Tourismwise, Ivanovo is not a very attractive city. Although first mentioned in 1561 the city has nothing left from old times. Currently there is no road bypassing Ivanovo. Therefore, when driving from Suzdal to Kostroma or from Kostroma to Nizhny Novgorod, one has to go through the city. For many years Ivanovo was the center of Russian textile industry where female population noticeably exceeds that of males. Thus, Ivanovo was nicknamed “the city of fiancées”.

Lenin square.

Revolution square.

The Sheremetev Park Hotel - the best in Ivanovo.


The town of Plyos is a much more remarkable place to visit. It is located half way between Ivanovo and Kostroma on the Volga River. One just has to take a short detour from the main road. Plyos is a quiet town of wooden houses, old churches and nice riverfront.

Isaac Levitan, Russia’s most famous landscape artist used to come here to paint on location. The Levitan House Museum displays his works.

The 1699 Assumption Church sits on the hill overlooking the town.

Next to the church is the 1786 administrative building and a bust of Prince Vasily who founded the town in 1410. The bust was installed in 1910 to mark the 500th anniversary of the event.

The 1817 Resurrection Church.

kineshma – кинешма

Kineshma is a relatively old town, first mentioned in chronicles in 1429. It is located on the Volga River 100 km from Ivanovo. In 1609 Kineshma was seized, looted and ruined by Polish and Lithuanian invaders. Nearly all inhabitants were killed. The chapel in the central square was built soon after to commemorate the event.

The Tranquil Wharf floating hotel. Owners call it "a botel".