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Nizhny Novgorod (Russian: Ни́жний Но́вгород) is Russia's fifth largest city, following Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk and Yekaterinburg. It is the economic and cultural center of the vast Volga economic region, and also the administrative center of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast and Volga Federal District. From 1932 to 1990 the city was known as Gorky (Russian: Го́рький), after the writer Maxim Gorky. Following the fall of the Soviet Union, the old name was restored. The climate in the region is humid continental and it is similar to the climate in Moscow, although it gets colder during the winter, which lasts from late November until late March with a permanent snow cover.
Trains are probably the best and the most convenient way to get to Nizhny Novgorod. Most of the Trans-Siberian trains - including the legendary train No.1 between Moscow and Vladivostok and the train from Moscow to Beijing pass via Nizhny Novgorod. Be advised that in the train timetables the old name of the city, Gorky (Russian: Горький), is still used as the destination name instead of Nizhny Novgorod. From Moscow the fastest option is to take Sapsan that will carry you for 3 hours and 55 minutes. The other option is Burevestnik Express which commutes between Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod twice per day with a departure from Moscow's Kursky station at 1400 and at 1655. It will take around 4 and 1/2 hours to get Moskovsky station in Nizhny Novgorod. There are also comfortable overnight trains departing from Moscow's Kazansky station at 2225 and from Kursky station at 2355. Of course it is possible to use other trains going eastward departing from various Moscow's stations. Going by train from Saint Petersburg the night train Volga departs everyday at 1732 and arrives to Nizhny Novgorod at 0850 the next morning. There are also direct train connections with Kazan, Samara, Kirov, Yaroslavl and other cities of the region which are mainly night trains. As well as with Vladivostok, Beijing, Ulaanbaatar, Irkutsk, Astrakhan, Simferopol, Novorossiysk and many other cities.
The international airport of Nizhny Novgorod (GOJ) is situated in Strigino district about 30-40 minutes by taxi from the city center if there are no traffic jams. The airport is very small, but there are several daily flights to Moscow, also there are connections with Baku-Azerbaijan, Frankfurt-Germany, Kaliningrad, Novosibirsk, Surgut, Vienna-Austria), Yekaterinburg and Yerevan-Armenia). Most of the flights are operated by the Russian airlines, but there are also regular flights by Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines. You can get to the airport by taking buses number 11, 20, T-29 or by taxi. The usual price from city center in a taxi will be around 700 roubles — which is approximately 30 USD.
If traveling by car Nizhny Novgorod is situated on the M7/E30 road. The road is not bad and it usually takes about 4 hours to get to Nizhny Novgorod from Moscow. However the traffic jams in the suburbs of Moscow can make the trip take longer. There are regular state-owned daily bus connections with Moscow from Kanavinskaya bus station in Nizhny Novgorod to metro Schelkovskaya in Moscow, but the buses are very slow and it can take up to 10 hours with several stops in all the towns along the road and becomes rather uncomfortable. There are also faster private daily and overnight buses between Kursky railway terminal in Moscow and Moskovsky railway terminal in Nizhny Novgorod.
A state funded development, to be used as a training facility and reserve site for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, will include 5 Olympic Ski Jumps with spectator grandstands, an indoor ski bowl, an indoor skating rink, an aqua park and a Nordic competition cross country ski course, along with a 5-Star hotel and luxury apartments - all linked by an internal retail mall. Wilkinson Eyre Architects has unveiled designs for this new 300,000m² ski jump and sports complex in Russia’s historic city of Nizhny Novgorod.
In Nizhny Novgorod visitors can take a jet fighter flight at Sokol Airbase in a MiG Fighter Jet from the following company:
It makes for a very exciting but expensive experience. The customers can fly themselves under close watch of the pilot. Supersonic flights and stratospheric Edge of Space flights are possible for €12,500 in a MiG-29 Fulcrum flight including transfer from Moscow and all preparations.
Other attractions of interest:
The Kremlin is worth a visit and contains a church, war monument with an eternal flame, an art museum and impressive views along the Volga River.
Museum - House of the writer Maxim Gorky at 19 Semashko Street is a big house with several rooms keeping the atmoshpere of the 1900s.
Museum - Apartment of Andrey Sakharov, the father of the H-bomb and human rights activist is at 214, Prospekt Gagarina. The museum is inside the appartment house.
Russian museum of photography at 9a Piskunova Street.
Museum of Steam Engines - 15 engines constructed before 1950 in various countries, located 200 meters away from the suburb station - Nizhny Novgorod Sortirovochnaya.
Prison Museum (Russian: Nizhegorodsky Ostrog) at 2 Svobody Square was built in 1823-1824 and had many prisoners that were writers and politicians.
History Museum of GAZ - Russian car-producer at 95 Lenina Street. Monday-Friday 08:00-11:30 12:30-16:00.
There are monuments to Valery Chkalov - a test pilot known for his ultra long flight from Moscow to Vancouver via the North Pole. Authors Maxim Gorky and Alexander Pushkin at the entrance to the Theatre of Opera and Ballet and to Prince George and Saint Simon of Suzdal inside the Kremlin.