Russia is often associated with striking architecture in cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg. With multi-colored churches and grand palaces, coupled with world-class theatres and museums, the country consistently attracts millions of travelers year-round.

    As the world’s largest country, Russia’s landscapes range from the snow-capped Ural Mountains and Siberian pine forests to vibrant cities and pristine beaches overlooking the Baltic Sea. Check out off-the-beaten-track destinations such as the Altai Republic for white-water rafting, UNESCO-listed Lake Baikal for scenic mountain hikes, and Kamchatka to explore active volcanoes.

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    • Moscow

      Moscow is the capital of Russia, with striking architecture that ranges from grand palaces and cathedrals to unique museums and Russian Baroque skyscrapers. St. Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin are iconic landmarks, along with the top-secret nuclear hideout Bunker 42 and elegant Metro stations decorated with chandeliers, statues, and dazzling mosaics.

      The city is also known for its theatre and performing arts. Bolshoi Theatre is one of the best places in Russia to enjoy world-class ballet and opera performances. Shoppers can find plenty of charming stores on Arbat Street and Flacon Design Center, as well as upscale department stores and luxury boutiques on Tverskaya Street.

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    • St. Petersburg

      The port city of St Petersburg is known for its golden-domed churches and lavish royal palaces, many of which date back to the 18th century. Founded by Tsar Peter the Great, the city overlooks the Baltic Sea, with winding streets and river canals lined with beautiful shopfronts, classy restaurants and museums.

      A must-see in St Petersburg is the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood – with bronze and multi-colored onion domes towering above the city’s skyline, the Russian Orthodox cathedral is one of the city’s most photographed spots. Art lovers can explore millions of masterpieces at the State Hermitage Museum and enjoy classical concerts at the Mariinsky Theatre.

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