Chkalov Staircase, Nizhny Novgorod

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Climb to the top of Chkalov Staircase for a view of the Volga River. Built during the Soviet era, the construction of the massive staircase was controversial because of the monumental cost, as well as the use of German prisoners of war as labor. Today, the staircase has become one of the city's most popular landmarks. Take the challenge and climb the 1,500 steps from the waterfront up to Minina Square at the top. It's a long walk, but you'll be rewarded with changing views of the river and the kremlin along the way. Wear comfortable shoes for the trek. Using our online itinerary creator, Nizhny Novgorod attractions like Chkalov Staircase can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 18, 2017
    We did the staircase when it was over 30 degrees Celsius. Probably not a brilliant planning, as you have to negotiate a couple of hundred of steps. The view on top is rewarding though!  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Be sure to climb the stairs! Very comfortable place! Beautiful views of the waterfront! Recommend to compulsory attendance in Nizhny Novgorod!
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  • August 15, 2017
    Originally it was planned that the ladder top and treating will go down to the waterfront, on the contrary, furnishes the waterfront went up the stairs. Top offers a very nice view, but very frustrating kind of close. On the railing balconies a bunch of labels, you can see that their paint, but paint again and again seen the inscription 2-3 days old. It would be nice to put there protection or PPPS, to catch those vandals and impose penalties in accordance with the law.
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  • Very beautiful stairway. Also, if you want to get great sightseeing place - you should go here
  • Great place to see around
  • Great view of the kremlin & river, and the staircase is interesting itself
  • Loved the view from above and down
  • good view

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One of Russia's most scenic cities and a must-stop on any cruise down the Volga, Nizhny Novgorod has huge tourist potential and a good selection of places to stay. You'll find many of the city's hotels close to the banks of the Volga and Oka, the two rivers flowing through its center. In addition to the hotels, Nizhny Novgorod boasts numerous hostels and apartments. While most accommodations are concentrated around the center of the city, you can also stay further away and use the city's subway and above-ground transportation network to easily reach all the sights.
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