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Kostroma

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Things to do: historic sites, museums, sightseeing
As part of Russia's Golden Ring of historical towns, the city of Kostroma is something of an open-air museum with ties to the Romanov dynasty. View the city's main square market and merchant mansions for hints of its history as an important trading post. Although dating back to the 12th century, the town is best known for hosting royalty throughout the centuries, especially the Romonav tsars, who often visited the Ipatievsky monastery. Now, you too can tour the monastery, as well as the city's cathedral and museums. If you stay the night in Kostroma, enjoy beers from one of the city’s historical bars. Customize your holiday with our Russia trip itinerary maker to create an adventure that suits you.
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A modest-sized city that combines a long history and laid-back atmosphere, Kostroma might not offer a great number of places to stay, but there is enough variety to satisfy most needs. You'll find many hotels and guesthouses in charming historical and traditionally styled buildings. The majority of the city's hotels fall under the mid-range category, with a couple of more luxurious options. There are several hostels, popular among young and budget travelers.
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