Travel Guide Grozny, Chechnya (Update 2014)

Grozny has quickly developed into one of the most modern and safe cities in all of Russia.

A unique mixture of Papua, Palermo, Abu Dhabi and Monte Carlo.

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Video: Tourist speed drive into Grozny city center (coming from Machackala). Big city!

Flights

There is currently 1 flight per day with Grozny Avia in a Yak 42 from/to Moscow-Vnukovo, plus 1 flight per day with Rusline in a Bombardier Canadair jet from/to Moscow-Domodedovo, and 2 flights per week from/to Istanbul-Sabiha Gökcen Airport. As an alternative, one can fly in modern jets to Magas (1,5 hrs drive), Vladikavkaz (2 hrs drive), Nalchik (2,5 hrs drive), Mineralnye Vody (4 hrs drive), Tbilisi (4 hrs drive plus ca. 2 hrs border crossing).

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Approaching Grozny, crossing the Terek River

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Oil wells visible on arrival

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Grozny Airport

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Mosque right outside Grozny Airport

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Impressions

Chechen Music: Tamila Sagaipova “Yogu So”, Chechen Nr. 1 hit in 2010

Chechen Dancers

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At the monument “Grozny – Center of the World – Center of Peace”

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War monument

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Souvenir 1

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Souvenir 2

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Famous Judo Club Edelweiss

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Meeting President Kadyrov in his …

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… official Palace

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The Great Mosque from outside …

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… and inside …

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… with Prophet Mohammed’s beard hair on display (magnified)

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Permanent Light Show at Grozny City Buildings

Hotels:

Hotel Grozny City *****

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Hotel Arena City ****

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Restaurants:

Chrystal Callahan presents: Restaurants Corona and Paradise

Chrystal Callahan presents: Restaurants Japonsky Dvoruk and Grozny City

There are several other good restaurants in Grozny now:

Grozny City Hotel 32. floor

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Grozny City Hotel 3. floor

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Arena City Hotel

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Maidan riverside restaurant – mediterranean style – right beside Grozny City Hotel (outside lobby turn right 150 m)

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… with following view

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Globus Restaurant (outside lobby turn left 100 m) with view on Palace (right)

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Very friendly service at Globus Restaurant (translation by iPad)

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Steakhouse inside Grand Park shopping mall (500 m from Grozny City Hotel)

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US-foreign ministers on the wall of Steakhouse

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… and US-presidents too (center)

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Grand Park Shopping Mall

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Underground Steakhouse & Bar (300 m from Grozny City Hotel)

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Big Ben on the menu and Atatürk at the wall

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Esperanto Lounge & Restaurant

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Restaurant Schowda “Fountain” (12 km on the road to Gudermes and Machackala)

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Reminder: Grozny before it was rebuilt by Ramzan Kadyrov (Source: Wikipedia)

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In the old days (until ca. 2010) Lonely Planet described the situation as follows:

“Traveling independently in Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan is like walking on the moon without a spacesuit”

Times change …

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