From matryoshka nesting dolls to babushkas to snow-covered domes, Russia is a thrilling and enticing nation. Spanning 11 different time zones, Russia is a complex and unique country. Russia offers a wide array of travel destinations to fit everyone’s interests from the Kremlin to the Siberian forest and everything in between.
When you imagine Russia you probably get images of Russia’s bold Red Square. The crown jewel of Russian architecture is St. Basil’s Cathedral in the heart of Moscow’s Red Square. Intricate Orthodox cathedrals bold government buildings decorate Moscow’s cityscape. Moscow is what most people think of when they hear about Russia. Since Russia is such a massive country, it’s not surprising that its bustling capital is the most iconic and well-known. The hype is well-deserved. Moscow is a fascinating city with a deep and long history.
After exploring the center of the capital, venture out through the spanning city for culture, history, and tasty cuisine. If you’re interested in Russian art, head over to the Tretyakov Gallery. This museum houses one of the biggest collections of Russian art in the world. For an outdoor experience, spend the afternoon in Gorky Park. The summer days are packed with sports and activities and outdoor cinema. In the winter, half of the park is turned into an outdoor skating rink. Just down the road from the park, you’ll find the legendary Moscow State University known for its striking architecture.
2. St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg is arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Russia. Nestled along the Baltic Coast, St. Petersburg is the northernmost city on the planet. St. Petersburg features that coastal charm while also delivering the icy cold winters Russia is known for. But don’t let the freezing winters deceive you, St. Petersburg is actually quite lovely in the summer.
The perfect blend of Russian heritage and European design, St. Petersburg offers to best of both worlds. Take a boat ride through the center of the city for beautiful views. If you’re adventurous, you can even rent a stand-up paddleboard and cruise down the river for a memorable experience. With fine dining, elegant art, historical museums, and more, St. Petersburg is the perfect travel destination.
Kazan is actually the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan in Russia. It’s the fifth-largest city in Russia and the most populous along the river Volga. Kazan is even older than Moscow and offers a beautiful blend of Tatar and Slavic cultures.
Russia is known for the Soviet Communist Era, as well as its deeply rooted Orthodox beliefs. The city of Kazan breaks these stereotypes and presents a truly multicultural experience. Kazan is home to the Temple of All Religions. Sixteen separate religions are represented, making for a colorful and symbolic burst of religion.
Kazan also offers a flavorful experience. With influences from traditional Russian and Eastern kitchen, combined with the savory cuisine of Tatarstan, you will find the tastiest food around in Kazan.
4. Lake Baikal
Over on the opposite end of the country lies Lake Baikal – the oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world! For a true Siberian experience, Lake Baikal doesn’t disappoint. You can fly to Eastern Russian from Moscow, or opt for a memorable experience on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Stunning vistas will enthrall nature lovers. Visit in the summer to enjoy the sunny weather and take a majestic boat ride on the lake. If you choose to visit during the winter months you’ll experience fewer crowds, see the icy blue lake surrounded by snow. You can even take a dog-sled ride!
No matter how you like to travel, Russia has an exciting destination for you. Take a trip like no other and explore one of our top 4 destinations for traveling in Russia.