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Fun place to visit and great shopping for gifts

The day here was a pleasant experience. Interesting buildings and crafts shops. I got lots of... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2018
Kind of a Silver Ruble City

So it reminded us of a Silver Dollar City from Branson dropped into Russia, but that wasn’t so bad... read more

Reviewed 2 August 2018
Ed M
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Verkhniye Mandrogi Village, Verkhniye Mandrogi 187742, Russia
+7 812 347-94-04
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were on a river cruise and Mandrogi was one of our stops. We first went to the vodka museum (of course!) where they have a huge display of 3,500 different Russian vodkas (none are available for export, so you really need to try and...More

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Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

A brief stop on a river cruise found this delightful village. It’s great for a walk through the woods but there are plenty of small craft shops with artists demonstrating their skills covering: painting, pottery, glass, weaving, Jewelry etc but the impressive was the paining...More

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Reviewed 12 October 2018

This place is a shameless tourist trap but none the worse for that. The various shops were housed in old wooden Russian houses which added charm and quite honestly it was a nice walk around the place even if you don't go into the shops....More

Thank AJMacD
Reviewed 4 October 2018

The day here was a pleasant experience. Interesting buildings and crafts shops. I got lots of good gifts for friends here.

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Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

Having read some reviews before our visit we were a little dubious but we were pleasantly surprised. Yes it's absolutely set up for tourists and there are many shops just selling the usual souvenirs. However, there are a few places with authentic craftsmen and women...More

Thank kpreece
Reviewed 4 September 2018

We had a lovely experience painting the matryoska dolls. Our guide (male) stayed with us (all women) and painted a doll with us for his daughter. The cabin we were in was quaint and filled with hand made items used for decoration. We had 'tea'...More

Thank AmandaOldRog
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

Highlights include a Banya experience, the Vodka Museum, craft shops with craftsman working on site. Interesting old buildings. Lots of souvenir shops take away from the charm if you ask me. The Vodka Museum charges 300 ruble entry fee for tasting. This is all geared...More

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Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

So it reminded us of a Silver Dollar City from Branson dropped into Russia, but that wasn’t so bad. It was a nice respite to just wander around after so many serious guided tours in St Petersburg. Enjoyed seeing the world’s largest felt boot, the...More

2  Thank Ed M
Reviewed 8 June 2018

Very nice displayed Russian village lifestyle . Nature untouched , clean air, gorgeous river . Food quality beyoung imagination . Highly reccomnded to visit .

Thank LavaletteM
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

Visited on cruise. went on the ferry to the fairy tale trail and 'rescue zoo' where sick animals are kept in dreadfull conditions and are clearly distressed. In the UK this 'rescue zoo' would surely be closed.

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15 May 2018|
Response from Allan C | Reviewed this property |
I think that Credit Cards are acceptable for any of the more expensive craft objects and I saw a transaction being done for some beautiful clothing but they would probably prefer roubles for less expensive items like food... More
25 March 2018|
Response from Carolyn G | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure, but are the berries you're thinking about golden yellow? If so, they are likely cloudberries (look kind of like golden raspberries, but with a flavour all their own). They grow in northern regions, including... More
5 July 2017|
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Response from MHOF | Reviewed this property |
Hello, I also had a cruise from St Pete's to Moscow and loved every single minute of it! Mandrogi is a purpose built village which comprises a selection of wooden buildings rescued from other parts of Russia. The buildings... More