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Welcome to moscow! Moscow is a city of tremendous power and energy. Hulking gothic towers loom over broad avenues that form a sprawling web around the Kremlin and course with traffic day and night. The Soviet past looms large, but the city embraces capitalism with gusto.
St. Petersburg - Russia's great northern capital. Many fans of travel, both Russian and foreign, dream of visiting Russia's great northern capital. Founded by Peter I in 1703, the city was always intended to be great, but the modern St. Petersburg has outgrown its old boundaries manyfold.
No matter how many times you walk on the uneven cobblestones of Red Square, the view is awe-inspiring and the experience monumental. Stand in the center and let your mind wander as centuries of Russian history unfold in the architecture. Tsars were crowned and traitors beheaded just outside of St. Basil’s Cathedral’s colorful domes. Soviet tanks once rolled ceremoniously across as Stalin surveyed from the sidelines, and Lenin’s mausoleum is still guarded by stern-faced soldiers.
THE KREMLIN AND ARMORY CHAMBER
The first walls of the Kremlin were erected more than 850 years ago and continue to symbolize Russian power today. Don’t miss the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Alexander Gardens, a popular place for newlyweds to have their first photo taken. The Armory Chamber is the jewel of the Kremlin and contains one of the richest collections of silver, gold, diamonds, and Faberge eggs in the country. Several halls display more than 4,000 artifacts dating back to the 12th century, including diamond-encrusted coronation thrones and extravagant Russian armor.
Moscow’s oldest—and most famous—theater recently reopened after a complete renovation that took six years. Watching a ballet performance of a Russian classic, such as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, on the main stage is unforgettable.
Wander through the rooms of Old Tretyakov’s extraordinary collection of famous Russian icons, landscapes, and portraits housed in an early-20th-century building that feels more like a castle. The museum boasts one of the largest and most renowned collections of work from the prerevolutionary Russian realists known as the Wanderers.
After a recent renovation, this “Park of Culture” has once again become a very popular spot for Muscovites. The dilapidated Soviet buildings and Ferris wheel have been torn down and replaced with modern art galleries, cafes, and playgrounds. Young and old will find plenty to do here, from simply strolling around the vast green space to renting paddleboats, bicycles, or rollerblades. There are concerts and art shows in the summer, and snowboarding and ice skating in the winter.
If the imposing marble exterior of this Soviet-era iconic structure doesn’t intimate you, the soldiers standing guard inside might. The stern guards are there to watch over Vladimir Lenin’s embalmed body and ensure visitors maintain a respectful silence around the former leader of the Russian Revolution. Gigglers will be scolded. While admittedly morbid, the experience of seeing one of modern history’s most noteworthy figures is certainly a can’t-miss Moscow sight.
PUSHKIN MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
Opened in 1912, the museum holds Moscow’s largest collection of European art. Broken up into several wings, it contains both rotating and permanent collections of fine art and archeological treasures from Central Asia to Europe. The private collections wing has some outstanding art collected over the years by prominent Russian collectors.
St. Petersburg - Russia's great northern capital
Many fans of travel, both Russian and foreign, dream of visiting Russia's great northern capital. Founded by Peter I in 1703, the city was always intended to be great, but the modern St. Petersburg has outgrown its old boundaries manyfold. Among other European cities St. Petersburg occupies the third position in terms of the population (4.6 million people) and is right after Moscow and London. It is one of the most cosmopolitan, safe and tolerant city in Russia. The historic city center and the complexes of monuments associated with it are included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
It is noteworthy that St. Petersburg is the northernmost city in the world with a population of over one million. This high-latitude location is the source of one particular symbol of the city — the White Nights. In the period around the summer solstice, the sun only sinks below the horizon by 7° even at midnight, and all night it gets no darker than twilight. The lightest nights are from late May to mid July. Various festivals and festivities are held around this time. The motif of the White Nights is widely used in art and literature, and exploring the city at this time is the most romantic entertainment you can think of. The city of the White Nights occupies the first place among Russian cities and one of the first in the world by the square of its water areas and the number of bridges.
