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Russia Travel Blog

We travel Russia seeking out Russian food, wine, the best things to do in Russia, & accommodation in Russia for you.

Russia Official Language: Russian (There are also 35 other official languages in Russia in different regions)

Currency Of Russia: Russian Ruble (RUB)

Russian Population: 143,906,094

Capital City: Moscow

National Day: 12th June

Timezone: UTC +2 to UTC +12

The world’s largest nation, Russia crosses 11 time zones and is the 12th largest economy in the world. It borders more countries than others and has the widest variety of landscapes, including forests, tundras, lakes, and plains.

Russia is popular for journeys along the Golden Ring cities route and the rides on the Trans-Siberian railway. Sea resorts on the Black Sea coast, cruises on the River Volga, snowy mountain resorts, volcanoes, and geysers call many a traveler to visit.

Add to that glorious palaces, monumental churches and imperial residences that showcase the grandeur of times past with the most magnificent displays of architecture. And then top that up with a culture of food that includes the Stroganoff, Russian Salad, Borscht, Pelmeni and Golubtsyey; and you might never want to come back home from Russia! While you’re there, enjoy the best that this incredible country has to offer.

International Airports In Russia: Sheremetyevo International Airport, Vnukovo International Airport and Ostafyevo International Business Airport

These airports serve European and Western Asian destinations: Voronezh (Chertovitskoye), Belgorod Stringino, Bryansk, Zhukovsky (Ramenskoye), Kazan, Perm, Bolshoye Savino, Kurumoch, Ufa, Krasnodar (Pashkovsky), Platov, Simferopol, Sochi, Volograd (Gumrak), Magnitogorsk, Koltsovo, Irkutsk, Baikal, Vladivostok (Knevichi)

Gagarin International Airport will open in 2019. Russia has a total of 227 airports.

Russian Traditional Food:

  • Borscht, red beetroot soup
  • Olivier Salad, popularly known as Russian Salad
  • Beef Stroganoff, sauteed beef in a smetana or sour cream sauce named after Count Stroganoff
  • Pelmeni, dumplings stuffed with lamb or pork
  • Khodolets, meat or pork cooked for 7 hours and jellied
  • Kotleti, or fried beef or chicken patties
  • Solyanka Soup, made of cured meat and pickles
  • Golubtsyey, meat-stuffed cabbage rolls
  • Blini, light and sweet pancakes
  • Medovik, a sweet honey cake

Top Things To Do In Russia:

    See the onion domes of the Epihpany Cathedral in Irkutsk

  • Explore the hot springs, volcanoes and geysers or Kamcahtka Peninsula
  • Explore Krasnoyark, the most beautiful city in Siberia
  • Explore the Deer Streams National Park
  • See the gleaming mosaics of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • Explore the home of the Burayati people, Ulan Ude
  • Swim in Lake Baikal, the Blue Eye of Siberia
  • See the former capital of Prussia, Kaliningrad
  • Explore the city of Petropavlovskaost, surrounded by volcanoes and mountains
  • Wonder at the monumental architecture of the Kremlin in Moscow
  • Explore the nuclear ship Lenin in Murmansk
  • Explore the riverside city of Nizhny Novgorod
  • Ride the trains on the Trans Siberian Railway
  • See the Winters Palace of the Russian Emperors
  • Explore the Curonian Spit, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • See the museum in the former Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed
  • Spend time in the museums and galleries of peaceful Novosibirsk
  • Stand in the Red Square
  • Peterhof Palace, commissioned as a response to the Palace of Versailles
  • Visit a dormant volcano and the highest mountain in Europe, Mount Elbrus
  • Explore the Kizhi Island Museum on Lake Onega
  • See the amazing views from Sparrow Hill, formerly known as Lenin Hills

Major Places Not To Skip:

  • Iconic Moscow
  • Mountainous Altai
  • Black Sea resort city Sochi
  • Cultural Capital Saint Petersburg
  • Naval base Vladivostok
  • Mind-blowing Lake Baikal
  • Resort town Anapa
  • Golden Ring cities
  • Adventurous Altay Mountains
  • Ski destination, the city of Ekaterinburg
  • Historical Kazan