Top 10 Places
to See in Russia
Top 10 Russia Places - Kremlin
Russia is one of the largest countries in the world drawing people from all corners of the globe. Tourists love to visit this region because it is home to a number of historical events, well-known attractions and natural beauty that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. While in Russia, here are the top 10 places every visitor must see.
1. The Golden Ring
A trip through the Golden Ring takes visitors along a historical route through cities, including Vladimir, Suzdal, Kastroma, Sergiev Posad and many more. On this tour, visitors encounter everything from historic architecture to beautiful countryside views. Because all of the cities within the Golden Ring are so close together, visitors can simply hop aboard a bus or train and travel at their leisure to and from each location, always eventually reaching their origin.
One of the most well-known attractions in Russia is the Kremlin. Located in the heart of the capital, this complex includes some of the most visited and sought after attractions in Russia including St. Basil’s Cathedral, and the Red Square. This official place of residence for the President of Russia includes four palaces and four cathedrals all enclosed within the Kremlin wall.
3. Baikal Lake
As one of the oldest and deepest bodies of fresh water, this lake over 1,340 species of animals and 570 types of plants, delivering significant value to the world of evolutionary science. Much of the underwater regions remain unseen which contributes to the purity the scientists require. In the region, visitors will find beautiful scenery and small cities to make their stay more interesting. While here, visitors must check out Listvyanka village nearby.
4. Mother Motherland Monument
The Battle of Stalingrad is commemorated with the mother motherland monument in Volgograd. In 1967, this widely visited attraction was the last non-religious statue to be declared the largest in the world. With a sword in the right hand and an outreached left hand, it is structurally very unique made up of pre-stressed concrete and wire rope for the structure.
5. Saint Basil’s Cathedral
One of the most well-known sacred destinations and top visited attractions in Russia, this cathedral was built by Ivan the Terrible in the 16th Century to commemorate a victory by the Russian military. Legend has it that once the architect was finished building this Cathedral, he was blinded so he would not be able to build another with the same level of beauty for anyone else.
6. Manpupuner Rock Formations (or Poles of the Komi Republic)
Located just north of the Ural mountains in the Troitsko-Pechorsky District are seven large pillars made of stone ranging from 30 to 42 meters high. These stone pillars are hailed as one of the seven wonders of Russia. The legend in the region says that in ancient times, these were Samoyed giants on a trek through the mountains to destroy the Vogulsky people. According to the legend, as soon as they saw the holy mountains in the area, they dropped to their knees and instantly turned to stone. These formations are not well known outside of Russia so, while many tourists visit the formations, they have been able to remain unspoiled by visitors.
7. Peterhof Place
In St. Petersburg, Peterhof Palace offers visitors a unique combination of palaces and gardens. Because of their beauty, this area is sometimes known as the Russian Versailles. Even more impressive, these fountains all operate without the use of a pump and instead use water supplied naturally by nearby springs.
8. Neva River
The Neva River is the third largest in Europe and home to many historical events, such as the Battle of Neva, the founding of the city of St. Petersburg and the Siege of Leningrad during World War II. Because of its width and depth, this river is currently only used by light vessels and to transport passengers. Tourist attractions included along the river are the city of St. Petersburg, the fortress of Oshek and a monument of Peter.
9. Valley of Geysers
Located in the Kronotskiy Station Natural Biosphere Reserve, this geyser field is one of the largest in the world, and the only geyser field in Eurasia. Scientists and tourists alike come here each year, however only small numbers are allowed within the reserve to help preserve its unique natural state.
10. Red Square
This tourist attraction is one of the most widely visited because of its immense historic appeal. In the past, this area was frequently seen with military holding fast under strict regime, but now it is open to visitors to explore and appreciate all it has to offer. With historical buildings including St. Basils Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, and famous GUM department store, this is an attraction no visitor can miss.
Russia has a lot to offer its visitors. From diverse geography to historical attractions, this country is a wonder filled with beauty and antiquity.
Tess Pajaron is part of the team behind Open Colleges, Australia's provider of tourism courses
and travel agent courses
. She has traveled to many different countries and loves to discover new places.