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Arkhangelsk

Country
Russian Federation
State
Russia (General)
City
Arkhangelsk
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By plane

Getting to Arkhangelsk is most comfortably done by air. There are 1-2 daily flights from Moscow, and 1-2 weekly flights from Saint Petersburg. A one-way flight from Moscow Sheremetyevo-1 airport costs around 4000 rubles and takes about 2 h. airBaltic will start route from Riga to Arkhangel in July 2010. There are also direct connections with Murmansk (Russia), Kirkenes (Norway) and Rovaniemi (Finland), but these could have irregular and seasonal basis. Arkhangelsk has two airports: Talagi for interregional flights and Vaskovo (Васьково) for flights within Arkhangelsk region. Talagi airport is about 25 min drive from the city centre. The going rate for a taxi to the airport is about 200 rubles, but in the opposite direction, enterprising cab drivers ask for around 400 rubles. There is also a bus connection with the city centre costing 15 rubles but takes a long time and has poor service.

By train

A slightly more adventurous traveller will probably opt for the train which from Moscow's Yaroslavsky Vokzal takes about 23 h (1-2 trains per day). A train journey from St Petersburg is around 27 h (2 trains per week). Book tickets in advance. The station in Arkhangelsk is situated on the eastern edge of town. Buses and taxis are available and will whisk you to the city centre in a just few minutes.

By car

1200 km by M8 road from Moscow via Yaroslavl and Vologda, and you are in Arkhangelsk (couple of hundreds km more if you drive from St Petersburg). The road is paved, but its quality wishes to be much better.

By ship

Archangelsk is a significant commercial and fishing port acting as well as a gateway to Northern Sea Path . But there are no any regular ship connections with Arkhangelsk excluding river commuter ships.
 

Key places to visit
Northern Dvina's embankment and around, Wooden Arkhangelsk, Solombala Island, Malye Korely


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Places to Visit

Northern Dvina's embankment and around

Arkhangelsk is the theme of Russian 500 rubles banknote, and walking through the embankment you can find all the sites printed on it. For example, the monument of Peter The Great (photo below). Other monuments are generally belong to Soviet period, including the canonical Lenin's monument at the relevant square. There is also a couple of interesting churches around Naberezhnaya, including the former German Kirche (now used as city concert hall). River views and ships also compensate Arkhangelsk's architectural scarsity. Most of Arkhangelsk's street events are organized at Naberezhnaya, in summer the embankment is the favorite place of walking for locals. To find places for eating / drinking go to Troitsky prospekt. Natural history museum and the gallery of arts are located at Lenin Square

Wooden Arkhangelsk

Wooden buildings are being gradually moved out of the city, but still Arkhangelsk contains many sections of such 1-2 floor houses. Some of them look beautiful, others are more like slums, but anyway wooden Arkhangelsk is a certain point of interest and worth a walking visit. Even some sidewalks are still made of wood, crunching under feet. Most beautiful and well-maintained wooden buildings are concentrated at Chumbarova-Luchinskogo street which is planned as a "museum street" by the city authorities.

Solombala Island

Northern Dvina's delta is full of flat islands, several of them form parts of Arkhangelsk, and Solombala is the most known of such parts. Traditional port district, it's filled with the mixture of old wooden houses and modern blocks, unkempt, but colourful. Arkhangelsk competes with Veliky Ustyug to be called the home of Ded Moroz , and in Solombala you can find "Ded Moroz's village": a kind of entertainment area with Russian traditional facilities for family leisure .

Malye Korely

An open-air museum of Russian North's wooden architecture. The museum area is situated on the high bank of a small picturesque river and is filled with impressive wooden houses, churches etc. Malye Korely is claimed to be the European-largest open-air architectural museum. Located in a village just outside the city, it's an easy target for a day or a half-day trip. You can also stay there for a night or two in a recently built hotel complex performed in traditional Russian style. Winter gives the opportunity of skiing and sledging in Malye Korely (rent of equipment is possible). The easiest way to reach Malye Karely is to catch a taxi, but you can also try to go by a local bus No. 104 from Sea and River Station (Морской и Речной Вокзал). Admission: 250 rubles.

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