What ethnicities and religions are in Russia


Religions of Russia

Russia is a multi-national state with over 186 ethnic groups designated as nationalities. The majority of the population is Russian. The next-largest groups are Tatars than Ukranian, Chuvash, Bashkirs, Belorussians, and others.
So be ready when you ask someone in Russia: ”Are you Russian?”-, to hear back: “No, I have a Russian passport, but I am a Tatar (Ukrainian, Chuvash, Belarusian, etc.)
Officially Russia is a secular state. Russian government recognizes Russian Orthodox Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Catholicism.
Besides that, religious differences in Russia contain an ethnic element.
In the 10th century, Prince Vladimir I adopted Christianity from Byzantium as the official religion. Since that, for almost 1000 years the Russian Orthodox Church was dominant in the country.
After the revolution in 1917, religious institutions suffered. The church lost most of its property, and many monks had to leave their monasteries.
In the 1980s, under the reforms time, a policy of “openness” allows a more tolerant attitude to religious practice. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, religious freedom appeared. 

Orthodox religion in Russia.

Today Russian Orthodoxy is the largest religious group in the country. Most Russians do attend Christmas services and avoid drinking alcohol during Easter. There is a quite difference between Russkiy, ethnic Russians, and Rossiyane, citizens of Russia belonging to different ethnic groups.

mosque in St.petersburgMuslim religion.

Muslims constitute Russia’s second largest religious group. It is the historically dominant religion among some Caucasian ethnic groups (the Chechens, the Ingush and the Adyghe), and some Turkic peoples (the Tatars and the Bashkirs). Many Muslims in Russia attend Friday prayers and observe Ramadan.



Religions of RussiaCatholics in Russia

Catholicism is the religion about 0.1%  of the total population. Because the number of “ethnic Catholics” in Russia, that is to say, Poles and Germans, and smaller minorities, they continually declining due to emigration and secularisation.


Moscow Choral SynagogueJudaism religion in Russia

In the history of Russia, Jews constituted a large religious diaspora. In the vast territories of the Russian Empire at one time lived the largest population of Jews in the world. Most of them were Ashkenazic Jews, but the community also included a significant proportion of other Jewish groups
Anyway, Jews long suffered discrimination in Russia: purges in the 19th century, repression under the regime of Joseph Stalin, and Nazi atrocities during World War II. In the 1980s, Jewish began emigration to Israel, and the number of Jews living in Russia has decreased. Now, most ethnic Jews in Russia are not Jewish by religion. one-tenth of all Jews in Russia live in Moscow, St.Petersburg and other big cities.

buddhist temple in St.PetersburgBuddhists in Russia

Historically, Buddhism was incorporated into Siberia. After the fall of the Soviet Union, Buddhist revival began in Kalmykia in Buryatia and Tuva and began to spread to Russians in other regions. Buddhism in Russia is almost exclusively of the Tibetan Vajrayana schools. There are many Russian converts, and as the result appeared a Russianised (Rossiysky) Buddhism, and of Western Buddhist missionaries.


To find out about various ethnicities and religious traditions, you can on our guided tours. For example, you will get acquainted with the greatest architectural monuments: St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Kazan Cathedral on the Red Square of the Russian capital, The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, St. Isaac’s Cathedral of the Northern Capital, a magnificent example of Art Nouveau mosque in St. Petersburg. Also, you will see unusual interiors and mosaics in the Moscow synagogue, as well as an unforgettable Buddhist temple of the city on the Neva River.

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Religion and Ethnicities in Russia I

Religion and Ethnicities in Russia I

What to know about religions in Russia? In this article, we will talk a little about religion and ethnicities in Russia For example, there are things to know about the Russian Orthodox Church or to know about Islam in Russia; both religions are very different but interesting to learn.

What to know about religions in Russia

Something that surprises Western tourists, when the first time they enter an Orthodox church in Russia, the number of representations of saints or biblical passages seen on the walls. There are people who do not know that the Orthodox Church is very similar to the Catholic Church and they share many principles and rites. Another interesting point is a lot of temples you can see in one city and even in the same block.

The constitution declares the Russian Federation as a secular state, and also officially recognizes four main religions: The Orthodox Christian, The Muslim, The Buddhist, and Judaism.

The religions in Russia are linked to the Ethnic Groups as well. So generally, Orthodox are Slavs, Muslims are Tartars, Buddhists are Mongols. and the Jews are already an ethnic group.

Usually, in other countries when we ask someone’s nationality, we understand that their religion or ethnicity does not define this fact; but in Russia, this can be confusing. By asking someone if he or she is Russi an,he or she can respond;

No, I am Tartar, and one says again:

But you were born in Russia, right?

Yes, of course, in Kazan

So, are you Russian?

No, tartar

But, what is your nationality?

Ah, I have a Russian passport.

And the Russians in the eyes of the inhabitants are one more ethnic group. For centuries the cultures at the level of the people kept them differentiated; contrary to the Russian nobility, the people were not commonly mixed among other nations or cultures.

Religion and Ethnicities in Russia II

Religion and Ethnicity in Russia II

What to know about religions in Russia, many people are interested in this particular topic; therefore, we have prepared the following article; which speaks in part about Judaism in Russia or about Buddhism in Russia and more.

What to know about religions in Russia:

On Judaism in Russia

The records of the first Jews in the areas of current Russia date back to 11th and 12th centuries in the area of ​​Kiev (former capital of the Russian empire); previously Ukraine and Armenia had already arrived in Georgia.

It is not until the sixteenth century when the mass expulsions of the Hebrew people in England, France and Spain made them emigrate to countries of Eastern Europe, Poland, Lithuania and Hungary, opening their territories to this ethnic group.

The Jewish Class by the end of the eighteenth century during the reign of Catherine the Great had acquired economic power as a middle class. So The Empress creates a “Settlement Zone”. To restrict your operations and trade. By the beginning of the 20th century this zone was basically eliminated by the First World War and the persecution that the Germans did; then part of these settlements are mobilized during the Soviet era to the Caucasus; But taxes are imposed on education. During the Soviet era this zone also divides and part of it becomes part of Poland.

Among the places of Jewish subjects to visit in Russia are: The Jewish Museum and of Tolerance of Moscow; The Choral synagogue of Moscow; Built in the 19th century by Alexander II, it is currently the main Hebrew temple in Russia; also in the capital you can see those of Maryina Rosha and that of Bronnaya Moscow Synagogue. It is special to mention the St. Petersburg Coral Synagogue of a beautiful architecture built between 1880 and 1888.

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About Buddhism in Russia

The branch that is practiced in Russia is Mongolian Buddhism itself, is generated from Tibetan Buddhism, This ethnic group reached the eastern sides of Lake Baikal in the seventeenth century. It is interesting to see how in all the Siberian zone beautiful Buddhist temples are found where the visitors are received with great humility.

In Ivolguinski Datsan is located the capital of Russian Buddhism; Getting to this area can be a unique experience to see the sanctuary of the twelfth Khambo Lama, who died in 1957 and by explicit order asked that his body was exhumed at thirty years, the first time it was seen that the body was not only intact if not the limbs retained their mobility, this was continued every thirty years and the body remained the same. Currently a beautiful central temple where his remains rest is the core of the complex in the region.

The tourist is surprised to see people who often describe as “Chinese” and who are really from Russia who speak simply Russian, these are of Mongol origin or the Mongol area belonging to Russia.

Sobre el Budismo en Rusia

The Soviet Era

The great persecutor of religions was as it is known worldwide, Iosif Stalin; imprisoned or sent to the labor camps (GULAG) the majority of priests; He starved and deported millions of Jews and mobilized the Tartars and killed these and the Buddhists equally. But paradoxically it is said that inside the Dormition Cathedral in The Moscow Kremlin; In mid-October 1941 Stalin sent a mass to request that the city was not taken by the Nazis. Also during the Second World War he sent the priests he had captured to the front of the battle to bless the soldiers. They also say that by superstition he never ordered St. Basil to be overthrown; but the truth is that Lenin himself had ordered to restore it.

Other religious places to visit

Temple of all religions:

In Kazan is located the temple of all religions, although in reality it is not an active temple; rather a structure created for the rehabilitation of people with addictions; It is worth being visited as it is a landmark of the city of Kazan.

The Cathedrals of all the Russian Kremlin:

Actually the word Kremlin means strength and in the historical cities of Russia there was always one; Within these sites there were of course churches that are usually quite old and have very interesting stories. If we start that in the Moscow Kremlin there are 5 cathedrals; the most important is the Dormition; that it was from the 15th century until the 19th century the main church of Orthodox Christianity, the Cathedral of the Archangel Michael of Nizhny Novgorod; where the remains of Kuzma Minin are, he was liberator of Russia in 1612 of the Polish_Lithuana invasion jointly with Dmitry Pozharsky.

It is also important to highlight the monasteries fortresses such as: Novodievichy in Moscow, Solovetsky Monastery; on the white sea, The Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg; or the Island of Sviyazhsk in Kazan.

The Church of the Immaculate Conception of Moscow:

If you are in the capital, we recommend going through the most important Catholic temple in the city; It is neo-Gothic style at the beginning of the 20th century, it is a beautiful point to see

The Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord (Cathedral of the Armenian Church):

Armenia has its own way of professing Christianity; It is not common to see an Armenian Church like that, if it is in Moscow; It is also interesting to visit a temple of this style. From an ex-Soviet republic like the beautiful Armenia.

These are some of the points to mention because the list is extensive and loaded with a lot of history. Russia is a unique place to discover a meeting of cultures and religions where the East and the West mingle, live together and differ at the same time.

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Moscow Metro History

Visit Moscow Metro

What to see in the Moscow metro, one of the most emblematic places in the capital. Visiting the Moscow metro is ideal during a guided tour to delight your eyes on its structure while you know its history. Knowing the Moscow metro has never been better.

Explore the Moscow metro

Moscow Metro History

If you plan to visit the Moscow metro, you should know its history: the Moscow metro carries up to 55-60% of all passenger traffic within the city. Historically, it became the first in the USSR, and remains the largest in the post-soviet space. On a global scale, the metro of 3 cities – Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing – is being used with greater intensity.
Moscow metro began its history from May 15, 1935, when it was opened for public use, although test trips were carried out from the beginning of the first train in October 1934 the first station built on a large scale.

The first line was only 11.6 km long, connecting 13 stations, among which there were 12 trains for 4 cars. From  Sokolniki to Okhotny station was a line, which then branched into two: Park of Culture and Smolenskaya

Beginnings of the Moscow metro

Initially, Moscow metro was named LM Kaganovich, who in 1931 presented a report in the Plenary of the Central Committee of the CPSU on the need to build the subway. But since 1955 it was renamed, and until now is Moscow metro.

During the Second World War the subway was used as a shelter for bombs. But as soon as the incursions of German aviation ceased; the subway began not only to restore but to continue building. New metro lines were carried out even during the war years; since there are commemorative plaques in 7 stations.
Postwar stations were also built with the possibility not only of turning them into an air raid shelter but in the case of a nuclear, bacteriological or chemical attack. So there were stations of high depth. However, the sealed doors are equipped at the exits of all stations and tunnels, everywhere there are diesel power plants and ventilation shafts with filters.

Now the metro has 12 metro lines, the number of stations has reached 192, there are 27 exchange nodes. Only 10 stations are on land and 5 on the ground (on bridges and overpasses), the rest is underground. The total length has already exceeded 320.9 km. Each day around 8-9 million passengers are transported. Like the rest of the transport network, the subway also has a radial ring structure. In addition to the classic subway lines, Moscow has landlines, light subway lines and a monorail of land.

What to see in the Moscow metro today

There are tickets for individual trips and more profitable reusable travel cards, there are tickets for 90 minutes. Individual tickets are suitable for all public transportation in the city.

The Moscow metro is not only a convenient and accessible component of the transport system; but also an architectural monument. Many stations are assigned with rich decoration, so there you can see examples of architecture and art belonging to the era of socialist realism. 44 stations are among the objects of cultural heritage.

In the plans of the Moscow, the government is to open 64 new stations before 2020.

Development of the Moscow metro for years

Schemes in the Moscow metro has undergone many changes, reflecting not only the relative position of the lines, but especially the fashion and design inherent in different periods of our history.

The first line scheme

The scheme is taken from the Trud editorial brochure in 1935. In the lobbies hang other schemes, which can be seen in some photos from the 1930s.

Unfortunately, it was not possible to determine exactly how to look at the general cargo scheme during the period 1937-1953.

In 1954, such the black and white diagrams were in the wagons.

Metro map 1954

Subsequently, the design of the scheme changed very slightly. The changes referred only to the launch of new sites. In 1958, the lines of the diagrams are shown in different colors. That color solution is kept unchanged to this day. All cities the meters of the former USSR, the first line is indicated by a red color, the second – blue (sometimes green), and third, accordingly, in green or blue.

Metro map 1964
Moscow metro map 1967

Cardinally the design of the scheme changes at the beginning of the 70 years. The smooth curves of the lines disappear in the past. Now in fashion, simplicity, clarity and speed. the circular line for the first time interpreted a perfect circle, and the radius – the straight lines. The image of the subway logo – the stylized letter “M” – has also changed. If the 70-year-old scheme still buffs for Violet metro line, at the end of the decade, all lines are represented by straight lines with no angles and sprains.

Metro map 1978
Metro map 1970

Since 1979, a new outline of lines appears in the carriages. Now the annular line represents two semicircles connected by vertical straight lines. The lines become softer again.

The stations in the peripheral part of the city are now being drawn near it.
This solution has allowed to increase the size and describe more clearly the central part of the circuit where the topology of the network is more complicated.

At the same time there and the current logo of the Moscow Metro – the stylized letter “M” in the red circle trimmed in blue, similar lining the tunnel contours.

Metro map 1979

However, this version of the scheme for a long time did not take root. And new scheme has appeared again. The circular line is drawn in a new circle on the right, and stations outside the central part are not pressed against each other. At the beginning, the line represented by dashed lines, but was later replaced by a more straightened one.

Metro map 1983
Metro map 1986

The extension of the Kaluga range in 1987, the design of the circuit has changed again. The Timiryazevsky and Lublin radios under construction appeared on the diagram. Now all the lines were directed strictly horizontally, vertically or at a 45 degree angle. The only exception – the line of the ring – has retained its mark in the form of a regular circle. Repeatedly changing the details; but keeping the basic principles of composition, the design up to September 2003.

Metro map 1987
Metro map 1998

In the most recent versions of this scheme, the construction works were eliminated, and all the names of the stations are duplicated in English.

Metro map 2002

Finally, in September 2003, a completely new design of the underground scheme was introduced.

In the scheme, which was known as “The scheme of the rapid transport lines of Moscow”, added light rail line in the south of Butovo and Solntsevo, monorail line from the station “Timiryazevskaya” to “Exhibition Center”. They show built areas Arbat-Pokrovskaya and Lublin-Dmitrov line. However, for some reason, it is not shown on the “mini-metro” line at MIBC Moscow-City and the southern extension of the Lublin radio.

The main task of the load scheme is to correctly transfer the topology of the network, instead of the scale. In this case, the scale distortion is a concession rather than justified in the name of the convenience of perception and ease of reading.

Metro map 200

The plan caused a lot of complaints from the passengers. The Muscovites complained that the labels are difficult to read; Due to the narrowness and the expressionless lines, it is not easy to understand the topology of the network, especially in the central part of the complex. The experiment was considered unsuccessful and at the end of 2003, a new variant of the wagon scheme was presented.
As of the previous version, the new scheme has inherited the name – “Driving of the rapid transport lines of Moscow,”. However, in general, there was a return to the traditions of the Moscow wagon schemes. The ring line is represented by a regular circle, the lines straighten and become thicker. Due to the increase in the central part of the scheme that has stopped being a large scale, but the section included between the stations in the peripheral part of the city on the left, which maintains similarity.

In addition, the diagram shows a line under construction of mini-metro, the line starts from the “Kievskaya”; although in reality the movement of mini-subway trains will be aligned with the line on the site Filevskaya “Alexandrovsky Garden” – “Kievskaya”.

Interesting design solutions for the future inclusion of the Filevskaya Arbat-Mantle of the Virgin online site. The points of the future interface are indicated by arrows.

Metro map 2003

However, the new scheme is not without deficiencies. The selected image style stations and, in particular, hubs; they make the scheme unnecessarily saturated; which causes irritation and “hurts the eyes.” It is not clear why it was necessary to renounce a successful decision; intuitive and quiet taken in a sample of 2001-2003 schemes.

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Metro circular line an accident or a myth

The secret of creation of the circular line in Moscow metro

It is said that during the development of the lines, in the first project of the Soviet era; Stalin (supreme commander of the communist party and president of the USSR) was looking for a way to make his project faster and more useful for people who wanted to use it; and they did not find how, first to remove pressure to the center of the city; to make changes to the lines, and second, that people could reach their destination faster.

The myth, or legend, is that Stalin at the time of the meeting held a cup of coffee and when leaving the room to take  a little break left on the table this cup of coffee that, being somewhat spilled, left marks on the table,giving rise to a circular line of brown color that crossed and connected with the rest of lines at two ends, thus the circular line of the Moscow metro was born. And until today this theory is maintained by its comic part and its realistic part.

What to know about Moscow metro

During the construction of Moscow metro, and although the government invested considerable amounts of money, the Soviet economy did not allow the proportional development that was needed for the project to take into consideration, for this reason those responsible for the construction of the metro had problems for its progress, one of them was cement, since it was not possible to finish some stretches of tunnels. To the point that one of the builders who had his own house rented rooms of this in exchange for cement for the construction of the metro.

His devotion was so great that he was doing everything possible to make his project move forward. That could be said to be love for his work, love for the metro.

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The Amber museum in Kaliningrad

Visit the amber museum in Kaliningrad

What to see in the amber museum in Kaliningrad, one of the attractions or tourist places of greatest interest. Visiting the amber museum in Kaliningrad is ideal during a guided tour. Getting to know the amber museum in Kaliningrad is easy and fun.

The only amber museum in Russia was opened in 1979. It is located in the center of the city of Kalinngrad on the Verjnee river bank in the 19th century tower.

The Tower was built in 1853 under the direction of the developer of the general plan of fortifications of Königsberg Ernst Ludwig von Aster. And it was part of the urban defensive fortification system. Today, the Tower is the monument of the Second World War.

Tower where the museum is located

The amber museum is the museum of a single mineral. The exhibition occupies three floors with the surface area of approximately 1000 square meters. The exhibition is divided into two parts: part of the natural sciences and cultural part and history.

Amber is the fossilized resin of ancient conifers that grew more than 40 million years ago in the territory of the modern Scandinavian Peninsula and the adjacent areas of the bottom of the Baltic Sea.

What to see in the amber museum in Kaliningrad

If you plan to visit the amber museum in Kaliningrad; You should know that in the part of the natural sciences the examples of amber of different sizes are presented; colors and transparency level. The exhibition has the example of Russia’s largest amber “sun stone” weighing 4 kg 280 grams. Most of the collection also takes the examples of amber with the remains of insects and plant particles; that have fallen into the liquid resin millions of years ago.

The Baltic Amber particles are very valuable in the world of science thanks to their variety; and excellent preservation. Thanks to this mineral we can verify our knowledge about life on Earth 40-45 million years ago. Today the collection of Baltic inclusions from the Kaliningrad amber museum is the largest and most important collection in Russia

The cultural and historical part contains examples of current use made of amber during the Neolithic period. In the museum are kept the artifacts that were discovered in the territory of Kaliningrad during the exavations of the monuments of the II-V century of our era (the time of contacts with the Roman Empire). In the towns of this time, large quantities of raw amber were found; presumably for sale and also along with jewelry very often there were a few of amber; that, apparently, had the sacred meaning.

Especially the collection has the unique works of seventeenth-century European masters donated to the Armory Museum of the Moscow Kremlin in 1978. It is complemented by modern copies of ancient objects made of amber; recreated fragments of the famous Amber Room in Pushkin (St. Petersburg); that disappeared during the Second World War and the authentic articles of the 19th and early 20th centuries created by Russian and European masters.

Get to know the amber museum in Kaliningrad today

In the permanent exhibition “The home of amber” are presented the works of the modern masters of Kaliningrad and St. Petersburg. Even the famous Alexander Zhuravlev, his mosaic “Rus” can be admired in the museum. Especially this author was the director of the restoration of the famous Amber Room of the Catherine Palace in Pushkin for 16 years .

Mosaic “Rus”

Also the large part of the exhibition is formed from the works of the modern masters of Russia, Italy, United States, France, Japan, Germany and etc. Among them are jewelry, sculpture, interior objects.

The museum today is one of the brightest cultural places in the city. Your collection has around 16,000 storage items. Every year the museum is visited by more than 200 thousand people; They organize 1,200 excursions, and more than 30 exhibitions and projects.

The museum offers an accessible environment for people with disabilities.

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Kutafia tower in Moscow

Visit the Kutafia Tower in Moscow

What is Kutafia Tower in Moscow? Visiting the Kutafia Tower in Moscow is a chance to learn about the history of the Russian capital. Excursion in the Kutafia Tower in Moscow is ideal for you.

The main entrance of the Moscow Kremlin is through the Kutafia Tower. That construction is unique there is simply no other tower that is contiguous with the bridge. Its name “kutafya” (ancient word for the small and plump women) the tower received for being short (the height of the tower only 13.5 meters), with a broad structure and awkward appearance.

What to see in the Kutafia Tower in Moscow

The Kutafia Tower is the work of the Italian architect Aleviz Fryazin. But it is still not known exactly when the tower was erected, there are several versions. Most historians believe that the tower was built in the 15th century; At the same time, with the construction of the Moscow Kremlin, which began under the command of Prince Ivan III. Some researchers argue that the tower appeared later: at the beginning of the 16th century. But everyone agrees that Kutafia has become a defender of the bridge that crosses the Neglinnaya River and heads towards the Trinity Gates of the Kremlin.

At that time to enter Kutafya tower could be only through the side entrances; everywhere it was surrounded by a very deep well. With the bridge of Troitsky, the tower was connected to the narrow path by which the Kremlin could come new troops to support the defenders of the fortress. In Kutafya, the guards constantly, even in times of peace, go to the Kremlin only after meticulous control: they went down the special ditch of the wooden bridge.

When in the neighborhood of Moscow the guards or residents saw the enemies, the temporary bridge that led to the Kutafia Tower had to be burned down and the doors were closed. So the watchtower in a few minutes became an impregnable fortress. The structure of the construction was such that the archers, which were at the time of the alarm anywhere in the fortress, could climb in a matter of minutes to the upper level, from which it was convenient to shoot. At the lowest level, there were also comfortable chinks, which allowed firing backward within 180 °.

The Tower of Kutafia has been rebuilt many times during its long history. In the year 1685, its wooden roof and the teeth of two horns supporting it were completely dismantled and replaced by the arcade. The moat sometime surrounded the fortress, also disappeared. Already in the early twentieth century, the road near the tower rose almost for two meters, so it gets through the entrance of the tower.

Excursion in the Kutafia Tower in Moscow

Today, the Kutafya Tower is not a formidable guard of the Kremlin, but its good “friend” who lets in every person who wants to see the Kremlin. Most tourists come to the Kremlin territory through this tower, without even guessing its heroic past.

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Legends of Hermitage

Conocer el Hermitage en San Petersburgo; Visitar el Hermitage en San Petersburgo; Que ver en el Hermitage en San Petersburgo

Visit the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg

The Hermitage is the largest museum in Russia and has one of the largest art collections in the world. Moreover, the museum complex is located in five buildings. To see all its attractions and not get lost in the endless halls of the palace, we recommend you book a guided tour with Free Tour Russia

What to see at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg:

The Hermitage is full of treasures. Among the many paintings and historical objects, the museum keeps its secrets and myths

The bloodthirsty goddess Sekhmet

One of the most sinister exhibits of the Hermitage is the statue of the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet. They say that once a year, on a full moon on the knees of the figure, a bloody puddle appears. Only the guard of the museum can see it in the morning when the liquid normally dries up. According to another version, the puddle does not appear every year, but only on the eve of major problems and disorders. In general, Sekhmet, the goddess of blood and severity, patronized the war and the scorching sun. According to the myth, she wanted to destroy the human race, but other gods prevented her. They poured the red wine, which Sekhmet took for blood and began to drink it avidly, after which she became intoxicated and fell asleep.

Revived Mummy

In the Egyptian room of the Hermitage, there is a mummy of the Pas-de-Ist priest, a unique exposed object, which is more than three thousand years old. In 2004, an administrator said that the mummy comes alive. According to her, the mummy’s muscle suddenly began to contract in the priest’s left shoulder, and then a growth the size of a walnut appeared. A few days later the growth disappeared, and the mummy has not moved again.




The mystery of the Peacock watch

The clock “Peacock” is one of the most famous masterpieces of the Hermitage, thousands of tourists from around the world come to see it. In the year 1777, Prince Grigory Potemkin bought the watch to make a gift for Empress Catherine II. But the surprise was not successful: the watch suffered serious damage during the transport and arrived at the palace in an inoperative condition. The prince ordered the reconstruction of the clock to the ingenious Russian master Ivan Kulibin. Ivan dismantled the clock, understood its device, repaired it and put it back together, adding some details. The animated “Peacock” made a furor in the court. When the watch was winding up, the bird stretched its tail, turned its back on the audience, stood still for a moment and returned to its original position. According to one version, with this gesture, Kulibin wanted to express his attitude towards the ruling house.

Underground passages under the Hermitage

According to legend, under the Hermitage, there are many underground passages that connect the palace with other places. It is believed that one of them goes to the mansion of Matilda Kshesinskaya, the dancer of the Mariinsky Theater, known for her romantic relations with men of the royal family. Another secret passage begins behind the throne in the Small Throne Room and connects the Hermitage with the General Staff. According to legend, before death, each emperor saw the shadow of his predecessor, emerging from behind the throne.

“Niki is looking at the hussar”

This story is quite real, but still incredible. Despite the revolution, the Civil War and the terrible blockade of St. Petersburg during World War II, several windows with prerevolutionary glasses survived at the Winter Palace. In one of them, next to the Malachite room, there is an inscription: “Niki is looking at the hussar”. It was made by the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, involving Emperor Nicholas II. The “graffiti”  is quite hard to see, it is written quite high in the window and is covered by a curtain.



The ghost of the Emperor

The citizens of Petersburg like to tell stories about ghosts who live in almost every palace in the city. The Hermitage usually meet with members of the royal family, the most often you can see the Emperor Nicholas I. The hazy figure appears only at night and clearly does not want communication with “the lower class people”. However, it is not necessary for the Imperator to speak: the spirit of Nicolas I is recognized for his military and uniform bearing with epaulets. There are also stories about characters from different paintings that seem to be in our reality and are looking for a way back.

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10 places to visit in Kaliningrad

10 places to visit in Kaliningrad

What are the best places to visit in Kaliningrad? here we mention it. What to see in Kaliningrad, a place full of history and fascinating places of interest. Take a guided tour in Kaliningrad with Free Tour Russia is possible.

Kaliningrad is the westernmost city in Russia. It is located in the middle of the European countries between Lithuania and Poland. The city that throughout its history belonged to different countries and its appearance was formed in an unusual way.

Undoubtedly there are many places that are worth your attention and in this article we will tell you about 10 most interesting places to visit in Kaliningrad.

What to see in Kaliningrad

1. Koenigsberg Cathedral
The cathedral museum complex is, perhaps, the most important place to see in Kaliningrad. This is where most tourists try to arrive when here. The cathedral of Kaliningrad is a kind of business card of the city.

Interesting facts:

– the building was almost destroyed during the Second World War, in 1992 the government of the city began the construction of the cathedral.
– But despite this moment, the building is very interesting to look especially on the outside, so you can find the old elements on the walls, plates with inscriptions and etc
– The tomb of the philosopher Immanuel Kant
– inside the cathedral is Immanuel Kant museum, which is dedicated to the history of the city before the Second World War
– there is the organ hall, where they give concerts every week;
– the park around the cathedral: a beautiful place to rest and take a walk

2. Fishing village

In a few steps from the Cathedral is located the area called Fishing Village. A long time ago there really was the street where the fishermen sold fish. Today is the tourist area and very nice with bars, restaurants and an interesting place: the lighthouse.

Interesting facts:

– there is a cozy restaurant on the second floor of the lighthouse, where you can have a coffee and admire the views
– in the same place they do the wine tastings or exhibitions
– at the top of the lighthouse there is a magnificent observation deck, and you can reserve this place for a romantic dinner at night, for example
– You can walk near the pretty malecon
– In the neighborhood there is a store of articles made of amber.

3. World Ocean Museum

The place for everyone who wants to be once on the real ship or on a submarine. An excellent place to spend time with children.

Interesting facts:

– can visit a real submarine;
– be on the deck of a true scientific vessel;
– look at the rare fish in the aquarium;
– an extensive entertainment program of the museum will be interesting for children (details must be specified in advance);
– stroll through the beautiful malecon.

World ocean museum
World ocean museum


World ocean museum
World ocean museum

4. The “Blindage” Museum

Underground bunker, which was built for shelter during the Second War. Now in the Bunker is the military museum.

Interesting facts:

– visit a real underground military bunker;
– visit the military exhibition (the ruins of Konigsberg, with the scenes where they reproduce the moment of capture of the city).

The “Blindage” Museum
The “Blindage” Museum


The “Blindage” Museum

5. Brandenburg Gate (Kaliningrad)

One of the seven preserved gates of Kaliningrad. They are located at the end of Bagrationa Street which turns into Suvorova Street, on the border of the historic urban district of Haberberg.

Interesting facts:

– The Brandenburg Gate is the only gate of the seven that still exist in Kaliningrad, which performs its original transport function.
– The construction has been restored and is protected by the Russian state as an architectural and historical monument.

Brandeburg gate
Brandeburg gate

6. The Amber Museum

The museum with the largest collection of amber in Russia.

Interesting facts:

– the museum is located in an important building from the point of view of history, exactly on its roof the red flag was raised, which meant victory in the battle for the city;
– a large number of unique exhibitions of amber
– especially the exhibition of silver objects and handmade jewelery
– Here you can buy gifts made of amber
– Enjoy the pleasant walk through the malecon and observe the fortress in which the museum is located.

Ambar Museum
Ambar objects

7. The old gates of Friedland in Kaliningrad

Koenigsberg was not just a city, it was a fortress, surrounded on all sides by a wall and a moat with water. Special gates were used for entry and exit, some of which have been saved to this day. Among others the gates of Friedland that can be visited, nowadays this place has become a museum.

Interesting facts:

– The museum has a lot of old German things, looking at which one can understand what was the level of life of the Germans before the war;
– You can watch a documentary about Koenigsberg;
– Walk under the vaults of an old building;
– look at the local cheese museum;
– to learn a lot of interesting about the channeling device of the city, which is used for this day.

Friedland gates
Friedland gates


Friedland gates
Friedland gates

8. Torture Museum in a medieval castle

In the suburbs of Kaliningrad there is a medieval castle, which will surprise you with its atmosphere. In its interior the castle keeps a real museum of tortures ..

Interesting facts:

– look at the instruments of torture that were used in the Middle Ages, and rejoice that we did not live in those times
– see the skeletons in the cubicles of the castle bathroom;
– dine in a restaurant surrounded by gentlemen or order special services of the castle (for example, for newlyweds);
– buy the armor or some souvenir from the museum at a local store.

Torture chamber
Torture museum
The sink in the torture museum.

9. Curonian Spit

This is a nature reserve in the Kaliningrad region. It is a thin isthmus of sand that has the shape of a curve and separates the Curonian lake from the Baltic Sea. It belongs to Kaliningrad (Russia) and to Lithuania.

Interesting facts:

– you can find the trees in an incredible way
– walk along the wide beach and in the season swim in the sea
– meet along javali roads
– visit the museum of superstitions and look at thousands of wooden figures
– Look at the wild deer (lives in a protected area, surrounded by a fence).

Curonian spit
Curonian spit animals


Curonian spit animals
Trees in the Curonian spit

10. The medieval castle in Gvardeysk

In a small village of Gvardeysk there is a real medieval castle, but the problem is that now in its walls is located the prison. In 2014, they decided to consider transferring the prison to another place, and freeing the castle to preserve it as a cultural monument. But even if the situation has not changed, there are many interesting things in the same city.

Interesting facts:

– look at the prison building outside (possibly also inside);
– walk along the charming streets of Gvardeysk and look at many other old buildings;
– visit the main square of the city;
– Buy delights in the local bakery, which is located in the main square of the city.

