Indomitable Russia— the world’s largest country provides a wide cluster of the best travel experiences and is now among the most popular tourist destinations in the world. From Soviet-era remnants to the steppes of Mongolia, there’s everything you want in Russia and everything that makes it definitely interesting and different. One can get overwhelmed though with the great number of places you can go. The following list has been compiledto make it easier for you. These are the top tourist attractions in Russia. Enigmatic Russian adventures await you.
- Trans-Siberian Railway
The holiday of a lifetime can be found by taking on an adventure on the Trans-Siberian Railway! The Trans-Siberian Railway is a network of railways connecting Moscow with the Russian Far East and the East of Japan. It has a length of 9,289 km in which you can see the most breathtaking places right from your train. Be prepared to see 80 cities, the Volga River, Baraba steppe with its dismal clouds, Barguzinsky Mountains, Ural Mountains, Yensei River, and the woods of Siberia, Khekhstir Range and Lake Baikal. Nothing beats a journey with the most stunning sceneries. You should try Moscow to Khabarovsk route on trans-siberian railway. This 8000km long route is one of most scenic train rides you would ever experience in your life.
- Mount Elbrus
If you’re one for the heights or for nature and mountains, then this is a must-see for you— Mount Elbrus. Mount Elbrus, based in the Caucasus Mountain Range in Southern Russia, is one of the Seven Summits. This means it is one of the highest summits on the each of the earth’s seven continents. This is haven and a dream come true for any mountain climbers. A cable car system can take you as high as 3,800 meters (12,500 ft) that expedites climbs to the summit.
- Valley of Geysers
Geysers are really interesting enough to be one of the favorite tourist destinations in any place and more so, if it happens to be second largest geyser field in the world. The Valley of Geysers is located on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East. It was unearthed by a local scientist in 1941 and has since gained a lot of interest from scientists and tourists.
- Kizhi Island
Kizhi Island is your open-air museum that contains wonderful uncommon artifacts including houses, a windmill, log buildings, early wooden barns, and several churches. It will transport you to a place in time of the Karelians, who have lived in the region since the 13th century.
- St. Sophia Cathedral, Novgorod
Old buildings are never to be left out in any itinerary. St. Sophia Cathedral, located in center town of Russia’s oldest city Novgorod, is the oldest church building. It is within the grounds of city’s Kremlin. Here you can find an array of old elements including the cathedral’s three elegantly carved gates. You can also see ancient religious artifacts.
- Lake Baikal
Want to know where the deepest and oldest lake on Earth is? It is right here in Lake Baikal, situated in Siberia. It is 25 million years old! And it’s amazing how it is till one of the clearest lakes in the world. Surrounded by mountain ranges and built with several resorts, Lake Baikal is an absolute beloved vacation destination.
Be amazed with the finest of Russia’s historic architecture right here in Suzdal. It used to be the capital of some Russian principalities. Called as the jewel of Russia’s “Golden Ring”, Suzdal is full of living museums of Russia’s cultural past. It is a wonder how they have managed to preserve it so beautifully. You will see great onion-dome topped kremlins, monasteries, and cathedrals. You will surely be immersed back in time and will have your fill of historical cravings!
- Moscow Kremlin
You can’t mention Russia without thinking of Moscow Kremlin. A must-see, Moscow Kremlin is the hub of the nation’s top governmental offices. It holds four cathedrals and illustrious museums. Its 250-acre grounds have the Armoury that is laden with royal treasures of the past.
- Hermitage Museum
If museums are your thing, then Hermitage Museum will have you delighted like nothing else! Located in Saint Petersburg, this colossal museum has one of the biggest art collections in the world. It has over 3 million items crossing the globe.
- St. Basil’s Cathedral
Feast your eyes on possibly the most colorful cathedral— St. Basil’s Cathedral! Located in the heart of Moscow, its distinctive multicolored architecture is incredibly attractive and was made to resemble the shape of bonfire in full flame. St. Basil’s Cathedral has been a symbol of Russia.