For many people, Russia is a mysterious country that conjures up images of vodka, furry hats and bitterly cold winters that defeated some of history’s greatest armies. But there’s so much more to Russia than a handful of stereotypes. It’s full of beautiful, desolate places, as well as urban cities rich with culture. So, let’s take a look at the top 5 must-visit locations in Russia.
Red Square – Moscow
One of the most iconic places to visit in Moscow is Red Square. This city square gives you views of the Kremlin and access to Kitay-Gorod, the famed merchant quarter. If you want iconic pictures of traditional Russian architecture, this is the place to go.
Peterhof Palace – St Petersburg
Peterhof Palace is Russia’s response to the Palaces of Versailles in France. In fact, its nickname is “The Russian Versailles.” There is a series of palaces and gardens to visit, and the interior is as lavish as you’d expect. The walls and ceilings are covered in art, carvings, and gold. If you’re looking to see just how much wealth Peter the Great accumulated, look no further than Peterhof Palace.
There are over 99 tombs and crypts in Dargavs, also known as the City of the Dead. Ancient legends warned that if a man walked through the Dargavs, he would never come out alive. This is why locals never go there. But it does make a quiet, tranquil place to visit if you aren’t fazed by ghosts or legends.
Lake Teletskoye is nestled in the Altai Mountains and it looks like something out of a Russian novel or a book about vampires. Mist and fog cover the lake and it’s surrounded by gray skies and giant, green mountains. On a sunny day though, the lake is a mirror that perfectly reflects its surroundings. Spend a day out on the water to recharge and to take in the scenery.
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is the capital city of the Kamchatsky Peninsula in eastern Russia. If Iceland is the country of fire and ice, then Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is the city of fire and ice. The fire part comes from the 160 volcanoes surrounding the peninsula, 29 of which are still active. If earthquakes, volcanoes, and geology are your interests, you won’t want to miss a visit to this city.