The castle

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Sochi: Useful information about the city

Sochi: Useful information about the city

What to see in Sochi, a beautiful city full of history and incredibly fascinating places. Places to visit in Sochi and more only with Free Tour Russia. If you are wondering how to get to Sochi, here we tell you.

What to see in Sochi

Sochi is the main balnearean center of Russia, it is located on the Black Sea coast. In the south of the country, also known for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The municipal formation of the resort city of Sochi, also called “Great Sochi”, includes 4 districts: Adlersky, Khostinsky; Central and Lazarevsky and it extended by almost 145 km, which allowed him to occupy the second line in the ranking of the longest cities in the world. Despite its impressive size; the city is home to only 445,209 people (according to the 2013 population census); but annually having up to 4 million tourists.

History of Sochi

Archaeological research showed that the first people already inhabited the territory of present-day Sochi 400,000 years ago; as evidence, numerous dolmens and tumuli that have been liked until our time.

The first written mention of Sochi refers to the year 1641; when the Ottoman traveler Evliy Chelebi visited this territory and left records that mentioned the name “Socha” with reference to the tribe that lived in this region at that time. But the origin of the name “Sochi” is still unknown. According to the main version, it originated from the name of the Ubykh Sadcha / Shacha tribe; who lived on the Black Sea coast in the Middle Ages. However, more interesting is the fact that, despite the numerous popularity of this area; the original name Sochi stayed forever here.

Until the mid-nineteenth century, the territory of Greater Sochi was mostly inhabited by the Adygs. After the Russo-Turkish War in the year 1829; this territory was transferred to the Russian Empire and began to develop actively; the region gradually began to be populated by the Russians, Ukrainians, Georgians, Greeks.

Soon Sochi received the status of the city (before Sochi was built as a fortress and was not really the city). In the year 1909, the first resort of the “Riviera Caucasia” was inaugurated; which initially consisted of 2 four-story hotels; but the demand exceeded the offer and after 4 years the complex consisted of 4 hotels. The “Riviera of the Caucasus” worked successfully before the revolution of 1917, and was famous as one of the best seaside resorts of the Black Sea.

Since the mid-20s of the twentieth century, active construction of sanatoriums and spas begins in Sochi. At that time constructivism in Soviet architecture almost replaced the empire style, ideology proclaimed the need to provide Soviet workers with the conditions for the worse recreation that the aristocrats of the imperial era had. In Sochi they begin to build the sanatorium-palaces with colonnades, fountains and ornamented interiors. The clearest example of this style is the Ordzhonikidze sanatorium, which is still amazing today.

Ordzhonikidze Sanatorium

During the Patriotic War, spas and sanatoria of the Grand Sochi were used as military hospitals that saved lives for thousands of soldiers. In the post-war period, the city continued to build sanatoriums and spas, balneotherapy places, and Sochi finally consolidated the status of the country’s main health station.

Today, Sochi is living a new life, after the 2014 Olympic Games, Sochi attracts more and more attention from tourists from all over the world.

How to get to Sochi

There are 2 options for you to get to Sochi: by train or by plane

To Sochi by train

The Sochi train station is located in the central district of the city and is one of the largest train stations in the Krasnodar region.

The inter-city communication communicates Sochi with all the major cities of Russia, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Murmansk, Ekaterinburg, and others.

Sochi Train station

To Sochi by plane

Guests of the city who arrive in Sochi by plane, fly to Sochi airport, which is located 30 km from the city center, in the city of Adler. Since 2007, the airport is suitable for all types of aircraft, and in 2009 the new terminal was put into operation.

Throughout the year the airport accepts flights from companies such as S7 Airlines, Aeroflot, Transaero, Ak Aero Bars, VIM-Avia, Donavia, Russia, Turkish Airlines, Ural Airlines, Uteir, Yakutia.

Sochi Airport in Adler

From the airport to the city center you can get there by taxi, aeroexpress, or by bus.

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History of the city: from Tvangaste to Kaliningrad

Get to know Kaliningrad – History of the city: from Tvangaste to Kaliningrad

What to see in Kaliningrad, one of the ancient cities of Russia. Seeing Kaliningrad is a good opportunity to know about its history and how it came to be what it is today. Visiting Kaliningrad is ideal for you.

If you are going to visit Kaliningrad you should explore

Time of Tvansgaste

Before the arrival of the Knights of the Teutonic Order in Sambia; on the site of modern Kaliningrad, there was a Prussian fortress of Tuvangste (Twangste, Twangeste). The story left no reliable information about the foundation of Twangste and the descriptions of the fort itself. According to legend, the Twangste fortress was founded by Prince Zamo in the middle of the 6th century.

Time of Königsberg

The Tvangaste fortress was conquered and burned at the beginning of the year 1255. In the same year the fortress of Königsberg was founded by King Otakar II of Bohemia.

There are several versions of the origin of the name Köenigsberg. The most common version is connected to the name of the Koenigsberg fortress, with the name of King Otakar II. According to her, the fortress and the future city were named after the King of Bohemia. Other versions of the origin of the place name connect it with Vikings or Prussians. Maybe “Koenigsberg” is a form of “Konungberg”, where “king”, “cunnigs” – “prince”, “leader”, “head of the clan”, and the word “berg” High shore “. In the Russian chronicles and maps until the end of the 17th century; instead of the name Koenigsberg, the toponim Korolevets was used.

Since the sixteenth century the city has become an important center of Lithuanian culture; The first book in Lithuanian was published here, and the important figures of Lithuanian culture used to live: Martynas Mazhvidas, Kristiyonas Donelaitis, Ludvikas Reza and others lived here.

The “triple” city (Altstadt, Löbenicht and Kneiphof), which was actually a city, but consisted of three administratively independent parts (each of the three cities had its own town hall, its burgomaster, its own court, etc.).

In the year 1724, three cities, numerous towns, villages and suburbs, as well as a castle that before had not been part of any of the cities, but had a special status of government residence, were merged into the city of Koenigsberg.

During the same year in Koenigsberg, Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) was born, the most famous native of the city in its entire history.

In 1919, Königsberg opened the first airport in Germany and one of the first airports in Europe and the world. In 1922 the air service begins between Königsberg-Riga-Moscow.

After the rise of the Nazis during the “Night of the Crystals” in Königsberg, the New Synagogue was destroyed, built in the years 1894 – 1896.

Before the end of World War II; in August 1944 the city of Königsberg was badly damaged by British bombers during “Operation Nemesis”. It has bombed mainly the center of the city, where there was virtually no military installation. Many civilians were killed, the old city and the most important historical monuments were burned. Later, the city was assaulted by Soviet troops.


Soviet era

The assault of the city of Koenigsberg by the Soviet troops in the course of the Eastern Prussian operation began on April 6, 1945.

The most ferocious battles took place in the strong number 5 “King Frederick William III”; That kept the rights to the northwest of the city. During the assault of the Red Army under the command of Marshal Vasilevsky it was for the first time the tactics of infantry of attack before the discharge of artillery; Avoiding enemy fire in the approach to reinforce the garrison by surprise and capture the fortifications. On April 9, 1945, in the “Der Don” tower; where the Amber Museum is currently located; The red flag was raised, which marked the end of the German history of the city.

By the decision of the Potsdam Conference of 1945, the northern part of the German province of East Prussia, together with its capital Koenigsberg, moved to the Soviet Union. Later, when signing with the frontiers, the Koenigsberg region was fully recognized as the possessions of the Soviet Union.

On July 4, 1946, after the death of the Bolshevik revolutionary and Soviet politician Kalinin, in his honor the city of Königsberg by the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR was renamed Kaliningrad, although Kalinin had no city

After the war, the city began to be populated at a rapid pace, production was restored. But the city had a half-closed state in a relationship with the strategic situation and the abundance of troops. For foreigners, however, the city was completely closed, an exception to the friendly visits of neighboring Poland, almost never a visit by foreigners.

The authorities do not pay attention to the heritage of the German culture. The old city was not restored, and the ruins of the castles were demolished in the last 60 years, despite the protests of the architects, historians.

Kaliningrad in the Soviet era
Kaliningrad in the Soviet era

What to see in Kaliningrad today

Major changes begin in the decade of the 90s; The collapse of the Soviet Union gave the beginning of a new stage in the development of the Kaliningrad region. In October of 1996; Elections were held for the mayor of the city and then for the governor of the Kaliningrad region.

Since 1991, the city has been opened for international cooperation with foreign countries; mainly with Germany and Poland, in the direction of business, culture and education.

Kaliningrad today
Kaliningrad today


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What to see in the Moscow Kremlin?

Visit the Moscow Kremlin

What to see in the Moscow Kremlin, one of the most emblematic places of the capital and of all Russia. Visiting the Moscow Kremlin is ideal to come together during a guided tour. Excursion in the Moscow Kremlin, only with Free Tour Russia, you will visit the best places.

The Moscow Kremlin is the place that attracts the most attention of tourists visiting the capital of Russia. And not in vain!

It is a magnificent place full of history. Ancient towers, cathedrals, squares and not only that awaits you behind the walls of the Kremlin.

But what exactly do you see in the Kremlin? Which place is more interesting and worth visiting. In this article, we will tell you.

What to see in the Moscow Kremlin

The Moscow Kremlin is a complex of several cathedrals, palaces, and museums, which can be divided into 4 main categories:

Museums and territories of the Kremlin

– The great palace of the Kremlin
– The Kremlin State Palace – Concert Hall
– Presidential residence and office buildings (closed for tourists)
– Excursion to the Moscow Kremlin and museums.
– The territory of the Kremlin.

The territory of the Moscow Kremlin is very large, occupies 27 hectares. The good news is that most of this territory is accessible to tourists.

Once inside the Moscow Kremlin, you can see the majestic Cathedral Square, enjoy the views of the Kremlin cathedrals and admire the Tzar’s Bell (broken bell) and the Tsar’s Canyon. You will also see some important Kremlin buildings (outside), including the presidential residence and the Grand Kremlin Palace.

After visiting the architectural ensemble of the Kremlin Cathedral Square, you can walk in the spacious garden of the Moscow Kremlin (also known as the Alexandrov Gardens), which is especially beautiful in the spring, summer, and autumn.

The cathedrals and churches of the Moscow Kremlin in the Cathedral Square

The cathedrals and churches of the Kremlin are located in Cathedral Square.
During your excursion to the Moscow Kremlin you can become acquainted with five churches located in the Cathedral Square:

• Cathedral of the Assumption
• Cathedral of Arcángel Miguel
• The Cathedral of the Annunciation
• Church of the Deposition of the Blessed Virgin Mary
• Church of the Twelve Apostles (part of the Patriarch’s Palace)

These are just some of the churches that are located outside the walls of the Moscow Kremlin. There are other private churches that belong to the presidential and administrative part of the Kremlin but they are closed to visitors.

The Great Bell Tower of Ivan the Great

Several temporary exhibitions are presented in the exhibition hall of the Belfry of the Assumption (which is adjacent to the Bell Tower Ivan the Great). You can usually visit these temporary exhibitions during the visit to the Kremlin territory.

From spring to early autumn, you can climb to the second floor of the Bell Tower. Pay attention, the climbing is very complicated and not everyone can do it. Therefore, we recommend that you inquire about this place before planning your visit to the Kremlin.

As a general rule, a fixed schedule (sessions) is established to visit the Kremlin bell tower.
Usually, the following sessions: 10:15, 11:30, 13:45, 15:00 and 16:00. Because only 15 people are allowed to enter during 1 session, therefore the number of tickets is limited and it is usually sold 45 minutes before the start of each session (no online sale either).

Palace of the Patriarch

The Palace of the Patriarch is located in the Cathedral square. There is a permanent exhibition on the second floor. It is dedicated to the Russian culture of the seventeenth century and includes precious traditional dishes, jewelry, antique furniture, and clothing.





Armory Museum of the Moscow Kremlin

The Armory Museum in the Moscow Kremlin is one of the world’s leading museums-treasures of the former royal family and a Russian national pride. Its rich collection includes state regalia, coronation dresses, carriages, Russian gold and silver works of art, weapons and armor, Fabergé eggs and gifts from ambassadors from around the world. No visit to the territory of the Moscow Kremlin is considered complete without visiting the Armory.

If you visit the Moscow Kremlin and the Armory on the same day and your time is limited, please pay attention that the Chamber of Armory requires at least 2 – 3 hours.

Diamond Fund

The Diamond Fund of the Moscow Kremlin is a separate exhibition, which is located in the building of the Chamber of Armory.
The diamond fund collection can be compared to the exhibition of real jewels in the United Kingdom and the imperial royal jewels in Iran.

The great imperial crown of Catherine the Great and all subsequent emperors, adorned with 5000 diamonds, is represented in the Diamond Fund along with seven historical gemstones, each of which is world famous.
Visit this museum occupies a special place and can become a brilliant event of your visit to Moscow!

Kremlin State Palace

Built in 1961, it is the newest building on the territory of the Moscow Kremlin, not to be confused with the Grand Kremlin Palace.

Today, the State Kremlin Palace is one of the most popular concert halls in Moscow.
The Palace is the main venue of the theater “The Kremlin Ballet”, one of the leading Russian ballet companies. Its artistic director and chief choreographer are the famous Andris Liepa.
“The Kremlin ballet” is the highest class of the art of dance, while in the Bolshoi Theater for example. Visiting ballet presented by the “Ballet of Kremlin” can be an excellent option if the Bolshoi Theater has no tickets available or they are too expensive.

The Kremlin is the main museum of the country, it is also used as a real (working) residence of the President of the Russian Federation. Therefore, some places and facilities in the Moscow Kremlin are closed to visitors.

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Moscow Arkhangelskoe

Visit the Moscow Arkhangelskoe

What to see in the Moscow Arkhangelskoe – one of the main jewels of the nearby suburbs. If you plan to visit the Moscow Arkhangelskoye, you should know that at least once during the summer almost all Muscovites arrive on pilgrimage: a walk through the quiet green streets, enjoy the sun’s heat and shadows of the park. How to get to Moscow Arkhangelskoe, in this article we will tell you.

The founder of the place was Prince Nikolai Yusupov. But the palace was flourished at the time of his numerous heires in the 19th century.

There are a lot of gift shops where you can buy a souvenir from “Yusupov”.

A little history

In its current appearance, Arkhangelskoe was acquired with the help of well-known European and Russian architects – J. Trombara, Sh.Gerna, P.Gonzaga, F.Petondi, O.Bove, and R.Kleyna.

The places were always popular between royal Russian family as well as representatives of Russian culture: writer, painters, artists and etc. Now the annual jazz festival is held here. “Usadba Jazz”, which gathers a lot of jazz fans from all over Moscow and from other places of the world

Arkhangelskoe as many other museums has its own ghosts. According to legend, in the cemetery next to the church of the Archangel Michael, he is frequented by the ghost of the daughter of Prince Yusupov – Tatyana Nikoláievna. She died at a relatively young age of tuberculosis and was buried in the marble angel’s grave. After her death, some witnesses affirm that an angel appears from time to time on the tomb.

How to get to Arkhangelskoe Moscow

To get to Arkhangelskoe you can use bus number 549 and 541 from the metro station “Tushinskaya”. It takes 30-40 minutes depending on traffic. You can also take bus number 151 to the “sanatorium” stop, which will be a little faster.

In addition, you can take a train to Pavshino station where you can take bus number 524 or number 24 to a “sanatorium” stop.

Opening hours and entry

Museum-Estate “Arkhangelskoe” is open all year round, but in winter park closes earlier (the sculptures are hidden in wooden boxes). Manor Park is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (November to April and 6:00 p.m.).

Traditionally, the tour takes about an hour, with good weather here you can easily spend a whole day. Exhibitions are open every day, except Mondays and Tuesdays, 10: 30 -17:00 (at 16:00 in winter); weekends and holidays from 10 am to 6 pm (in winter until 5 pm).

What to see in the Moscow Arkhangelskoe

The central part of the park occupies by the Grand Palace (1784-1820) Decorated with marble sculptures, the park invites to stroll in the alley Pushkin, where you can see the column in honor of the emperors Alexander I, Nicholas I and Alexander III, as well as the temple-monument to Catherine II.

Inside the palace, there is a museum, which was opened in 1919. There is the exhibition of works of leading Western artists 17-19 years of age. You can see works by Van Dyck, Tiepolo, Boucher, Robert, and other famous artists. The noteworthy is rich collection of decorative and applied arts: Yusupov porcelain (produced at the Arkhangelskoe plant), the sculpture of the 7th century BC, and the pride of the museum – the stately library with a rich collection of rare books (16 000 thousand volumes of editions of Russia and Western Europe of 16-19 centuries).

Arkhangelskoe, Manor

Continuing the walk through the park, you will stumble on a small palace “Caprice” and the small tea house. The Small Palace was used as a guest house, while the small tea house looks like a park pavilion in the Hermitage style.

One of the oldest buildings in the territory of Arkhangelskoe – a white stone church of the Archangel Michael, built in the 60s of the 17th century. Special attention is paid to Gonzaga theater, in the western part of the garden. Built in the years 1817-1818 by the Italian architect and painter Pietro di Gottardo Gonzaga, it is notable for its unique interiors and decorations, original work by Gonzaga is not found anywhere else in the world.

Finally, it is worth to visit a “porcelain institution” workshop, which was founded in 1818 by Yusupov.


In September, the museum organizes a dance in honor of the heroes of the Patriotic War of 1812, held master classes in dance. At the end of May celebrates the Pushkin’s day, a great Russian poet. On the first weekend of summer takes place the international festival “Manor. Jazz. ” besides, every Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in Arkhangelskoe are organized concerts of jazz and blues artists, and in the halls of the Upper and Lower “colonnade,” there are classical music concerts.

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What places to visit in Sochi in summer and winter?

What places to visit in Sochi in summer and winter

What places to visit in Sochi during the best times of the year. Seeing Sochi in summer is ideal for those people looking for a bit of warm fun. It is also advisable to visit Sochi in winter to see the city with another interesting perspective.

This article we would like to dedicate to the most popular attractions of Sochi. We tell you what places to see in Sochi in winter and summer; what interesting places are located in the outskirts of the city: natural parks, museums and important cultural and historical complexes; Entertainment parks for the whole family.
Rest in the resort gives the opportunity to see a variety of exotic plants from the south; architectural monuments, beautiful temples, squares and fountains.
The most beautiful photos can be taken near the famous Fountains with light and music in the Olympic Park; in the garden-museum “Tree of Friendship”, Dendrological Park, in the Museum of Nature, Sochi Aquarium, summer theater, near the lighthouse. You can also find interesting and unusual places to take pictures like the monuments to the horse in a coat and the golden fleece.

Golden fleece monument
Monument “Horse in the coat”

If you want to enjoy the silence and relax in an environment of centenary cedar pines, the Potseluevsky and Komsomolsky parks are the best choice for it; places where you can find interesting monuments.

Potseluev Park
Komsomolsky Park

The main attractions of the Sochi neighborhood were created by nature; numerous waterfalls and caverns, canyons and gorges. All this is located in the territory of the Sochi National Park; which extends from the region of Tuapse to Abkhazia.

Get to know Sochi in summer

1. Sochi Olympic Park

The park is open everyday from 08:00 to 00:00. Fountains: from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
In the Sochi Olympic Park there are main sports facilities involved in the 2014 Winter Olympics. The complex was built from 2007 to 2013. It is located in the Adler district, in the territory of the Imereti plain.

Now the Sochi Olympic Park is not only a functional sports facility, but also a popular turist center, the park can be visited during all seasons of the year. The total capacity of the complex is more than 75,000 people.
Nearby is the Olympic Village.

2. Dendrological Park of Southern Crops


Boxes: every day from 08:00 to 19:00.
Greenhouse Exhibition Hall: from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (rest from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.), Monday, Friday: free days

Flower pavilion: everyday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Dendrological Park “Cultures of the South”: everyday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The Dendrological Park of Sochi is one of the main attractions of the tourist city, a monument of landscape art, which brought together in its territory a unique collection of plants.

The founder of the park was the editor of the newspaper “Petersburg” and playwright Sergey Nikolaevich Hudekov when in 1889 he bought 50 acres of land on the southern slope of the bald mountain. In one part of the territory the park was established, in the other: the gardens.
Gradually the park was filled with collections of unique tropical plants, brought from various botanical gardens. A little later Sergei Nikolaevich built a villa for his wife and named her in his honor “Esperanza” (russo Nadezhda). Now in this building is located the museum.

3. Sochi Aquarium

It is open during the summer: from 10:00 to 20:00, without days off.
Sochi Discovery World Aquarium is the new two-storey aquarium located in Adler, Sochi.

The building has a total area of 6000 square meters, to the attention of visitors 30 aquariums of different sizes.

Among the inhabitants of the oceanarium are bright tropical fish, piranhas, rays, sharks, catfish, dangerous fish of the Red Sea, turtles, jellyfish and other representatives of marine and fluvial fauna.

In aquariums with colorful lighting there are small fish, familiar to most aquarist amateurs. There is also a special room that is stylized as a tropical park with small ponds where different kinds of carp live: from big to bright carp – koi.

The main aquarium of Sochi Discovery World is a tunnel of 44 meters long with sharks and other marine life.

4. “Riviera Park

The park of culture and recreation “Riviera” in Sochi is one of the most popular places for the rest of the family.

Initially, in the year 1898, the park was part of a large estate owned by the well-known businessman and citizen of honor Jludov. Under his leadership, the territory was ennobled. At the beginning of the 20th century, the park came under the jurisdiction of the city authorities, after which it was divided into thematic areas and declared as public space. In the area of ​​14.7 hectares there are 240 species of plants, 50 of them are especially valuable.

The main attraction of the park “Riviera” is the Friendship Glade; an ambulatory with magnolias planted by the cosmonauts (Yuri Gagarin, Leonov) and politicians (Moris Torez). A picturesque rosary with a thousand bushes of different varieties, pavilions and benches. The busts of great writers are located near the fountain: Pushkin, Krylov, Lomonosov, Nekrasov, Shevchenko, Tolstoy, etc.
In 2010, the pump room was inaugurated with mineral water, which everyone can drink.

5. Dacha of Stalin in Sochi

The Stalin Dacha in Sochi is one of the most famous and visited historical monuments of the spa town. Tourists from Russia and other countries come to see the place where the formidable and unshakeable leader of the former USSR lived and rested.
The dacha is located in the territory of the former sanatorium “Green grove” (since September 2016 the sanatorium “Zelenaya Roshcha” has been renamed the pension hotel “Rest-Matsesta”).

6. Achipse Fortress

Very close to the Krasnaya Polyana park, you can find the ruins of the Achipse fortress, which for many centuries had the function of defending the surrounding territories.





7. Mount Akjun 

Mount Akjun is a very famous place and a perfect viewpoint that is located near Sochi. Located in the Khostinsky district, it includes the mountains of great Akhun (633 meters – the highest point), Akhun Small (501 meters) and Eagle Rocks (also known as the white rocks, highest point 380 meters).
According to one of the legends, initially the height of Mount Akjun was 666 meters and was reduced during the construction of the tower.
Mount great Akjun and the tourist facilities that are located here are available to visit all year round, even in the winter. At the base of the tower there is a restaurant.
On the mountain there is a ferris wheel, on the way to the tower you can visit an exhibition of miniatures and a souvenir shop.

Exploring Sochi in winter

The natural attractions of Sochi and its surroundings are available to visit throughout the year. For example, you can visit caves in the National Park; Some of which are open for tourists in the winter, or go on an excursion to the mountain gorge of 33 waterfalls.

The ski resort “Rosa Khutor” in Krasnaya Polyana, where the cultural and ethnographic center is located; the sports and entertainment complex “Gorky Gorod” is also very popular in winter.

Undoubtedly, the Olympic Park will be the perfect option to visit in winter; stadiums, ice arena, cup of the Olympic flame. In Krasnaya Polyana; You can still visit the famous Olympic village, which, after the end of sports competitions, has become a part of the ski resort.

If you do not want to leave the city, you can see the exhibition of the Sochi museums; the Museum of Art, the Museum of Local History (it is the Museum of History), the Memorial Literary Museum of Ostrovsky; the Museum of the Glory of Sport. All of them are close to each other, in the center of the city.

Cable car in the Krasnaya Polyana Park


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History of the Moscow Kremlin

Get to know the Moscow Kremlin

What to visit in the Moscow Kremlin, one of the most emblematic places of the capital. Seeing the Moscow Kremlin is necessary if you are visiting the city. How to take an excursion in the Moscow Kremlin; With our tour services in English we guarantee your visit to this and other places.

History of the Moscow Kremlin

In the distant past, the first settlement of the future Moscow appeared at the place where the Neglinaya River flowed on the Moscow river at the Cape of Borovitsky. In the year 1147, Prince Yuri Dolgoruky threw his party here. This mention of chronicle entered history as the founding year of the capital of Russia.

Already at that time the settlement was surrounded by a wall and wooden walls. This place, Yuri Dolgoruky in the year 1156, is established the fortress, which became the famous Moscow Kremlin.

In those days the fires in Moscow were very frequent. In the year 1337, almost the entire city of Moscow burned, for this reason since 1340 the Kremlin was surrounded by new oak walls.

The next fire of 1354 destroyed the Kremlin again. The same problem happened in 10 years. The rulers of the city urgently needed a solution to this problem.

Dmitry Ivanovich decides to surround the Kremlin with stone fortifications. Works begin on the delivery of limestone, and since 1368 in a city the white walls made of stone rise.

The modern vision of the Kremlin was formed in the years 1485-1495 by the initiative of Ivan III. A large number of the best architects from all of Russia participated in the construction. Italian architects also worked in the construction of the walls and towers of the fortress in the field of the construction of defensive structures in the city. The Italians in those times built Moscow everywhere; but even so the original Russian designs were not thrown away, the foreign influence was nothing.

The first tower of the Kremlin, Taynitskaya Tower was built in the year 1485 by Anton Fryazin. The secret passages to the river and a well had been constructed here, which provided the defenders of the fort with water.

In the year 1487 the southeast corner was occupied by the round tower of Beklemishevskaya built by Marco Fryazin. A little later, all the other towers of the Kremlin were built.

What to visit in the Moscow Kremlin:

Clock of the Spasskaya Tower of the Moscow Kremlin

People will appreciate the main gate of the Frolovskaya tower. Through which horses and people did not pass with their heads covered. Later, the Frolovskaya tower was renamed to Spasskaya due to the icons of the spas of Smolensk and El Salvador that were placed here. According to the documents, the main clock of the state appeared in this tower in the year 1491.

The year 1625: the clock was replaced by a new one.

Another update of the clock was carried out under Peter I. With the transition to a single daily account of the time in the Spasskaya tower were placed the Dutch clocks with 12 divisions. But this clock after the fire of 1737 had to be removed from the position of honor.

The clock that we see in the tower was established in 1852 by the Butenop brothers.

The stars of the Moscow Kremlin

In 1935, on top of the Spasskaya, Nikolskaya, Borovitskaya and Troitskaya towers, stainless steel stars lined with red gold-plated brass were installed. In the center of the stars there was an emblem of two meters of a sickle and a hammer; adorned with precious stones. To install the stars they had to rebuild a small tower. Anyway, for two years, the stones of the stars vanished, and in 1937 the government decided to install ruby stars.

It is what we can admire at the top of the towers today

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What to see in the Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg

Guided tour of the Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage Art Collection, which is exhibited in the halls of the Winter Palace, is amazing and requires a lot of effort to get to know at least its outstanding specimens. Free Tour Russia offer you a guided tour of the Hermitage museum to walk through the exhibits halls and listen to exciting stories about the Russian emperors, about the history of the museum, about great Russian patrons and art collectors, about the past and present of the museum and the whole country, which are so tightly intertwined with each other.

The History of the Hermitage museum

The Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg is the largest and best-known museum in Russia and one of the greatest art museum in the world. The museum begins its history in the year 1764 from the private collection of Catherine the Great. The museum itself was opened for public visits in 1852 in a building specially built for this purpose, the New Hermitage. Today the main part of the exhibition occupies five buildings located along the Neva embankment plus some branches located in the historical part of the city.

The beginning of the history of the Hermitage

The history of the collection of the State Hermitage has its roots officially with the reign of Catherine II. But his great predecessor, Peter the Great, also contributed off the creation of the museum. During his reign, a large number of exhibits appeared in the private imperial collection. For example, the famous “Scythian gold”: precious jewelry in the form of animals, stored in the golden pantry. The jewels were bought by Prince Gagarin for Peter’s Siberian collection.

Until the reign of Catherine, the replacement of the imperial assembly was almost non-existent or happened by chance. A vivid example is the “Mughal Gold” collection. In the middle of the 18th century, the Shah of Iran conquered the Mughal empire; that was in the territory of India. With the embassy, he sent gold jewelry and other jewels decorated with diamonds, rubies, and sapphires to Russian Queen Ana Ioannovna. The gifts were delivered to St. Petersburg by elephants. However, the gifts were already received by Empress Elizaveta Petrovna; who ascended to the throne as a result of the takeover. The gifts were accepted and forgotten; They were transferred to the Hermitage after the revolution. At the end of the twentieth century, it turned out that there were almost no Mogul treasures in Iran, and the largest jewelry collection of its time is found in Russia.

Hermitage after the Cathrine the Great

The most important period in the history of the museum is inextricably linked with the name of Catherine the Great, who is rightly called its founder. According to the order of the Empress was built an extension to the Winter Palace, where her first collection was placed

During the reign of Catherine the Great the collection was replenished with paintings by Titian, Rubens, Raphael and other great masters of arts, and the only sculpture of Miguel Angelo in Russia was bought “crouching boy”. In addition to the many paintings, Hermitage has obtained to its collection more than 10,000 coins and medals, more than 10,000 drawings and books.

Paul I, Cathrine´s son, continued to collect art, mainly from Italy. However, he ordered to put the letter “P” to all the images in his collection. Thanks to that, the scientists were able to determine exactly which canvases entered the Hermitage before the beginning of the 19th century.

With the reign of Alexander I, the collection was divided into several parts, with each of them a guardian appeared. In the time of Alexander I, the collection of the Hermitage was complemented with Spanish and English paintings. But the most valuable acquisitions are connected to the central episode of his reign: the War of 1812. Like many members of the French nobility, the Countess of Beauharnais, Napoleon Bonaparte’s first wife, was concerned about the preservation of privileges after the victory of the Russian army. She decided to give Alexander I a gift, which he refused to accept for a long time, but Josephine insisted. Therefore, the famous “Gonzaga Cameo” came to the Hermitage collection.

Nicolas I, interested in military matters, left after his reign 600 paintings depicting battle scenes. He also established the famous War Gallery of the War of 1812, in the year 1826.  Thanks to Nicolás I, the New Hermitage appeared, and the set of existing buildings was reconstructed.

And in the year 1852, the museum was first opened to visitors under the name of “Imperial Hermitage”. The next half century his collection was replaced with varying degrees of intensity. One of the famous acquisitions of that time was the “Virgin of Benois” by Leonardo da Vinci, bought in 1914.

Hermitage in the 20th century

The history of the museum in the 20th century resembles a history of dramatic and action detectives, among whose heroes are the museum staff, the Soviet authorities and the Russian army. In the revolutionary period, the Hermitage collection was not surprisingly damaged. Serious leaks began in the first years of Soviet power.

In the early 20s of the twentieth century, the collection was replaced thanks to nationalized private collections. But in general the goal of the Soviet government was to sell the exhibits to the west, and obviously, the museum employees wanted to keep them as it could be possible.

Thanks to the staff of the Hermitage, during the periods of greater “sale” of the collections of the Hermitage, lost the minimum number of the most valuable exhibitions. But the payment of this was very hard. In different years, more than fifty employees of the museum were repressed.

During the Great Patriotic War, the collection was evacuated to the Ural region, but the museum buildings suffered considerably. The damage inflicted on them is indicated by the list of construction materials needed for the restoration. It included 100 tons of cement, more than 60 tons of plaster, 30 kilometers of fabrics, etc.

After the war, Hermitage started working at the fastest pace. The museum was preparing to receive captured works of art, which were exported in large quantities from Germany. Hitler was going to open the museum, collecting all the best he could in Europe. At the time of the capture of Berlin by Soviet troops, the museum was preparing for the inauguration. By accident, his future director was arrested and reported on the whereabouts of the warehouses. The works of art were exported from Germany in trucks and trains to Russia.

The Hermitage Museum complex 

Winter Palace

The residence of the Russian emperors built according to the project of the architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. The works of the construction of the palace were begun at the time of the reign of Elizabeth Petrovna and were completed in the reign of Peter III in the year 1762.

Small Hermitage

The palace was built during the reign of Catherine II

Big Hermitage (or old)

The palace built by the architect Felten in the year 1787 to store the replenished collection of Catherine II.

