Aerial view of the ancient city of Kostroma

Kostroma is a river port and a serene spot for weekend getaways on the Volga River.

Kostroma is first mentioned in the chronicles in 1213, but is believed by some historians to have been founded by Moscow Prince Yuri Dolgoruky in 1152, making it just five years younger than Moscow.

Today, Kostroma is a river port, a light-industry center and a serene spot on the Volga River with a population of about 275,000 people. The town is actively developing. In recent years, Kostroma has worked to promote tourism by restoring monuments and public spaces as well as designing new excursion programs and investing in city festivals and cultural events.

Over the past few years more and more visitors have been coming to Kostroma. Although Kostroma is the farthest Golden Ring city from Moscow, some enthusiasts make day trips here from the capital. It’s worth the long journey—this stunningly beautiful city is primarily known for its architecture and folk heritage.

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