Historical heritage of the Leningrad region – Day 1: Volkhov: an immersion in history

We go to the east of the Leningrad region to the city of Volkhov. On the way we will visit several interesting historical objects, as well as enjoy the local natural beauties.
Historical heritage of the Leningrad region
Travel distance by car: 147 km.Travel distance on foot: 4 km.Visiting: Volkhov, Staraya Ladoga, Shlissel'burg, Kupchino

Trip duration: 3 days

Egor Zhuravlev

Volkswagen Polo Sedan

Дело Вкуса


On the way, you can make a small stop at the Delo Taste restaurant. The interior is far from refined, but cozy. There are dishes of Russian and European cuisine in the menu.

Курганы Вещего Олега

Historic Sites

A little north of the Old Ladoga on the left bank of the Volkhov River there are several hills, which are called Prophetic Oleg's Kurgans. There is a legend that the biggest of them is the tomb of the prince. There are many other legends associated with this place. In addition, tourists can enjoy incredibly picturesque landscapes on the river and nearby areas.

Metallurg Hotel

Old Ladoga castle (Староладожская крепость)


An atmospheric place, everything here is literally soaked in antiquity! It's not for nothing that this place was so beloved by Russian painters! Today, the two fortress towers have been fully restored, and a stroll along the wall will reveal the ruins of ancient buildings and reveal ancient masonry. Ladoga was a major trading hub, as it was the way from the Varangians to the Greeks. And the historical artifacts, preserved from ancient times, can be seen in the archaeological museum.

Старая ладога

Buffets, Russian Restaurants

Time to eat! Next to the ancient fortress there are several cafes, but we chose the "Ancient Ladoga" - inside everything is decorated as in the museum of living history, it was interesting to have lunch sitting at a massive wooden table in a room with a real stove. The menu is small, the kitchen is traditionally Russian, delicious, nourishing!

Никольский Мужской Монастырь


Visiting the village of Staraya Ladoga, you should definitely visit the Old Ladoga Nikolsky Monastery. Although there is no direct evidence of this, but there is a legend that it was founded by Prince Alexander Nevsky immediately after the victory over the Swedes. Thus, despite the fact that the monastery was rebuilt during its history, it is still one of the oldest and most important historical monuments.

Церковь Георгия


Church of Sacred George is one of the most ancient temple structures in territory of Russia, according to the historical data, it was constructed in the pre-Mongol period. It is necessary to examine the church from within, on the vaults fragments of ancient frescos are preserved.



Arriving in the city of Volkhov, we went to dinner. There are not many cafes open in the evening, and we liked "Fairytale". The food is not bad, the kitchen is quite simple, the portions are large. Delicious desserts, I was very pleased with the cheesecake we ordered.

Metallurg Hotel

The day is gradually coming to an end, so now is the time to go on holiday to one of the city hotels. Tomorrow is a very busy and busy day. We plan to visit the city of Tikhvin, and in the evening we will drive to Tosno.