It’s hard to imagine the sheer size of Russia. It covers most of northern Asia and a large chunk of eastern Europe. However, it's this huge expanse and the vast variety within the country that makes Russia an exciting place to visit, whether you go to the cities or the countryside and wilderness.
If you're considering booking a flight to Russia, it’s a good idea to start figuring out exactly where you want to go.
Russia’s two principal cities are the capital Moscow and St. Petersburg. In Moscow, you'll find something to suit every taste. During the day, visit the museums, browse the shops and experience the grandeur of Red Square and the Kremlin. In the evening, relax in the clubs, restaurants and cafés.
St. Petersburg is noticeably different from Moscow. Unlike the capital, which has a distinctly Russian feel to it, St. Petersburg has a greater European influence. Spend time strolling along the beautiful canals, admire the neoclassical and Baroque architecture and make sure you see the art and treasures in museums such as the Hermitage.
Russia is not just a country of compelling cities, however. It also has one of the most fascinating areas in the world: Siberia.
One way of seeing Siberia is from a carriage on the Trans-Siberian Railway. The line runs 5772 miles (9289 km) from Moscow to Vladivostok. You don't have to ride the train all the way, but if you do, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you’ve travelled the entire length of the world's longest railway line.
Other outstanding features of Siberia include Lake Baikal. The lake is the deepest in the world and has almost 20% of the earth's unfrozen fresh water.
If you want to see a Siberian city, visit Tomsk. The wooden architecture provides a contrast to the ornamental stonework and modern steel of Moscow and St. Petersburg.
While you're in Siberia, you might also want to try some of the many outdoor activities. The Tuva region offers hiking, skiing and rafting in a landscape of forests and mountains.
An area less well-known than Siberia but definitely worth a visit is Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. Take in the volcanic scenery and intriguing range of wildlife.
From the city of Petropavlovsk, you can take organised tours to see brown bears, reindeer, wolves, sables and sea eagles. From the area's coastline, you can observe sea otters and whales.
Russia is so large, it encompasses 11 time zones. Moscow and St. Petersburg are both GMT +3. If you're travelling around the country, remember to adjust your watch accordingly.
The currency in Russia is the ruble. There are ATMs in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other major cities.
To enter Russia, you will need a visa, so make the necessary arrangements well before your flight.
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