What to do and see in Tarusa, Russia: The Best Places and Tips

February 4, 2018 Renato Branum

Tarusa (Russian: Тару́са), also known as Tarussa (Тару́сса), is a town and the administrative center of Tarussky District in Kaluga Oblast, Russia, located on the left bank of the Oka River, 76 kilometers (47 mi) northeast of Kaluga, the administrative center of the oblast. Population: 9,660 (2010 Census); 9,893 (2002 Census); 8,795 (1989 Census).
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1. K. Tsiolkovskiy's House Museum

Tsiolkovskogo St., 79, Kaluga 248000, Russia +7 484 274-61-80
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4.5 based on 173 reviews

K. Tsiolkovskiy's House Museum

Reviewed By fredbloggs110 - A Manchester Man

When in Kaluga there are two things you must see, one is the State Museum of Cosmonauts and the other is the Tsiolkovsky House Museum. Konstantin Tsiolkovsky was the theoretical physicist in the 1920/30's, and his work laid the foundation to all todays space exploration. The house has been preserved as it was when he lived there and its interesting to where such a great man came from. There is a guide to take you around the house if you wish, but only in Russian, however they have English guide notes available for all rooms if needed. A thoroughly good museum and recommended to visit.

2. Monument to Marina Tsvetayeva

River Oka Embankment, Tarusa, Russia
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4.5 based on 62 reviews

Monument to Marina Tsvetayeva

Reviewed By Kuznetsov_Sergey - Moscow, Russia

Таруса - старинный город на берегу Оки. Город Паустовского и Цветаевой, Заболоцкого и Ахмадулиной... Что же привлекало сюда поэтов и художников, что привлекает туда туристов? Живописный высокий берег Оки с видами на противоположный не менее живописный берег. Гулять по набережной - одно удовольствие! Как прекрасна русская природа, вдохновившая и вдохновляющая на стихи, песни и пейзажные картины. Поезжайте в Тарусу, окунитесь в ее спокойствие и своеобразие. Самое достойное место для памятника Марине Цветаевой, конечно же, на набережной Оки. Скульптура выполнена в рост, к ней можно подойти и потрогать.

3. Historical and Architectural and Natural Memorial Estate Linen Plant

Trudovaya St., 1A, Polotnyany Zavod, Russia +7 484 347-43-79
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

Historical and Architectural and Natural Memorial Estate Linen Plant

Reviewed By gentbrugg - Moscow

A very interesting attraction. Long ago here by a personal decree of the Russian Tsar Peter the Kaluga Industrialists built and formed the country's largest plant for the production of sail canvas and paper. During the Russian-French war of 1812 this manor sheltered the headquarters of the Russian army, and specifically its commander M. I. Kutuzov. And later it became the property of the family of Goncharovs, from which came the wife of "chief" of the Russian poetry A. S. Pushkin and he, by the way, have been here many times. And nearby during the second world war was quartered the famous Russian-French squadron "Normandie – Niemen". Unfortunately, the fate of the manor and the whole village turned out to be unenviable. The manor was rebuilt after destruction and turned into a museum-reserve "Goncharovs - Pushkin", however, environmental conditions in this place are extremely poor. Now, besides the paper mill, there are enterprises of chemical industry, and even Sukhodrev river flowing through the village, looks very unpresentable.

4. Kaluga Saint-Tikhonov Hermitage

Sovetskaya st., 19, Lva Tolstogo 249842, Russia +7 484 344-43-11
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5 based on 23 reviews

Kaluga Saint-Tikhonov Hermitage

Reviewed By gentbrugg - Moscow

This is a men's monastery. Formally it was known since the 15th century, since its founding by the recluse Tikhon of Kaluga (also of Medyn). In fact, what appears before your eyes, began to exist recently. Several times the monastery was destroyed - by Tatars, Lithuanians, Germans and Soviet power, when within its walls were located the technical college and even the military unit, and 5 times it again rebelled at this place. Even the old name of the village was changed – now it is named after the great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, who've never been here! He visited Kaluga, other places in this region I have been, but this – never. But in the village, which is called Tikhonova pustyn (Saint Tikhon Hermitage), there are no traces of pustyn itself! The monastery is clearly rich – it has three stately temples (blue, green and yellow – if to distinguish them by color), spring, flower beds, paths, spiritual education center, Sunday school, publishing house, library, hotel, bakery. The relics of St. Tikhon are in blue one - the church of the Assumption.
The place is largely legendary. Written sources about the history of St.Tikhon and the monastery almost did not survive, only word of mouth rumor. But sometimes it is stronger than any destruction.

