Russia Attractions

Tourist Attractions in Russia

Top Attractions in St. Petersburg

1. Summer Palace

This was one of the first palaces of St. Petersburg where Peter the Great, the first Russian Emperor, spent the summer months. The palace was originally surrounded by water on three sides and marked the beginning of the glorious history of Petersburg palaces. The Summer Palace today gives its visitors a rare opportunity to see life as it was 300 years ago.

 

Summer Palace, St. Petersburg

2. St. Isaac's Cathedral, Saint Petersburg

St. Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg, is the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city and is dedicated to Saint Isaac of Dalmatia, a patron saint of Peter the Great, who had been born on the feast day of that saint.

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Saint Isaacs Cathedral, St. Petersburg

3. The Palace Bridge, Saint Petersburg

Palace Bridge is a road- and foot-traffic bascule bridge, spans the Neva River in Saint Petersburg between Palace Square and Vasilievsky Island. The bridge is located on the axis of palace lane and stock exchange square. Like every other Neva bridge, it is drawn by night, making foot travel between various parts of the city virtually impossible. The bridge was created in 20th century and it is one of the most famous sights in St. Petersburg for the visitors. The bridge was built in 4 years between 1912 and 1916. The bridge’e total length is around 260 meters and the width is around 28 meters. It carries weight of over 30000 cars every day and sees some of the heaviest traffic in St. Petersburg as well. Though Palace Bridge is frequently used by visitors to reach the Hermitage Museum.

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The Palace Bridge Saint Petersburg

4. Bridge Opening

St. Petersburg is one of few places in the world to have daily opening of drawbridges. The Palace Bridge opens for about 3 hours in the early morning, and just recently, the bridge's opening has been accompanied by music, such as those by Tchaikovsky. It has turned out to be a popular tourist draw though it was primarily intended to allow passage of ships through it.

Bridge Opening, St. Petersburg

5. Smolny Cathedral, St. Petersburg

The Smolny Cathedral in St. Petersburg is one of the most beautiful churches in Russia. Smolny Cathedral is a part of Smolny Convent or the Smolny Convent of the Resurrection which is located at the Ploschad Rastrelli on the Neva River Bank. This blue and white building is a brilliance and architectural master piece. This master piece is design work of Italian architect Franceso Bartolomeo Rastrelli. He designed and built the cathedral between 1748 and 1764. The church is 93.7 meters tall and there are also four churches around the cathedral. Currently Smolny Cathedral is used primarily as a concert hall. Needless to say it is one of must visit Tourist Places in St. Petersburg.

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Smolny Cathedral Saint Petersburg

6. Church of Resurrection on Spilled Blood

Church of Resurrection on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg: The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the main sights of St. Petersburg. This Church was built on the site where Emperor Alexander II was fatally wounded in March 1881.

Church of Resurrection on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg

7. State Hermitage Museum
 

State Hermitage Museum is a museum of art and culture and is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world since 1764. Its collections comprise over three million items including the largest collection of paintings in the world.
 

State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg
 

8. Peter and Paul Fortress

Peter and Paul Fortress has been adapted as the central and most important part of the State Museum of Saint Petersburg history.

Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Petersburg
 

9. St. Petersburg in Winter

Winter in St. Petersburg, Russia is majestic. If you decide to feel the magic in St. Petersburg in winters then you must be extra ready. You would deal with snow covered city, very cold days, extra long and dark nights added with slippery roads. Yes it is cold and dark in winter but it is the best in winter too if you love nature poetry, because city looks best in winter. When you think of visiting St. Petersburg in winter then be ready to be seduced by mesmerising views of frozen lakes, rivers and beautiful snowflakes in the sun. When sunlight falls upon the streets, you probably cannot imagine anything better than this. City gets in party mood so you get to see plenty of plenty of premieres and parties to fill the long dark evenings going at full pace.

