10 Best Places to Visit in Russia

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Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg is the 4 th largest city in Russia and its also known as the central city of the Ural region. It is really popular for its historical heritage and the area is full of museums, historic buildings and churches.

The Ural region was also known for its major industrial plants, some of which are still operating in the area. From 2002, the region has also been home to the ‘Uralmash’ group, the largest Russian manufacturer of railway and mining equipment.

Yekaterinburg is one of the most well-known cities in Russia. It stands at the meeting point of four important highways – the West-Siberian Railway, the highway M5, the Highway M45 and the highway M6.

The name Yekaterinburg comes from the name of the first Russian empress Catherine II, who reigned from 1762 to 1796. She gave the name ‘Yekaterinburg’ to the place where her family lived.The empress was the daughter of Peter the Great and his second wife, the beautiful German princess Eudoxia Streshneva. She was born in St Petersburg and named after her German mother. The boyars named the town after her.

Sochi

It's 100 km from the Russian border to the Chinese border, but it's much more than that. The object of envy, the symbol of wealth and power and the dream destination for many.

The journey is not an easy one though, it's a train that leaves once in a while, and that's it. So, the first thing you do is pick accommodation. And in Sochi it's really hard to do it because there are plenty, there is nothing … no hotels, no boarding houses, no hostels, nothing! But, you can sleep on the train or in the woods.

And no surprises that it's practically empty, because Sochi, where the Winter Olympic Games took place in 2014, is not a summer resort, not at all. After a few weeks of sun everyone who has some money in Russia goes to the summer resort of Sochi on the Black Sea.

The area has its own history and celebrities, like the cannibal Savitsky. He invented Russian cuisine when he was about to begin his sentence in a prison camp. So it's a real army town, or rather a separate town within an army base.

The 45 minutes train ride was well worth it. In spite of the number of people that overflowed from the station, the area seemed deserted, and in the empty public spaces of the buildings there was place to stand. But it's quite another matter to meet people.

Veliky Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod, situated in the north-western part of Russia, is the second largest city in the country. It was originally founded as a fortress, which led to its name, which means Great Novgorod. During the time of Kublai Khan, it was known as Yanjing, a Chinese name. Veliky Novgorod has a varied architecture, with traditional Russian and Byzantine-influenced churches. It was the base for those who revolted against the Mongol rule, which led to destroying the city by the Mongolian troops. It was also Russia’s first capital in 1223. It was declared the second capital in 1589. During the Soviet rule, missile testing was done in the city.

Vladivostok

Bay, Russia.

Vladivostok is a wonderful place to visit during the summer time. Located in the most eastern part of the country, in the Pacific coastal zone, it is considered to be Russia’s door to the Pacific Ocean.

It shelters important sea lanes between Alaska, Russia and Japan. As we all know, it was the main naval base during the Russian Civil war.

It is an inland port with an international airport that serves as principal point for entry and exit to Russia.

It has a long promenade full of parks and shrines.

It is also known as “glorious city of Russ,, honor of our homeland,” It has a wide range of different attractions such as aquariums, music television studios, botanical gardens and the Russian street.

This city contains the very same fauna as the rest of Russia, it offers wonderful beaches and a vast experience of cool weather and fresh air.

The sites in the area in Vladivostok are still preserved, as these are usually already excavated and without attractions; for example, the Russian street is still the same. Also, you can visit the Naval Parade Square, one of the most important squares in the city.

Nizhny Novgorod

(Nizhny Novgorod)

Nizhny Novgorod (or Nizhny Novgorod Metropolitan Area) is a city in Russia with 1,47 billion dollars of estimated GDP (2014).

It is one of the most magnificent and historic Russian cities. And it looks really beautiful and is interesting to inhabit.

Nizhny Novgorod is a city located on the Volga River in western central Russia. It lies 500 miles west of Moscow, 170 miles east of Kazan, and 325 miles southeast of St. Petersburg.

According to your preferences you can decide where to go to explore. If you choose to stay for the duration of your stay and if you like exploring, you should visit the Blue Line (Синий линия).

The blue line or the blue route is the most peaceful and beautiful place in Nizhny Novgorod. Remember to visit the city’s largest cemetery in the Far Eastern end of the city.

It is called “Alexander Garden” and it occupies the whole area of almost 25 square kilometers. It is the largest and the oldest cemetery in Russia.