The Hermitage Theather

It was built by the decree of Catherine II by the architect Giacomo Kvarnegi to show spectacles and celebrate masquerades.

The New Hermitage

The building was built under the order of Nicholas I by the architect Leo von Klenze especially to show the exhibits of the imperial collection.

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Visit Serednikovo in Russia

Visit Serednikovo in Russia, a fascinating place to see works by the architect Mikhail Lermontov. What to see in Serednikovo in Russia here we tell you a little. How to get to Serednikovo in Russia and more with Free Tours Russia you will know it.

You do not necessarily have to go to the Caucasus – one of the most famous places of Lermontov is only 34 km from Moscow in the direction of St. Petersburg. The beautiful house, owned by the poet Serednikovo’s grandmother, became a kind of greenhouse; in which a great flower bloomed; his talent: young Lermontov had spent four consecutive summers; during which he wrote more than a hundred poems and the poem “The Devil”. Today the Serednikovo house not only complex literary museum, but also an exceptional example of stately architecture and landscape art; which is located with 16 historic buildings. There are thematic tours of the house and the garden; master classes, missions and corporate events, as well as a large cinematographic landscape museum; All this awaits tourists in Serednikovo.

The young Lermontov when he first saw Catherine Sushkova in this place fell in love with Serednikovo. Her beauty captivated him, she did not want to pay attention to the passionate child. So he started a cycle of Lermontov “sushkovsky” love poems consisting of 11 poems.

A little history

The Serednikovo Manor story begins in 1775; when Senator VA Vsevolozhsk decides to build on his ancestral lands in northern Moscow; on the right bank shore of the river Goretovki roots. The original architectural plan included a main house with outbuildings, some rooms; a park with a system of three ponds and bridges that connect to the shore. 50 years later, the estate was sold to D. Stolypin, brother, grandmother Lermontov. From 1829-1832, the young poet spends summers here with his grandmother. In 1860 in Serednikovo another prominent figure of Russia – famous reformer Piotr Stolypin. And in 1869 the property was taken over by the Firsanova merchant, whose family ownership was until 1917, when they nationalized it.

Subsequently, the farm went on to the subsidiary property of the businesswoman – Vera Firsanova. She has done a lot for Serednikovo. For example, by decision of Vera Ivanovna a bronze bust of Lermontov was established and the roof was painted in one of the halls of the estate in the poem “The Devil”. Firsanova arranged in a real arts hall Serednikovo: Chaliapin and Rachmaninoff, and Huon Serov frequently arrived.

In the Soviet era, the house housed a tuberculosis sanatorium, the building fell into disrepair. In 1992, she will finance the long-term lease “Lermontov National Center Serednikovo” under the direction of a direct descendant and namesake poet Mikhail Lermontov. The grand staircase and the expensive restoration; they manage to restore the original appearance of dominion; and today’s visitors are invited to explore the main house, numerous historic buildings and a church in honor of San Alejo; Admire the waterfall of three ponds and old stone bridges and relax on the picturesque banks of the Goretovki River.

On the farm the poet wrote two plays entitled “People and passion” and “strange.”

What to see in Serednikovo in Russia

Serednikovo spreads freely on 99 hectares of picturesque land in the northern suburbs. The complex consists of several parts: the main house with four wings, commercial and administrative buildings (including a former cattle and horse yards with a garage, a playground and a greenhouse), the church of Saint Alejo, with a bell tower Three levels and gardens with three cascading ponds, stone bridges and down to them from the main white stone staircase-ramp house.

The access road to the house, near a wrought iron fence and the main house, is the first thing you should know about Serednikovo. Following the broad path, you will enter the territory of Serednikovo through the main gate, which are separated from the landscaped flower beds, the revitalization of the white walls of buildings paint bright colors. A two-story country house with a gazebo, a magnificent example of Russian classicism with its symmetry, rigorous smooth lines and architectural retaining decorations. On both sides of the farm where there is an annex building with two floors, related colonnades.

The interior of the house can only be visited with a guided tour. For 1.5 hours you can visit its many rooms, decorated in the style of the ages 18-19 (hall and hallway, the oak room, the billiard room, the Lermontov room, the oval and the living room, the bathroom and Stolypin’s office), admire the stained glass windows and frescoes on the original Mudejar ceiling on the theme of “Demon”, you will learn many interesting things about staying at Lermontov’s cottage (including his first unrequited love, which it served as an impulse for the development of the poetic gift) and will pay homage to the poet in his monument in the garden.

Among the interesting dependencies of the home, are the old corral and the stables, where Gothic carport attention was attracted – very rare to see “thorny” in the heart of the Gothic suburban spaces. By the way, serednikovskie are thoroughbred Arabian horses, were highly prized in the court of the emperor. Here you will see the sand building, and another greenhouse, where, during the year Firsanov grew exotic fruits, which is sold successfully in Moscow.

Sanctuary of St. Alexis was made in Russian classical style. It was built at the end of the 17th century and the beginning of the 19th century. Its last construction – a three-level bell tower from the 1860s. The interior attract the attention of ancient icons.

The large landscaped park begins right at the rear exit of the main house. By a wide white stone staircase-ramp, you can walk up to the old ponds of the waterfall, to admire the three stone bridges and make a wish in the most beautiful of them – from three bays of fortune, standing on the elliptical arcs. Another is to take a walk in the shade of the pines in the park and go down to the bank of a quiet river Goretovki.

Kinogorod “Oporto pilgrim”

In the territory of Serednikovo as we have said repeatedly films were made. In the end it was decided not to destroy the landscape, and to make them a kinogorod visit that nowadays anyone can see it. The landscape of rural England of the 17th century, medieval tavern, the old pier and a frigate, a fortress, a prison and a hotel – just some of kinopeyzazhey amusement parks “Oporto pilgrim.”

How to get to Serednikovo in Russia

Get to Serednikovo is possible by car on the road to St. Petersburg; or by train from Leningrad station. By car, you have to continue until km 34 of the road to St. Petersburg; where they turn to the town of Elin and then travel 4 km to the station “Firsanovka”, guided by signs. From “Firsanovka” to another Serednikovo 4 km.

By train at the Leningrad station, exit at the same station “Firsanovka”; then take bus number 40 to the “sanatorium” stop.

The farm is open to the public daily from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Kinogorod “Oporto Pilgrim” closes on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and school days from 10:00 -17:00.

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33 waterfalls in Sochi

Visit the Sochi waterfalls

If you like nature, visiting the Sochi waterfalls is ideal for you. Exploring the Sochi waterfalls during your stay in the city is an opportunity to see the majestic nature. Getting to know the Sochi waterfalls is possible with Free Tour Russia.

Explore Sochi waterfalls

33 waterfalls is a very famous place among visitors of Sochi. To be more correct these 33 waterfalls are located in the territory of the Lazarevsky district of the city of Sochi.

33 waterfalls is a nature reserve, the main attraction of which is a 12-meter-high waterfall. Impressive nature, mountain gorges, forests of wooded oaks, low relics rare and of course the waterfalls attract many people to enjoy the views and rest in the full nature.

Considering the characteristic of the waterfalls, they are part of a large waterfall, and go up and down like a natural water staircase, for the comfort of the multiple tourists that here built special wooden paths and stairs. Many tourists bathe in the waterfalls, although the water is quite cool, even in the summer season.

See Sochi waterfalls

Waterfalls can be reached either independently or as part of the excursion. And, maybe this is one of the few places in the Great Sochi, which is worth visiting with an organized tour.

If you want to try to reach the waterfalls by public transport, that can cause some problems. You will need to focus on the direction to the village Golovinka and then, through the village Bolshoi Kichmay you can reach the waterfalls. However, buses run along this route infrequently.

In conclusion, the 33 waterfalls is a very popular place among lovers of the outdoors and nature reserves, this place will give you many positive emotions and you will remember it for a lifetime. We recommend visiting this place if you travel to Sochi once and we wish you a pleasant stay!


Visit Fedoskino in Russia

What to see in Fedoskino in Russia – a small town in the Mitishchi district, Moscow region, but well known beyond the borders of our country. If you are going to visit Fedoskino in Russia, you should know that it has become famous since the 19th century as a center for miniature lacquer painting. How to get to Fedoskino in Russia, we will tell you later.

What to see in Fedoskino in Russia

Learning to paint more than ordinary painted cardboard boxes, it is possible, after having been in the current factory of miniature painting.
Teachers in Fedoskino who create works of art to this day. What are the only boxes and chests that local artisans do not make? Fairy tales, portraits, natures and landscapes, this is going to draw a picture of Fedoskino artists.

See how to create these works of art, to discover the history of the lacquer miniature, and of course, to fill your collection of souvenirs, you must visit Fedoskino in Russia.

The miniature painting in the village has been the work of a good half of the residents. This profession has grown all in Fedoskino with a dynasty of artists. The lacquer miniatures skill has always been transferred to the younger generation.
Learn how to get out of the cardboard box painted with ordinary paint, it is possible, after having been in the current factory of miniature painting.
The visits are made every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission price – 200-250 RUB per person. If desired, the factory can organize an individual excursion. However, it will cost more expensive – 1500 RUB per group of up to 5 people.
You can then try your hand at the main class by creating your own miniature. Participation in the same is from 800 to 1100 RUB.

How to get to Fedoskino in Russia

On bus 271 from the metro station “Altufyevo” to the town Fedoskino. Also by the Savelovsky station on the train, and then change to a 42-minute bus to Fedoskino. If you get in a car, you have to go to the Dmitrievsky Highway, at km 17 turn right and drive to Fedoskino.

The prices are shown on the page of February of the year 2016

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5 best bars and restaurants in Kaliningrad

What are the best bars and restaurants in Kaliningrad?

Which are the best bars and restaurants in Kaliningrad, in this article we answer you. What bars and restaurants there are in Kaliningrad, many of them actually, but here we will give you recommendations to visit. Going to the bars and restaurants in Kaliningrad is now easy thanks to Free Russia Tours.

Kaliningrad is not a very big city, but certainly here you can find a couple of interesting places to dine or have a drink.

What bars and restaurants are there in Kaliningrad

Here you have a list of 5 recommended bars and restaurants where you can enjoy your evening in Kaliningrad:

Bikov bar

1. “Bikov” bar

A modern Nordic bar with Scandinavian interiors, a perfect place to have a beer and relax with friends.
Location: street teacher Baranova 40.





Bar Ulitsa

2. Bar “Ulitsa”

A famous place among the citizens of Kaliningrad. Every Wednesday here we make a “Russian table” with 50 grams of Russian traditional drink at a fixed price, and snacks: pickles, forshmak, small sandwiches with free Baltic sprat. No doubt a perfect place to meet the city and the people who live here.
Location: Dmitriya Donskogo Street, 13


Restaurant Borsh y Salo

3. Restaurant “Borsh y salo”

The ukrainian-russian national kitchen restaurant. “Borsh and Salo” is very popular among the citizens of Kaliningrad as well as among the guests of the city. The restaurant offers a wide variety of Ukrainian food such as classic borsh, purse-sewn fat in a special way (a traditional Ukrainian apperetivo called salo), vareniki, blood sausage and much more. A simply fantastic place!

Location: Victoria Square, 10

Bar Eltsin

4. Bar “Eltsin”

A typical cozy bar with 16 types of beer. One more place to spend time with pleasure in Kaliningrad.
Location: Garazhnaya Street 2-2a




Parmezan restaurant

5. Restaurant “Parmezan”

The trattoria “Parmesan” is a popular place among fans of Italian cuisine, has a varied menu that includes not only more than 20 types of pasta and pizza, but also European dishes. The interior of the restaurant pleases visitors with pleasant color combinations, an abundance of vegetation and warm light. Especially for families with children the trattoria is equipped with a playground.
Location: Karla Marksa Street, 18


If you plan to go to the bars and restaurants in Kaliningrad we hope you take into consideration what we have mentioned here, enjoy your stay in this beautiful city and contact us for more information about the excursions we have for you.

Metro 2 Moscow

Know the Metro 2 Moscow

This scouring meter before the sight of all is something more than a mystery; Many people have tried to find it, but with little success.
Of the most outstanding attempts is, an expedition in 1989, before the fall of the Soviet Union; when a group of young people proposed to enter and find this subway system for private use for the government, this cost them several years in prison for entry to private access to public property; but the group found an abandoned station that was in disuse, which encouraged the legend of Metro 2.

Only now do they allow access to some of the places that were then closed; but its existence remains a secret, which the government neither denies nor denies.

What to see in Talezh in Russia

Visit Talezh in Russia

What to see in Talezh in Russia, one of the many towns you can travel during your trip. Visiting Talezh in Russia is ideal for you. Know Talezh in Russia and more places of interest only with Free Tours Russia can do it.

What to see in Talezh in Russia

Talezh small village located near the city of Chekhov; Near Moscow, it is well known outside the Moscow region and Moscow. Here, in the courtyard of David deserts are the church of St. David of Serpukhov; a bell tower, a spring of holy water, male and female from the source. Religious people believe that the water of the holy source in Talezh healing; especially its impact on eye diseases beneficial suffering and the digestive system.

The first mention of Talezh refers to 1328. It is worth noting that this place is associated with many famous people. In the 18th century Talezh at the behest of Catherine II became the property of Count Vladimir Orlov, who some time later built the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin. Interestingly, Vladimir G. took an active part in the construction of the church and later supplied ev

Religious people believe that the water of the holy source in Talezh healing, especially its impact on beneficial eye diseases and digestive system.
With one hand the light of Catherine II area near Talezh was known Nerastannoe. Once the Empress returned from the Crimean War, and stopped to spend the night in Talezh. Before leaving, she said: “From these places it is impossible to leave.” After the story the name of the neighborhood was changed.

Talezh located on one of the tributaries of the Lopasnya River – the river with a beautiful name Smorodinka. At the end of the 19th century, is not very often a guest writer Anton Chekhov, who built in the village school.
After the revolution, the situation in Talezh was not the best, but the service in the temple was still until 1939. Religious services were resumed until 2011. Today Talezh attracts a large number of tourists and pilgrims. Of course, most people come here only for the sake of the sacred source. But if you do not have a goal, you can simply take a walk, it’s very beautiful and, above all, all equipped for a pleasant pastime.

Get to know Talezh in Russia

Spring is the name Venitsa historical. Most likely, the word comes from the “species” of Slavic old larch – a wedding, a wedding. In addition, September flame differently – “crown” – that is the time when the final harvest and the beginning of the wedding. Interestingly, with a dock connected mysterious stories and details. Many people who visited Talezh claim to have seen the lights around the fountain. According to them, the lights come in different sizes – from very small to 5-7 cm and in different colors. See them at any time of the year, but only in the place where the land seven springs that feed the Smorodinka River. Of course, skeptical atheists do not believe in it. However, the legend of flying flames appeared in ancient times.

It was the last in Talezh troops to curb the equestrian Dmitry Donskoy before the battle Kulikov, which was attended by residents and Talezh.
practical information
Arrive in Talezh possible by public transport and by car. From Moscow you can get there by train from the train station to the Kursk Chekhov station. Then on the bus or bus number 25 to the stop “Talezh”. By car you need to drive on the M2 highway “Crimea”, then turn left for 72 km. The next 11 kilometers through Melekhovo directly to the pointer “Talezh”. Keep in mind that in Talezh always a lot of visitors, and there are parking problems.

The area fountain is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day except Monday.

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Amusement park in Sochi

What to see in Sochi Park

Visiting the amusement park in Sochi is ideal for a pleasant time full of fun. If you want to know the amusement park in Sochi contact us for more information. What to see in Sochi Park here we tell you.

Sochi is the perfect city to rest. And one of the places that we would like to advise to visit (especially if traveling with children) is the attraction park “Sochi park”.

Visit the amusement park in Sochi

Sochi Park is a theme park with attractions and entertainment for everyone. The park is built in the style of most famous Russian stories. It is located in the Adler district, in the territory of the Imereti plain next to the Olympic Park, and occupies 20.5 hectares. 2 years Sochi Park approves the name of the best amusement park in Russia, was also included in the list of 25 best parks in Europe.

The park was inaugurated in June 2014. And every year it attracts both Russian and foreign tourists.

Getting to know the amusement park in Sochi

If you plan to visit the amusement park in Sochi, you should know that the park has varied entertainment for visitors of any age. There are dilfinario, different and very interesting shows, you can also participate in games with tests or master-class. There is a special place for the smallest guests in the park. For older children: attractions for children and families, where you can ride alone or with parents, the “Space Jungle” rope park, a water development site in the Eco Village, science shows and an outdoor play laboratory . And teenagers and adults are waiting for a wide variety of unique extreme attractions!

Like the best parks in the world, Sochi Park follows a convenient concept for visitors: to use only entrance tickets for all places of interest in the park. A whole day of stay in the park, an unlimited number of rides in the attractions, master classes, children’s games, a dolphinarium and a variety of shows: all this a visitor receives for the cost of a ticket.

In the territory of Sochi Park is the Hotel Bogatyr, which offers different accommodation options and services related to the park. Also within walking distance of the park complex there are many other hotels where you can stay.

The park is open all year, and throughout the day there is not a single minute to get bored. Come and see this interesting place with your own eyes! Sochi Park is a world class entertainment for guests of all ages!

Tickets prices in Sochi Park in 2017

There are several options such as purchasing park tickets

1.in the box at the entrance of the park (adults – 2450 rubles, children – 1950 rubles, for beneficiaries – 1600 rubles, free for children up to 5 years, on the birthday day for children 5-12 years, children with disabilities with less than 18 years of age and 2.people over 70 years of age);
3.in special machines (usually there is mehos cola)
4.online on the official website of the park with the discount (www.sochipark.ru)
5.with special fertilizer for one year

Please pay attention that prices may vary depending on the season.

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What to see at The Hermitage museum. The cats of the Hermitage

What to see at The Hermitage museum. The cats of the Hermitage

What to see in the Hermitage museum, a place of great history and majestic art collections? Yet, there is still something more. The cats of the Hermitage is one more reason to visit the museum.

The most famous Hermitage museum in Russia located in the heart of Saint Petersburg. You can spend days in its rooms and still come out wanting more. However, not everyone knows that the Hermitage museum has another special attraction: the Hermitage cats or “hermi-cats” how they are called here.

Probably, on a sunny day, you can meet them lying and relaxing in the museum square.  These cats are the guards of the largest and most important museum in Russia. Thanks to the Hemricats, the museum has not been suffering from rat attacks for the last three centuries.

In general for Hermitage museum “work” more than 60 cats. Each one has its own collar and a name. Giving the name to each cat was not that easy. Initially, the cats received the names of famous artists and sculptors from the museum collection. Then they have got the names of the countries of the world, then the nicknames of the American states and so on.

Touring the Hermitage of St. Petersburg: the history of cats

There have been cats in the Hermitage museum ever since the days of the Elizabeth Petrovna. The Empress personally signed the “Decree on the expulsion to the court cats”, prescribing “to find the best and greatest cats in the city of Kazan, suitable for the capture of mice, send them to St. Petersburg to the court of His Imperial Majesty “.

In the time of Cathrine the Great, the cats called “zimnedvorskimi” (the cats of the winter palace), and here each individual received the appropriate rank and “position in society”. First of all, top-ranking cats were “room cats”. Those were always well fed, cared for, slept in wooden baskets. Their function was to serve as an additional decoration of the imperial palace.

Another, who did not deserve such privileges were “courtiers.” These cats resided in the basements and courtyards of the Winter Palace and protected it from all types of rodents. However, it is important to note that the Hermitage museum cats lived with total freedom and took great care of them.

Unfortunately, during the blockade in The WWII, all the Hermitage cats did not survive. The city was full of rats.

Immediately after the liberation of the city, the cats from other regions of Russia were sent to Leningrad.

Hermitage Cat Day

In May, the State Hermitage museum celebrates The Day of the Hermitage cat. Always on this day, museum visitors can see the basements of the Winter Palace, where the cats live. Children participate in educational games in the museum’s halls.

No doubt cats have always played a big role in the history of the city. you can even see several monuments to cats. And of course, you can admire the fluffy creatures in the courtyards and parks of the city

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Alexander Garden Moscow

Alexander Garden Moscow, what to see there.

What to see in Alexander Garden in Moscow, one of the most emblematic places in the city. Alexander Garden, probably, is an ideal place for guided excursions. Free Tours Russia offers you the best excursion services in English.

Certainly, Alexander Gardens is an oasis in the center of Moscow. It is located just next to the Moscow Kremlin. The approximate area of the garden is 10 hectares. The closest subway station bears the same name “Aleksandrovsky sad”.

The history of Alexandr Garden in Moscow

Alexander Garden was created according to the order of the Russian Emperor Alexander II during the restoration of the city after the war with Napoleon in 1812.

At first, the garden had a name Kremlevsky. It took 3 years to finish it, from 1819 to 1822. Earlier river Neglinnaya flowed through the garden. According to the project of the architect Osip Bove, the river was hidden to the pipes underground.

Afterward, in 1856 the garden changed the name and from that year became Alexandr (Alexadrovsky) Garden

The gardens consist of three parts:

First, the upper garden is 350 meters long and located between  Arsenalnaya Tower and Kutafia tower.

Then, the medium garden is 383 meters places between the Troitskaya and Borovitskaya towers.

Finally, the lower garden is 132 meters and extends to the Kremlin waterfront

What to see in Alexander Garden: points of interest

Arriving at the gardens from the main entrance you will see the main doors made of cast iron. Through these doors, you enter the upper garden. The design of the main doors with the symbol of the Patriotic War was created by the architect Pascal. The garden has three alleys of blue and lilac firs, acacia and jasmine, amazing flower beds and a preserved oak of two hundred years old.

In the middle part of the upper garden located an artificially destroyed grotto, built under the Tower of the middle arsenal. In front of the grotto, there is a monument with a list of communist philosophers and politicians, personally approved by Lenin.

The monument replaced the original one, built in honor of the 300th anniversary of the reign of the Romanovs in 1914. The northern part of the garden is connected to a large underground shopping complex on Manezhnaya Square.

Walk through Alexander Garden in Moscow

The main attraction of the garden is the grave of the Unknown Soldier with the eternal flame. In 1997, the guard, who used to be at the Lenin’s Mausoleum, now is in the same way at the Grave. The guards are soldiers of the presidential regiment that are in the post every day from 08.00 to 20.00.


The eternal fire

Alexander Garden of Moscow – Manege

Spanish architecture Augustine de Betancourt was a designer of Moscow Manege. But it was erected in neoclassical style by architect Joseph Bove in 1825.

At first, the offices of the military academy used it for training to ride. From the middle of XIX the century, it was an exhibition venue. In the Soviet time, it was a home for an art gallery.

On March 14, 2004, the day of the reelection of President Putin; the building caught fire. As a result, the wooden structure was destroyed.

However, a year after, the Manege opened its doors for visitors again.

The Alexander Garden and Manege, as a part of it, are the popular places for walking among citizens and guests of the capital

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How to buy tickets to St. Basil’s Cathedral online without a queue?

How to buy tickets to St. Basil’s Cathedral online without a queue?

To buy tickets to the Cathedral of St. Basil without a queue is it possible? Here we show you how. A simple option to pay you ticket to this beautiful complex is tyo do it online. Here the instuction on Free Tours Russia:

To avoid queues, we explain how to buy the ticket from the Cathedral’s website. This task is not simple, because to do it you have to know Russian, because the page does not have an English version. But we help you with this “guide to buy tickets to St. Basil’s Cathedral online without a queue”. Another name of the Cathedral of St. Basil is Pokrovskiy sobor or the Pokrovskiy Cathedral. To get tickets to St. Basil’s Cathedral online, you should follow several steps:

Buy tickets to the Cathedral of St. Basil online

1. Enter the page http://tickets.shm.ru/ru

2. In the menu above we can choose either 30 days, or this month, or next month, or the exact date. When you enter here for the first time, it’s automatically chosen “30 days”.

to buy tickets for St.Basil Cathedral online

The names of the months in Russian:

  • Январь – January
  • Февраль – February
  • Март – March
  • Апрель – April
  • Май – May
  • Июнь – June
  • Июль – July
  • Август – August
  • Сентябрь – September
  • Октябрь – October
  • Ноябрь – November
  • Декабрь – December

Days of the week:

  • Понедельник – Monday
  • Вторник – Tuesday
  • Среда – Wednesday
  • Четверг – Thursday
  • Пятница – Fryday
  • Суббота – Saturday
  • Воскресенье – Sanday

We advise you to choose the exact date and not to try to translate all the dates and days on the list.

3. The date chosen is June 21 in the table that appears in the results below the third option «Входной билет в Покровский собор» and now you can press the red button «Купить» (to buy).

to buy tickets to St.Basil Cathedral without a queue

4. On the next page we can choose how many tickets you want to buy and to continue.

Here you have to chose the checkbox and you have to put the email.

to buy the tickets to St.Basil Cathedral without a queue

5. To your email comes the message with the special code that you have to put on the next page. Here is the message.

to buy the ticket to St.Basil Cathedral without a queue

We copy this code and put it in the first field called «Проверочный код». In the second field «ФИО получателя» we put the full name and surnames of the person who will collect the tickets in the physical box of the cathedral, changing the electronic voucher to the tickets for the whole group.

Then press the button «Подтвердить» (Confirm).

6. On the next page, you can see the complete ticket information and check the information before paying. Is there the order number, the date, amount, number of people. If all good you have to press the button «Оплатить» (Pay).

ATTENTION!!! The electronic ticket cannot be returned !!!

to buy the tickets to St.Basil Cathedral without a queue

7. Then you enter the payment page. Here you have to put card number «Номер карты», Month / Year «Месяц / Год» and CVC or CVV code and press “Оплатить” button if you want to proceed  and “Отменить” button if you want to cancel.

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8. After your ticket is paid, the electronic voucher will arrive in your email. With this voucher (better print it out) and passport, the person whose name indicated in the ticket, has to come and pick it up in the box of the Cathedral of St. Basil in the special window without a queue.

Now you know how to buy tickets to St. Basil’s Cathedral without a queue.

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What to see in Saransk

Visit Saransk

What to see in Saransk, an old city and the capital of the Republic Mordovia. If you plan to visit Saransk, you should know that it is located on the bank of the Insar River. Saransk appeared in history the first time in the 1641 year as a military fortress. Status of the city Saransk received in 1780. Initially, the entire city was built of wood. But then it was rebuilt in stone, so in the city, there are not many old houses. Modern Saransk has three neighborhoods – Oktiabrskiy, Leninskiy, and Proletarskiy. The Leninskiy district is central, here is most of the places of interest. Want to visit Saransk, come with us. Touring Saransk is possible thanks to Free Tours Russia.

What to see in Sarans: 10 most important places

How to visit Saransk in one day? We offer you a list of the 10 most interesting places in Saransk.

  1. The Cathedral of St.Theodore Ushakov

The construction of the cathedral was from 2002 to the 2006 year after San Fedor Ushakov was chosen as the protector of the place. Fedor Ushakov was an admiral of the Russian fleet and won all the battles. The cathedral is built in imperial style. The dome is built in the neo-Byzantine style and its height is 62 meters along with the cross. It has 12 bells that were fused and created with the old churches of previous centuries. Inside the cathedral, there is a golden wooden iconostasis. Three altars are dedicated to Saint Fedor Ushakov, Saint Serafim Sorovskiy and the Saints of Mordovia.

Location – Sovetskaya 53, Saransk


  1. The Privokzalnaya square and the train station

The trains in Saransk began to circulate in 1893 through the road from Moscow-Kazan. The Privokzalnaya square is translated as the square of the train station. It was built in the last years of the 19th century. In the square, there are two important sightseeings of Saransk: the building of the train station (in Russian “vokzal”) and the monument of the heroes “Stratonauts”. The Vokzal building was reopened in 2009.

The statue of the Stratolaut heroes is built in honor of three people – Andrey Vasilenko, Iliya Usikin and Pavel Fedoseenko. In 1934 they in a device that could travel to the stratosphere “Osoaviohim 1” have risen to the height of 22 km. It was a record of rising at this point of a device of this type and the first rise of the device in the middle of winter. But in the attempt to land the device fell on the territory of Mordovia in a village Potizhskiy Ostrog. The whole crew died. In honor of these people, this monument was built.

Location – Privokzalnaya ploshad, Saransk


  1. The memorial museum of heroes of World War II

The memorial museum was opened in 1995 for the 50th anniversary of the victory in World War II. In the museum, there are rooms of honor, of generals, of the inheritance of generations, of “the roads of fire”. In the museum, you can find many books, soldiers’ diaries, letters from the front, personal objects of soldiers and captains. The facade of the building presents Georgio’s ribbon in colors of black and orange, symbolizing victory in the Patriotic War.

Location – Sovetskaya 36, Saransk. Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 to 17


  1. The art museum of painter Erzi

This museum is one of the most important in Saransk. Its collection has 200 works by sculptor Stepan Erzi. In addition, there are pictures of the painter F. Sichkov and the painter I. Makarov as well as a large collection of other works of Mordovian artists.

Location – Kommunisticheskaya Ulitsa, 61, Saransk





  1. The monastery of Ioann Bogoslov

This monastery was founded in the 18th century. It was started with the construction of the temple of Archangel Michail in 1702. And in two years the cathedral of Ioann Bogoslov was built,

In the 19th century, the church icon of Mother Mary was placed. As a monastery it was inaugurated in 1994. The composition of the monastery has the shape of a pentagon with the cathedral in the center. The architectural complex completed mainly in baroque style.   Currently the complex is open for pilgrims and tourists.

Location – village Makarovo, ul Nagornaya 35

  1. Pushkin park

This park is the favorite place of the citizens. The history of the park began in the 19th century when the city government decided to plant the trees in the Uspenskaya square, where the Uspenskaya church was located. Mainly the park was thought as a city garden and its territory was 2 hectares. In 1899 the park received the name of the famous Russian poet Pushkin and his statue was placed (later it was changed to another monument).

In 1935 to the garden was added a zoo. Now the park has a summer stage, dance floors, coffee shops, exhibitions and summer cinema. Its territory is 40 hectares.

Location – Krasnoarmeyskaya Ulitsa, 12, Saransk

  1. The fox bridge

The fox is the symbol of Saransk and there is on the flag and shield of the republic Mordovia. In 2009 in front of the art museum, the composition The fox bridge” was installed. Citizens believe that if you touch the nose of this animal it helps you fulfill a wish. In front of the statue, there are the spheres of predictions, which can be used by anyone.

Location – Kommunisticheskaya ulitsa, Saransk

  1. The little house and the statue of Emelian Pugachev (Pugachevskaya Palatka)

The Pugachev tent is the oldest civil building in Saransk. Located on Moscow street. The construction dates back to the end of the XVII – the beginning of the XVIII centuries. It was named after the estate of Yemelyan Pugachev, who in 1774 captured Saransk and settled in this house. Pugachev was the leader of the peasant uprising during the reign of Catherine the Second. Now the tent is located next to the Museum of the ethnographic museum. Entrance to visitors inside is closed. The monument to Emelyan Pugachev was erected on the spot where in 1774 from June 27 to July 3 the headquarters of the rebel forces was located.

Location of the statue – Korolenko st, Saransk. Location of the cottage – Moskovskaya st, Saransk

  1. The Ethnographic Museum of Saransk

The history of the museum began in 1918. In 2005 the museum was named after a scientist and writer Ivan Voronin. In the museum, you can see many historical relics, coins, books, weapons, musical instruments, objects of ordinary use, traditional clothes and ect.

Location: Moskovskaya 48, Saransk. Hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 to 18

  1. The church of St. Nikolas

The church of St. Nikolas was built between 1897 and 1906 years. The architect’s nickname was a Penza builder. The main altar table sanctified in honor of Saints Peter, Paul, and Saint Nikolas. The building is quite massive and it is made of red brick. In Soviet times the church was used as a warehouse and later as a museum of books. In the 1990 building was returned to the Orthodox church.

Location: Volgogradskaya 90, Saransk


The typical dishes of Saransk and the Republic of Mordovia

5 typical dishes that you have to taste in Saransk.

Valdo yakstere viy (Валдо якстере вий)

This dish is a cover of beet and goat cheese cut into square pieces. They are served with sunflower oil.

Ersia soup– Shi(Эрзянский суп ЩИ)

The ersia soup (this is the name of the village of Mordovia) is usually cooked of meat. People thought that soup is the most important dish because it gave strength and physical fitness. The main soup is the Shi that was prepared from chicken or beef or pork with vegetables.

