The capital of Kabardino-Balkaria is located among the mountains covered with greenery. A stable favorable ecological background contributed to the development of the health resort and various tourist destinations. As a resort region in terms of area, Nalchik is second only to Sochi. The hills protect the city from cold winds, which is why the climate here is mild without sudden changes.
The sights of the city are an attempt to find harmony between national characteristics and emphasize belonging to the country. A monument and an arch were opened in honor of the anniversary of the accession of the people of the republic to the Russian Empire. Directly within the city there is a Resort Lake, offering to relax on the beach in the high season. And if you drive away from Nalchik for a couple of tens of kilometers, you can find the picturesque Blue Lakes and Chegem waterfalls.
What to see and where to go in Nalchik?
The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a short description.
Place de la Concorde
Extensive landscaped area in front of the Government House. The park is adjacent to it. There is a lot of greenery around: both planting trees and flower beds. The decoration of the square is a light and music fountain. It was launched in 2012 and in the warm season pleases residents and guests of the city with a real water show to the sounds of world classics. The main social events of Nalchik are held on the square.
The largest park in the North Caucasus was founded in 1847. The area is about 250 hectares, and the length of the main alley is one and a half kilometers. In addition to typical maples and spruces, Japanese quinces, paulownias and the unique two-lobed ginkgo grow here. The name of the territory is given by the name of the prince who owned these lands in the past. In 2002, the garden was recognized as the best park of culture and recreation in Russia.
An artificial reservoir is located in the city. It is framed by the spurs of the Wooded Range. The lake was created in 1960 and filled with water from the Nalchik River. There are three more lakes nearby, but only in Kurortny you can swim. Willows grow along the banks, there are beaches suitable for families with children. During the season, catamarans, boats and tourist equipment are rented. In the past, there was a cable car here.
Located in the Atazhukinsky garden. This is the city's main summer concert venue. The current Green Theater was built in 2007 on the site of a dilapidated predecessor of the same name. The amphitheater, thanks to its favorable location near the mountain slope, turned out to be unusual and looks natural. Capacity - more than two and a half thousand people. On the ground floor there is a cafe with a banquet hall.
Located on Mount Kizilovka. The building of the restaurant looks like the head of a hero. The legend says that a folk hero stole fire from the gods for the people. For this, he was imprisoned uphill and only his head and hand with a torch remained on the surface. The place was cult in the Soviet years, all tourists considered lunch at Sosruko an important part of the excursion program. The restaurant is currently closed.
National Museum of the CBD
Opening year - 1921. The exposition is divided into two large sections. In the historical one, you can learn more about the peoples inhabiting the republic. Interesting archaeological and ethnographic finds are also stored here. The natural department is rich in diagrams and slides. They remind that there are 5 climatic zones in Kabardino-Balkaria. This has led to a diversity of flora and fauna in the area.
Museum of Fine Arts A. L. Tkachenko
Founded in 1959. The collection separated from the collection of the local history museum and subsequently grew. Among the picturesque masterpieces, the works of Shishkin, Aivazovsky, Bryullov stand out. An exhibition of French clocks of the 18th century is available on a permanent basis. The exposition of porcelain antiques presents works of art by the best factories in the country, as well as European and ancient Chinese masters.
Central Cathedral Mosque
The opening took place in 2004. During the construction, it was decided to use local stone and artificial materials that were similar to it as the main material. In general, the design takes into account many features of the republic and its traditions. On the sides of the main entrance rise 2 thirty-meter minarets. The total area of the building is 1.7 m². The mosque is surrounded by the city square.
Cathedral of Mary Magdalene
Located in the park named after Shogentsukov. The project for the construction of a temple to the glory of the Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Mary Magdalene began to be developed in 2003. The illumination of the finished temple took place in 2012, although the liturgy had been served there before. There are 8 bells in the belfry. They bear the names of benefactors, including Muslims. Shrines - lists of especially revered icons and particles of the relics of saints.
Monument "Forever with Russia"
The installation took place in honor of the 400th anniversary of the accession of the territory of the republic to Russia. The main part of the monument is the sculpture of Maria Temryukovna. She was the daughter of a Kabardian prince and one of the wives of Ivan the Terrible. The bronze queen stands guard over tranquility and peace. The approach to the high pedestal is surrounded by 4 bas-reliefs. They depict important historical milestones - the biography of the peoples of the republic.
Friendship Memorial Arch
The structure resembles a classic triumphal arch and appeared on the Baksan highway in 2007. It is dedicated to the indestructible friendship of peoples. It also bears the name "Forever with Russia", as well as the monument within the boundaries of Nalchik. The reason for the creation of this attraction was the celebration of the 450th anniversary of the accession of Kabardino-Balkaria to Russia. On both sides are the coats of arms of the country and the republic.
Since its opening in the 30s of the last century, the hippodrome has become an important part of the life of the townspeople. Local horse breeders have always been famous for their ability to breed hardy, graceful and unpretentious horses. They presented them to the public, competing with each other at the hippodrome. The buildings were reconstructed and the infrastructure updated in 2007. Currently, the complex is second only to several similar structures in the country.
At the beginning of the last century, a separate railway line was extended to Nalchik. At the same time, the first two-story brick station was built. It turned out to be unsuitable for operation after the Great Patriotic War. For this reason, in 1948, a new four-story building was erected in the Stalinist Empire style. The facade is decorated with ten columns, and a tower with a clock and a spire rises above the building.
Can be found 30 km from Nalchik. Lower Blue Lake is also called Tserik-Kel. It translates as "rotten". This is due to deposits of hydrogen sulfide at a depth of more than 25 m. A legend about a dragon is associated with the lake, which lies at the bottom and sheds tears. Tserik-Kel is considered one of the deepest among the karst, although the exact data is unknown. And the other 4 lakes are more modest in size. There are camp sites in the area.
Chegem Gorge and waterfalls
The natural monument is located 55 km from Nalchik. Tourists will meet each of the three waterfalls while moving along the Chegem Gorge. Adai-Su, Sakal-Tup, and Kayaarty have distinctive features, but the last one is the most popular. It is named after the river of the same name. Its flow is divided into many small streams and forms an inhomogeneous wall of water. The attraction can be visited at any time of the year.