Settled since ancient times, Kirov is one of the oldest cities in Russia. The capital of Kirov Oblast, the city sprawls along the banks of the Vyatka River in the western part of the country. Today, Kirov is a major center for science, commerce, and culture.
From monuments and statues such as the Marshal Konev Monument, buildings like the ornate House of Merchant Bulychev, the beautiful Aleksandrovskiy Cathedral, you can stroll the streets and check out the centuries-old history of the city.
The city is home to a diverse selection of intriguing museums, including the Chocolate History Museum and the Dymkovskaya Toy Museum, along with cultural institutions such as the Vyatka Vasnetsovs' Art Museum and Modern Art Center.
While it's a hub for industry, the city has many green spaces and parks, including the Botanical Garden and Alexander Garden with its iconic gazebo.
The city is home to a fantastic dining scene, with an emphasis on Russian and European cuisine, as well as diverse selections from Asia and the Middle East, among others.
As the regional capital, the city offers a thriving nightlife scene that includes live music, dance clubs, bars, and cocktail lounges, alongside a highly respected theater and performing arts scene.
Due to below freezing temperatures during the winter, most tourists visit the city during the summer months, between May and September, when temperatures hover between 55 and 75 degrees.
Pobedilovo Airport (KVX) is a regional airport just under 14 miles southwest of the downtown, with international connections through Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and other major centers. A bus into the city costs ₽50.
The Kirov-1 station, the main railway station in the city, is on the Trans-Siberia route, connecting the city to other major centers in the region, such as Saint Petersburg, Kazan, and the Black Sea coast.
Kirov is a major transportation hub in the Kirov Oblast region, accessible by a well-maintained network of highways, including Russian route R176 or Vyatka Highway, which runs from Cheboksary to Syktyvkar along the Vyatka River.
The Kirov bus terminal provides intercity service to major centers in Kirov Oblast, including Kazan, Syktyvkar, and Cheboksary, as well as many towns in Kirov Oblast.
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Pervomayskiy Rayon - this district straddles the river, and it's where you will find the landscaped Alexander Garden, Museum of Military Glory, and other attractions.
Spasskaya Street - you'll find a European vibe along this pedestrian mall in the downtown area, home to the Chocolate and Ice Cream, and Vyatka Paleontological Museums, along with shopping and dining options.
Leninskiy Rayon - this neighborhood in the northern part of the city is where you will find the Diorama Museum with its park and lake, along with many other parks and green spaces.
Public transportation comes in the form of buses, trolleys, and marshrutkas or minibuses. Flat fares start at ₽22.
Taxis are plentiful throughout the city. Fares start at ₽75, rising by ₽10.15 for every 0.6 miles.
It is feasible to drive within the city, but car rentals are often in short supply. A compact rental starts at about ₽4,400 per day.
Along with Spasskaya Street, Karla Marksa Street is another downtown street where you will find a number of shopping and entertainment options.
Globus and Produktovaya lavka are two of the major supermarket chains in the city. Milk costs about ₽43 per quart and a dozen eggs comes to around ₽68.
Enjoy Russian and Central European classics in an upscale, elegant dining room at Tsarskoe Selo, where mains start at ₽1,700. You'll relax in the casual atmosphere of a historic building near Spasskaya Street at Pivnoy Dvorik Beer Garden and Restaurant, with a menu of local and international favorites and long beer list. Main dishes start at ₽300.