Russia is the largest country in the world, with its history, unique culture, exquisite architecture and its natural beauty, forests, fields, rivers, lakes and other gifts of nature.
What are the most beautiful cities to visit?
The center of gravity of millions of people, the huge metropolis with more than 12 million inhabitants, the capital of Russia, which sets the pace of life throughout the state. There are hundreds of historical and architectural monuments, museums, theaters of different genres, wonderful parks. Many songs and poems are devoted to Moscow; the most talented Russian artists, writers and poets lived here, like Pushkin and Lermontov.
St. Petersburg has always been the main tourist center of Russia. It has a lot to offer: dozens of museums with the most valuable collections, palaces and park ensembles and the unique atmosphere.
The glorious imperial past is reflected in the facades of the magnificent Winter Palace and the elegant aristocratic mansions of Nevsky Prospect. The graceful embankments of the city are dressed in granite, and the incomparable movable bridges over the Neva are a true architectural pleasure for numerous tourists.
The history of the country is connected with St. Petersburg: the great achievements of Peter the Great, the brilliant victories of the Russian Empire and the first steps of the Soviet Union.
Kazan is known as a real gem of the Volga region and the pride of all Russia. In terms of attractiveness for tourists, Kazan in the same row with Moscow and St. Petersburg and known as the ‘Third capital of Russia’. The ancient capital of Tatarstan is a cultural, sports and historical center, where the most interesting events take place.
A trip to Kazan includes a rich excursion program, where, except the famous Kazan Kremlin and the magnificent Kul-Sharif mosque, there are dozens of historic sites.
Ekaterinburg is the fourth largest city in Russia. The city is located on the banks of the Iset River on the slopes of the Ural Mountains. The unusual history of Yekaterinburg starts with the fact that an ironworks was built here first, and only then a city grew around it. In Soviet times, the city was called Sverdlovsk. A lot of metallurgical, chemical, machine-building plants were constructed here.
The Temple-on-Blood is another one of the must-sees in Yekaterinburg. It was built where the house of engineer Ipatiev used to be. The last Russian emperor Nicholas II and his family were kept under arrest here and were shot on the night of July 17, 1918.
According to the UNESCO version, Nizhny Novgorod is included in the list of the most valuable cities in the planet. Founded in the XIII century as a fortress, it for several centuries turned into a rich and prosperous suburb with strong merchant traditions. Everything here is a history - the Kremlin, mansions of ancient merchant families in the central squares, the domes of Orthodox cathedrals.
One of the alternative ways to visit the city is to go on a river cruise along the Volga. Almost all cruise routes have stops in Nizhny Novgorod. Travelers enjoy excursions and meals in traditional Russian restaurants.
This is a city with unique architecture, churches, fountains and a large number of memorials of Military glory, the most famous of which is the “Motherland Mother”, which is located on Mamayev Kurgan. It was here that the fiercest battles for Stalingrad (as Volgograd was called then) took place.
Except Mamayev Kurgan, there are such sights as the museum-panorama “Battle of Stalingrad”, the Square of Fallen Fighters, the planetarium, the Dancing Bridge and other.
Suzdal is a fabulous and picturesque town in the Vladimir region. It is a part of the Golden Ring of Russia, an open-air museum, where unique monuments are combined with natural splendor. The landscape of Suzdal is the white-stone Kremlin walls along the banks of the river and the domes of churches glittering in the sun.
There are 32 active temples and more than 150 monuments of architecture in the town. There are no high-rise and industrial buildings, so the air is clean and fresh. Suzdal has retained its unique appearance to the present day. Local architectural monuments are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Pskov is an ancient and a very green city wih small population. This is a city of silence and extraordinary peace. Here the air is delightful and fresh. This is a city where you can understand where Russian origins come from. As an important trade and defense center, Pskov often became the site of major military operations, but was defeated only once. During World War II, the city was occupied by Germany for three years. In 2009, Pskov received a title of "City of Military Glory."
Its patroness is Princess Olga, whose name is associated with many local sights, including the Olginsky Bridge, the monument to Princess Olga and others. The main historical value of the city is the Pskov Kremlin, surrounded by walls.
Sochi (called the “Russian Riviera”) has a status of the capital of the 2014 Winter Olympics. It is noteworthy that the weather is quite warm here for the most of the year, as the city is located on the Black Sea, where you can swim even in October. Among the most popular attractions of the city are the arboretum and the Riviera Park. The mountains of the Caucasus, where the ski resort Krasnaya Polyana is located, is a great place to spend winter holidays.
A resort town in the Stavropol region. Amazing nature in this area - mountains, caves, forests, lakes, healing springs, historical sculptures, beautiful streets and alleys fascinate with the beauty. There are more than 40 water sources on the territory of the city, with different chemical composition of water, curing various diseases. Near Pyatigorsk there is Lake Tambukan, rich in healing mud, which is used in all mud baths in this region.
For those who want to strengthen their health in Pyatigorsk, there are drinking galleries and pump rooms, inhalations, a radon clinic, a mud bath, dozens of health centers. On the slopes of Mount Mashuk, there are pathways and special trails.
The city of Yaroslavl is located on the Volga River and was founded in 1010. Yaroslavl has preserved buildings of almost all styles of Russian architecture of the last five centuries, therefore in 2005 the historical center of Yaroslavl was included in the UNESCO list of world cultural and historical heritage. The main tourist attractions are the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery, the Church of St. John the Baptist, the Church of St. Ioann Zlatoust and others.
Russia's most western city, the cultural center, an outpost of Russia in the Baltic.
Learn legends of the Royal Castle of the 13th century, touch the walls of the Cathedral of the 14th century, take a walk around Koenigsberg within the walls of the Friedland Gate, visit the Marzipan Museum and Amber Museum. There are also some interesting cities of the Kaliningrad coast of the Baltic Sea: the Baltiisk, Svetlogorsk and Yantarny, each of which has its own history.
There is another very mysterious and interesting place, not far from Kaliningrad, the Curonian Spit. On the Curonian Spit, there is a coniferous forest, the trunks of which are twisted with bizarre zigzags. This forest is called "dancing" here. It is hard to imagine what makes trees look like this here.
It is a city and port in the Far East of Russia; political, cultural and economic center of the region; administrative center of Primorsky Krai. In the central part of Russia, Vladivostok is considered to be the eastern end of the country, but once in Vladivostok, everything turns upside down: not the end, but the beginning. After all, the sun rises in the east, and Tsarevich Nicholas once symbolically began the construction of Trans-Siberian Railway from Vladivostok
The famous Triumphal Gate is considered a famous landmark of Vladivostok. The Egersheld Lighthouse is located on a long spit on the Shkota Peninsula. The Catholic Church of the Most Holy Mother of God is the oldest temple of Vladivostok, built in 1912. The Vladivostok fortress is also worth visiting.
A city located on the banks of the Yenisei. Krasnoyarsk with its beautiful parks and architectural compositions. The main decorations of Krasnoyarsk are numerous fountains. Their number in the city has already exceeded 140. Small and large, colorful and musical – there are plenty of them all around the city.
This city of 7.1 km2, Derbent for 5 thousand years stands firmly and proudly on the western shore of the lake called the Caspian Sea. There is almost no land between the mountains and the sea on the territory of Derbent, only a narrow strip of 2-3 km along the coast.
Having admired the monuments of history and architecture, one should definitely go to the suburbs to enjoy the amazing northern nature. There are lingonberries, cloudberries, cranberries and many other berries in the forest. Mushroom pickers, fishermen and lovers of outdoor activities will not be bored.