Russia has come a long way to now sit among the world’s top pacesetters. Only not long ago it was as a land firmly locked behind the Iron Curtain, without freedom of movement. Russia was once the most remarkable member of the now defunct USSR. Unlike other members, the disintegration only made it stronger and is now one of the most powerful nations on Earth and whose motives have always kept any US president alert and on the lookout.
Russia spreads over two continents and is the largest country in the world. There are over 160 ethnicities in Russia, each having its mark in the country’s culture. The country is also endowed with natural beauty, ranging from large swathes of desert-like plains, crossed by thousands of lakes, rivers, forests, and mountains along the southern borders. Tourists are also attracted by the ancient towns, which have been well-preserved to offer architectural marvels. The museums also offer magnificent art as do the churches.
With so much to see, you have to make well before you take a trip to Russia so that you do not miss out on the important attractions an average traveler has never skipped. These are some of the most significant tourist sites a traveler worth his salt never overlook while in Russia:
This industrial city located in the Ural Mountains has many things going on for it. Historians remember it as the place where Tsar Nicholas and his family were cruelly executed in 1918 during the Russian Revolution. The city has grown to become a scene of vibrant culture, financial hub, the industrial powerhouse and is home to several theaters, libraries, and prominent playwrights. There are various dancing companies around, so there is no form of entertainment lacking.
Yekaterinburg War Memorial is here. I have a friend who works at best flo sewer and drain. And told me the museum, compared to others in Russia, is unique in that it has more thought and grief blended with the usual victory-only monuments throughout Russia. There is a beautiful monument dedicated to war soldiers who lost their lives in the line of duty. There is a list showing the names of these fallen heroes. The museum is quite large and clean.
This is the place to find quiet after a long day of shopping, visiting galleries, museum and fighting your way through thick crowds of people. Dendropark is green, right in the middle of the city. It is a sweet slice of nature where you are surrounded by trees, grass and covered by the clouds. Birds are singing around, small animals running around. You can do yoga too.
Also known as Leningrad, this is Russia’s second largest city. It started in 1703. It used to be the imperial capital of Russia. It is now the cultural capital of Russia and rightly boasts of the most beautiful art collections in the world! Majestic palaces, lofty mansions, and beautiful cathedrals also add to the city’s beauty.
One of the sites you can visit while in Saint Petersburg is Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, which was expressly built to memorize the assassination of Alexander II in 1881. It is perhaps the most recognized building in Russia. It has elaborate interior decorations and houses more mosaics than any other church anywhere else in the world.
As you plan to visit Russia, remember its weather. If Adolf Hitler had recognized Russia’s unfavorable weather before planning its invasion, perhaps World War II could have ended in his favor. Russia is one of the coldest countries in the world. While the cold climate favors some exciting tourism activities, it can ruin your plans if you do not arrive at the right time or forget to carry appropriate attires.
Tipping and capitalism are some of the evils Russia has taken from the west since the fall of the USSR. Tipping has become a strong culture that if you pay for a meal more than the exact price, the change is kept as a tip. If you don’t ask for change, it is assumed you gave a tip, no matter how much.
Russia is the language in Russia. It is spoken everywhere. Large people in the cities speak English on top of Russia. The currency is ruble (RUB). You should bring with you plenty of it, for foreign currency or bank cards are refused many a time.