The reasons to come to Russia

I hope you have already seen the article stating the benefits about coming to St. Petersburg.  Those benefits are also good reasons for  visiting Russia in general.  You will find out more benefits coming to Russia below.

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Beauty of contemplation

St. Petersburg is not the only wonderful Russian city with a great history, amazing architectural masterpieces, breathtaking views and of course hospitable citizens. All its suburbs are unputdownably amazing.

“Silver ring” route

For your knowledge it will be good to know that St. Petersburg is included in the list of so-called “Silver ring” route  (a route that passes through ancient Russian cities of Northwest Russia). There are also the following cities (I am mentioning the general information about the most well-visited places attended by me, too):

  • Vyborg is a part of Petersburg’s suburbs. Vyborg -view from Mon ReposThis is a city, which history was substantially impacted by Sweden, Finland and Russia. The main attractions -Vyborgsky castle, library Alvar Aalto, park Mon Repos. There are more than 300 different monuments inf Vyborg: architectural, historical, sculptural, archaeological.Vyborg-the hills
  • Novgorod the Great (Novgorod was not subjected to the Mongol invasion, although it paid tribute to the Horde, but retained the unique monuments of Old Russian architecture and pre-Mongol period. It was the only city among the oldest Russian cities, that managed to avoid decay and fragmentation in the XI-XII centuries)
  • Pskov (Pskov is one of the oldest cities in Russia. It is an important tourist center of Pskov region and northwest Russia. The list of cultural heritage of the Russian Federation includes Trinity Cathedral, Pskov fortress, Mirozhsky monastery, Pogankiny Chamber, a number of ancient churches of Pskov) Fortress of Pskov
  • Izborsk is one of the oldest Russian cities. The extant fortress on Mount Zheravi refers to the XIV century and is in relatively acceptable condition – walls and towers are preserved. Within the walls of the fortress there is St. Nicholas Cathedral, built in the XIV century. There is a well-known water source-Slovenian wellspring located near the famous fortress – it exists at least one thousand years.

Attention! Taken samples showed bacterial contamination and discrepancy of water to hygienic requirements for microbiological parameters. In 2013 CPS prohibited use water from the Slovenian wellspring without boiling, and swallowing lake water during water treatment.

  • Pechory. The main attraction of the city is the Pskov-Caves Holy Dormition Monastery, founded in the XV century. Pechory- amazing viewbeautiful view of Pechory

Pskov, Izborsk and Pechory are usually visited altogether as they are close to each other

  • Tikhvin. Its main architectural and historical landmark is the Tikhvin Uspenskiy monastery, founded in 1560. In the territory of the Tikhvin Monastery there is a museum, the oldest and one of the largest in the Leningrad region; There you can see old wooden buildings of the northern type and layout of the XVIII century. The city is famous for the miraculous icon of the Tikhvin Divine Mother which, according to legend, appeared magically on the river Tikhvinka in the 26th of June (July 9) in 1383.
  • Vologda (I have never been there. The city is situated 450 km away from Moscow. It is included in the number of cities with a particularly valuable historical heritage: there are 224 monuments of history, architecture, culture identified in the city)
 There are also the following cities in the list of Silver Ring:

Старая Русса (Staraya Russa); Великие Луки (Velikie Luki); Порхов (Porhov); Ивангород (Ivangorod); Кингисепп (Kingissepp); Корела (Korella (Priozersk)); Старая Ладога (Old Ladoga)

You can get to any of the cities with the help of railway – a quick and easy way to cross Russian distances and to get acquainted with energetic travellers like you. You can read more about train tickets purchase there.

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The capital of the country is of course a “must visit” place, it is a starting or finishing point of   “Golden ring” route.

Golden ring” route

Golden Ring of Russia is a special route that passes through the ancient Russian cities that have retained unique monuments of Russian history and culture, folk crafts centers. The amount and composition of cities in a particular route may be different. Below are the cities that are included in different routes.

