Kislovodsk is a part of the Stavropol region and lies in the North Caucasian region of Russia, between the Black and Caspian seas. It is the most southern and the largest of the Caucus Mineral Springs resorts.
Kislovodsk is buried in verdure of the gardens, flowers and one of the largest parks in Europe (area 1350 hectares). From the northern and eastern winds Kislovodsk is protected by Marinskiy and Dzhinalskiy ranges. This has a beneficial effect on the climate that allows the resort to operate year round.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Kislovodsk as a fashionable spa attracted many musicians, artists, and members of the Russian aristocracy. Several of the events in Mikhail Lermontov's novel "A Hero Of Our Time" are set in Kislovodsk.
What To See
Medovie waterfalls is the main waterfall of Kislovodsk. Almost near it, behind the next turn of Alikonovka there is another one, even heavier waterfall, forming several cascades. Nectareous grasses, from which, probably, the name of the waterfall is originated, grow here, on the slopes of the valley, for the whole summer.
The small Yaroshenko Museum houses the works of the incomparable late 19th-century Russian portraitist Nikolai Yaroshenko, a leading proponent of Russian realism. One room is dedicated to landscapes of the surrounding countryside.
Chaliapin Dacha Literary Museum
Chaliapin, the legendary Russian opera singer, lived in a palatial wood and stained-glass villa near the train station in 1917, which is now the Chaliapin Dacha Literary Museum. There are lots of photos of this man in his various roles, plaster ceilings bursting with cherubs and fruit designs, and a lovely glaze-tiled chimney.
Castle of Guile and Love
According to the local legend, a loving couple has agreed to jump into the abyss, as a protest to parents who where against their love. The young boy jumped down into the sinister precipice, in arms of the death. But the girl refused to jump. She rushed back to her father’s house with words: “No, I won’t die!” A rich fiance was waiting for her in the castle. Since that time the rocks have been called Castle of guile and love.
The Castle of guile and love has become a place of pilgrimage for people in love who believe that after visiting this place one will never know the fate of a fatal betrayal and separation, as the heroes of legend.
It was built in 1803 and destroyed after about 60 years. These days there’s only part of it left, but still worth seeing. In its time, it had a moat, barracks, weapon storage and even places for visitors. Pushkin, Tolstoy and Lermontov were visitors, and the late dissident writer Solzhenitsyn was born here.
What To Do
The main therapeutic tool of the resort is carbon cold spring-famous narzan, which restores the "physical and emotional force". Besides the main springs are dolomite and sulfate narzans, their water is used inside in metabolism breaking and respiratory organs diseases.
The building of the Main Narzan baths is an architectural jewel of Kislovodsk and one of the most recognizable symbols of the city. Narzan means ‘Drink of Brave Warriors’ in Turkish. Unfortunately, for a long time after World War II the baths did not operate as a health center, but were only of architectural value. It all changed in the early 2010s when the government decided to reconstruct and repair the Main Narzan baths.
The warm yellow stone of this graceful, well-preserved 1850s building recalls the spa town of Bath, England. Inside, the rich, carbonic Narzan Spring bubbles up inside a glass dome and spits out nearly undrinkable water into several fountains. Never mind the foul taste; if you come here you’re obliged to have a cup.
Trade Centers in Pyatigorsk
How To Get There
Kislovodsk is connected with all country, the city of Mineral Springs and other resorts of Caucasian Mineral Springs by the railway line. The closest major airport to Kislovodsk is Mineralnye Vody Airport, 51 km from the center of Kislovodsk.
Services from the bus station head to Anapa, Gelendzhik and Krasnodar via Mineralnye airport. Marshrutky leave from the train station for Pyatigorsk.
How to get to Kislovodsk from Sochi
The distance between Sochi and Kislovodsk is about 244 km. Train 644 goes from Sochi to Kislovodsk via Mineralnye Vody and Pyatigorsk. The journay takes about 13, 5 hours.