Russia has so much to offer a visitor, from a rich and intriguing history, through to beautiful buildings and natural wonders. Compared to neighbouring Europe, you’ll find that Russia offers exceptional value and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into another world when wandering the streets of St Petersburg. If you’re an art’s lover, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Russia, there’s beautiful galleries filled from top to bottom of gorgeous art from throughout the decades. If you would prefer to see a performance, well you’re in luck because Russia is renowned for its performing arts, especially the ballet. There’s a rich religious history that helped to shape Russiaas one of the leader powers in the world. No matter how long you stay in Russia, you’ll find yourself with ample things to do and explore in this country that often feels like another world.
Interested in heading to Russia, but not sure where to start? Why not consider tours to Russia that will allow you to enjoy the highlights of Russia without worrying about any of the challenges of the different alphabet! Small group tours to Russia ensure that you get to meet a lot of different people during your trip, while doing a lot of fun activities and seeing the best Russia has to offer. Wanna get inspired for your trip to Russia? Here are my top reasons you have to visit Russia – as soon as possible!
1. The Northern Lights When people think of the Northern Lights, they perhaps think of Iceland, Norway, or another expensive country located in the north of Europe. But did you know youcan see the Northern Lights from Russia? You’ll have to brave a Russian winter in order to have a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights, but it will be really worth it. The harsh Russian winter has shaped a lot to do with Russia, including its history, so visiting in winter is a unique experience that will help you better understand the Russian people and what they’ve had to endure.
2. St Petersburg was built in order to be a base for Russia’s Navy, in order to increase its strength within Europe. There’s so much to do in this beautiful city, from walking through the Tsarist Palaces and parks, learning about the history that propelled Russia to be a world power. You can take a canal boat tour or river cruise, enjoy watching the Neva Bridges open, check out the White Nights or check out the local, modern art scene.
Due to St Petersburg’s location, you can feel the city is inspired by greater Europe and that’s no coincidence. Peter the Great created St Petersburg to propel Russia to be a country that could compete with the finest cities in Europe. For over 200 years, St Petersburg was Russia’s capital until the Russian Revolution of 1917.
3. Check out the ArtWhether you want to check out the modern pieces scattered around St Petersburg or are looking for more classical art pieces, Russia has an impressive collection of pieces, including many of which are held in the Tsar’s palaces. The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts housed in Moscow is a wonderful museum and could easily compete with some of the most prestigious art galleries around the world. Here you’ll find an assortment of art, stretching from ancient art and the middle ages right through to renaissance and impressionism. You’ll find that this art museum has almost everything. If you’re looking for something a little more modern, check out the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture. Founded in 2008 by Dasha Zhujova, in what was an abandoned bus depot, you’ll find that this is a platform for young artists to showcase their work.
4. Natural Beauty in RussiaBecause Russia is quite simply so large, you’ll find that there’s a lot of contrast in the climate throughout the country. This means that the nature varies a lot, making it a great destination for people who love the great outdoors. The Curonian Spit is 98kms in length and is a wide piece of land that separates the Curonian Lagoon and Baltic Sea. The Maly Semyachik Volcano is one of the most beautiful volcanoes I’ve ever seen and it has a beautiful bright turquoise lake which is 600m in one of the craters. The Manpupuner rock formation, Komi Republic are rock formations that seem to be sticking straight up from the land. This is especially impressive during the winter months when it’s covered in bright white snow.
5. Russian FoodYou can learn a lot about a place by what they eat – it’s also an especially fun way to make your way around a country: sampling different cuisines as you go. There’s a lot more to Russian food than just vodka and potatoes, so here are some suggestions to get you started: Pelmeni (пельмени) – this is a pastry style dumpling that’s often filled with meat. There’s a variety of different ways to have these served: in a soup like broth, smothered in sour cream, drowning in butter (yum!) or just by themselves. No matter which way you have them, I’m sure you’ll love them. Blini (блины) thin like crepes, made from buckwheat and like crepes you can find them in sweet or savoury varieties. They’re an acceptable meal for breakfast lunch or dinner, so be sure to try them – almost any restaurant in Russia will serve them.