Visiting Pskov – Things to do
Pskov is one of the oldest cities in Russia dating back to the year 903. The city used to sit on the border between Russia and Estonia before Russia took full control of the land; reminiscents of its rich history are still scattered throughout the province. And located just SW of St. Petersburg, on the border with Estonia and Latvia, you can easily take a 3-hour train from the big city! Here are my top recommendations to make your trip one to remember.
The Pskov Kremlin, which sits along the Velikaya River, has been called the heart of the city. It was constructed in the 15th century and is currently in the process of being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can walk the grounds freely and even have a picnic next to the river!
Park Kuopio is where you’ll see the locals exercising or just spending time with family and friends. In the summer, you may even find them swimming in the river. I recommend grabbing some ice cream and strolling through the park (it’s hard to find a spot not worthy of a picture). And if you are looking for physical activities, you can rent a bike or scooter and join the locals!
Izborsk is a small village west of Pskov where you’ll find a fortress dating back to the 8th century. Before you reach the fortress, you’ll experience a preserved settlement with historic homes and artifacts. Also, make sure to buy bread before you go so you can feed the swans!
Explore Old Town
If you want to get a fill for the city, I recommend walking through Old Town. You’ll find a bridge crossing the main river which was torn down and reconstructed following World War II, the main university with every city’s infamous Lenin statue, the kremlin of course, and an assortment of small squares and cafes.