Like Moscow Pereslavl-Zalessky was founded by the great Russian Prince Yuri Dolgorukiy in the mid-12th century. Here the Great Prince and Russian Warlord Alexander Nevsky was also born. Most of the memorable places here are related to his name. Tourists never miss the chance to visit the Transfiguration Cathedral, where Alexander was baptized. It is the oldest building from the 12th century, a unique monument from the old ages and a vivid example of the arts of the ancient architects.
Active travel enthusiasts, this is your place!
The biggest fresh water reserve in the European part of Russia is 30 thousand years old!
It is home to many species of fish, including bream, chub, pike, and bleak fish. No fisherman leaves the lake without a full catch. But before you can settle on the lakeside with your fishing rod you will need a special permit. This place appeals to water sports fans as well. Summer is the time for kitesurfing and snowkiting is practiced in winter.
Goritsky Monastery is another obligatory stop on a tourist groups’ itinerary. The main thing worth visiting is the elegant Cathedral of the Assumption.
Not just the monasteries are renown in Pereslavl-Zalessky. The oldest Russian museum-estate "The Little Boat of Peter the Great" is the place where every item is connected with the Great Russian Emperor, who built the famous toy flotilla on Lake Plesheevo.
Another of Pereslavl’s museums features… irons. The Museum of Flat Irons is located in an old two-story mansion. On the second floor you can study exhibits and buy a souvenir on the first floor.
If you travel to Pereslavl-Zalessky in summer, make sure to book your accommodation beforehand, as there are a lot of tourists at this time of year. In the restaurants at Pereslavl-Zalessky you can try any Russian national dish. The fish options especially stand out. The chefs are excellent at preparing the fish from the local lake. Pereslavl’s restaurants are particularly famous for baked and smoked chub. It is cooked according an old recipe, exactly the same way as it was eaten by the Russian tsars. Once you have enjoyed the attractions of Pereslavl-Zalessky, it’s time to explore the surrounding area. Those who like mysteries and magic will enjoy a trip to the Sin’-stone. This is a round stone not far from the city, quite ordinary in appearance. However, it turns blue after a rain and it has a faint glow at night. The stone is never covered with snow in winter, and, as a pagan legend goes, you can make a wish while standing close to it.
If you travel with kids we advise you to visit Vasilevo village, where you will find the Birth of the Fairy Tale Museum. Young visitors will recognize the characters of Russian Fairy Tales, including Kolobok, Masha and the Bear, Baba Yaga and many others..
Tourist groups often travel to the Well of St. Barbara, which is situated ten minutes away from the city. There is a legend that the water from the well has curative powers and helps people who have weak eyesight. All year long in Pereslavl-Zalessky different celebrations and festivals take place. In winter all public sites host New Year’s Eve and Christmas parties. In March the city’s residents and visitors are invited to the Winter’s Farewell Party. If you travel to Pereslavl-Zalessky in June you can attend the Day of the Russian Glory, when enthusiasts reenact different historic events.
Each year on the first Saturday of June the House of Berendei Festival is held especially for tourists. Here you can learn to paint toys or master your blacksmith or pot making skills.
You want a bird’s-eye view of the city? The Aeronautics festival will help your dream come true. In mid-July a host of hot air balloons will take off in an amazing show. Anyone can fly high into the sky and enjoy a majestic view of the city and the lake.
August is marked by the annual Otkrytie Bards’ Festival. Here everything is organized according to the best traditions of the bards, like the crackle of the campfire, and heart-to-heart talks…
Pereslavl-Zalessky is the city of temples and museums, of legends and traditions. It is mysterious and enigmatic, holding many secrets. Come here if you want to immerse yourself in this aura, to look within yourself and find answers to your deepest questions.