In addition to being a pretty, provincial city which has preserved its regulated city plan from the era of Catherine the Great, Kostroma is especially worth visiting if you have an interest in the Romanovs. It is considered to be the cradle of the House of Romanov as Mikhail Romanov found out that he had been elected the first Romanov tsar when he was residing at the city's Ipatievsky Monastery. On a completely different note, there is also a moose farm just outside the city.
Top recommendations in Kostroma
Go to Susanin Square, Kostroma's main square, to see the fine examples of architecture there and some of the city's most famous statues.
Visit the beautiful Ipatievsky Monastery which has connections with the Romanovs.
Visit the Bogoyavlensko-Anastasiin Convent which holds the reverred Our Lady of St Theodore Icon.
Take a trip to the local Sumarokovo Moose Farm.