Where to escape from Moscow for the weekend

Where to escape from Moscow for the weekend

There is always something to do in Moscow. But sometimes you want to escape even from your favorite city. If your vacation is still a year away, why not go on a weekend trip? Not so far from the capital there are beautiful cities with a rich history, where you can have a good rest without spending a lot of money on tickets.

By installing the OneTwoTrip mobile application, you can buy a train ticket at any time, choosing a comfortable seat, book a hotel room, gain access to a 24-hour support service in case of any problems and accumulate points for your next trip. All that remains is to decide where exactly to go for the weekend.

Nizhny Novgorod

A ticket to Nizhny, as locals call it, can be bought for 800 rubles. Travel time is from 3.5 to 7 hours. The Strizh high-speed train is the fastest, and a ticket costs about 1,600 rubles. There is a lot to see in Nizhny Novgorod. For example, the cable car across the Volga – the longest of its kind in Europe (3.6 km) – is laid at a height of up to 86 meters.

After a ride over the river, you can go on a boat trip. You can learn about the history of architecture and life of the peoples of the Nizhny Novgorod Volga region at the Shchelkovsky Farm Museum-Reserve. You should definitely visit the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin – the main attraction of the city. These activities should be enough for two days off.

Where to escape from Moscow for the weekend

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You can get to Vladimir in a couple of hours by car or three hours by train, paying about 600 rubles per ticket. People mainly go to Vladimir to admire the church architecture – there are a lot of temples, churches and monasteries, for example, the Assumption Cathedral included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

But there are also secular attractions: the museum of the famous Vladimir Central prison or the monument of ancient architecture “Golden Gate”, built in the 12th century. After the excursions, you should just take a walk around the center of Vladimir – it’s very beautiful and cozy here.

Where to escape from Moscow for the weekend

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To get to Suzdal, you first need to get to Vladimir, and then take a regular bus to your destination in about an hour. Suzdal is the pride of Russia’s Golden Ring – this small town has more than 200 historical monuments.
Having visited the architectural museum “Shchurovo Settlement” – a fortress from the time of Yuri Dolgoruky, you will be able to plunge into the life of those distant times. At the Museum of Wooden Architecture you will see houses built without nails. There are 53 churches in Suzdal, many of them “double” – summer and winter churches standing next to each other. If you try, you can manage to see at least the main ones.

Where to escape from Moscow for the weekend

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A little more than 18 hours and about 1,500 rubles is the price of a trip to Volgograd to experience unforgettable sunsets on the Volga embankment and famous monuments, which without a doubt can be called grandiose. These are, first of all, the Motherland monument, recognized as the ninth tallest (85 meters) monument in the world, and the City Defense Museum with a grandiose panorama of the Battle of Stalingrad – the largest artistic canvas in Russia. The city also has the Star House planetarium, which is one of the eight best in the world. All in all, a massive trip.

Where to escape from Moscow for the weekend

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You can get to this beautiful southern city by train; ticket prices start from 1600 rubles. Travel time ranges from 15 hours to one day – enough to get a good night’s sleep. Arriving in Rostov, go for a walk along the embankment, and from there take a boat excursion along the Don River.

Visit one of the forty-five parks in the city, for example, the oldest park named after May 1. Go to the Rostov Zoo, one of the largest in the country. Take a look at the Rostov Museum of Local Lore, which houses a collection of Polovtsian sculptures from the times of Kievan Rus. And just bask in the southern sun before returning to work.

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