Nizhny Novgorod Flights:
Flights to Nizhny Novgorod
The city of Nizhny Novgorod is the fifth largest in Russia and is located in the west of the country. Usually shortened to just Nizhny, the city was actually called Gorky between 1932 and 1990, and is a popular tourist destination thanks to its 600 or so historic, cultural and architectural monuments.
Nizhny Novgorod International Airport (airport code: GOJ) is still known locally as Strigino Airport on occasion, and it is located 14 kilometres from the city. Most flights to Nizhny Novgorod have 2 connections when travelling from South Africa, with the exception of South African Airways and Lufthansa. They both have the same connection in Frankfurt. Turkish Airlines will take you via Istanbul and Moscow, and Virgin Atlantic has a flight to Nizhny Novgorod through London and Frankfurt instead.
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The Tourist Attractions of Nizhny Novgorod:
Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin
Not as famous as the Kremlin in Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod’s Kremlin is still a major landmark and tourist attraction. Kremlin basically means fortress, and usually refers to the major fortified complex within a city centre. Here in Nizhny Novgorod the Kremlin is in the historical city centre and is well preserved thanks to a restoration project in the middle of the 20th century. There are 12 out of 13 towers remaining around the Kremlin’s walls, which are popular for walking along and offer great views. Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin is also home to an art museum, an old church, war memorial and eternal flame.
Churches in Nizhny Novgorod
As well as the church within the walls of the Kremlin, Nizhny Novgorod has several other notable churches to visit. The Saviour Cathedral is also popularly known as the Old Fair Cathedral because it’s built on the site of a great Fair. This very grand building was constructed in 1822 in the Empire style.
There is the New Fair Cathedral too, which is officially known as Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and this one is very different to the first, built in the Russian Revival style between 1856 and 1880. Nizhny Novgorod is also home to the striking Pechersky Ascension Monastery with its green roofs and beautiful interiors.
Nizhny Novgorod’s Museums
There are a number of museums in Nizhny Novgorod too. If you’re interested in cars you’ll enjoy a visit to the History Museum of GAZ as you’ll get to see a collection of classic cars from this Russian car maker. Railways enthusiasts will want to visit the Museum of Steam Engines to see fifteen, pre-1950s steam engines that have been collected together from various different countries.
Nizhny Novgorod Art Gallery is the city’s main museum and it has an extensive collection of works by Russian artists in addition to many Western European artists too.
When Should You Visit?:
For sightseeing, summer is the best time to visit as winters are really too cold for walking around. July is the warmest month of the year with an average high of 23.4C though unfortunately this is the rainiest month of the year too. Visiting between May and August should give you mild to warm temperatures, but temperatures drop after this, and winter really begins in November.