Russia travel and tourism features

Russia travel and tourism info

Russian tourism industry is growing fast after the collapse of Soviet Union in 1991. Almost all travel centers are concentrated in Moscow and Saint Petersburg cities because they have a lot of places of interest for travelers like Red Square and Kremlin in Moscow, Petropavlovskaya fortress and Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg.

Russia is a popular place to travel because of its great cultural heritage and dramatic history.

Russia Travel

Russia travel main attractions

  • Tretyakovskaya picture gallery (Moscow)
  • Bolshoi or Grand Theater (Moscow)
  • Red Square (Moscow)
  • Kremlin (Moscow)
  • Isakievsky cathedral (Saint Petersburg)
  • “Northern Venice” - Saint Petersburg canals
  • “Bright Nights” (Saint Petersburg)
  • Summer palace of Peter the First (Saint Petersburg)
  • State Russian Museum (Saint Petersburg)
  • The Golden Ring of Russia including such Russian cities as Suzdal, Vladimir, Sergiev Posad, Yaroslavl and others.
  • Kizhy (Karelia republic)
  • Mamayev Kurgan with Homeland-Mother monument (Volgograd)
  • Valaam (Karelia republic)
  • Solovky (Arkhangelsk oblast)
  • Troitse-Sergieva Lavra (Sergiev Posad)

Almost all country territories of Russia have no developed tourism industry but are rich in numerous ancient churches, monasteries, palaces. Unfortunately most of them are in need of restoration.

Also there are several places on interest in such Russian cities as Kaliningrad, Veliky Novgorod, Tver, Vologda, Nizhny Novgorod, Kirov, Ekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don, Kazan and Yoshkar-Ola.

Russia traveling ways

Various cruises by such Russian rivers as Volga, Lena and Yenisey are popular among tourists coming to Russia. The traveling by Trans-Siberian Railway (running from Moscow to Vladivostok located on the shore of Pacific Ocean) is also a point of interest.

The resorts of Black Sea and Caspian Sea territories of Russia are also a popular destination. One of the major Russian resort-cities Sochi received the right to be the place of 22nd Winter Olympic Games of 2014.

Russia travel features

In spite of numerous places of interest and attractions, developing tourism industry traveling to Russia is still not very easy especially for visitors from Western countries. There are several problems that are specific for Russia.

First problem is language barrier because Russian language is based on Cyrillic alphabet so the reading of various texts and addresses for the majority of tourists from Western countries is a very difficult task. The transliteration of Russian texts to English is not widely spread in Russia.

Also the number of English speaking people out of the limits of Moscow and Saint Petersburg cities is low. Also people speaking foreign languages are recognized as foreigners, so the prices for visiting places of interest, souvenirs are much higher than for local people.

Photos and pictures

The variety of Russian nature

Russian mountains

Russian mountains

Author: Alekseev Mitya

Russian fields

Russian fields

Author: Andrey Bogdanov

Russian rivers

Russian rivers

Author: Sveshnikov Alexander


Russian landscapes

Russian winter scenery

Russian winter scenery

Author: Michel Mignotet

Russian steppes

Russian steppes

Author: Dvornikov Mikhail

Russian lakes

Russian lakes

Author: Mikhail Grizly


Russian cities views

Moscow city

Moscow city

Author: Sergey Kozin

Saint Petersburg city

Saint Petersburg city

Author: Alex Grachov

Sochi city

Sochi city

Author: Vyacheslav Leksin


Russian churches

Novgorod city church

Novgorod city church

Author: Zaritsky Igor

Yaroslavl city cathedral

Yaroslavl city cathedral

Author: Nadezda Shklyaeva

Yoshkar-Ola city cathedral

Yoshkar-Ola city cathedral

Author: Sergey Kozin


The questions of our visitors

Sasha Ali asks: When I'm going to Russia, my cousin told me that I can only exchange the new 100 dollar bill to Russian rubles. Is that true? He told me if you have an old 100 dollar bill and the brand new one with the blue strip they won't exchange to rubles. Also can I exchange like 5, 10, 20, 50 dollar bills too?
Expert's answer:
Officially, there are no restrictions on the exchange of old banknotes, but in practice you may encounter problems. Employees of banks can say that they can not check the authenticity of the old notes or simply refuse to do it despite the fact that these actions are unlawful. Thus, you'd better follow your cousin's advice and take new notes or your Visa/Mastercard.
Michel asks: Visit Russia for work soon. Diet requires a low gluten and no bread and avoid toxins, I know Russia food is bread often and salty unhealthy, what to do?
Expert's answer:
In grocery stores in Russia, you can find quite a wide range of food products and I think you will be able to find the products that fit your diet.
Robin asks: What is the Golden Ring and why does it have that name?
Expert's answer:
Golden Ring of Russia includes various tourist routes passing through the ancient Russian cities which remain unique monuments of Russian history and culture. There are eight major cities of Golden Ring - Sergiev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Rostov, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Ivanovo, Vladimir and Suzdal. The author of the term is the writer Yuri Bychkov. In 1967 he wrote a series of articles about his trip in one of major Soviet newspapers. The word "Golden" is for the golden domes of the numerous churches.

The comments of our visitors

Marino
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Hello. I love your blog! Such amazing pictures and posts. Keep going! This is my all time favorite blog. Have a nice day. M.

James Hunt
Russia
Russia is a beautiful country and much history. If I was younger and had the resources I would love to travel to Russia and explore all that it has to offer... Great information web site. THANK YOU!

Clifford
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Very nice site and pretty places.

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