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Saint Petersburg in Winter
 

10. White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg

White Nights is basically a period every year in St. Petersburg when nights are bright. White Nights starts in May, when the city finally succumbs to spring and the parks are filled with flowering trees, but mid-June is peak time, as the sun slumps lazily towards the horizon but never fully sets. This festival organised by the Saint Petersburg City Administration, the festival begins in May with the "Stars of the White Nights" at Mariinsky Theatre and ends in July. White Night festival attracts lot of travellers. This festival hosts series of classical ballet, opera and music events which is performed by various Russian dancers, singers and musicians.

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White Nights Festival Saint Petersburg
 

11. Sapsan Russia

Sapsan is Russian high speed electric train which connected Moscow and St. Petersburg in its early years. This high speed trains came into operations in 2009. Initially connecting Moscow and St. Petersburg Sapsan now connects Moscow to Nizhniy Novgorod too. The train takes 3 hours 40 minutes from Moscow to St. Petersburg without an intermediate stop and takes 3 hours 55 minutes from Moscow to Nizhniy Novgorod without an intermediate stop. After all this one must be curious to know the speed of the Train. Well the speed of this profit making train is 250 km/hour at its peak, but it has crossed this speed as well at certain times.

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Sapsan Russia
 

Moscow Tourist Attractions

Top Attractions in Moscow City

1. Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow

The Bolshoi Theater in Moscow is one of the world's greatest opera and ballet theaters, and one of Moscow's top visitor attractions. The Bolshoi building, which for many years now has been regarded as one of Moscowís main sights, was opened on 20 October 1856 and rebuilt 2002 onward. The Bolshoi Theatre is a symbol of Russia for all time. It was awarded this honor due to the major contribution it made to the history of the Russian performing arts. Bolshoi still happens to be one of the best places of ballet and opera art in the world. This is still one of the best theaters. Theater has its own proud tradition and unmatched and unforgettable atmosphere. Your Moscow trip is simply incomplete without an evening visit to Bolshoi Theater.

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Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow

2. Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

Saint Basil’s Cathedral is church in the Red Square in Moscow. Popularly known as Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the official name of the building which is a museum now is ‘The Cathedral of the Intersection of the Virgin by the Moat’. There are another names to the Cathedral as well, ‘The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed is’ or ‘Pokrovsky Cathedral’. Built between 1555 and 1561 this cathedral it was once the tallest building until 1600 when Ivan the Great Bell Tower was completed. The Cathedral was ordered by Ivan the Terrible to mark the 1552 capture of Kazan from Mongol forces and it was completed in 1560. Today Saint Basil’s is located at one end of Red Square, Moscow. This is just across from the Spasskaya tower of the Kremlin. This is not too large and consists of nine chapels built on a single foundation. The color and the shape of this building is such which no other building in the world has come close to match so far. All in all the Saint Basil’s Cathedral is a beautiful work of architectural brilliance. It is one of the best Places to Visit in Moscow.

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Saint Basils Cathedral Moscow

3. Red Square, Moscow

Red Square is a city square in Moscow. It is known as city square because Moscow’s major streets, which connect to Russia’s major highways, starts from the Red Square. Red square which lies in the heart of Moscow separates Kremlin, the former royal citadel and currently the official residence of the President of Russia, from a historic merchant quarter known as Kitai-gorod. Red Square has been a place for public gatherings, celebrations of festivals and even watching executions in the past. Apart from soaking in the history and atmosphere, there are plenty of things for the tourist to do in and around the Red Square.

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Red Square Moscow

4. Nikulin Circus, Moscow

Moscow Circus on Tsvetnoi Boulevard, or Nikulin's Circus, is located on Tsvetnoi Boulevard in the Tverskoy District of central Moscow. It was the only circus in the city between 1926 and 1971, and still remains the most popular one. The first and original building was built and opened in 1880. Nikulinís circus is considered one of the best in the world and rightfully so. Every single act is a perfection. Itís beautiful, artistic, creative, and just amazing. The shows at the Nikulin Circus also have a very theatrical feel to them, with quite a formal atmosphere, a serious approach to circus artistry, and the acts normally connected by a particular theme or narrative thread.

