Cultural activities & excursions

Nizhny Novgorod (informally shortened as Nizhny) is a city in Russia, an administrative centre of Nizhny Novgorod Region, and a centre of Volga (Privolzhsky) Federal District. Today Nizhny Novgorod is the fourth (fifth according to some other sources) largest city in the Russian Federation, an important economical, transport, and cultural center of Russia. From 1932 to 1990 Nizhny Novgorod was known as Gorky (after Maxim Gorky, the world-famous Russian and Soviet writer who was born in Nizhny).

At your arrival in Nizhny Novgorod, you will have the possibility to follow a guided tour of the city as well as extended visit to most notable plases. The school offers differnt excursions included in course price. These excursions will allow you to discover the rich history and the architecture of the region.

List of sightseengs:

The Kremlin

A stone fortress of dozen towers overlooking the Volga bank replaced the original wooden city walls in the 1510s. Well-preserved, the Kremlin is the administrative and cultural center of today’s Nizhny housing the oldest cathedral in the vicinity, regional government seat, a number of fine arts and historical museums, and the city philharmonic hall.

Gorky Museum

Nizhny Novgorod is the hometown of the renowned writer Maxim Gorky. His grandfather’s wooden mansion where Gorky spent early years is now turned a house museum channeling the intimate atmosphere of Russian family life of the 1900s.

Museum of Culture of Indigenous People

Hidden in the dense greenery of Nizhny landscape park this open air museum features authentic wooden dwellings typical of the native culture of the Volga region. The museum hosts traditional events and celebrations reinforcing the city’s identity as a distinct local community of diverse ethnic and religious background. Museum tour concludes with folk games and music.

Sakharov Museum

Another notable resident of Nizhny Novgorod, Andrey Sakharov is the father of H-bomb and a human rights activist. An outspoken critic of the Soviet regime, in the 1970s he was sent into exile to live in a small apartment in the upper part Nizhny under tight KGB surveillance. His former residence is now a house museum and a powerful tribute to the history of political dissent.

You may take a day-side excursion and visit other beatiful cities located not far from Nizniy Novgorod, like Semenov, Gorodets, Vladimir and Suzdal.
We also invite you to join our weekend trips to Kazan, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

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