Boat trips Kizhi Island
Located near the middle of Lake Onega, Europe’s second largest lake, is Kizhi Island – home to one of the most unique and enjoyable attractions in Russia. Once the base of a small, thriving settlement, the whole island is now an open-air museum with over 80 historical structures.
Tourists visiting the northern Russian state of Karelia will find that taking a boat trip to Kizhi Island provides an incredible experience. Guests of the Park Inn by Radisson, Petrozavodsk Hotel
are perfectly placed to enjoy a trip to Kizhi Island. The comfortable and friendly hotel is a short trip away from this intriguing location.
A glimpse into the past
Kizhi Island has been home to churches and human settlements from at least the 15th century and for hundreds of years a hardy community existed in the remote location. By the 1950s most of the villages were gone and the government decided to move dozens of historical wooden buildings to the island to be preserved along with the many beautiful old structures Kizhi boasts.
Now these historical buildings form the basis of an open-air museum that draws visitors from around the world. The most spectacular of these structures is Kizhi Pogost, an area dating from the 17th century which contains two churches. These wooden churches, with their intricately designed architecture, are truly breath-taking, a fact that has been recognised with the award of UNESCO World Heritage status.
A unique day out
Taking a boat trip to the historical wooden buildings is like no other journey. The trip takes visitors from natural wonders to evocative buildings whose wooden facades have developed a rich and attractive patina. Kizhi Island should be at the top of the list of must-see attractions for guests enjoying the superior service available at the Park Inn by Radisson, Petrozavodsk Hotel.