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The 10 Best Places To Visit In Russia – Most Beautiful Cities


As the world’s largest nation, Russia has
a special draw for visitors from all over the world. The country’s size means that there truly
is something for everyone here, whether you’re interested in historic cities and monuments,
dramatic landscapes and scenery, or world-class museums of art, literature,
and culture. Here are the 10 best places to visit in Russia,
most beautiful travel destinations. 1. Saint Petersburg. Russia’s second largest city may be known
as Leningrad, but most people refer to it by its birth name, Saint Petersburg. Saint Petersburg is filled to the brim with
world-class art, culture, and history. Known as the cultural capital of Russia, the
historic city center has the honor of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the biggest
attraction here is the massive Winter Palace, which houses the Hermitage Museum and boasts
a collection of more than three million items that have been collected from all over the
world. The city is a popular northern cruise destination
and one of the most popular places to visit in Russia. You wouldn’t run out of things to do in Saint
Petersburg even if you spent years here, but other highlights include the opera and ballet
shows, the many historical monuments, and the boat
tours of the canals. 2. Moscow. As the capital of Russia and the country’s
largest city, Moscow is where most visitors get their first real taste of Russian culture. The city is surprisingly cosmopolitan, but
it still maintains its traditional charm thanks to the many historic buildings and monuments
that dot the streets. Onion-shaped domes of historic churches fill
the skyline. A visit to Moscow wouldn’t be complete without
a visit to the historic Kremlin, which sits in the city center and is surrounded by the
well-known Red Square, one of the largest squares in the world. But visitors should also make sure to take
advantage of the many excellent restaurants, bars, and shopping centers that have sprung
up in more recent years. 3. Golden Ring. The Golden Ring is a ring of small historical
towns nestled in the countryside to the northeast of Moscow. One of the oldest regions in Russia, today
it is very popular with Russian tourists who want to experience a bygone era. Picturesque countrysides filled with cherry
orchards, quaint cottages, onion-shaped domes and iconic churches that contain the
country’s oldest art make this region a special place to visit. Many of the towns were important centers of
trade and business during medieval times, but today they’re better known for their delicious
traditional food, their beautiful domed white churches, and the quaint little gingerbread-like
cottages that dot the countryside. 4. Kazan. Approximately 10 years older than Moscow,
the city of Kazan celebrated its 1000th anniversary in 2005. Kazan is sometimes referred to as the Istanbul
of the Volga because it is a city where European and Asian cultures meet. The capital of Tatarstan is a lovely city
where church tower and minarets fill the skyline. Also known as the third capital of Russia,
after Moscow and St. Petersburg, Kazan residents enjoy one of the highest standards
of living in Russia. The main tourist attractions are the Kremlin,
which boasts an impressive tower and a mosque, and Bauman Street,
which offers plenty of cafes, restaurants, shops, and bars. Both of these locations are only open to pedestrians,
but double-decker buses are available to take visitors on a tour of all the city’s other
interesting sights. 5. Irkutsk. Irkutsk is by far the most popular stop on
the Trans-Siberian Railway between Moscow and the east. With Lake Baikal, the largest and the deepest
lake in the world, only 45 km away, the city is the best base to explore the lake’s western
shoreline. Decorated wooden houses stand beside standard
Soviet block apartments, plus wide boulevards with not too much traffic for a city of more
than 500,000 souls. It also served as a place of exile for intellectuals,
artists, and others, which may be why the city has five universities. Several churches, including Ascension Church,
and geology and history museums call Irkutsk home. 6. Sochi. Sochi on the Black Sea is a great winter sports
destination. The city is also a great place to base yourself
if you’re interested in exploring the beautiful Sochi National Park,
which offers a good number of spectacular caves, waterfalls, mountains, and wildlife. Despite winter snow, Sochi offers a subtropical
climate and great beaches. Strolling along the pedestrian-only sea embankment
is a pleasant experience. Environmentally conscious travelers may want
to visit the Caucasus Biosphere Reserve. Sochi also is home to the area’s northernmost
tea plantations. 7. Veliky Novgorod. Founded in the 10th century, Velikiy Novgorod
also known as Novgorod the Great, is one of the most important cities in the country,
often called the “birthplace of Russia”. For a long time the city was a sovereign principality,
founded by merchants and ruled in relative democracy,
and the unification of Novgorod with Moscow in the 15th century was an essential step
towards a unified Russia. The city is a historic one and the traditional
wooden architecture museum of Vitoslavlitsi is a must-visit;
the open-air exhibition of Russian izbas has an ancient tradition of building without nails
or metal to hold the wooden planks together. The Kremlin fortress in Novgorod is also one
of the oldest in Russia, dating back to the 11th century. 8. Kizhi Island. Not as famous as Moscow and St Petersburg,
but an equally noteworthy Russian destination is the Kizhi Island in the heart of Lake Onega. Known especially for its fabulous open-air
museum, this one-of-a-kind complex of great historical, cultural, and natural interest
hosts an amazing collection of wooden structures, some of them part of the UNESCO World Heritage
list, others dating back as far as the 14th century. The most famous attractions on this tiny island
include the Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus. In addition to some of the country’s finest
examples of wooden architecture, visitors will have the chance to explore a
series of ancient rural settlements characteristic to the Karelia region and scattered among
this beautiful, almost pristine nature paradise. 9. Vladivostok. Coincidence or not, one of Russia’s most
attractive cities is a picturesque port on the Pacific Ocean. So, a fabulous 4,000 miles from Moscow lies
Vladivostok, a town that impresses with its scenic location, uninterrupted sea views,
and hilly streets that remind travelers of storied San Francisco. During summer, the Sportivnaya Harbor is the
liveliest place in town, greeting visitors with an amusement park and dozens of street
vendors selling drinks, food, and all kinds of colorful souvenirs. Other places of interest in Vladivostok include
Ploschad Bortsov Revolutsy – the city’s main square;
the state-of-the-art Russky Island Bridge that connects the city with the small island;
the Arseniev Regional History Museum; and the Primorsky State Art Gallery. 10. Yekaterinburg. Yekaterinburg is an industrial city in the
Ural Mountains that has many things going for it. It is, however, largely remembered as the
place where Tsar Nicholas, the last tsar of Russia, and his family were
executed in 1918 during the Russian Revolution. Today’s Yekaterinburg has a vibrant cultural
scene, home to many libraries, theaters and playwrights, and dance companies as well as
popular Russian rock bands. Russia’s fourth-largest city also has more
than 30 museums, including the oldest wood sculpture in the world at the Shigir Collection;
another museum houses more than 300 Nevyansk icons.

