A lot of people I talk to say “I would love to visit Russia one day...” but they say it in a way that implies that they never will. If you want to visit Russia, you must! Here are ten great reasons to book a trip this year:
1. The Religious History
The Russian Orthodox Church held an incredible amount of power and prestige during the tsarist era, and the incredible cathedrals in many Russian cities are a must-see for anyone interested in religious history. From the haunting Kazan cathedral in St. Petersburg to the grandiose St. Basil's cathedral in Moscow to the multitude of churches in the UNESCO Heritage city of Suzdal, there is no shortage of breathtaking religious sites in Russia.
2. The Literary History
Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Pushkin, Chekhov, Nabokov, Bulgakov, Gogol... all of these great authors – and more – lived and worked in Russia. Visit their homes, their favorite places and the sites of famous scenes from their work to gain a new depth of understanding and perspective about Russian literature.
3. The Art History
The art collection in the St. Petersburg Hermitage Museum is enough to occupy you for days... and that’s only one small part of all the art that you can see in Russia. Nearly every city houses at least one art museum with some amazing works.
4. The Tsarist and Communist History
5. The food (and drinks!)
6. The Methods of Transportation
7. The PeopleRussian people are warm, funny and welcoming – once you get to know them. And of course, Russian women are perhaps the most beautiful and glamorous in the world...
8. The Nature
Russia is, needless to say, a gigantic country, and the upside of that is that there is a huge amount of untouched nature waiting to be discovered by travelers. You can find some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world throughout Russia – for example in the UNESCO-protected Caucasus mountains and Lake Baikal in Siberia. You just have to be willing to take on a bit of an adventure!