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Grozny Travel Guide

Grozny, the capital of the Republic of Chechnya, is among the rapidly developing cities after the wars. After the Chechen capital was almost completely destroyed, it entered a major rebuilding process.

 

The city, which has been in the process of restructuring since the early 2000s, has gained a different face. Grozny resembles mini Dubai today with its 5-star hotels, new structures, wide streets, modern shopping malls and magnificent mosques.

General Information

Country: Russia
Region: Chechnya
Area: 324.2 km²
Language: Chechen and Russian
Average temperature: 11 °C
Climate: Humid continental climate
Vegetation: Forestry
The difference between GMT: GMT+3
Telephone Code: +7 8712
Currency: Russian ruble (RUB)
Socket Type: Type C, F 220V 50Hz


Where is Grozny?

Stavropol Kray is located in the northwest of Chechnya. Dagestan and Georgia are located in the east and south of the country, Ingushia and Ossetia in the west of the Chechnya. The south of Chechnya is completely mountainous. Grozny, in the center of the country, lies on the Sunzha River.

How to Get to Grozny?

It is possible to take a journey from Istanbul to Grozny by road or air. The distance between the two cities is 1820 km by road and 1400 km by air. There are direct flights from Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW) to Grozny Airport 3 days a week. You can travel from Istanbul to Grozny with direct flights lasting 2 hours and 40 minutes. You can follow campaigns for Grozny flights and travel between two cities at attractive prices.

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Public Transport in Grozny

Taxis are the most popular transportation vehicle in Grozny. You can easily access different points of the city thanks to the taxis, which are very affordable for short distances. Since the distance between the city center and the airport is very short, it can be quite logical to provide your journey by taxi. Car rental is also a very good option in urban transportation. You may also take advantage of tour guided SUV car rentals and have a fun trip to the natural areas of Grozny.

Transportation from Grozny Airports to City Center

You can quickly get to Grozny Airport, which is about 8 km from the city center, by taxi. In addition, you may easily go to the airport by express buses which depart every 15 minutes.


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Best Time to Visit Grozny

The period from May to September is the ideal time to visit Grozny. During this period, the weather is hot and the city receives a small amount of rain. In July, temperatures rise up to 30°C. The weather and climate of Grozny is suitable for a sunny holiday. The lowest temperatures in January are around 2°C.

How Many Days are Enough To Visit?

One or two days are enough to visit the capital city of Grozny, which is an organized and medium-sized city. On the other hand, if you want to see the amazing views of the North Caucasus and spend your holiday in touch with nature, 3-4 days will be enough.

Places to Visit in Grozny

Grozny, the capital of Chechnya, which is chosen as the happiest city of Russia, is preparing to erase the painful traces of its history and continue where it left off. There are many historical places, museums, parks, natural areas and entertainment centers all over the city. Grozny, known for its interesting traditions, welcomes its guests with a short but effective list in terms of places to visit. Take a closer look at the 7 locations that you will definitely want to see in Grozny.

Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque

Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque, which is one of the largest mosques in Russia, is popularly known as "The Heart of Chechnya". The mosque, which takes its name from the famous Chechen leader Ahmet Kadirov, was also chosen first in a competition in which the symbols of the country were selected. Akhmad Kadyrov Mosque, inspired by the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, can host 10,000 people.

Akhmad Kadyrov Museum

Founded in memory of the Chechnya leader Ahmet Kadirov, the monument museum is among the most impressive buildings in Grozny. The two-storey museum opens to the large exhibition hall decorated with eye-catching marble and crystal floors. There are interesting works on the ground floor where contemporary paintings are exhibited. On the upper floor, you can see a monumental saloon belonging to Akhmad Kadyrov.

Archangel Michael Church

The Orthodox Church, which was badly damaged in the war, was restored and renovated to its current state. The Archangel Michael Church, where many charity events and meetings take place, continues to evolve with aid. The church is still active and serving.

