Nizhny Novgorod is the fifth largest city in Russia, ranking after Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, and Yekaterinburg. The city is an important economic, transport and cultural center of the Russian Federation. The city is divided by the river Oka into two major parts: the Upper city on the hilly right side and the Lower city. The Upper city is the old historical part of Nizhny Novgorod, whereas the Lower city is larger, newer and consists of more industrial districts.
Attractions in Nizhny Novgorod include the Kremlin which contains a church, war monument with eternal flame, a reasonable art museum and impressive views along the Volga River. There are also a number of museums, monuments and a large variety of churches and convents.
Things to See & Do
* Nizhny Novgorod art gallery
* The Kremlin
* Pechersky Ascension Monastery
* Museum-house of the writer Maxim Gorky
* Churches and convents
Cruise Season – March - Dec
Currency – Ruble (RUB)
Language – Russian
Land Area – 410.68 km²
Population – 1,250,700 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style.
Time – UTC plus four hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 7
Port Location – The port at Nizhny Novgorod is located on the Volga river.
Travel Links - 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.
The international airport of Nizhny Novgorod (GOJ) is situated in Strigino district what is about 30-40 minutes by taxi from city centre (if there are no traffic jams). The airport is very small. There are several daily flights to Moscow, also there are connections with Baku (Azerbaijan), Frankfurt (Germany), Kaliningrad, Novosibirsk, Surgut, 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.
There are regular state-owned daily bus connections with Moscow (from Kanavinskaya bus station in Nizhny to metro Schelkovskaya in Moscow) but the buses are very slow (it can take up to 10 hours with several stops in all the towns along the road) and rather uncomfortable. There are also faster private daily and overnight buses between Kursky railway terminal in Moscow and Moskovsky railway terminal in Nizhny Novgorod.