The Alexander Garden is situated at the height of 90 meters above the ground. The cemetery’s reservation area is the largest in Europe.

Irkutsk

With a name like Irkutsk, it’s hard to go wrong. Irkutsk is the capital of the Irkutsk Oblast, the territory that includes Lake Baikal, the Siberian River of Life.

The Siberian River of Life connects to several rivers: the Angara, the Uda, and the Sosna. Just a few of the distinctive features of Irkutsk include:

Tourist Train: The train passes right through the city, running between the markets and public bathhouses.

Lake Baikal: Baikal, which means “lake” in Mongolian, is the nation’s most prominent feature. This massive lake is the world’s sixth-largest and the deepest lake in the world. It also has an impressive amount of biodiversity.

Famous Russian Painter: Artists call this area “the English Garden” because of all of the British artists who came and settled in the 1830s. The most famous of these is landscape artist Ivan Shishkin.

Kazan

Golden Ring

The Golden Ring is a historical tourist area in Russia’s Central Federal District, often taken as the best of its kind in the country. Tourists are recommended to visit only a few places in the Ring, including the Kremlin, Red Square, and the Moscow Kremlin Armory. They can plan their trip around these places and can avoid a large number of attractions that are not worth visiting.

Datig & Siberia

This region offers visitors to Russia a great opportunity to experience the Old Russian towns and the history of Siberia. There are many interesting sights in the region, including Chelyabinsk, a city known for the first man-made self-scattering intercontinental ballistic missile, a city that is shown in a popular Soviet movie, and a Cathedral in the town of Datig.

Other sights of interest in the area include the towns of Tobol’sk and Pechora, which tells stories of the Great Siberian Railway and the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Arkhangelsk

Arkhangelsk is a historical European city that is located on the White Sea. It is a great weekend destination for people who want to enjoy a calm life in a city that has a lot of interesting things to see.

Saint Petersburg

This city is the former capital of the Imperial Russian Empire and is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking cities in the world. You can even visit the Summer Palace, a former imperial residence, but this one is strictly for amateurs because they don’t allow any photography.

You will also have the chance to experience the luxurious life of the tsars. The place was known for its great riches and not even the Bolsheviks were able to destroy them.

So, let’s take a look at the main monuments in this city: the Summer Palace, the Hermitage Museum and the Peter and Paul Fortress.

Moscow

Seeing Moscow for the first time is like getting a hint of what the Russian culture is actually like. Many travelers who only do Moscow on their itineraries are surprised that the city actually has a lot more to offer. While it is true that the city is a bit spread out, you will still be surprised by how much there is to see in just one day. Here are some things that you must do while in Moscow if you are curious about the culture.

The Kremlin is a fortress that was previously the seat of power back in the time of Ivan the Terrible.

If you get there in winter, you will be greeted with beautiful white snow. If you get there in summer, you will be confronted by an awesome view of the city.

If you are a history lover, you will be in your element. If you don’t feel comfortable in a dark and old castle prison, this tour may not be for you.

It is a need to see for anybody going to Russia, no matter how short they are here.

The Expocenter exhibition center often hosts big events like conferences and fashion events. You can spend a lot of time in here, if you want to go to all the floors.

You can come here and dig for some deals. There are plenty of shops to buy something from and it is always a great place to find gifts and souvenirs.

Map of Russia

Europe Russia is the largest country in the world. It is very extensive and is located in the northern part of Eastern Europe on the Eurasian landmass. Russia shares borders with the following countries: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, North Korea.

Russia is landlocked but borders the biggest body of water in the world, the Arctic Ocean.

In 2015 Russia overtook Saudi Arabia to become the biggest oil producer in the world.

Most of Russia’s land mass is composed of a semi-arid steppe and tundra covered region. The western part of Russia is dominated by the Siberian landmass, while the Pacific coast is marginally warmer and rainier.

Russia’s economic future depends heavily on the expansion of oil and natural gas production.

Russia is the world’s largest land locked country.

Siberia Russia is one of the largest land regions on the planet. It covers about 1,966,000 square kilometres and consists of many of the world’s largest cities and the longest coastline on the planet. It has an incredible population of 145.7 million people. With such a large population it is no surprise the life expectancy is only 62.1 years.

Although Siberia is cold it does have many climate and weather differences.