Russia - Western European Russia (Chapter)
This is the Western European Russia chapter from Lonely Planet’s Russia guidebook.
The lush green countryside of Western European Russia is a crucible of Rus culture. Impressive kremlins (stone fortresses) and fairy-tale onion-domed churches rise over towns such as Veliky Novgorod, Pskov, Smolensk and Tula, offering visual history lessons and memorable vistas.
- return to rural 19th-century Russia at Yasnaya Polyana, the leafy estate and last resting place of Leo Tolstoy
- light a candle and enter the spooky underground tombs of Pechory Monastery, where solemn monks show you their dead
- stroll the romantic cobblestone streets of Vyborg, admiring the mix of old Russian and Finnish art nouveau architecture
- restaurants and accommodation
Coverage includes: Tula, Yasnaya Polyana, Kulikovo Pole, Yelets, Voronezh, Oryol, Spasskoe-Lutovinovo, Kursk, Smolensk, Tver, Torzhok, Ostashkov & Lake Seliger, Veliky Novgorod, St George’s Monastery, Vitoslavlitsy, Staraya Russa, Pskov, Stary Izborsk, Mikhailovskoe, Pechory, Vyborg, Staraya Ladoga, Konevets Island and Tikhvin.
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