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Nikulin Circus, Moscow

5. The Moscow Kremlin

The Moscow Kremlin, usually referred to as the Kremlin, is a fortified complex at the heart of Moscow, overlooking the Moskva River to the south, Saint Basil's Cathedral and Red Square to the east, and the Alexander Garden to the west. It is the best known of the Kremlins (Russian citadels) and includes five palaces, four cathedrals, and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers. Also within this complex is the Grand Kremlin Palace. The complex serves as the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation.

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Kremlin, Moscow

6. Lenin’s Mausoleum (Lenin’s Tomb), Moscow

Lenin's Mausoleum, also known as Lenin's Tomb, situated in Red Square in the centre of Moscow, is a mausoleum that currently serves as the resting place of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin. His preserved body has been on public display there since shortly after his death in 1924, with rare exceptions in wartime. Lenin’s body has been placed in a glass sarcophagus, and thousands of visitors come here every day to to see it. You can experience this unique way of preserving body by visiting Lenin’s tomb on your Moscow Trip. Mausoleum or the tomb is open for visitors on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 1 PM.

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Lenins Mausoleum Moscow

7. Moscow Metro

Moscow is timeless. It is one of the most significance and famous place on the planet. Since decades it has attracted travellers for so many reasons. Moscow metro is also one among them. 195 stations, route length of 325.4 km, mostly undergrounded and with the deepest section 74 metres, underground at the Park Pobedy station, one of the world’s deepest. The first design of the metro was submitted in 1902 but the plans were delayed and finally got approved in 1931. Many of the 195 stations have interesting architecture and design that reflect the time and era they were built in. Moscow metro by all means is not just a transportation system but it carries allot of historical and contemporary elements that any traveller can be mesmerised with. Moscow metro also happens to be the busiest in the world by daily ridership with average of more than 6.5 million and is the sixth longest route in the world.

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Moscow Metro

8. Moscow River Cruise

River cruise is the most relaxing and picturesque tour that Moscow can offer. Moscow river cruise is a great way to enjoy the view of historic landmarks and its main attractions. This is a perfect alternative to City Tour by car.

Moscow River Cruise

Suzdal Tourist Attractions

Top Attractions in Suzdal, Russia

Suzdal happens to be one of the oldest towns in Russia. Today Suzdal is one of the smallest Russian Golden Ring towns with population merely below 10000. But Suzdal is a great tourist attraction and it has numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites monuments. Historically, Suzdal is one of the oldest settlements in Russia which dates back to early 11th century. Suzdal happened to be a trade center for long time and then it grew as a religious center in the 16th century. In the late 17th and 18th centuries 30 charming churches were built here which you can still see in Suzdal. Suzdal has preserved a great number of monuments and listed buildings representing old time Russian architecture. It all includes over 300 monuments, 30 churches, 14 bell towers and 5 monasteries. Here are some of the famous monuments of Suzdal.

Suzdal Russia

1. Kremlin Suzdal

The Kremlin is the oldest part of the Russian town of Suzdal which dates back to 10th century. It was there before Moscow Kremlin. Inside this Kremlin, the Archbishop’s Chambers houses the Suzdal History Exhibition, which includes a visit to the 18th-century Cross Hall, which was used for receptions. There are more exhibits in the 1635 kremlin bell tower in the yard. Kremlin has number of churches and house inside of which Nativity of the Virgin Cathedral is one important cathedral.

 

Kremlin Suzdal

2. Wooden Church of St. Nicholas

This wooden church was moved to Suzdal in 1960 from Glotovo and interesting thing about this church is that it is elevated off the ground about a story high from when the church was moved across the country. The church is made of all woods and it represents the beautiful relationship between wood and stone architecture of Russia and the precision of Russians who made this church.

 

Wooden Church of Saint Nicholas

3. St. John Baptist Church

This church was also made around the same time of wooden church of St. Nicholas. But you can see the mark difference in the architecture of the two. Opposite to Church of St. Nicholas which is made of all woods, St. John Baptist church is made of white plastered walls with wooden supports. This shows how vivid Russian architecture was since old times.

