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The second largest city in Russia and a Travellers' Choice Destination for 2015,... more
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St. Petersburg
The second largest city in Russia and a Travellers' Choice Destination for 2015, St. Petersburg is the country’s cultural heart. View splendid architectural gems like the Winter Palace and the Kazan Cathedral, and give yourself plenty of time to browse the world-renowned art collection of the Hermitage. Sprawling across the Neva River delta, St. Petersburg offers enough art, nightlife, fine dining and cultural destinations for many repeat visits.
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The political, scientific, historical, architectural and business centre of... more
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Moscow
The political, scientific, historical, architectural and business centre of Russia, Moscow displays the country's contrasts at their most extreme. The ancient and modern exist side by side in this city of 10 million. Catch a metro from one of the ornate stations to see Red Square, the Kremlin, the nine domes of St Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's Mausoleum, the KGB Museum and other symbols of Moscow's great and terrible past, then lighten up and go shopping in Boulevard Ring, or people-watch in Pushkin Square.
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On the banks of the Volga River, Kazan sits austerely, its cityscape a visual... more
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Kazan
On the banks of the Volga River, Kazan sits austerely, its cityscape a visual confection of architecture that somehow manages to be both playful and severe. No matter your spiritual inclination, you simply must visit the Temple of All Religions, a Technicolor cultural center built by artist Ildar Khanov. Though still a work in progress, the "temple" is a feast for the eyes—and the spirit.
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Yekaterinburg is the thinking tourist's city, jam-packed with libraries,... more
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Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg is the thinking tourist's city, jam-packed with libraries, theaters and museums, plus seemingly out of place monuments that pay homage to entities like Michael Jackson and a keyboard. The beautiful Yekaterinburg Circus building is an intricate lace dome that arches over seating for 2600 spectators.
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A little extra chunk of Russia stuck between Lithuania and Poland on the Baltic... more
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Kaliningrad
A little extra chunk of Russia stuck between Lithuania and Poland on the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad was known as Königsberg from its founding by the Teutonic Knights in the 13th century until after World War II. It was renamed, repopulated with Russians and became part of the Soviet Union. Today, as it has been for centuries, it’s known for amber products, with most of the world’s harvestable amber still lying off its coast. The 14th century Königsberg Cathedral is a main city attraction.
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In 2014 the whole world had its eyes on Sochi, the host of the Winter Olympics.... more
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Sochi
In 2014 the whole world had its eyes on Sochi, the host of the Winter Olympics. But even before the hoopla, this coastal city was a popular destination for people who wanted to holiday at the “Russian Riviera” by the Black Sea. Check out the cafes, clubs, and hot-bodied beachgoers of the pedestrian-only promenade, then venture to the ornate Saint Vladimir’s cathedral to gawk at a different kind of eye candy.
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For centuries it was business as usual in this relatively quiet Russian city.... more
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Chelyabinsk
For centuries it was business as usual in this relatively quiet Russian city. That all changed in 2013, when a meteor crashed through the atmosphere and shattered in the Chelyabinsk sky. A large fragment of it is now on display at the Museum of Regional Studies. Make sure to meander down historic Kirovka Street to check out cafes, street performers, shops, and public art.
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Bordered by the Kotorosl and Volga rivers, the historic city center of Yaroslavl... more
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Yaroslavl
Bordered by the Kotorosl and Volga rivers, the historic city center of Yaroslavl is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The religious architecture is breathtaking and surreal, especially the emerald-domed Church of Elijah the Prophet and the gilded towers of the Assumption Cathedral. Numerous theaters, a philharmonic, a planetarium and a permanent circus round out the city’s art scene. Keep an eye on the time: Every hour on the hour, the proud namesake of the Monument to Bear statue gives a triumphant roar.
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Known as a top spot for rock climbing, Krasnoyarsk will thrill travellers who... more
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Krasnoyarsk
Known as a top spot for rock climbing, Krasnoyarsk will thrill travellers who like to take their holidays to new heights. The impressive granite formations at Stolby nature reserve are perfect for a free climb or two. Love the drama of a hand-over-hand sweat session but prefer to keep your feet on the ground? Take in a show at the Pushkin Drama Theater, or marvel at the works of one of the country's greatest artists, at the Vasily Surikov Museum. In the summer, the flower monuments are eye-catching landmarks - fun figures made completely out of colourful blooms.
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There are hundreds of historical monuments and features in Nizhny Novgorod, each... more
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Nizhny Novgorod
There are hundreds of historical monuments and features in Nizhny Novgorod, each more beautiful and unique than the last. A red brick kremlin, stone cathedrals, a futuristic planetarium, medieval monasteries, a hyperboloid tower... Nizhny Novgorod seems to be a mashup of cultures, eras and technologies that all miraculously work in harmony to create an endearing urban landscape.
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