If you want to get a good general idea of Russia, the best way to do it is to visit the Grand Maket Russia museum in Saint Petersburg.
This is a modern private museum housing a miniature model of the whole country.
From Vladivostok to Kaliningrad and everything that’s in between — you will see it all!
The model occupies a territory of 800 m2 (8,600 sq ft) and is made on a scale of 1:87.
The people behind the project are true enthusiasts and pros. Houses, trees, people, animals, vehicles — everything is made with great attention to detail. The scenes of daily life are really interesting and enlivened by many humorous touches. You can rent binoculars to see everything better.
Also, the level of technology involved in synchronizing all the cars, trains, and lights is amazing! Everything and everybody moves and lives! The lighting gradually changes from day to night, from sunset to dawn, the lights go off and on in the windows. Fires, thunderstorms, traffic accidents — there is so much happening in this miniature world!
In 2014, Grand Maket Russia entered the list of top ten most photographed places in Saint Petersburg. A must-visit!