The Perfect Way to Explore Russia
Russia may not be everyone’s first choice for a holiday getaway, but it offers far more than people expect; Russia has one of the most stunning landscapes in the world and has rich culture and great food. Here are some facts and tips on exploring Russia:
Where to Stay in Russia
Russia covers almost one-seventh of the total landmass of the whole world. It has about 8 times zones because of its massive land size. So, where should you stay during your visit? While there are lots of places to explore in the big country, you must not miss out on staying in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
In Moscow, you can stay in famous hotels like the Hotel Baltschug Kempinski, Hotel Metropol and Radisson Royal Hotel. If you are looking for a more luxurious option, you may also opt for the 5-star Hotel National Hotel.
In St. Petersburg, there are also a good number of hotels to choose from. You can either stay at the Corinthia, Hotel Angleterre or Grand Hotel Europe. If you are looking for more of a private stay, you may try Casa Leto, with only 5 rooms for rent, or the Alexander House, a 19th-century house turned hotel, with 20 themed rooms to choose from.
If you want something different, you may try Kempinsky Hotel Moika 22 or St. Regis Moscow Nikolskaya. Both have a Romanov style structure, making you feel like a royal.
Moscow, Russia’s capital city is a mixture of the old and the new. It has lots of eye-popping attractions because of their vibrantly coloured and carefully designed architecture.
In the centre of this beautiful city is Red Square. It was used as a market and trading spot before. Now, it is Moscow’s central area. You may also want to visit St. Basil’s Cathedral, which is famous for its flame-like building structure.
Another must-see spot in Moscow is the Kremlin, the largest working fortress in Europe. You may also take a stroll at GUM, which has high-end boutiques housed in one stunning state of the art high-class mall or, if you are in a more relaxed mood, you may try Arbat street and sip coffee at a local café while watching live street music performances.
Wander Around St. Petersburg
Aside from the wonderful Moscow, St. Petersburg is another great city to take a tour around. St. Petersburg is where the royal Tsar family lived 300 years ago. If you want to have a glimpse of being a royal, you may want to check out St. Petersburg’s palaces and museums.
A must-visit palace is the Hermitage or more commonly known as the Winter Palace. It is where the Tsars lived. You should also visit the churches and cathedrals. Some of which are the Kazan Cathedral, Isaac’s Cathedral, and Tserkov Spasa na Krovi or Church of the Savior. Last but definitely not the least, do not miss to see the Peter and Paul fortress or Petropavlovskaya Krepost in Russian. It is where the city was founded by Peter the Great.
Try Out the Trans-Serbian Railway Tours
If you are in for travel outside Moscow and St. Petersburg, you may embark on an unforgettable journey along the Trans-Serbian Railway. There are 3 routes: Moscow to Vladivostok, Moscow to Beijing that passes through Mongolia and Gobi Desert, and Moscow to Beijing passing by Manchuria.
Have a Taste of Russian Food
To complete your Russian experience, also try their delicious cuisines. For those who are health conscious, choose golubtsy, which is boiled cabbage with minced beef and sour cream on top. For pasta lovers, do not miss the flavourful beef stroganoff, made with butter, sour cream, mustard and white wine.
The best time to visit Russia is during its summer season so you can see more of its amazing landscapes. But, if you want to enjoy the snow and white mountains, you may visit the country anytime. Book your trip now and experience this amazing country.