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For other places with the same name, see Klin (disambiguation).

Klin is a small ancient town in Moscow Oblast. The town is best known as the residence of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, whose house, the Tchaikovsky House-Museum, is open to visitors as a museum. It was here that the composer wrote his last major work, the 6th symphony, or the "Pathetique".


Klin has been mentioned in Russian chronicles since 1190s and was described by patriarch Nikon in 1317 (Никоновские хроники). Historians think its sight previously was a Baltic tribe settlement that grew into a wooden fortress of Slavic Novgorodians on the bank of the river Sestra (Sister). The town didn't evade the Mongol invasion and Ivan the Terrible ravage guard known as Oprichnina. In 1482, it was incorporated into Muscovy with the rest of the Grand Princedom of Tver. Town status was granted in 1781. Peter I prescribed the Klinians to serve as couchmen on the road between Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Thus the Klin's coat of arms acquired a post horseman tooting a horn.

Get in[edit]

Klin is 85 km northwest of Moscow. The M10 highway connecting Moscow to St. Petersburg runs through the town.

Klin is a station on the railway line Moscow - Saint Petersburg and elektichka may bring you from Leningradsky railway station in Moscow to the town within 1 hr 40 min. Take a train to Tver, Konakovo or Klin. In the morning and in the evening the train departs every 20 min, in daytime - every hour. Bus trip is also possible. № 437 departs from metro station Rechnoy Vokzal (Речной вокзал). Travel time is 1 hr 20 min.

  • 1 Klin railway station. Klin (Q4223849) on Wikidata

Get around[edit]

There is a lot of public buses.


House of P. I. Chaikovsky
  • 1 Tchaikovsky State House-Museum (Государственный мемориальный музыкальный музей-заповедник П. И. Чайковского), Chaikovskogo St, 18 (center of the town; if you ride by bus 437, ask the driver to stop at the Chaikovsky square (Сквер Чайковского) and go ahead), +7 95 539-81-96. 10:00-18:00, except Wednesday, Thursday and the last Monday of the month. Box office until 17:00. The museum was founded in 1894. Entrance 280 руб. Tchaikovsky State House-Museum (Q4146796) on Wikidata Tchaikovsky State House-Museum on Wikipedia
  • Estate Demianovo.
  • The town has two dozens of churches, the most noteworthy are the 16th century church of the Dormition cloister and the baroque Resurrection cathedral (1712).






  • Pivo i Kotlety, Ulitsa Gagarina 6, +7 963 772-29-90. 11:00 - 00:00. Beer and burgers.
  • Morgan, Ulitsa Gagarina 49 (part of Dixy grocery store). More burgers.


  • Drink Klinskoye beer.



Go next[edit]

  • Dmitry Mendeleyev Museum-Estate in Boblovo (5 km away from Klin). Take a bus № 42 in Klin and arrive to Chumichovo (Чумичёво) bus stop, then walk 20 min. Phone: +7 49624 601-25, (49624)263-91. Museum is closed on M Tu.
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