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There are some places in the world where you feel completely comfortable and protected, like at home. Vanadzor is one of them. This is the third largest city of Armenia and statistically it has population of about 80 thousand people. So it’s a place where you can relax and have a rest during your active and positively exhausting trip.
Vanadzor is 50 percent green. Whichever direction you look, there are green mountains, which make you feel like you are in a green cradle. Here is a list of what to see in Vanadzor.
A great place to feel cool gentle wind after a long hot ride is the city lake. Surrounded with beautiful willows, and benches underneath them, it looks calming. The Lake is one of the top places to visit in Vanadzor. You can rent a boat and ride it, alone or with a little company.
Your kids could play in big water bubbles, jump on trampoline, or try the shooting gallery. There is also a café with little house-like cabins right on the side of the lake. The lake looks amazing especially when the sun slowly goes down. Don’t miss the beauty of a sunset in Vanadzor.
Vanadzor still has some remains of old buildings of soviet times. There is one building which you will be amazed to explore: the old complex of Artek summer camp, which is now abandoned. It is located under the forests, near the botanical garden.
The buildings are situated on a hill high above the city and after quite a bit of struggle of climbing the mountain, you will see the roads and the forests from height and you will be fascinated with the breath-taking scenery.
The buildings are ruined after the devastating earthquake in 1988 but still the rooms, bathrooms, stairs and other parts of the building are seen through the destroyed walls of the building. It gives feeling of nostalgia and works as a time machine.
Tourism in Vanadzor is not as developed as in the capital. As you already know it is a little town, which has a few places to visit, but however there are a lot of restaurants, fast food places and cafes. There is one cafe with live music every night located in the central park, it is surrounded with a little water pool with ducks swimming in it.
Another café-restaurant with live jazz music is in the city center, which has an open air floor. Fast food cafes are also very popular. There is greek bakery cafe, pizza cafe etc. People here love to eat deliciously so opening a new cafe as a local business is always on point.
Firstly opened as Branch of the National Gallery of Armenia, in 1979 Museum of fine arts was reorganized and received the status of an independent museum with its own collection. There are more than 1,700 art works such as paintings, sculptures, drawings of different techniques (prints and decorations).
The Museum is a center for all art lovers of Lori region. It is dedicated to increasing the knowledge and appreciation of art through its collection, exhibition and education.
It is the main place for attractions and games. It is a loved place for locals and their kids. You can ride different attractions, even some scary ones, eat cotton candy, popcorn, sunflower seeds, play tennis, visit a cafe and etc.
As there are not so many things to do in Vanadzor people here are spending most of their leisure time walking and resting on the benches. It is especially cool and pleasant in the evening, so take your jacket with you!
Right next to the Park there is central Bus station which has several ways of transportation to many different directions. You might need the Vanadzor to Yerevan minibus which works from around 8 am to 7 pm.
But you could also make your trip more comfortable with a car from Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Choose your car with your preferred price option and technical characteristics and enjoy your ride!
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