The 10 Best Things to Do in Smolensk, Russia

November 4, 2017 Alice Mieles

Smolensk (Russian: Смоленск, IPA: [smɐˈlʲɛnsk] ( listen)) is a city and the administrative center of Smolensk Oblast, Russia, located on the Dnieper River, 360 kilometers (220 mi) west-southwest of Moscow. Population: 326,861 (2010 Census); 325,137 (2002 Census); 341,483 (1989 Census).
Restaurants in Smolensk

1. Cathedral of the Assumption (Uspensky Sobor)

Sobornaya Gora St, 5, Smolensk 214000, Russia +7 481 238-07-57
Excellent
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5 based on 513 reviews

Cathedral of the Assumption (Uspensky Sobor)

Reviewed By Frickelbude - Dusseldorf, Germany

Well churches and cathedrals are landmarks of every Russian city, and this one is definitely the nicest and biggest in Smolensk.
Some may say - see one and you've seen them all... May be - but this one, although "same", manages to still pose a difference... Situated on a hill above the wall part lining the river, from its place a view to the walls (where you must go too, if only to just look back) is very worth stopping for and snapping a photo.
And the Cathedral and its stairs still look a bit different from the average worship place, maybe because of the slightly different architecture..
Be prepared that as with all in Smolensk, this one is still being repaired...

2. Central Park of Culture and Rest Lopatinsky Garden

Lenina st., 2a, Smolensk 214008, Russia +7 481 238-36-05
Excellent
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4.5 based on 210 reviews

Central Park of Culture and Rest Lopatinsky Garden

Reviewed By NIKHIL H - Bengaluru, India

I visited here in peak winter season but the experience is different. Natural ponds turn into ice rinks with children skating and opera sets playing in the background . It's like a dream walking around this place. Must visit !

3. Smolensk Fortress

Studencheskaya ul., d. 4, Smolensk 214000, Russia +7 481 238-13-82
Excellent
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4.5 based on 333 reviews

Smolensk Fortress

Reviewed By Abrakadaber - Riga

The fortress is surrounding the whole central part of Smolensk and is a must-see. It has survived until now only partly, but still looks very impressive. There is a good museum in Gromovaya Tower. But if you go to the Eastern part towards Oryol (Eagle) Tower, there is a possibility to climb to the fortress and to walk along its walls. Unfortunately that part is distant from the centre and is not well maintained.

4. Garden Blone

Kommunisticheskaya St., Smolensk, Russia
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4.5 based on 107 reviews

Garden Blone

Reviewed By Zuevy - Moscow

The garden is located in the heart of the city. Shaded, well maintained and cozy. It is nice just to walk or sit to relax. The garden has a few interesting places and cafes.

5. Sculpture Deer

Garden Blonye, Smolensk, Russia
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4.5 based on 128 reviews

Sculpture Deer

Reviewed By Frickelbude - Dusseldorf, Germany

The title says it - this sculpture is brought from Germany, and installed in the Glinka PKIO in the Smolensk center. Higher than a human, it is not easily climbable, but this is not worth anyway if you do not want to be fined :) Still, a nice stop for a photo of it, and of the two small lion sculptures which guard the Deer...
Cannot help it - I was recently in Stuttgart, and this statue really looks similar to the deer on the coat of arms of Stuttgart...
But your kid will probably love it :)

Kommunisticheskaya St., 4, Smolensk 214000, Russia +7 481 238-06-95
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5 based on 63 reviews

Art Gallery at the Smolensk State Museum Reserve

Reviewed By Evesmyth - Kiev, Ukraine

Wonderful paintings and sculptures--the museum seems to go on forever with several floors of paintings. It's extraordinary. The pieces from the Soviet period were fantastic. Be prepared to cover your shoes with plastic to protect the wood floors and give your bags to the cloak check. They don't allow backpacks or large purses into the exhibit.

7. Thunder Tower of the Smolensk Fortress

Oktyabrskoi Revolyutsy St, 3, Smolensk 214000, Russia +7 481 238-41-73
Excellent
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4.5 based on 77 reviews

Thunder Tower of the Smolensk Fortress

Reviewed By Trevor333340 - Wodonga, Australia

This is an amazing town with a Kremlin in the center of it. Kremlin means walled city and there is not just the one in Moscow.

8. Monument to Aleksandr Tvardovskiy and Vasiliy Tyorkin

Lenina St., Smolensk, Russia
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5 based on 47 reviews

Monument to Aleksandr Tvardovskiy and Vasiliy Tyorkin

Reviewed By Moskvichka12 - Moscow, Russia

I don't know who these two men were, apart from the fact that they are local celebrities, but the sculpture is very well created with a lot of life in it. Easily photographable.

9. Smolensk Is Shield of Russia Museum

Smolensk, Smolensk 214000, Russia +7 481 238-41-73
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Smolensk Is Shield of Russia Museum

Reviewed By Moskvichka12 - Moscow, Russia

Excellent museum charting the history of Smolensk and its battles since the creation of the fortress. Located in one of the fortress towers with the chance to go out on a viewing platform and up to the top of the tower. Warning - lots of steps! Great detail, clearly explained. Lots of historical objects and costumes and a superb town model. Has to be seen.

10. S. Konenkov's Sculpture Museum

Mayakovskogo St., 7, Smolensk 214000, Russia +7 481 238-20-29
Excellent
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4.5 based on 41 reviews

S. Konenkov's Sculpture Museum

Reviewed By natavle - Moscow, Russia

Очень понравились Достоевский из черного камня, небольшой Павлов из белого и профессор-врач с внимательно добрыми глазами. Огромный деревянный Маяковский размашисто шагает, как будто сейчас наступит на тебя (наверно, в маленьком помещении такое усиление надвигающейся глыбы). на стенде хронологически этапы биографии и наград (почти 15-летний период жизни вне Родины, когда выехал сопровождать выставку и остался). " этажа, рядом с драмтеатром. Интересно.

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