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Vologda (Во́логда, VOH-log-dah) is a city in Northwestern Russia.
While Vologda is becoming increasingly popular among Russian local tourists, it is still remaining undeservedly undiscovered by international visitors.
During the Orthodox Christmas and the New Year holidays Vologda acts as the major transit point for crowds going to Veliky Ustyug, Russian Ded Moroz (Farther Frost) residence.
Vologda was firstmentioned under year 1147. It was major transit city before St.Petersburg was founded (1703). 1565-1571 Ivan the Terrible proposed Vologda as the new capital of his domain (instead of Moscow).
By planeVGD airport is not busy at all. There are only 2 flights a week from Vnukovo (Moscow) 8pm and 2 flights return to Vnukovo 8am, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Airport is situated 8 km north from city centre, easily reachable by bus or taxi.
By trainMultiple daily overnight trains to/from Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Arkhangelsk.
Vologda is 470 km to the north by the road from Moscow. It takes 5-7 hours drive to reach the city depending on traffic. Road conditions are generally good for Russia, excluding the total mess with street navigation when passing Yaroslavl. So, using GPS navigator is recommended.
Saint Sophia CathedralConstructed between 1568-70, it's the oldest standing building in Vologda. It no longer functions as a cathedral but rather as a museum with the exquisite frescos as a highlight.
BudgetThere's a nice coffee shop near the Tourist Information centre.
On Mira street (улица Мира), fast food and restaurants are not hard to find.
phone: +7 8172 78-78-25address: ul. Gertsena, 27This business-class hotel is centrally located, easily found while driving, and newly built. Rooms are comfortable, 4 stars are claimed, at least 3 stars are really delivered. Free wi-fi in rooms and lobby.
phone: +7 8172 76-24-36address: ul. Lermontova, 23The most expensive and probably the only deluxe hotel in the city of Vologda