A walk around Tver, the coziest spot between Moscow & St. Petersburg

Being located halfway between Moscow and St. Petersburg, Tver is a popular destination for weekend trips

Tver is located halfway between Moscow and St. Petersburg, which makes this cozy provincial town a popular destination for weekend trips.

This small town, which traces its history back to 1135, offers a rich sightseeing program that includes medieval churches and late 18th-century palaces, as well as wooden houses with unique carved exteriors.

Central Tver resembles St. Petersburg, since the architectural ensembles were designed by famous Russian and Italian architects of the 18th century, who worked in Russia's northern capital at that time. The town's once splendid palaces and estates were designed by Carlo Rossi, Bartolomeo Rastrelli, Vasily Stasov and other leading figures.

Tver is situated on the banks of the Volga river − a strategic location that made it a major trade center in the Middle Ages. Nowadays, cruise boats take travelers from Tver to various destinations, including Uglich, Kostroma and Kazan, which lies over 600 miles away.

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