Coat of arms



Tula is famous for its kremlin and closely associated in the Russian mind with weapons, samovars and pryanik spiced-bread. In addition to this, a trip to Tula should be combined with visiting Tolstoy's estate of Yasnaya Polyana which is located outside the city. You could do both in a single day trip from Moscow, but there is enough to see in Tula to fill a day trip by itself.


Basic facts
Name in Russian Тула
Status City-municipality and administrative centre of the Tula Region
Location On the confluence of the River Tupitsa and River Ula
Distance 670km south of Moscow
Time Zone Moscow Time
Population 490,508 people (2014)
Distance 180km south of Moscow
First Mentioned 1146
Titles/Awards Hero City
City Day Second Saturday in September
Official Website

Top recommendations in Tula

  • Tula Kremlin

    Of course Tula's most famous site is its Kremlin and a trip to the city should start here. Inside the kremlin there is the elegant Dormition Cathedral and the Epiphany Cathedral.

  • Tula State Museum of Weapons

    Learn about Tula's history of weapon production at the Tula State Museum of Weapons which is in the process of relocating to aspecially built helmet-shaped building.

  • Pryanik Museum

    In addition to weapons, Tula is also famous for pryanik gingerbread and for samovars and the city has museums dedicated to both items.