What to do and see in Kaluga, Russia: The Best Places and Tips

December 2, 2017 Florencio Paulino

Kaluga (Russian: Калуга, IPA: [kɐˈluɡə]) is a city and the administrative center of Kaluga Oblast, Russia, located on the Oka River 150 kilometers (93 mi) southwest of Moscow. Population: 324,698 (2010 Census); 334,751 (2002 Census); 311,319 (1989 Census).
Restaurants in Kaluga

1. K. Tsiolkovskiy's House Museum

Tsiolkovskogo St., 79, Kaluga 248000, Russia +7 484 274-61-80
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4.5 based on 173 reviews

K. Tsiolkovskiy's House Museum

Reviewed By fredbloggs110 - A Manchester Man

When in Kaluga there are two things you must see, one is the State Museum of Cosmonauts and the other is the Tsiolkovsky House Museum. Konstantin Tsiolkovsky was the theoretical physicist in the 1920/30's, and his work laid the foundation to all todays space exploration. The house has been preserved as it was when he lived there and its interesting to where such a great man came from. There is a guide to take you around the house if you wish, but only in Russian, however they have English guide notes available for all rooms if needed. A thoroughly good museum and recommended to visit.

2. Kaluga Holy Trinity Cathedral

Gorodskoi Park Kultury & Otdykha, 1, Kaluga 248000, Russia +7 484 257-59-10
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5 based on 82 reviews

Kaluga Holy Trinity Cathedral

Reviewed By Aleksander22 - Tallinn

In the middle of the Old Town and in the park of culture and leisure. Recently renovated and with beautiful wall paintings and icons. A really must go whenever you are in Kaluga. And if you are lucky listen to the beautiful sound of the bells ringing!

3. The Tsiolkovsky State Museum of Cosmonautics

Akademika Korolyova, 2, Kaluga 248000, Russia +7 484 270-50-25
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4.5 based on 519 reviews

The Tsiolkovsky State Museum of Cosmonautics

Reviewed By IrinaHarbah - Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

many cosmos exhibits, including rockets, ship models, real space machines, space food and so on... great impressions

4. Kaluga Park Park of Culture and Leisure

Stary Torg Sq., 4A, Kaluga 248000, Russia +7 484 222-58-60
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4.5 based on 169 reviews

Kaluga Park Park of Culture and Leisure

Reviewed By Aleksander22 - Tallinn

Well kept park in the centre of Kaluga with a nice view over river Oka and the new district. You can even find a tree which is more than 500 years old, another tree that was covered with handicraft and the houses at the square are beautiful, nicely restored and worth seeing and spending some time!

Akademika Korolyova, 2, Kaluga 248000, Russia +7 484 274-97-07
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4.5 based on 123 reviews

Planetarium

Reviewed By Sasha Z - Toronto, Canada

For anyone who is interested in cosmos. Go with an open mind and have fun! I've been here as a child on a school trip before and loved it, once I returned as a college student I still found it fascinating

6. Kaluga Regional Museum of Local Lore

Pushkina, 14, Kaluga 248000, Russia +7 484 272-16-32
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4.5 based on 83 reviews

Kaluga Regional Museum of Local Lore

Reviewed By Nickolas-Ural - Voronezh, Russia

Музей находится в исторической купеческой усадьбе Золотаревых. Где сохранились еще подлинные интерьеры начала 19 века - вот только ради них стоит посетить! Это редкость, тем более для такого глубоко провинциального города.
По-хорошему, оттуда нужно убрать бы все экспозиции, оставить только интерьеры и добавить какие-нибудь бытовые детали - вышел бы отличный музей быта 19 века!
А так... Экспозиция музея очень скудненько освещает далеко не все стороны истории Калуги и области. Многие стенды как оформили в советское время - так они у них и стоят, покрываясь постепенно плесенью и нафталином! Ну смешно в конце 2010-х гг. видеть на стендах цитаты из решений ЦК КПСС и партийных съездов! Отдел природы на первом этаже - это вообще из рубрики "назад в СССР" - он наверно с 1980-х гг. не обновлялся! В общем, сам музей не понравился! Он только отвлекает от главного в этом месте - от интерьеров и декора самой усадьбы!
Ну и сервис... Сервис в данном музее на нуле! Были мы там 4.01.2018, ближе к вечеру. Перед нами выгрузили в музей большой экскурсионный автобус из Москвы. И еще привезли уже во время нашего посещения большую детскую группу... Гардероба как такового нет - стоит пара-тройка вешалок в коридоре и все! Мужчина, принимавший у нас одежду, еще начал нас чему-то учить, грубить... Это, видимо, черта калужан - в музее космонавтики нам тоже нахамили. Это сразу и категорически портит впечатление об учреждении!
В общем, к массовому наплыву посетителей сей музей СОВЕРШЕННО не готов! Бахил нам не хватило - пришлось надевать эти жуткие уродливые старые советские музейные тапки!((( В туалете на полу - гора использованной бумаги!
Единственный плюс - сувенирный киоск музея. Тут можно что-то выбрать и про музей, и про Калугу относительно недорого - кстати, в целом сувениры в Калуге неоправданно дороги!((( Например, магниты себестоимостью 20 ре у них впаривают по 70-80 рублей (в других городах - по 40-50 обычно)! И это тоже неприятно поразило во время путешествия в Калугу и Козельск!
В целом - зайти стоит только из-за интерьера! Сам музей не интересен!

