It’s real russian winter in Vologda. Snow heaps are man’s height, heaps of snow on the roads, pleasant frost and beautiful wooden houses with carved windows in traditional Russian style. Being constantly in Moscow and spending every holiday abroad is very easy to forget what the real Russia is. Meanwhile it’s super friendly, kind and very beautiful.
Every passerby will help you to find a way if you get lost. People in Vologda really do their best in helping. But never mind that all the helpers have completely different area coordination and could send you for example to Moscow rather than to the hotel you are staying in Vologda. They’re absolutely sure of location of all Vologda streets and try so hard to help. And even if you do believe one of them and go by mistake completely in the opposite direction, you still will be smiling in your heart. Because there is really nothing to be angry about. Anyway it’s even nice to be lost in such a beautiful town. You will have a chance to see something very interesting, to enjoy unbelievable architecture and wander through the unfamiliar streets full of snow. By the way streets in Vologda are very charming: there are a lot of trees around powdered with white fluffy snow, huge temples which seems even bigger with the absolutely white background and frozen Vologda River. The river is the most popular place of entertainment here and people go there with the whole family, someone snowskates, someone cuts an ice-hole, but most of the people prefer something more fun – riding snowtubing. Parents and their children sit in the tube and all together ride from a hill on a high speed right on the river. Meanwhile people tubing are turning in all directions round which makes even more fun for people.
After such activities you can take a bath or even jacuzzi at a local hotel. Vologda is all about that, it’s very old fashioned outside but quite modern inside, which was a very nice surprise for me. Also the prices for everything was very cheap.
Don’t forget about cultural part in Vologda, we have found a local guide in advance over the internet’. It cost us only 1000 rubles for several hours but it was really great experience, our wonderful guide showed us so many interesting things, she even told us that once Russian Tsar Ivan the Terrible wanted to move the Russian capital into Vologda, but there was an accident in the new cathedral construction when a brick fell down from the ceiling so he abandoned this idea because everybody was extremely superstitious back then.
You should definitely visit Vologda Museum of lace (Музей кружева [Muzey krujeva]). This is another example of Vologda hidden secrets. The museum seems quite old and simple outside, but it is so new inside. So it’s not only lace which will surprise you but the museum interior as well. This is kind of thing you don’t expect to see in a small Russian town!
Quite an opposite impression you can get in the Museum of Forgotten Things (Музей забытых вещей [Muzey zabitih veschey]), which is located in an old mansion and has its original exterior and interior. Pretty much everything in the museum is wooden, creaky and interesting with a lot of details so you will want to make several photos for sure.
January and February is the best time for a little adventure in a beautiful small Russian town Vologda. And the good thing is you don’t need much time to enjoy it, 2 days and 1 night is quite enough for nice and quick visit. Beautiful emotions are guaranteed!