Wednesday, 05 August 2020 RUS

Tourism

Novgorod Region has a rich historical-cultural heritage and boasts various tourist and recreational resources. Tourism is one of the priority areas of the regional development.

The key factors of the region's attractiveness for tourists:

- rich historical and cultural heritage,

- advantageous geographical location between Moscow and St Petersburg,

- numerous natural resources,

- environmental friendliness and safety.

Novgorod Region was included into the inter-regional historical and cultural tourism project «Silver Necklace of Russia».

Novgorod Region attracts more than 1300000 visitors each year including transit tourism and has a 4-7 percent annual growth in tourist numbers.

Traditional holiday destinations of Novgorod Region are Veliky Novgorod, Valdai, Staraya Russa, Borovichi, Lubytino.

Veliky Novgorod is the oldest city in Russia whose chronicle history began simultaneously with the history of Rus, in 859. Its unique historical heritage attracts a great number of domestic and foreign tourists each year. 37 cultural objects of Veliky Novgorod and its suburbs are included into the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The city boasts the oldest preserved stone monument in Russia – the Novgorod Kremlin and the Cathedral of St Sophia the first Russian stone church which was built in the Kremlin in the 11th century. Veliky Novgorod and its suburbs have various collective accommodation facilities of different categories.

Valdai is a wonderful land of rivers, lakes and forests. Numerous Valdai lakes offer a wide range of recreation facilities. 5 nature trails of different length and function, as well as campsites for individual travelers, have been created for tourists within the Valdai national park. For a long time Valdai is famous for its bells. Valdai Bell Museum houses the biggest exposition of bells and hand bells from around the world. One of the most legendary treasures of the city is Valdai Iversky Monastery a Russian Orthodox monastery founded by Patriarch Nikon in 1653.

Staraya Russa — the city was first mentioned in chronicles under 1167. From the 19th century, Staraya Russa became famous in Europe as resort town. The famous Russian writer Fyodor M. Dostoevsky lived in the city for 7 years from 1873. The house, which is now a museum, has been preserved. The exposition tells the visitors about the life of Fyodor Dostoyevsky and his family in Staraya Russa. Some chapters of the novels Teenager, Demons, The Brothers Karamazov were written there. The building interiors, furniture, paintings, books and numerous photographs allow experiencing the atmosphere in which the world-famous novelist lived and worked.

Borovichi is located on the rapids of the Msta River which, in ancient times, was a part of the trade route connecting the Novgorod land and the Caspian Sea via the Volga River. The city has landmarked buildings which recreate the inimitable charm of a provincial city of XVIII-XIX centuries. The village Konchanskoe-Suvorovskoe whose estate belonged to the family of Russian commander Alexander V. Suvorov is located 35 kilometers away from Borovichi.

Lubytino is the district where unique archeological sites of VI-X centuries numerous ancient graves with tumuli were preserved. Today, on the site of the ancient graves and settlements a living-history museum a Slavic village of the tenth century recreates the lifestyle that the Slaves used to have ten centuries ago.

Tourist Information Centre in English:

Red Izba Tourist Office of Veliky Novgorod (Veliky Novgorod, pl.Sennaya, 5) http://visitnovgorod.com