Start your day at the Minin and Pozharsky Square that adjoins the Kremlin and pedestrian Pokrovka (Ulitsa Bolshaya Pokrovskaya). A couple of hours exploring these historical sites will pass by very quickly.
As it gets closer to noon, take a walk through Pokrovka, with its old-time mansions and then walk down to Maxim Gorky Square. It’s time for lunch break, and there are many eateries around here, our recommendation is Penthouse Café (2a Ulitsa Malaya Pokrovskaya) — they have a summer terrace on the 5th floor.
Next up, head for the Nizhnevolzhskaya Embankment to see the 1917 Hero boat and the Deer monuments, which is one the city’s signature landarks. Take in the panoramic view over the river as you stand near the Chkalov monument, then go down the staircase, also named after the legendary pilot. Spend some of the afternoon riding the cableway that links Nizhny Novgorod, with the town of Bor across the Volga – this is an absolute must do!
To embrace more of Nizhny Novgorod’s ambiance, come back to the Minin and Pozharsky Square along the historical street Ulitsa Minina, next, take Bus No.1 to the Switzerland (Shveitsariya) Park. Alternatively, you can take Bus No.2 from Sennaya Square: this will also save you some time. Once you’re at the park, don’t forget to hop onto the big ferris wheel to once again enjoy the view of the city from the above.
Now that its evening, it’s time to see one of the acclaimed ballets in the Pushkin National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre (59 Ulitsa Belinskogo), followed by Russian home-made-style dinner at Mamadoma (156 Ulitsa Gorkogo) that serves local comfort food favorites. If you decide to skip the theater and just walk around the gorgeously lit Kremlin, we suggest you stop by the restaurant Expeditsia (1 Ulitsa Rozhdestvenskaya). This ingenious restaurant offers cuisine from the Russian Arctic region. On the menu, you’ll find dishes like fresh frozen Siberian white salmon, grilled deer tongues and wild lingonberry jam.