Bologoye (Bologoe)

bologoye_n_areaOne of these nondescript industrial towns (transportation,  railroad ties tarring operation, armature factory, furniture factory, agriculture). Population 25 th. Its claim to fame in being located exactly halfway between Moscow and St. Petersburg. It is also know by the highly annoying 1980s Veselyye Rebyata (Fun Guys) hit that’s still heard around a lot. If travelling between Moscow and St. Petersburg stay either in Torzhok or Valday unless of course you are after industrial landscapes that define Russia no less than gold-plated onion domes. Vyshni Volochek and Bologoye section of the Moscow to St. Petersburg highway is famous for traffic collapses. Being stuck for 3-6 hours is entirely common. In the beginning of winter 2012 traffic stood still for two or three days. Most images in the videos below seem to be from middle section of Highway 10 often called the Road of Death for its highers per mile accident rate of all of Russian roads. Watch this and this in preparation for your trip and keep distance! Train derailing are also common in the area. The last one happened in 2009 and was officially attributed to evil Chechen terrorists but if you ask me 200km/hour is a bit excessive for tracks laid over a swamp.

Hotel

  • Only one, as it should be for a town of this size. BOLOGOYE HOTEL, ulitsa Kirova 22, +7 (48238) 22377. $30-50/night. The official standard 2-3 start type hotel.

Other accommodation (and entertainment) options

  • VALDAYSKAYA USADBA, derevnya Kotovo, Bologoye rayon, tel. +7 (903) 807-4222, +7 (495) 790-8307. Banya, horse riding.
  • ZAIMKA, derevnya Glubochikha, Bologoye rayon, +7 (48238) 24706. Special attraction: banya “po-chernomy”, old-style, without chimney.
  • KINOGORODOK, selo Mikhailovskoya, Bologoye rayon, +7 (916) 162-96-10, +7 (915) 717-7925. Lake, sailboats.
  • OZERNY HEALTH RESORT, Bologoye, +7 (48238) 2-29-59.

Lots of undocumented guesthouses scattered around. I personally would not bother planning for accommodation if travelling in this area. The Moscow to St. Petersburg highway, the country’s main road, is full of passable and very inexpensive hostels that cater to truck drivers.

I haven’t found any active Bologoye sites. The biggest cluster of Bologoye ads, mostly apartment and land sales, is at

  • bologoe.tve.slando.ru/list/?page=3. Russian bride seekers may want to advertise there. Bologoye is one of these gloomy places where young women are motivated to get out. But no, I have no connections there. If you want my assistance, it will be Ryazan and only Ryazan, where I know the scene.

Speaking of advertising, there are two messages from me.

camp

  • First, ask about a trip, possibly camping style, between Moscow and St. Petersburg, and possibly further north. Gold Ring tours also doable. I personally am available to drive you around, to ask something of a guide, and generally keep you safe and comfortable. Even to act as a cook if you are into things bright, crispy, spicy, and full of sesame seed and olive oil! I come equipped with a truck, a camper, and a bunch of camping equipment. 3-4 can travel very comfortably, and what you’ll save on hotels and restaurant meals will be almost enough to cover costs. 

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  • Second, my former horse riding establishment near Staritsa, 250km from Moscow and about 600 to St. Petersburg, is still in business. Authentic isolated village setting, Upper Volga hills. Horse riding or Gypsy-style trips. Rafting. Catacomb exploration. Experienced riders can go unaccompanied. $50 per person per day includes accommodation, food, and horse riding! See www.russian-horse-rides.com