Top 30 Best Places to Visit in Russia

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Russia has been one of the top draws among’st the visitors. Right from food, culture to historic monuments and state of art museums, Russia has the best places to visit. However, it’s a big country and sometimes planning the complete itinerary could be a challenging task. In this article, we are going to present 30 places, which should be on your list while you are in Russia. This will definitely help you to plan your trip to Russia.

Here are the 30 best places which you must visit in Russia.

  • St. Petersburg

 

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When you come down to Russia, probably this is going to be your entry point to the country. It is the second largest city in Russia. St. Petersburg showcases the rich history of Russia with its art and Culture.It has been already classified as a UNESCO world heritage site. Although there are many things to see in St. Petersburg,

One should definitely start your tour with the gigantic Winter Place. Inside the palace, you will find the Hermitage Museum which has got a huge collection of items that have been collected from the other parts of the world. Apart from this you can enjoy the opera as well as the ballet shows, that is quite popular. You can also take up a boat tour through the canals of St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg is known as a Cultural and its also known as imperial capital which was founded by Peter the great.

In the evening, take some time to visit Alexander Garden, which has got huge plantation of multiple species. If botany interests you, then do visit the Botanical Garden, which is the oldest botanical garden in Russia.

A visit to “Cabin of Peter the Great” provides a great deal of historical information on the overall history of the city. Russia is one country which is famous for silver as well as gold decorative arts.

A huge collection of art can be found in Faberge Museum.It has got an expansive collection of 4000 items, and a visit to this museum could be a visual treat. There is the entry fee for this museum, and which is exactly 450 roubles. Apart from this, there are several other museums as well, which can be experienced at will. Stop at Mikhailovskiy Palace, located on the banks of Moika river.

Carlo Rossi, the renowned architect who has designed this palace, and interiors of the palace have been decorated by some of the celebrated architectures of that time.

To experience rich Russian cuisine, do visit Palkin Restaurant, which is quite hit amongst the visitors. If you are looking for café kind of experience, then Abajour Café is the best option.

  • Moscow

 

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Your visit Russia cannot be considered as complete if you have not visited the capital city of Moscow. It is the largest city in Russia, where one can experience the real culture of Russia. Just like any other global city, Moscow is a cosmopolitan city which has managed to maintain its Russian flair. Moscow is a city of many charms, and you should definitely visit this city to experience this. Dotted by the historic buildings it’s a real treat to be in the city of Moscow.

When you are visiting Moscow, the first thing in your mind should be Kremlin. Kremlin is a fortified complex located beside the river Moskva. It holds huge importance in Russia’s political history.

Kremlin is located just in the city center of Moscow, surrounded by the famous Red Square. It’s a happening place, with some best of the best restaurants and bar located around it. You can also visit St. Basil’s Cathedral, sitting just adjacent to Kremlin. The monument is famous for its exclusive Russian architecture.

Take out some time to visit Gorky Park and Lenin’s Mausoleum, to get a brief picture of Russia’s political history. If you want to experience the Russian theater, then a visit to the Bolshoi theater is definitely recommended. After a tiring day, chill out at Beluga Caviar Bar and Old Tower, located around the famous Red Square.

Moscow has got one of the best public transportation systems in the world, and you can avail the same for moving around the city. You can use buses, trams, underground railway, and even trolley buses. Apart from that one can also avail app-based taxi services such as Gett, Yandex, and Maxim. But these taxi services could be extremely expensive.

  • Altai

 

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Come to Altai to experience the beauty of the famous Altai mountains. The ranges of the Altai mountains expand to China, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan as well. For those tourists who are looking for some adventure, this is the place to be.

Indulge in white water rafting, glacier climbing, and even horse riding. The scenery around this place is simply incredible, and one can also enjoy the Russian steam bath. In case you are in Moscow, you can fly down to Sheremetyevo, and then reach Altai. But the flights are expensive. Apart from that night train is also available from Moscow.

  • Anapa

 

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You have experienced history, snow-capped mountain, museums and now get ready for some beach time. Visit Anapa located on the northern coast of the Black Sea. Anapa is extremely famous for its picturesque beaches and tropical climate. There is a lighthouse and a museum as well, which can interest the tourists.

There are numerous luxurious resorts dotted around the beaches. One can take a two hours flight from Moscow, and reach this beautiful beach destination. Enjoy some delicious European food at this beach destination. One of the top picks will be Porto Nero restaurant.

  • Barnaul

 

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When you reach the Altai mountains, if you drive for another couple of hours you will reach Barnaul. You can explore the Siberian life in Barnaul. You might also choose to trek along with the mountain ranges. Walk into the Altai Museum of Art, to experience Russian Art. Probably you can consider this place for a day trip from Altai.

  • Yekaterinburg

 

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The town of Yekaterinburg is sandwiched between Europe and Russia. It is the fourth largest city in Russia. Located on the Ural Mountains, this place is an ultimate skiing resort.

You can also explore the Deer Streams National Park, which is located nearby. The beautiful monastery Ganina Yama is also located on the European border. This monastery is famous for its architecture which is completely made up of woods.

