Uglich is a beautiful historic
medieval town in Yaroslavl Oblast in Russia. Best known as the place
of the mysterious death of Tsar Ivan Tsar, Prince Dmitry (May 15,
1591), Uglich picturesquely nestled on the high bank of the Volga,
which collapses here at an almost right angle. Being one of the
stops of the Volga cruises, the city adapts to the schedule of
ships, throwing all its strength to serve tourists and especially
enlivening for foreign guests. And in between, it is almost no
different from small provincial cities with their unhurried measured
life, taking place against the backdrop of pretty low-rise historic
buildings, including even rare wooden wooden houses in Russia, and
the same chamber, but rather dull Soviet heritage. No, there is one
difference - the Volga! Still rather narrow, but already impressive
with magnificent views of the ancient part of the city, the
surrounding spaces and, oddly enough, the Uglich hydroelectric
Travel Destinations in Uglich
Orientation The Kremlin is located a few minutes walk from the
pier, where cruise ships arrive along with the majority of tourists.
Two main highways of the city, the Yaroslavskaya and Rostovskaya
streets leading to Rostov, Yaroslavsky and Rybinskoe highways, lead
to the Kremlin. The railway station is located about 3 km from the
city center and the Kremlin. Monasteries and Posad churches are
scattered over a small area and are within walking distance.
City information and tourist center, ul.Rostovskaya, 6.
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Of course, the main attraction of Uglich is the Kremlin, although
here this name sounds too solemn: from the old fortifications and
ancient buildings there was only a park with three remarkable
structures, the oldest of which appeared in the XV century. In
Uglich, several churches of the XVII century have been preserved,
the most unusual of which is the three-tatre "Divnaya" church of the
Alekseevsky Monastery. In addition to it, the main attractions of
Uglich include the traditional form, but the very elegant Church of
the Nativity of John the Baptist and the ancient Resurrection
Monastery located next to it, the magnificent ensemble of which
appeared thanks to the builder of the Rostov Kremlin, Ion, which is
felt in the silhouette of the monastery. Quite a few houses of the
18th-19th centuries have been preserved in the historical center,
most of them are concentrated around Uspenskaya Square,
Yaroslavskaya Street and the 9th of January Street. But the main
jewel of the city is the miraculously preserved wooden posad houses
of three centuries ago. Like any rare beast, they hide from
indiscreet glances in the depths of courtyards, invisible from the
streets that were laid after their construction. First of all, these
are the two oldest houses - the Mechovich-Voronin and the
Kazimirovs, but, besides them, there will be more young
representatives of the wooden, wooden-stone and stone houses.
Russian Central Museum of Hydro Energy, ul.
Spasskaya, 33 (center, near the dam), ☎ +7 48532 2-40-66. Opened in
2006, this is one of the most exiting technical museums in Russia.
It has 11 halls at 3 floors filled with interactive exhibition
dedicated to water, electricity, dam building, hydropower, and its
history in Russia. The museum also contains many items of machinery
and equipment, such as hydrogenerators, turbines, gateways etc.
Definitely worth seeing. Entrance 100 RUR, excursion in English
Get in Uglich is located outside of major travel hubs and
routes (and this makes this town more charming). The most suitable
transit point for reaching the town is Moscow, having also the
proximate airports; travel from Saint Petersburg is also possible.
By car Going to Uglich by car is the most convenient
travelling option, particularly if you are familiar with driving in
Russia. Take the M8 highway from Moscow, turn to Sergiev Posad and
continue with the regional P104 road. The total driving distance
from Moscow to Uglich is 240 km.
Another option (especially
for those who are visiting other Golden Ring destinations) is to
take the M8 highway to Rostov Veliky, turning there left to the P153
road. Longer distance is compensated with a great monastery view at
Borisoglebsky (18 km from Rostov Veliky).
Continue driving to
the north from Uglich will bring you to Myshkin (30 km), Rybinsk (72
km), Cherepovets (255 km) and, finally, to Saint Petersburg (800
Expect the lack or absence of bilingual signage
everythere and use satellite navigation if possible.
Bus service to Uglich is relatively frequent and reliable. Most
buses stop at the town's central bus station in the downtown (ul.
Berggolts, 15A). You can reach the town from the following points:
Moscow (from the Central Bus Station at Schelkovskaya metro
station, from Aeroport and VDNKh metro stations) - 2-3 times daily
in business days, up to 7 times daily in weekends. 5 - 5.5 hours,
550 RUR one-way. Yaroslavl (from the Bus Station with a stop at
Yaroslavl Glavny train station) - 1-2 times per hour, 2.5 - 3 hours.
