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Suzdal

Essentials

  Suzdal is often referred to as an open-air museum due to its beautiful architecture and unspoiled provincial landscapes which are in UNESCO list of world heritage. For this reason it is one of Russia's most well-trodden tourist destinations and a popular day trip from Moscow, all year round. The easiest way to get here is to get a train from Moscow to Vladimir and then a bus from Vladimir. It can easily be combined with a visit to Vladimir.

Suzdal


Basic facts
Name in Russian Суздаль
Status City and administrative centre of the Suzdal District of the Vladimir Region
Location On the River Kamenka
Distance 30km north of Vladimir; 220km north-east of Moscow
Time Zone Moscow Time
Population 10,061 people (2014)
First Mentioned 1024 (or possibly 999)
Founded 990 or 1108
Titles/Awards Golden Ring City, Historical City of Russia
Festivals The Cucumber Festival is held annually in Suzdal in the beginning of June.
Official Website http://www.gorodsuzdal.ru/

Top recommendations in Suzdal

  • Spaso-Yevfimiev Monastery

    Look around the impressive Spaso-Yevfimiev Monastery and its various exhibitions. In addition to this, Suzdal also has two more monasteries (Aleksandrovsky and Vasilievsky) and two more convents (Pokrovsky and Rizopolozhensky).

  • Suzdal Kremlin

    Visit the Suzdal Kremlin where the Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral still stands which is decorated inside with wonderful frescos and a beautiful iconostasis.

  • Museum of Wooden Architecture

    Have a look at the examples of Russian wooden architecture, ranging from churches and houses to banyas and storerooms, at the open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture.