between Oka and Wolga in Nizhny Novgorod

After getting rid of all the stress and noise we had in Moscow, it was quite a relief to be in a smaller city again. Nizhny Novgorod, population still over one million people, provided a small city center on a hill between the two bigger rivers Wolga and Oka.

First we took a walk along the Wolga, before we had to climb 450 stairs to the upper city. At the top of the stairs there was a monument of Valeriy Charkov, one of the early soviet flying heros. Up there we were right next to the Kremlin, which we visited the other day, and then fell into the pedestrian zone. Seeing more or less the same shops as in Austria and lots of musicians playing on the street…

People were already friendlier as in Moscow and now, when writing these lines in Ekaterinburg, the situation improved even more. Prices were cheaper as well. We had some beers with maybe one of the best views in town, sitting right next to Kremlin and look over the endless vastness of Russia.

On Sunday it was time to leave Nizhny Novgorod, but before that we took a ride with one of russia’s longest cable cars, connecting Nizhny and it’s neighbour city Bor on the other side of the Wolga. Length 3.6km, roundtrip time 25 minutes.