Russia is a mysterious mountain range of majestic snow-capped mountains, deep lakes, golden sands, icy tundra, and thousands of rivers that meander through quaint villages and scenic national parks. However, the world’s largest country is also home to some impressive works of art, overwhelming palaces, and palatial cities whose charm and drama have inspired writers and poets for centuries.
The word “diversity” is very important when describing Russia. Magnificent mountains, deserts, beaches, springs, ruins, palaces, frozen lakes, amazing art, and architecture; this country is a museum in itself. The communist country has also produced some of the world’s most famous artists and politicians. And if that’s not enough, how can one get away from the typical delicious Russian cuisine?
Now, with the 2018 FIFA World Cup looming, the timing seems perfect to get to know Russia’s top tourist destinations, some of which are host cities for the year’s biggest sporting events. Whether you’re a football fan or not, check it out and plan your trip accordingly.
Here is an overview of some beautiful places in Russia that travelers must visit on their next tour to Russia, have a look:
With a long and turbulent history, some great arts and culture, and the world’s largest community of billionaires, it’s no wonder that Moscow has always been seen as a city of preferences and dramatic contrasts, as well as a creative and intellectual hub.
Today, the awe-inspiring and developing Russian capital is an expensive and almost intimidating megacity with world-class art galleries, restaurants, upscale shopping, an ancient and vibrant culture, and an exciting nightlife.
The most famous sights in the political, financial, and cultural center of Russia are undoubtedly the magnificent Red Square and the majestic Kremlin with its red brick towers, beautiful churches, magnificent museums, and fascinating historical monuments.
Moscow is also home to some of the best museums, galleries, and cultural institutions in the world, so don’t miss a world-class show at the Bolshoi Theatre, the Tretyakov Gallery (a true celebration of Russian fine art), or the Pushkin Museum. Fine Art – One of the most prestigious and prestigious European art galleries in the world.
The city’s museums are also interesting, where you can learn about Russia’s wonderful literary heritage, such as the Pushkin Memorial Museum, the Tolstoy House Museum, the Dostoevsky House Museum, the Mayakovsky Museum, Or the small but charming Gogol Museum. Memorial Room.
Nightlife, shopping, and dining are top-notch in Moscow, and the city is home to numerous bars, clubs, restaurants, and boutiques.
Often considered Russia’s most European and forward-looking city, St. Petersburg is an excellent travel destination, especially for history and culture lovers. More than 2,000 libraries, 220 museums, and 80 theatres make up the city’s mature cultural scene, while exciting art galleries, bohemian cafés, bustling underground clubs, and a minimalist Scandinavian hotel in Via Interiors shows the innovative side of St. Petersburg.
The UNESCO-listed historic center of St. Petersburg, with its impressive network of canals lined with striking Baroque and Neoclassical buildings, is a must-see for everyone visiting Russia’s former capital. As well as its biggest museums (the wonderful Hermitage and the Russian Museum) or the bustling Nevsky Prospekt – the city’s main street and the main destination for shopping, dining, and nightlife.
Beautifully decorated churches, the world-famous Mariinsky Theatre, Peter and Paul Castle, and Vasilievsky Island are also worth a visit.
The best time to visit St. Petersburg is during the summer months when the city witnesses its famous White Nights – midnight sun hours, beautiful traditions, and many nightly festivals.
Not as famous as Moscow and St. Petersburg, but a notable Russian destination is Kizhi Island in the center of Lake Onega. Particularly known for its wonderful open-air museum, this unique complex of historical, cultural, and natural significance houses an amazing collection of wooden structures, some of which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage List and others dated back to the 14th century.
The island’s most popular attractions include the Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus (the oldest wooden church in Russia) and the ruins of Kizhi Pogost with its impressive 22-domed Church of the Transfiguration. In addition to some of the best examples of wooden architecture in the country, visitors will have the opportunity to explore Karelia’s series of ancient rural settlements scattered throughout this beautiful, nearly unspoiled paradise.
Coincidence or not, one of Russia’s most attractive cities is a picturesque port on the Pacific Ocean, closer to the lands of China, Japan, and South Korea than the Siberian state of Lake Baikal. So, 4,000 miles from Moscow, beautiful Vladivostok is a city that impresses with its beautiful location, sweeping sea views, and mountain streets that remind travelers of San Francisco.
Only 15 years ago this easternmost point on the famous Trans-Siberian highway was a closed city, but today Vladivostok is booming with modern architecture, delicious cuisine, and endless entertainment opportunities.
In summer, Sportivnaya Harbour is the city’s busiest place, with a theme park and dozens of street vendors offering drinks, food, and a variety of colorful souvenirs.
Other attractions in Vladivostok include the city’s main square, Ploschad Bortsov Revolutsy; the modern Russky Island Bridge, which connects the town and the island; the Arsenev Regional History Museum; and the Primorsky State Art Gallery.
The cuisine of Vladivostok is particularly attractive because it combines European and Asian culinary traditions, offering a very tasty menu based on delicious seafood and oriental dishes.
Known locally as the Paris of Siberia, Irkutsk is a fairly compact city with impressive historic churches, museums, theatres, and beautiful wooden houses decorated with beautifully hand-carved ornaments. In addition, it is the closest major city to the majestic Lake Baikal, making it an excellent base for exploring the largest, oldest, and deepest freshwater lake in the world.
Irkutsk’s main attractions include the City History Museum, the Geological Museum with its unforgettable display of gems and minerals collected in Siberia and the Russian Far East, and the Old Town with its lively outdoor cafés and grand architecture. 19th Century and Street Vibrant performers create a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for people to hang out, eat and watch the world go by.
From Irkutsk, a scenic one-hour drive will take you to the world-famous Lake Baikal, Russia’s most stunning nature reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, it is without a doubt a place of unquestionable natural beauty and geological significance.
These days are a good time to visit Kazan, as the city has just undergone tremendous changes and many world events await here. These include the 2014 World Fencing Championships, the 2015 World Swimming Championships, and the highly anticipated 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The capital of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan is a melting pot of cultures, a multi-ethnic mix of Muslims and Christians living peacefully on the Volga River. Its main historical attraction is the UNESCO-listed Kazan Kremlin with its beautiful churches, watchtowers, and museums. In addition, in Kazan, there is a wide variety of excellent bars, cafés, restaurants, and boutiques to choose from, most of which are located on the lively Baumann pedestrian street.
Known for its quaint old-world cities, medieval fortresses, and ancient onion-domed churches, the Golden Ring is one of the most fascinating tourist destinations in Russia. Although located northeast of Moscow, this group of ancient cities appears to be a million miles from the elegant and sophisticated Russian capital, offering visitors a taste of the past and the opportunity to explore architecture. area. Tradition
More interesting stops along the way include Vladimir and the charming nearby town of Suzdal, as well as Sergiyev Posad, known as the spiritual home of the Russian Orthodox Church, the mountain city of Pereslavl-Zalesky, Veliko Rostov, and the quiet town of Pylos, often called the Pearl of the Volga.
Sochi, the site of the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games, is Russia’s largest tourist center and a major tourist destination for the summer and winter holidays. Scenic spot on the Black Sea coast, this seaside summer resort attracts domestic and foreign tourists with its stunning sunny beaches, luxury hotels, world-class restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and countless cultural and natural attractions.
Soviet-era luxury architecture is still common in Sochi, but the atmosphere is starting to change thanks to the city’s latest developments and its international popularity.