5. Kaluga Holy Trinity Cathedral

Gorodskoi Park Kultury & Otdykha, 1, Kaluga 248000, Russia +7 484 257-59-10
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5 based on 82 reviews

Kaluga Holy Trinity Cathedral

Reviewed By Aleksander22 - Tallinn

In the middle of the Old Town and in the park of culture and leisure. Recently renovated and with beautiful wall paintings and icons. A really must go whenever you are in Kaluga. And if you are lucky listen to the beautiful sound of the bells ringing!

6. House-Museum of Paustovskiy

Proletarskaya St., 2, Tarusa, Russia +7 484 352-50-70
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5 based on 41 reviews

House-Museum of Paustovskiy

Reviewed By Kuznetsov_Sergey - Moscow, Russia

Известно, что писатель долго жил в Тарусе, здесь есть его дом-музей. Он находится в небольшом деревянном доме, где сохранилась домашняя обстановка тех времен, когда здесь жил писатель. Однако участок рядом с домом превращен в прекрасный сад с большим количеством цветов. Думаю, он выглядит гораздо лучше, чем во времена писателя.

7. The Tsiolkovsky State Museum of Cosmonautics

Akademika Korolyova, 2, Kaluga 248000, Russia +7 484 270-50-25
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4.5 based on 519 reviews

The Tsiolkovsky State Museum of Cosmonautics

Reviewed By IrinaHarbah - Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

many cosmos exhibits, including rockets, ship models, real space machines, space food and so on... great impressions

8. Sergey Zharov Private Museum

ul. Shmidta, 11A, Tarusa 249100, Russia +7 910 600-17-36
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5 based on 33 reviews

Sergey Zharov Private Museum

Reviewed By KievElenochka - Moscow, Russia

Не подумайте, что вся экспозиция музея это старый ржавый металлолом.Наоборот-все экспонаты изготовлены из металлолома. Милые человечки и животные из разных деталей, трогательные балерина и снеговик и много другого. Поражает полет фантазии художника. Он видит необычное в ,казалось бы , обычных вещах. И даже мясорубка стала украшением-экспонатом музей. Нам понравилось. Ребенок показывал пальцем, узнавая детали или знакомые бытовые приборы. Приятным дополнением к экспонатам стали старые фотографии, коллекция утюгов ..и сопровождение самого автора музея-С.Жарова. За что ему отдельное спасибо.

9. Kaluga Park Park of Culture and Leisure

Stary Torg Sq., 4A, Kaluga 248000, Russia +7 484 222-58-60
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4.5 based on 169 reviews

Kaluga Park Park of Culture and Leisure

Reviewed By Aleksander22 - Tallinn

Well kept park in the centre of Kaluga with a nice view over river Oka and the new district. You can even find a tree which is more than 500 years old, another tree that was covered with handicraft and the houses at the square are beautiful, nicely restored and worth seeing and spending some time!

10. Tsvetaevy Family Museum

ul. Rozy Luxemburg, 30, Tarusa, Russia +7 484 352-51-92
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4 based on 72 reviews

Tsvetaevy Family Museum

Reviewed By Kuznetsov_Sergey - Moscow, Russia

Многие из приезжающих в Тарусу туристов делают это в связи с именем Марины Цветаевой. Поэтому они не ограничиваются осмотром посвященного великой поэтессе памятника на набережной, а направляются в дом-музей, где жили родители Марины, и где она тоже провела много времени. Это надо сделать, чтобы почувствовать дух маленького городка, который во многом способствовал творчеству Марины. По музею проводится экскурсия с гидом. В Тарусе еще сохранилось много старых деревянных домов. В этом очарование этого небольшого города. Погуляйте по его улочкам, отдохните от суеты больших городов. Отвлекитесь от заграниц! Там вы такого уже не найдете. А в России еще есть городки, подобные Тарусе...
Вспоминаются строки из стихотворения Заболоцкого, посвященного Тарусе: «Целый день стирает прачка. Муж пошел за водкой. На крыльце сидит собачка с маленькой бородкой…»

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