Top things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Top Choice Museum in Veliky Novgorod

Novgorod State United Museum

Within the kremlin walls is this must-see museum that houses three strikingly comprehensive exhibitions covering the history of Veliky Novgorod, Russian woodcarving and Russian icons. The latter contains one of the …
Top Choice Cathedral in Veliky Novgorod

Cathedral of St Sophia

This is the oldest church in Russia (finished in 1050) and one of the country's oldest stone buildings. It's the kremlin's focal point and you couldn't miss it if you tried – its golden dome positively glows. St Sop…
Top Choice Fortress in Veliky Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod Kremlin

On the west bank of the Volkhov River, and surrounded by a pleasant wooded park, the kremlin is one of Russia’s oldest. Originally called the Detinets (and still often referred to as such), the fortification dates t…
Top Choice Russian in Veliky Novgorod

Zavod Bar

Attached to the Alkon Distillery, Zavod is a chic and cosy restaurant with exposed brick, an open fire and great food. Go for the homemade pelmeni filled with fish and meats, or a sweeter strawberry and cottage chee…
Top Choice Church in Veliky Novgorod

Church of the Transfiguration of Our Saviour on Ilyina Street

This compact church is famous for housing the only surviving frescoes by legendary Byzantine painter Theophanes the Greek (1378) – they came close to extinction when the church served as a Nazi machine-gun nest. Res…
Top Choice Russian in Veliky Novgorod

Dom Berga

Enjoy expertly prepared Russian dishes in this 19th-century former merchant's home, with a choice between a simple cafe out the back or a fancier restaurant in front. Be sure to try the honey mead.
Top Choice Craft Beer in Veliky Novgorod


Cool bohemian Samovar is a great spot to hang out, with an all-welcome atmosphere, good vinyl spinning, art on the red-painted walls and a range of Russian craft beer on tap.
Museum in Veliky Novgorod


Vitoslavlitsy is an evocative open-air museum of 22 beautiful wooden peasant houses and churches, some dating back to the 16th century, and the highlight being the soaring Church of the Nativity of Our Lady (1531). …
Monument in Veliky Novgorod

Millennium of Russia Monument

This gargantuan 16m-high, 100-tonne sculpture was unveiled in 1862 on the 1000th anniversary of the Varangian Prince Rurik’s arrival, a moment heralded as the start of Russian history. It depicts 127 figures capture…
Monastery in Veliky Novgorod

St George’s Monastery

Set amid peaceful marsh and lakelands a 15-minute bus ride south of the Veliky Novgorod town centre, the picturesque St George’s Monastery makes for a relaxing excursion. Founded in 1030 by Yaroslav the Wise, the mo…