Yvette Parker

60 Comments

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  2. I never realized how beautiful Russia is, and it's so massive too. I guess that's why it is the largest country in the world. With Canada follow close behind. 😊👍

  3. Only saw 1/3 of this video and found several incorrect info: Kazan is at least 100 years older than Moscow. The Red Square is not large at all by area… and a few photos are mistakenly shown as well.

  4. The third capital of Russia is Nizhny Novgorod fouded in 1221. It is located on the split of two biggest European rivers Oka and Volga. It was trade capital in 19th century and indastrial capital in 20th century. Nizhny Novgorod is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

  5. I had visited Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Really they are beautiful cities I had ever seen. I want to visit the other beautiful places shown on this video. I love russia. Otherwise very nice video.

  6. If you want to learn more about Moscow from a sight of a local follow my Urban Hippie blog. Please check it out))

  7. Vážení přátelé velikého Ruska . Už moje babička byla v Sovětském svazu v roce 1961 a poté když se vrátila zpět tak nám povídala o tom , jak krásné města jsou v této obrovské zemi . Byla rovněž udivena jakou rychlostí Ruský lid opravil vybombardovaná a zničená města fašistickou armádou . Největší překvapení byl pro ni Petrohrad , Moskva , Stalingrad , ale také na Ukrajině Minsk , Lvov i Kyjev . Přinesla nám domů fotografie těchto měst ve velkých katalozích a dodnes můžu obdivovat tuto krásu těchto měst . Pak i moji strýcové byli na zájezdu po Sovětských městech a byli v také v Moskvě v Mauzoleum . Největší dojem však na všechny udělalo Moskevské metro . Něco tak krásného a dokonalého ještě neviděli . Dodnes na to velice všichni vzpomínají . Já mám zatím smůlu , že jsem se do Ruska ještě nedostal . Ale budu dělat všechno proto , aby jsem se tam podíval i s moji dcerou . Učil jsem se ruštinu už od malička a moji dceři se také ruština velmi líbí . Jsem Slovák žijící na Moravě a dceru vedu k tomu aby si vážila všech slovanských národů , a hlavně ji ukazuji města a možnosti vzdělání , které pro mladé lidi poskytuje Rusko . Je také nadšena tou krásou a upřimností ruských lidí . Děkuji Rusku a jeho lidem , že nám všem umožňuje vidět jak je třeba žít a jaké hodnoty života je třeba uznávat . Děkuji . Pavel .

  8. Good well all world class cups hurd games for thanksgiving all country welcome

  9. Interesting fact: first pictures in this video before Saint Petersburg are made in Samara.
    So, what about Samara? It is known as a reserve capital during the WWII and as a city, where was designed first space rocket, that Yuri Gagarin flew into the space and engines for rockets, that are being used nowadays (NK-33 and NK-43), designed by Nikolai Kuznetsov. Samara was a capital of USSR space program.

  10. Псков ? самая большая каменная крепость в Европе)))

  11. Welcome to Russia. Do not believe what they say in the media, finding a bad guy is what they do when you need to distract from internal problems. I wish you luck in the championship.
    From Russia with love! =)

  12. On 1:24 it's not St Petersburg. On my opinion it's Frankfurt-on-Main with Taunus hills on the back yard

  13. I saw Mac Donalds are in Kazan, beurk!! Shitty food are there too!

  14. You need to do better at showing by image what you are verbally saying. And don't show images of cities that aren't the city you are talking about. Makes you look ignorant fyi

  15. https://youtu.be/2R3ty4M9Sdc?t=85 That`s not Saint-Petersburg, not even Russia.

  16. RUSSIA simply is the mother of beautiful Countries.
    I love Russia🏃‍♀️🇷🇺&🇮🇱

  17. Attention!0:42 sec. S-Pb and Leningrad are different cities on the plane! Hahaha!very funny!

  18. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-dxZe5edxY / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smfW51JMeEg / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5amNOJCGsi8 / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwnkzFRVrcc / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmp9oUIQtL8

  19. Why is Frankfurt and Moscow being shown in the clips oh what you call "Leningrad". Get your shit together,

  20. I Rusko má svoji historii a spoustu krásných památek, kráčí vpřed mílovými kroky…….Díky za krásné video, které toto všechno může pro nás zprostředkovat !!!

  21. Magnificent country, preserving beautiful historic structures while building new buildings with creative designs that rival anything the west has.

  22. Welcome to Kazan! One of the most beautiful cities in Russia. This is the place where Europe meets Asia. City with modern infrastructure and rich history.

  23. Милости просим людей в гости,приезжайте на широкую русскую душу глянуть,на нашу культуру,природу…

  24. а где Ростов с Краснодаром, где Нижний Новгород, где, черт побери, Камчатка? )))

  25. Russia 🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺🇷🇺

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