Bear paw (ofton lapat – овтонь лапат)

The paw of the bear is a well-known dish in Mordovia. You can find it in almost every café and restaurant in Saransk. The dish has its own history. Once upon a time, a boy wanted to marry a girl, but before he had to hunt a bear to become a man. Finally, he killed the bear and brought its fried paw as a gift to his girlfriend. Currently to cook this dish there no longer use of meat of the bear, but pork or cow. Then add eggs, spices, onions and prepare minced meat. Then model the croquettes and top them with bread.

Drink Poza (поза)

It is a cold beet drink in the style of the Russian drink Kvas. People like to take it in summer. We recommend you to try it, it’s an interesting experience.

The tits of a young girl(груди молодушки)

The food with the original name is a cake with different fillings. In ancient times these cupcakes used to make for the wedding and fill them with cottage cheese so that the bride having a baby would have a lot of milk. In addition, they asked that the future wife will give birth to 7 children and 7 daughters. Now, these cakes do not have much effect, but the name is still there.

How to visit Saransk

There are many ways to visit Saransk.


Saransk can be reached by plane from Moscow, Samara, St. Petersburg, Sochi. The flight from Moscow lasts 1,5 hours. The airport is in the village Luhovka. From the airport to the city you can get by bus or taxi.


To Saransk by the train can be reached from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Samara, Yekaterinburg, Ivanovo, and others. The train from Moscow to Saransk takes from 8.5 hours to 10.5 hours.


There is an opportunity to visit Saransk by bus from different cities.  This way of traveling we recommend you just in case there are no flights and trains to the city because the bus is less comfortable than train or airplane.

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Holidays in Russia in May

Holidays in Russia in May: where to go

There are many places to see in Russia, for example visiting Yaroslavl in May, or touring Sochi in May, hiking in the Golden Ring in May and other cities of interest throughout the country.

Holidays in Russia in May, if you wish, can turn into an extraordinary vacation. We tell you how to visit Russia to explore submarines; scientific museums; old fortresses and, of course, churches with monasteries during the Russian spring.




Holidays in Russia in May: Visit Yaroslavl in May

The main stone in the collar of the Golden Ring cities during the holidays is experiencing a real tourist boom. To see the ancient monasteries and churches go people from all over the country and the world. The main “place of power” in Yaroslavl is the Reserve Museum. Where, in addition to fascinating excursions on weekends; master classes on the production of pupae and various handicrafts made of cloth are held. If you walk without a guide, do not forget to consider the exhibition “The disposition of Igor’s host”. After all, one of the most valuable exhibits in Russian history is here: the only handwritten list of the poem; whose original died in a fire during the war with Napoleon.

Go to the museum, take a gift: your living symbol, the beautiful bear Masha. He has already woken up after hibernation and picks up a “tribute” from tourists with cookies and apples.

The city has many theaters: the Volkov drama theater; and the theater-studio “El vagabundo” and the Vorontsov Chamber Theater. But even those who are not interested in the theater; They have things to do in this city: see the attractions associated with film and literature, the place where the movie “The Thief”, “Doctor Zhivago”, “Equipage” and the “Bolkonski house” on the coastline were recorded. Look at the Nekrasov estate, see the ancient Russian city of Myshkin in the vicinity of Yaroslavl.

Finally, the history and architecture of the city, its ancient cathedrals and monasteries are interesting in themselves. Many centuries ago, Yaroslavl was called “the city of one hundred churches”. But now there are only thirty left, and everything can be inspected in one visit. In the summer, when the flower beds are blooming, and at the beginning of autumn, when the leaves start to turn yellow, it is just nice to walk around Yaroslavl.

Tour Sochi in May

The sun is already heating the Olympic capital. Bathing, of course, is still early, but the city can be explored without crowds of tourists. Walk through the territory of the coastal cluster; where the opening ceremony of the Winter Games was held; and look at the huge futuristic stadiums of the Olympic Park: Fisht, the Bolshoy Ice Palace, Adler-Arena, Shaybu.

In the vicinity of the city in May, you can take a walk in the mountains, climb the Eagle rocks, reach the Zmeikovski waterfalls, go with a guide to the Sochi National Park, where you will definitely enter the Vorontsovskaya cave.

From the beginning of summer and until the end of autumn, tourists come here to swim in the Black Sea, to sunbathe and warm up on the sides on the cobblestones of the red-hot beach. In breaks: take horseback riding and cycling in the mountains, skiing and snowboarding in winter in the Krasnaya Polyana resorts, and, of course, to see the best Russian cinema films at the Kinotavr festival.

Sochi, it’s like a film set, it was chosen repeatedly by Soviet cult filmmakers. In 1956 there was the filming of “Elder Hottabych” in 1961 – “The amphibious man”, in 1966 – “the captive of the Caucasus”, in 1968 – “The hand of diamond”, in 1969 – “Attention, turtle”, In 1981 – “Be my husband” (in the village of Loo), in 1984 – “Love and pigeons”, and, of course, the film “In the city of Sochi dark nights” in 1989.

Excursion in the Golden Ring in May: Suzdal

An ancient city, where a day trip is traditionally chosen. Here it is convenient to walk on foot. You can walk along the earthen walls and the ditches of an old fortress, whose wooden buildings were burned two centuries ago, visiting the Chambers, monasteries, and churches of the Bishops. And, of course, sit for an hour in a cozy refectory or tavern.

One of the most interesting places in the city is the Museum of Architecture of Wood and Peasant Life, which consists of buildings with dark trunks. In the interior, the utensils, articles for the home, that were used in the town are collected. In addition, the territory of the museum regularly hosts handicrafts. Do not forget to visit the museum “Shurovo Gorodische”, whose exhibitions were the stage for the movie “King” by Pavel Lungin.

Suzdal is a great tourist center, loved by both Russians and foreigners. For the first trip here, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the traditions, architecture, and history of the native country, for the second, the Russian exoticism. In Suzdal, you can forget about the sweet soda: here in almost every step, traditional Russian drinks are sold: sbiteni and mead, including non-alcoholic options.

The main thing, of course, is architecture. Nowhere in Russia there are not  so many ancient monuments than here (here there are more than three hundred). At a glance, you can see that some of them need restoration. Go to the Suzdal Kremlin, take a look at the shopping arcade, feel the provincial silence and the grandeur of Central Russia’s nature. Many people think that one weekend is enough for a trip to Suzdal, but if you really want to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of big cities, go there for a week.

Sevastopol in spring

In the 6th century BC, a Greek colony was established in the area of the modern-day city. The Greek city of Chersonesus existed for almost two thousand years, first as an independent democracy and later as part of the Bosporan Kingdom. In the 13th and 14th centuries, it was sacked by the Golden Horde several times and was finally totally abandoned. The ruins are a popular tourist attraction located on the outskirts of the city.

What can you see?

Sevastopol with its old fortresses, bays and gun batteries has been transformed for a long time into a large open-air museum. It is not necessary to talk about the sea. Anyone who has been to Sevastopol remembers the local beaches and the embankment. There you can walk for hours, admiring the sunsets and the waves that breaking the granite, cover the main promenade of the city with foam and splashes.

Visit Saint Petersburg in May

Russian spring

The guide books put aside the noisy Moscow and place Saint-Petersburg first on their pages. While obstructed traffic jams in the capital are looking for low-cost and tolerable housing, St.Petersburg has good hotels near the center of the city, next to St. Isaac’s Cathedral, walk on the endless Nevsky Avenue and get lost in the labyrinth of The Hermitage museum.

In the end of May 20 begins the season of White Nights. It’s the best time to walk along the embankments and look at the drawbridges.

Pskov in May

For the first time about this city, located at the confluence of the Great and Pskov rivers, is mentioned in the ancient Russian chronicles, dating from the beginning of the XII century. Up to the beginning of the 18th century, Pskov was one of the largest cities not only in Russia but also in Europe. For a long history, the city survived many battles, but Pskov was captured only once and occupied – twice during the First and Second World War. Today Pskov, which is the largest stone fortress in Europe, is one of the most important tourist centers in Russia of ancient architecture.

Pskov belongs to the type of cities, the streets of which it is better to wander on foot because all its main attractions are hidden behind the facades of the main streets and away from highways.

Located 120 km from Pskov, the Pushkin Mountains – This is a unique historical and cultural reserve with floodplain meadows, ancient settlements, lakes, the merchant village Velia and three noble estates. Each of them is connected with the stay of the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. The total area of the Pushkin Memorial Museum-Reserve is about 9,800 hectares. It is very beautiful during the whole year and especially in spring.

What to see in Nizhny Novgorod

The city is famous for several reasons: a stone fortress Kremlin, the writer Maxim Gorky, who was born here and lived for many years, the car factory “GAS” and the patriots who liberated Moscow from the poles – Minin and Pozharsky. Nizhny has its own “Arbat”( the same name of the street in Moscow), the Bolshaya Pokróvskaya pedestrian street with an incredible number of intricate monuments: the postman with the motorcycle, a spoon, a goat, a young woman, cleaning shoes, and many other characters. It is worth getting acquainted with all these attractions.

There are more than 600 unique historic, architectural, and cultural monuments in the city. Most of the notable landmarks are the two great medieval abbeys. The Pechersky Ascension Monastery features the austere five-domed cathedral (1632) and two rare churches surmounted by tent roofs, dating from the 1640s.

The Chkalov Staircase connecting Minin and Pozharsky Square, the Upper Volga and the Lower Volga embankments. It is the longest staircase in Russia The staircase starts from the monument to Chkalov, near St. George’s Tower of the Kremlin.

If you are planing to visit Russia this spring, do not forget to include Nizhny Novgorod to your list.

Beautiful Kostroma

The charming province of Kostroma touches the soul. Especially if you are going to walk through its streets early in the morning of the day off. Local residents, concerned about internal affairs; They have not yet entered the city and, therefore, there is silence around. The platforms carved in wooden houses, from time to time they are with columns of water; peeking from behind the trees golden domes of the churches, and; finally, the shopping gallery next to the mountain of milk. It seems that at a time in this mountain there will be noisy women with cans, cottage cheese, and cheese; who crossed here from the other side of the Volga to sell their fresh produce. It seems incredible that the city retained the appearance and atmosphere of the late nineteenth century, which today can only be imagined with the help of history textbooks.

The business card of Kostroma is Susaninskaya Square, which the locals call “frying pan”. The streets come out of their rays. In the square there is a monument to Ivan Susanin. Remember that, from the beginning, Kostroma was associated with the Romanov dynasty. It is here, on the walls of the Ipatievsky Monastery; At the behest of Zemsky Sobor, the young Mikhail Romanov was named the Tsar. Here, not only Russian tourists but also Germans, British, French, and Americans come to see the Romanov boyar chambers and the amazing church paintings that cover the walls from floor to ceiling.

One of the most popular places in the city is the Kostroma Sloboda reserve, where the most beautiful examples of churches and wooden houses built in the region are collected. Here you can see how the loom works and how the linen is turning. For the youngest of Kostroma an impressive museum was opened: Terem Snow Maiden, where an ice room is equipped, which even in the summer needs to go in boots, and on a regular basis, there are vacations.

Kaliningrad in May

Kaliningrad is a very interesting option to spend holidays in Russia in May. This city became the city we know today after the end of World War II. The Soviet power literally restored the city from the ruins. Although some of the old buildings have survived. To this day, here are the church and housing blocks, the complex of defensive fortresses; the University rebuilt from the ruins of the cathedral, which houses the mausoleum of Emmanuel Kant; the great philosopher, who lived all his life in this city.

In addition to the “classic” of the city, be sure to visit the World Ocean Museum; where the world’s largest research vessel “Vityaz” and Russia’s only submarine museum float “B-413”. At the same time, have time to walk the dilapidated corridors of Fort No. 5 and, perhaps, to reach the Curonian Peninsula.

In addition to the architecture, Kaliningrad inherited from Koenigsberg the traditions of fishing and brewing, the zoo and the botanical garden. Parks and ponds preserved, where citizens mingle with tourists relax after a walk through the museums.

Because the city is located in the Baltic Sea, it has a very specific marine climate. How citizens joke “If you do not like the weather, wait 15 minutes, it will soon change”. In Kaliningrad, the rains go often, which does not prevent sun-tan lovers from being fired in black on the “skillettes” on the beaches of Zelenogradsk and Svetlogorsk. The proximity of the sea offers the inhabitants of the village an opportunity at the end of the day to move easily through the area (the benefit of Kaliningrad to the sea is only 30 km away) and rest in the sand of the dunes.


Russian spring

The third capital of Russia, a city with 1000 years of history. The beautiful Kazan surprises with her architectural masterpieces and hospitality. Here the tangle of Eastern and Western cultures is tangible: in language, in architecture, in the kitchen, in everything. Here, not far from the city, the “Temple of all religions” is built.

It is one of the most beautiful and modern cities of Russia, which acquired modern sports complexes, new facades and excellent roads for the Universiade last year. The most famous local monuments are the old Kremlin, established by order of Ivan the Terrible. And the Kul-Sharif mosque: it is one of the most beautiful in Russia.

In addition to excursions to historic sites, be sure to go to Blue Lake: it does not freeze even in winter and, according to locals, have healing properties. You can relax after the excursions and hikes at the entertainment center “Korston” or on the “Kazan Riviera”.

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Russian spring

The Moscow region is incredibly diverse. In the west, there are many military monuments and memorials. To the south, there are many historic mansions and museums connected by the name of famous writers, poets, and statesmen. Continuing the tour in a circle to the left towards the east; It is worth visiting the old Kolomna with its impressive Kremlin and Posad, to see the Lavra of Sergiev-Posad. To study better-revived crafts. In the northern outskirts of the region you can visit in Zhostovo – painted trays; in Fedoskino – miniature lacquer and in Bogorodsky – wooden toys.

Veliky Novgorod: the historic city

Russian spring

The “Father of the Russian cities”, which, in 2009 celebrated a pompous 1150 anniversary. For the commemoration, it was carefully restored, and now it is as well arranged as the tourist cities without torsion of Europe. The history is full of each street: almost all the wooden and stone buildings of the old city are protected by UNESCO. Beyond the borders of Novgorod is incredibly interesting. Only 10 kilometers away is the legendary Ilmen Lake and the active Yuryev monastery founded by Yaroslav the Wise.

In addition to the most popular attractions in the city, you should definitely visit the Museum “Vitoslavlitsy”. The museum represents wooden architecture, where the old wooden cabins. You can see how people lived and what utensils they used, and even get to a festival.

In the center of the city, Novgorod Detinets is located on the same bank of the Volkhov; and Yaroslav Dvorishche, in the other. You can spend many days exploring local buildings and monuments. Near the city, there is a city of Rurik; where the residence of the Russian princes was for a long time. Lovers of nature and picturesque species will surely appreciate the walk along the river to Lake Ilmen.

Despite the abundance of ancient architectural monuments; Novgorod does not produce the impression of an old and backward city. The Novgorodians are very careful with their cultural heritage, but at the same time, they are constantly trying to change the face of the city. There are new monuments, architectural compositions, restored and open to visit the old buildings. Clean and tidy Novgorod is the place where it is good to come to the weekend to spend a couple of days not only on vacation but also studying the history of Russia.

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The Panoramic Museum of the Battle of Borodino

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The Panoramic Museum of the Battle of Borodino is located in the vicinity of the Parque de la Victoria, on the opposite side of the subway street of the city. This place now includes several departments and has three exhibitions. Here it is given place to the exhibition of the facts happened during the Patriotic War of 1812. As well as of the General Battle in the town of Borodino. In the “Kutusov Hut”, visitors can find details about the military council of the Russian generals, which happened in the Fili Village on September 13, 1812. This is the “Museum of the Heroes of the Soviet Union and Russia” ” Which, is dedicated to the deep traditions of Russian heroism. It is made up of collections has a long and hectic history. It is the ideal museum to know Russian history, especially 1812 in Russia.

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If you plan to visit the Panoramic Museum of the Battle of Borodino, you should know that during the 19th century, a wooden building was built, where before it was the “Martial Council of Izba”, through which the museum was opened. This place was called “Kutuzovskaya Hut”, and it offered exhibitions about the Patriotic War of 1812, the Military Council in Fili and also about the Sovereign Prince M.I Kutuzov.

In 2006, it became a non-profit cultural institution, and included the full Cavaliers of the Order of Glory. After several years, the Moscow municipality decided to build a new building for the “Heroes of the Museum” and transfer it to the management of the “Borodino Battle” Panoramic Museum.

In front of the entrance, as it should be, there is a monument to Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov, and to be precise Golenishchev-Kutuzov-Smolensky. The last prefix to his name that he received just after the war in 1812 in Russia.

The museum has many paintings about the events of the War of 1812, which provide a special interest. Here is written the life, battles and real events that happened in the history of our country.

For example, the painting of “The feat of the soldiers Raevsky of Saltanovka”, describes the moment when the French troops occupied Mogilev, blocking the way of the Second Army to join the army of Barclay de Tolly. When Bagration sent Lieutenant General Rayevsky’s 7th Infantry Corps to the city. The general personally led one of the attacks, taking with him his children, who were 10 and 16 years old, inspired by their own example of soldiers under the strong fire of the cards.

Another picture is of the Most Serene Prince Mikhail Illarionovich Golenishchev-Kutuzov-Smolensky. In August of 1812 in Russia, the commander-in-chief of the Russian army, would unite all the forces to give a decisive battle, besides eliminating the friction within the structure of command between Bagration and Barclay de Tolly. The first pleaded for the active actions of the army, the second led a line of withdrawal and this time between them there were constant confrontations.

On the other hand, why did Kutuzov have the honor of leading the army? This site tells you. Kutuzov was one of the most experienced generals of the time, who participated in the wars against Turkey and in Catherine and Alexander I. In the war of the window they indicate that the yatagán was used as Turkish jenízaras arms and the Cross for the capture of Ismael , the fortress that was considered impregnable. They are on the left side of the store window. Kutuzov fought under the command of P.A. Rumyantsev and A.V. Suvorov, he was well educated. He graduated from the noble artillery engineering school and there he shows the type of tools he used to carry out his studies (it is believed that they belonged to him).

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There is a place called “The Little Gallery”. Here is a group of military portraits, which is located in the Hermitage of St. Petersburg.

There is a place called “The Little Gallery”. Here is a group of military portraits, which is located in the Hermitage of St. Petersburg.

The following exhibition is dedicated to the families of the troops of the Russian and French armies of the time. The soldiers of our army are shown on the left and the French on the right.

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The cuirassier is a mounted soldier, wearing a breastplate and a helmet with a feather, armed with a saber. The cuirassiers were the army’s shock unit, the strongest men were physically selected here.

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Exhibitions of the Panoramic Museum of the Battle of Borodino

How was 1812 in Russia? Here is the list of exhibitions to learn about Russian history:

• The cuirassier: a mounted soldier, wearing a breastplate and a helmet with a feather, armed with a saber. The cuirassiers were the army’s shock unit, the strongest men were physically selected here.

• The Cuirassier with armor and helmet of the Russian troops.

• The last soldier representing the artillery, armed with a sword.

• The infantry of the French army in 1812 (in the foreground).

• The cuirassier of the French army of 1812

• The artilleryman of the French army in 1812

• The weapons of soldiers of the French army.

• The genuine helmet and corset of the French soldiers.

• The Order of the Legion of Honor: it is the main award of the French army.

Finally, we return to the panorama of the Battle of Borodino. This is an image of 115 m long and 15 m high. This painting was written for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Borodino in 1912. The work took 11 months. The second part of the panorama is the plan of the frontal theme, organically connected with the image. In the pictures below it is even difficult to tell where there is something. Lighting in the corridor creates the effect of sunlight. It is very similar to the brilliant day this battle took place.

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Now we are in Borodino camp, on the left flank of the Russian army, in the village of Semenovskoe.

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In itself, the whole panorama is divided into 4 sectors, showing what was happening on the Borodino battlefield.

The results of the battle are ambiguous. Although Napoleon occupied the field after it, and the Russian troops withdrew to Moscow, he did not fulfill his main task, which was to destroy the Russian army. In the Borodino field, he did not win either, the losses were huge on both sides. Therefore, the war continued.

Now we leave the battle and go to the last room of the museum. Here the images mainly show the events that happened after the battle:

• The Military Council in Fili, where it was decided to leave Moscow to the French. The plot of the image was a description of the epic novel “War and Peace.”

• The army and Russian residents leaving Moscow.

• The entry of the French army in Moscow on September 14, 1812 in Russia. Napoleon on the Poklonnaya Hill waited for him to take the symbolic keys of the city. And he was very surprised when this did not happen. The image clearly shows the height of the Poklonnaya Hill at that time, and what view was opened in Moscow.

• The projection of the burning of Moscow with a sound design.

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Before the withdrawal of Russian troops, the city was burned down by order of the governor of the time.

Napoleon, while in Moscow, sent letters to Alexander I three times with a proposal for peace, but never received an answer.

Napoleon leaves Moscow. He exhausted the stocks, the local peasant population refused to give his army, destroyed the food crops, and decided to move to the Smolensk war. But the road to Kaluga was blocked by the Russian army. As a result of the battle, Napoleon was forced to retreat and move in the same way that his army attacked Moscow. That is, he was again without provisions.

The way in which Napoleon’s troops went through the Berezina River was building two bridges. Some of the troops managed to cross when the Russian soldiers appeared. Napoleon’s army began to panic, one of the bridges collapsed and the second Napoleon himself ordered to be burned. In this battle, the French army decreased by several tens of thousands of people.

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The last image is called “Napoleon’s return from the campaign against Russia.” It shows the state in which the old great army was returning. In the snow there was the body of a man, a chest with precious jewels that fell from him, plundered in Moscow with good, that nobody needs. Of the troops pathetic crumbs remained.

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According to a survey conducted by the Public Opinion Foundation in 2012, almost a third of Russians do not know who fought 1812 in Russia.


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The Largest Rivers in Russia

Discover the biggest rivers in Russia

Visit the largest rivers in Russia, where nature is at its best. Knowing Russia’s Largest Rivers is ideal for you; You will see the most beautiful landscapes of Russia. Excursion in Russia’s Largest Rivers with Free Russia Tours is possible.

The Russian Federation is a superpower, the largest state in the world and the geography of the country; just as if we had not studied it in school, it is still a giant hole; a thick knowledge gap for most of the citizens of our vast Homeland. Our article was created for those who want to know more about their country; as much as possible, and today for the most curious is another cognitive article. Today we will talk about the country’s waterways, the Russian Rivers that are the largest. Do you know that Russian river is the greatest of all?

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Russia is one of the most stressed countries by water in the world. The country has almost the largest reserves of fresh water. The surface waters occupy 12.4% of the territory of Russia; while 84% of the surface waters are concentrated east of the Urals.

By the way, did you know that there are around 2.5 million rivers in the territory of Russia?

the largest number of these rivers is relatively small and its length is usually no more than 100 kilometers. But as for the great rivers; They are really huge and reach impressive dimensions. Therefore, let’s work together to understand it:

Excursion in the Biggest Rivers of Russia:

Ob River is the largest river in Russia

The Ob River is in Western Siberia; the longest river in Russia (5,410 km) and the second longest in Asia. This is formed in the Altai by the merging of the Biya and Katun rivers; the length of the Ob River from the confluence of 3650 km (from the source of the Irtysh 5410 km). In the north, the river empties into the Kara Sea, forming a gulf (about 800 km long), which is called the Bay of Ob.


The area of the Ob basin is 2,990,000 km. According to this indicator, the Russian river occupies the first place in Russia. The Ob is also the third river of water in Russia (after the Yenisei and Lena).

The Yenisei River is the most abundant river in Russia

Yenisei is a Russian river located in Siberia, which flows into the sea of Kara. The length of the river, from the sources of the small Yenisei is 4287 kilometers. Yenisei flows over the territory of two countries (Russia and Mongolia), its area is 2,580,000 square kilometers; which allows it to occupy the second place among the rivers of Russia. It generates 600 cubic kilometers of water per year, which flows into the Kara Sea. This is almost three times more than the flow of the Volga, and even more than all the rivers of European Russia.

Three hydroelectric plants have been built on the Yenisei River: Sayano-Shushenskaya, Krasnoyarskaya and Maynskaya.

On the left bank of the Yenisei, the plain of Western Siberia ends and on the right bank begins the taiga of the mountain. Therefore, at the top, you can see camels, and downstream the polar bears.

So far, there are legends about the origin of the word Yenisey; if it is an old Russian-style word Tunguska “ECEH”; which means big water; either from Kyrgyzstan “Ene-Say” the Mother River.

The Yenisei and other rivers of Siberia bring so much heat to the Arctic Ocean that they would cause the burning of 3 billion tons of fuel. If it were not for the rivers, the climate of the North would have been more severe.

The Lena River is a great Siberian river.

It is one of the longest rivers in the world

Rivers of Russia

Its waterway begins near Lake Baikal, makes a huge curve in the direction of Yakutsk, and then rushes north and flows into the Laptev Sea, forming an extensive delta. The length of the mighty river is 4400 km. This is the eleventh place in the world.

Its area is 2 490 000 square kilometers, which rightly makes the third largest river in Russia. It is believed that for the first time the Russians learned about this river in the seventeenth century, sending a detachment of Cossacks to look for it.

The Amur River is the main symbol of the Far East in Transbaikalia

Rivers of Russia

Crossing saws and plains, the river empties into the Okhotsk Sea. The Amur River is a river that flows in the territory of three states (Russia, Mongolia and China). The area of the basin is 1,855,000 square kilometers, and the length of the river is 2,824 kilometers. There are many points of view about the origin of the Amur name, one of which is the common basis of the Tungus-Manchu languages “love” and “damur” (a great river).

“The river of the black dragon”, called Cupid in China. According to legend, in ancient times a black dragon; who lived in the Russian river and personified good, defeated the evil white dragon that sank boats in the river, prevented people from fishing and generally attacked any living being. The winner stayed at the bottom of the river.

Along the entire border of the Amur basin, it is possible to observe a change in four physical-geographic zones: forest, steppe-forest, steppe and semi-desert. Here live about thirty different peoples and ethnic groups.

The Volga River is the main river of Russia

Rivers of Russia

The Volga is one of the largest rivers in the world and the largest in Europe.

The Volga basin occupies approximately 1/3 of the European part of Russia and flows into the territory of 11 regions and 4 republics. By the way, the length of the river is 3530 km. This is approximately from Moscow to Berlin. The area of the basin is approximately 1,361,000 square kilometers, which makes it the largest river in Europe.

The Volga is dedicated to the well-known by all, without exception, as the song of the Russians and the movie with the name of the title. The action of the works of A. Ostrovsky takes place, as a rule, in the cities of the Volga.

The Kolyma River is the largest in the Magadan region

Rivers of Russia

It is a Russian river in Yakutia, it is 2,129 kilometers long. Kolyma is formed by the merger of two rivers (Ayan-Yuryakh and Kulu) and the flows in Kolyma Bay. The area of the basin is approximately 645,000 square kilometers. The discovery of the Kolyma by the Russians was also carried out by brave Cossacks.



The Don River is the most important witness in Russian history

Rivers of Russia

According to scientists, the Russian river appeared on Earth about 23 million years ago. The river Don is one of the largest rivers in the south of the Russian plain.

Don, the river of Russia, originating from the Central High Plateau of Russia (Tula region). Its surface is 422,000 square kilometers, and its length is about 1,870 km.

The Don is one of the oldest rivers in Russia.

Ancient Greek authors give the name of the river as Tanais. Then, the confines of the Don were the habitat of the legendary Amazons. These women warriors were also found in the Russian epics; who often talk about the battles of Russian heroes with their “horsemen”.

The name of the Russian river is given by the Iranian people who once lived in the territory of the north coast of the Black Sea, in whose language the Don is a “river”.

The “Father-Don” has two younger namesakes in England, the Don River in the Scottish county of Aberdeen and the river of the same name in the English county of York.

The Khatanga River

Located in the territory of Krasnoyarsk. Its length is 1636 kilometers. Khatanga is formed at the confluence of two rivers (Heta and Kotui) and flows into the Khatanga Bay of the Laptev Sea. The area of the basin is about 364,000 square kilometers.

The first information about the Khatanga River was received by the Russians of the Tungus in about 1605.

Rivers of Russia

The Indigirka River

The name of the Russian river came from the generic name of Eveni indigir “people of the indie genre”. The Russian explorers of the seventeenth century pronounced this name as Indigirka; as well as the name of other great Russian Rivers of Siberia: Kureika, Tunguska, Kamchatka.

In Indigirka is the north pole of the cold, the village Oimyakon and the city of the monument Zashiversk, extinct of smallpox in the 19th century.

The Indigirka River flows through the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). It belongs to the basin of the sea of Eastern Siberia. Indigirka begins at the junction of the Taryn-Yuryakh and Tuora-Yuryakh rivers, which flow from the Khalkan mountain range.

The area of Indigirka is 360,000 square kilometers, the length of the river is 1,726 km.

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The Severnaya Dvina River

The Northern Dvina, the White Sea basin. It flows into the Vologda and Arkhangelsk regions of Russia. The Russian river Dvina of the north is formed by the confluence of two rivers, the Sukhona and the South. It flows in a direction from south to north on the lip of Dvinskaya of the White Sea, forming a delta width. The area of the basin is 357,000 square kilometers. It was on this river that the history of Russian naval construction began. The length of the rivers in the Dvina basin is 7693 km.

A large number of settlements on the Russian river itself indicates the presence of navigation on the river. From Great Ustyug and until Severodvinsk, the water channel of the North Dvina.

Shared this, now you know what are the Rivers of Russia that are bigger and more beautiful.

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Waterfall of the key Gremyachiy

Know the Waterfall of the Gremyachiy key in Russia

.Visit the waterfall of the key Gremyachiy in Russia, a fascinating place of nature. Knowing the Waterfall of the Gremyachiy Key in Russia is easy and simple; With our excursion services in Spanish you will have a wonderful experience. Excursion in the Waterfall of the key Gremyachiy in Russia with Free Tours Russia is ideal

Know the waterfall of the key Gremyachiy in Russia; just a couple of hours by car from Moscow, a hidden but friendly, admirable and cheerful place; is the waterfall of the key Gremyachiy.

According to legend, the quays located on the steep bank of the river between the villages of Vondigi Vzglyadnevo and Lyapino, were opened through the prayer of St. Sergius of Radonezh.

This wooden chapel was called in the name of the saint. It is located under the chapel of the cracks and is hit by three strong powerful jets, which flow through conduits.

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Rostov-on-Don airport – Platov

Official website: platov.aero

The Rostov-on-Don Airport – Platov in Russia is the new airport that was opened on December 7, 2017 in place of the old airport. Built within the program of preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The “Platov” Airport is the first airport in modern Russian history built from scratch. “Platov” is the largest airport in the Federal District of southern Russia. Do not forget to visit Rostov-on-Don during your trip to Russia!

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Yekaterinburg-Koltsovo Airport

Yekaterinburg-Koltsovo Airport
Official website: www.koltsovo.ru

The international airport of Yekaterinburg – Koltsovo, located in the district of the same name. It is located 16 kilometers southeast of the center of the city of Yekaterinburg, so it is ideal for visiting Yekaterinburg.

For 15 years (until 2015) the aeropurto was the fifth largest in terms of annual passenger traffic in Russia. In the year 2018 Koltsovo will receive the guests of the 2018 World Cup.

On March 12, 2015, Koltsovo Airport received 4 stars by experts from the authorized Skytrax research company. Therefore, Koltsovo became the twentieth airport in the world that received such a high award.

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Kaliningrad-Jrabrovo Airport

IATA code: KGD, ICAO: UMKK (Kaliningrad-Jrabrovo airport)
Official website: kgd.aero

Kaliningrad International Airport “Jrabrovo”. It is located 20 km northeast of the center of the city, it is next to the town that bears the same name. The airport of Federal importance. It is ideal for visiting Kaliningrad.

In the summer of 2018 the airport of Kaliningrad will accept the guests of the 2018 World Cup, for this reason until the spring of 2018 the airport is in the process of reconstruction.

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Nizhny Novgorod Airport – Strigino

IATA Code: GOJ, ICAO: UWGG (Nizhny Novgorod Airport – Strigino)
Official website: www.airportnn.ru

Nizhny Novgorod Airport – Strigino is the Niznhy Novgorod International Airport. The airport located in the western part of the Avtozavodsky district of Nizhny Novgorod, 18 km south-west of the city center. It is the aerodrome where the base is not only civil aviation, but also the Airborne Aviation Regiment for special purposes of the troops of the National Guard (plane Il-76). It is ideal to visit Nizhny Novgorod.

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The Mascot of the 2018 FIFA World Cup

The mascot of the 2018 World Cup in Russia

The 2018 FIFA World Championship Mascot is an integral part of the tournament. The World Cup mascot is chosen by the host country, and Russia voted for the wolf (Wolf of FIFA 2018).

