Mandrogi is a village situated 260 kilometers northeast of St. Petersburg in a picturesque nook on the banks of the Svir River, which connects Onega and Ladoga lakes. The village, destroyed during World War II, was restored in 1996 with care taken to preserve the traditions of old Karelian village architecture. Many houses from the region have been brought here, forming a true open-air museum of wooden architecture for tourists. The village is inhabited by about 50 people who work in the tourism industry performing traditional jobs and activities such as the production of typical handcrafts. With its brightly colored wooden houses, Mandrogi recreates the atmosphere of old rural Russia in its natural environment.

Typical Shashlik barbecue in Mandrogi. We will be able to taste Shashlik, a Russian culinary specialty that comes from the Caucasus and Central Asia. Cooks skewer beef, lamb, pork, or chicken that has marinated all night in a sour sauce made from vinegar, wine, or fruit or vegetable juice, along with herbs and spices. The skewers are cooked on a grill called a mangal over wood or charcoal.