Pereslavl Zalessky

Savior's Cathedral, Pereslavl Zalessky

Pereslavl Zalessky (Russian: Переславль Залесский, pe-re-SLAHVL za-LESS-ki) is a city in Yaroslavl Oblast and a part of the Golden Ring route.


The city was founded in 1152 by Prince Yuri Dolgoruky 5 years later than Moscow. In medieval times its fort was besieged and the city was ransacked by Mongols and later on by Polish-Lithuanian armies. Next to the city is Plescheyevo lake, the cradle of Russian Fleet, where young tsar Peter I did his marine military excersises. Besides, the site is a birthplace of Alexander Nevsky.

Get in

Pereslavl Zalessky is located on M8 and R74 highways. Moscow bus station at Schyolkovskaya metro station serves buses to the city and the travel will take 2-3 hours. There are also buses to Yaroslavl and Sergiev Posad. The town is not served by train though. If you're going to the town from the north, you can consider changing to the bus in Yaroslavl or Rostov Veliky (from train) or in Petrovsk from elektrichka.

Get around

Panoramic view of Pereslavl Zalessky

The city is rather small with basic historic attractions in the center and easily explorable by foot. Usually it needs two days to get acquainted with the city.





Kite-surfing in summer.




Go next

Depending on the direction of your journey you could move clockwise/counterclockwise along the Golden Ring cities like Rostov Veliky, Yuryev-Polsky, Yaroslavl or get back to Moscow. All routes are served by bus.

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