Vyksa
In addition to an interesting industrial facility, Vyksa and environs boast many historical sites that we recommend very much you visit.
Why VSW or Vyksa?
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  • The factory was founded in 1757 by the brothers Batashev, famous merchants and industrialists. In the 18-th century, it made cannons, “bombs and cannonballs without count”.
  • Today, VSW is part of the United Metallurgical Company. The facility makes the most steel welded pipes and train wheels of anyone in Russia. It is Vyksa Steel Works that delivers large-diameter pipe for strategic oil and gas lines, such as Nord Stream, Power of Siberia, Eastern Siberia - Pacific, and others.
  • VSW commissions high-tech manufacturing facilities, essentially creating new factories. The complex employs 12,000 people, or every fourth resident of Vyksa.


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  • Vyksa is not your typical industrial town. It is a developed community that has every element of advanced tourist infrastructure. It operates hotels, retreats, museums, restaurants and cafés.
  • Vyksa is located in the southern part of the Nizhniy Novgorod Region. It is 186 km from the regional capital. A trip by car or a public transit bus will take 3 hours.
  • A trip to Vyksa and a tour of VSW can be included in a larger tour that stops over in ancient Murom (52 km away along the highway) or the Township of Diveevo famous for its Orthodox holy places (102 km).
Shukhov Water Tower
VSW grounds contain a sister of the famous Shabolovka TV tower in Moscow. Its creator and engineering genius Vladimir Shukhov was also involved in constructing buildings at Vyksa Steel Works.

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Recreation Park
The park was laid out in the second half of the 18th century and initially, combined some French and English traits. Today, it is a cozy park with walking trails, ponds, and architectural features built at different times as part of the Art-Ovrag Festival.

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Iversky Convent
Founded in 1863 by Father Barnaba at the request of Vyksa merchants. The convent was almost completely destroyed in 1927. Through a miracle, the only thing that survived was the Holy Icon of Our Lady of Iveron painted by sisters of the convent. A restoration project has been underway at the convent since the 1990s. The belfry of the Trinity Cathedral and the dome of the Assumption Cathedral are almost complete.

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Museum of the Crafts
Museum owner Pavel Romanov has been a collector for over 30 years and is happy to receive guests now showing off wood carvings, articles made from deer horns, clay, and metal, needlework, decoupage, and others.

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Batashev-Shepelev Industrial Estate and Vyksa Steel Works History Museum
This is where the heart of ancient Vyksa is to be found, in the estate that used to belong to the Batashev brothers that founded this town and the steel works and built the estate in the final quarter of the 18th century. In 2006-2009, the complex underwent a reconstruction that restored it to its prior architectural glory. In front of the manor is the nice-looking Metallurg Square and the path to the Upper Vyksa Pond.

The former manor houses the Vyksa Steel Works history museum displaying household items, artifacts, and documents preserving the memory of many generations of town residents. Note the black metal stairs. They have been there almost since the time the estate was built.

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Other things to see in Vyksa?
Vyksa and its environs have many places of interest. That is why we offer additional tours:

City tour “18th - 21st Centuries: Voyage from Past to Future”;
Tour of the installations of the Art-Ovrag Festival of Urban Culture;
Walking park tour “In the Shade of the Lindens”;
Walking tour around the historical city center “Unseen presence of the owners of old Vyksa”;
Tour of the Iversky Convent “Beacon for people around”;
Industrial heritage of famous architect Vladimir Shukhov “Symphony of Engineering”;
Bus tour around Vyksa District’s architectural sites; Theme trip through the Murom province;
Theme tour around “Russian Orthodox Vyksa” with a side trip to Diveevo.

Finding accommodation in Vyksa

Hotel Batashev in downtown Vyksa. 98 rooms, including suites and a presidential suite. Website: http://batashevhotel.ru/
“Metallurg” Retreat. Standard rooms, cottages, guest houses, suites. Website: http://bo-metallurg.vsw.ru/services/