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 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.