Tula may not be as big as Moscow or Saint Petersburg, but this old Russian Hero City, located in a 2.5-hour ride from Moscow, has its highlights, too.
An absolute must-visit is the Tula State Museum of Weapons. The building alone is mind-blowing! And there is a lot to look at inside. If you really are into history, you may spend up to four hours there!
Also, make sure you visit the Samovar Museum — it has a great collection of samovars of all kinds.
One more must-see is the Gingerbread Museum. There is no place in the world where you can see such a variety of gingerbreads (and yeah, you will be able to taste some, too, they taste as good as they look!).
However, Tula is not only arms, gingerbread and samovars. The city has a lot more to offer, including the Kremlin with its nine towers and two cathedrals. The house of Leo Tolstoy, Yasnaya Polyana is just a few kilometers away from the city.