Even though Moscow is beautiful and you never have to be bored here, it is still nice to get away from the hustle & bustle of the city every now and then. Therefore, we love daytrips, because you get a change to enjoy the beautiful scenery near Moscow. Recently we visited the small town Kolomna, which we can highly recommend you to go.
The city is located about 114 km southeast of Moscow's center, has about 150.000 inhabitants and the main attraction is the beautiful historic old city center.
By car it takes about 2 hours with normal traffic and you can park directly in front of the Kolomna Tower in a paid parking lot. From there, you walk up a small hill and arrive directly in one of the beautiful oldtown streets.
The streets look like out of a picture book, with the beautifully decorated facades and the old wooden houses. Especially worth seeing are the old churches, the city gate "Pyatnitskiye Vorota" and the Kremlin, which was built of red bricks. And don't forget to visit the small museums and shops, where the traditional production methods of various crafts are shown in guided tours.
One of the highlights was a visit to the “Kalachnaya museum". Here you can buy incredibly delicious bread and rolls, which come directly from the oven and are usually still warm. By entering the small bakery, you get the feeling of having travelled 100 years into the past, as even the salesgirl with her costume and the whole shop looks as if nothing changed the past 100 years. From the small sales area you can look straight into the adjacent bakery, where bread is made in a traditional way. Guided tours are offered for this purpose, but unfortunately they are all in Russian. But a visit to the bakery is still worthwhile, the exact address you will see below the article.
There are many other surprising museums and shops. Most of them look quite inconspicuous from the outside, but inside you are always surprised how beautiful the small shops are and most of them will take you on a little time travel as well. Therefore our tip: just go inside and get surprised. Have fun exploring and let us know what is your favourite one.