Vladimir (an old Russian Volodymyr) is a city in
Russia, the administrative center of the Vladimir region and the
city district of Vladimir. In the XII — XIV centuries - the capital
of the Grand Duchy of Vladimir. One of the largest tourist centers
of the European part of Russia. Included in the Golden Ring of
Russia. It is located mainly on the left bank of the Klyazma River,
176 km east of Moscow. Transport hub on the automobile (M7 "Volga")
and railway (Nizhny Novgorod course of Transsib) highways. The area
of the city is 137.014 km². Population - 357,024 people. (2018).
Travel Destinations in Vladimir
Orientation Vladimir is somewhat elongated along the river that
forms its southern boundary. From the north, the city is bounded by
a "semi-circle" road, formerly a part of the M7 highway. Inside the
city, small rivers flow into the Klyazma and form deep valleys that
were used as fortifications.
The inner layout of Vladimir is
fairly simple. The main street runs roughly from west to east close
to the Klyazma River and passes through the historical centre.
Different parts of this street have different names: Московское
шоссе (entry from Moscow) – проспект Ленина – улица Студёная гора –
Дворянская улица – Большая Московская улица – Большая Нижегородская
улица – Добросельская улица (entry from Nizhny Novgorod). Several
major streets branch off to the north, cross the "semi-circle" road
and turn into the roads towards Suzdal and Ivanovo (Суздальское
шоссе) or Yuryev-Polsky (улица Горького). A single street (Муромское
шоссе) also runs to the south, crosses the river and continues
towards Sudogda, Murom, and Gus-Khrustalnyi.
The main sights,
along with a number of hotels and restaurants, are found in the
historical centre, close to Bolshaya Moskovskaya Ulitsa (Большая
Московская улица). If you arrive to Vladimir from Moscow, you enter
this part of the city at the Golden Gate. Moving further to the
east, one leaves the historical centre after passing the Nativity
Monastery and the Hotel Vladimir. The Cathedral Square (Соборная
площадь) is in the middle of this way. The train and bus stations
are found to the east from the historical centre, at the bottom of
Cathedral of the Assumption (Успенский собор), Соборная площадь
(Cathedral Square). It is one of the most historically important
Russian Orthodox Churches. For a short period in the 14th century,
the cathedral was the seat of the Metropolitan, the leader of the
Russian Ortodox Church. The cathedral was built in 1158 with only
one dome. However, the major reconstruction followed already in
1185: four smaller domes were added, and the building was
considerably enlarged in order to resemble St. Sophia's Cathedral in
Kiev. Later on, a similar project was utilized for the cathedral of
the Assumption in Moscow Kremlin. The neghboring bell tower of
eclectic style was built in 1810 to replace the former hip-roof
tower. The interior of the cathedral includes a number of ancient
frescos from the late 12th century (northern wall) and 15th century
(vaults), the latter being painted by Andrei Rublev and Daniil
Chyorny. The cathedral combines church and museum activities.
Services are normally held in the morning and offer free entrance.
opening hours of the museum (Tu-Su 13:00-16:30), the tickets are
Cathedral of St. Demetrius (Дмитриевский собор), Соборная
площадь. This is the other ancient cathedral of Vladimir.
The building was constructed in 1194-97 as an in-house
church of the Prince's court. Galleries linked the cathedral
to the palace, but they were removed during the
reconstruction in the 19th century. St. Demetrius' Cathedral
is now a detached church, a unique monument of ancient
Russian architecture. The bottom part of the walls is flat
(here the galleries were attached), while the upper part is
covered by fine stone carvings. These carvings depict
stories from the life of King David and praise the harmony
of the world. Yet the meaning of some carvings remains
unknown. The cathedral hosts a small museum that presents
enlarged images and detailed explanations for a number of
carvings as well as a small piece of original frescos from
the late 12th century. The
museum is open W-M from 11:00 till 17:00 or 18:00. Don't
forget to have a look from the nearby viewpoint!
Golden Gate (Золотые ворота), Большая Московская ул. (west from
the Cathedral square). Once the entrance to the walled city, the
gate was built in 1158-64. At that time, the city was surrounded by
a rampart with five stone gates. The Golden Gate is the only
remaining part of the complex and the unique monument of ancient
fortifications in Russia. The ramparts were removed in the 19th
century, and the gate was reinforced by four circular bastions at
the buttresses. These bastions strongly changed the appearance of
the gate, so it may be advisable to see the picture of the original
building like in a museum of military history inside the gate. The
remaining part of the rampart is found south from the gate, along
the Kozlov Rampart Street (ул. Козлов вал)
Nativity Monastery (Рождественский монастырь),
Большая Московская ул. 68 (east from the Cathedral square). The
monastery was founded in the end of the 12th century and played
important role for Russian Orthodox Church during the Middle Ages.
