Being the world’s largest nation, there’s no dearth of amazing things to do in Russia. Located partly in Europe and partly in Asia, this vast country spanning 11 time zones, is rich in natural wonders, man-made monuments, and cultural experiences. Here are some of the top things to enjoy when in Russia.
1. Marvel at Saint Basil’s Cathedral
Situated in Moscow’s famous Red Square, this cathedral is an iconic landmark of the city. An amalgamation of colourful patterns and interesting shapes, the church was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in the latter half of the 16th century.
Timing: 11 am to 4.30 pm.
2. Wander Through the Kremlin Complex
This fortified complex housing the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation stands magnificently overlooking the Moskva River. The sprawling complex comprises the Grand Kremlin Palace, four cathedrals, and five other palaces. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Timing: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.
3. Explore the Treasure Trove at Hermitage Museum
This awe inspiring museum with its vast collection of Western European Art is made up of five linked buildings. They are the Winter Palace, Small hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage, and the State Hermitage Theatre.
Timing: 10.30 am-6.00 pm (Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun)
4. Go Sunbathing Near Peter & Paul Fortress
Located on Zayachy Island, this fortress is home to a cathedral where the Romanovs have been buried. There is also a lovely riverside beach where sunbathing is a joy. Part of the State Museum of St. Petersburg History, it was built by Peter the Great.
Timing: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm (Thurs-Tue)
5. Take in a Performance at the Mariinsky Theatre
This historic theatre has seen the premieres of eminent musicians such as Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Mussorgsky. It has is also home to the Mariinsky Opera, Mariinsky Ballet, and Mariinsky Orchestra.
Timing: Regular performances are held here which require advance booking.
6. Drink in the Beauty of Lake Baikal
The deepest lake in the world is in southern Siberia and is known for its biodiversity. Also, it is the largest freshwater lake in the world with respect to volume. Fed by 300 rivers, this banana-shaped lake mostly has water that is pure enough to drink!
Timing: All year round.
7. See the Attractions in Saint Petersburg
This port city by the Baltic Sea was the erstwhile imperial capital for nearly two centuries. Home to plenty of the country’s attractions, it is difficult to believe that the city rose from what was once a desolate swamp.
Timing: All Day.
8. Look Up at the Statue of The Motherland Calls
Commemorating the Battle of Stalingard, this massive statue in Volgograd is one of the tallest in the world. The area of the monument also serves as the final resting place of some of the country’s famous old soldiers.
Timing: Always open.
9. Gaze Upon the Twin Peaks of Mt Elbrus
The highest peak in Russia and also Europe, Mt Elbrus is unique because it has two peaks which are both dormant volcanic domes. There are plenty of trekking and hiking routes for the benefit of those who love these activities.
Timing: 9.00 am to 3.00 pm.
These are just some of the things you could see and experience on your trip to Russia. Leave the planning to us at GoFro and prepare for a thrilling time.