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8 Things That You Should Definitely Do in Russia
Russia, a home to over 144 million people, the largest country on Earth, has a mysterious history. The country is a part of the USSR and has emerged as an economic and political superpower because of active participation in worldwide policy making, and strong military presence.
When it comes to tourism, Russia is known for its parks, museums, cultural attractions, and also plenty of natural attractions. Together, they draw visitors not only from Russia but across the world. If you’re traveling to Russia for anywhere between 5 to 10 days add the following things on your list.
The city of Dead
The city of Dead, also known as the Village of Dargavs, is home to a cemetery that entails about 100 stone crypts. The interesting part about the cemetery is that it provides a glimpse into the life of many people many buried with their earthly belonging 400 years ago.
In the 18th century, a plague swept through Ossetia that devastated the entire population. The city of dead gets visitors from across the globe. However, due to its obscurity, it is not an easy place to reach. And, that’s what makes it an interesting place to be on your list.
Winter Palace – St Petersburg, Russia
Winter Palace is one of the most iconic sites in St. Petersburg. It dominates the Palace square and is a symbol of the city’s cultural and historical inheritance. The palace was built in 1708 as a Dutch-style wooden home. In subsequent years, it was transformed into the colorful ornate building. The interior of the place has been artistically carved and contains fancy staircases, intricate marble work, and gold-leafed trim. All the visitors are allowed to tour the Palace including the State Rooms.
Go Skiing – Red Valley, Russia
There’s a place in Russia known as the Red Valley. It’s the hub of skiing and snowboarding. It also hosted the Winter Olympics in 2014. This place should definitely make it to your list if you love doing adventurous things. Its vast and diverse slopes make this mini paradise ideal for skiing.
One of the top things to do in Russia is to go on a canal tour. With more than 800 bridges covering a length of 350 kilometers of canals, It’s undoubtedly one of the most memorable activities to do in St. Petersburg.
Russia is full of hidden gems. Amongst which many are the Museums. Russia is known for its museums such as Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and the Hermitage. Visiting the Museums is one of the most recommended thing to do in St. Petersburg.
Alexander Garden is located in the middle of St. Petersburg next to Palace Square. It was designed in the 19th century as an honor to the 200th birth anniversary of Peter the Great. It was once popular hangout spot for the aristocracy of St. Petersburg. It was officially started in 1874 under the leadership of Alexander II. He, then requested to plant more than 50 species of plants in the premises. The garden was overhauled in 1920s. It’s a peaceful place for visitors to spend quality time with their loved ones.
If you wish to enjoy a sunny day in Russia, Samara Embankment is the destination to look out for. It is situated alongside the Volga River. You can relax at the beach, or even workout or take a walk. You can also take a boat cruise. Drinks and snacks are available at the beach which can be relished while relaxing.
If you wish to indulge into some fine Russian wooden architecture then Kizhi Island is the place to look out for. It’s on Lake Onega. It has beautiful multi-domed wooden churches spread across the island. Some of these structures such as the Church of the Transfiguration, are still used today for religious ceremonies and sacred gatherings. During the summers, this island is quite welcoming as the temperature rises. During the winter months it’s mostly covered in ice.
Interesting Fact – Kizhi Island became an UNESCO World Heritage Site in the 1990s.
Whether you love beaches, or want to enjoy fine arts and history, Russia has something to offer to everybody. It’s one of the most underrated destinations and certainly deserves a visit , at least once. If you’re planning to travel to Russia make sure that you check all the things that are required to make your holidays enjoyable and trouble-free. Also make sure to purchase an International SIM card or Russia SIM card to stay in touch with your loved ones back in your
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