None of the ancient buildings survived, but it is worth to see the
stone walls and towers from the 18th century. Though there was no
real threat to Vladimir at that time, the walls imitate
fortifications of ancient Russian monasteries. You will also find a
church and several living houses with fine decorations from the 17th
century. The monastery is a home to the bishop of Vladimir region.
Cathedral of the Assumption (Princess Convent)
(Успенский собор Княгинина монастыря), Княгининская ул. (north from
the Trading Rows). The history of the Princess Convent is traced
back to the 12th century. The central building, the Cathedral of the
Assumption, was built in the beginning of the 13th century. In the
16th century, the cathedral was rebuilt in its present shape (known
as "Moscow style" of church architecture). You can see numerous
kokoshniki below the dome and compare this type of decoration with
the ancient one from St. Demetrius' Cathedral. Note fine frescos
from the 17th century inside the Cathedral.
Church of the Assumption of our Lady
(Богородице-Успенская церковь), Большая Московская ул. 106а (east
from the historical centre). This church built in 1644-49 presents
another example of original Russian architecture. Apart from
kokoshniki, you will find a hip-roof bell tower, a typical feature
of the 17th century-style.
Church of St. Nikita (Никитская церковь),
Княгининская ул., 8 (next to the Princess Convent). This church
was built in baroque style in the middle of the 18th century.
Bright green color and huge building sharply contrast to the
harmony of the ancient white-stone cathedrals. Still, the
decoration of the church is remarkable. At present, the church
is not functioning and houses a restoration workshop.
Church of St. George (Георгиевская церковь),
Георгиевская ул., 6 (cross Bolshaya Moscovskaya st. near the Trading
Rows and head south). Another example of baroque-style architecture.
This church is rather small and looks modest as compared to the
Church of St. Nikita. The nice appearance is supplied by the
neighboring hip-roof bell tower. For a long time, the Church of St.
George housed a concert hall, but now it should start regular
Church of St. Michael the Archangel
(Михаило-Архангельская церковь), ул. Студёная гора, 1a (west from
the Golden Gate). This impressive dark-red church was built in the
end of the 19th century in neo-Byzantine style. It is probably one
of the best (or, at least, most harmonious) representatives of this
style in Russia.
Church of St. Trinity / Red Church
(Троицкая церковь), Дворянская ул., 2 (next to the Golden
Gate). The red-brick church of eclectic style (with an
emphasis on Russian revival, though) from 1913-1916. It
houses a museum of crystal, miniature paintings, and
Church of Our Lady of the Rosary (Костёл св.
Розария Пречистой Девы Марии), ул. Гоголя, 12в (south from the
Golden Gate). This Catholic church from the late 19th century is a
rare example of neo-gothic building in Vladimir region. The church
was constructed for Polish-Lithuanian troop that stayed in Vladimir.
The church works under the supervision of Roman Catholic church.
This lovely place is worth a visit, especially during Catholic
Since the 18th century, Vladimir has been a
provincial city, so its secular buildings are rather small and
modest. Do not expect to see any masterpieces. Still, it is possible
to find a number of nice buildings from different periods and
House of the Assembly of Nobility (Дворянское
собрание), Большая Московская ул., 33 (next to the Cathedral
Square). This building in the empire style from the early 19th
century has once been a cultural centre of Vladimir.
Rows (Торговые ряды), Большая Московская ул., 19 (between the
Cathedral square and the Golden Gate). A very typical building for
Russian architecture of the late 18th – early 19th century. The
Trading Rows in Vladimir follow the general classicism style with an
original project from the late 18th century, although the present
appearance of the building is heavily disrupted by the signboards
Old Pharmacy (Старая аптека),
Георгиевская ул., 3 (close to the Trading Rows and the Church of St.
George). A small lovely building from the late 18th century.
City Bank (Городской банк), Большая Московская ул., 29 (next to the
Cathedral square). The red-and-white neoclassical building from
City Museum (Городской музей), Большая Московская ул.,
64 (east from the Cathedral square). This red-brick building of
Russian-revival (pseudo-Russian) style is now a home to the history
Water tower (Водонапорная башня), ул. Козлов вал (south from the
Golden Gate). The pseudo-Russian style water tower is likely one of
the most impressive and unusual secular buildings in Vladimir. It
was constructed in 1868 as a part of the first water-supply system
and re-built in 1912. It houses an exhibition on the history of
House of the Temperance Association (Народный дом
общества трезвости), ул. Гагарина, 7 (south from the Trading Rows).
