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Gyumri (Armenia)

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4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
1hr 45min drive to the northwest of Erevan
When to go
Summer is preferable (it snows from October to May)
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Gyumri

Timothée D. Seasoned Traveller
285 written opinions

Gyumri, the country's second largest town is situated to the northwest and is one of Armenia's most agreeable towns.

My suggestion:
Be warned that winters are long in Gyumri and the snow may last until April or May.
My review

In my opinion, Gyumri is the town that best reflects the influence of Russia and the Soviet Union in Armenia. It may be because of several name changes (Alexandropol/Alexander Town, then Leninakan/Lenin Town, before becoming Gyumri) or its architecture, wide avenues, squares and imposing Russian/Soviet-style buildings. Even so the town feels spacious, pleasant and welcoming.

Gyumri stands apart from other towns in the country, be it the local accent, its conservative appearance or the culinary specialities. I found it differs greatly from other areas in Armenia, as well as being very welcoming to travellers. Sadly, it suffered from a devasting earthquake in 1988 that still remains on people's lips today.

In short, Gyumri was a great stopover during my Armenian tour

Downtown Gyumri