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Kursk (Russian:Курск, KOOrsk) is the capital of the Kursk Oblast in the Western part of Russia known as Chernozemye region. The millenuim-old city of nightingale song.



More than anything else, the city is known for the Battle of Kursk in summer 1943. It did not happen within Kursk itself, but at the nearby village of Prokhorovka, where the Soviet Army won a decisive victory against Nazi Germany, and turned the tide of World War II in Europe. The engagement was the largest tank battle ever.

Get in[edit]

By train from Kursky Terminal in Moscow. Firmenny daily sleeper train Solovey #105/106 comes to Kursk early in the morning covering 537km. Other direct destinations are Saint Petersburg, neighboring Belgorod and southern resort Anapa.

Get around[edit]

The city's hilly landscape is cut through by rectangular quarters as it was planned by the 17th city engineers. The city's airport is 7km north and serves flights to Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Sochi.


Bank building in Kursk


  • Museum of Regional Studies, 6 Lunacharskogo St.
  • Literature Museum
  • Museum of the Battle of Kursk
  • Art Gallery of Deyneka, 85 Radischev St.
  • Archeological Museum, 6 Pionerov St.

Other destinations[edit]

  • Trinity Monastery, built in the early 18th century.
  • Znamensky Cathedral, you will see its blue dome from almost everywhere in the city.
  • Triumph Arc dedicated to the victory in the Battle of Kursk.



Tuskar River from Kiroskiy Bridge
  • Medical University




  • The One Bar, Dzerjinskogo 19, +7 4712 360112. 13:00 to 5AM. Modern, attractive bar in the center of town, close to Red Square. Open daily from 13:00 until 3AM on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On weekends it opens from 13:00 until 5AM with great DJ's and a European standard selection of music.



  • Tsentralnaya (Центральная), 2 Lenina St. Restaurant, bar, cafe, ATM from 1600 руб.


  • Kursk (Курск), 24 Lenina st (The city center), +7 47122 2-69-80, +7 47122 2-24-08. Soviet-style hotel, free wi-fi, no breakfast, a balanced quality for the price.



Go next[edit]

  • Maryino - the palace and park of Baryatinsky noble family.
  • Prokhorovka - the greatest tank battlefield in WWII.

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