A very unusual mix of neoclassical and art nouveau styles. In the
beginning of the 20th century, this house was one of the cultural
centres of Vladimir.
House of Realschule (Реальное училище),
Никитская ул., 1 (next to the Golden Gate). It is an art nouveau
building from 1908 with colored brick and nice decorations. It is
occupied by Vladimir University. Don't get confused by a German
name. During Romanov rule there was a massive influx of Germans and
Austrians to Russia. In fact Russian tsars married almost
exclusively German princesses.
Building College (Строительный
колледж), ул. Дзержинского, 6 (west from the Golden Gate). A rare
example of the building from Stalin's Empire style in Vladimir. The
project is rather regular and dates back to 1950, although a small
tower is certainly an unusual feature that originates from art
nouveau or Russian-revival fashion.
The two important museums of Vladimir are the
Cathedral of the Assumption and the Cathedral of St. Demetrius that
exhibit ancient frescos (see the "Must-see list" above). You can
also visit other museums:
Regional history museum (Областной
исторический музей), Большая Московская ул., 64 (west from the
Cathedral Square). W–M 10:00–16:00 or 17:00. The museum covers the
history of Vladimir region from the very beginning (Stone age) till
the February Revolution of 1917. During the Middle Ages, the history
of the region was tightly bound to the history of Russia itself, so
one can find a lot of information on the Vladimir principality and
the development of north-eastern Russia prior to the Mongol invasion
and along the period of the Mongol yoke.
(музей воинской доблести) (inside the Golden Gate). F–W 10:00–18:00.
The museum presents a number of old weapons and a huge gallery of
military leaders, originating from the Vladimir region. The best
exhibit is a special diorama that depicts the assault of Vladimir by
Batu Khan in 1238. The diorama gives an idea how the ancient city
Exhibition (экспозиция), ул. Козлов вал (inside
the water tower, south from the Golden Gate). Tu–Su 10:00–18:00. The
museum reconstructs the routine life and the atmosphere of Vladimir
from the late 19th century. The exhibition is more or less generic
for any provincial Russian town from this period. Don't miss the
observation platform on the top of the tower!
crystal, lacquered miniature painiting, and embroidery (экспозиция),
Дворянская ул., 2 (inside the Church of St. Trinity, next to the
Golden Gate). W–M 11:00–19:00. The collection of exhibits from
different crafts that were traditionally developed in Vladimir
region. Magnificent crystalware are manufactured in Gus-Hrustalnyi
and neighboring towns. The miniature paintings are hand-made
articles from Mstyora, a small settlement near Vyazniki, while
embroidery is a traditional handicraft of the whole region. If you
do not plan a trip to the destinations specified above, visiting
this museum may be a good option. There is a shop of crystalware as
Art gallery, Большая Московская ул., 58 (Cathedral
square, a long building between the ancient cathedrals). Tu–Su
10:00–16:00 or 17:00. The regular provincial art gallery with a
collection of Russian fine art. The building also houses the
so-called Children's Museum Centre. The centre presents a number of
fascinating historical exhibitions that were specially designed for
Memorial house of Stoletov family (Дом-музей
Столетовых), ул. Столетовых, 3 (eastern part of the historical
centre). F–W 10:00–16:00 or 17:00. The museum reconstructs a typical
merchant house from the 19th century. Stoletov family is well-known
in Russia: Nilokay Stoletov was a military leader, while his
brother, Alexander Stoletov, was a famous physicist. The exhibition
occupies a wing of the house that used to belong to the family.
Planetarium, Большая Московская ул. 66а, ☎ +7 4922 -32-22-90.
Museum of S.D. Vasilisin (Музей С.Д.
Василисина), ул. Завадского, 7 (western part of the city). School
museum of Sergey Vasilisin, a national hero who took part in battles
near Murmansk during World War II.
Monument of the 850th anniversary, Соборная
площадь (Cathedral square). This amusing monument was laid on 1958
(the 850th anniversary of Vladimir) and completed in 1969. It is a
typical example of the "Soviet realism" style. The monument shows
three aspects of Vladimir's history (or three faces of the city): a
warrior with a sword, an architect with a design, and a worker with
a tractor. All together they look quite funny. Don't miss this
Lunacharsky regional drama theater (Областной
драматический театр им. Луначарского), Дворянская ул., 4 (next to
the Golden Gate and the church of St. Trinity), ☎ +7 4922 32-42-58,
+7 4922 32-30-92, +7 4922 32-27-77. Puppet theater (Владимирский
областной театр кукол), ул. Гагарина, 7 (north from the Trading
Rows), ☎ +7 4922 32-31-41, +7 4922 32-36-88, +7 4922 32-42-28.
