Tula region is a great destination both for short weekend trips and leisurely, but eventful vacation in the serenity of Russia’s nature. It is only 180 km from Moscow to Tula and it takes 2 hours to get there by high-speed train. The region is rich with landmarks: Yasnaya Polyana — the birthplace of the great writer Leo Tolstoy, the house and workshop of the artist Vasily Polenov. Here tourists can visit the Bezhin Lea from Turgenev’s books, the first Russian battlefield — Kulikovo Field, and, of course, the world’s largest museum of arms with a multimedia exposition. It also has the world’s largest collection of cold and firearms.
Other famous Tula brands are Tula accordion and gingerbread. The tradition of Tula tea parties with samovars, gingerbread and Belyov pastila has been maintained throughout centuries. Tourists can visit a confectionery factory and make their own gingerbread.
In 2020 Tula celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Tula Kremlin. Must visit places here include the historic centre of Tula with 18-19th century housing. There are cozy cafes and hotels, museums, gift shops, creative city locations and art objects.
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