i dunno anything about russia but its so big that i feel my partner and i should check it out when we travel around the world?
Anyone got adivce?? if its any good.. worth seeing.. expensive? dangerous to go to?
Im not a "clubbing" .. "party" person. So if we did tours they'd have to be tours with older people.. so not like contiki for example.
We also DONT wanna back-pack it either. Prefer hotels..than hostels..
Can anyone give me adivce on the top places weather they are worth going?..
Were into sight seeing.. so museums, old jails, art gallaries aquariums, zoos.. etc.. not sure if these places have these, but yeah.
Also wanna see hot spots .. whats really good about Russia? Is it a dessert, rainforest, city like life?
Anyone been to Russia and can give me a quick run down.. weres good to go?
I've done some basic researching but still unsure, and dont wanna miss out of good things..
I know of Moscow and thats about it 😊
***I didnt know Russia was part of Europe! Woops! Sorry guys, i would have put it in my European Post if i knew ***
The most beautiful city in Russia is St. Petersburg. The first time coming to Russia you should go to St. Petersburg, or this city and Moscow.
There are lots of museums in St. Petersburg alone, some of them world famous. Here are the must-see sights: the Hermitage museum (one of the biggest in the world), Peter-and-Paul fortress, St. Isaac's cathedral, the Church-on-Spilt Blood, Usupov palace, the Russian museum, the summer palaces - Peterhof, Pavlovsk, Catherine's palace.
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Thank you so much for your reply!!
I will definatly write those few places down to the list 😊
Two thumbs up for St. Petersburg ! I would also recomend to visit Moscow to see Mariinsky Theather if you like balet of course. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to see Lopatkina or Vishneva on stage.Kremlin and other places are also will be really interesting to visit i believe.
Another thing is staying in touch with your friends home. Moscow has enough free Wi-Fi zones, can't tell you the same thing about St. Petersburg. This thing can be helpful Freeje
Moscow is certainly worth visiting, as well as Bolshoi theater there. Mariinsky theater can be visited in St. Petersburg. There are many free wi-fi zones in St. Petersburg as in Moscow.
Lake Baikal is a good place to visit. It's one of the most popular places people prefer to visit in Russia after St Petersburg and Moscow. It's the deepest lake in the world with a great amount of fresh water. You don't have to go backpacking to see all the beauties - you can just take an one hour drive from Irkutsk to see Baikal. In Irkutsk you for sure can find nice and comfortable hotels. If you are interested in jails, Irkutsk is a place where decemberists were exiled.
I heard it's not so fresh anymore.
it is still fresh. the works of itself cleaning deals with the pollution. and ecologists try to decrease the pollution level.
by the way, we do drink this water!
even in many big russian cities people drink only bottled water.
so. make your conclusions.
If you go to Moscow, you will find two attractive and interesting towns about 4 hours away: Yaroslavl and Tver. Having lived in both of them I recommend them for weekend trips.
Russia's more expensive than most travel destinations but definitely worth going to. If you like historic cities, it's got lost and St Petersburg is the best. If you like nature it has many, many mountain ranges, forests covering an area the size of the USA, tundra in the north, steppe in the south. Very varied.
Asian Russia is very different to European Russia, and people in Siberia will tell tell you that Moscow and St. Petersburg are not Russia. Sounds a bit extreme, but they're such different places it's really true. People in Siberia are among the most hospitable I've met anywhere in the world. Cities are in general less interesting there but little villages are beautiful and made up of lovely log cabins and wooden cottages.
Guide books only cover about 10%!o(MISSING)f the country so most tourists stick to European Russia plus the Trans Siberian Express. If you like more off beat or extreme tourism though there are vast trakts of untouched wilderness, including a sparsely inhabited area the size of Canada without any roads or trains!
Re Baikal - the south around Irkutsk and the Trans Siberian Railway is quite polluted, while the North around the BAM Railway is still very raw and untouched.
I've written lots of blogs about Russia so check them out if you're interested.
to bodrikh (by the way, we do drink this water!
even in many big russian cities people drink only bottled water.
so. make your conclusions.)
When I was in Irkutsk for businnes trip, I couldn't drink irkutsk-water. This water smelled throughout the periodic table at once. So I doubt very much that Lake Baikal is clean. And I know, all my friends , partners and their relatives and their friends - all this people drink water from bottles, wich they buy in the shop.
Baikal water does not smell. You are talking about water we have in houses.
I have to agree that St. Petersburg is the most beautiful city in Russia. And the Peter and Paul Fortress has an old jail inside if you are interested in such attractions. St. Petersburg is the Cultural Capital of Russia and you will find old museums including the Hermitage, Russian Museum, Kuntskamera. You can get more information about St. Petersburg <snip> here and even book a tour for yourself. I live in St. Petersburg and have recommended this company to my friends who came to visit me. If you are searching for a reasonable hotel in the center of the city you can try a mini-hotel or for example <snip> Also, if you arrive to St. Petersburg in the Summer you can experience White Nights. It is when the sun is hanging in the sky even at night. It gives a beautiful glow in the sky and would be a very romantic experience for you and your partner.
Moscow is very expensive but the best place is Red Square certainly. You can say hello to Lenin, take a picture and go back to St. Petersburg! 😉
Of course there are many other interesting cities in Russia but to travel to them is very expensive. Airline tickets are 2 times that of America and Europe.. For amazing scenery I recommend Kamchatka where there are active volcanoes. Or you could visit Irkutsk and Lake Baikal. Despite earlier comments it is quite well known that Lake Baikal is the cleanest and deepest lake in the world. It is also the largest lake in the world by volume.
I also agree that St Petersburg is the most beautiful city of Russia and the one of most beautiful cities of the world. I've visited a lot of countries, European ones, Asian ones, but I've never seen as beautiful place as Peterhof (in St Petersburd).
But both St. Petersburg and Moscow are too much European, I suppose. And if you want to see a real Russian city, which was created for merchants, but not for tsars, you should take 1-day-tour to one of the cities of Russian Golden Ring, for instance to Yaroslavl.
When are you going to come to Russia?
Saint-Petersburg is definitely the best! Moscow is ok but it's too big and crazy to my taste... I travelled to Saint-Petersburg not so long ago. Booked a hotel through this site: <snip> Ejoyed my stay! Everything was great! And in the summer Saint Peters is especially beautiful. So don't even hesitate - go for it! I'm already jelous =)
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summer is too hot to spend time in a big city. when i went to st pete last summer it seemed like every one tryed to get out of the city on the weekends only crazy tourists were walking around. I recommend to go in late spring!
Hermitage museum is the best. You can find history about <snip>travel theworld. The museum has more than three million works of art. Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg in Russia. The world’s oldest carpet in the museum. Russian friend says if you look 10 seconds in 3 months everything was topped with a museum exhibition. So if you want to View the museum, you must be willing to spend here at least 3 months. Very magnificent museum, the palace at the same time. If you have interest in museums, the Hermitage museum in Russia is for you.
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