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Veliky Novgorod

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An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia. Establishing himself in Novgorod in 862 CE, the legendary Prince Rurik effectively founded the modern Russian state, his dynasty ruling the country for the next seven centuries. A major trade center since its inception, Novgorod played an important role in the spread of Orthodoxy. Recognized as a World Heritage Site, the city center boasts a fortified complex of historical buildings, famed for containing the country's oldest church, palace, and clock tower. A popular weekend getaway for visitors from Saint Petersburg, the tourist-friendly city also serves as an ideal base for exploring the surrounding region. Veliky Novgorod is in Novgorod Oblast. To find out how to plan a trip to Russia, use our trip itinerary maker.
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Where to stay in Veliky Novgorod

Despite Veliky Novgorod's popularity as a tourist destination, it offers a somewhat limited selection of accommodations. If you want to stay in the center, choose from several mid-range hotels and a couple more luxurious options. Alternatively, explore the few hostels and guesthouses here, some of which are located in peaceful areas outside the city. Due to the limited options, be sure to reserve lodging ahead of time.
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