Spanning Eastern Europe and Northern Asia, Russia remains high on the list of the most fascinating countries to see. However, if this is your first time planning a trip to this region, it must be difficult to choose the best destinations to visit. Maybe we will be able to help you and give you a little push towards making these decisions with our list of the most beautiful places to see in Russia.
Located on the Iset River between the Volga-Ural region and Siberia, the city of Yekaterinburg is popular among tourists because of its beautiful urbanistic scenery. Not only that, it takes pride in being home to over 30 museums, libraries, theatres and playwrights. Thus, this city is perfect for getting acquainted with the vibrant culture of Russia.
Situated along the Black Sea, Sochi is the largest resort city in Russia. This is a city for entertainment as much as it is for relaxing. You can go on hikes and engage in numerous winter sports while you are there if you wish to spend your days more actively. However, you can also very much enjoy the subtropical climate and wondrous beaches.
The largest city in the Russian Far East, the city of Vladivostok is a real feast for the eyes, as it is surrounded by mountains and bays. You can simply stroll through the cosy parks or enjoy a cultural afternoon in many museums, theatres and concerts. The city is also the grand finale of the famous Trans-Siberian railway trip. The residents of the city are known to be friendly and laid back, so you will feel welcomed and comfortable!
4. Nizhny Novgorod
In the 13th century, Nizhny Novgorod was a fortress and now it has become a lively centre of culture. With more than 600 monuments and over 200 art museums, it attracts history and art lovers from all over the world. It sits on the confluence of the Volga and Oka rivers, giving the overall scenery a magical feel.
5. Golden Ring
The Golden Ring is a unit of the oldest Russian cities, top-tier places of history and culture. These towns have now been called “open-air museums,” and it features unique and authentic monuments of the country’s architecture, including kremlins, monasteries, churches, and cathedrals. These cities are the wealthiest and most picturesque places of Russian heritage.
The capital city of Russia is known for artistic endeavours, monuments, and the most important institutions of the country. Moscow is the perfect mix of Soviet architecture and fancy premises. Here, the old and the new compliments each other, making you feel both relaxed and excited at the same time.
Lively nightlife and sparkling buildings are accompanied by impressive greenery and peaceful squares, not to mention such historical places as the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral. You simply cannot go to Russia without spending time in Moscow!
7. Saint Petersburg
Another cultural jewel, St. Petersburg, was founded in 1703 by Tsar Peter the Great and is now one of Russia’s most popular places to visit. It is governed as a federal city, and there are so many magnificent places to see and so many things to do that it will leave you breathless for a moment. In the best way!
Make sure to visit the Hermitage, museum of art and culture. It has now become a symbol of the city, as it is filled with impressive collections of paintings and millions of other items. One of the most comfortable ways to reach this city is to take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg.
Take your time while visiting this grand country. You will need it. With the number of places to see and visit, this trip will surely be one of the most mind-boggling ever. So grab your passport and an itinerary; Russia awaits!