aleshin’s Farmstead Museum Theater (Nahimsona ul., 23). The main character – hero Alyosha Popovich. It immerses you in a magical atmosphere: he tells stories, gives gifts and treats tasty treats. Tickets for children are 180 rubles, adult – 250.
4. Zoo (137 Shevelukha St.). It is located near the center, in an open natural landscape. Entrance to the main area of the zoo is 300 rubles for adults and 200 rubles for children under 14 years old. Free for preschoolers.
5. Tropic Island Water Park (58a Frunze Ave.). It is a year-round institution with slides of all difficulty levels. Ticket for 4 hours – from 550 rubles, the entire day – from 950 rubles.
6. Dolphinarium (Dubky village, 1 Shkolnaya St.). Watch the show of dolphins and seals. The cost of the main show program is 1000 rubles, communication and photo with a dolphin from 650 rubles for one person, from 1000 rubles for two.
7. Yaroslavl Art Museum (Volzhskaya Embankment, 23). It is modern and large – suitable for visiting with high school students. The ticket for all expositions costs 350 rubles.
8. Zabava family recreation park (Belkino village). It is located in a wooded area and offers a variety of attractions – both winter and summer. The price for attractions starts from 150 rubles.
9. City parks. They are all suitable for walks with children: Millennium Park, Yubileiny, Butusovsky, 30th anniversary of Victory, “Neftyanik”.
10. Quests and master classes. There are in modern entertainment centers – for example, in “Hello Park” and “City of Games” (34c Svobody St.). Prices start from 250 rubles.
What to bring?
Yaroslavl has a bear on its coat of arms – so it’s not surprising that it was moved to most local souvenirs: magnets, t-shirts, wooden products. Of gifts in the traditional Russian style, we will single out bells, patterned scarves and home valenki. Many people take with them the legendary watches factory “Chaika” – directly from the factory store or watch shops.
Foodstuffs are also popular – Poshehonsky cheese, balsam “Old Yaroslavl” and “Yarpivo” (the last item can also be considered a balsam).
5 things to do in Yaroslavl
1. Take a walk along the Volga embankment, one of the best in Russia.
2. Take a sightseeing bus ride around the city (departure from Sovetskaya Square, ticket 600 rubles).
3. Go to the oldest drama theater of the country.
4. Take a 1000-ruble bill, find the monument depicted on it, and compare.