“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” – Leo Tolstoy
While the Kremlin is arguably one of the most visited sites, it isn’t the only thing worth visiting in the Russian Federation. Tourism in Russia has increased by around 20% since 2000. With more and more people choosing to visit Russia, there’s never been a better time to visit the largest country in the world!
So which are the most important sites and monuments to visit in Russia? What do tourists do when they travel to Russia? Which Russian cities should you visit?
You’ll find the answers in this article. If should be noted that we won’t be able to talk about all the monuments worth visiting in Russia. The list you have here is just a select few.
Whether you’re going to Siberia, St Petersburg, Irkutsk, Vladivostok, Novgorod, etc., travelling around Russia as a tourist is a great experience. In this article, we’ve got a quick Russia travel guide for anyone who wants to travel to Russia and need help planning their itinerary.
When you travel to Moscow, you’ll probably notice that the Kremlin and Red Square are top of your list of things to visit. The Kremlin is home to the State Kremlin Palace (the seat of the Russian government).
The Kremlin should be the top of most people’s lists. (Source: 3dman_eu)
These monuments can be accessed through the Ploshchad Revolyutsii metro (blue line), Okhotny Ryad (red line), or Teatralnaya (green line).
Don’t forget that you can enjoy Saint Basil’s Cathedral or the GUM department store. Around Christmas, you can also enjoy the market and ice skating. There’s also the nearby Bolshoi Theatre.
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Just by the Kremlin on Red Square, Lenin’s Mausoleum is home to the tomb of the Lenin, the leader of the Russian Revolution and the Soviet Union.
The building itself was completed in 1930 but you will have to be really patient if you want to visit as the opening hours are really restrictive, the queues are long. You can only visit between 10:00 and 13:00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
You should really show up around half past eight.
At 540 metres high, this is Russia’s first radio Radio broadcast tower as well as the third largest active broadcast tower in the world. There are 15 television channels still being broadcast.
You can find the “7 Clouds” restaurant for a meal with an incredible view.
The tower is accessible from the VDNKh metro station. You’ll need to buy your tickets in advance on the tower’s website and show up 30 minutes beforehand in order to go through security. There is also a museum to visit if you want to learn more about radio.
Right next to the VDNKh metro station, you can find the Monument to the Conquerors of Space. This impressive monument is 110-metres high and was erected in honour of the Soviet space programme.
The Conquerors of Space Museum is worth a visit. (Source: AKuptsova)
Did you know that the Soviets were the first to send a man into space?
Yuri Gagarin is very famous in Russia.
If you’re looking for an authentic Orthodox Russian cathedral, Saint Isaac’s is exactly what you’re looking for. It was completed in 1858 after 40 years of work and is as impressive on the outside as it is on the inside. There are over 400 kilos of gold, 16 tonnes of marble, a tonne of bronze, and 500 kilos of precious stones. Each of the columns weighs 114 tonnes.
You should get your tickets ahead of time to avoid the queues on the day. If you want to see Saint Petersburg, the Neva, the port, etc., you need to climb to the top of the cathedral. There are only 262 steps between you and an incredible view.
With 233,000 metres squared and 3 million objects, the State Hermitage Museum is the world’s biggest museum in terms of exhibitions. It was founded in 1764 and is an important part of Saint Petersburg. The State Hermitage Museum is also known for its international cooperation.
The Hermitage Museum at Saint Petersburg is magnificent. (Source: dron19)
Did you know that 4.2 million tourists visit the museum every year?
You could wait up to 4 hours in the queue if you don’t plan ahead. Get a guided visit if you want to get the most out of this important site.
The second largest mosque in Europe, Kul Sharif is a religious building in the heart of the Kazan Kremlin, in Tatarstan’s capital. This is also a Muslim museum where prayers are recited each day.
The mosque dates back to the 16th century and was destroyed by Ivan the Terrible. Curious tourists can visit the mosque for free, as long as they cover their face and legs and there are staff on hand to help.
When you travel around Russia, you can travel back in time, especially when walking around the streets of Vladimir. It’s in these streets that you’ll see one of the most symbolic monuments, the Golden Gate. It was built in 1164 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Golden Gate was initially a defensive measure.
If you want to visit a monument that’s steeped in history, you should visit the tomb of Immanuel Kant. You can find it by the Königsberg Cathedral.
The Livadia Palace was a summer home of Nicholas II, Russia’s last tsar and is just a few miles from Yalta, Crimea. For a long time, it was an imperial residence.
Did you know that it hosted the Yalta Conference in 1945 at the end of the Second World War?
Nowadays, the palace is home to archives, although these can’t be viewed by the public.
If you want to get away from the city, you should head towards Lake Ladoga to Shisselburg, 22 miles from Saint Petersburg.
The Shisselburg Fortress has stood for nearly 700 years. (Source: GORBACHEVSERGEYFOTO)
The fortress was built in 1323 and is now a museum dedicated to the Second World War and its function as a prison during the tsarist period.
Make sure you budget for your trip to Russia!
This isn’t a monument as such but rather an open-air art piece. This sculpture was made in 2005 by Anatoly Vyatkin and is 30 times the size of a traditional keyboard. It’s worth a visit if you find yourself in Yekaterinburg.
Don’t forget that before you go to Russia, you’ll need the appropriate visa! Before your departure, you’ll need to sort out accommodation, get your Russian visa, ensure your passport is still in date, and pack for your trip. If you’re doing something like taking the Trans Siberian Railway, you might want to contact a tour operator before you go.
A tourist from the UK will need to sort out visas before they go. The tourist visa application needs to be completed before your trip to Russia. Regardless of your destination in Russia, you’ll need to contact the Russian consulate or embassy before travelling to the country. Additionally, you’ll need to have completed your booking for a hotel or travel company in Russia if you’re going on a cruise, for example. Generally speaking, Russian visas are quite simple to get.
Before you travel to Russia, you might want to learn more about the basics of the language. On Superprof, you can find private tutors offering Russian lessons. There are three types of tutorials available on the platform: private tutorials, online tutorials, and group tutorials.
Private tutorials are usually the most expensive option but they also offer the highest level of teaching and tutorials that are tailored to the individual. Online tutorials are generally cheaper as the tutor has fewer expenditures and can schedule more tutorials per day since they don’t have to travel. Finally, group tutorials are even cheaper because the cost is divided among the students but you won’t get the lessons tailored to each individual student.
If you’re thinking about becoming a tutor, you can create a profile on Superprof. Tutors who offer quality tutorials and tailored lessons won’t tend to have any problems finding students as your profile will quickly fill up with glowing reviews. If you’re looking to entice students, we recommend offering the first hour of tutorials for free so that potential students can see what you’re capable of and you can talk about the different types of tutoring you offer.
Don’t worry if your students end up going to Russia, either! You can continue tutoring them as long as you both have decent internet connections through online private tutorials.