Tver oblast (region), Russia (Tverskaya)

The capital city of Tver oblast: Tver.

Tver region overview

Tver oblast (region) (also spelled Tverskaya) is a federal subject of the Russian Federation, part of Central Federal District. Tver is the administrative center and capital city of the region.

Tver region population is about 1,334,000 (2012); land area - 84,201 sq. km.

Tver oblast flag

Tver oblast flag

Tver oblast coat of arms

Tver oblast coat of arms

Tver oblast map, Russia

Tver oblast map of Russia

Tver region facts

Tver region is not rich in valuable natural deposits. There are some brown coal deposits, on the lowlands rich peat deposits are widely spread. The peat resources make up 7% of all the deposits of the European part of Russia.

Average temperatures in January are from 9 to 17 degrees Celsius below zero; in July 17-18 degrees C above zero.

The cities Torzhok and Nelidovo with their chemical industries are the main sources of pollution. On the territory of the military unit in the settlement of Migalovo, radioactive waste products are stored.

Tver region nature

Tver region nature view

Tver region nature view

Author: Aleksey Luzhkov

Tverskaya oblast landscape

Tverskaya oblast landscape

Author: Evgeny Lyzlov

Tver region view

Tver region view

Author: Alexey Usov


Tver region economics

In the structure of gross output of Tver region the following industries are outlined: processing - 23%, power engineering, gas and water production and distributing - 9%, wholesale and retail - 18%, transportation and communication - 15%, construction - 6%. Agriculture produces about 8% of gross output of the region.

The largest nuclear power stations are located in the province: Kalininskaya with the capacity 3 GWt and Konakovskaya (2,4 GWt). At present there are 4 power blocks with the capacity 1 GWt each at Kalininskaya station. The construction of Tverskaya nuclear power station is planned.

The railway connecting two main cities of Russia (Moscow and Saint-Petersburg) crosses Tver region - Oktyabrskaya railway. Also 2 federal highways cross this territory: M10 “Rossiya” and M9 “Baltiya”. Inner roads A111 Torzhok-Ostashkov and A112 Tver-Rzhev are also important.

There are 2 airports near Tver: the international UUEM (KLD) “Migalovo” and the local airport “Zmeyevo” (helicopter airport at present).

Navigation on the Volga River is developed, river port “Tver” with the freight moorage for ships “river-sea”. The largest railway junction of the region is located in Bologoye. Bologoye junction includes 5 directions: Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Pskov, Yaroslavl, Velikiye Luki.

Agriculture of Tver region is mainly cattle-breeding and flax growing. Pig breeding and poultry keeping are well developed. Rye, oats, forage crops are grown as well as vegetables.

Tver province scenery

Tver region scenery

Tver region scenery

Author: Alexey Usov

Tverskaya oblast village

Tverskaya oblast village

Author: Georgiy Pogozhiy

Tver region abandoned church

Tver region abandoned church

Author: Alexander Mozgalyov


Tver region features, attractions

There are a lot of lakes on the territory of Tver province. The most popular ones are Brosno and Seliger lakes. Tver region area named Valdai Hills is the source of such rivers as the Dnieper, Volga and Western Dvina.

Tver region is the heart of Russia, the ancient Russian land. Great Tver principality existed as an independent state unit till the end of the 15th century and was one of the centers of creating the Russian national state. Till nowadays there are a lot of monuments of history, architecture, archaeology and culture in this area.

Tver province is one of the tourist areas in Russia with rapidly developing tourist infrastructure. A considerable tourist stream cross the territory of the region towards neighboring regions - the Golden Ring, Veliky Novgorod and Saint-Petersburg.

The main types of tourism are as follows: recreation - over a half of tourists, cognitive touring - 26% of all the visits, and the third - curing resorts and treatment - 19% of all the tourists visiting Tver region.

The main centers of tourism are the lake Seliger and the net of lakes in the upper Volga, the Volga river-head, the cities Tver, Torzhok, Staritsa, Vyshny Volochek, Rzhev and Toropets, Ivankovskoye water reservoir called “Moscow Sea”.

This land has been especially attractive to creative intelligentsia of Russia. Outstanding artists lived and worked there.

Tver region churches

Tver region wooden church

Tver region wooden church

Author: Alexey Usov

Tver region church

Tver region church

Author: Kiyanovsky Dmitry

Tver province church

Tver province church

Author: A.Burlakov


Theater life of the region is very active. Traditional Bach Festival and the Festival “Musical Fall in Tver” are visited not only by music lovers from Russian capital, but by the guests from all over the world. The same success has the festival “Music summer at Seliger” that takes place every year in the most picturesque area of Tver province.

14 cities of the region have the status of “historical inhabited place” or simply historical city: Tver, Toropets, Staritsa, Torzhok, Kashin, Vyshny Volochek, Bezhetsk, Ostashkov, Vesyegonsk, Bely, Zubtsov, Kalyazin, Krasny Kholm, Rzhev.

A number of ancient settlements such as: Gorodnya, Mednoye, Kushalino, Ivanishi, Vydropuzhsk, Bernovo, Rogozha and others might apply for having such status as well.

9,439 monuments of history and culture are found and protected. Tverskaya oblast is especially rich in monuments of the 18th-20th centuries. The region is not only an important historical, cultural, but spiritual center of Russia due to its churches and monasteries. Among them there are such monasteries as Nilova Pustyn in Ostashkovsky district and St. Assumption Staritsky monastery.

Tver oblast has a lot of conditions for water tourism. There are over 50 rivers in the region which may be interesting for water tourists. There are separate parts suitable for rafting. Especially popular is kayak-padding.

You can take horseback rides and trips near Staritsa village, between Moscow and Saint-Petersburg (inexpensive and authentic, free aged horse manure).

A part of historical route “The way from Varangs to Greeks” crosses the western part of the region. This route was the ancient way from Scandinavia to Konstantinopol (Istanbul) through Veliky Novgorod, Tverskaya and Smolenskaya lands, Byelorussia and Ukraine.

Tver oblast of Russia photos

Tver region winter

Tver region winter scenery

Tver region winter scenery

Author: Gaidukov Nikolai


The comments of our visitors

Visnny Volochek
Born here!
I was born in the Tver region in Vishny Volochek. I want to go back there someday!

Wade Hathaway
Tver is great place to visit
I visited Tver the city and other places in the Oblast in 2006 and I am going back this summer (2010). There are lots of lakes for boating and many small villages with nice churches and monuments. The people I met were usually very freindly. I can't wait to return. It is a really nice place to stop off when travalling between St Petersburg and Moscow. I can see why Catherine built a little palace in Tver.

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