Russia being the largest country in the world offers a wide range of travel experiences, from hiking the slopes of glaciated mountains to strolling along the shore of oldest lake of the Earth’s. Also the cities of the country are full of Historical sites and cultural activities. Whether you are walking around the grounds of Kremlin in Moscow or traveling through the grassland of Mongolia, a holiday to Russia is surely an adventure that cannot be forgotten. So book some cheap tickets to Russia in advance and start planning your trip. But if you are confused about what to see and what to do then this article is the perfect guide for you.
Top 10 Fun things to do in Russia
It is the oldest, clearest and deepest freshwater lake on earth with distinctive, untouched flora, fauna and delicious omuls which are caught by the locals and then they cure it by smoking. Walk along the ecological routes of that area, communicate with the locals and you can indulge yourself in nature. There you can also visit the inhabitable Buryat yurt. Lake Baikal is also known as the pearl of Siberia. There are several hotels and resorts around the lake making the area a popular vacation destination. This is a must thing to see in Russia when you are visiting the country.
Take a train journey around Eurasia in the trans-Siberian railway service and you get to see 80 cities. You will have to spend almost a week in an enclosed area so you have to be very patient and the reward for that patience is just great. You will be traveling around the Volga River, Baraba plains with its gloomy clouds, Ural Mountains, the woods of Siberia, Yenisei River, Barguzinsky Mountains, Lake Baikal and Khekhtsir Range. Although it will be long and somewhat tiring journey but it will give you vivid memories to last forever.
The city is an ideal place for those who are interested in traditional Orthodox churches and still want to explore the architectural style of the new builders who tried to destroy these churches. Yekaterinburg also has the largest collection of Soviet monuments which are standing side by side with traditional museums.
this cruise is a must when you are visiting Russia, the music is constantly playing on the top decks of the cruise and many events are also held here. The ship travels fast during the night but at day it stops in different cities like Volgograd where you can go to Mamayev Kurgan to see the huge statue of the Motherland and Astrakhan from where you can buy fish and watermelons if you visit during the season. Also in the summer months, you can swim in the Volga River. This cruise is an amazing way to experience Russia.
Mount Elbrus is located in Southern Russia in the Caucasus Mountain Range. It has a height of 5642 meters and is included as one of the seven highest summits of the seven continents of the earth. The Elbrus attracts both experienced and beginner mountain climbers. The mountain was formed from a volcanic eruption but now it is considered dormant as no eruptions were recorded lately. There is also a cable car system which takes visitors to the height of 3,800 meters and facilitates climbers to the summit.
Kizhi Island is located northwestern Russia, in Karelia, which share the border with Finland and the White Sea. Kizhi Island is mainly known for its great open-air museum. This museum has a large collection that includes the 120 foot tall statue of Church of the Transfiguration of Our Savior. The 22 domes of the museum has made it very famous. Since 13th century the Karelians have been living here in this region, divided between the Western and Eastern cultures. Other tourist attractions of the area include lots of wooden houses, barns, windmills, and chapels.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
The tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a war monument which is dedicated to the Soviet soldiers who were killed during the World War 2. The memorial is positioned at the Kremlin wall in the Alexander Garden. After every hour a guard changing ceremony takes place in front of the memorial. Also in front of the memorial a five pointed star is set up and from its center an Eternal Flame emanates.
If you want to experience total weightlessness then join a zero-gravity flight at Star City which is a part of the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre which is 35km away from Moscow. Guests are taken in a modified cargo plane, which goes to a height of 6000m, and then it takes an additional sharp rise which allows the passengers to float weightlessly around the plane. This activity is not cheap, but it is also not an average activity.
It is the oldest city of Russia and the history of this city is as old as the history of Russian statehood. One of the pillars of the city’s history is Orthodoxy and that is why, you will find lots of places for worship like churches and monasteries in Novgorod Veliky. Out of all these churches and cathedrals, the most amazing is Saint Sophia Cathedral; it was built in the 11th century. The cathedral is the oldest building of Russia. Standing at a height of 125 feet, it contains the ruins of six Russian saints and many other important icons.
The Golden Ring
Tourists, who are interested in Russian Orthodoxy and want to experience the peacefulness and depth of the Russian faith, often visit cities famous for different churches and monasteries. These churches were mostly built during the 12th to 17th century. Most of these cities have lyrical names like Sergiyev Posad, Kostroma, Alexandrov, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Ivanovo, Uglich Yaroslavl, Suzdal, Rostov Veliky, and Vladimir. Most of these cities have onion shaped domes at the top of the monasteries, Kremlins and cathedrals.