30+ best places of interest in Kostroma
The ancient Volga city delights with coziness, nice provincialism and a huge number of interesting places. We tell you where to go for a walk, what to see for free, and which museums to visit to discover wonderful Kostroma.
The Terem of the Snow Maiden
The Terem of Snegurochka was built in 2008. Here all guests, from small to large, feel like in a wonderful Russian fairy tale. Especially amazing is the “Ice Room”, in which everything is made of transparent ice. Why was Kostroma chosen as the residence of Santa Claus’ granddaughter? The fact is that it was on Kostroma land by Alexander Nikolayevich Ostrovsky that the fairy tale “Snegurochka” was invented, and later film director Pavel Kadochnikov shot a film of the same name in Kostroma.
2. Susaninskaya Square
Several centuries ago in the center of the settlement there were buildings of the posad, and since 1619 – the New Town of the Kostroma Kremlin. In 1773 in Kostroma there was a fire, the Kremlin and some houses were burnt down. Later in their place was arranged semicircular Catherine Square, named after the Russian Empress. In 1835 by decree of Tsar Nicholas I it was renamed Susaninskaya. In 1851 on the square was established a monument to the first of the Romanovs – Tsar Mikhail Fedorovich and peasant Ivan Susanin. The monument has not survived, but you can see a memorial sign in its place.
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3. the Ostrovsky gazebo
The white stone pavilion on the high bank of the Volga is one of the most romantic places in Kostroma. Although it bears the name of Aleksandr Nikolayevich Ostrovsky, the gazebo was erected in 1956, 70 years after the writer’s death. According to the notes from Ostrovsky’s diary, there used to be another pavilion, where the author of The Snow Maidenhead liked to come. To the pavilion is convenient to walk along the embankment. You can get by buses and trolleybuses, but the easiest way is to take a bus number 4. Get off at the bus stop “Gornaya Street”.
4. Romanov museum
In the historic part of the city in a beautiful old mansion there is a museum, which was opened more than a hundred years ago – the 300th anniversary of the royal dynasty of the Romanovs. Today its halls hold a rich art collection, including paintings by Golovin, Korovin, Tatlin, Aivazovsky, Repin, Serov and Levitan. You can also see the exhibition of Heraldic Coats of Arms of Kostroma Province.
5. Borschow House
The beautiful classic mansion belonged to Lieutenant General Semen Semenovich Borshchov and was part of the estate near Catherine Square. Emperor Nicholas I and his son Alexander stayed in the house of Borshchov in 1834 together with his tutor – poet Vasily Zhukovsky. Later the mansion was sold by Borshchov’s heir to the merchant Pershushin, who arranged the “London” hotel in the house. In 1870 the building was purchased by the city and rebuilt for the district court. The district court is located here to this day, so tourists can look at the building only from the street.
6. Museum-reserve “Kostroma settlement
In 1955 when a dam for the Gorki hydroelectric power plant was being constructed there were delivered old wooden buildings from the flooded area to the Ipatiev Monastery. Most of the buildings came there from the Kostroma village of Spas Vezhi. In the museum “Kostroma Sloboda” there are open-air samples of folk architecture – wooden churches, peasant houses, bathhouses, barns, and ovines. Inside you can see authentic furniture and household items. Also, the museum has interesting exhibitions devoted to the traditions of Russian tea drinking, wedding ceremonies and pottery.
7. Museum of Folk Arts and Crafts “Petrovskaya toy
This small and cozy museum in an old house is very popular among parents with children. The halls display painted clay toys not only from the village of Petrovskoye near Kostroma, but also from other regions of Russia. Guests enjoy taking part in master classes, where they learn to model and bake funny whistles, cockerels, pitchers and pouts from clay.
8. Red Rows
After a great fire in 1773 in the center of Kostroma a spacious shopping area was set up. The first benches were of wood, but in 1775 stone construction began. By 1783 the square was finally built up. Here worked the Chalky rows, which traded in dry goods. Residents bought goods in the Gingerbread, Bread, Kvass, Livestock, Fish, Meat and Horny rows. There were Green, Butter, Vegetable, Tobacco and Mercury rows. Nowadays Kostroma Red Rows continues to be a boisterous trade, and Kostroma citizens and tourists can buy there food, household items, souvenirs, and much more.
This mansion in pompous late Empire style was built in 1823-1826 under the guidance of architect Peter Ivanovich Fursov at the place of the wooden guardhouse. The building had a guardhouse where soldiers served and those who broke discipline were kept. In 2007 a museum of military history was opened in the Kostroma guardhouse. Its halls display weapons, and exhibitions devoted to different periods of military history of Russia are held.