Evening theater (театр Вечерний), ул. Гагарина, 7 (north from the
Trading Rows), ☎ +7 4922 32-36-88. The evening version of the puppet
theater with real (mainly, comedy) performances. Razgulyai
Folklore Theater (театр фольклора Разгуляй), Добросельская ул., 194a
(extension of Bolshaya Moscovskya St., in the very eastern part of
the city), ☎ +7 4922 21-67-70, +7 4922 31-29-77.
Taneyev regional concert hall (концертный зал им.
Танеева), просп. Ленина, 1 (west from the Golden Gate), ☎ +7 4922
36-63-54, +7 4922 32-74-94.
Kinomax-Burevestnik (Киномакс-Буревестник), просп.
Ленина, 29 (western part of the city), ☎ +7 4922 24-55-78, +7 4922
24-08-61, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 09:15-02:00. 70-230 rubles.
Khudozhestvennyi (Художественный), Большая Московская ул., 13
(in the historical centre), ☎ +7 4922 32-39-64, +7 4922 32-37-77.
The cinema is in the special cinema-house from 1913. Russia
(РусьКино), Суздальский просп., 8 (eastern part of the city, buses
21,22,24,26), ☎ +7 4922 400-004, e-mail: email@example.com.
09:30-01:00. Renovated building, entertainments for children, an
Italian cafe and a bar. 80-200 rubles.
History of Vladimir
Prehistory The first people began to appear in
the territory occupied by the modern city, about 34 thousand years
ago in the Paleolithic era, as evidenced by the discovery on the
right bank of the Rpen river of the Rusanikha site, whose stone
tools are similar to those found in the Sungir site, located in 8 km
east of Rusaniha. In the 6th – 7th centuries, this territory was
settled by the Volga-Finnish tribe Merya. In the 8th — 10th
centuries on the hill where the Assumption Cathedral was later
built, there was a Meryan settlement. In the 9th — 10th centuries,
Slavs, in particular, Krivichi, began to penetrate here.
Dates The year 990 is the chronicle news about the founding by
Prince Vladimir of the city, named after him, on the Klyazma River.
Around 1108 - the construction of the fortress by Vladimir Monomakh.
1157 - the transfer of Andrei Bogolyubsky from Vyshgorod and the
transformation of Vladimir into the capital of North-Eastern Russia;
1176-1212 - the reign of Vsevolod the Big Nest - the heyday of
Vladimir; 1238 - the capture and destruction of the city by the
Mongol-Tatars; 1243 - Prince of Vladimir Yaroslav Vsevolodovich
recognized "the elders of all the prince in the Russian language";
Vladimir becomes the capital of the Russian lands; 1263 - the
death of Prince Alexander Nevsky of Vladimir and the final division
of North-Eastern Russia into independent fiefdoms. The centenary
period of the struggle for the Vladimir Grand Prince's table between
the strongest princes of North-Eastern Russia has begun; 1299 -
transfer of the Russian Metropolitan Department from Kiev to
Vladimir; In 1328 - Metropolitan Peter moved from Vladimir to
Moscow. The struggle between Tver, Suzdal and Moscow for the Great
Vladimir reign; 1360 - Vladimir's transition from Moscow to the
Suzdal-Nizhny Novgorod principality; 1362-1363 - Recognition of
the Suzdal-Nizhny Novgorod prince Dmitry Konstantinovich of the
primacy of rights to Vladimir of Moscow Prince Dmitry Ivanovich. The
final transition of Vladimir in power to the Moscow princes; 1389
- Vladimir was first inherited from Prince Dmitry Donskoy of Moscow
to his son Vasily I; 1395 - transfer of the Vladimir Icon of the
Mother of God to Moscow; 1491 - construction of new urban
fortifications on the city walls; 1609-1614 - the raids on
Vladimir by Polish-Lithuanian troops; 1719 - the formation of the
Vladimir province; 1778 - the formation of the Vladimir province
and governorship; 1861 - construction of the railway station in
Vladimir; 1929 - Vladimir became part of the Ivanovo industrial
region; 1944 - the city became the center of the Vladimir region;
1960 - construction of a permanent bridge over the Klyazma; 1973
- the following districts were formed in the city: Leninsky,
Oktyabrsky, Frunzensky; 1980 - the population reached 300
thousand people; 1987 - construction of a road bypass of the city
as part of the M-7 highway.
Get in Vladimir is halfway between Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod,
so you will be able to get in from both cities. It is also possible
to visit Vladimir during a trip around the Golden Ring.
plane Vladimir Semyazino airport does not have regular passenger
communication. Nearest airports are in Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod,
both receive international flights. From there, you can easily reach
Vladimir by train, by bus, or by car.
