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Top Choice Monastery in Kostroma

Monastery of St Ipaty

There is a bizarre similarity in the names of the Romanov dynasty’s start and end points. The last tzar’s family was executed in engineer Ipatyev’s house in Yekaterinburg, while St Ipaty Monastery in Kostroma – stan…
Top Choice Square in Kostroma

Susaninskaya Ploshchad

Picturesque Susaninskaya pl was built as an ensemble under Catherine the Great’s patronage after a fire in 1773. It was nicely revamped on the occasion of Romanov dynasty's 400-year anniversary in 2013. Its centrepi…
Museum in Kostroma

Museum of Wooden Architecture

Essentially a park on the bank of the Volga, the museum is a large collection of northern-style wooden buildings, including peasant houses, windmills and churches (one built without nails). Some of the buildings hou…
European in Kostroma

Horns & Hoofs

This frivolously decorated restaurant is inspired by the fictional adventures of 1920s literary character Ostap Bender, a charming crook who travels down the Volga in pursuit of a treasure. Wrought-iron furniture, b…
Monastery in Kostroma

Monastery of the Epiphany

The Monastery of the Epiphany is now the Archbishop of Kostroma’s residence. The large cathedral in this 14th to 19th century complex is the city’s main working church. The 13th century icon of Our Lady of St Theodo…
Russian in Kostroma


Here is a great place for locally produced beer and various vodka-based liquors, with flavours ranging from cranberry to horseradish. That’s if you can get a table, for this popular restaurant is fully booked more o…
Gastropub in Kostroma

Dudki Bar

It's a sheer delight to find such a hip and self-ironic bar at the end of the universe, which Kostroma sometimes seems to be. Smaller than its Yaroslavl sister, this place is ruled by local hipsters, with just a few…
Cafe in Kostroma


Resembling a kaleidoscope, this large café evokes colour schemes and curving shapes favoured by Viennese vanguard architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Local youngsters come here to chat over a cup of coffee or a w…
Market in Kostroma

Trading Arcade

Monument in Kostroma

Susanin Monument