Nizhny Novgorod can’t be considered a straightforward city when it comes to architecture and atmosphere. Different styles and eras are intertwined in peculiar ways in its historical center, while incompatible compositions and architectural solutions manage to look harmonious together — and that’s what we love about the city. With a little imagination, the streets of Nizhny Novgorod can even take us on a round-the-world tour. Here we can find little pieces of England, Holland and Germany, take a stroll through an alley reminding of Italy and even feel the vibes of LA and Greece.
We start our journey in Kholodny pereulok which brings together several different architectural styles from different centuries. A walk through this street will transport us to both England and Greece at the same time.
A part of Volodarskogo street moves us to Germany. The modern architecture of this part of town brings Berlin or Munich to mind along with cravings for some beers and sausages.
There is an interesting building on Pochtovy syezd, which marks Holland in our journey. Walking down from this street towards Rechnoy Vokzal on a sunny summer day feels like going to the beach somewhere in Portugal or perhaps Croatia.
Plotnichny pereulok has its own unique atmosphere — striking out most as Austria on a rainy day or after a snowstorm.
Historical Pochainskaya street with a closed down wine factory suggests the cozy atmosphere of Sochi streets and makes us dream of the Black Sea on a bright day.
The Gardens of Paris in miniature can be seen from the 5th floor (the food court floor) of Nebo mall on Lyadov Square. In this area, the French influence can be felt not only in the landscaping but in the architecture as well.
Another unusual spot hidden away from a stranger’s eye is Melnichny pereulok. Ancient merchant estates lined up in this street create a spirit of Italy. It feels like a tanned winemaker with a glass of red in his hand is about to show up on his patio any minute and start telling us his life stories.
The Fedorovskogo embankment area by the church becomes a very popular picnic spot in the summer months, similar to New York’s Central Park or British college campuses, where students study in groups on the grass while having sandwiches. This location also has a fantastic view of the Strelka.
On a gloomy autumn day the “Nizhny Novgorod — Bor” fairy crossing turns into a piece of mysterious Scandinavia with views of grey skies, golden crowns of trees and the cold Volga river echoing the nature of the Barents Sea.
We end our round-the-world journey at Grebnoy Canal. Its main part — the city beach — brings us to LA. A popular spot for the young and active crowd, tanned girls jogging and guys working out, just like in Venice beach in LA. If you walk along the water towards the boat station, you will end up in Istanbul. The embankment stretches out between the road and the water for several kilometers, and although it’s not the Sea of Marmara we’re looking at, we still can’t help feeling the Istanbul vibes.