Grozny has quickly developed into one of the most modern and safe cities in all of Russia.
A unique mixture of Papua, Palermo, Abu Dhabi and Monte Carlo.
There is currently 1 flight per day with Grozny Avia in a Yak 42 from/to Moscow-Vnukovo, plus 1 flight per day with Rusline in a Bombardier Canadair jet from/to Moscow-Domodedovo, and 2 flights per week from/to Istanbul-Sabiha Gökcen Airport. As an alternative, one can fly in modern jets to Magas (1,5 hrs drive), Vladikavkaz (2 hrs drive), Nalchik (2,5 hrs drive), Mineralnye Vody (4 hrs drive), Tbilisi (4 hrs drive plus ca. 2 hrs border crossing).
Approaching Grozny, crossing the Terek River
Oil wells visible on arrival
Mosque right outside Grozny Airport
Chechen Music: Tamila Sagaipova "Yogu So", Chechen Nr. 1 hit in 2010
At the monument "Grozny - Center of the World - Center of Peace"
Famous Judo Club Edelweiss
Meeting President Kadyrov in his ...
... official Palace
The Great Mosque from outside ...
... and inside ...
... with Prophet Mohammed's beard hair on display (magnified)
Permanent Light Show at Grozny City Buildings
Hotel Grozny City *****
Hotel Arena City ****
Chrystal Callahan presents: Restaurants Corona and Paradise
Chrystal Callahan presents: Restaurants Japonsky Dvoruk and Grozny City
There are several other good restaurants in Grozny now:
Grozny City Hotel 32. floor
Grozny City Hotel 3. floor
Arena City Hotel
Maidan riverside restaurant - mediterranean style - right beside Grozny City Hotel (outside lobby turn right 150 m)
... with following view
Globus Restaurant (outside lobby turn left 100 m) with view on Palace (right)
Very friendly service at Globus Restaurant (translation by iPad)
Steakhouse inside Grand Park shopping mall (500 m from Grozny City Hotel)
US-foreign ministers on the wall of Steakhouse
... and US-presidents too (center)
Grand Park Shopping Mall
Underground Steakhouse & Bar (300 m from Grozny City Hotel)
Big Ben on the menu and Atatürk at the wall
Esperanto Lounge & Restaurant
Restaurant Schowda "Fountain" (12 km on the road to Gudermes and Machackala)
Video: Tourist speed drive into Grozny city center (coming from Machackala). Big city!
Reminder: Grozny before it was rebuilt by Ramzan Kadyrov (Source: Wikipedia)
In the old days (until ca. 2010) Lonely Planet described the situation as follows:
"Traveling independently in Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan is like walking on the moon without a spacesuit"
Times change ...