For the first time, the talisman was introduced in 1966 in England. He became the lion Willie. Since that time, naming a fictional character as an official mascot has become a good tradition.

One of the most memorable and cute pets was the Naranhito orange in 1982 in Spain, and the gastronomic theme was continued by Piquet pepper in 1986 in Mexico. In Italy in 1990, they followed the path of futurism, creating the image of Chao, a fictional character, painted in the colors of the Italian national flag. In the United States, organizers returned to the topic of animals when they chose the Stryker dog talisman.

In 1998, the audience in the fields of France was entertained by the rooster Futix, in Japan and Korea it was decided to emphasize their own commitment to the information technologies created with the help of computer graphics of the characters of the Ato coach and the soccer players Kaz and Nick.

At the 2006 World Championship in Germany, the lion was once again a mascot, but this time German, Goleo. In South Africa, mainly the cheetah Zakumi, and in Brazil, the battleship Fuleko.

The choice of the 2018 Soccer World Cup mascot began with the pre-molding characters created by Russian art students, among which are the three main candidates: the Amur tiger in the suit, the cat and the wolf, the Mascot of the 2018 FIFA World Championship.

The tiger was created by a Saint Petersburg artist, Valery Taburenko, who was to develop a spatial theme and symbolize speed. Kot Sofi Podlesnykh from Nizhny Novgorod has been painted in the colors of the Russian flag, and the wolf Ekateriny Bocharovoy from Tomsk unexpectedly a playful orange color.

In the vote on the FIFA website, the 2018 FIFA Wolf won, which collected 53% of the votes. Then the name of the talisman was chosen. Simple and clear for the Russian and foreign ear, that was the criterion. We stopped at Zabivaka (the name of the 2018 FIFA wolf). The alternation of consonants and vowels is convenient for any language. Also, the name seems modern due to its consistency with memes.

Russia’s chances at the 2018 World Cup

Despite the fact that Russia will host the World Cup and have the advantage of playing at local stadiums, bookmakers estimate the chances that Stanislav Cherchesov’s team will be skeptical.

In “Parimatch” you can put the winner of the World Cup (registration in BC “Parimatch” will give newcomers a bonus of up to 2500 rubles). Russia has a coefficient of 41.0, along with the national teams of Croatia, Chile and Uruguay.

By the way, a well-known Russian player, Alexander Kerzhakov (top scorer in the history of Russian football, is the best scorer in the history of “Zenith” and the Russian team) shared that he was surprised by the mascot of the World Cup or with glasses, and complained that among the candidates for the World Cup mascot there must be a bear “I was surprised that there was no bear, a symbol of Russia.” The wolf from FIFA 2018 liked it, but it’s unclear why he wears glasses. It’s like skiing, – said the soccer player.

The favorite is Germany, who won the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia. The coefficient for the Germans’ victory is 6.0, and their main competitors are Brazil (8.0), France (8.0) and Argentina (9.0) with Spain (10.0).

But still the favorite of the sports festival is Zabivaka, the Mascot of the 2018 FIFA World Championship.

The World Championship will take place from June 14 to July 15, 2018 in 11 cities in Russia. These are Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don.

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Currency exchange in Russia-how and where

Currency exchange in Russia

Anyone who is going to travel abroad, wondered about money and currency exchange, especially, when you are going to Russia. Should you get Rubles from home or perhaps you should use your currency instead? What would be the rate if you change your money in Russia and where? We hope this article will help you to answer all your questions.

Russian Ruble

Ruble is the official currency in Russia. To date, there are two equivalents of Russian money: coins of 1, 5 and 10 rubles and banknote denomination is of 10, 50, 100, 500, 1000,2000 and 5000 rubles. The smallest are kopeks but they are really worth nothing.

What currency to carry to Russia?

Before traveling to Russia, you can buy the Russian ruble in your local bank. The import of currency into the territory of the Russian Federation has no restrictions. The statement is subject only to an amount that exceeds the equivalent of $ 10,000. Anyway, we would not recommend you to exchange too much, so you don’t have to worry about coming back home with a bunch of Russian money. would not be superfluous to say that American Dollars (less) and Euros are excepted on the flea markets, souvenirs shops, and some taxi services.

How and where exchange currency in Russia

Dollars and Euros you can easily exchange at any bank or exchange offices. There are also some ATM machines which provide currency exchange operations. It is illegal to exchange money at the hotels, shopping centers or privately. So don’t be frustrated if your hotel clerk will refuse your request. In no case do not use “street vendors”!

Use your bank card

You can use your bank card to withdraw cash from the ATM machine. Just find out how much your bank will charge you for that. We would suggest you set up the limit of one time withdraw in case of robbery. In addition, you can pay with your bank card at any supermarket, restaurant or even in the metro.

Contactless payments

Contactless method of payment is one of the safest to purchase goods. Ask your bank or google it which one better suits you. Contactless systems are widely spread throughout big cities of Russia such as Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and others.

Tips for currency exchange in Russia

There are many ways to exchange your money to Rubles. We hope our article gives you a better idea of which method to choose for smother and better travel to Russia.

Last but not least, keep small cash of money with you. Do not carry large amounts of Euros or Dollar with you. No matter how safe you considered the place you carry them, the pickpockets are always aware of. Also, always keep handy all the contacts of your bank in case if you need to block your card.

If you have any other questions about currency exchange or about how to travel safely in Russia, please check out our website here.


Museum of Political History of Russia

Museum of Political History: about politic and not only

the elegant Art Nouveau mansion of Political History Museum in Saint Petersburg

Is a museum of political history could be worth to visit? What can be interesting about the political history of Russia? Probably, you heard about the Russian Revolution, Stalin’s terror, maybe Khrushchev’s thaw? History of any country gives us a better understanding of human society and lifestyles of ordinary people. And Russia is no exception. Museum of Political History of Saint Petersburg is a very curious place. First, it is the successor to the Revolution Museum. For many years it was a place of “cultural and political education” of the Soviet people. But if you are lucky enough to visit Petersburg and this museum, then you will be surprised at the dissonance between the traditional concept of the “Soviet” and the elegant Art Nouveau mansion, where it is located. The solution lies in the history of this place

Museum history

The Museum of Political History is housed in two historic buildings: the mansions of a prima ballerina at the Mariinsky theatre Matilda​ Kshesinskaya, and baron Brandt. Matilda had Polish origin and danced in St.Petersburg  ballet. However, most of all she was famous for her relationship with the imperial family. But rather with the last emperor and grand dukes. If you are interested in the stories of relations between Russian emperors and their favorites then you should look up our excursions on our website FreeTour Russia Saint Petersburg

In 1917 the building was occupied by the Bolsheviks and became their headquarters in the city. After arriving in the city, Lenin delivered a historic speech on one of the balconies. By the way, we have a great tour about revolutionary events, check it out here.

In the early 1990s, the museum exposition was radically reworked to present the most complete history of the Soviet Union.

What to see in the Museum of Political History

Today Political History Museum is a very modern exhibition gallery full of technology: touch screens, projections, sounds, voices. Picking up the phone, you will hear the voice of Stalin. Moreover, the museum collection covers periods of time from Catherine the Great to Mikhail Gorbachev. The exhibits of the museum number almost 500,000. In fact, it is so big that has two guided routes. The highlight could be Lenin’s study. It stays without any change since Soviet time.

Political history museum location

Webpage: http://www.polithistory.ru/en/

Address: Kuibyshev Street, house 2-4.

Subway station: Gorkovskaya.

Hours: every day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. except Thursdays.

Price: adults – 250 rubles, children (under 18 years old) – free

Closed for visitors on Thursday and the last Monday of every month.

Closed on the 1st, 2nd, 7th of January and 1st of May.

If you would like to know more about the history of Russia, please visit our webpage here.

Volgograd International Airport – Russia

IATA code code: VOG, ICAO: URWW (Volgograd International Airport)
Official website: aeropuerto.volgogrado.ru

The Volgograd International Airport is located 15 kilometers from the city. It is still known by its old name Gumrak. In 2018 the Volgograd Airport will accept the passengers of the World Cup, for this reason in August 2014, a great reconstruction of the flight field and the airport complex began. In accordance with FIFA requirements at peak times, the airport must be able to accept up to 1450 passengers per hour. It is ideal to visit Volgograd.

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Kazan International Airport – Russia

IATA code: KZN, ICAO: UWKD (Kazan International Airport)
Official website: www.kazan.aero

The Kazan International Airport is 25 kilometers from the historic center of the city. It is ideal to visit Kazan.
It is the main airport of the Republic of Tatarstan. The airport serves both domestic and international flights.
The Kazan airport was completely rebuilt for the 2013 Universiade and the 2018 World Cup.
In 2017, the Kazan airport was recognized as the “Best regional airport in Russia and the CIS” according to the prestigious consultancy Skytrax.

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Sochi International Airport – Russia

Sochi International Airport – Russia
Official website: basel.aero/sochi

The Sochi International Airport is the main airport of the Southern Federal District of Russia. It is ideal to visit Sochi and enjoy the culture of this city.
The airport ranks fifth in Russia in terms of passenger turnover (5.263 million passengers) after the airports of Moscow Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo, Vnukovo and Pulkovo in St. Petersburg. The distance from the airport to Moscow is approximately 1360 km, the flight time is 2 hours.

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The best tourist routes in Russia

What to see in Russia? At your attention several tourist routes of Russia that you can choose for your Russian trip. Read more about places in Russia with unforgettable views.

Frolikha River Russia

The first place in our top of Russia’s best tourist routes is Lake Bailal. Baikal is the center of the Earth’s power for most people on the planet. The foreigners (and many Russians) represent the lake as a mysterious and endless reservoir in the “heart” of the continent. In many aspects, this description is suitable for the object. For a close knowledge of the “sea,” as the Indians call the lake, there are many ways. One of them is the “Frolikha” trail.

If you go 12 days in the northeast, the unspoilt coastline of Lake Baikal, it will be an excellent proof of its strength. The route since 2010 is sponsored by investors from Dresden, so attractive!

Its length is small: “only” 95 km, but it passes through the natural landscapes of the Siberian taiga. The center of the trail can be considered as the Frolikhinsky Reserve, which is the card of the most beautiful mountain lake in Frolikha. The area is protected and was created with the aim of preserving the relict population of the red fish “the Arctic char” (a family of salmon, included in the Red Book of Russia).

The route is decorated with numerous glacial water courses, protuberances of rocks and ends with the mouth of the upper Angara.

Places of Russia
  • Location: northeast coast of Baikal
  • Length: about 95 km (12 days)
  • Sightseeing: Frolikhinsky nature reserve, Khakusy thermal springs, Frolikha lake.

The great road of Baikal

The term “Gran Camino del Baikal” also hides an organization dedicated to the development of trekking in the Baikal region. The main objective of the project is the creation of a developed network of footpaths for tourists. The number of routes increases annually. Volunteers in summer and winter implement projects to develop a system of trails, new routes, infrastructure development and maps. With a rate of 10 years along the coast of the lake, a branched system of pedestrian routes will be formed. The perspective seems “crazy”: a single path around the Baikal! Such an object will become the center of world tourism.

On the way, steep climbs and sharp descents change constantly. From the beginning of the tourists, there is a vertical rise of 400 meters with an exit to the top, from where you can see the Baikal. Part of the route runs along the coast, on rocky cliffs. Here it is necessary to use sections of the passage rope.

Places of Russia
  • Location: along the perimeter of the lake (constantly complemented)
  • Length: a multitude of sections, ranging from 1.5 km to several tens of kilometers
  • Sightseeing: Baikal Museum, Pribaikalsky National Park.

Ecological-tourist route in Russia №1

The route acts as the “successor” of the famous route 30 of the Whole Union and is the second name “Through the mountains to the sea”. The route is alpine and requires special physical training. In the USSR, this road was one of the first and most developed. By the mid-1930s, numerous groups had already visited it.

Today the route was “chopped” to 5 days of road. Now the road does not reach the sea: it connects the town of Guzeriple and the town of Solokh-Aul. On the way, tourists cross the ice, cliffs and vast mountain meadows. The road is not the longest, but it covers the characteristic landscapes of the Caucasus. The tourists go through an ecologically clean territory and practically unharmed.

Places of Russia
  • Location: Northwest Caucasus
  • Length: 93 km
  • Places of interest: Hajokh Gorge, Rufabgo waterfalls, cave systems, Mount Fisht, glaciers.

Tourist Route of the whole Union № 55

Another “mastodon” of hiking. A complex and long route that takes 21 days to overcome. The road can be followed on foot or by bus. In general, travelers combine this type of movement, complementing it with a train. During the trek, tourists visit many bodies of water from the South Urals region, and also traverse the pristine forests. The rich animal world and dense vegetation create the feeling of pioneers and help to relax from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The trails are not always equipped and are maintained in good condition, but the route attracts knowledge of the Urals and their beauty.

  • Location: South Ural, Chelyabinsk
  • Length: 487 km
  • Places of interest: Uvildy Lake, Ilmenskoe Lake, Kruglitsa Mountain, Auskul Lake.

 Multinsky Lakes, Altai

The nature monument of Altai, the glacial system of the highlands of the Multinsky Lakes, is one of Altai’s tourist “symbols”. The lakes with crystal clear waters are found in small mountain hollows. Snowy slopes of the Katunsky Range of the Lower Multinsky Lake, Transversal, Middle Multinsky, Talmen and a large number of small reservoirs. On the way, tourists are waiting to see and pass:

The glacial waterfalls.
Cross the mountain rivers.
Go through the rocky slopes.
Spend the night on the shore of the lakes.
Go on foot on the route of the snow-capped mountains.

  • Place: Altai Mountain
  • Length: about 30 km
  • Tourism: the Multinsky Lakes system

The Great Hibiny Circle

A circular route between the Bolshaya Imandra and Umbozero lakes. “Classic Karelia” in all its beauty! It is a glacial relief with bare rock bumps and ponds with glacial streams.

A distinctive feature of this trail are the numerous ups and downs along the streams that descend from the mountain ranges of Khibin. On the way you will have to climb to the highest point of northwest Russia: Mount Yudimchvumchorr (1,206 meters above sea level). Many passes (one or three of those objects per day) require training and special skills. Tourists must have special equipment and go out on the track under the supervision of an experienced instructor.

  • Location: Kola Peninsula
  • Length: about 75 km
  • Sightseeing: passes and Khibin lakes

Plateau Manpupuner. Travel through Djatlov Pass

Here is a certain road, a relatively small area placed several intersecting routes at certain points of the map. A visit to the mysterious mountains and Otorten Dyatlov Pass is included in the mandatory program of the track. Of course the legendary “idiots” is a waitress with unusual natural objects created by the wind. The locals call the mountain Hombre-Pupu-Ner “teta-out” or “mountain of idols.” The giants created by nature resemble the famous heads on Easter Island.

The nature reserve Pechora-Ilich, whose territory is crossed by trekking route with the tundra of the mountain that is covered with marshes. The terrain is very “fragile” and difficult to traverse. But in 2016 more than a hundred volunteers prepared the safe path by which tourists go to the poles, these comprise a height of 30 to 42 meters.

The road is fascinating, but it requires tourist training. If you choose an 11 km walk along the slope of the mountain to the entrances, you can dispense with the equipment. But a walk of several days becomes a serious test: crossing rivers, climbing mountains and mountains, staying in the taiga, all the flavor of Siberia!

  • Place: Komi Republic.
  • Length: from 11 km to 230 km (depending on the chosen route).
  • Scenic tours: Dyatlova Pass, Otorten Mountain, Pechora River, Geological Monument “Pillars of Weathered” – one of the 7 wonders of Russia.

Around Elbrus

The highest place of our top of best tourist routes in Russia is Elbrus. The route is mountainous and belongs to the 1st category of complexity. The road attracts with its concept: to avoid the highest mountain in the Caucasus, it becomes a memorable adventure. The region is well developed from the tourist point of view and travelers can not worry about how to get to the Elbrus region. But the terrain is treacherous, a recent meeting has confirmed it. Therefore, the route must be accompanied by an experienced instructor.

What awaits you on the road? First, the height. Some points are at an altitude of 3700 meters, which can cause symptoms of mountain sickness. Ice lakes, such as Siltrakel, are characterized by clean water and beautiful views. Real mountain glaciers, where small rivers and streams start. The steps and gorges are “mixed” with peaks and rocky peaks. A classic mountain route along the alpine meadows of Elbrus.

  • Location: Caucasus
  • Length: about 60 km.
  • Tourism: the highest point in Europe: the Elbrus volcano, the glaciers, the waterfalls, the sources of the mountain rivers.

Shikotan In the footsteps of “Robinson Crusoe”

Lianas, dwarf bamboo and the Japanese lighthouse Shpamberg (1943): the most remote island in Russia does not look much like Russia. Japan is 100 km away, and Moscow is 7119 km away.

There are almost no trees in Shikotan, but here in 1972 a film about Robinson Crusoe was shot. Stanislav Govorukhin, knowingly, chose this island: the landscapes are very similar to the uninhabited terrain. A lot of layers deep in the sea, forming attractive landscapes for travelers. The road is simple and you can overcome it in a couple of hours. This is not a road, it’s just a walk on a small island on the “edge” of the country. The route will be remembered and approved by those who pass through here.

rutas turísticas de Rusia

Localización: Islas Kuriles
Longitud: hasta 20 km.
Visita turística: Cape Kray Land, Shikotan (405 metros), naturaleza exótica



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Saint Petersburg Airport Pulkovo

The international airport of Saint Petersburg Pulkovo

Official website: www.pulkovoairport.ru

Pulkovo International Airport is the only airport in St. Petersburg is the third largest airport in the country. It is located 20 km away from the city center. The airport serves passengers on domestic and international flights. Pulkovo airport is the only gateway to St.Petersburg. However, sometimes you can meet the name Pulkovo I. The reason for this is the historical situation. Previously, two terminals were used, but now Pulkovo-2 terminal does not operate. The airport served 68 airlines and 151 regular directions.

How to get from Pulkovo airport to Saint Petersburg

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Pulkovo airport is located quite close to the center of St. Petersburg. The time to get is between 40 min and 1 hour, depending on the traffic.
Probably, the most common transport is private transfer, taxi or public and commercial buses.

Our company would be happy to offer you private transportation from the airport to your hotel.

Advantages: personal approach (driver meets you at the lobby with a sign where is your name will be written), 24 hours support (in case of lost or damaged luggage or any other unexpected situations), comfort (we offer you business class cars), safety ( we work with only high-professional drivers), convenience (the payment can be purchased online through our web page here  and receive your confirmation)   Price is 45 €

Disadvantages: pricey (but worth it)


The cost of the service can be varied between 1500-2,000 rubles (€ 20-25) for the economy class car.
To order a taxi, you need to go to the office “Pulkovo Taxi”, which you can find in the arrival hall. Because ordering a taxi through the official service guarantees an adequate price and quality service.
But we do not recommend using the services of illegal operators!

Advantages: comfort, 24-hour operation service

Disadvantages: pricey, traffic at rush hour, payment in rubles or card (not always working in Russia), no communication in the case of forgotten things 


If you want to get to the center of St. Petersburg by bus, you can take the following lines:

  • Lineas 39 (circulate from 5:25am to 1:30pm)
  • Linea 39Э (circulate from 5:25 am to 1:30 pm express)

These buses arrive at the Moscovskaya metro station.
The cost of the ticket is 45 rubles (apx.0.6 €)

Advantages: economical, connected to the subway lines

Disadvantages: payment in rubles, line 39 announcements only in Russian, run only between the airport and first subway station


Commercial buses

Also, you can use commercial buses if available. It is minivans of white colores. The price is 45-50 rubles (less than 1 €)

  • Line 39K (circulate from 7:25 am to 11:30 pm)

Advantages: economical, connected to the subway lines

Disadvantages: payment in rubles, run only between the airport and first subway station


San Petersburg metro (subway) timetable

St. Petersburg nearest metro station is Moskovskaya on the Blue line 2.

It opens at 5:35 am and closes at 0:41 am

The full schedule of the metro you can see here 

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Vnukovo Airport of Moscow

 Vnukovo international airport of Moscow

Official website: www.vnukovo.ru

Vnukovo airport is one of the four international airports of Moscow. It is located 28 kilometers southwest of Moscow. The airport started operating in 1941 and now it is one of the oldest one in Moscow. However, it was reconstructed several times and now meets all international standards.

How to get from Vnukovo airport to the city

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There are few ways to get from the airport to the city. The most common are taxi, aeroexpress, and bus. Our company would be happy to offer you private transportation from the airport to your hotel.

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Airport located 28 km away from the center of the city. The transfer time can be from one hour till one and a half depends on the very busy traffic of Moscow. Why don’t you choose our reliable and comfortable service to get there?

Advantages: personal approach (driver meets you at the lobby with a sign where is your name will be written), 24 hours support (in case of lost or damaged luggage or any other unexpected situations), comfort (we offer you business class cars), safety ( we work with only high-professional drivers), convenience (the payment can be purchased online through our web page here  and receive your confirmation).

Disadvantages: pricey (but worth it)

Taxi service from Vnukovo airport

You can book a taxi at Vnukovo airport on the first floor of terminals A and B.
The cost can vary between 3,000 and 3,500 rubles per car depends on the journey

Advantages: comfort, 24-hour operation service

Disadvantages: pricey, traffic at rush hour, payment in rubles or card (not always working in Russia), no communication in the case of forgotten things 

Train – Aeroexpress from Moscow airport Vnukovo

The Aeroexpress train departs from the Vnukovo airport every 30 minutes or 1 hour (depends on the time of the day)
The exact itinerary can be seen on the official page of Aeroexpress.

The travel time is 35 minutes. The train arrives at the train station and the Kievskaya metro (blue/brown line)

Advantage: fast trip, less price, does not depend on traffic

Disadvantages: runs only between the airport and metro station

Bus from Vnukovo airport

Bus number 911, 272 will take you to the metro station “Salaryevo” (the red line)

Bus number 611 will take you to the metro station “Yugo-Zapadnaya” (the red line)

Advantage: low price, more directions

Disadvantages: payment in rubles, announcements in Russian, run only between the airport and subway stations

Vnukovo Airport map


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Domodedovo Airport of Moscow

Domodedovo international airport of Moscow

Code IATA: DME, ICAO: UUDD (Aeroport Domodedovo)
 official website: www.domodedovo.ru

Domodedovo international airport is one of four main hubs of Moscow. It ranks second in passenger capacity.
The airport has two terminals: international and domestic.

How to get from Domodedovo airport to Moscow

The airport is located 45 km away from Moscow. There are several ways to get to the city. The most common are taxi, aeroexpress, and bus. Our company would be happy to offer you a hassle-free private transfer from the airport to your hotel.

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Moscow city is a very busy metropolis. As the airport located quite away from the center, your transfer could take from 45 min. to one hour and a half. We would suggest you take a comfortable ride with our professional drivers.

Advantages: personal approach (driver meets you at the lobby with a sign where is your name will be written), 24 hours support (in case of lost or damaged luggage or any other unexpected situations), comfort (we offer you business class cars), safety ( we work with only high-professional drivers), convenience (the payment can be purchased online through our web page here  and receive your confirmation).

Disadvantages: pricey (but worth it)

Taxi service from Domodedovo airport

You can book a taxi at Domodedovo airport on the first floor.
The cost can vary between 3,000 and 3,500 rubles per car depends on the journey

Advantages: comfort, 24-hour operation service

Disadvantages: pricey, traffic at rush hour, payment in rubles or card (not always working in Russia), no communication in the case of forgotten things 

Train – Aeroexpress from Moscow airport Domodedovo

The Aeroexpress train departs from the Vnukovo airport every 30 minutes or 1 hour (depends on the time of the day)
The exact itinerary can be seen on the official page of Aeroexpress.

The travel time is 40 minutes. The train arrives at the train station and the Belorusskaya metro station( green line).

Advantage: fast trip, less price, does not depend on traffic

Disadvantages: runs only between the airport and metro station


Bus from Domodedovo airport to the city

Line 308 goes directly to metro Domodedovskaya (green line)
The bus operates from 6:00 till 24:00 every 15 min.

Ticket price 120 rub (2 € aprox)

Advantage: low price, more directions

Disadvantages: payment in rubles, announcements in Russian, run only between the airport and subway stations

Moscow Domodedovo airport map



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Sheremetievo Airport of Moscow

Sheremetyevo international airport of Moscow

IATA Code: SVO, OACI: UUEE (Aeropuerto de Moscú – Sheremetyevo)

Official website: www.svo.aero

Sheremetyevo airport is one of the biggest hubs of Europe. There three international terminals, one commercial and one cargo. It is located 29 km away from the city center. The airport received its name from the village Sheremetyevo which was located nearby.

How to get from Sheremetyevo airport to the city

There are few ways to get from the airport to the city. The most common are taxi, aeroexpress, and bus. Our company would be happy to offer you private transportation from the airport to your hotel

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Airport located 29 km away from the center of the city. The transfer time can be from one hour till one and a half depends on the very busy traffic of Moscow. Why don’t you choose our reliable and comfortable service to get there?

Advantages: personal approach (driver meets you at the lobby with a sign where is your name will be written), 24 hours support (in case of lost or damaged luggage or any other unexpected situations), comfort (we offer you business class cars), safety ( we work with only high-professional drivers), convenience (the payment can be purchased online through our web page here  and receive your confirmation).

Disadvantages: pricey (but worth it)

Taxi service from Sheremetyevo airport

You can book a taxi at the airport in each terminal.
The cost can vary between 2,500 and 3,000 rubles per car depends on the journey.

Advantages: comfort, 24-hour operation service

Disadvantages: pricey, traffic at rush hour, payment in rubles or card (not always working in Russia), no communication in the case of forgotten things 

Train – Aeroexpress from Sheremetyevo airport

The Aeroexpress train departs from the Vnukovo airport every 35 minutes or 1 hour (depends on the time of the day)
The exact itinerary can be seen on the official page of Aeroexpress.

The travel time is 35 minutes. The train arrives at the train station and Belorusskaya metro (green line)

Advantage: fast trip, less price, does not depend on traffic

Disadvantages: runs only between the airport and metro station

Bus from Sheremetyevo airport

Bus 817 and bus 948 can get you to metro station Planernaya (the violet line)

Bus 851 and bus 949 take you to metro station Rechnoy Vokzal (the green line)

Advantage: low price, more directions

Sheremetyevo airport map


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Places to visit in winter Russia

What are the places to visit in winter Russia?

Free Tours Russia helps you to find what suits you best.

To visit Russia in winter is pure fun: the outdoor skating rink in the Gorky Park of Moscow or right next to Kremlin, the Christmas markets with traditional Russian souvenirs, the beautiful illuminations, which lasts two months and many others.

What to do in Moscow in winter

Let’s go to the “Museon” park to climb on the snow slopes of the sports complex “Vorobyovy Gory”. Or to buy some souvenirs for the very reasonable price, and then go to the cafeteria and celebrate the purchase with hot chocolate.

Ski resorts in Russia

There are many decent ski resorts with excellent trails in Russia, which are suitable for beginners and experts in ski mountaineering. All services are available: high-quality lifts, well-prepared snow, equipment rental, friendly instructors, a café next to the slopes for a comfortable stay.

– Sheregesh (Kemerovo region) has an excellent infrastructure, offers 15 routes, both steep and inclined;

– Belokurikha (Altai Territory): the total length of the trails is about 7 km, and all this in the context of the mountains covered with beautiful coniferous trees;

– Kirovsk (Murmansk region) there are trails for sophisticated skiers and a short slope for beginners.

Winter in Kazan

This is one of the beautiful cities in Russia to visit in winter. When the streets of Kazan are covered with snow and beautifully decorated, especially the white stone Kremlin and the Kul-Sharif mosque territory. If you freeze, you can warm yourself in the pedestrian street of Bauman. There you can find a pleasant atmosphere in the numerous cafes with incredible Tartar cuisine. We also recommend you to visit the exhibition center “Hermitage-Kazan” and the National Museum of Tatarstan. Check out the ski resort “Kazan” near the city. If you want to forget about winter for a while, pamper yourself at the “Riviera” water park, which will remind you of summer, even when there is snow outside.

Golden Ring in winter

The old Russian cities are good at any time of the year, and when they are covered with snow, they turn into the canvas. The most popular cities of Golden Ring to visit in winter are Sergiev Posad, Vladimir, and Suzdal.

Winter in Sochi

The winter in Sochi is more like spring. The snow on the coast almost never happens, and on certain days the temperature can reach up to +20 ° С. However,  there is a ski resort Krasnaya Polyana which offers a wide range of slopes. The best time for riding is starting from the end of January till the end of March. After all, you always can go shopping or just chill out in the coastal bars and restaurants.

Winter in Crimea

There is no winter weather in the usual sense n the peninsula. The temperature during the day is maintained within 0 ° С to +10 ° С. That gives you a chance to enjoy the Crimean landmarks without winter rush. You can walk quietly through palaces and museums, and try a local Crimean wine. If you prefer active vacations, you should go hiking in the mountains  Ai-Petri. Visit Botanical garden Nikitsky, Massandra and Livadia in Yalta, take a look at the impressive Malakhov Kurgan, a monument for the WWII defenders in Sevastopol and enjoy the sea on the winter quays.

As you can see, there are so many places to visit in the winter in Russia. If you want some advice, check out our webpage here.

Tourist Invitation Letter to Russia

Quién puede hacer la carta de invitación; Como obtener la Carta de Invitación Turística a Rusia; Que es la Carta de Invitación Turística a Rusia

In this article we will let you know what is the Tourist Invitation Letter to Russia. How to obtain the Tourist Invitation Letter to Russia and in turn who can make the invitation letter.

In this article we would like to give you the most complete information about the Tourist Invitation Letter to Russia.

Unfortunately, many websites (mostly) will not find much information on this subject, but we would like to offer you relevant information that you should also consider about this requirement that is an essential part of a trip or visit to Russia.

The invitation letter and how to obtain the Tourist Invitation Letter to Russia

What is the Tourist Invitation Letter to Russia?

According to https://guiarus.com/visados-en-rusia/carta-de-invitacion,”Is the visa support document that is necessary to process the visa”, how to obtain it ?, for this, there are different methods, since it will depend on the type of invitation you want or want to choose. For example, if you want to make a tour of tourism or a visit for business, you can process it online in 5 minutes, which unlike a private or work type would take 1 to 2 months of processing.

Annex N ° 1: model of an invitation letter

Who can make the invitation letter

  1. People of legal age (who live within the Russian Federation.
  2. Foreign persons of legal age with permanent residence in Russia.
  3. Legal persons located within the Russian territory.
  4. Travel companies in the Unified Registry of Russian Tour Operators.

These invitations differ according to the purpose of the trip. In the next section I will talk more than anything about the tourist invitation letter, which is the one that best suits our type of services, so I can help you to clear up some doubts:

Tourist invitation letter

In this case, the agency in charge of processing it, is a tourist agency that has accreditation in the Russian Tourism Agency, so, it must be registered as a tourist organization with the right to give an invitation to foreign citizens.

It can be said that essentially it is a contract to offer its travel services, which, only the company will be responsible for issuing said letter to the foreign citizen.

This invitation contains a tourist váucher (as if it were proof of a purchase) and the client’s signature (tourist), which must contain the following:

  • Agency data.
  • Passport data of the person (tourist).
  • Purpose of the trip.
  • Period of validity.
  • Travel route.
  • Hotel management (lodging)
  • The signature of the president of the company with its respective stamp.

Annex No. 2: example of a tourist invitation letter


The biggest advantage is that it is processed easily and quickly, since the entire process is carried out by the company that will provide its travel services and it will not be necessary to go to government agencies.

It is important, when you need to apply for a Russian visa, you must have at hand, in addition to the invitation letter, the hotel reservation confirmation with your respective address, and dates of stay (indicated in the Boucher), which must not exceed the 30 days of stay.

In fact, if you want to obtain the same, it is necessary to fill out the form for the application, pay later processing and thus get or acquire the invitation by email, this process can take no more than 1 day.

Tourist invitation letter where to process

The invitation letter can be processed through the travel agency in Russia GuiaRus. You just have to refill out the invitation letter form and the administrators of GuiaRus will contact you in less than 12 hours.