By train The main
station is next to the central bus station and close to the historic
From Moscow Four or five suburban trains per day
run to Vladimir from Moscow's Kurskaya Station. The journey takes
2½-3 hr. Buy tickets at the regional (short-distance) train ticket
counter in the right wing of the Kurskaya station (Poezda
Prigorodnogo Napravleniya - Gorkogo). Tickets cost from 320 rubles
one way. There are several daily departures with the earliest at
08:00. The 18:00 express is the quickest of these local trains but
it has limited seats available. It returns from Vladimir at 06:00.
Some super-fast Sapsan trains also call at Vladimir en route
between Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod. The journey takes 1hr 45min and
a seat costs 1400 - 3000 rubles. The 06:45 departure may appeal to
early risers. They use a different section of the same station as
the local trains.
Regular long-distance trains also call at
Vladimir. They are more frequent than the suburban trains but they
are generally not faster. Prices from Moscow range greatly from 500
rubles to around 1000 rubles. They mainly leave from the same
station as the Sapsan high-speed trains but many also leave from
Moscow's Yaroslavsky rail terminal. One or two depart from Moscow's
Kazansky rail terminal.
Heading beyond Moscow, Vladimir is
well connected to many cities including Saint Petersburg and
From Moscow, taking one of the hourly local
trains to Petushki is an alternative. Local trains between Vladimir
and Petushki run 3 times per day. The overall journey is longer
(3½-4 hr) but it may be helpful in case you miss other trains and
the buses are overcrowded.
From Nizhny Novgorod All trains
to Vladimir depart from the main railway station. There is a direct
express local train, which leaves Nizhny Novgorod at 16:10 and
returns from Vladimir at 07:00. The trip takes 3½ hr.
high-speed Sapsan train takes around 2 hr and costs from 1200
rubles. Several long-distance trains from all over the country also
connect Vladimir and Nizhny Novgorod. Price range from 400 ruble to
1000 ruble. The journey takes 3-4 hr.
Ordinary local trains
connect in stages the towns along the Moscow - Nizhny Novgorod
railway (such as Pokrov, Kovrov, Vyazniki, Gorokhovets) to Vladimir.
Unless you are planning to see these towns it is advisable to use
buses, as the local trains are slow and the necessary changes will
make the journey last all day.
By bus Vladimir has two bus
stations: Central bus station is next to the railway station,
close to the historical centre. This station operates bus routes to
every town in Vladimir Oblast as well as many intercity routes (to
Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Ivanovo, Ryazan, etc.) Normally, you have
to buy tickets inside the station. The square near the central bus
station is a hub of private bus routes that are usually operated by
minibuses. Such routes do not have a strict schedule and depart as
soon as the minibus is filled up. You should pay directly to the
driver or to a special person who collects money near the bus. The
private routes serve Moscow, Murom, Gus-Khrustalny, and Ivanovo (via
Suzdal). The last bus to Moscow departs at around 20:00. Local
bus station is near the Central Market (take trolleybus #10 from the
central bus station). This station serves a number of very local bus
routes to nearby villages. You are unlikely to use it.
options of travelling to Vladimir by bus are as follows: From
Moscow: "official" buses depart from the central (intercity) bus
station at Shelkovskaya metro station. There are at least ten buses
per day, either running between Moscow and Vladimir or heading for
further destinations (Kovrov, Ivanovo, Gus-Khrustalny, Murom,
Vyazniki). Basically, it is more convenient to use private buses
that depart from the square near Kursky railway station. Such buses
leave every 30 minutes or even more often. The trip takes at least 3
hours, the price is about 220 rubles. Expect a longer trip during
the weekdays (especially in the evening due to traffic problems near
Moscow) and long queues for the buses during rush hours (like Friday
and Sunday evenings).
From Nizhny Novgorod: buses to Vladimir depart from Kanavino bus
station. There are 8-10 buses per day (either to Moscow or
Vladimir), and the trip takes about 5 hours. From other places:
you will find at least 2 or 3 daily buses to Vladimir from any town
of Vladimir region and from central cities of neighboring regions.
The most frequent connections (every 1-1½ hours) run from Suzdal,
Murom, Gus-Khrustalny, and Ivanovo (via Suzdal).
Vladimir is easibly reachable from Moscow (180 km along the M7
road), Nizhny Novgorod (240 km along the M7 road), Ivanovo (115 km
along the A113 road), and Ryazan (230 km along the R123 and R73
roads, via Tuma and Gus-Khrustalny). In the city, you will find a
lot of space for free parking on side streets and several parking
areas on the main street (Bolshaya Moscovskaya) as well.
around the Vladimir The historical centre is easily explored by
foot, so the regular traveller is unlikely to use the public
transport in Vladimir. Still, there is an extensive network of
trolleybuses, buses, and minibuses (marshrutki), serving the whole
city. The most useful option is the trolleybus #5 that connects the
train station to the historical centre and runs along Bolshaya
Moscovksaya Ulitsa. Normally, you have to pay to the driver or to a
special lady who sits in the bus and collects the money.
