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Top Choice Museum in Nizhny Novgorod

Nizhegorodsky State Art Museum

The former governor’s house inside the kremlin is now the Nizhegorodsky State Art Museum. Exhibits range from 14th-century icons to 20th-century paintings by artists such as Nikolai Rerikh and Vasily Surikov.
Top Choice Historic Site in Nizhny Novgorod


Built upon remnants of an earlier settlement, Nizhny Novgorod’s magnificent kremlin dates back to 1500–15 when the Italian architect Pyotr Fryazin began work on its 13 towers and 12m-high walls. Inside, most of the …
Museum in Nizhny Novgorod

Sakharov Museum

The Sakharov Museum is in the flat where dissident scientist Andrei Sakharov spent six years in exile. The Nobel laureate was held incommunicado until 1986 when a KGB officer came to install a telephone – when it ra…
Museum in Nizhny Novgorod

Rukavishnikov Mansion

This exhibition space is located inside a 19th-century mansion once belonging to the Rukavishnikov merchant family. You can wander through the rooms on your own or join one of the hourly 40-minute excursions in Russ…
Top Choice Cable Car in Nizhny Novgorod

Cable Car

Connecting Nizhny Novgorod with the unattractive settlement of Bor across the Volga, this cable car offers a spectacular 13-minute ride. In winter there are views of dot-sized figures fishing on Volga ice below, and…
Top Choice Gallery in Nizhny Novgorod

National Centre of Contemporary Art

Situated in the former arsenal on the right after you enter the main gate of the kremlin, this top-ranking gallery has changing exhibitions of international and Russian contemporary artists. From early 2015 the comp…
Top Choice Russian in Nizhny Novgorod

Restoratsia Pyatkin

Pyatkin makes you feel like a merchant back in his mansion after a great trading day at the fair. The menu is full of Volga fish specialities; it brews the unusual apple kvas (fermented rye bread water) for R65 and …
Top Choice Bar in Nizhny Novgorod

Art-Cafe Bufet

Descending the steps of this excellent art bar is to step into a bohemian world of monkey-motif wallpaper. The ambience is relaxed and alternative, and it stages lots of events as part of the Eda i Kultura movement.
Museum in Nizhny Novgorod

Museum of Volga People’s Architecture & Culture

The open-air Museum of Volga People’s Architecture & Culture has a pleasant woodland setting and a collection of traditional wooden buildings from Russian and Mordva (a Finno-Ugric people) villages. The museum i…
Russian in Nizhny Novgorod


This literary cafe with antique furnishings, stucco ceiling and the feel of a living room is part of a Nizhny Novgorod project called ‘Eda i Kultura’ (Food and Culture), which brings food and culture together into a…