10. Les Chudodei Museum
This decorative two-storeyed mansion of red brick with carved platbands and a figured roof is lovingly called a “fairy tale house” by the residents of Kostroma. Tourists are welcomed by several thematic halls: “Pantry of Nature”, “World of Forest Tales” and “Magic of Natural Materials and Metal”. The museum has a permanent exhibition “Jewelry Wonders”. Guests are shown beautiful crafts from wood, roots, twigs, birch bark and metal, as well as a master class on making elegant beetles from willow twigs.
11. Fireplace Fireplace
The tall building on Susaninskaya Square in the center of Kostroma was erected in 1824-1825 according to the design of architect Peter Ivanovich Fursov. Kostroma’s kalancha is a fine example of Russian classicism. In 1834 the city was visited by Nicholas I. The emperor expressed his admiration for the building, and after that for many years it was considered as the most beautiful fireplace in Russia. Until the beginning of the 21st century the old fireplace was used as intended, but in 2005 the building was given to the Kostroma Museum-Reserve. Now there is a museum of fire architecture.
12. the Ipatiev Monastery
The exact date of foundation of the Orthodox monastery is unknown. The first written mention of the monastery dates back to 1432. Mikhail Romanov, the ancestor of the tsarist dynasty, was elected here in 1613. In 1919 the monastery was closed and its property was nationalized. In 2005, the monastery was returned to the church. In the monastery there are more than 50 historical buildings. The central place is occupied by the large Trinity Cathedral. People come here to see the five-tiered gilded iconostasis and the wall paintings done by the famous Russian isographer Guriy Nikitin.
13. The Church of the Resurrection on the Debra
One of the most beautiful churches of Kostroma was built in 1654 instead of two wooden churches. It served the faithful until 1930. During the anti-religious campaign of the Soviet authorities, the church was closed, and the building was given to the dormitory of the port loaders. Then in the former church was arranged warehouse, a work canteen, and in the 1950s was given for housing. Virtually nothing remained of the old church. Restoration of the architectural monument began in 1980s: a refectory and a bell tower were built. In 2010, the church was fully restored and given to the orthodox church. Now services are conducted there.
14. Zero meridian
The historical part of Kostroma has a radial-ring plan, so the center marks the “zero meridian”. On the sidewalk of Susaninskaya square there is an eight-pointed star, a rose of the winds, from which radial streets of Kostroma diverge to the sides. This unusual sight is very popular. The zero meridian of Kostroma is constantly visited by tourists, who come to take memorable pictures.
15. Monument to Yury Dolgoruky
Monument to the son of Vladimir Monomakh – Yury Dolgorukiy appeared in Kostroma in 2003. The figure of a sitting prince on a wide bench looks impressive. The founder of Kostroma stretched out his right hand forward, and with his left hand he holds a sword, which is shaped like a wide cross and is crowned with a crown. Alexius II, Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, is related to the history of the monument. In 2002 he visited Kostroma and brought from Kiev-Pechersk Lavra a capsule with some soil from the grave of Yuri Dolgorukiy. After that a memorial stone was laid and later a bronze monument 4,5 m high and weighing more than 4 tons was installed.
What else to see in Kostroma
The Volga city is not large in size, but it has enough interesting places, museums and monuments. Let us list a few more sights that are worth seeing in Kostroma.
- 16. Memorial to war dead
- 17. Cheese Exchange
- 18. Museum of flax and birch bark
- 19. monastery of the Epiphany Anastasis
- 20. Monument to the dog on Susaninskaya Square
- 21. Obelisk of the Moscow gates
- 22. Monument stone at the site of the founding of the city
- 23. Museum of theater costume
- 24. Arboretum
- 25. Museum of Nature of the Kostroma Region
- 26. Museum “Fairyland Snegurochka
- 27. Moose farm
- 28. Planetarium
- 30. Zoo
- 31. Monument to Ostrovsky
Tales of Russian Silver
The enterprise in the Kostroma region creates silverware collections inspired by Russian folk tales and bylinae. The uniqueness of the production lies in its adherence to one direction. Here products are made exclusively on one theme, for years creating a single large collection – Tales of Russian Silver. There is a showroom and excursions to the production.
Popular questions and answers
Moscow and Kostroma are separated by 378 km. Tourists who travel in their own cars go by Yaroslavskoe highway, the road takes about 4 hours. By fast Lastochka train you’ll get there in 4 hours, and by long-distance trains in 6 hours. By bus you will spend 7 hours.
