Planning to visit Moscow soon ? This village is something you should definitely visit if you want to see some out of the world architectural objects.
Nikola-Lenivets, a village in the Kaluga Region (220 kilometers south of Moscow), is a combination of modern art objects, a traditional Russian landscape with meadows, rivers and fields. This place have become a modern outdoor museum, while the village itself has been turned into a beautiful artists commune with artists, architects, designers and their families living in picturesque houses.
This village with a rich cultural heritage could have disappeared without a trace, if it were not for a group of Moscow artists, who discovered Nikola-Lenivets and then introduced the place to a broad audience from around the world. Since 2006, Nikola-Lenivets has hosted Arkhstovanie International Landscape Design and Artistic Objects Festival each summer and winter.
Only here you can see a fortress made of cones or a 16-meter tall lighthouse made of impossibly bent elm tree branches. Another interesting object is called the “Wooden Ear”. A panoramic platform inside offers a fantastic opportunity to focus on the contemplation of the surrounding beauty. You can climb almost on each object, touch it with hands, take a picture of the incredible view you get from the top.
Each year Nikola Lenivets attracts thousands of visitors to take part in Archstoyanie festival. Numerous new art objects are made especially for the festival and the guests can also watch the contemporary theater performances and light shows.
Nikola Lenivets doesn’t have any hotels. But if you wish to be close to the nature you can rent a tent and stay here overnight. You can also stay in Kaluga which is 70 km from Nikola-Lenivets.
In total, There are 31 land-art objects on the map of Nikola-Lenivets.
The art park is open 24/7, all year around. Entrance is 200 rubles, unless there is an event or the annual Archstoyanie summer festival is taking place. Tickets for this event are sold separately.
How to Reach:
The best way to get there is by car. It will be taking around 3.5-5 hours. You can also opt for a public transportation. The fastest way is to take the train from Kievsky Railway Station to Maloyaroslavets or Kaluga-1 station, and then get in a taxi (1600 rubles for a one-way ride)
If you have more than one day, then it is possible to see everything on foot. But if you’re pressed for time, we recommend bringing your bike or renting one at the park in order to make sure you see everything there is to see.
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