Russia is not only the world largest country but one of the most impactful, with a culture that gave the world countless writers, musicians, artists, and thinkers. With its rich history, famous architecture, and untouched natural landscape there is something for everyone to explore in Russia.
Russia, the world’s largest country offers it all, from historic cities and idyllic countryside to artistic riches, epic train rides, and vodka-fuelled nightlife. Broken into nine regions Russia extends from its European core, where most of the population live, across the Ural Mountains into Siberia and the Russian Far East, where residents have more economic and social connections with Asia than with Europe. With Russia including world-class cities such as Moscow and St Petersburg, vast territories of the Arctic north; immense forests of Siberia; rolling grain farms; and mountain communities there is something to discover for every traveler. Despite its complicated history, Russia is fascinating, enigmatic, and mysterious travel destination. While not on everyone’s travel bucket list Russia is far from the intimidating, frozen motherland as perceived by the western world.
If ancient walled fortresses, glittering palaces, and swirly-spired churches are what you’re after, focus on European Russia. Here, Moscow and St Petersburg are the must-see destinations, twin repositories of eye-boggling national treasures, political energies, and contemporary creativity. Within easy reach of these cities are charming historical towns and villages, such as Veliky Novgorod, Pskov and Suzdal, where the vistas dotted with onion domes and lined with gingerbread cottages measure up to the rural Russia of popular imagination.
Whether you’re in search of inspiration from the great Russian artists and writers or an adventure addict looking for new horizons to conquer, Russia amply delivers. Tread in the footsteps of literary greats Tolstoy, Pushkin, and Dostoevsky or take in a performance of the world-famous Russian ballet. Ski or climb lofty mountains in the Caucasus, go trekking or white-water rafting in the Altai Republic, hike around Lake Baikal, or scale an active volcano in Kamchatka – the variety of possibilities will make your head spin.
One of the great joys of travel in Russia is being swept away by the boundless hospitality of the people. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Winston Churchill both wrote famous lines about Russia being an enigmatic riddle. Embrace this conundrum and you, too, are sure to find yourself swept away by a passion for Mother Russia.