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Introducing Pereslavl-Zalessky

Another ancient lakeside town, Pereslavl is a popular dacha getaway for Muscovites. Its attractions are scattered around a large and not always interesting area, which makes it hard to explore without a car or a bicycle. But you’ll easily find a few quiet and pretty spots once you escape from the main drag.

The town’s main claim to fame is as the birthplace of Alexander Nevsky. Its earthen walls and the little Cathedral of the Transfiguration are as old as the town itself. Pereslavl is also famous as the unlikely cradle of Russian naval might thanks to a holidaying teenager who went on to become Peter the Great.