7. Monument to Tsiolkovskiy (a Man with a Bicycle)

Teatralnaya St., 5, Kaluga 248001, Russia
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4.5 based on 47 reviews

Monument to Tsiolkovskiy (a Man with a Bicycle)

Reviewed By gentbrugg - Moscow

In Kaluga local residents love their famous countrymen. Sometimes even too much. Because the citizens install the monuments to them and don't know measure in such wont. So, there are in the city already 6 monuments to Tsiolkovsky. Well the one installed on his grave, and the other in the museum house - you can still understand. But the rest? Although this monument to Tsiolkovsky with the bike mounted on the Theatalnaya, looks better than others. It portrays a scientist outside the usual surroundings, and in almost homely atmosphere. This Tsiolkovski is closer and more understandable to ordinary people than the genius of science. Tsiolkovsky had indeed a bike and he actually liked to ride a bike. This bike is now in his museum. They say that Tsiolkovsky also liked to skate. Perhaps, the next monument to the scientist will be on skates.

8. Stone Bridge

Pushkina St., 16/18, Kaluga, Russia
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4.5 based on 66 reviews

Stone Bridge

Reviewed By gentbrugg - Moscow

Unexpectedly to find in Russian provincial city, not far from its center (about 3-4 minutes walk), the viaduct. A Stone bridge in Kaluga — it is a viaduct, with arches, the central of which are of two tiers. It is the oldest stone viaduct in Russia and one of the oldest in the world. Moreover, in the size it also surpasses many of its counterparts. Reality — a little less than 200 meters long, and a height of about 20 meters. It's broad and strong, it is still serviced by public transport. In addition, here come the newlyweds - it is a tradition in Kaluga like in Moscow to come to the Leninskie Gory.

9. Kaluga Regional Drama Theater

Teatralnaya Sq., 1, Kaluga 248001, Russia +7 484 256-39-48
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4.5 based on 67 reviews

Kaluga Regional Drama Theater

Reviewed By NanaCanicali - Gilleleje, Denmark

A very beautiful building with an impressive arquitecture, tall collumns, a great sculpture at the front top and a woman bronze figure at the front bottom right. Nice square with a Fountain in front and a cute little park behind. There is a pedestrian site across the main street with the city's marco zero and two other bronze sculptures; one is a money bag offered by the city's banks, some say if you touch it, you'll get good lucky and finances, and the other is a man with a bike. There is also a clock at the wall with a fair lady.

10. St. John the Baptist Temple

Moskovskaya, 30, Kaluga 248001, Russia +7 484 257-41-37
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5 based on 39 reviews

St. John the Baptist Temple

Reviewed By gentbrugg - Moscow

Located at the intersection of two main transport arteries of the city — Moskovskaya street (in fact, continuation of Moscow highway) and Kirov street — surrounded by other buildings, among which the most remarkable are the cinema and "Dom byta".
The temple itself is very interesting. Strict, majestic and at the same time profusely ornamented, but quite elegant. In some ways even unique. Firstly, it is predominantly Baroque, but the bell tower has a lot of Gothic elements. Baroque rather European, not Russian. In any case, crowned by a round dome rotunda-like octagon on the quadrangle is extremely uncharacteristic decision for the Russian architectural tradition. A complex geometric pattern on the wall planes is grouped around five tiers of windows. Its aesthetic load is the deliberate contrast of white lines, red walls and bright blue Baroque dome with asterisks. Secondly, the main volume of the temple is a supportless tower, painted inside for almost the entire height, and it is also very rare.
The temple must be viewed necessarily.

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