Saint John Baptist Church

4. Intercession Convent

The convent was founded in 1364. In its center stands the cathedral of the Intercession; it was an add-on built in 1518. There is no painting in the interior of cathedral or stained glass; it is simply plain white stone walls all around. The church was and still is one of the richest convents in Russia. The convent is the home of many nuns and is also the burial vault for twenty nuns of noble birth. An art museum is connected to the white stoned wall cathedral which you can take a tour of. There are many paintings but none in the cathedral itself. This building is filled with arches and art created in the 16th and 17th century.

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Intercession Convent

Natural Tourist Places in Russia

1. Kamchatka Peninsula

The Kamchatka Peninsula is a 1,250-kilometre-long peninsula in the Russian Far East, with an area of about 270,000 km². Kamchatka is 900 miles long and it is closer to Alaska than it is to Moscow. On the eastern tip of Russia, between the Pacific Ocean to the east and sea of Okhotsk to the west, Kamchatka has over 150 volcanoes and 29 out of them are active ones on peninsula. Kamchatka has group of 19 volcanoes known as Volcanoes of Kamchatka which is UNESCO world heritage site. Kamchatka remains snow covered from October to late May. With the presence of both Volcanoes and ice, Kamchatka is also known as “land of fire and ice”.

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Kamchatka Peninsula

2. Valley of Geysers, Kamchatka Peninsula

Valley of Geysers in Russia is a Geyser field on Kamchatka Peninsula and it has second largest concentration of Geysers in the world. There are approximately 90 Geysers. It is situated in the Russian far east on Kamchatka region mainly on the left bank of quite deepening Geysernaya River. This place is wonderful but difficult to reach. Besides helicopters no other feasible means of travel are available. The place was discovered only less than 100 years ago.

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Valley of Geysers

3. Solovetsky Island, Onega Bay Russia

Solovetsky, an archipelago is located in the Onega Bay of the White Sea Russia. Solovetsky’s identity as an administrative division is as Solovetsky district of Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia. Solovetsky is a group of Islands and majority of the population of all islands live in Solovetsky which is estimated at 861 inhabitants as of the 2010 census. There are 6 islands and so total area together they cover is 347 square KM. These six islands namely are Bolshoy solovetsky islands, Anzersky islands, Bolshaya Mukasalma, Malaya Mukasalma, Bolshoy Zayatsky and Maly Zayatsky.

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Solovetsky Island Russia

4. Altai Mountains

Russia is a country of water, mountain, forests, snow and much more. Altai is known as Golden Mountains. Altai mountain is a range in Central and East Asia, where Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan come together. They say pictures tell you all the stories and picture of Altai mountains definitely speak allot. You can hike to the five highest mountains of Altai which are Belukha, Khuiten peak, Monkh Khairkhan, Tsambagarav and Sutai Mountain. Altai is home to diverse fauna as well. And another major attraction here is Lake Kucherla.

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Altai Mountains

5. Kizhi Island, Republic of Karelia

Kizhi is an island near the geometrical center of the Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia, Russia. It is elongated from north to south and is about 6 km long, 1 km wide and is about 68 km away from the capital of Karelia, Petrozavodsk. Settlements and churches on the island were known from at least the 15th century. Kizhi since early times used to be stopover place for travellers. Kizhi pogost which is a major attraction of this island today is actually two churches and a bell tower that were built in 18th century. Kizhi island is little different than other islands of Onega lake. Kizhi has weak water flow and shallow and uneven lake bottom with depth of only 2-3 mtrs at major places while the average depth of Onega is 31 mtrs. Today Kizhi Pogost lives on as one of the largest open air museum in Russia.

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Kizhi Island Russia

More Tourist Attractions in Russia

1. Sochi

Sochi is often called the unofficial 'Summer Capital' of Russia, or the Black Sea Pearl. It is one of the southernmost places of Russia and 1600kms from Moscow. Located along the Black Sea, Sochi became very popular as a tourist destination especially after 2014 Winter Olympics. Sochi is one of the most multi-ethnic cities in Russia with people of more than 100 ethnic groups living there. Sochi belongs to that tiny part of Russia, which is happily located in the subtropical climatic zone. Sochi has many sightseeing places like Riviera Park, Sochi Art Museum, Museum of Sochi Sport Honour, Sochi Discovery World Aquarium, Sochi Olympic Park.