A one-day bus trip with a guide from Moscow costs from 2990 rubles. To see more sights, you can buy a two-day tour. Tourists come to Kostroma by rail and stay overnight in a 3* hotel. Prices for such trips start from 7510 rubles per person.
On Pushkin card you may go to the Museum of Nature, to the evening tour of the main exposition of the Romanov Museum, to the city tours “The History of Kostroma in 60 minutes”, “A comprehensive tour of the Guardhouse building”, “Nightlife of old Kostroma”, “Kostroma reserved”, “Bus sightseeing tour of Kostroma”.
How to get there
Airport “Sokerkino” is located 5 km from Kostroma. From there you can get to the city by public transport and cab. There are not many flights to Kostroma, but the geography of flights includes Murmansk, Kaliningrad, Sochi, Anapa, Chelyabinsk, St. Petersburg and Simferopol. Airport website: kostroma-avia.ru
In Kostroma there is a good railway station, here regularly arrive trains from Moscow, St. Petersburg, as well as transit trains of long-distance travel. There are trolleybus № 2 from the station to the city center. You can take a train to Yaroslavl and from there to Kostroma by bus. Website of the railway station: kostroma.dzvr.ru
In Kostroma there is an intercity bus station. There come buses from Moscow, Yaroslavl, Ivanovo, Vladimir, Vologda. Website of the station: av-kostroma.ru
To love Kostroma: 30 best places
Thanks to A.N. Ostrovsky’s fairy tale, a small town on the Volga became known as the home of Snegurochka. We tell you about the famous and not banal sights of Kostroma, seeing which, you will easily fall in love with this Volga city!
Kostroma appeared in the 12th century at the will of the founder of Moscow, Yury Dolgoruky. For a long time, the fortified outpost protected the northeastern outskirts of Russia.
The cozy little town on the Volga is associated not only with Snegurochka. It is known as the cradle of the House of Romanov and birthplace of Ivan Susanin. It’s not hard to fall in love with Kostroma! Admire ancient churches and monasteries, visit the only moose farm in our country and marvel at the art of Russian carpenters at the Museum of Wooden Architecture.
Start your acquaintance with Kostroma’s sights from the town’s main square! It was laid out in the 1780s according to the regular plan, which appeared in Kostroma after the town planning reforms of Catherine the Great. The people of Kostroma themselves call the old square affectionately “Skovorodka”.
Around the heart of the city are some historical monuments: the building of the guardroom, a high fireplace, a classic Borshchov’s mansion, and representative office seats. Here is a monument to the most famous resident of Kaluga lands – Ivan Susanin.
Susanin Square in Kostroma
The elegant rotunda on the bank of the Volga River is one of the main attractions of Kostroma and the city’s calling card. It seems very old, but in fact, the stone white arbor was built in 1956. From the slope there is an excellent view of the valley of the Volga!
The architectural style of the building fully complies with the traditions of the XIX century. Gazebos with columns and a rounded roof adorned many noble estates in Russia. Near this monument and on the embankment of the Volga river scenes for the famous movie “Cruel Romance” were shot.
Ostrovsky himself has nothing to do with this arbor – it was built in 1956. The rumor is that the writer liked to stop nearby and came here to look at the Volga. Photo: mobinovyc / pixabay.com.
Anastasia Monastery of the Epiphany
The active female monastery was founded in the 16th century by the first wife of the Russian Tsar John IV the Terrible. The cloister is active. Look at the beautiful golden domes of the Epiphany Cathedral and the high bell tower. If you want to get inside, respect Christian traditions – women should be in a skirt or dress and with their heads covered.
Anastasia Monastery of the Epiphany. Photo: Slav Yakounin / wikimedia.org / CC BY-SA 4.0.
The majestic men’s monastery is a landmark of Kostroma. The monastery was founded in the first half of the 14th century and played a major role in the ascension of the Romanov dynasty to the throne. On the clean, well-maintained territory there are old buildings: the temple of the XVI century with paintings on the walls, the belfry and the Romanovs’ chambers.
Admission to the Trinity Cathedral is free. The ticket to the Church historical and archeological museum costs 150 rubles. It is also necessary to pay the same for a photo session in the museum.
The Ipatiev Monastery of the Holy Trinity. Photo: Sachkv / wikimedia.org / CC BY-SA 4.0
An old symbol of the city, about which in 1834 the Russian Tsar Nicholas I said: “Not even I have one like it in St. Petersburg!” Now in the tall building on Simanovsky Street there is a museum of fire fighting.
