Chkalov Stairs
Panoramic view of the Volga
Alley of the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin
Chkalov Stairs
Panoramic view of the Volga
Alley of the Nizhny Novgorod
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Nizhny Novgorod is a lovely place for a family vacation for those who enjoy outdoor strolls. History lovers can visit some of the city’s museums, such as the Old Machinery and Instruments Museum or the Steam Engine Museum. When planning your visit, keep in mind that the local climate is similar to that of Moscow, but in winter it’s a little colder and in summer a little hotter. You’ll be glad to learn, though, that the city gets more sun than the capital all year round.

The easiest way to get there is by plane: Aeroflot operates direct flights from Moscow to Strigino International Airport (18km southwest of the city centre). Flight duration is 1h 15m on average.

The best fares sell out quickly, so we recommend booking in advance. Another way to save is to buy a return ticket.

General flight information Moscow   Nizhny Novgorod

Distance between cities

401 km

Time difference in winter

0 h

Time difference in summer

0 h

Average flight time

1 h 15 min

What to see

Nizhny Novgorod was founded in the 18th century and has lived through many important historical events. In 1817, the largest trade fair in Russia moved from Makaryev to Nizhny, thanks to which the city rapidly became one of the country’s main trading centres and became known as ‘Russia’s pocket’ – that’s how well trade was developed here.

The Kremlin is the soul of the ancient city and the chief witness of its history. The Kremlin is particularly beautiful in summer: sitting on a bench among a sea of flowers, one can enjoy the view of the Volga and Oka merging, as well as the majestic Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky. This view is the city’s trademark. The Kremlin itself is superbly preserved, considering that it hasn’t undergone  much renovation and was bombed during the Great Patriotic War.

Nearby, you will find the Chkalov Monument, from which you can get to the Nizhne-Volzhskaya Embankment by taking the challenging Chkalov Staircase. Those who manage it are rewarded with a wonderful panorama.

Every city’s embankment has its own features. Nizhne-Volzhskaya’s has a dock from which you can set off on a cruise ship down the river. And from the Verkhnevolzhskaya Embankment, you can view the wide-open space beyond the Volga. Besides, nearly every building here is an architectural monument in its own right.

Another embankment – named after Fedorovsky – is a great place for panoramic pictures. It consists of several layers, so there’s room for everybody who wants to take a stroll.

Like any other self-respecting city, Nizhniy Novgorod couldn’t have done without its own pedestrian promenade. Nizhny’s is Bolshaya Pokrovskaya Street with its wonderfully restored historical buildings. You can walk down the street, slipping into museums and cafes and taking selfies with unique monuments dedicated, for example, to a shoeshine, a constable, a postman, a lady in front of a mirror and even a goat.

The building on Pokrovskaya Street that draws everyone’s attention is the State Bank, an incredibly whimsical structure with little towers, carvings and a clock. In the evening, one can admire its high decorated ceilings through the windows.

Another worthwhile visit is the first private zoo in Russia, Limpopo Zoo. Not only does it host an impressive collection of animals (over 230 species), it also has great infrastructure: there are cafes, restaurants, an amusement park and a retro car exhibition.