If you want to learn about real Russia, Yaroslavl is the best choice!
Yaroslavl is a very historical, traditional and typical Russian city, located on the famous Volga river just 280 km to the North-East from Moscow. The direct train route from Moscow is available.
The pearl of the Golden Ring – Yaroslavl attracts thousands of tourists by its picturesque landscapes and amazing landmarks.
Yaroslavl is an ancient city as well as modern one. The historical center of the city located between the rivers Volga and Kotorosl belongs to UNESCO`s world heritage.
Yaroslavl was founded in 1010 by prince Yaroslav the Wise who conquered this place by killing the sacred bear (the totem of the tribes) with a pole-axe.
Yaroslavl developed rapidly because of its favorable location along the Volga trade route. Today it is a large industrial, scientific and cultural centre with the population over 650,000 people, which has an advantageous geographical location and lies some 280 km away from Moscow and some 750 km away from Saint-Petersburg. Automobile tires, diesel engines, synthetic rubber, lacquer paints, industrial machinery and equipment are produced in Yaroslavl.
The Russia`s first professional drama theatre, the first provincial magazine, the first lorry, obtaining the first synthetic rubber in the world – this is Yaroslavl!