The halls contain interesting historical exhibits, such as old photographs of the streets of Kostroma, a hand pump of the 19th century, and a banner, sewn for the 100th anniversary of fire protection of Kostroma. Come and admire the fire-tower in the evening, it is beautifully illuminated!
The fire-shelter has always been used for its intended purpose. Recently it was even used by the regional fire department, and in 2005 the building was given to the Kostroma Museum-Reserve.
Museum of flax and birch bark
Kostroma region is an acknowledged kingdom of flax. A small private museum tells you about the technologies of linen and birch bark production. You will see neat bowls, baskets and dishes, linen tablecloths and clothes, which were brought here from ethnographic expeditions. In the museum store you can buy nice souvenirs from linen and birch bark. Admission for adults is 100 rubles and for children 50 rubles.
Popular tours in Kostroma:
The Terem of Snegurochka
If you come to Kostroma with children, be sure to see this attraction! The child will be delighted by the interactive program and fun sociable presenters. A tour around the Terem for adults costs 220 rubles, entrance to the Ice Room – 300 rubles. Tickets for children cost 150 rubles each. Terem is located in the city center, in the courtyard of the hotel “Snegurochka.
Terem Snegurochka in Kostroma. Photo: Dmitry Sazanov / wikimedia.org / CC BY-SA 4.0.
Take a look at the old trading rows in the very center of Kostroma. The picturesque complex was built in the 19th century and is still in use for its intended purpose.
Chebureks, cheese, beautiful linen goods, clothes, and shoes are sold there. Most stores and stalls are open until 6 pm. Come and drink freshly brewed coffee and buy Kostroma souvenirs! In front of the entrance to the rows, next to the wonderful Church of the Savior, you can walk on the paving stones.
The Church of the All-Merciful Savior in the Rows. Photo: Discoverynn / wikimedia.org / CC BY-SA 4.0.
If you want to enjoy the taste of fresh cheese, check out Pavilion 53 of the Great Flour Rows. The first cheese factory appeared there in the end of the XIX century and soon Kostroma was called a cheese capital of Russia. Nowadays there are 11 large cheese factories working in the region. A cheese exchange is a fair where you can taste and buy tasty Kostroma cheeses.
Church of the Resurrection on the Debra
The history of the construction of the church is very unusual. Kostroma merchant Kirill Isakov traded paint with the English. One day he found gold in a barrel with the goods. This money was used to build a beautiful suburban church.
The bright, ornate church of the 17th century is a place that lovers of Russian architecture love in Kostroma. The temple is decorated with intricate brick patterns and looks very festive outside and inside. Entrance to the church is free.
Entrance to the church, photo 1910. Photo: Sergey Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorsky.
A picturesque building with columns is one of Kostroma’s old landmarks. The city guardroom appeared on the central square of the town in 1826. In this magnificent classical building soldiers served their sentences, but only noble officers.
Today, inside the brig is open military museum, which displays ancient weapons, personal belongings of the participants of the battles and maps of military campaigns. The ticket for an adult costs 250 rubles.
Museum of Wooden Architecture
The open-air exposition is located on the bank of the Igumenka River, next to the famous Ipatiev Monastery. All the buildings are perfectly blended into the local landscape and captivate by their simplicity and sincerity.
In the historical village you can not only enjoy the views, but also learn about the ancient construction, life of different estates, shoot a real bow and easily stroke the local cats. Entrance to the museum costs 150 rubles for adults.
Church of Demetrius of Thessaloniki on the territory of the museum. Photo: Belliy / wikimedia.org / CC BY-SA 4.0.
The luxurious classic mansion looks more like a palace. The house of the Senator and Lieutenant-General Sergey Borshchov appeared in Kostroma in the first half of the 19th century. Its representative facade with austere columns and portico played an essential role in the city development and became a real decoration of the central square of Kostroma. Nowadays the Kostroma court holds its sessions in the old mansion.
House of Borshchov. Photo: g0d4ather / flickr.com / CC BY-NC 2.0.
In 1913, when all of Russia celebrated three centuries of the Romanov dynasty, a special museum was opened in Kostroma. The picturesque Russian-style palace building is one of Kostroma’s most beautiful sights.
Visit the halls of the museum and learn about the history and traditions of the royal family, the Time of Troubles, the Godunov family and the life of the Kostroma boyars and noblemen! The ticket to the permanent exhibition “Three Centuries of Art” costs 120 rubles, and to the exhibition “Kostroma boyarship” – 80 rubles.
