Veliky Novgorod: traveling by car

Once the route between the two capitals was called the Sovereign’s Road, and it was not easy to travel along it. On the way, the wanderers had to make many stops in towns and villages. Now most of these settlements are located on the comfortable M-10 highway. Including “Mr. Veliky Novgorod” – a small city with a rich history today. Silent witnesses of the old times have survived to this day: the Kremlin, shopping malls and other attractions, which are described in this material. And the route includes places where it is worth stopping on the way from Moscow.

Day One

From Moscow to Torzhok is about 230 km, but there will be many pleasant reasons to stay on the way. To see all the points on the route, rent a car on OneTwoTrip, the cost of rental per day – from 2900 rubles *.

Car for rent

Moscow oblast

In the Moscow region there are romantic Serednikovo, where the poet Mikhail Lermontov spent time in his youth, cozy Shakhmatovo, where Alexander Blok’s family lived, and the chamber house museum composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky in the Wedge. And next to Serednikovo, the scenery of the cinema city remained Piligrim Porto. You can read more about these locations by the link.

In total, this part of the route will take three to four hours.


From Klin to Tver about 80 km. The road here is narrow, with speed limits, but you can bypass the toll section.

Tver is a small town on the Volga River. There are several sculptures on the picturesque embankment: leaning on the parapet young Alexander Pushkin and nameless lucky fisherman, from whom a fishing rod is sometimes stolen. On the other side of the river you can see Assumption Cathedral and monument to Afanasy Nikitinwho resolutely steps onto the ornate bow of the rook. From the embankment we go to the Cathedral Square and find ourselves in front of The Imperial Travel Palace XVIII century. The elegant yellow building, built in the classical and Baroque styles, is occupied by an art gallery. Not far from the entrance you can find an unusual bust of Karl Marx. Deprived of a neck, he looks like an ancient Greek god. We finish our walk around the city on Radishchev Boulevard, sitting next to monument to Mikhail Krug – the legendary chansonnier of the 1990s, whose name is closely connected with the history of Tver.

Walk: an hour.


From Tver to Torzhok โ€” about 65 km. The road will lead to a provincial town closer to night.

Where to stay:

Torzhok Hotel – from 2500 rubles* per night per person;
Staroyamskaya Hotel and Spa – from 2500 rubles * per night per person.

Day Two


Torzhok was once an important and rich settlement. The name suggests that merchants brought goods from the southern regions here, and they did not leave empty-handed. And today several buildings of a small historical center occupy All-Russian Historical and Ethnographic Museum, whose staff study and preserve the Russian way of life, folklore, traditions, as well as the historical memory of Torzhok. In the restored Novotorzhsky Kremlin there are reenactors who conduct interactive excursions. The best view of the surrounding area opens from the bell tower Borisoglebsky Monastery. In the museum of local lore you can see birch bark letters – unique household notes of the Middle Ages. There are also in the city gold embroidery factorywhere there is a museum and a shop where you can buy modern linen clothes with elaborate embroidery.

Walk with a visit to the factory: two hours.


From Torzhok to Vasilevo approximately 15 km, it is only important not to miss an unexpected turn on the highway towards Moscow, otherwise you will have to make a big detour.

In Vasilevo Tverskoy architect Nikolai Lvov realized his bold ideas. The pearl of the estate has been preserved โ€” a boulder bridge, the monumental arch of which does not correspond to the scale of the reservoir over which it is thrown. The fact is that this ferry was built not so much for transport tasks as for the sake of conducting an architectural experiment. The architect proposed a unique technology: the stones from which the bridge is assembled are fixed in grooves and held under their own weight without a bonding solution. By the way, you may have noticed such an unusual location in the movie “Night Watch”. An open-air museum has been organized on the territory of Vasilevo, where objects of wooden architecture brought from remote corners are collected. There is also a sign: you need to find a giant lime tree near the exit of the estate, climb into the hollow and make a wish.

Walk around the estate and the museum: from two to three hours.

And you can spend another half hour to go to the churchyard nearby and visit the grave of Anna Kern, “the genius of pure beauty” and the muse of Alexander Pushkin.


We return to the highway and after 50 km we arrive in Valdai. The Valdai Bell brand is known to many. In The Bell Museum they talk about how they are made, and give master classes in bell-ringing.

Valdai is located almost in the middle between Moscow and St. Petersburg. Therefore, not far from the post office is installed comic index in the form of a paving stone. One part of it with the inscription “curb” is directed towards St. Petersburg, and the other with the inscription “curb” is directed towards Moscow.

Next point โ€” Iversky Monasteryfounded in the XVII century by Patriarch Nikon in the waters of Lake Valdai. Its high walls offer magnificent views of the lake.

Selvitsky Island, on which the monastery stands, is part of the Valdai National Park. Be sure to go to visit centertake a map and a ticket to one of the routes to breathe in the pine forest, wander along the winding paths and go down to the spring, where even at the end of May there is still snow. The park is well maintained, there are information stands along the routes and there are maps.

Walk: three hours.

Veliky Novgorod

After 140 km we arrive in Veliky Novgorod and stay overnight.

Where to stay:

Hotel Welcome inn – from 2200 rubles* per night per person;
Hotel History – from 2500 rubles * per night per person.

Day Three

The first half of the day will take a sightseeing tour of Veliky Novgorod, which is described in more detail in the article by the link.

And then you can go to one of the largest museums of wooden architecture in Russia Vitoslavlitsy 10 km from the city. There are ancient churches, huts, teremas and even a mill. It is open until 16:00 seven days a week. The inspection will take about an hour.

Then you need to drive 100 km to Staraya Russa. You can get into the past of the city by visiting the reconstruction museum “The manor of the medieval Rushanin”. Here is and house-museum of F. M. Dostoevsky, as well as the building depicted in the works of the writer as Grushenka ‘s house. In water tower an observation deck was organized at the beginning of the XX century.

You can return to Veliky Novgorod on the road around Lake Ilmen.

Day Four

If you managed to leave for Moscow very early, then on the way about Sacrum you can turn to Borovichi and drive 100 km to see the unique wooden train station, and another 30 km to museum-reserve the great Russian commander Alexander Suvorov. However, we must take into account that the road towards Borovichi is bumpy, and this long way will have to be done back to the highway. On the way to Moscow, you can make a stop at italian cheese farm in the village of Mednoye, Tver region. It is held by an Italian who fell in love with a Russian girl, and remained in Russia to produce cheese.

*Prices are valid at the time of publication

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