Suzdal seems to be the most famous city on the "Golden Ring" tourism route, it is a kind of Mecca for tourists.
"A museum in the open air" is a most exact description of this ancient Russian town that has about two hundred ancient monuments of secular and religious architecture clustered on the area of nine square kilometers, and the calm waters of the Kamenka River have been reflecting the silhouettes of the numerous churches for about a thousand years.
Suzdal is a museum town whose architectural monuments make up a magnificent, harmonious ensemble. The first mention of Suzdal is found in a chronicle under the year 1024, although it is known to have grown up on the site of a still earlier settlement. The centuries that swept over it have left their mark in the form of invaluable monuments of early Russian building art.
Today the town is an outstanding architectural museum, containing more examples of period architecture than any other Russian town, and its original architectural topography was retained. The town population is 12,000. Tourism here is high, not only because of the educational value of the locale, but also because Suzdal has preserved a picturesque timelessness which visitors find interesting as well as relaxing.
Among architectural monuments of special interest for tourists is the Kremlin surrounded by ancient ramparts, the complexes of the Convent of the Intercession and the Monastery of Our Savior and St. Euthimius, the Museum of Wooden Architecture and Rural Life, XVIII century Possad churches, and the Gostiny Dvor (Possad Marketplace, 1811).
And every hour the bell – ringer of The Bell-Tower gives magician concerts of the bell chimes for the tourists.