Russia is one of the most fascinating travel destinations on the planet. In terms of size, this magnificent destination is larger than Pluto — the country covers an astonishing 17.13 km of land. With so many incredible sites to see, Russia is vastly unexplored. There are plenty of reasons why you should plan your trip to Russia and explore this breathtaking nation!
Russian architecture is extremely colorful and unique, with significant influences from religion and history. Studying the architecture is one of the best ways to take a blast into the past and see how this country has evolved. Eastern Roman and Pagan architecture scatter the land with beautiful churches, cathedrals, theaters, palaces, galleries, museums, and squares waiting to be explored. You will discover sloped roofs, beautiful domes, and painted details on your trip to Russia. The Red Square and the Kremlin are two of the most famous attractions for this reason — and are two fascinating sites to see in the capital city of Moscow. Moscow and Saint Petersburg are undoubtedly the top travel destinations, but Kazan, Sochi, and Nizhny Novgorod certainly deserve a visit!
Russia is home to the deepest and oldest lake on the planet. Experience the magic and wonder of Lake Baikal in Siberia — which is also the largest freshwater lake in the world. Southwestern Russia is home to Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain peak in Europe with an elevation of 5,642 meters. Sochi National Park is the perfect place for nature lovers to head on a hike, see the breathtaking views of the Caucasus Mountains, search for local wildlife, and see as many as 70 waterfalls. Siberia is also home to the Chara Sands — a peculiar desert in proximity to snowy mountains, lakes, and rivers! Throughout the country, you will discover vast forests, exotic volcanoes, charming villages, breathtaking beaches, and colossal glaciers as Russian topography is incredibly vast and diverse!
Have you tasted Russian cuisine? There are traditional dishes which you may have heard about or even tried which need to be consumed in the homeland! Order a plate of perogies (pierogi) with a serving of sour cream, taste the savory flavors of cheese pancakes (syrniki), or savor a bowl of beet soup (Borscht). Enjoy a delicious slice of Russian Honey Cake (medovik) and uncover the mysteries of chocolate salami as you sip on a hot cup of tea. Tea is a major part of Russian culture as it is always served in gatherings as a long-lasting tradition! While you’re at it take a shot of Russian liquor and try some of the world’s finest vodka — just don’t forget to say your toast!
Russia boasts a strong and classy culture that is rooted in deep history. Colorful folklore costumes, trips to the theater or ballet, and a love for classical music are important components of the culture. The incredible palaces of Saint Petersburg and the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, the official residence to the President, are not only incredibly beautiful but they also give a glimpse into Russian history. Learn about the Tsars with a trip to the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg which was the official residence of Russian Emperors until 1917. Visit these unique architectural wonders which cannot be seen anywhere else on the planet. There are also plenty of museums that are dedicated to history, art, and science throughout the country!
Are you searching for the ultimate winter wonderland experience? Book your trip to Russia for the winter season to see the colorful splendors of the squares and cathedrals covered in white blankets of snow! See how the cities light up and transform as the seasons change as the colder months approach. There are plenty of winter activities you can enjoy in Russia —skating, skiing, vodka tasting, ice fishing, and bathing in a banya (sauna) are only a few! Winter is also the perfect time to immerse yourself in Russian tea culture and enjoy a delicious slice of cake or tea cookies.
If you’re here for New Year get ready for some of the most incredible celebrations you’ve ever seen as this holiday will not be taken lightly! Since Christmas was banned during the Soviet Times (in the attempt to remove religious holidays), many Russians transferred their festive spirits and traditions to New Year and thus it transitioned into a massive public holiday! Plenty of Russians gather together with their friends and family to welcome the start of the new year. It is believed that how you start the year is how you will spend it. Therefore food, fireworks, concerts, gifts, lights, trees, and saunas and are used to celebrate this holiday while many will clean their homes and try to let go of their past worries as they transition into the year. Start your year with a clean slate with the chance to let go of the past and join the festivities!
If a snowy winter is not your preference, then do not worry! Russia is also a breathtaking travel destination in the summer season. With beautiful trails, shimmering lakes, and magnificent beaches, you can go swimming in the Black Sea or hiking through the magnificent mountains. Head to one of the famous zoos to see local animals, enjoy a scenic picnic by a lake, or walk around Moscow or Saint Petersburg to hop in and out of art galleries and museums! Head to the theater to see a performance of the ballet or listen to some classical music. Saint Petersburg is also a must-see destination during your trip to Russia, as due to the city’s northern location, you will find almost 24 hours of sunlight (per day) between the months of May and mid-July.