  • Golden Ring

 

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The golden ring is made up of a few historical towns that are located on the northeastern region of Moscow. Enjoy some of the beautiful monuments in these towns, including the famous white churches built in medieval times. The golden ring is also famous for some traditional Russian food. Its beautiful countryside, with red cottages dotted around. whereas you can do a day trip from Moscow to the Golden Ring region.

  • Irkutsk

 

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The medieval time town of Russia is Irkutsk. It was one of the important trading posts of Russia. In modern times, the town of Irkutsk is famous for the Sayan mountains, which is explored by a huge number of tourists.

Even the famous Baikal Lake is located nearby. Enjoy some fresh catches from Baikal lake. A leisure walk around the lake would be one of the best things to do in Irkutsk.

  • Kamchatka

 

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This 1250 Km long peninsula is one of the beautiful areas in Russia. Located in the eastern Russia, one can explore the untouched wilderness filled with hot springs, geysers, and volcanoes. However, you should keep yourself away from the acid lake, which is dangerous.

Go to the arctic tundra, and engage yourself into some fishing. Touring Kamchatka can be an expensive affair, as many sightseeing points could be reached only by the helicopter.

  • Kaliningrad

 

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This beautiful destination is located between Lithuania and Poland, right on the Baltic Sea. This place is filled with historic monuments, but the monument has originated from Germany. One can experience wartime museums, which details the history of Prussia.

  • Krasnoyarsk

 

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The city of Krasnoyarsk is located on the banks of the beautiful Yenisei river. Visit the famous Stolby National Park, which is famous for its lush landscapes and stunning wildlife.  You can also find some peculiar rock shapes in the park. For rock climbers, this national park is a paradise.

The city also has some beautiful museums. Krasnoyarsk is located in deeper pockets of Siberia, hence the best place to reach there will be through Tran-Siberian railway. It is the most economical option, as flights from Moscow could be extremely costly.

  • Kazan

     

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    The city of Kazan is full of history, and you won’t believe that it is much older than Moscow. If you want to experience the Tatar culture, then Kazan is the best place for you. One can experience a cultural fusion, as Kazan is right between Europe and Asia.

    Explore the monuments, and enjoy some great cuisine on the Bauman street, which is full of cafes, bar, and restaurant. A city tour can be done, on double-decker buses which are meant for tourism purposes. Kazan is well connected with Moscow by train and flights.

    • Murmansk

     

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    The city of Murmansk is considered as the world’s largest Arctic city of the world. Visit the famous navy museum located in Murmansk, and get a glimpse of the wartime history of Russia. Take a guided tour of the nuclear ship turned museum, Lenin. Make sure you reach on time, as the guided tours are conducted only three times a day.

    • Lake Baikal

     

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    Lake Baikal is one of the deepest as well as the largest lake in the world. Located in southern Siberia, it is one of the top attractions among’st the tourists visiting Russia. In Winter the lake water freezes and gives a different kind of experience as visitors indulge in skiing and skating.

    • Novgorod

     

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    Novgorod is an ancient city of Russia, where we can reach from both Moscow as well as St. Petersburg. One can find lots of historical monuments along with some beautiful religious buildings located across the city. Some of these monuments are more than 100 years old. Most of the prominent attractions are located in the central Kremlin region.

    • Nizhny Novgorod

     

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    Nizhny Novgorod is located at the confluence two of the famous rivers, that is Volga and Oak. One can take a leisure walk around the banks of the river. There is a cable car tour as available as well, which takes from one end of the river to another. Go to the hilltop Kremlin, to get some breath-taking views of river Volga. There is a war monument along with an art museum as well.

    • Petropavlovsk

     

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    If you are visiting the Kamchatka peninsula, then take some time out to visit Petropavlovsk. The funniest part is, you cannot access this city by road. Actually, Petropavlovsk acts as a gateway to explore the famous Kamchatka peninsula.

    Petropavlovsk has some beautiful hotels and resorts. It is also known for some excellent restaurants & bars. Petropavlovsk is also a great shopping destination for the tourist. It is surrounded by snow-capped volcanic mountains.

    Petropavlovsk is famous for skiing and paragliding. Utilize the spare time by visiting the museums and other historical monuments, located in Petropavlovsk.

    • Novosibirsk

     

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    Novosibirsk is the third largest city in Russia. The city has got a brilliant mix of historic monuments, museums, art galleries, bars, and restaurants. In short, if you are looking for a culture trip then Novosibirsk is the best place to visit in Russia. You can also do ice skating, and watch the famous Russian circus.

    Also don’t forget to visit Novosibirsk Regional Puppet Theater to watch their famous puppet shows. Spend the evening in the wonderful Opera House. Visit the zoo to view famous polar bears and ligers. If you don’t know what are Ligers, these are hybrid of tiger and lion.

    • Samara

     

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    The city of Samara is located on the banks of the Volga river. The city is largely is inaccessible, and one needs to book a guided tour if they really want to visit Samara. Even the tourist infrastructure is not that good.

    In Winters, even these guided tours remain canceled. One of an important place in Samara is Stalin’s Bunker, which remains inaccessible during the winters. Even a river cruise would be a good idea during summers.

