As the 2018 FIFA World cup holding in Russia, is getting closer, tourist and football lovers are already rushing to secure tickets and hotel bookings. Russia, been the world’s largest nation has beautiful places for you to visit.
With the population 144.3 million people, Russia has many places you can visit during and after the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it has long held a fascination for many curious traveller and for those who do visit will find a country filled with culturally powerful cities, idyllic countryside, artistic riches and plenty of welcoming people.
See ten beautiful places you can visit in Russia below:
Moscow is the capital and most heavily populated city in Russia, as well as being the largest city on the European continent. It is an iconic and global city and is the key political, economic, cultural and scientific centre of not only Russia but of Eastern Europe as well.
This millennia-old city is a fascinating place to explore, with art and architecture from every era, besides plenty of modern-day pleasures to partake in. St. Basil’s Cathedral is a particularly interesting building, with patterned multi-coloured towers and balloon-like roofs.
St. Petersburg is a Russian port city on the Baltic Sea. It was the imperial capital for 2 centuries, having been founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, subject of the city’s iconic “Bronze Horseman” statue.
It remains Russia’s cultural center, with venues such as the Mariinsky Theatre hosting opera and ballet, and the State Russian Museum showcasing Russian art, from Orthodox icon paintings to Kandinsky works.
Altai is perhaps the most beautiful region of Russia. This area is nearly untouched, and the natural beauty is perfectly breathtaking.
Altai is filled with glaciers and glacial lakes, as well as therapeutic hot springs. Both sightseers and health seekers love this area for its undefiled natural offerings, this is a wonderful unspoilt place for backpackers to explore.
Olkhon is the fourth-largest lake-bound island in the world. It is by far the largest island in Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia, with an area of 730 km². Structurally, it acts as the southwestern margin of Academician Ridge.
The culture of the local aboriginals is remarkably well-preserved, so you can experience a unique corner of Russia in an authentic way.
The seas surrounding the peninsula are a rich Russian fishing area (notably for crabs, which are exported worldwide), and fur trapping on the peninsula yields most of the furs of the Russian Far East.
Kamchatka’s mineral resources include coal, gold, mica, pyrites, sulfur, and tufa. Fishing, sealing, hunting, and lumbering are the main occupations.
The Golden Ring
Golden Ring is a circle of cities located to the northeast of Moscow. Previously, the region was known as Zalesye. These cities have played a key role in development of the Russian Orthodox Church and these cities chronicle the historical events of Russia.
These circles of cities are known as “open air museums” with its fine example of Russian architecture. It features churches, cathedrals, and monasteries belonging to the period of 12th-18th century.
Wooden architecture can be found throughout Russia, but Kizhi Island boasts some of the nation’s most famous, and most intricate.
These structures on Kizhi Island date from various centuries (the oldest from the 14th century), and they have been transported to the island so that they may be preserved and be accessible to the public.
Peterhof is a sub-district of St. Petersburg, and it’s worth a place on this list because its home to Peterhof Grand Palace. The Palace is an impressive structure dating to 1714 when Peter the Great of Russia began construction on his famous palace.
In the years that followed, Czars continued to add their own wings, gardens, and ponds to the palace and grounds. Unfortunately, much of the palace was destroyed by Axis Powers during the Second World War, and repairs are still ongoing today.
Still, the Peterhof Grand Palace is an amazingly beautiful and majestic place to visit. Visitors are able to arrange tours of the grounds and the ornately decorated interiors.
Kazan is an eclectic city, with its identity rooted in sports as well as arts, religion, and sciences. It is perhaps most famous for its athletic events, and is often called the “Sports Capital of Russia.
Kazan is one of the host cities for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup, as well as 2019 World Skills Championship. Kazan is one of the oldest cities not only in Russia but in Eastern Europe as well. Only Prague and Kiev are actually older than the capital of Tatarstan.
Sochi is one of the youngest cities in Russia, founded only in 1838, but is one of the most surprising places in Russia too!
The city is full of paradoxes: it’s the first summer beach resort that hosted Winter Olympics. And you can sunbathe in the morning and go skiing in the mountains in the evening, as Caucasus mountains are less than an hour drive away.