The most recognisable landmark in Nizhny Novgorod is the Kremlin – a red-brick fortress that dates back to the 16th century. While many of its ancient structures have been destroyed, some that still remain are the Archangel Cathedral and the 13 towers that punctuate its wall. You can walk two kilometres along the entire length of the fortified wall to admire them, including the main Dmitrovskaya Tower. The lofty fortification also offers superb views of the city located at the confluence of two rivers, Volga and Oka. Afterwards, you can walk almost 600 steps down the Chkalov Stairs – the longest staircase in Russia. It’s also worth your time to admire the city’s architecture by strolling along the historic streets of Bolshaya Pokrovskaya and Rozhdestvenskaya.
Housed in the former governor’s stately palace, the Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum boasts one of the finest collections of European and Oriental art, including a chronological display of Russian art from the 14th to the 20th centuries. If you’re travelling with kids, the Limpopo Zoo is bound to keep them entertained with a wide variety of animals, including polar bears, giraffes, elephants and tigers. You can also head to the amusement park at the riverside Shveytsatiya Park for fun rides in a picturesque setting.