Hall of the artist Chestnyakov in the Romanov Museum. Photo: Mrkhlopov / wikimedia.org / CC BY-SA 4.0.
Museum of folk crafts “Petrovskaya toy
There is an interesting museum on Erohova Street, with thousands of dark clay toys in a small room. A very homely and warm collection!
Along with the tour, visitors have a fun master class in modeling clay whistles. Admission is 100 rubles for adults and 50 rubles for children over 5 years old.
Clay toys in the museum. Photo: guldfisken / wikimedia.org / CC BY 2.0.
Museum “Les Chudodei”.
An entertaining attraction in Kostroma for children is dedicated to the forest inhabitants and fairy tales about the forest. Beautiful interesting museum occupies two floors and pleases with unusual compositions and friendly guides.
During master classes, visitors of all ages are taught to make beetles from willow twigs. Cute, heartwarming and informative! The ticket costs 150 rubles for adults and 100 rubles for children.
Also at the Museum of Wooden Architecture there is an exposition “Tridevyatoe Tsarstvo” – devoted to the characters of Russian fairy tales. In the photo – Baba Yaga’s hut. Photo: mobinovyc / pixabay.com.
Memorial to those killed in the war
An impressive monument to those who gave their lives during the Great Patriotic War is located on Peace Square. The sculptural group on a granite pedestal is surrounded by sprawling green fir trees. The memorial is dedicated to the thousands of Kostroma residents who did not return home during the war.
Not every city can boast its own zoo. If you are tired of architectural monuments, enjoy the animals. The zoo in the western part of Berendeyevka Park was created in 2010, and today it contains 35 species of animals and birds. The ticket costs 200 rubles for adults and 100 rubles for children. Children under 3 years old are allowed to visit the zoo for free.
Picturesque park park “Berendeyevka”. Photo: Miller Natalia / wikimedia.org / CC BY-SA 4.0.
One of the places where it is interesting to go in Kostroma with children is on Gornaya Street. The Kostroma Planetarium offers more than 100 audiovisual programs on astronomy, physics, astronautics and geography. All for visitors to learn more about the world around them. The ticket for a fulldome program costs 150 rubles.
On the outskirts of Kostroma, we advise to see a unique farm with domesticated elks. It is located in the village Sumarokovo 20 km from the city. The reserve for domestication of wild animals was created in 1963. Tourists are shown moose in their natural habitat, allowed to stroke and feed large animals. Come to the farm from May to September and you will be treated to delicious and nutritious moose milk! The ticket with a tour costs 150 rubles.
Moose on a farm. Photo: ssubbotin / flickr.com / CC0 1.0.
Non-trivial attractions in Kostroma
Monument to a dog . Cute monument on Susaninskaya Square in Kostroma, which all tourists come to see. Near the paws of the dog Bobka you can see a piggy bank. Dip a coin into the slot, and your money will go to the maintenance of Kostroma animal shelters!
Meridian Zero . The historical center of the city has a radial-semiannular layout. The meridian marker on Susaninskaya square is the point where the streets of Kostroma spread out like sunbeams.
A memorial stone on the site of the founding of the city. A massive stone commemorating the founding of Kostroma stands at the intersection of Ostrovskaya and Pyatnitskaya Streets.
Obelisk of Moscow outpost . Two quadrangular obelisks greet everyone who arrives in Kostroma from the Volga. The front entrance to the town was decorated in 1823, designed by the provincial architect P. I. Fursov.
Monument to Yury Dolgoruky. The expressive monument to the founder of Moscow and Kostroma stands on Voskresenskaya Street. The monument is 4.5 m high and weighs 4 tons.
Museum of Nature of the Kostroma Region . The two-storey mansion contains exhibits that tell about animals and plants of the region. A full ticket costs 150 rubles and a discount ticket costs 100 rubles.
Museum “Fairyland Snegurochka” . Not every city has a museum dedicated to the heroine of a magical fairy tale, but in Kostroma – please! The entrance ticket costs 70 rubles.
Museum of theatrical costumes . In the museum halls are exhibited colorful costumes for performances for adults and children, which were used by the actors of the Kostroma Drama Theater. The entrance for adults is 100 rubles, for children under 16 years old – free of charge.
Monument to A. N. Ostrovsky. Go to Prospekt Mira and take a photo in front of the monument to the author of the favorite fairy tale about Snow Maiden!
Arboretum . Wonderful oasis of wildlife occupies 30 hectares. Walk around the picturesque park and admire the coniferous trees, sharp-leaved maples and English oaks.