Types of invitation letters

For purposes of this article, I have relied on the tourist invitation letter, however, I will give short summaries about other types of invitations if it is useful for you:

  • Business invitation letter

If you go on a trip with a labor objective, it is necessary to find a company that is registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which must have authorization to give the invitation to citizens of foreign nations. There are 3 ways to acquire it: in a printed document from the Federal Migration Service (FMS), as a letter (from the company) or by Telex. This type of request can only be made by Russian or foreign companies or companies with Russian delegation. Depending on the number of entries to be made, this will influence the processing time, some vary from 2 to 3 weeks. On the other hand, if you prefer to request the same media Telex, it will be responsible for sending an order to launch the visa to the Russian consulate. The time itself will depend on the entries, this includes 1 to 2 weeks of processing for this request.

  • Private invitation letteron this occasion, if a foreign citizen wishes to go by private invitation, this can be processed according to the indicated in “a, b and c” (persons authorized to process a letter of invitation to Russia) of this article, who should contact with the FMS, where you must deliver the required documents indicating the date of application and issuance so that the foreigner can freely enter Russia.
  • Work invitation letter

you must have presents for this type of invitation, the entity employer, you must have or possess a special permit to make contracts with people abroad, therefore, the worker may not to start with the processing of the same to which the company is not granted such permission. As well as in other cases, the company must contact FMS and request the invitation (up to 3 months maximum duration). In case of extension of contract, the employer must give the documents that may be required but this should not be more than 1 year.

  • Study invitation letter

to process the same, the responsible educational institution, must perform an examination or interview to approve the process, so it will be responsible for carrying out all the respective procedures, however, before executing this process the institution in charge must perform the paperwork, is in the duty to deliver the documents of the applicant to the FMS. Therefore, the student must first go through the approval process, so the first trip must be made with an invitation either tourist or private. This invitation is issued at 3 months, so the student must go to Russia where the educational institution will support the extension of the visa extending the same pair throughout the academic year.

We must clarify that the printed document of the FMS, is very common to request when you want to obtain some type of visa, this includes the respective data (unique invitation number) which will be granted once a review (for fines or infractions) the person who requests the same.

To finish I can only tell you that processing the invitation letter is not difficult at all, you just have to follow the steps accordingly and inform them you can contact the Russian consulate, you should also take into account that there are positive and negative factors depending on the invitation, either for processing facilities or the time of stay granted.

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Costs to travel to Russia

Some frequently asked questions are associated with the costs to travel to Russia; there are also other concerns about how to change currencies in Russia or simply where to stay in Russia; therefore, we bring you the following article that will surely help you.

They are already on vacation! They have a time to think about making a different trip, a trip out of the country; then we invite you to meet the great Russia, why do we say it? Many people will think that going to Russia can be very expensive, however, the national currency (the Ruble), was devalued in recent years that for countries that maintain a stable economy is somewhat favorable, like countries with fluctuating economy is now a little more accessible in terms of costs.

Money exchange in Russia

If we talk a little about the Ruble, this currency in terms of the economy began to be devalued since the end of 2014, however, the Central Bank of Russia decided to eliminate the exchange rate to end the interventions within the currency market and thus continue with said devaluation. Nowadays the currency has been recovering its value, that is, 1 USD or 1 EUR is equal 58 RUB and 68 RUB respectively.

Annex N ° 1: Change from Dollar to Ruble (year 2009 to 2017)

Source: http://conversormonedas.co/eur-rub

Annex No. 2: Change from Euro to Ruble (2009 to 2017)

Source: http://conversormonedas.co/usd-rub

As you can see, the Rublo has recovered part of its economic stability in the current year, but even so it remains quite feasible in terms of the required change, which is why it is quite favorable.
The other side of the coin in this case, is that with the increase in the devaluation of the Ruble, this is proportional to inflation, but in 2017 it has dropped to 3.923 {6b098b7b202cb02703cdba7d612637f4867f8c650fe855b730f9c532b8df33b2} as indicated in. If we talk about the level of living in Russia today, the big cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg are the ones that earn the best salary that the rest of the nation.

Annex N ° 3: Annual inflation index in Russia.

As this article is addressed to all nationalities, we can not give a figure quantitatively speaking, but we can give several tips that you must take into account before deciding to travel to this powerful nation:

  • Indispensable to process the visa (if applicable)
  • Get the invitation letter
  • Obligatory medical insurance.
  • Airline ticket (price depends on the country where you reside):
  • Accommodation for stay (hotel). This can be low, medium and luxurious depending on the hotel where you are located.
  • Expenses for public transport (you can buy travel cards and use them freely, that is, buy a card for 15 trips you can also share with family or friends.
  • Private transportation like taxis are not expensive but neither are they cheap.
  • If you hire a tour agency that handles the transfers is much cheaper and also take them to recommended places according to their tastes.

If you are traveling between cities, for example Moscow and St. Petersburg; The best way to do it is by train or metro, which is very economical although prices fluctuate depending on the season or time of year. Moving by subway is not only a means to use, it is also considered a tourist attraction because in the stations you will see mosaics and interesting portraits.

Another additional option is by plane, which is not very expensive either, so they can do without them.

Where to stay in Russia

If you are thinking about where to stay in Russia, it will depend a lot on where you do it; especially in Moscow and St. Petersburg which are cities with dozens of hotels so we recommend you visit the following link and see the list of hotels and their recommendations as well as the costs: www.trivago.com.

Change currency in Russia

Changing currencies in Russia is easy, remember that the official currency of Russia is the ruble; they can go to the banks in case of making a change of currency although in large establishments they accept credit cards that will discount them according to the exchange rate. We also have ATMs, most of all in the main cities that can help them. Getting rubles in other countries is a bit difficult; so we advise you to take dollars or euros and change them when you arrive. We do not recommend using the exchange houses because they are the most expensive at the time of doing so, that is, they will charge more for it.

Places of interest in Russia

Now we would like to talk about a section that we love, guided tours; With this type of tour you will be able to know any place or all those who wish without asking, seeing how to move from one place to another, there are free tours, other specialized ones; but in short, it is an easy and smart way to know all the places in the city where they will stay.

There is so much to see in such a short time; sites that come from a past hundred but were recovered today; monasteries, museums, peculiar shops, squares, gastronomy; and unique events of the Russian culture that you will be left with the desire to return at the time and continue exploring these wonders of the old world.

To finish, we can only tell you that there are tours of visits on foot, tourist bus, by cruise (St. Petersburg or Moscow); but there is a wide range of sites that you can enjoy whatever your tastes; so we invite you to see our services and tourist places in the following link:


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Unusual Russia

Places where Russia is not Russia

Visit interesting places in Russia, here we show you something different. Tour places in Russia where the adventure never ends, only with Free Russia Tours. Know some interesting places in Russia and more, you can contact us for more information.

Visit interesting places in Russia

Sometimes, you’re so eager to get out on the balcony in the morning, warm your hands with a cup of cappuccino and enjoy the sight without boredom of Khrushchev, the sea, the mountains and … well, something bright and cheerful, and , apparently, not so Russian. But why go to a distant place, if there are several more nearby? Is it better? We represent you the first 7 places in Russia, where our country is simply unknown. Snowy peaks, turquoise waves, flower fields and beautiful European houses. Hide the dollars and the passport, because we are still in Russia!

Russia as Switzerland (Altai)

There are people who simply have never been on the Chui de Altai stretch. As for this beauty, and want to walk every kilometer (cautiously, they are already here), in order to fully enjoy the surrounding scenic route. By the way, the editorial team of National Geographic Russia included the Chuysky section on the 10 most beautiful highways in the world.

Looking at these layers of snow in the mountains, the water surface of the lakes, where the fluffy clouds are reflected, you will want to stay here forever.

Russia as Bali (bay of the Russian island, Primorsky territory)

Bright turquoise water, light breeze, sandy beach, this is idyll. The landscape is harmoniously complemented by crowds of surfers, wakeboarders and other fans of outdoor activities. Where is this heaven on earth? The Maldives? Bali? Maybe Portugal? You will not believe (we have not arrived yet, we did not believe it either), this is Vladivostok! In the summer here every day tourists walk in Sapah, learn to surf a wave and keep their back straight, kayak, feed the hungry athletes and scallops what is it that is needed for a perfect vacation?

Russia as Munich (Downtown, Ryazan)

Small precise houses, bright facades, puppet windows, trimmed gardens, well, this is not our story. Although … in Ryazan a whole block of Europe was built in the center of the Russian city. Now you do not have to go far for the successful staff in the context of European architecture. Everything is here, everything is close.

Russia as Tibet (Ivolginsky datsan, Buryatia)

Every traveler who decides to go to the mysterious and beautiful Tibet. About him, books are written, Hollywood movies are filmed; Tibet is dedicated to paintings and entire museums. Getting there is not only difficult, but almost impossible. But … near the city of Ulan-Ude in Buryatia there is a beautiful temple-Ivolginsky datsan, which can take you to distant Tibet. Ivolginsky datsan is the center of Russian Buddhism, here is the residence of the Russian hambo-lama.

Russia as Australia (Crimea, Koyash Lake)

Not far from Simferopol, a very unusual sight hid: Koyash Lake. In autumn, winter and spring, it is very likely that you will pass and do not even realize it. But in the summer the lake water is painted a bright pink color. Such a romantic water shadow joins microscopic algae and crustaceans. The hotter the summer, the more intense the color. But these miracles do not end when the water recedes slightly, the coast is covered with salt collapses. Due to the relatively small depth, the salt crystallizes in the rocks that look out of the water, turning them into pink icebergs. A similar natural miracle exists only in Australia: the legendary Lake Hiller.

Russia as Japan (Ussuriysk)

In Japanese culture, pink lotuses are considered sacred flowers, represent integrity, perfection, grace and aspiration to the sun, to spiritual purity. It is the symbol of the flower of the Buddha himself. It is believed that this plant combined the four elements. They root deeply in the ground, the trunk is in the water, the flower sways in the wind and tends to the hot sun.

Crowds of tourists line up in long lines to get to Japan during the flowering season of these beautiful plants. But you can look at them in Russia. In the territory of our country and fragrant lotus flower grows on the banks of the Caspian Sea in the delta of the Volga River and the mouth of the Kura River, the Far East and in the Krasnodar region.

Russia as Venezuela (Norilsk, Putorana plateau)

The ancient and incredibly beautiful plateau is located in the geographic center of Russia. The name of the place translates as “mountains without peaks” and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. There is no cellular communication and electricity, in general, in the last 250 million years, little has changed here, but here there are more than 20,000 waterfalls. The area of ​​the plateau is 250 thousand km, which is comparable with the territory of Great Britain. Something similar to this incredible place is in Venezuela: the famous Mount Tepui.

If you are going to visit places in Russia where Russia does not look, now you know where to go. Knowing some interesting places in Russia is ideal thanks to the advice of Free tour Russia.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Visit Yekaterinburg: 5 things each person must do

What to do in Yekaterinburg if you are on vacation in this great place, here we tell you. Visiting Yekaterinburg is ideal for you, come and enjoy. Getting to know Yekaterinburg is easy, thanks to Free Tours Russia who cares about you; has elaborated this article to give you some ideas of what to do.

The inhabitants of the capital of the Urals tell about their favorite and most interesting places in Yekaterinburg


What to do in Yekaterinburg
“Upside-down house” in Yekaterinburg

It is a small apartment with a child’s room, a bedroom, a living room and a garage. The only difference of the habitual residence is what in everything is literally turned upside down. The washing machine, fireplace, sofas, chairs and even the sidecar are hanging in the air and visitors move exclusively through the roof. In this house it is very interesting to have fun: watch TV with your head down, jump on the bed in the bedroom; fried the chicken in the kitchen overturned or showering upside down. Here you can take a dozen of the funny pictures, the most important thing is to choose the right posture. Excellent photos come out jumping; with hands up and on tiptoe. Also pay attention to the hairstyle, for example, make a high bun or lift the hair to make the photos more realistic.

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The Martian landscapes near Yekaterinburg

Visit the Martian landscapes of Bogdanovich, a natural landscape full of beauty. How to get to the Martian landscapes of Bogdanovich here we explain. Excursion in the Martian landscapes of Bogdanovich with Free tour Russia will know.

One of the most beautiful and extraordinary places in the Urals that full of admiration to any photographer. The extraordinary Martian-like landscapes appeared in a mud quarry.

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Travel to Baikal in winter: what to visit and what to do

What to do in the Baikal in winter in Russia

Travel to Lake Baikal in winter in Russia, a feasible option to do many activities. What to do in the Baikal in winter in Russia, here we tell you. Touring the Baikal in winter in Russia, is ideal for fun during this time.

Lake Baikal is the largest lake in the world with cleaner fresh water. Few people have seen it in winter. In this cold season Baikal shows his other extraordinary face. In this article we tell you the winter history of Lake of the Lakes.

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Tour in Russia

The places to visit in Russia

In 2018, Russia for the first time in its history will host the World Cup. The best teams from Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa, Australia and Oceania will compete for the World Cup. It is interesting that the Brazilian team, ahead of schedule, secured entry to the tournament in 2018, however, it was not expected of the most titled world team. The Brazilians have won the FIFA Cup five times and never lost the participation in the final part of the tournament. The success of the Russian team is more modest, the best result for all time is the fourth place in the 1966 World Cup. In total, in the final part of the 2018 World Cup will be played 32 teams, including Russia.

The tournament will be held from June 14 to July 15 in eleven cities of the country. The opening match and final will be held in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium, the semifinals in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In Sochi, the World Cup will host the “Fisht” stadium, already familiar to the guests of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The wolf Zabivaka

The mascot of the football championship in 2018, the wolf Zabivaka was elected by popular vote. In a solemn ceremony, the election of the mascot participated in the world football legend Ronaldo and Zvonimir Boban, occupying the position of deputy general secretary of FIFA. The organizers point out that the mascot chosen “the wolf” is the youngest player in the team, but it is the fastest, technically stable. The Wolf Zabivaka is charming, cheerful, and his favorite pastime is playing football. Zabivaka observes the rules of fair play, the values ​​of teammates and respect for the opponent.

How to enter the stadium?

To pass to the stadium you must also issue a fan passport (Fan ID). This is a Russian know-how, designed to serve both the safety and the comfort of football fans. For example, foreigners with Fan ID do not need to worry about a Russian visa, and traveling by public transport in the cities that own the globalia with this document is free.
You can send a request for the design of Fan ID online or you can request it personally to the center for the issuance of Fan ID passports. It will be necessary to indicate the number of the ticket purchased for football, the details of the passport and provide a color photograph.

Official ticket sales begin on December 1, 2017, prices for foreigners and citizens of the host country are different. The cheapest ticket for non-residents of Russia will cost $ 105, so it’s worth looking at any of the group matches, except the first game. The prices for the final games are from 455 to 1100 dollars. The center seats in the stands are more expensive than the corner and the sector behind the door. Tickets will be sold only on the official FIFA website: www.fifa.com

Travel between cities of the World Cup can be on trains, it is the best way to see Russia, but the trip will be quite long: for example, a train from Moscow to Yekaterinburg, on the road takes more than a day.

Those travelers who for some reason do not like trains, can always count on airplanes: airports now exist in almost all large Russian cities, and here and there, for example, in Rostov-on-Don, are designed specifically for the Championship .

Know the Football Stadiums in Russia

  • The Stadium “Otkrytie Arena” (Moscow)

“Otkrytie Arena” is a new stadium in Moscow with a capacity of 44,000 people. This is the home of the most popular and titled football club in Russia which was founded in 1922. The stadium area is 36,000 square meters. It hosts festivals and fairs, sports competitions and important celebrations.

Regardless of the passes in the game, tourists and football fans at any time can go and visit the multimedia room of “Spartacus” fame. A spectacular tour of the stadium will be remembered forever. Visitors can take a photo in the background of the monuments and the legendary brothers Starostin of the national soccer player Fedor Cherenkov, look in the VIP box. You can visit the Multimedia Hall of fame, the pride of the football club, where you can discover the history of the best team in the country, its coaches, the players, see exhibitions a kind of museum, feel the spirit of “Spartacus” with the help of excerpts from matches, and memorable ones.

There are three restaurants located in the stadium, these offer an unforgettable view of the soccer field, a sports bar, where you can watch the broadcasts, and an open room for children. The second name of the stadium is “The opening of the arena.” The site is waiting for the players and followers of the World Cup in 2018.

  • The Saint Petersburg Arena

The stadium was erected on the site of the “Arena of Zenith”, but the matches of the Confederations Cup and the world of FIFA 2018 renamed it the “Arena of St. Petersburg”.

The resolution on the project for the construction of a new football stadium dates back to 2004, the stadium was placed in 2007. The extensible roof has also been successfully completed: the fact is that the stadium is the only sports facility in the country with a retractable roof and a rolling field. Thanks to this technological solution, the field can be closed during bad weather, and on sunny days and during matches: FIFA regulations stipulate that matches must be held outdoors. The extractable field will allow the holding of concerts, exhibitions, competitions in other sports in the stadium: you can move out of the stadium during the duration of these events. The author of the project “Arena of St. Petersburg” is the Japanese architect Kisyo Kurokawa.

The total area of ​​the arena is 287,600 square meters, on the platform during football matches will be 68,000 people: 22,000 at the lower level and 46,000 at the top. The whole area of ​​the stadium will have Wi-Fi. For the comfort of the fans, it is even planned to build a subway station Novokrestovskaya near the stadium.

  • Kazan Arena Stadium

The stadium “Kazan Arena” was built in 2013 and became the main platform for the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Summer Universiade in Kazan. The current stadium of the soccer club “Ruby” was erected in a three-year record, and shaped resembling a water lily. The new object perfectly complemented the urban landscape of Kazan sports.

About the main football contests of Kazan in 2017 and 2018, you can say a lot. But it is worth noting that they do not reach the stadium with a capacity of 45,000 spectators and an area of ​​9000 square meters has already taken events as significant as the 2013 Universiade, the FINA World Swimming Cup and the UEFA Europa League match. , in which Kazan “Rubin” played with the British “Liverpool”.

The football stadium has the fourth highest category: it received 5 stars from the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA). In addition to watching the matches, here you can book an excursion with a visit to the VIP stalls, the changing rooms for the athletes, the internal infrastructure and the access to the field of one of the largest stadiums in Russia.

  • Stadium “Fisht” in Sochi

The stadium was named after the peak of the mountain of the same name in the western part of the Caucasus Mountains (in the translation of the Adyghe language, the word “fish” means “white head”).

The proximity of the construction site of the stadium to the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains determined to a large extent the choice of the architectural concept. The idea of ​​contrasting the mountains and the sea became the main source of inspiration for the architects.
The architectural composition of the Central Stadium has no analogues. Originally the stadium was supposed to look like an Easter egg. However, the project was approved, according to the plan that the sand so it became simultaneously a shell and a snow peak.

The six-story structure from above resembles a giant half-open carapace. When viewed from the side, the use of a light translucent polycarbonate roof makes it possible to achieve the visual similarity effect of this most important Olympic facility with a snowy peak.
The stadium “Fisht”, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games, is now rebuilt on a football field in accordance with FIFA requirements. In 2018 the games of the group stage of the World Cup are planned, and in 2017 the matches of the Confederations Cup, an important international soccer tournament, will be held.

The total area of ​​the stadium is 151,400 square meters. The size of a football field with natural grass is 115 meters by 78 meters or 8,970 square meters. The size of the asphalt concrete base with a sports deck around the field is 2,970 square meters. Therefore, the total area of ​​the game arena is almost 12,000 square meters.
At the same time, the stadium “Fisht” can accommodate 45 thousand spectators.

Cities in Russia

Then we will talk a little about some sites of interest, since there are too many so I would extend a lot, however, I will show you some places that you could visit during your stay in the cities where the 2018 FIFA Championship will take place and you can at the same time know part of our great nation and the places that await you.


Kul Sharif Mosque
Exquisite white and blue temple, the main mosque of Kazan and all Tatarstan. He is in the Kremlin and looks exactly towards Mecca.
Cathedral of the Epiphany
In this Orthodox church the future golden voice of Russia was baptized: Fedya Chaliapin. The bell tower of the cathedral is one of the symbols of Kazan.

Temple of the Savior image
The current church, built on the common grave of Russian soldiers who died in the capture of Kazan in 1552.


The Kazan Riviera
Huge entertainment complex with water attractions, beach, hotel, gym, restaurants, cinema and even ice rink throughout the year.
The Kazan circus
One of the best arenas not only in Russia, but throughout the CIS. The new building exists since 1967. Programs constantly updated.

Korston Trade and Hotel Complex
A modern recreational and entertainment center of impressive size with bars, nightclubs, shops and a cinema.

Restaurants and cafeterías

The Kazan Riviera
Huge entertainment complex with water attractions, beach, hotel, gym, restaurants, cinema and even ice rink throughout the year.

Shopping center “Koltsovo”
A large shopping complex in the heart of Kazan in one of its historically significant squares. 23 thousand square meters with more than 120 brands.

Restaurant and entreteinment complex “Tugan Avilym”
A fabulous wooden city with bridges over streams, flower beds, carved benches and inside, a sea of ​​entertainment.

  • What to see in Moscow


Museum-Reserve Tsaritsyno
One of the most beautiful places in Moscow is a mansion with ancient architecture, chamber concerts and singing fountains.

Museum-Reserve Kolomenskoye
One of the oldest living places in the territory of Moscow and the summer residence of the Moscow authorities since the 14th century.

The Mansión of Kuskovo
The house of the family of Count Sheremetev. A large park, a palace, caves and hedges.


Sharks, piranhas, seals, manatees, dolphins, orcas and stingrays in one of the most interesting places in Moscow: a giant aquarium in VDNKh.

The great Ferris Wheel
The height of the wheel is 73 meters (one of the highest in Eastern Europe), the rotation speed is seven minutes. The attraction in the VVC is open all year, the price of the ticket is 250 rubles.

 Nikulin’s circus on  Tsvetnoy Boulevard
For fifteen years this circus was directed by Yury Vladimirovich Nikulin, now the son of the artist Maxim Yurievich is in charge.

Restaurants and  cafeterías

Restaurant Sixsty
The restaurant sixty on the 62nd floor of the Federation of the Tower in the city of Moscow considers itself “the tallest restaurant in Europe”, and this (a great rarity for the advertising slogan) is not an exaggeration.

Restaurant Sky Lounge
“Sky Lounge” is one of the veterans in the company of the metropolitan panoramic restaurants. It is located on the 22nd floor of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Restaurant Buono
The restaurant with a circular panorama, is located on floors 29 and 30 of the restored Stalin skyscraper, the former hotel “Ukraine” (now – Radisson Royal). From here one of the most beautiful views of Moscow opens.

What to see in St. Petersburg


The museum reserve, which becomes the best place to walk in the warm season. It consists of the Grand Peterhof Palace, the Upper and Lower Parks.

The Vasilievsky island
Affectionately called “Vaska” is a favorite of the townspeople. A special place where the humid sea air is imbued with the spirit of imperial grandeur. It was here in 1825 when there was an uprising of the Decembrists, and here it is necessary to go to see the famous “Bronze Horseman”, which was in fact made of bronze.

The  Senate Square
It was here in 1825 when there was an uprising of the Decembrists, and here it is necessary to go to see the famous “Bronze Horseman”, which was in fact cast in bronze.

Museum of Soviet slot machines, Saint Petersburg
The interactive museum has a collection of slots, produced in the USSR since the mid-seventies.

Country labyrinth
A new attraction in the heart of St. Petersburg, Nevsky Prospekt, which is a labyrinth of long mirrors with intricate corridors.

The Oceanarium
The giant Oceanarium of St. Petersburg consists of 41 aquariums. You seem to be walking along the seabed, and flocks of colorful tropical fish, predatory sharks and moray eels are swimming overhead.

Restaurants and cafeterías

“Repúblic of cats”
The club cafe is entertaining and showcasing, where you can eat and read books.

Living room and  restaurant “Teplo”
Family restaurant with a warm atmosphere.

What to see in  Sochi


Observatión tower on Mount Akhun
On Saturdays, in the observation tower of Mount Akhun, you simply can not pass. Traditionally, newlyweds come here for a photo shoot.

The dacha of Josef Stalin
From here you can see a magnificent view of the snowy peaks of the Caucasus Mountains.

Monument to the Golden Fleece
A monument dedicated to the myths about the Argonauts and the ancient Colchis.


Complex “AquaLoo”
An aquaplex of work throughout the year with water attractions, restaurants, clubs, a gym and a sanatorium.

Water park “Mayak”
The kingdom of water attractions in the heart of Sochi on the Black Sea coast next to the concert hall “Festivalny”.

“Amphibious” water park
A large colorful city of water entertainment in the heart of Adler. Nearby: a great oceanarium.

Restaurants and cafeterías

Restaurant Sakhalin
One of the best gastronomic places in Krasnaya Polyana

Restaurant Nautilus
One of the best restaurants in Sochi, where you can try local cuisine.

Complex “AquaLoo”
An aquaplex of work throughout the year with water attractions, restaurants, clubs, a gym and a sanatorium.

What to see in Volgograd


Mamáyev Kurgán
The main symbol of the victory of Stalingrad was the “height 102”: the Mamayev Kurgan, during the battle, passed repeatedly from the Soviet troops to the Germans and back. It is not surprising that it was decided to build a memorial complex in memory of the soldiers killed on this hill.

Area of those who were at the height of death
Here is the famous sculpture of the Russian warrior-hero, who rose to defend the country. The image of Marshal Vasily Chuikov is embodied in the monument.

Military Hall of Fame
On the walls of the room, there are 34 banners of mourning with mosaics, which include 7200 names and surnames of soldiers killed in defense of Stalingrad.


Entretainment center “Hippopo”
The most important thing here is bowling. On the tracks of the entertainment center, the balls are thrown regularly as amateurs and professionals.
Entertainment Center “Diamant-Land”
Popular among the people of Volgograd, where you can play bowling, go to the movies, watch the game broadcast at the sports bar and also jump on the trampoline.

Supermodern Volgograd club with LED screen, its own DJs, European and Japanese cuisine, and almost always free entrance for girls.

Restaurants and cafeterías

Restaurant “URSS”
Walls on Soviet posters, waiters with red ties and menus with names like “union generosity” are all in a restaurant that invites us to return 40 years ago.

Entertainment center “Hippopo”
The most important thing here is bowling. On the tracks of the entertainment center, the balls are thrown regularly as amateurs and professionals.

What to see in Kaliningrad


The Catedral
The cathedral rebuilt at the end of the 20th century on the island of Kant.

Island of Cantha
There was a time when on this island there was a whole city that fought with its neighbors for the right to own the territory.


Kaliningrad Zoo
The zoo is an opportunity to meet in the Mesozoic era and walk under the shade of the ginkgo relic tree that grows in the entrance.

The Curonian Grill
From above, you can clearly see how Kosa shares the restless turquoise of the sea and the still gray water of the enclosed bay.

Restaurants and cafeterias

Restaurant “Reduit”
Beer restaurant “Reduit”, the best place to rest after a walk in the Lithuanian well. Also, they prepare their own beer here.

What to see in  Ekaterimburg


In the dam of the city pond (or simply Plotinka), all the most interesting things happen in the life of citizens: from the first dates to the wedding photo shoots.

The largest temple in Yekaterinburg is in a notorious place, where a little less than a century ago the royal family was shot.

Weiner Street
Yekaterinburg Arbat is a completely pedestrian street with shopping centers, bookstores, coffee shops and fun cast iron sculptures.


Shopping  and entertainment center “Antey”
Here you can play bowling and billiards, go to a couple of clubs and, at the same time, visit the best observation platform in Yekaterinburg.

Mayakovsky Central Park of Culture and Culture
One of the most beloved places for the rest of the people of the town is a gigantic park with attractions, fountains and trails that lead to the pine forest.

Wonderland Park Galileo
Interactive two-story museum with a lot of different mechanisms and devices that you can touch with your hands.

Restaurants and cafeterías

Shopping and enterteinment complex “Antey”
Here you can play bowling and billiards, go to a couple of clubs and, at the same time, visit the best observation platform in Yekaterinburg.

Rosie Jane Pub
The regulars of this Pub, located in front of the building “Glavpochtampta”, are employees of office, main students and representatives of the creative intelligentsia.

What to see in Nizhny Novgorod


The Kremlin of Nizhny Novgorod
In the red brick fortress of 13 towers where 12 were preserved. Once inside, the whole territory of Nizhny Novgorod was located. Then, the perimeter people were evicted and only the authorities remained, and to this day.

Minin and Pozharsky Square
The main square of Nizhny Novgorod before the revolution bore the name of the Annunciation; here was the temple of the same name.

Center for Contemporary Art in the 19th century building.


Children’s railway
The children’s railway operates only in the summer months, from June 1 to August 31.

The planetarium complex includes the Open Astronomical Observatory.

Exhibition of exotic animals, one of the popular attractions of the city.

Restaurants and cafeterías

Rock Bar
A place where you can always listen to Nizhny Novgorod rock and dance.

Bistró Francés “Gavroche”
Corner of France on Christmas street.

Literary café “Bezukhov”
There are periodic meetings with creative people, presentations, concerts, parties. There are always novelties of books, glossy magazines and food.

What to see in Rostov-on-Don


Rest Zone “Cosaco Don”
The tourist complex of the island between the river Don and its old channel with beach, stables, children’s park, viewpoints and a restaurant.

The Milithary Cathedral of the Ascensión
The Regional Museum of Fine Arts of Rostov


“Touch the zoo”
A wonderful tactile zoo, where all pets can be touched in the literal sense of the word.

What to see in Samara


Kuibyshev Square
The main square of Samara and the largest square in Europe, on the corners of which there are four public gardens.

The embankment of the Volga
The 5-kilometer walk is a popular place to walk and rest.

Cathólic temple
It was built in neo-Gothic style in 1906 on the donations of the Polish community.
Samara Architecture Temples and cult buildings


Samara Zoo
Hundreds of inhabitants: tigers, deer, raccoons, wolves, crocodiles, pheasants, herons, pythons and many others.

Waterpark “Victoria”
30 water attractions, slides for children, caves and waterfalls, jacuzzi, wave pool and a couple of bars.

Restaurants and cafeterías

 Zhigulevsky brewery
One of the oldest breweries in Russia, founded in 1881 by the Austrian Alfred von Wakano.

Cafetería “Coffee Beans”
An institution where you can try more than 50 varieties of different coffees.

Restaurant and bar Hookah “Marrackech”
Restaurant and lounge bar with Moroccan style elements inside and oriental and European dishes on the menu.

The old apartment restaurant
Restaurant-museum with Soviet interiors and traditional Samara cuisine.

What to see in Saranks


Commemorative museum of the military and labor feat 1941 – 1945
The museum is open for the 50th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. The museum building has a national flavor.

Monument to heroes “Stratonavtam”
The monument was inaugurated in 1963. On the pedestal there are portraits-bas-reliefs of the conquerors of the stratosphere Pavel Fedoseenko, Andrei Vasenko and Ilya.


City Zoo
The zoo is located in the territory of the Culture and Rest Park. ACE. Pushkin The zoo contains around 400 species of birds and animals.

Cinema Russia
The cinema opened in 2016 on the site of the former cinema “Russia” within the Year of Russian cinema.

Biathlon Ski Resort
The complex is located in the forested area of ​​the southwest of the city of Saransk. For lovers of outdoor activities, there are sports and walking trails, as well as ski slopes.

The beaches of Russia

Visit the most beautiful beaches of Russia

It is already possible to visit the most beautiful beaches in Russia now. That’s why we have prepared the following article. Here we will tell you a lot about the beaches to visit in Russia. If you are planning to visit the most beautiful beaches of Russia, we will give you the most recommended ones.

Discover the most beautiful beaches of Russia

According to the tourists all over the world, Russia is a country of snow, oil, endless forests and wild animals, but not a tourist power. Our compatriots are paying money like crazy to see beautiful sunsets, exotic water entertainments and mysterious snorkeling. They fly abroad to see these tourist destinations. But in reality, they could say another thing. “It is good to visit, but it is better at home”, so it is also at a high level here. You do not believe me? Discover the selection of the most beautiful beaches of Russia!

The beaches of Russia you have to visit:

Beaches in Baikal 

You cannot start a conversation about the russian beaches and not to mention the most beautiful deepest lake in the world, Baikal. For the walruses, the beaches of Baikal are always opened, and fans of the scorching sun and hot water will have to wait until summer. To choose a place of relaxation on Lake Baikal, you will need to remember a simple rule, the smaller the lake or the river is, the longer the water will have to warm up. For this reason, we advise you to dive into small bays and coves. Be sure to bring diving masks and fins with you. Also, if you provide your phone with a waterproof cover, you can boast unique photos of the cleanest lake in the world.

Glass Bay, Vladivostok

This region even has a name of the resource: Primorsky. The coast of the Glass Bay or Glass cups, as the locals call it, looks like a multicolored mosaic of Gaudi. The mountains of glass and plastic, broken by the efforts of the sea, the sun and the sand turned one of the beaches of Vladivostok into a unique place for exotic lovers.

