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.
|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.|
Top recommendations in Suzdal
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).
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.