Yelets is a beautiful provincial Russian city which, despite having all the charm of a Golden Ring City and being located just a night train's ride away from Moscow, is still not an established tourist destination. The city offers stunning examples of church architecture and has a rich history - it is both a Historical City of Russia and a City of Military Glory. You could spend a whole weekend in Yelets alone, but it is also possible to combine it with a trip to nearby Zadonsk.
Name in Russian
City and administrative centre of the Yelets District of the Lipetsk Region
On the confluence of the River Bystraya Sosna and River Yelchik
80km west of Lipetsk; 400km south of Moscow
106,377 people (2014)
City of Military Glory; Historical City of Russia
Second Sunday of September