    • Sochi

     

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    Do you remember about the 2014 winter Olympics? If yes, then do you remember the name of the city where the games were hosted? Yes, it was in the city of Sochi, which is the largest summer resort destination in Russia.

    The city is thronged with visitors during the summer to enjoy the beautiful beaches or take a cool swim, you can actually enjoy your way in Sochi.  There are many monuments in the city from the Stalin era. Amongst this, there is the famous Summer Residence of Stalin. Experience the beautiful waterfalls, wildlife, and caves, in the Sochi national park.

    • Vologda

     

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    Vologda is a traditional Russian town, which became one of the hottest tourist destinations in Russia, only recently. This city is really small, and one can easily move around. If you have interests that are purely based on history, then you should definitely visit Vologda, because history is what which resides in the city.

    Take a guided tour of the historical monuments, to get an overview of Russian history. Among’st the most popular is Sophiysky Cathedral and Kremlyovskaya Square. You can also climb up to the bell towers, to catch some stunning views of the Vologda city.

    • Vladivostok

     

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    If beaches, bay views, rolling sands enthrall you then you have to visit Vladivostok. It has got the largest number of commercial ports in Russia, and that is why it has got huge commercial importance. It has also got a lot of importance in terms of defense as well, as most of the naval bases are located in Vladivostok.

    The beaches located in Vladivostok is absolutely perfect for swimming. One of the most popular beaches in Vladivostok is Golden Horn Bay. It is always recommended to take a flight to the city of Vladivostok as it is quite far from Moscow.

    • Ulan-Ude

     

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    Ulan-Ude is one city, where you can find a perfect blend of the Russian and the Asian cultures. One can easily reach this place from Moscow, with Trans Siberian railways. You can find the largest Lenin head in the world, which is an architectural marvel. Another place, that you should definitely visit it the Buddhist Lama temple. From this temple, you can get some stunning views of the city. If you are looking for traditional Russian cuisine, then there cannot be a better place than Ulan-Ude. If you want to learn about the culture, then do visit the Ethnographic Museum of the People of Trans baikalia Culture.

    • Trans-Siberian Railway

     

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    You might be using the Trans-Siberian railways for moving around Russia, but you might be surprised to know that it is one of the top attractions of Russia. It is the longest railway network in the world, with an overall length of 5772 miles. It is also one of the oldest railways in the world, constructed in the year of 1891. The route of the Tran-Siberian railway is quite scenic. Traveling through Trans-Siberian railways could be a memorable experience in Russia.

    • Mount Elbrus

     

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    Mount Elbrus is the highest peak in Russia, at 5642 meters. If you are looking for some trek-based adventure, then you can hike all the way to the top of the mountain. There are guided trekking trips that are available and can be booked beforehand.

    These trips are handled by professionals, who make sure that tour hiking trip is safe as well as enjoyable. One can fly down to Nalchik airport, in order to reach Mount Elbrus.

    • Ergaki Nature Park

     

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    Probably one of the most remote as well as a beautiful national park in Russia. If you love nature, then you simply can’t miss this place. If you want to get into a guided conducted tour, then you can contact the Ergaki Tourist Center directly. They will give all the details and can book the tour on behalf of the tourists.

    Once you enter this park, you might just find it as a fairyland with clear water lakes and rocky peaks, decorated with floating clouds. It is just an amazing experience. You can also find some beautiful waterfalls located within the park. In order to reach this place, you can fly to Abakan from Moscow or even St. Petersburg.

    • Curonian Spit

     

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    You might be wondering that what this place is about, it is just a strip of land whose width ranges from 0.5 Kilometers to 3.8 kilometers. While the length of the strip is 98 kilometers. Its sandy soil makes it look like a desert, which interests the tourists a lot. One half of the land strip is located in Lithuania, while the other half is in Russia.

    The place is also referred as Baltic Sahara due to its desert look, In order to reach the spit, one needs to reach the town of Kaliningrad. From Kaliningrad, one needs to take a bus to the Spit, and it takes around two hours. Undoubtedly, it’s a difficult trip, and should not be attempted with small kids.

    • Smolenskoye Poozerye National Park

     

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    Smolenskoye Poozerye National Park has around 35 lakes, dotted with pine forests. If you want to watch the most beautiful sunset in Russia, then you have to visit Smolenskoye Poozerye National Park. The lakes are quite good for fishing. If you are looking you can spot odd bear or leopard, as this place a considerable amount of wildlife.

    • Lena Pillars Nature Park

     

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    This is the perfect place for rock climbing. The famous Lena river flows through this natural park. This is a UNESCO world heritage site. Accessing this park is possible only by boat, from Yakutsk. One needs to travel for 180 kilometers upstream, in order to reach this site.

    • Kizhi Island

     

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    Kizhi Island is located at the center of Lake Onega. Lake Onega is located in the Republic of Karelia. The island is pretty small, as it is only 6 kilometers long but it is quite good for a day trip. Kizhi island has some beautiful ancient monuments, which were built in the 15th century. A visit to Kizhi Pogost is definitely recommended, as it is the largest open-air museum in Russia.

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