Untill the middle of 15th century, Vladimir was the official capital of North-Eastern Russia, but the actual government worked in Moscow.

Several of Russia's greatest architectural monuments were built in Vladimir during that time, including Assumption Cathedral and the Golden Gates, both of which are World Heritage Sites.

In 1238, Vladimir was besieged and taken by the Mongol hordes under Batu Khan. Though it remained the pricipality's capital for a century, Vladimir gradually lost its political and cultural significance to Moscow.

From there, you can easily reach Vladimir by train, by bus, or by car.

All the trains arrive to Vladimir main station located next to the central bus station and close to the historical centre.

Adventurous travellers may also use an indirect connection with the change in Petushki.

This station has an hourly service of local trains to Moscow, while local trains between Vladimir and Petushki run 3 times per day.Vladimir (Владимир) is the capital and the largest city of Vladimir Oblast.The city is one of the most visited destinations within the popular Golden Ring circuit, as it preserves several of the finest monuments of white-stone medieval architecture in Russia, along with a number of later buildings from the 16th–20th centuries.Vladimir is conveniently located halfway between Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod, so you will be able to get in from both cities.It is also possible to visit Vladimir during a trip over the Golden Ring.Basically, such a connection is quite long (the whole trip from Moscow to Vladimir takes 3.5-4 h), but it may be helpful in case you miss other trains, and the buses are overcrowded.