If the garbage usually only spoils the surrounding nature and causes irreparable damage to the aesthetics of the place, then in this case the garbage creates a unique beauty. It is interesting that in California and Vladivostok there is approximately the same version of the origin of this unique beach: once there was a dump in this place and after its closure there was a lot of broken glass. Today, thanks to the guests of the beach, there are less those bright fragments there. Few people can resist the temptation to take a glass with them, so if you want to see the bay in its “pristine” beauty, we advise you to hurry up with a visit.

An analogue to this beach exists only in California USA (the famous glass beach Fort Brag).

Blue Bay beach, Crimea

A beach near the town with a poetic name, the New World is a very photogenic area. Fans of Soviet cinema will recognize it immediately, even though they have never been there. The cult films of the best times of the Soviet cinema were filmed here. “The Amphibian man”, “Three plus two”, “Pirates of the XX century”, “Sportloto-82”. Directors and actors were not attracted by the romantic name of the place, but by its impressive “Blue Bay”. We have to admit that nobody, even the most expert photographer, has been able to capture the beauty of the Blue Bay by pine aromas, a soft sea breeze, the whisper of the waves and the water in all the shades of blue that do not fit in the frame.

Local residents called this place the Royal beach, because right here the last Russian autocrat Nicholas II liked to rest.

The wild beaches of the Russian island, Vladivostok

The tourist history of the island of Russia began to be written only a couple of years ago. Although officially the island passed into the possession of the Russian Empire since the nineteenth century, no one participated in its development.

In Soviet times, the island had the status of a closed military territory. Only in the summer of 2012 a cable-stayed bridge was built, which finally united the Russian with the “great land”. It was then that the active development of the territory began with bathers, lovers of underwater hunting and other tourists who roamed the world.

Today on the island there are several dozens of wild beaches with clear waters, green beaches and a rich underwater world. As the island hadn´t been working for a long time to visitors, it managed to preseve its wild and imposing beauty. Today people come here with tents, mountain bikes, off-road saddle cars and they rush into the impassable jungle of the Russian heart.

If you go to the island, do not forget the anticorral shoes (here it’s full of sea urchins) and masks (for a half-hour dive from where you can pick up your own scallop dinner).

The Amber Beach, Kaliningrad region

Attention, a unique case in Russia: not only the nature worked on the beauty of this beach, but also the administration of the region. The amber beach is the first beach in Russia with the “blue flag”. It is an international prize, awarded only to beaches that meet the highest quality standards.

Thanks to the efforts of the local government, the beach is provided with the beach umbrellas, toilets with sewer, running water and lighting, shower and comfortable cabins to change clothes. For people with disabilities, a special floor was built, so they can easily reach the water. The water is crystal clear there, all this together creates a sense of the present, that is sometimes very rare in Russia.

Massandra beach, Yalta, Crimea

Before it was the second owner of the “blue flag” in Russia. Despite the large tourist load, the beach of Massandra has a well-kept and well-groomed territory, its water is very clean and it is the most comfortable beach in Yalta. Well, it’s easier to get here than to the amber beach in Kaliningrad region.

Long Spit, Yeisk District, Krasnodar

Someone call this place a long oblique, others called it Dolzhansky. But both are sure that this place is a Russian tourist’s paradise. The beach with small shells, turquoise water and 10 kilometers of sparkling white waves.

The spit separates the Sea of Azov in the Gulf of Taganrog and is a limestone and natural sand in drift, the very nature of many years meticulously has split the shells of the base rocks, creating this place one of the most beautiful beaches of Russia. Kitesurfers come to swim here and tourists come with their tents.

If you prefer to have a rest in an all-inclusive system, you, of course, should not come here. But if you are an expert of fresh air, wildlife, active fishing and water sports, perhaps, this is the best option.

Derbent, Republic of Dagestan

The beaches of the Caspian Sea are beautiful, clean and, the most important thing, that they are almost deserted. The most southern sea of Russia heats up much earlier than the black one. Here, the prices do not bite, people are friendly, and the weather is perfect to spend beach holidays. The main thing is not to go there in July because of the stormy season.

The swimming season here lasts from May to September. Along the coast you could see yellow sea sand with small seashells. After the beach, you can go to the center of historical excursions and monumental architecture.

Lake Jack London, Magadan Region

Perhaps this is the most unexpected element in our selection. Very few people know about this lake, even few people have seen it, but it’s worth it! Lake Jack London is the most romantic place in the Magadan region. The mirror of water on all sides with jagged ridges, framed by the surface of the water in the palms of deciduous forests, resembles the fjords of Norway and Lake Upper Scotland.

There are 4 islands in the lake. They divide it into two parts: Jack the little one and Jack the big one. The legend says that the lake received its name thanks to an unusual finding made by the discoverers. Some time ago, the first researchers discovered a volume of Jack London on the coast. They decided that this wonderful place deserved such a literary name.

The beaches of the village of Dzhemete, Anapa, Krasnodar

These beaches are considered to be the best ones on the whole Black Sea coast. Some people believe, that there are still gold particles in it. Usually, tourists are coming to the beach with sun loungers, ice cream and soft drinks. As for the more sophisticated travelers, they know that you have to go here to maintain good health. The mineral water, the therapeutic mud, the hydrogen sulfide sources… All those things you can find around the small village of Gemete. Add a pure sand, the gentle whisper of the waves and the calm rhythm of a tourist city, and… You will not want to leave!

In this article we will show you which beaches to visit in Russia. Here we are trying to evaluate more objectively the most popular beaches of Russia. But we strongly recommend you driving through Russia and filling our list!

Visit the most beautiful beaches of Russia and enjoy their beauties and unique characteristics. The beaches of Russia you have to visit and much more things thanks to Free Tours Russia. Discovering the best beaches in Russia is great.

Travel to Russia for the FIFA Championship 2018

Paquetes turísticos a Rusia

On many occasions, when we want to take a trip, we do not take into account some advice or knowledge to enjoy a great adventure, for this reason, in this article, we want to give you a little insight regarding this topic, so we will talk a little ofabout the tour packages, how to define if they are really good, and about the tour packages to Russia we offer for a unique and exclusive big date, that is the FIFA World Cup 2018.

  1. Tour packages:

  2. How to know if the tour packages are good?

  3. Cities to visit during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Tour packages to Russia and its cities

  4. Types of Tour Packages:

  5. Trips to Russia from Latin American countries classified for the Fifa Word Cup 2018. The approximate cost of the tour packages to Russia:

1. Tour packages:

The tour packages, sometimes, a tourist product is associated with the notion of “tourist package”, which is offered for sale the basic package (mandatory) of services provided in a tour of an individual or group plan. In fact, the tour package includes four mandatory elements:

  • A tourist center
  • Transport
  • Accommodation services
  • Transfer

a. A tourist center

It is a place of tourist rest, which includes all its recreational opportunities: natural, cultural, historical, ecological, ethnic, sociodemographic and infrastructural. This element is mandatory, as it is impossible to organize a trip without a place of interest.

b. Transport

It is the mean of transport, which can help you to reach the tourist center. Without a doubt, the most used mean of transport is an airplane. For a short distances you can go by train, tourist bus and car. Most of the cost, which determines the package, is the cost of transportation. In fact, the more convenient and faster the mean of transport used, the higher the cost of the trip.

c. Accomodation services

This is a specific hotel, which is offered to the tourist in the tourist center during the trip. Accommodation in hotels differs according to the type of hospitality services the tourist can offer. It can be hotel, motel, villa and apartment, Botelho, camping and so on.

d. Transfer:

Transfer is organized for the tourist from the place of arrival, located in the host country (airport, port, railway station), to the accommodation (hotel) where he will stay and return. The transfers are made using buses, sometimes by taxi or limousine, if such transfers are included in the tourist package or requested by the tourist.

2. How to define if the tour packages are good?

In fact, there are many ways to get information, to know if the tourist packages are good, especially reading what is offered by some agencies that provide this service. However we must take into account the following:

a) Before making your purchase, check if the agency that you have chosen is reliable. How? It must have its respective National Tourism Registry and the necessary documents to validate that it is reliable.

b) If an agency, for example, when the value of the tourist package is too low or gives many financing facilities in packages that are practically very complete, you have to be aware, so the client, in this case, should verify every aspect or given information. More information about the recommendations to avoid frauds you can find here: https://guiarus.com/recomendaciones-para-evitar-las-estafas-en-rusia.

c) Normally these companies have websites where they offer their services, so for the user it is easier to make purchases without leaving home. However, these purchases must be verified automatically by phone or payment vouchers as confirmation of payment immediately.

d) On the other hand we recommend you to read the website very well, which, must have contact information.

Source: https://freetourrussia.com/

e) The agencies that offer really good services have excellent recommendations, so they usually show the comments of other users who have used the service in time before making your purchase.

Source: https://toursenrusia.com/

f) All clients have the right to request the National Tourism Registry number, as well as asking for information based on the costs of what is included in the tour package.

Source: https://toursenrusia.com/

g) Something very important, if you have already verified and purchased your chosen tour package, the client will never have to pay any additional sum of money unless the tourist asks to add detailes that were not agreed in the original package.

Remember that the quality of the services is a combination of the properties of the tourist service, which determine their suitability to meet the specific needs of the tourist. The quality of service is characterized by precision and punctuality of performance, ergonomics, aesthetics and other indicators of the properties of the service consumer.

A very important feature are the conditions of service for tourists, is expressed in the ethics of communication between service personnel and consumers, the comfort and aesthetics of the service environment.

3. Cities to visit during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Tour packages to Russia and its cities

We would like to talk about something that, as we all know, will be interesting for tourists. Russia will host the FIFA World Cup next year, the most anticipated tournament will start on June 14, 2018, so we invite you to come to this majestic event. However, we will give you some tips that will help you to enjoy it.

The cities where the Fifa World Cup will take place will be Kazan, Moscow, Kazan, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Volgograd, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara and Saranks, so we will recommend you the best cities with tours and quality excursions.

According to your itinerary for these dates, you can also marvel at the best cities in Russia without being too far from the football championship, so we recommend you to choose the best tour packages to Russia and its cities.


• Free Tour in the Red Square of Moscow, Kremlin and the Cathedral of Christ the Redeemer.
• Soviet Tour in Moscow (VDNKh).
• Tour in the Moscow metro.
• Old Moscow and Novodevichy.
• Second World War tour.
• Kolomenskoe and Tsaritsino.
• Panoramic tour.
• Excursion to Bunker 42.
• Excursion Vladimir and Suzdal.
• Golden Ring Tour Sergiev Posad.
• Night tour in Moscow.

St. Petersburg:

• Free Tour St. Petersburg, Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Marinskiy Palace, Hermitage Theater and the Gate of the Atlanteans.
• Peter-Pavel’s Fortress Tour.
• Tour in the St. Petersburg metro.
• Tour at the Hermitage.
• Excursion Gardens of St. Petersburg.
• Catherine Palace Excursion.
• Soviet Tour in Leningrad.
• Excursion on Nevsky Prospekt Street.
• Barque excursion through channels.
• Excursion gardens and fountains of Peterhof.
• Night excursion in Saint Petersburg.


• Free Tour in the Kremlin of Kazan, Bauman Street and the historic center.
• Tour gastronómico de la cocina tártara. Gastronomic tour of the tartar cuisine.
• Panoramic tour and Raifa monastery
• Tour “the culture of Kazan”.
• Ancient Kazan Tour.
• Sviyazhsk Island boat tour.
• Night tour.

Nizhni Novgorod:

• Free Tour in the center of Nizhni Novgorod: Kremlin and Pokrovskaya street.
• East zone tour of Nizhni Novgorod: king’s neighborhood and Soviet period.
• West zone tour of Nizhni Novgorod: Contemporary neighborhood.
• Boat tour on the Volga River and Oka River.
• Suizo Park Tour.
• Tour to the city of Gorodets.
• Tour to the city of Semiónov.
• Night tour in Nizhni Novgorod.


• Free Tour in the center of Sochi and the Olympic port.
• Tour in Botanical Garden “Dendrarium”.
• Ordzhonikidze health resort and gardens.
• Tour in the Olympic City “Adler Olimpic”.
• Adler Market Tour and Southern Crops Park.
• Cascadas Tour to the Tea Houses.
• Tour Rosa Khutor y Etno park.
• Night Tour in Sochi.

4. Types of Tour Packages:

a. Tour by hours

Those are short excursions in the places of interest in the cities.

b. Half day tour

They are based on excursions that are made during the morning, knowing and attending different places of the city to visit and have the rest of the day on your own.

c. Full day tour

As for this type of tour, those are full excursions per day, which have a durability of up to 4 days.

d. Transit tour from the airport

Those are tours that are based depending on the tourist’s time at the airport, which is supported by a car tour.

e. Thematic tour

Those are combined tours of independent tourism and advices from the guide.

For more information visit our web: www.guiarus.com, www.toursenrusia.com, www.tourgratisrusia.com.

5. Trips to Russia from Latin American countries classified for the 2018 Fifa World Cup. The approximate cost of the tour packages to Russia:

From Colombia:

In the case of Colombia, it is not necessary to have a visa, it is sufficient to have with you the current mechanical reading or chip passport. It is estimated that the trip both outward and return, ie, leaving from Rionegro to Moscow have a cost between 2,500,000 to $ 3,000,000 colombian bolivars.

From Argentina:

It is also not necessary to apply for a visa, flights vary from $ 21,000 and $ 30000 depending from which airport you are having a flight (Asuncion del Paraguay or Buenos Aires).

From Mexico:

Unlike the South American countries, Mexico requires their respective Russian visa, so it is necessary to apply for it, however, the Russian Federation approved a visa waiver law during the dates of the championship. Also you have to keep in mind that you must have the ticket for a game of the cup and you must have the FAN ID card or the amateur passport available. Regarding the cost of travel, according to some pages of agencies on the Internet, the prices are higher than $ 20000 mexican pesos.

From Costa Rica:

In this case, it is the same with the visa process as in Mexico. ,the cost of travelling by plane is more than $ 1400 USD in this case.

Again remember, that these prices for the tour packages to Russia are given based on the current, so they may vary over time.

As well as the tour packages to Russia we offer you a trip to Russia to have an unforgettable experience !!

Tourist season in Russia

Tourist season in Russia

Many people, when they are planning to travel to Russia, are always asking themselves: what is the best season of the year to go on vacation? In our opinion, it depends a lot on the climate factor of each region. For example, each person is able to decide whether to go in cold season of the year (winter) or in a hotter one (summer). That’s why tourist season in Russia is something individal. As when we are speaking about Russia we are always describing it as a cold country in general. In fact in this gigantic place there are certain divergences and characteristics that in other countries can not normally be seen. So in this article we will let you know a little about them .

In the Russian Federation, there are hundreds of tourist places of attraction to visit. It is a country that in fact, is worth visiting and knowing, but sometimes you wonder: when to travel? Where? This and much more things we will tell you especially in majestic places like Moscow and St. Petersburg. Let’s talk about the tourist season in Russia, in particular about the seasons of the year in Russia.

Seasons of the year in Russia

Spring in Russia

It is the season of the year when nature is reborn from ashes after a long sleep. The average temperature is 7,5 ° C. We recommend you to visit Moscow during this time of the year. During this tourist season of the year, you can preferably wear light clothes, that is, sweaters or coats that are not so heavy. You should also consider packing waterproof boots (neoprene) and umbrellas due to the rainfall that occurs a lot during this season.

Summer in Russia

If you like to have your vacations in tourist seasons with considerably fresh and pleasant temperatures, between the months of May to August it is quite warm and cool. The sun rises at 5:00 am and sets down at 10:00 pm. There are even days when you will see the sun until 1:00 am, incredible? If you decide to go to Moscow, you should keep in mind that the warmest months of the year are between July and August. If you prefer to go to St. Petersburg, it is a bit colder there, and the days are longer (the sun sets down late). An average temperature is 18 ° C during the months of July to August. However, the best time to visit this great place is at the beginning of June when the temperature is much more pleasant (fresh). During these dates, there are a lot of tourists visiting many of the places. During this time we advise you to wear short sleeve shirts or sweatshirts and light pants. But during the night it is better to have fine wool sweaters at hand, as it’s getting colder by the end of the day.


Autumn in Russia

Quite a short, but beautiful season. This is where the leaves of the trees tinge with orange and red colors giving a celestial image of what is the true nature at its maximum splendor. We invite you to enjoy the rain that gives a romantic atmosphere between the months of September to November. The temperatures vary from -5 ° C to 15 ° C, preparing for the arrival of winter. In the same way you can wear light  clothes, especially at the beginning of September. But if your stay until November you can wear clothes that will help you wrap up and cover yourself from the rain that is the sign of coming of the next season.

Winter in Russia

For those who love the cold weather, those who love to travel in those months when the year is above to end… You can go on a vacation in winter to celebrate holidays like Christmas Eve. This is where you will see a totally different landscape. There is a lot of snow in winter with such a pure air that it will dazzle your perspective, it is one of the best tourist season in Russia. The temperature goes from -10 ° C and can be lower. This is the longest season of the year, when you can go to museums, skating rinks, among other places. The best of all is that there are not so many tourists. So you will avoid queuing as opposed to summer. As you can see, the cold is immense, so you already have an idea of what you should wear, you should wear warm clothes, cover your hands, legs, head and use woolen clothes (thermal) as well as underwear for this type of climate.

As we have mentioned before, Russia is an immense country. So the temperature and climate vary a lot depending on the location you are staying at. In other places the temperatures can be higher or lower. If there are other regions or cities that you want to visit, you can make a little research according to the appropriate date of your trip.

Average temperatures in Russia

As you can see, practically the climate is divided into 2 seasons. Although there are 4, sometimes, they are considered so long, that you will only hear of these 2. The coldest months (winter) are between October to March, while the warmest months (summer) comprise from April to September.

Tips for the travel to Russia

As we have discussed tourist season in Russia, we would like to stress that it is necessary to know when to travel to Russia. Normally there are no flights that would take you directly. However, the costs per flight vary per station. If you go during the summer season, you can consider making your trip in March or August.

In our opinion, there is no recommended tourist season in Russia. Everything depends on each person, on his / her tastes and what he / she wants to enjoy. Therefore, Russia has each of the landscapes with their respective characteristics. It  make this country a world full of diversity and its own wonderful characteristics.

What you have to know before traveling to Russia

Cultural customs that are necessary to know before traveling to Russia

When we propose a trip to a city we ask some general questions. Questions, which surely will make the journey more bearable. Such questions, like: What type of tip should I leave? What are the typical greetings? Or what are the cultural customs to follow? Here is important information for you to know before traveling to Russia.

Of course, each country is unique and also has its own particularities. In this article, we want to show you Russian customs and how you should behave yourself before traveling to Russia.

The greeting as the key that opens all the doors

Priviet or No Priviet

Many times we search in the dictionary or translator, the word “hello” in Russian and we come out that it is “Priviet” (Привет). So it’s not unusual to see how many tourists are saying this word to the people in restaurants, cafes, hotels, etc. “Priviet, privet, priviet”. The truth is that this is a mistake that can fall very badly to certain people because it is an informal greeting. It is not used if the person you are talking to is not well known. Imagine that someone would tell to an older man “What happened kid?” Well, that’s the same impression that the Russians feel when a stranger approaches with this greeting. Many of them are very nice and understand that you are a foreigner and are making an effort to communicate and help you.

The Russians are the people who do not get involved until they know each other. They tend to have a lot of respect for each other, this even happens among young people. The formal word of greeting is Zdravstvuite (Здравствуйте). It sounds difficult for you to pronounce? Don’t worry, here we outlined it: “Z-Dravst-vui-tie”.

When you are greeting the Russian person with this word you will see that you will immediately receive a different treatment. That is because for Russians a greeting is a very important thing. And it is not that they all are pedants, but that it falls very badly if someone approaches without greeting or with an excess of confidence. Put yourself in their place and you will surely understand that greeting in Russia is the key that opens the doors to any place. So before traveling to Russia try to learn some greetings and phrases.

Greetings in Russian:

Hello informal = Priviet (Привет)
Hello Formal = Z-Dravst-vui-tie (Здравствуйте)

Good morning = Dobroe Utra (Доброе утро)
Good day = Dobryi Dien (Добрый день)

And good afternoon = Dobryi Viecher  (Добрый вечер)


Tips in Russia:

To give? Or not to give? And how to give?

It is very typical to ask if in Russia they give tips? Because in certain countries of Europe it is not common. Or in the United States it is obligatory to leave it.

Because in Russia it is not obligatory to do it but if it is left the amount between 5% and 10%. The tip is used to give thanks for a good service. If you liked what you ate and how you were treated for sure you can say it with the language of money.

Fast food tray

You will be greatly surprised, that people do not pick up the food tray at the fast food places, there will always be some highly diligent employee who will pick up the tray as soon as you finish eating. You should even make gestures to say that it is not over yet. These people keep the places well ordered and the tables very clean.

Paying for the sauces

In fast food establishments in Russia, people pay for ketchup and other sauces. Be careful in ordering more, as it will enter the final account. And if you do not order it – you won’t pay for it and they won’t give it to you.

It is very common when the employee shows the amount in the register and people do not understand that it is paid separately.


Can I drink water from the pipeline in Russia?

The water that comes from the pipe is not drinkable, but sometimes if you ask a Russian, he will tell you that he takes it without any problem. Hotels in Russia tend to put bottles of drinking water that is the best sign that you should not drink the water from the pipe. The best advice we can give you is to buy your own bottle of mineral water and do not risk spoiling your trip by getting sick.

Asking for help on the street in Russia

If we are lost in a city in Russia, is it possible that somebody would help us on the street? The answer is that it will surely look like a good Samaritan, who probing the language barriers will help you selflessly. A lot of tourists are becoming impressed of how certain Russians are very quick to help them. We do not mean that 100% of them are like that, but surely there is a percentage that uses their instinct of camaraderie to those people who really need it. So do not hesitate to ask with a map or phone in hand an address or the name of your street or hotel for sure a charitable soul will help you more than you imagine.

Making a queue in Russia

One of the other things that surprise in Russia, is that its citizens do not understand what it is to make a queue. We don’t mean they do not organize to buy the subway ticket or to go up the escalator. They simply make it in a disorderly manner but without overwhelming or mistreating anyone.

The best advice we can give before traveling to Russia: do not stress and follow the flow of people.


Airports in Russia, travel rules and flight reservations

In the following article we will show you some of the airports in Russia, we will discuss the rules to carry luggage as well as the tips to book your flight.

1.    International and national airports in Russia

If you are going to Russia, you should know that there are more than 200 airports working in the territory of our country. 70 airports from them are of international importance.

The largest one in the first half of 2013 was the Domodedovo airport in Moscow, which received almost 14 million passengers. That increases passenger traffic by 12.6% compared to 2012. Slightly behind it, is the Sheremetyevo airport with 13.4 million passengers. Although according to the results of international air transport, took the first place, having accepted 8.55 million passengers. The Pulkovo airport in St. Petersburg was in third place with 5.6 million passengers.

Three airports in Russia, some of which greatly increased the number of arriving tourists, included airports in Blagoveshchensk, Belgorod and Chelyabinsk. The latter is the second in terms of air traffic in the Urals after Koltsovo Airport in Yekaterinburg.

One of the most modern airports, in addition to the Moscow city and St. Petersburg city, is Koltsovo Airport. There are shops located at the airport, which offer tourists products such as jewelry with precious and semi-precious stones, as well as original memories of birch bark, wood and even bones.

The biggest airport in East Siberia is the Irkutsk airport, which also serves tourists from neighboring cities. In addition, it is a spare airport for flights from Asia to Europe and North America. Due to its equipment, it can accept any type of aircraft.

The Nizhny Novgorod airport dates back to 1922. It is one of the oldest airports in Russia. Currently, the airport is actively updating and modernizing, till 2021.

2.    Development prospects

Some airports in Russia need to be updated to meet international standards. Global events play an important role for that.

Today, Gumrak Airport is not fully equipped, but for the next global sport event, it would be. Also it is expected complete reconstruction of the terminal complex and the construction of new terminals for passengers.

In 2014, at the Murmansk airport opened a duty free shop.

3.   Places of interest of the airports in Russia

Many airports in Russia have interesting objects on their territory, which allows tourists to spend interesting time waiting for departure. Therefore, the Irkutsk airport will be appreciated by Orthodox Christians: there is a small chapel on its territory.

Domodedovo Airport is recognized by the World Airport Awards as the best in Eastern Europe. On its territory, in addition to all duty-free shops and lounges, there is also a spa.

Those who believe in God also do not forget Domodedovo: there was built the chapel of Archangel Michael and for Muslims – the Safar mosque. At Sheremetyevo Airport you will find two chapels and the Church of the Resurrection of Christ.

Tourists who are waiting for their departure at the airport of Nizhnevartovsk can walk along the Avenue of the Aviation team.

4.    Baggage rules on flights

This is such a worrying and delicate thing, as the struggle with the earth’s gravity, every little thing matters. What can be said about the most fundamental factor? The weight of the aircraft, with this seriousness of struggle. As it is known, it consists of several components: the actual weight of the aircraft with the technical “filler”, the total weight of passengers and the weight of items taken on board by the passengers: luggage, in all its varieties. This is the last thing we’ll talk about.

It is clear that it is impossible to take with you on the board “pictures, baskets, boxes …” and without determining the weight and dimensions. The weight of the transported cargo must strictly comply with the capacity established by the manufacturer, otherwise there is a risk that everything will happen, as in the well-known joke: “Now with all this we will try to take off.”

a)    Two concepts

There are two systems in the world for determining the quantity and weight of the transported luggage. The weight standard is the most common. It is used by the overwhelming number of airlines on the absolute majority of flights. It is based on the total weight of all luggage carried by a passenger on board in the cargo compartment of the aircraft and its cabin. As for the quantitative rule, it is used mainly on transatlantic flights and includes the number of pieces of luggage carried by the traveler. Truly, there is an important warning: each piece of luggage should not exceed 32 kg in weight, that is, the weight also is still taken into account.

b)  Weight standard

From the point of view of determining the baggage allowance, airlines tend to follow their policies. As a rule, without an additional payment for a passenger and a child over 2 years old, you can bring:

  • The first class: 40 kg
  • The business class: 30 kg
  • The economy class: 20 kg.

However, there are exceptions to the rules: for example, Turkish Airlines allows transporting 30 kg of luggage in economy class on separate flights, and during Istanbul shopping festivals this type usually tends to increase to 40 kg. The standard of free baggage allowance for a child under 2 years old without providing a separate seat is 10 kg. The standard of free baggage allowance is always indicated in the electronic ticket in the “Bag” column.

In addition, it is necessary to take into account the size of luggage, one thing is to take books on board (20 kg is easy to “take out” in a small suitcase), and the other is the weight of down pillows of the same size: a giant suitcase is needed. Therefore, airlines have also imposed restrictions on overall dimensions, which are the sum of the three dimensions of their suitcas – in the first and business class: 203 cm and in economy class: 158 cm.

In the passenger cabin of the aircraft, luggage of no more than 115 cm is allowed. You can determine whether the bag is suitable for you in a special “calibration device” of a metal form. The rules for handling it are simple – if your bag fits in a “frame”, then the bag is of an acceptable size.

If the weight of the luggage exceeds the standard of free transport, “extra” kilograms are paid according to the airline’s tariffs.

Important point: low cost airlines (so-called “low-cost”) establish their own baggage allowance, which differs from those generally accepted in the smaller part. Some carriers do not have a free fee transportation at all, any luggage must be paid additionally. In charter flights the rate is determined by the charterer of the aircraft, as a rule, not less than 20 kg, and in some cases whole 30.

c)    Quantitative rule

On transatlantic flights, a passenger of any type has the right to carry 2 pieces of baggage free of charge, each of which does not exceed 32 kg. If the suitcase turns out to be heavier than this standard, you will have to pay extra for the advantage, even if the second suitcase weighs less than 32 kg. The sum of the three dimensions of each place is identical to the sum in the standard weight: not more than 203 cm for the first and business class and not more than 158 cm for the economy class.

If you need to carry big luggage, you must agree in advance with the airline company, preferably at the stage of booking the ticket, before it is paid. In popular tourist destinations, light weights are used for certain types of luggage, for example, you can easily take a surfboard to the Seychelles and go skiing to Courchevel.

d)   What can you take in the cabin for free?

  • Woman’s purse
  • Plastic bag
  • Bouquet of flowers
  • Scarf or blanket
  • Umbrella
  • Small video or photo camera
  • Binoculars
  • Laptop
  • A book for reading
  • Baby carriage
  • A small bag with food

e)  Non-standard luggage

Particularly valuable, fragile and unusual big luggage has to be transported in the cabin of the aircraft with the mandatory purchase of a separate ticket (and, at normal prices, without discounts and special offers).

However, by agreement with the airline company, such baggage can be transported in the cargo bay of the aircraft, it all depends on each specific case.

f)    List of prohibited items and substances

A complete list of prohibited items and substances can be found in the Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air. In general, it is forbidden to take with you on board:

  • Firearms and gas.
  • Explosives and explosive substances.
  • Compressed and liquefied gases.
  • Flammable liquids.
  • Flammable solids.
  • Poisonous and narcotic substances.
  • Other substances, objects and dangerous goods that may be used to commit an act of unlawful interference.

The rules for confiscating these items and substances from a passenger are summarized below. If the possession of this item or substance is not prohibited by law, it is confiscated from the passenger with the relevant law and transferred to the accompanying passenger at the airport. If the possession is illegal, the passenger is removed from the trip and, together with these items or substances, is transferred to the law enforcement organisms.

5.    How to book flights?

There are convenient systems for quick search of airline tickets around the world. Some even work with more than 700 airlines, agencies, and booking systems, at no extra cost or service charges. The advantage of buying airline tickets is a great selection of flight options and the best prices. From Moscow to St. Petersburg or to the islands of Reunion in Madagascar, no matter which direction you choose, some are guaranteed to find a flight at the best price.

A simple instruction will help you find easily the right airline ticket via Internet in this case.

We recommend you a flight search site www.momondo.com

Fill the form

You will need to fill in the form you are requesting with the necessary data according to the airline used.

A little bit of waiting

The system is looking for the air ticket you need. So you have to be patien.

Search results

Here you can find the best offers on the tickets and the necessary route.

You will see the “Low Price Calendar” – and the most favorable rates for each day in the selected month of your trip. A great way to save money on flexible travel dates.

Later you should open the list of airports located near the search.

Choose the best price

Everything is simple here, the most profitable option will usually be the first one. Pay attention to the airport and the departure time, as well as the duration of the flight, if available, and choose the most convenient option. Now you must “buy” the one that you have already chosen. In some occasions, the price of the plane ticket may differ slightly from the original one. This happens if during the time of our thinking someone had bought it. In this case, they will offer you another option.

Air ticket booking

You are on the company’s website, from where you will get an air ticket. Here you have to fill in the details of passenger (or passengers), choose the payment method and provide contact information such as a phone number and email address. This address must be valid, since in the next few minutes you will receive a reservation confirmation with all the details of the order and the contacts of the airline ticket seller.

If the confirmation letter did not come, look in the “Spam”, perhaps, without merit it fell into the “trash” folder.

Along with the air ticket, you can buy an insurance policy against lost luggage, flight delays or accidents – for this you need to check the related information.

Booking confirmation

You have checked your email and you have found a confirmation email. It is worth to check once again the data specified in it. If everything is correct, the task can be considered successful. If you have found some  inaccuracies, be sure to contact the agency where you have bought the plane ticket, specifying your contact information in the letter.

Pay the air ticket

You can pay for your ticket in several ways. The most common way is to do it with a bank card. Visa or MasterCard, as well as special virtual cards of various systems designed for online payments. In the appropriate fields, enter the card number, the expiration date, the name of the owner (Latin letters as indicated on the card) and the CVC code (3 numbers on the back of the “plastic”).

Congratulations! The payment was successfull.

The Museum of the Sin

The Museum of the Sin: what do you have to know about it

In Tambov there is an analogue of the famous Kunstkamera, the Museum of the Sin. Here you can find a collection of medical pathologies, collected by the pathologist of the Hospital of the Second City. Archbishop Luke Yuri Kirillovich Shchukin.

The Museum of the Sin contains more than seven hundred containers with limbs, organs and human embryos linked to alcohol. The name of the museum is not accidental. For more than 35 years of work in the morgue, Shchukin selected the remains of corpses for his unique collection, clearly illustrating the consequences of harmful human vices such as drinking and drug addiction.

