Welcome to Pskov
Only 30km from the Estonia border, church-studded Pskov is dominated by its mighty riverside kremlin, an enormous bulwark that has faced up to its fair share of invading armies down the centuries. Leafy lanes and parks wriggle their way round the attractive old quarter on the east bank, past weathered churches, city-wall ruins and handsome 19th-century brick residences.
Russia’s new day trains follow a triangular route connecting Petrozavodsk, Novgorod and Pskov. Here's our guide to visiting Russia's northwest by train.