Chkalov Staircase, Nizhny Novgorod

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Climb to the top of Chkalov Staircase for a view of the Volga River. Built during the Soviet era, the construction of the massive staircase was controversial because of the monumental cost, as well as the use of German prisoners of war as labor. Today, the staircase has become one of the city's most popular landmarks. Take the challenge and climb the 1,500 steps from the waterfront up to Minina Square at the top. It's a long walk, but you'll be rewarded with changing views of the river and the kremlin along the way. Wear comfortable shoes for the trek. Arrange to visit Chkalov Staircase and other attractions in Nizhny Novgorod using our Nizhny Novgorod trip planner.
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  • For me it is not simply a long and twisted staircase named after Stalin's favorite pilot, but a site for a long-distance run. Yes, yes! They organize a race once a year - when they run up and down.....  more »
  • Lovely view of the Volga and most of NN from the top. Careful going down, a little slippy in February. Challenge: take the steps two at a time all the way up! Lung busting  more »

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