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Memory Square and Alley of Glory in Anapa

Few tourists know about the resort in Anapa, this is the city of military glory. In memory of the Anapchans, who showed courage and heroism in the 20th and 21st centuries, here is the Memory Square with the Glory Alley located at the intersection of Avenue of the Revolution and Tiraspolsky Alley.

The first memorial complex was installed here in 1967 in the mass grave of the participants in the Civil War and the Great Patriotic War. On the one hand there is the figure of a Red Army soldier in Budenovka, on the other hand, a soldier with a cap. There is an eternal flame nearby.

The place is surrounded by 18 black tablets, which are carved in the same row with the names of the dead soldiers.

The granite slab to the left of the monument, covered with barbed wire, is a reminder of the victims of political repression. In the middle of it there is a huge hole, which symbolizes the fate of innocent people. To the right a soldier is sitting on a stone on his knees with a machine gun unloaded and a can in his hand. There is endless fatigue on his face. This is one of the country’s first monuments to Afghan soldiers, established here in 1992.

The sailor Mustachoid sternly looks at the passers-by from the monument to the sailors of the revolution. In 1921 the warship “Elpidifor-415” entered into an unequal battle with 4 French destroyers during the transition from Novorossiysk to Sevastopol. After a two-hour battle, the ship was sunk, and chemical ammunition was fired at the rescued people.

The inscription on the granite slab reads: “The victims of Chernobyl” that remindes of the heroism of the liquidators of the accident. The inhabitants of Anapa not only participated in the elimination of the consequences of the disaster, but also treated the victims and their children.

At the exit from the square, on the initiative of the Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers, a commemorative sign was installed for those who died in Chechnya. The granite slab was divided in two parts by an explosion, several rounds lay in the slot.

Practical information

Address: Anapa, Av. Revolution. Coordinates: 44.895283, 37.304351.

How to get there: take buses № 2 and № 24 to the stop “Diluch”.

The Wolf Museum

No other Tambov brand has been as famous and recognizable as the Tambov’s wolf. At different times this expression was of different semantic colors. For the citizens themselves it is a very significant emblem. That’s why they have the Wolf Museum. In the wild, there are no specific species of “Tambov wolf”: rather, the forest predators that live in the Tambov region, are the ordinary gray wolves located in the nature of the Russian central belt.

Today, the Tambov wolf is one of the most popular souvenirs in the region: there are all kinds of toys made of wood and glass, magnets, key rings, various dishes with the symbolism of the “wolf”, various textiles and the other things. On the other hand, today the Tambov wolf is registered as a trademark for a wide range of products produced by Tambov companies, this ranges from the chocolate and ice creams to alcoholic beverages, as well as consumer goods.

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The Cape Panagia

The eastern point of the demarcation line between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov falls on a treeless shore, with a chain of stones departs. Perhaps due to its shape, which resembles a church with an image of the God’s Mother, the corporal was called Panagia, that is, “all the saints.” But there is another version, which says that from here, in the first century of our era, the Apostle Andrew the First began his missionary journey through the North Caucasus. He founded a church here and consecrated it in the name of the Virgin. But the landslide destroyed the temple.

The legend has a natural justification. The sea really “eats” a few meters of The Cape Panagia every year. Its base is soft limestone, formed by the skeletons of the ancient animals. During the long millennia it was clay, and when the shore rose above the water, the waves began to systematically destroy the fragile stone. The scenic cliffs along the shore are the result of this work.

What can you see?

The land of the Taman Peninsula and the sea near its shores are full of historical artifacts. Perhaps, the Amazon tribes lived here. The Greek colony of Phanagoria was in full swing with the grain. At the Cape Panagia, mountains made of clay skulls and ancient burials are constantly found.

In less than a year, the next team of divers is trying to find the legendary church on the seabed, which gave the cape its name. Until now, at a distance of 3 km from the current shore, only the ruins of an old lighthouse, the remains of the anchors of Greek galleys, have been found.

There are also modern ships, victims of shipwrecks and military operations. During the Great Patriotic War, from a cliff 30 m high, the 743rd coastal defense battery bombarded the German invaders. Now there are only underground passages and two powerful concrete slabes there. The sea has washed the shore, and now, the observation deck is already hanging in the air. There is a modest obelisk upstairs.

The road was blocked by an earthen embankment, because there is a real danger of landslide. Tourists will have to walk several hundred meters and observe with extreme caution.

The area on the cape is deserted and untidy, for extreme tourists. There are no sources of fresh water and firewood. A little further along the coast is the construction of the docks of the new port, but it is impossible to get there due to the ravines and embankments. The road is dirt, in dry weather,it can be completely passable by an ordinary car. But it is difficult to get out of the cape when the weather is bad.

The Tambov Regional Museum of Local History

What you have to know about the Tambov Regional Museum of Local History?

One of the oldest museums in Russia, the Tambov Regional Museum of Local History, founded in 1879 to commemorate the centenary of the formation of Tambov and vice versa. It is  famous not only for its rich collection, but also for the building in which it is located, as it is the former House of the Political Illustration. This is the Tambov Regional Museum of Local History, which currently has 112,693 exhibits in its collection. It includes the rarest collection of Russian engravings of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Also a collection of decorative Chinese and Dutch vases (second half of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries) and the paleontological collection of invertebrate animals. This is just the main building of the museum, which includes four branches scattered throughout the region.

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Do you need a visa to go to the Russia

A visa to go to the Russia 2018 Fifa World Cup. Do you need it?

The first thing you you have to know when traveling to Russia is that this is a country with some requirements for entry. These requirements relate to the need to have a visa. Especially we would like to mention a process of a visa to go to the Russia 2018 Fifa World Cup. A Russian visa – is a permit issued by Russia to foreign citizens for entry or temporary stay in the country. It is attached to the passport.

While there are about 40 nationalities who are not required to enter Russia (mainly the countries of the former USSR and South American countries), for the rest of the world’s citizens (including EU citizens) it is necessary to apply for a visa to go to the Russia 2018 Fifa World Cup, which implies the submission of documentation and the payment of consular fees.

In general, these are 4 groups of countries that do not require a visa:

-Commonwealth of Independent States

The majority of the former Soviet republics are part of the following countries. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Georgia, etc. Citizens of some countries can travel to Russia without a visa and a time limit. Although, for others there is a limit of 90 days staying in a coutry. The 3 Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), which are currently members of the EU, are not in this group.

-South American and Central American countries

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador. Fiji, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru. Uruguay and Venezuela, to which could be added Israel in the Middle East or the Republic of Vanuat in Oceania. All these countries also do not need a visa for up to 90 days (every 180 days). Also they will not be able to participate in any commercial or work-related activities during their staying in the country.

-Cuba, Montenegro and Serbia, Mongolia, Thailand, Seychelles, Hong Kong (up to 14 days) and Macao

Citizens of these countries can stay in the Russian Federation for up to 30 days without a visa. In this case they have no right to work during their stay in Russia. Please note that citizens of Turkey no longer have a visa exemption from January 1, 2016.

-Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia

Citizens of these Balkan countries can stay in Russia without a visa for up to 30 days, but they need an invitation letter.

It is true that the Russian authorities are going to be more flexible in this aspect. So that all tourists and football fans could easily come to Russia to discover this magnificent country and enjoy the sport they like the most.


The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, has signed a law whereby foreigners who come to Russia to enjoy the 2018 Fifa World Cup, can do so without a visa. But it is not as it sounds. No visa required, but FAN ID is. The FAN ID is acquired with the purchase of World Cup tickets. Once the ticket is purchased, in a suitable web for this purpose, the FAN ID can be created.

This ID will be valid from 10 days before the first World Cup match until 10 days after the last World Cup match.

The procedure for obtaining this card and its shipping is free. To do this you have to register on the website designated by the Russian Government and fill in a form in which you have to fill in the information of your ticket, passport and other personal data. Also, you must specify your postal address so that they send the card to your address.

-How could I get my FAN ID?

At the end of the procedure you will get a request number through which you can track the status of your application. You can also register and pick up this card at the registration centers that are designated for those purposes. The card is valid throughout the World Cup period and children must also have their FAN ID.

Foreign citizens in order to enter the territory of the Russian Federation and the validity period of the FAN ID card must also present an identity document recognized by Russia, as well as tickets for a tournament match that they are going to attend.

According to the rules, foreigners who take part in the 2018 World Cup competitions and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, as well as athletes who are on the FIFA list, will receive a visa in a simplified manner.

In addition, the law provides that members of official delegations, athletes, persons included in the FIFA list, fans with fan-ID cards and volunteers will use local and regional transport services for free, including short-distance trains and subways, for routes to sporting events.

These measures will make the participation of tourists in the World Cup more simple. It will help you to get a visa to go to the Russia 2018 Fifa World Cup and enjoy this great event.

Anapa Museum of Local History

Anapa Museum of Local History. What do you have to know about it?

To begin with, the Anapa Museum of Local History is located near the central embankment, just a few hundred meters from the famous Anapa lighthouse. Despite its proximity to the sea, the small building of the old Shtetnev gymnasium is quite quiet. So you can combine business and a rest from the city rush and know the rich history of Anapa.

From the Kingdom of the Bosporus to the Russian Federation

Also the museum workers achieved almost incredible results, as they accommodated 25 centuries of Anapa history just in a few rooms. All that you can  find in Anapa Museum of Local History.

The pride of the museum is a rich collection of armor, daggers and sabers. The exhibition is devoted to the Turkish period of the history of Russia. It is much more “peaceful” and consists mainly of household items. In addition to the usual scissors, mirrors and sleeves, you can find really interesting exhibitions. For example, the clay tubes decorated with silver and gold.

Not everyone could find the treasure, but everyone can see it. Yes, yes, real treasure! It was found in the suburb of Anapa and transferred to the Local Museum of Wisdom. Now any visitor can admire the well-preserved collection of Turkish coins and silver.

The 19th century holds a special place in the history of Anapa. Also a rich collection of documents, diagrams and photographs of those times will tell the visitor how Anapa first became the part of Russia, and then became a flourishing complex.

The City of military glory

The museum represents the Soviet era, starting with an artillery cannon and a sea mine at the entrance to the museum, ending with a completely new composition dedicated to the role of the city in the Great Patriotic War. After the reconstruction in 2013, the museum equipped with a special interactive lighting and even the installation of artificial smoke. Not in all metropolitan museums you can find something like that! A special exhibition “Made in the USSR” represents the post-war period.

The Anapchans themselves donate most of the exhibits to the Anapa Museum of Local History. That is a clear testimony to the love of the people for their hometown.

Three dioramas are devoted to the flora and fauna of the Black Sea coast: “Floods”, “Forest” and “Steppe”.

The Catholic Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Tambov

The Catholic Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Tambov.
What do you have to know about it?

The Catholic Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is one of the churches in Tambov, which is not only an architectural monument, but also a completely independent and lively temple, whose worshipers have been praying since the end of the 19th century. The history of this religious place Tambov returns us in 1896, when representatives of the Catholic community of Tambov (according to the census of those years there were almost 700 people, mostly Polish) decided to raise funds for the construction of their church.

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The Castle “Lion’s Head”

A beautiful Castle “Lion’s Head”

From a quiet town of Sukko, where families with small children like to rest, you can see a castle, but not a medieval castle. It was recently erected by a group of twins for the performances of the horse show “Knight’s Tournament”. It is the Castle “Lion’s Head”.

The first performance took place in 2006, since then the script and the interpreters have changed several times. The troop has its own stable, where 15 permanently trained horses live, the winter room, where they train, and in the low season they give performances. The actors live in the shelter above the slope.

What to see and to do?

Inside the Castle “Lion’s Head” there is a stadium surrounded by supports. Here the soldiers come out to fight with real military weapons and armor. The culmination of the show is the spear tournament. The knights run against each other, hitting each other out of the chair. Everything looks very real.

The winner will award the prize to his lady of heart by choosing her among the girls present. Here you can also see alternative combat performances of the circus and jesters.

In the pause between the morning and night performances, there is a torture chamber with real instruments of the Palaean crafts that is opened for the exhibition. The excursion is conducted by a monk-inquisitor in the black mantle. There is even a genuine loyalty belt.

Beyond the walls of the Castle door, life is raging, too. It smells like fried meat, you can hear the sound of a hammer on the anvil. Soldiers with green jackets are trained in archery. A potter’s wheel is spinning, in front of the audience there is a new pot. The guests are happy to participate in all matters, especially children, men prove their strength in the forge, and then all together satisfy hunger in the tavern.

The menu offers dishes of medieval cuisine.

At the base of the Castle “Lion’s Head” stables there is a riding school, where everyone learns how  to care for horses, ride them and handle them while traveling and jumping. Hippotherapy sessions are held for special applications.

So, if you would like to visit the Castle “Lion’s Head” – be sure: you won’t regret it!

Bugazskaya Spit in Anapa

Bugazskaya Spit in Anapa

The most wild, windy place in the vicinity of Anapa is the Bugazskaya Spit. It is the mecca for kiters, surfers and all fans of secluded beaches. It’s length is up to 12 km along the mouth of the Bugaz and the Black Sea, a place under the sun, which will be worth visiting for everyone. But the main thing why people come here is because of the correct winds blowing during the season, shallow safe and absolutely pure water. In short, the best conditions for kitesurfing.

The Bugazskaya Spit, 250 to 300 m wide, is located on the territory of the Blagoveshchenskaya Spit Landscape Reserve, which was established in 1995. It extends on the south from Anapa and on the north from the village of Veselovka.

The coastal Spit amazes with its quality of fine quartz sand, sometimes mixed with pebbles and small shells. In fact, the whole territory here is a huge beach, on which the dunes rise, covered with atrophied grass, dried in the sun. If you climb the sand dune (a barkhan), it you will see an incredibly amazing sight: on the one hand you will see the turquoise waters of the Black Sea, which in these places are considered to be very clean, and on the other – the blue surface and quiet estuary.

During 5 months of  a year, you will see winds, shallow water, excellent waves, bright sun and fine sand … For fans, these words would sound like music, and for the Bugaz Spit all these phenomena are ordinary and common.

Kite and windsurf

Bugazskaya Spit is considered one of the best places in Russia for kiting and surfing. All that due to its geography. On the one hand, beginners train in the shallow water that is the Kiziltash estuary area (or Bugaz). On the other hand, in the Black Sea, professionals end up sailing in the wind.

Bugazskaya Spit is considered one of the best places in Russia for kiting and surfing: all thanks to its geography. On the one hand, beginners train in shallow water, that is an area of the Kiziltash estuary (or Bugaz). On the other hand, in the Black Sea, professionals end up sailing in the wind under the open air.

Windsurfing is also popular on the Bugazskaya Spit, so there are two schools here, and there is even one for diving. You can dive, but it’s better to do it in the presence of professionals of the diving club “Jamaica”. They also show off their wrecks of sunken shipss. For example, the tanker of the Great Patriotic War “Valerian Kuibyshev”.


The Vernadsky House Museum

Do you want to visit Tambov? The brilliant Russian scientist, founder of the biogeochemistry of science, is one of the representatives of Russia’s cosmogony, Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky, who lived a very hard life. He was lucky to be born in Czarist Russia, and it was the peak of his career to reach the Soviet Union. He was arrested for espionage, which, of course, was not released due to the request of Karpinski and Oldenburg, which they considered restricted in leaving, finally, he returned to Russia, where he met with Smer shortly before the end of World War II . In Vladimir the legendary personality is undoubtedly worthy of respect and interest. We tell you about the Vernadsky House Museum.

To better know the history of life and the legacy of one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century can go to the village Vernadovka which is now in the territory of Pichayevsky district of the Tambov region. Here is Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky, who was visited regularly, even more than that, was on the author’s project and built the main Manor house with a garden and a pond system.

What is particularly interesting: Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky has always paid attention to the education and development of the people around him, even when they were simple peasants. For example, with its direct participation in the Vernadovki territory and around several schools that opened in Sanpunktov, the road was paved, and the population provided help.

Unfortunately, the original state of Vernadsky to date has not been preserved, in 2003, according to the documents and drawings of complete files that were here, an exact copy was built, where today is the Vernadsky House Museum, as well as the scientific and cultural center of the Noosphere (Vernadsky noosphere – supposedly new, the highest stage of the evolution of the biosphere, the formation of which is associated with the development of society that has a profound impact on the processes natural).

The Noosphere center has a lobby and three rooms (scientific information offices and a conference room for 40 people), and two more in the Vernadsky Museum (the living room and the scientist’s studio). Often conferences, exhibitions and seminars are organized. Here we continue with the improvements in the gardening area, such as the avenues of lime that have been recently established and the cascade of the ponds have been restored.

On May 5, 2011 was the first inaugurated monument of Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky.

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The Anapa Archaeological Museum

The Anapa Archaeological Museum

Anapa is a small city on the south of Russia, people know it today as a children’s resort, with soft sandy beaches and therapeutic mud springs. But once it was a huge and prosperous metropolis, but the land was devastated by cruel war for centuries. The Anapa Archaeological Museum “Gorgippia” is one of the most interesting cultural sites of the city.

For several centuries, scientists were interested in the ancient history of these places. But the constant war did not allow them to begin a full-fledged investigation. Only in 1829, after the signing of the peace treaty and the final annexation to Russia, intensive excavations began. In scientific research, the power of Gorgippia was discovered in 1954. The abundance of the findings impressed the scientists, so that in 1977, the Archaeological Museum was established in Anapa. It was called “Gorgippia”, the name of an ancient fortress city, which stood here 2500 years ago.

What can you see there?

The museum consists of two exhibition grounds, one in covered buildings and the other one in open spaces. We advise you to see everything in order to get a complete picture of how our ancestors lived 2,000 years ago.

The disadvantage of the exhibitions of the museum, is that in the territory of old Greece there are similar exhibitions. The facilities are made of light stone, decorative finishes pillars, portals and pediments. The modern suspended ceiling is decorated with lights incorporated in the shape of a starry sky. The transparent windows allow you to see the exhibitions on all sides. The bright lights highlight the main accents. The first feeling of the museum is very positive and happy. A few thousand artifacts are found here. Among them ancient sculptures, amphoras and ancient coins, jewelry and funeral masks of women. The Anapa Archaeological Museum kept part of the only paintings dedicated to the 12 works of Hercules, the other part is in Moscow, currently under restoration. All this will be seen in the tour of the museum, and the guide will tell you about the history of the birth and death of the great Bosphorus kingdom.

So we advise you to visit the Anapa Archaeological Museum to know more about the history of Anapa and Russia in general.

The Kondoidi House in Tambov

Which way of seeing Tambov is advisable? Here there are many Tambov museums. Grigoriy Vladimirovich Kondoidi was the leader of the small nobility of Tambov, State Councilor, member of the commission for the reform of local government in St. Petersburg, in a word, prominent, well-known personality and a legend in his own way. Here we tell you about the Kondoidi House in Tambov, one of the Tambov museums. It is the best way to see Tambov.

By the way, the noble Kondoidi race came to Russia from the island in Greece, Corfu in the 18th century, and since then it has faithfully served our country.

The first Russian in Kondoidi’s career can be called as the well-known Russian doctor Pavla Zaharovicha Kondoidi, who in the middle of the 18th century was organizing regular medical affairs in the army, and served Empress Elizabeth as a personal gynecologist. It was his descendant Grigori, who became an honored citizen of Tambov and the main government officials.

Kondoidi did a lot for Tambov, and in general, he had a somewhat generous personality (and in some very questionable), because for a long time without thinking gave the city some of its mansions, including a luxurious mansion on Gymnasicheskaya Street, now called Str. Communal. Manor, built in the Renaissance style, became the property of the city’s Duma and council. In the 80s of the 19th century, there was a police department. In the east and south wings, the City Bank and the women’s university were extended. In short, Don Kondoidi Tambov is used for fame. But, of course, with the advent of the Revolution, all these governments were abolished.

During the civil war in 1917-1918, resistance to the revolution was placed here, which was headed by the Mensheviks, Socialist-Revolutionaries and white officers. But on the night of January 30 to 31, 1918, the detachment of workers broke into the building, proclaimed Soviet power in the territory of the Tambov region.

Later, on the wealthy property of Kondoidi, Gubleskhoz met (1924), two years later it became a town hall, and another 2 years later, it was the district court, around the 1930s. The Party Committee and the City Hall, since 1992, worked as the Office of the Mayor of Tambov. Today, the old mansion of the nobility is a leader of the administration of the city of Tambov.

Fortunately, due to the fact that the established farm was free from the Soviet authorities, there was not much suffering to furnish the house. Therefore, at this time, the former residence of Kondoidi has preserved as well as the refined exterior decoration with a lot of small details, giving a festive aspect, and the magnificently decorated doors, and marble staircases, which leads to the second floor.

By the way, looking at this beauty can be very easy: at the Kondoidi House in Tambov it housed the machine head of the Tambov city administration, library, several committees and some control of the city administration. So during the week, you can search for business here freely.


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Water Park Golden Beach in Anapa

Anapa is a favorite for many Russians among coastal cities, which has a lot of beaches, green parks and cafes. Of course, the most important advantage is the Black Sea. However, sometimes one wants to relax in the sea, and the level of the beach is felt. The recipe is simple: a sufficient number of children, and then run to the water park, so with shouting, exclamations to spend a fun day on the extreme high-speed roller coaster and in the park with the local water painting of the Wayer Park Golden Beach in Anapa.

It is located in the center of the city, the water park is very well designed for families with children, and it will not be boring even for young people. The attractions of Massa are located in several thematic areas, there is a comfortable design that makes it possible to go to the park filled with a large number of tourists.

“Kamikaze”, “Spiral”, “Dragon” and “Boa” – these are fantastic names that are given to the attractiones of  the Water Park Golden Beach in Anapa.

For an age group of 10 years and over, there are the hills “Boa”, “Espiral” and “Nodo”. “Kamikaze” or the “Black Hole” are allowed for children from 12 year olds.

For those who have already received a lot of adrenaline, it is possible to relax in the pool or sunbathe in the surrounding sun loungers. In the park there are three swimming pools for children, a wave pool, as well as a large reservoir in the form of three lagoons that are connected to each other.

Practical information

Address: Anapa, Grebenskaya 1

How to get there? : using almost all buses and minibuses in the direction to the Central Beach.

Working hours of the Water Park Golden Beach in Anapa: from mid-May to mid-September every day: from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.


The House of Aseeva in Tambov

Under the street, there is a fun and simple title itself, Quay is considered one of the main attractions of Tambov. In it they move is not only one of the favorites of tourists, but also of the citizens themselves, and what is especially pleasant in front of the water that continues to improve, is the constant opening of new monuments and cozy cafes. But the most curious eyes attract the intelligent, which is the renovated and famous Aseevsky Palace or The House of Aseeva in Tambov. Read more about this unique Tambov palace.

The House of Aseeva in Tambov, in fact, of course, not a palace, is actually a mansion, but it is not simple. The exterior of the building is surprising: it combines with the eclectic and capricious elements of the baroque, classicism and modernity. It was built at the end of the 19th century, the estate of the rich and industrial province of Russia, Aseeva has long been plunged into oblivion as housing of the cardiological sanatorium. It was a ruinous destination, destroyed and it seemed that it would never return to its natural state, so they decided to take the bull by the horns and show the whole of Russia since it was necessary to save its cultural heritage. Later the Aseevsky Palace was repaired, the neglected garden was “combed” and the interiors have been restored almost to their totality. Today the branch of the Museum of “Peterhof” is located in this building.

History of Aseevsky Palace

A major manufacturer and philanthropist M. V. Aseev built his farm on the outskirts of Tambov, just in front of a soft and silent surface of the river spill, with wonderful views beyond the wide river. It is not restricted to the media, the construction of the polygon was ordered in such a way that it will remain without canons. It would seem like a great opportunity to show your bad taste, but not in this case. The main house Manor is surprising in proportionality and grace of all its elements: it is light, beautiful, with asymmetrical facades and very interesting decorative solutions.

In 1908 in the territory of the Aseeva estate was not only the palace, but also a laundry service, servants of the house, stables, transport house, and even the construction of the power plant was carried out.
The main house has a surprising proportionality and grace in all its elements: it is light, beautiful, with asymmetrical facades and very interesting decorative solutions.

With the advent of the revolution, Aseeva was going in the direction of hell. His factory, was providing a cloth around 50% of the personnel of the tsarist army, nationalized. The manufacturer did not wait for the end of the division of the “bourgeois” property and sheltered all his considerable family, which consisted of his wife, two sons and five daughters, taking them first to Moscow and then abroad.

The last thing that was heard from the enterprising businessman of Czarist Russia, refers to 1921, when England became the Mikhail leader of Russian émigrés, which shows great respect for him and his popularity among all environments. Around 1985 the millionaire of Canada, who was Aseeva’s grandson, offered his own cost to restore the mansion, with only one condition, to become a museum. Why did the officials at the time say “no”? It is something unknown.

So May 6, 1918, the House of Aseeva in Tambov seized and converted into a boarding school for children of poor families. In the autumn of 1918 there was a group of “soldiers on horseback”, and later the palace of Tambova moved to the farm of the Faculty of Agronomy of the University of Tambov. Since 1931, what was once an exuberant and rich farm becomes a cardiological sanatorium.

What can you see in this Tambov palace?

Of course, special attention should be paid to the main country house that was restored, where you will find the valuable collection of the head of the Museum of “Peterhof” at present. By the way, the experts managed to retain substantially all the built-in furniture, remembering the old masters of Aseeva and restoring the strange reliefs.

The Park is the pride of Aseeva’s private estate. Here there are two-centuries-old trees, like linden trees, elms, oaks, pines, the murmur of the fountains, with languor looking at the nothingness the indifferent sculptures. In the spring, in the Aseevsky Palace the aroma of acacia and honeysuckle, in the heat of the day meets the cool shade of the crown of poplar and blue spruce.

The main survivor of the Tambov palace park is the English oak, which, according to some scientists, recently celebrated more than 215 years.

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The Anapa Embankment

The embankment of any tourist city is its calling card, clear evidence of its beauty, habitability, and state. Anapa has a surprise not only to the many guests, but also to its competitors. In 2002, the old pier was completely remodeled. Now, I do not dare to call it simply the waterfront, as it is a gigantic tourist complex, which extends over 5 km.

The main attractions are concentrated in the central part: it is actually the 1.6 km long “New Quay”, the central beach, as well as the numerous museums and places of interest.

The sandy beaches are one of the main advantages of Anapa, most of the beaches of the European pebble stations. Why is Anapa so lucky? The fact is that before the Old Kuban River flowed into the Black Sea near Anapa, it brought the sand with it. In the 19th century the channel was blocked, the river died, and the sand was for the delight of the future as a health resource.

The central promenade is dressed in granite and decorated with lanterns, sculptures and exquisite fountains. The alley is decorated with compositions of flower figures, as the fruit of the imagination of the local florists. “Whale-fish”, “Elephant”, “Octopus”, “Dolphins”, these characters were arranged to catch the imagination of the tourists, every year there are new ones. There are plantations along the coast of the Mediterranean palms, this is Russia’s answer to the Croisette. It is believed that the embankment is divided into two levels: this is not entirely accurate, as the coastal rocks are below the balustrade and it is practically independent of the level. Tourists love to sunbathe on the hot stones, they are no longer aware that it is not only a decorative function: in fact, they are the breakwaters, since thanks to them the embankment remains safe even during storms.

Slightly superior to the wide railing that is always full of life, there are numerous cafes, attractions and souvenir shops, it is not easy to get to the central beach and here is the only water stadium in the country. The night of this level is the weather, discos, karaoke bars and light shows. The upper level (also known as Costa Alta) is not usually so crowded, it is preferred by romantics and antique lovers as it offers beautiful views of the Black Sea and the city’s harbour.

Not all tourists know that the best view of the sea does not open from the high shore, and the towers of the nearby water park.

On the upper level is the main attraction of Anapa “The Alley of Love”, which ends with the age, but the lighthouse still works as the favorite meeting place of lovers; the museum of ancient history of “Gorgippia” with a unique outdoor exhibition; “The Gate of Russia” where the remains of the 18th century fortress are located, as well as the Central Park with the exotic sculpture “White Hat” (which was created only in 2007, but managed to gain sensational popularity, so be prepared to stand in line if you want to be photographed in its background).

The Anapa Embankment is not just a showcase for the city, it is its heart. It is almost certain that you will not be able to pass it, otherwise you would absolutely regret it.

The Monastery of the Ascension in Tambov

What to see in Tambov? There are many Tambov monasteries but one of them is super unique. The Monastery of the Ascension in Tambov, was founded in 1690 by the Bishop of Tambov and Kozlovski, St. Pitirim, which is considered one of the most beautiful mansions of the diocese of Tambov. The monastery is located on the northern outskirts of the city at the mouth of the Alexander Hawrushka Studentsov and the rivers, and its first abbess was the sister of Bishop Pitirim, Catherine. It is one of the monasteries of Tambov that is of the diocese.

The fate of the rich Ascension Monastery in Tambovestaba burned, and then it was rebuilt, where it was kept within its walls fertile icon, and was closed for a long period during the Soviet power, which revived in the 20th century. But it all began peacefully and, as in many other Russian monasteries, the poor was gradually enlarged and rebuilt for several centuries. Initially, 18 cells of the nuns were built in its territory, this was a simple wooden hut, there was not even a church or clergy.

What to see in Tambov?

On the reform of Catherine II in 1764, the Monastery of the Ascension in Tambov received full-time status, since the sum of the contents did not reach 375 rubles.

The first stone church of the Ascension of the Lord was established a hundred years later, those of the monastery in 1791. In 1816 the first stone of the second church of the monastery was laid. Truly they were glorious days when they arrived at the monastery in the first half of the 19th century, where the nun Miropiya (Adenkova in the world) was installed. It is from his name that is associated with the exaltation of the miraculous Vyshenskii (Kazan) of the icon of the Virgin.

Nun Miropiya (Maria Ivanovna) Moscow nobleman, was born in 1766, when he gave the parents in marriage to the noble Adenkova, who blessed the generic icon of Kazan, the Mother of God. Unfortunately, the life of Maria Ivanovna’s family was short, her husband died shortly, and the rich widow decided to retire to the Moscow monastery Zachateisk Alexeyev. So she lived there, not knowing the abode of Tambov’s glory, which, if it were not for the Second World War in 1812, due to the arrival of Napoleon, all the sisters left the monastery, so they met in the route. Taking the long way there is a treasured icon of the Mother of God of Kazan, which was found by a coachman and almost became his victim. He planned to rob the nun, but he converted from the heart was converted with a prayer for the Queen of Heaven to hear the voice, “Do not fear, I am your protector.” At the same moment the coachman lost his sight, confessed between tears and asked Maria Ivanovna to pray for her healing. Of course, he felt sorry for the coachman, and after a brief prayer before the icon of the Virgin of the sight he took her to the convent.

The first stone church of the Ascension of the Lord was built a hundred years after founding the monastery, in 1791 took the veil under the name Miropiya, for 14 years lived a nun in a simple wooden cell, which is in the front corner of the lamp burned before the icon of the Mother of God of Kazan. Before his death, he thought of transferring the icon to the monastery church, which was the Virgin and was ordered to deliver the icon to Shatskaia Vyshenskii, in the desert, which was made by the sisters of the Monastery of the Ascension. The fertile icon of Vyshenskii (Kazan) and the icon of the Virgin of today are there, illuminating the path to those who suffer, bringing relief and rest to all who come to pay homage to the prayer of the heart.

All Tambov monasteries are interesting. But going back to the Voznesenka monastery, by the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century it was characterized by the flowering of time. In the monastery there were choirs and riznaya, a refuge for orphan girls (Olginskaya school), as well as a building for the cooking of holy bread, the garage and stables, barn and many other dependencies. The novices are not sitting around doing nothing: they weave cloth and canvas, black cloth for suits and cassocks, as well as the Miter that is produced for embroidery in gold and silver.

After the revolution of December 1918, the monastery fell on hard times, began to deteriorate, disintegrate, was closed, even though it gave the town hall “for its use in cultural and educational purposes.” In the 90s of the 20th century, the Monastery of the Ascension in Tambov was returned to the believers, was rebuilt little by little, clarified, put in order and even broke the flower beds. Today, the Ascension Monastery in Tambov is once again full of life, and enjoys all the pilgrims with warmth and special love.

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The Lighthouse in Anapa

It is hard to disagree with the fact that in one of the most romantic and beautiful coastal cities there will be, of course, besides the sea and the coast, some elegant lighthouse towers. In addition to the aesthetic component, the lighthouse, of course, still has a sacred and metaphysical meaning, which acts as a spark of hope to guide the brave sailors in any storm and bad weather