Budget Cosiness (Уют), ул. Горького, 52 (north from the
historical centre, take trolleybuses 2 or 8 from the Golden Gate or
#10 from the train station), ☎ +7 4922 -43-21-52. Hostel-type
accommodation (former dormitory) with an inconvenient and
hard-to-find location. Bathrooms are shared, and shower is
additionally charged. Dawn (Заря), ул. Студёная гора, 36а (west
from the Golden Gate), ☎ +7 4922 -32-14-41. Soviet-style
accommodation close to the historical centre. All the rooms are
equipped with WC and toilet. The "renovation" implies the renewal of
the furniture, but the rooms do not look modern anyway (suites are
better though). Breakfast is served in the cafe inside the hotel and
may be included in the price depending on the room quality. The
hotel does not have its own parking, but there is a guarded parking
nearby. Double room (non-renovated/renovated) 1100–1200/1600–1800
rubles. Hotel of Vladimir Training Center (гостиница при ГУП
Владимирский учебный центр), ул. Кирова, 18а (north from the
historical centre, take trolleybuses 7, 8, 14 or 15 from the Golden
gate or trolleybus #10 from the train station), ☎ +7 4922 -23-14-49.
Soviet-style accommodation far from the historical centre. Bathrooms
are private or shared depending on the room quality. No breakfast,
no guarded parking (still, it is possible to leave the car near the
hotel). Double room 1060 rubles. Hotel of the Academy of public
service (гостиница при РАГС), ул. Горького, 59а (north from the
historical centre, take trolleybuses #2,8 from the Golden Gate or
#10 from the train station), ☎ +7 4922 -23-22-27. Soviet-style
accommodation far from the historical centre. Private bathrooms,
poor renovation (if any), no breakfast, no parking. Double room 1100
rubles. Pilgrimage hostel (Паломническая служба Владимирской
епархии), ул. Студёная гора, 1 (west from the Golden Gate), ☎ +7
4922 -36-62-32. Vinyl Hostel (Винил Хостел), ул. Студеная гора,
д. 14, кв.12 (1.5 km from train station by trolleybus #5), ☎ +7 4922
47-46-01, +7 920 944-78-88. European hostel in the centre, shared
rooms with 6, 10 or 12 bunk beds, self-service kitchen. Free Wi-Fi.
From 600 rubles.
Mid-range Vladimir (Владимир), Большая
Московская ул., 74 (east from the Cathedral square), ☎ +7
4922-32-44-47, +7 4922-32-30-42, +7 4922 -32-27-01, e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org. A nice hotel in the heart of the city. The
rooms are freshly renovated and fully equipped. Breakfast is
included, while parking is additionally charged. There is a
restaurant in the ground floor. Laundry and tourist information are
also available. Double room from 2500 rubles; quadruple room 2900.
Golden Ring (Золотое кольцо), ул. Чайковского, 27 (very far from
the historical centre, take trolleybus 8 from the Golden Gate of #10
from the train station), ☎ +7 (4922)-400-800 (reservation), +7
(495)-975-75-34, +7 (4922)-24-88-07 (reception), e-mail:
email@example.com. A huge complex, including the hotel and
entertainments (bars, disco, casino, etc.) The location is very
inconvenient and suits for organized tours rather than for
individual travellers. The rooms are equipped with all the basic
facilities, but the quality is average (suites are more attractive,
as usual). Breakfast is included. Guarded parking is available for
extra price. Additional services (laundry, internet, sport hall) are
also available. Orion (Орион-отель), 2-я Никольская ул., 3
(north from the Golden Gate, close to the historical centre), ☎ +7
4922 42-00-02. A nice mini-hotel in the centre of Vladimir. All the
rooms are modern and fully equipped, breakfast is included.
Additional services (guarded parking, internet in the lobby) are
charged. There is a cafe as well. Double room from 2600 rubles.
Russian Village (Русская деревня), Московское шоссе, 5а (western
part of the city, very far from the historical area: take
trolleybuses #1, 5, 15 from the Golden Gate), ☎ +7 4922 -38-36-90.
