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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. When using our Russia trip maker site, you're building your holiday based on your own interests, visitor reviews, and the informed opinions of our well-traveled writers.
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Popular things to do in Veliky Novgorod

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World heritage site
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Monument
Millennium of Russia
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Architectural Building
St. Sophia Cathedral
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Vitoslavlitsy Museum
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Veliky Novgorod

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Religious Site
St. George Monastery
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Duration: 30 minutes
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Historic Walking Area
Yaroslav’s Courtyard
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
St. Basil's Cathedral
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Veliky Novgorod

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Specialty Museum
Novgorodskiy Muzey-Zapovednik
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Center of Musical Antiquities
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
History Museum
Paraskeva Church at the Marketplace
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Sofiyskaya Zvonnitsa Museum
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Veliky Novgorod

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Landmark
Iver Svyatoozersky Monastery Valday
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
History Museum
Dostoevsky Memorial House Museum Staraya Russa
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Muzey Kolokolov Valday
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Landmark
Nicholas Vyazhischsky Convent Vyazhishchi
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Veliky Novgorod

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Church
Tserkov' Spasa na Nereditse
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Church
Peryn skete
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Architectural Building
Church of Theodore Stratilates on the Brook
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Shopping in Veliky Novgorod

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Na Torgu Gallery
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Shopping Mall
Shopping and Entertainment Center Marmelad
4.0
Duration: 4 hours
Gift & Specialty Shop
Manufactures' Store of Alkon Factory
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

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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