Gold domes and souvenirs. Mediocre food. A typical tourist trap with a Russian bent to it. Museum are of perfunctory sort, a result of some “Federal Program on Promoting Tourism and Recreational Industry” program. I would not have mentioned Suzdal if not for my need to pay rent and your interest in hiring me to take you there once in a while. That happens a couple of times a year. Leave Moscow real early, come back close to midnight, $400. Or two days, $500. I can assist you in arranding accommodation or provide a camper where you can stay for free out in the field by the river, thus saving a lot towards making a contribution to allow me to continue offering traveller support services.
Yes, in Russia most land is still not fenced and you can camp anywhere you like, and I’ve got a camper, two tents, and a bunch of other equipment to make travel cheap and comfrotable.
Back to Suzdal itself. I’ll skip the touristy part and stick to giving specific details.
.. of which I don’t have much. See the old page http://staritsa.info/suzdal.htm but it hasn’t been updated in years. And it may not get an update. I am at a loss as to how to describe a place that’s in hundreds of guidebooks and on many thousands on sites that repeat each other thus reducing Suzdal itslef to being just a picture that supplements tourist brochures. But the old Suzdal’ page was slapped together when my enthusiams hasn’t quite evaporated…
The catch from my recent trip there (July 2012) is a new campground recently added to the Tourist Center just outside of Suzdal. Quiet, good clean facilities that included a swimmin pool and a washer, not at all crowded even in the midst of the tourist season. It cost 5 of us 1000 roubles ($35) per night. The cheapest of hotels would have been $100+, with no cooking facilities so add another $80-100 for food. Makes sense financially and even more so as a light and comfortable adventure.
See http://www.suzdalcamp.ru/ for pictures. English version promised but not yet there at the time of writing this (end of June 2012) but see pictures and take my word for it that it is the next best (experience and economy-wise) thing to staying in the field.