The 1000-year-old Smolensk lands that gave birth to the great river Dnepr are associated with multiple historical mysteries and incredible legends.
Both in the Middle Ages and in the modern period this city and the areas surrounding it oftentimes served as the scene for the events that made a serious impact on the development of the cultural and political history of Europe. Some of these events remain unfathomable mysteries up to this day; though there are alive witnesses. In order to touch these mysteries and to see everything with your own eyes, it is advisable to go to the western part of the city to the right bank of the famous river. Behind the buildings you will find the age-old forest that is called the Red Pinewood.
At the very beginning of our trip we will visit the Katyn memorial. The complex is situated in the place named Goats Mountains. Thousands of Poland officers and soviet citizens were shot there in the 1930-1940s. The details of those events have not been thoroughly investigated yet. Even today they keep on stirring up bitter arguments. But the memorial located in the Katyn Forest has already become the important place of commemoration. It is frequently visited by Russian and Polish people. Those tragic events have touched both nations.
The next stop is Gnyozdovo. During our walk around the archaeological reserve you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the 10th century, when the first Old Russian kingdom was formed in the eastern part of Europe. Gnyozdovo is known as the largest burial mound complex found in Europe and the key Slavonic settlement of those times. We will walk past 1000-year-old burial mounds and will visit the medieval pier. We will also learn about an epoch-making find — a very unusual ancient Eastern-Slavonic text that was written with the help of the Cyrillic alphabet. Today this alphabet is used by all Russians, but in that period it was not widespread.
In the middle of the Red Pinewood (it is located near the burial mounds mentioned), there is an important object — one of the underground bunkers belonging to Hitler. It is not mentioned on the signposts, but it is well-known to those who are fond of historical legends. It was built in the period of the Second World War and was used by Adolf Hitler during his visits to the occupied European territories. You will learn about the attempt to assassinate the Nazi dictator that took place there. This event could make a dramatic impact on the world history.
At the end of our tour we will visit the memorial German cemetery where almost 5 thousand Wehrmacht soldiers were buried. Nowadays it is regularly visited by German citizens. They come to the graves of their ancestors who died during the war.
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-Sightseeing guided tour;
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AYMENT FOR A CHILD UNDER 18 IS EQUAL TO THAT OF AN ADULT.
The memorial is very well done. So many impressions of an event that we all remember. Great tribute to so many heroes. Guide Mikhail was very attentive to our family and did a great job, was extremely knowledgeable.