Russia offers great cultural heritage and natural variety and whether you visit Russia in summer or winter there are beautiful places to see all year round. It’s a huge country that spans across eleven time zones and offers a great history and culture to explore. While many associate it with Moscow and St. Petersburg, there’s more to this country. It has some amazing flora and fauna that are unique to it. Take a look at some of the tourist attractions in this beautiful country.
Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad)
Massive and majestic! This is how you can describe this place and is full of tourists throughout the year. St. Basil’s cathedral and Kremlin are right in front of Red Square.
St. Basil’s Cathedral
It is just like a fairy tale palace that you may have read only in books before. It’s got wonderful architecture with domes painted in stunning colors.
The State Tretyakov Gallery
The collection at the gallery is just amazing and gives a peek into the Russian lifestyle and history. It holds great works from Russia’s greatest artists and is a delight for art lovers.
When in Moscow, do take a ride on the metro. Each metro station is like a monument on its own with stunning architecture. It is well worth every Rubel and a must do thing in Russia.
Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond)
Along Dvortsovaya Street near the building of Armour Chamber is located the edifice of the Diamond Fund of Russia. You will be amazed to see a wealth of precious stones all under one roof. Witness a dazzling display of diamonds, rubies, sapphires, nuggets, amber and pearls.
The State Hermitage Museum
It is one of the largest and oldest museums of the world. Its collection includes one of the largest collection of paintings in the world. The interiors are absolutely stunning and its exquisite art is priceless. If you are an art lover then you are in for a treat here at this great museum.
Peter and Paul Fortress
This fortress is one of the highlights of the city and it sits strong along the river Neva, shining brilliantly with numerous lights at night. Book a guide and learn a thing or two about the Russian history. It’s interesting to note that it’s the last resting place of the Tsars including Peter the Great, Catherine and the last Romanovs. You can get an amazing view of the beautiful city of St. Petersburg from the fortress.
It is a series of palaces and gardens located in Petergof. The palace ensemble along with the city center is recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Most of the interior is all gold and it’s hard to believe that someone actually built a place like this, with so much gold, huge gardens, ponds, buildings, sculptures and so on.
St. Isaac’s Cathedral
It is the largest orthodox cathedral in the city and is dedicated to St. Issac of Dalmatia. This is one of the top attractions in St. Petersburg. It looks like an administrative building from the outside but the artwork and architecture inside the building is stunning and very detailed. The ascent to the walkway around the cupola, from where the view on a clear day is magnificent is the most interesting part of this beautiful cathedral.
The Moika Palace or the Yusupov Palace is an is a historical site. The guide tells you about Rasputin’s death and other facts about the family history. There is the nice underground theater and art gallery. The décor and attention to detail of all rooms are incredible. Besides the Rasputin tour there are other attractions which are a must when you visit the city.
It’s away from the city but easy to reach by metro or even by river cruises in the Neva river. The cemetery is dark, cook and hushed. Many notables including five famous composers Korsokov, Mussorgsky, Borodin, Clinka and Tchaikovsky have been buried here. The cemetery is next to the Alexander Nevsky Monastery, which is quite large. The monastery in itself is an attraction which you should visit if you have time.
It is one of the best known streets in Russia and cuts through the historical center of the city and runs from Admirality to the Moscow railway station and after a break to the Alexander Nevsky Monastery. It is long and crowded but very beautifully adorned with buildings, bridges and squares. There are plenty of souvenir shops, hotels and restaurants along this road. It is a fantastic avenue for strolling, shopping or simply stopping for coffee.
Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood
This Church was built on the site where Emperor Alexander II was fatally wounded in March 1881 and its construction was funded by the Imperial family. Its less of a church and more of an attraction because of its beauty.
It is the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan and lies on the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka rivers. It is a true melting pot of cultures where east meets west. Its diversity is reflected in the architecture, history and cuisine. Some of the places to visit here are:
Kul Sharif Mosque
It is a museum as well as a working mosque where you can learn more about the Tatar Islam and the modern day Islamic culture. The mosque is known for its incredible beauty and the lotus shaped dome that crowns is an iconic sight and serves as an identity of the city. Its third floor balcony offers an unbeatable panoramic view of Kremlin.
It is the main pedestrian street of Kazan and you can soak up the city’s nightlife with some souvenir shopping, cafes, bars, museums, fountains and statues that adorn the street.
Temple of all religions
This temple is extremely colorful and photogenic. It is not an active place of any one religion but a temple of culture and popular landmark near Kazan.
St. Sophia Cathedral
It’s a unique introduction to Russian history. It is small but beautiful. Set on the banks of the River Volkhov, with beautiful onion domes of gold and silver, St. Sophia Cathedral is a beautiful site to visit.
This is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Russia and well worth the trip and is a 15th century fortress built around the same time as the current version of Moscow Kremlin. If you visit it at night you you will see the beautiful lighting all across the structure. It houses one of the modest churches in Russia, dating from 1050 and it’s a must see.
Millennium of Russia
Its a bronze monument in the Novgorod Kremlin in which the kneeling figure represents Russia. During the World War II, the Nazis dismantled the monument and prepared it for transportation to Germany. Luckily, they never succeeded to accomplish this plan. After Novgorod’s liberation, the monument was restored and in November 1944 once again unveiled to the public.
It’s an island near Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the famous wooden churches and amazing domes that are made of Aspen wood. Other points worth exploring are the bell tower, the windmill, the different workshops and old homesteads, all lovingly decorated and refinished.
Golden Ring Towns
It is a popular tourist route that comprises of a network of ancient towns famous for unique architectural constructions dating back to the 12th-17th centuries. You will have an opportunity to visit such towns as Vladimir, Suzdal, Kosroma, Yaroslavl and Rostov. You will get to see ancient monasteries and beautiful temples. It’s a great way to learn more about Russian history, culture and traditions.
It’s a rift lake in Russia located in southern Siberia and is the largest oldest and deepest freshwater lake in volume in the world. This fact is enough reason for you to visit this beautiful lake. Geologists estimate that Lake Baikal formed somewhere 20-25 million years ago, during the Mesozoic. There are fresh water seals and fish (omul) that are unique to this place.