 

Sochi Attractions

2. Kazan

With a population of about 1.3 million, a rich history, deep culture and strong economic influence, thus taking the title from Nizhny Novgorod. Kazan has just recently earned the reputation of a sports city. Kazan peacefully blends Muslim and Christian cultures. Kazan has long been a focal point of higher education in Russia. This vibrant city with over 1000 years of history is an excellent travel destination, and the number of tourists visiting is rapidly increasing every year. There are several interesting things to see inside the Kremlin, including Suyumbike Tower, Kul-Sharif Mosque, Annunciation Cathedral, State Hermitage Museum in Kazan, State Museum of the Tatar State etc.

Kazan Attractions

3. Lake Baikal, Russia

It is the biggest and deepest freshwater lake in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the planet's deepest (1637m) and oldest lake, as well as its largest body of freshwater, containing over one fifth of the world's supply. The water mass is a key factor to the climate of the lake's banks. Winters are often milder, summers are chillier. Zabaykalsky National Park is very popular among tourists visiting Lake Baikal.

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Lake Baikal Attractions

4. Mount Elbrus, Russia

Mount Elbrus is the highest mountain in Russia and in entire Europe. This is also the 10th most prominent peak in the world. Mount Elbrus is a part of Caucasus nearing the border with Georgia in the southern part of Russia. Mount Elbrus is of two summits west and east, and both are volcanic domes. Out of these two summits West Summit is slightly higher than the east. West summit height is 5642 m and east summit height is 5621 m. You would be happy to know that though Elbrus is one of the highest mountains in the world but it is easy to climb.

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Mount Elbrus Russia

5. Trans Siberian Railway, Russia

Trans-Siberian is the longest railway line in the world. It connects Asia and Europe. The Trans-Siberian Railway is often associated with the main transcontinental Russian line that connects hundreds of large and small cities of the European and Asian parts of Russia. At 9259 km cover, it spans a record of seven time zones and takes 8 days to complete the journey. This is only third longest single line service in the world after Moscow – Pyongyang line which runs for 10267 km and Kiev - Vladivostok line which runs for 11085 km. Trans – Siberian railway reaches 3 countries Mongolia, China and North Korea.

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Trans Siberian Railway

6. St. Sophia’s Cathedral, Novgorod

Russia is a country with numerous cathedrals in different parts of the country. Some of them are quite old with lot of historical significance. One of them is cathedral of St. Sophia. Built between 1045 and 1050, this is said to be the oldest church building in Russia. This 1000 years old church has lot of old elements of its own for visitors to see. Cathedral of St. Sophia is a 38 meter high, 5 domed stone building. This 5 domed cathedral had replaced 13 domes wooden church built in 989 and had the importance of being the main temple of the town. The Cathedral of St. Sophia can easily be said to be one of the most important monuments of ancient architecture in Russia.

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Saint Sophias Cathedral

7. Volga River Cruise

The Volga river is longest in Europe. It runs through Central Russia before finally merging into Caspian sea. Volga river is considered as national river of Russia as well. The river crosses through 11 big cities of Russia. Volga River Cruise which is quite exciting experience for travellers to begin with. considering the size of Russia one has to spend enough time from 7-10 days for visiting the most places in a single visit. The most popular cruise over here is between Moscow and St. Petersburg which takes from 7-10 days. But you need to add 2-3 days more in each city to see the sights there. Though both the cities are distanced by 650 km only yet the fascinating thing is that cruise passes through 10 different rivers, canals, lake and reservoirs.

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Volga River Cruise

8. Dombay, Russia

Dombay is located 65 KM away from Black sea and 65 KM distant from the summit of Elbrus in an absolutely gorgeous place. So Dombay is located in Karachay Cherkess Republic, Russia within Teberda Nature Reserve. Dombay is in its youth as the city was founded in 1921 only. Dombay was given of status of urban type of settlement in 1965. During the time of Soviet Union Dombay was quite famous as a health resort while today Skiers and snowboarders find this place a great place as the infrastructure for Skiing and snowboarding is fully developed apart from natural beauty that surrounds Dombay. Dombay is popularly known as a ski center. Today Domaby attracts lot of tourists because of the facility of Skiing and Hiking trails. One can enjoy paragliding and skating also here. What adds to the attraction of this place is natural beauty of Caucasus Mountains.