Myshkin - 10 times per day, 1 hour. Rostov Veliky - 1 time per
day (transit from Yaroslavl), 1.5 hours. Rybinsk - 4-5 times per
day, 1 hour 40 min. Tver - 2 times per week (Fridays and
By train Uglich train station is located
approximately 2 km away from the town center. The rail link to
Uglich is a minor and deadlocked one, so do not expect Russia's
usual relative conveniency of travelling by trains: here they are
slow and irregular.
The town has overnight train connections
with Moscow (9 hours) and Saint Petersburg (16 hours). Their
schedule depends on season, so check the options carefully in
advance. A single one-way ticket from Moscow costs 470 RUR (only 3rd
class is available).
Adventurous travellers can also use an
option of travelling from Saint Petersburg through Bologoye - the
midpoint station between Saint Petersburg and Moscow. Trains from
Bologoye proceed to Uglich 3 times a week, a ride takes 9 hours.
There is also a local commuter train going to Uglich from
Kalyazin (daily June–September, 2-3 times a week off-season).
By boat As a riverine historical town, Uglich is included
into the Volga cruise routes. In the summer the pier of Uglich is
quite a busy place supplying the town with new and new portions of
tourists. You can buy a cruise tour and join them, but do not expect
any regular ship connections to use.
Transport around the city There is a city bus network, but, most likely, it
will not come in handy, since all the main attractions of the city
are located near the center. Fare - 12 rubles (2014)
Uglich offers a good variety of places to stay. If you are going
to visit the town in a summer weekend, book your accommodation in
advance. English-speaking staff can be available in more expensive
hotels only (Moskva, Volgskaya Riviera).
Budget Fleur (Флер), Selivanovsky
pereulok, 9, ☎ +7 48532 5-73-83, +7 910 968-11-11, e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Mini-hotel with 12 guest rooms. Single from
1,200 RUR, double from 1,500 RUR. Uspenskaya (Успенская),
Uspenskaya Square, 3, ☎ +7 48532 5-18-70, +7 903 638-34-24, fax: +7
(48532) 2-39-01, e-mail: email@example.com. Very centrally
located (right opposite the entrance to the kremlin) and very
reasonably priced. Single from 900 RUR, double from 1,300 RUR.
Hotel sanatorium "Uglich" DUK (house of scientists and
consultants), Krasnoarmeysky Blvd. 13. ☎ +7 (48532) 5-30-45, +7
(48532) 5-74-58. from 650 rubles per day. It is located 15 minutes
walk from the historical center, but the road along the Volga
embankment along shady alleys is completely burdensome. There are no
canteens and cafes in DUK, however there is a kitchen with dishes,
stove, refrigerator and microwave oven. Five to seven minutes walk
is a modern supermarket. Better places to book. Free wifi. Youth
hostel of Uglich Industrial Pedagogical College, January 9, 42.
firstname.lastname@example.org ☎ +8 (910) 666-82-11, +8 (905) 136-67-00,
+8 ( 910) 971-41-50. from 400 rub. day. The hostel is located in the
historic center of Uglich, not far from Uspenskaya Square, five
steps from the Resurrection Monastery and the Hydropower Museum on
the banks of the Volga. Accommodation is offered for groups of
students, students and all those who are interested in economical
accommodation. There are 30 beds with 4 and 6 bed accommodation with
private facilities on the block, kitchen on the floor, a cozy dining
room in the next college building on the 1st floor, excursion and
transportation services. Hotel "Uglich", Yaroslavskaya Str., 50.
☎ +7 (48532) 5-03-70. 350 rub. single economy room Hotel "sovkovogo"
(soviet style) level. The rooms are not particularly comfortable,
but despite this, the hotel is quite popular with tourists. The
building houses a restaurant "Lada", bowling, billiards, ATM 24
Chayka (Чайка), Zavodskoy proezd, 1A, ☎ +7 48532 5-18-18, fax:
+7 (48532) 5-18-14. A bit out of the town center edit Hotel Moskva (Москва),
ul. Ostrovskogo, 7, ☎ +7 48532 4-14-15. Check-in: 2PM, check-out:
12AM. Run by Intourist Hotel Group, this is one of the best places
to stay in Uglich. Excellent location (the bank of the Volga river,
city center), 2-3 star rooms, a restaurant with a terrace, and a
pool. Bike rental is also available. Single from 2,250 RUR, double
from 2,500 RUR. Winter discounts.
Splurge Volgskaya Riviera
(Волжская Ривьера), Uspenskaya Square, 8, ☎ +7 48532 9-19-00, +7 495
764-77-40. This 4-star hotel is the most comfortable and expensive
in Uglich. It is classically designed and ideally located at the
high Volga bank nearby the kremlin. There are 80 rooms (from
standard to suite), a restaurant, a lobby bar and a SPA center with
a pool. Single from 2,600 RUR, double from 3,120 RUR.