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Places You can Visit in Russia while Watching the World Cup

Watching the World Cup is one of the most exciting experiences for any football fan in the world. But as you travel through Russia to watch the games, there are certainly a number of things you can do to pass the time.

Sports betting might be the first thing that comes to mind as it’s the most excitement you can have while following the competition. If that’s your choice, you can check for the best world cup betting sites while you are on your trip. But there are also some beautiful sights of Russia that you really shouldn’t miss out on visiting – especially if you’re adventurous and like to explore.

Here are 5 things to do in the 5 cities where the matches are played.

Visit the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg

Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia

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Often referred to as the greatest attraction in Saint Petersburg, the Hermitage Museum is really the top place you can check out. Founded in 1764, it has one the largest art and culture collections in the world.

Located by the river Neva, this is the second-largest museum in the world by gallery space, and it consists of six different buildings. The Winter Palace is one of the most popular corners of the museum to visit. That being said, it will take days to fully explore it and see all the paintings. But spending even as much as two-three hours in the place will make your trip to Saint Petersburg way more pleasant – especially if you’re into art.

If you’re interested in visiting the Hermitage museum, you can buy tickets at the entrance where you’ll find ticket stands and machines. Since the lines are rather large from May to September, and it is nearly impossible to enter the museum, you can also get a so called “skip the line” tours.

The Singing Fountains in Sochi

With many cities having to offer so much in terms of tourism, Russia is a great travel destination. And while in Sochi, make sure to visit the Signing Fountains. It’s a wonderful attraction, and one of the most popular places to visit in the city. The fountains were built in 1970, and they are located near the Sochi Trade Gallery.

Watch the Sunset at Embankment in Samara

If you’re enjoying nature, the Embankment in Samara might be your new favorite place. It’s a really great public space located along the Volga river. Watching the sunset over the river is a breathtaking experience. You can get some rest, lay on the sandy beach, jog, or just walk around, and feel the nature around you.

There are also places you can get food and coffee, as you walk around and enjoy one of the most beautiful travel destinations in Samara.

Visit the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow

Bolshoi Theater after renewal, Moscow, Russia

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The Bolshoi Theatre the most famous theatre in Russia. The historic building is definitely the most prestigious destination you can check out while in Moscow, as it’s an important part of the Russian culture.

The theatre shows 3-4 operas and 2 to 3 ballets each year, and the performances are focused around classical masterpieces from world class composers such as Verdi, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Wagner.

If you want to visit the Bolshoi Theatre, you can get an English tour on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The tours are 1 hour long and are limited to maximum of 20 people. You can get tickets from the ticket office that’s located in the Historic building of the Theatre.

See the Museum of Military Equipment in Yekaterinburg

If you like checking out really old automobiles, military vehicles and crafts, the Museum of Military Equipment in Yekaterinburg is definitely a place you’d want to visit.

The Museum features an ever-growing collection of domestic and foreign military equipment that dates all the way back to World War 1. So if you have a few hours to spend after the match, make sure to check one of Yekaterinburg’s top tourist attractions.

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