There are about 8 thousand sights of interest and more than a thousand cultural institutions which include museums, theatres, concert halls, exhibitions. These makes St. Petersburg an attractive tourist centre which is highly appreciated by guests from all over the world. You will need a few days to do its attractions justice, and if your plans include a visit to the Hermitage and Russian Museum, you can definitely add on another day or two. But Piter is not the only interesting place in the Leningrad region and its surrounding area: After all, people colonized this area as early as the Mesolithic era, around 8,000 B.C.
In the first century, the Finno-Ugric tribes who lived here were actively engaged in various kinds of farming, especially since the vast wooded areas and access to the Gulf of Finland made it possible to obtain from nature everything necessary for life. One of the major ancient sites, Ladoga, carried major political and economic weight for a long time. Later it became part of the Novgorod republic, which built many fortifications and made every possible effort to protect Lake Ladoga from attack by the Livonian knights and Swedish feudal lords. The fate of this territory, now part of the Leningrad region, has never been easy.
Over the centuries it has been “cut off” from Russia many times: for example, in the Time of Troubles it was taken possession by Sweden; between 1917 and the war its borders changed constantly, and during World War II it sadly became notorious for the 872-day siege of Leningrad. Today, the Leningrad region is one of the most successful industrial and cultural areas of the country, with numerous preserved monuments to the region’s history and ethnography. Many new cottage complexes, holiday sites and camp sites have sprung up in the vicinity of St. Petersburg in recent years, offering a wide choice of recreation.
For example, many of them have their own stables and also offer the opportunity of riding snowmobiles or going on hiking or cross-country skiing trips. Nearby there are also ski resorts, which buzz with activity even in summer, offering rough terrain quadbiking and even motocross competitions. The Leningrad region also has paraglider and parachute sites, kite and surf associations and diving clubs.
You can go fishing on the coast, rivers and lakes, not to mention take a trip on a motor boat or sailing yacht.
Weclcome to Russia!
Moscow. Cosmopolitan in flavor, Russia’s capital exudes prosperity and vigor. From Stalin’s carved-marble metro stations to the sprawl of modern business complexes, Moscow flaunts its ambition with a penchant for going over the top. It’s an all-night-party town whose days offer endless opportunities for those who can keep up. A merchant capital by birth, Moscow was fashioned for big spenders, and money has always made the wheels go ‘round here. Now counted as one of the world’s most expensive cities, the only possible limit is the size of your wallet.
Moscow Environs and the Golden Ring. In the 12th to 14th centuries, the Golden Ring cities were the most important political, religious, and commercial centers in Russia before Moscow usurped all power. Nowadays these ancient enclaves are perfect destinations for rolling back the centuries. A visit to their medieval convents, ancient trade chambers, and kremlins is like stepping into a living encyclopedia of Russian culture, complete with picture-postcard views of onion-domed churches set on the banks of the Volga River.
St. Petersburg. Serenity and reflection reign in this city. Tsars don’t rush—it would be undignified. St. Petersburg was founded as the new capital of the Russian Empire in 1703 by Peter the Great and still carries itself with austere regal grace. The city built on the marshy banks of the Neva River today attracts more tourists than anywhere else in Russia. A brilliant fusion created by Italian and French architects, St. Petersburg invites comparisons with Amsterdam, Venice, and Stockholm. The big attractions here are the pastimes of the nobility—artwork, classical concerts, ballet, and idyllic promenading in the 19th-century landscape.
Summer Palaces and Historic Islands. Several of St. Petersburg’s imperial summer residences have been meticulously restored to their original splendor, and the sheer opulence is stunning. Peterhof’s (Petrodvorets) park is Russia’s answer to Versailles, while Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) houses the legendary Amber Room. Lomonosov (Oranienbaum), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Konstantine Palace have both undergone restoration and are great places for a summer stroll or picnic. The islands of Kronshtadt and Vallam showcase another side of the city’s history.