Three wooden cottages in the outskirts of Vladimir, close to the
entry from Moscow. A tavern and a restaurant are attached to the
hotel. Rooms are fully equipped. Breakfast is not included, guarded
parking available. Double room about 2000 rubles. Erlangen House
(гостевые комнаты Эрлангенского дома), Большая Нижегородская ул., 25
(east from the historical area (about 10 min walk) and close to the
train station), ☎ +7 4922-32-37-95, +7 4922 -32-45-04. A nice
mini-hotel close to the city centre. Breakfast included, free
parking. Still, no other facilities available. Profkursy
(Профкурсы), Добросельская ул., 217 (eastern part of the city, very
far from the historical area: take trolleybus #1 from the Golden
Gate), ☎ +7 4922 -21-37-60. An old and ugly hotel in the outskirts
of Vladimir (entry from Nizhny Novgorod). The only advantage is the
proximity to Bogolyubovo. No parking.
courtyard (Владимирский дворик), ул. Подбельского, 12 (in the
historical area, south from the Cathedral square), ☎ +7
Budget Blinchiki (Блинчики), Большая Московская ул. 32 (across
the street from the Trading Rows). This small cafe preserves soviet
and pretty much fast-food style. However, the menu is rather
diverse. The pancakes are very tasty and will certainly satisfy your
hunger. Canteen # 2 (Столовая № 2), Вокзальная ул. 15 (west from
the train station). Daily 07:00–19:00. A cheap Soviet-style canteen.
Magic flute (Волшебная флейта), просп. Ленина, 2, ☎ +7 4922
-32-10-09. Mister Hamburger (Мистер Гамбургер), Большая
Московская ул., 15. Daily 10:00–22:00. Local version of McDonald's.
Pasties (Пирожки), Большая Московская ул. 22, ☎ +7 4922
-32-61-66. Daily 08:00–20:00. Potato father (Картофельный папа),
Большая Московская ул. 22а. Daily 10:00–23:00. Fast-food with
potato-based meals. Food court of the Trading Rows, Большая
Московская ул., 19a. The food court (upper floor of the mall) houses
a number of national and international fast-food stands: Sbarro,
Baskin Robbins, Kebab-tun, Tashir-pizza, etc. Supermarket
Valentina (ЦУМ Валентина), Дворянская ул., 10. The food court on the
upper floor includes several fast-food brands (Tashir-pizza, Mister
Hamburger, Vo-Blin, etc.) that work all day long. On the ground
floor, there is a very budget dining hall with more adequate food
(open M-F 11:30-15:30).
Mid-range Shesh Besh (Шеш Беш),
Большая Московская ул., 78 (eastern part of the historical centre).
A stylish restaurant of Azerbaijan cuisine. Don't expect to find a
variety of food (and, especially, vegetarian food) here. Still,
different kinds of meat, either grilled (shashlyk) or chopped
(lulya-kebab), are perfect. Additionally, there is a buffet with a
selection of salads and pickles, spicy eastern-style soups, nice
grilled fish, and home-made tea. It is certainly worth to have lunch
or dinner in this restaurant, unless you are alrealy experienced in
Azerbaijan cuisine. Main dishes: 150–250 rubles. Coffee house Na
Chekhova (кофейня На Чехова), Большая Московская ул., 67 / ул.
Чехова, 2 (eastern part of the historical centre). This is a regular
restaurant rather than a small coffee house despite the name. The
design is stylish, the choice is wide, and the food is excellent. If
you are a gourmet, this coffee house is probably your choice in
Vladimir, because you are unlikely to find more delicious and less
trivial food in a city like this. Moreover, the prices are really
encouraging. Main dishes: 200–350 rubles. Sushi bar Kabuki
(суши-бар Кабуки), ул. Спасская, 1/8 (east from the Golden Gate), ☎
+7 4922 32-38-98. Biblos (Библос), Большая Московская ул., 14, ☎
+7 4922 32-32-69. Vladimir (ресторан Владимир), Большая
Московская ул., 74 (inside the Hotel Vladimir), ☎ +7 4922 32-73-52.
Angel's fate (Доля ангела), Большая Московская ул., 16.
Salmon and Coffee (Лосось и кофе), Большая Московская ул., 19а
(inside the Trading Rows). Sport-bar Corner (Спорт-бар Корнер),
Девическая ул., 3. Labyrinth (Лабиринт), Большая Московская ул.,
8. Old city (Старый город), Большая Московская ул., 41.
Flamingo (Фламинго), Октябрьский просп., 4.
Inside, ул. Батурина, 28 (northern part of the city; take trolleybus
# 7, 8, or 15 from the Golden Gate), ☎ +7 4922 -47-85-55. At the
Golden Gate (У Золотых ворот), Большая Московская ул. 15.
Beer Beer is probably the only local speciality in Vladimir.