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Dombay Russia

9. Pskov and Pechory City, Russia

The ancient and historical Pskov is favourite place among tourists for its fortified riverside Kremlin and Trinity Cathedral. Pskov is as old as the country Russia is. It contains much of its medieval outer town walls and is full of picturesque churches and architectures. At a short distance from Pskov is Pechory which is famed for its monastery. Pechory is a town and the administrative center of Pechorsky District in Pskov Oblast, Russia. Pechory was founded as a posad in the 16th century near the Pskov-Caves Monastery established in 1473 by orthodox priest Jonah. If monastic law permits, enter the spooky burial caves where over 10,000 monks bodies lie in coffins, piled on top of each other in the tunnel walls.

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Pskov and Pechory

10. Veliky Novgorod City, Russia

Veliky Novgorod, also known as Novgorod the Great, or Novgorod Veliky, or just Novgorod, is one of the most important historic cities in Russia, which serves as the administrative center of Novgorod Oblast. It is situated on the M10 federal highway connecting Moscow and St. Petersburg. Novgorod carries the cultural essence of Russia and so is inscribed on the world heritage list. UNESCO recognized Novgorod as a World Heritage site in 1992. A tourist can enjoy outdoor activities here at Volchov river complex by renting a boat, can play badminton or Russian games ‘Gorodki‘ and can also go for swimming in swimming pools. Shopping Wooden handicrafts and brich-bark paintings can be memorable.

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Novgorod

11. Yekaterinburg City, Russia

Yekaterinburg, also known as Ekaterinburg, is the fourth-largest city in Russia and the administrative centre of Sverdlovsk Oblast, located on the Iset River east of the Ural Mountains, in the middle of the Eurasian continent, at the boundary between Asia and Europe. It is the main cultural and industrial center of the oblast. In 2017, it had an estimated population of 1,488,791. Yekaterinburg has been dubbed the "third capital of Russia", as it is ranked third by the size of economy, culture, transportation and tourism. It is located about 1,420 kilometres to the east of Moscow. One can experience two different continent and enjoy many things in two different parts of the world. Apart from Yekaterinburg churches, Yekaterinburg museums, mansions and manors together with Yekaterinburg monuments can be of great interest for tourists.

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Yekaterinburg City Russia

12. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky City, Russia

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is a city and the administrative, industrial, scientific, and cultural center of Kamchatka Krai, Russia. Pertopavlovsk – Kamchatsky lies on the far east land of Russia on the Kamchatka peninsula. This is the most eastern town in the northern hemisphere and the population here is more than 1,80,000. The city sits on high hills and volcanoes surrounds the city as well. From any place you look here a great landscape is right there and you would love to capture it in your camera. And the city has gone on to develop a good infrastructure for tourism. So many activities one can choose here to enjoy the day. Bear hunting, paragliding, volcano hiking, sailing and kayaking to fishing all you can do to make your trip a super hit.

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Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

13. Vladivostok City, Russia

Vladivostok is a major Pacific port city in Russia overlooking Golden Horn Bay, near the borders with China and North Korea. It's known as a terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway, which links the city to Moscow in a 7-day journey. In the city center is Central Square, where a towering memorial pays tribute to local soldiers who fought Japanese forces in the early 20th century. Many tourists come to this place either at the beginning or at the end of their trip on Trans-Siberian. This far east city is a dream destination for travellers. The best attraction for viewing here is the Eagle’s nest hill which is also city centre’s highest point. If you are foodie then you will love this place big time. You can get variety of sea foods and because this place is near to Russia-China border you will get Chinese food in abundance here as well. The beautiful oak woods surrounds the city which can be a starting point for a weekend bus tour to the winter ski-slopes or water-falls in summer. There are some beautiful lotus lakes as well and the flowers blossom in August, so you can enjoy those as well while camping. The way to reach to Vladivostok is again by air from Moscow or of course the city is on eastern terminus of Trans Siberian route as well.

