If you still look for a perfect place to spend your vacations, we invite you to one of the most mysterious and controversial countries on Earth – Russia. Many jokes, legends, and misconceptions can be told about this far and cold (misconception #1 goes here) land, where bears walk in the streets (misconception #2), and people drink vodka all days long (oops, it seems we have one more misconception here). Russia is a big and wonderful country with rich history and culture, and every tourist should visit it at least once, though it will not be enough to understand all its nuances and mentality.
Here we tell you about 5 most popular places to see in Russia that can’t be missed if you accepted the challenge and decided to get acquainted with this beautiful land.
Russians call it quite simple: Peter. This gorgeous city is the largest economic, scientific and cultural center of Russia. It is located in the North-West of the country on the river Neva. St. Petersburg was founded in 1703 by Peter I, and today this city is one of the most popular destinations for tourists.
Peter is really gorgeous. Its architecture is impossible to describe, its greatness has no borders. Once visited, this city is impossible to forget, and you will definitely fall in love with its numerous bridges, countless museums, unusual monuments, and… cats. Yes, the citizens of this city love cats very much, and you will find more than 50 monuments of different kinds there. And you will definitely meet real cats in the streets! Well, one at least.
This is the capital of Russia, and this fact says it all. Moscow is the largest cultural and tourist center not only in Russia, but in the whole Europe as well. This region has a rich historical and cultural heritage, that makes Moscow one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. In about 5 million tourists visited Moscow last year, and its number constantly grows.
You can’t miss the river Moscow here, as well as the famous Red Square, a big number of museums and galleries, interesting monuments, international citizens… No words are enough to describe this city, it’s better to see it once in order to understand what is so special about it.
Everyone knows Sochi today thanks to the Olympic Winter Games that will be held there in 2014. This is a big city in Krasnodar Krai, situated on the Black Sea, which makes it very popular among tourists from different countries. There are also the Caucasus Mountains nearby, so, tourists of all interests will definitely find something to do in Sochi.
It’s obvious, that Sochi is very popular among tourists in summer. But you are also welcome there in winter, when all ski resorts are open (don’t miss Krasnaya Polyana, one of the biggest and extremely beautiful resorts to see in winter).
The fourth-largest city if Russia, this place are worth visiting thanks to its rich culture, soft climate, and industrial heritage.
Yekaterinburg was founded in 1723, and more than 100 000 foreign tourists visit this city every year. You should definitely see its unique architecture, variety of historical monuments, the Ural Mountains, and the Iset River. (As far as you could notice already, almost every city of Russia can boast with having a river. And it’s great, isn’t it?).
This is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. Kazan is a very interesting city in Russia, which can be deservedly called one of the most popular tourist destinations. It is situated on the left bank of the river Volga, and it was founded in about 1000 years ago.
Kazan is one of the largest cultural, educational, sports, and economic centers of Russia. It is also branded as “the third capital of Russia” after Moscow and Saint Petersburg. More than 1 million tourists visit Kazan every year, and can’t stop admiring its magnificent architecture, rich culture, and friendly people.