Vladimir brewery used to be known for a variety of beer sorts, but
the diversity has been substantially reduced, because the brewery
joined the brand of "live beer" Fifth Ocean (Пятый океан) – a
wheat-free unfiltered beer with a special storage technology that
allows to keep fresh unfiltered beer for rather long time. This beer
is produced in several breweries and distributed all round the
country. In Vladimir, it can be found in SPAR supermarkets.
few filtered lager beers are produced under the general brand
Vladimirskoe (Владимирское). They are not very special, but they are
local and may be thus expected to be fresh.
Velvet (Бархат), просп. Строителей, 20 (north-west from the
historical centre). A huge nightclub with several bars, disco, a
hookah-room, and a strip club. Golden ring (Золотое кольцо), ул.
Чайковского, 27 (north-west from the historical centre). A huge
complex including a number of bars, a casino, a nightclub, bowling,
billiard, and a strip club. Lump sugar (Рафинад), проспект
Ленина, 46 (buses 12, 25, 26, 17 from the historical centre, or 20,
21, 24, 23 from other locations), ☎ +7 4922 45-27-27.
Souvenirs Traditional Russian souvenirs can be
found right on the street next to the Golden Gate. It is also
possible to find icons and other authentic gifts in the nearby St.
Demetrius' Cathedral. Don't miss the shop of local crystalware in
the church of St. Trinity.
Malls Vladimir has several
shopping centres and lots of smaller shops that offer a great
variety of food, drinks, clothes, etc.
Trading Rows (Торговые
ряды), Большая Московская ул., 19a (betwenn the Cathedral square and
the Golden Gate), ☎ +7 4922 45-16-37, +7 4922 45-16-42. Daily
10:00-22:00. This is a huge mall in the very centre of the city.
Here, you will find a number of small shops, boutiques, services as
well as a food court (upper floor) Supermarket Valentina (ЦУМ
Валентина), Дворянская ул., 10 (next to the Golden Gate and the
church of St. Trinity), ☎ +7 4922 42-02-02. M-Sa 09:00-21:00; Su
10:00-20:00. Another mall in the city centre. This shopping centre
is less luxurious as compared to the Trading Rows and houses lots of
useful services, including a huge food supermarket (ground floor)
and a small food court (upper floor) Cruiser (Крейсер), просп.
Ленина, 46 (western part of the city), ☎ +7 4922 45-09-79. M-Sa
10:90-21:00, Su 10:00-19:00. A huge mall with a food supermarket, a
supermarket of electronics, smaller shops, numerous cafes and
Supermarkets SPAR – an international network of
supermarkets. The shops are open daily from 09:00 till 21:00
(sometimes, from 10:00 or till 22:00). Мостостроевская ул. 2 (the
largest one) – south-western part of the city Большая Московская
ул. 19а (inside the Trading Rows) Dobryak (Добряк) – пр. Ленина,
23 (round-the-clock) Magnet (Магнит) – a food supermarket: ул.
Усти на Лабе, 1 (daily 09:00–21:00)
Post office Here are some post offices in the
city centre. The full list of the offices can be found here:
Main office, ул. Подбельского, 2 (a block north from the Cathedral
square), ☎ +7 4922 -32-44-60. Daily 09:00–21:00. Office #1,
просп. Ленина, 9, ☎ +7 4922 -36-63-44. M–Sa 09:00–20:00. Office
#6, Большая Московская ул. 75б, ☎ +7 4922 -32-44-01. M–Sa
09:00–20:00. Office #20, ул. Усти-на-Лабе, 2, ☎ +7 4922
-32-51-98. M–Sa 09:00–20:00. Office #25, Октябрьский просп. 14,
☎ +7 4922 -32-51-98. M–F 08:00–12:00, 13:00–17:00.
access Regional scientific library (Владимирская областная
научная библиотека), ул. Дзержинского, 3 (close to the Golden Gate),
☎ +7 4922 32-32-02. M–Th 10:00–20:00 Sa Su 10:00–18:00. At
Gagarina street (На Гагарина), ул. Гагарина, 1 (next to the Trading
Rows), ☎ +7 4922 -32-64-71. Daily 09:00–21:00. Yellow bug
(Жёлтый жук), Дворянская ул. 10 (third floor of Supermarket
Valentina). M–Sa 09:00–21:00, Su 10:00–20:00. Coffee Bean,
Большая Московская ул. 19а (third floor of the Trading Rows). Free
Wi-Fi. Whiskey-pub (Виски-паб), Большая Московская ул. 19
(inside the Trading Rows), ☎ +7 4922 -32-23-24. Free Wi-Fi.
Milk, просп. Строителей, 20 (inside the Velvet night club). Free