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Vladivostok City Russia

14. Ruskeala, Republic of Karelia

Karelia is known as one of the most beautiful place in Russia. Karelia is a place famous for Ladoga lake and Ruskeala which attracts most of the tourists here. With lakes, waterfalls and trees growing on giant rocks, Karelia is a place of utmost natural beauty. Ruskeala mountain park is one of the major attraction here. The first thing that will catch your attention when you enter Ruskeala is Ahvenkoski waterfall, a great natural sight. Little away from Ahvenkoski waterfall is another beautiful waterfall called Ryymakoski. And the best part of Ruskeala is the mountain marble canyon which was turned into tourist attraction in 2005

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Ruskeala Karelia

15. Stolby Nature Reserve, Krasnoyarsk

Krasnoyarsk Stolby Nature Reserve is located on the southern bank of the Yenisei River, bordering the city of Krasnoyarsk, in Russia. The rocks and cliffs of Stolby are picturesque and you would love to see them for as long as possible. Their shapes and forms are literally majestic. And yes height is another attractive element. Smallest cliffs are 55 metres high and the tallest one goes up to 600 metres. Known for its dramatic complexes of rocks some part of the reserve is open for hikers who want to climb and see the rocks as well. The place is so popular that almost 2,00,000 tourists are recorded visiting this place per year. Those interested in exploring flora and fauna of the place can go for guided tours offered by Stolby nature reserve.

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Stolby Nature Reserve

5 World Heritage Sites of Russia

1. Virgin Komi Forests

Virgin Komi Forest covers huge area, as big as 3.28 million ha of tundra and mountain tundra in the Urals. The forest belongs to Ural mountain and is the largest virgin forest in Europe. The “Virgin Komi Forests” was the first Russian natural site to be listed as World Heritage site. More than 40 mammals, 204 bird species, 16 fish species can be found here. Virgin Komi Forests are rich in natural monuments with different and sometimes unusual shape. It is a must see place when you travel to European part of Russia.

Virgin Komi Forests

2. Volcanoes of Kamchatka

Kamchatka in Russia is one of the most volcanically active volcanic places on earth, only after Iceland and Hawaii. 29 active volcanoes are there which are included in 6 six UNESCO World heritage site sites in the Volcanoes of Kamchatka group. However The most active volcanoes on Kamchatka are Klyuchevsky, Shiveluch, Karymsky and Bezymianny. The volcano has not caused any death out of eruption which makes it not a threat. The three most beautiful volcanoes in Kamchatka are Kluchevskoy, Koryaksky and Kronotsky.

 

Volcanoes of Kamchatka

3. Lena Pillars Nature Park

Lena pillar is an amazing natural rock formation in far eastern Siberia along the bank of Lena river. These naturally made pillars are between 500-1000 feet high and was listed as world heritage site in 2012. You can go boating to the site in less than a day from the city of Yakutsk, the capital of the autonomous Sakha Republic. Those interested in ecotourism, and those who visit Lake Baikal, can coordinate a river ride with the aid of a guide from the Lake Baikal region.

 

Lena Pillars Nature Park

4. Lake Baikal

Though Lake Baikal demands a separate article and we have attempted one on Lake Baikal in our one of the old articles, this lake has to come in this article as Lake Baikal is World Heritage Site. Lake Baikal is a rift lake in Russia, located in southern Siberia. One of the deepest lake in the world, the lake lies in a cleft where Asia is literally splitting apart, the beginnings of a future ocean. The lake is more than 5000  feet deep and is surrounded by sky touching mountains which creates an parallel beauty.

 

Lake Baikal Russia

5. Red Square

Red Square is known to all. Everyone who visits Russia does visit Red Square. It is a city square in Moscow, Russia. Red square to Russia is like what Red fort to India is. Red square is heart of Russia and wears the history of Russia upon itself. Red square along with Kremlin is quite historic and amazing place to be. Panoramic view of Red square in your camera is an absolute delight for any photographer. The Kremlin and Red square were together recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1990, due to their inextricable links to Russian history since the 13th century.

 

Red Square Moscow

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