National Museum of the Chechen Republic

Opened in recent years, the National Museum of the Republic of Chechnya is housed in a building designed with traditional styles. The museum that contains comprehensive information about the culture and history of the Chechen people has special saloons for weapons, fabrics, botanical, entomological and zoological collections. You can visit the museum, which is closed on weekends, between 09.00 – 18.00 on weekdays.

The Personal Museum of Adam

If you want to go to an extraordinary place in Grozny, you can visit Adam's Personal Museum. Adam, a former wrestler, is also the curator of the museum he opened with his own name. The Personal Museum of Adam illuminates the history of Grozny, which remained under intense Russian bombing during Chechen clashes. Adam came to the center of Grozny and saved the historical works of the Chechen people before the destruction. Today, he exhibits these unique items in his house, in which he turned into a museum. The museum contains items that shed light on the war period.

Akhmat Arena

Akhmat Arena, completed in 2011, is among the biggest stadiums of Chechnya. Designed for multi-purpose use, the stadium hosts many sports events (especially football) and concerts. The building, named after Akhmad Kadyrov, the former president of the Republic of Chechnya, draws attention with his modern structure. The stadium, which is the home of the Akhmat Grozny Football Club, serves with a capacity of 30,000 spectators. Chechen football offers a great atmosphere. If you come across a football game during your visit to Grozny, don't forget to buy a ticket.

Grozny Business Centre

Opened in 2011, Grozny Business Center is one of the iconic building of the Grozny. The building, which has a height of 88 meters, consists of 28 floors. The skyscraper that is illuminated in different tones at night has a wonderful view. Regular landings are made to the helipad on the building. It is also possible to make touristic helicopter tours for a certain fee.

Where to Stay in Grozny?

There are many accommodation options in Grozny that you can choose according to your budgets. You may prefer modern city hotels or hostels.

 

There are fitness centers, luxury lounges, bars, indoor swimming pools and 24-hour reception in the modern city hotels. Visitors who stay in five-star hotels can enjoy city view rooms and a hot tub.


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What to Eat in Grozny?

Chechen cuisine, also known as the North Caucasus cuisine, hosts many traditional dishes. Meat and vegetables form the basis of the highly versatile Chechen cuisine. Red meat, chicken, cheese and corn are frequently used in traditional dishes. Spices, onions, garlic and hot peppers are also added to Chechen dishes.

 

While traditional Chechen dishes can be prepared quickly and practically, they are quite digestible. Milk and dairy products, desserts, soups, special sauces and dried meats are also served besides the meal.

Grozny Cuisine

Do not return without tasting these flavors in Grozny;

  • Chechen rice
  • Chechen salad
  • Cottage cheese
  • Gilnish
  • Corn bread
  • Grozny dessert
  • Soup with milk

Grozny Restaurants

  • Paradise
  • Esperanto
  • Wasabi
  • Rayana
  • Tiflis Restaurant

Shopping in Grozny: Best Souvenirs to Buy

Due to the economic consequences of the war, you can buy a lot of things at attractive prices in Grozny. Rugs, pillowcases, socks, local clothes and bags can be shown among the most popular souvenirs. The swords and daggers made by traditional hand work are also very famous in Chechnya.

Nightlife in Grozny

There is no nightclubs or bars in Grozny. The sale of alcohol is also prohibited. Big city hotels like Grozny City Hotel stand out as the only alternative where alcohol is legally available.

 

The cafes that serve actively in the evening hours are among the alternative places of the nightlife. You can drink healthy fruit cocktails or taste local foods in the city center cafes.

Things to Know Before Visiting Grozny

  • Even if the capital Grozny is a calm, peaceful and safe city, Chechnya is not a very safe country in general. Citizens of some countries may have problems in their visits to Chechnya.
  • Do not forget to visit the country with an experienced tour guide if you are going to move away from the central points or want to join nature trips.
  • Tap water may not be suitable for drinking in Grozny. Use bottled water or sterilize tap water.
  • There are two different GSM operators in Chechnya. You can purchase a SIM card for mobile Internet at attractive prices.

What are the emergency numbers in Grozny?

Police: 102

Ambulance: 103

General Emergency: 112

Fire: 101

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