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Russia Travel Guide

6 reasons to travel to Russia

There are so many things to discover during a trip to Russia! Not only are the Russian landscapes and architecture in historic towns amazing, but if you try to get to know the locals and their customs you will come back feeling transformed by the authentic experience!

  • 1.
    Visit the beautiful orthodox churches
  • 2.
    Travelling on the Trans-Siberian
  • 3.
    Landscapes covered in beautiful winter clothing
  • 4.
    Fall in love with Russian cuisine
  • 5.
    Go to a dacha
  • 6.
    Meet the locals

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Is this the destination for you?

Don't be afraid of contrasts, extremes or contradictions: Russia is the country where anything's possible!

You should go if

  • You go mad for big cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan and Rostov, the big Russian cities will make your head spin.
  • You like pushing your limits by living in extreme conditions, the great North, the cold, the tundra, taiga or the peaks of the Caucasus Mountains.
  • You have gotten ideas from novels about how friendly people are in Russia: a vodka, and another, some laughing and dancing and another vodka!
  • Colours and onion domes intrigue you: Russian churches and monasteries are an art in themselves, both unique and inimitable.
  • You don't have a lot of experience with the word "distance": taking the Trans-Siberian railway and crossing two inconceivably long continents gives you different feeling about the world.
  • You admire and appreciate great culture: Russia promotes the arts, from ballet to music and architecture, to fine arts and film.
  • You are attracted by European, Caucasian, Turko-Mongolian, Siberian and other cultures. Russia is home to a myriad of people and cultures.

You shouldn't go if

  • If you detest alcohol, you should know that it's everywhere in Russian culture!
  • If vastness scares you and your ideal human density is like in the Netherlands, it's better to not leave the big cities.
  • If you don't like cold countries, only visit the South (the Caucasus and the Caspian) or plan to go there during August.
  • If you only want to visit plain or boring countries: Russia only has rough edges, from social inequality to pollution.
  • You don't support discussions on nationalism and imperialism, because you may hear a lot of it!

Culture and Discovery

Karelia: a Russian winter wonderland

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A day at the Hermitage

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Lake Baikal

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Seaside fun at the Black Sea

With its subtropical climate, beaches  and beautiful mountain landscapes, the Black Sea coastline is perfect for a coastal trip in an exotic setting. With its datcha...
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From palaces to monasteries around Moscow

Moscow was built in the heart of Russian history. All around, princes, dukes and tsars built sumptuous palaces, and the Orthodox church erected some magnificent monasteri...
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A visit to the Kremlin

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