Gold ring route consists of eight major cities -

1) Sergiev Posad (Russian and unique urban attraction is the architectural ensemble of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra)

2) Pereslavl (The city has five architectural complexes of monasteries and nine churches)

3) Rostov the Great, not to be confused with Rostov-on-Don (Rostov the Great has the world famous architectural monuments, such as the Rostov Kremlin. You can buy products of enamel in the city  – that is a folk craft)

4) Yaroslavl (one of the oldest Russian cities, which was founded in the XI century and reached its peak in the XVII century, the historical center of the city is situated at the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl, a UNESCO World Heritage Site)

5) Kostroma (The historic city center ensemble has retained as a model of its kind of classicism period of the end of XVIII-XIX centuries. Among the monuments of before Peter era the most interesting complexes are  Ipatiev and Theophany complexуы of monasteries. Also, the city has a museum complex of wooden architecture)

6) Ivanovo (city primarily known for its industry, educational institutions and revolutionary history.)

7) Suzdal (Suzdal has retained a large number of architectural monuments. Among them:

  • Suzdal Kremlin and three churches near it:
  1. Uspenskaya (XVII century)
  2. Nicholas (1720-1739)
  3. the Nativity of Christ (1775)
  • Monastic Ensembles
  • Ensemble of The trading square, including trade rows and churches of the 18th century
  • Delightful churches of the late 17th – mid-18th century
  • Sites of the museum wooden architecture)

8) Vladimir (this city is known for pre-Mongolian architecture recognized by UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the object “White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal':

  • Uspensky Cathedral – Cathedral of the XIV century in the North-Eastern Russia (inside there are fragments of frescoes of XII-XIII centuries and fragments of frescoes of 1408 made by Andrei Rublev, the famous Russian icon painter);
  • Demetrius Cathedral (1194-1197);
  • The city Golden Gates (1158-1164, rebuilt in the XVII-XVIII centuries)).

 Some add to the list of Golden Ring sites  Gus-Khrustalny (the city is one of the centers of the glass industry, there are several factories specializing in the production of glass and crystal).

 Also a great city for exploration (that is not included to the routes above) is Kazan (Kazan Kremlin is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tatar Hermitage is attractive for guests, as well as historical monuments and modern museum complexes, trade rows and etc). Kazan-KremlinKazan-Kaban lake

You can get to any of the cities with the help of railway – a quick and easy way to cross Russian distances and to get acquainted with energetic travellers like you. You can read more about train tickets purchase there.

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Siberian route
Tran-Siberian railway

The Trans-Siberian railway is the longest unremitting train route in the world – crossing several time zones and a multitude of various terrain ranging from deserts to prairies, from forests to mountains. Each stop along the Trans-Siberian railroad acquaints you with diverse cultures, landscapes and experiences. Taking the Trans-Siberian express can be an exciting adventure of a lifetime.easttowestandwesttoeastofRussia

Trans-Siberian journeys are usually held from west to east, but you can go in the opposite direction.

  • train departs from Moscow,
  • Vladimir: 209 km; 2 hours and 30 minutes,
  • Nizhny Novgorod: 461 km; 6 hours and 30 minutes,
  • Kirov: 917 km; 12 h 50 min,
  • Perm: 1397 km; 20 h 10 min,
  • Ekaterinburg: 1778 km; 1 day 2 hours 20 minutes,
  • Tyumen: 2104 km; 1 day 6 hours 30 minutes,
  • Omsk: 2676 km; 1 day 13 hours 50 minutes,
  • Novosibirsk: 3303 km; 1 day 21 hours 30 minutes,
  • Krasnoyarsk: 4065 km; 2 days 9 hours 20 minutes,
  • Angarsk: 5113 km; 3 days 2 hours 20 minutes,
  • Irkutsk: 5153 km; 3 days 3 hours 20 minutes,
  • Baykalsk: 5360 km; 3 days 6 hours 40 minutes,
  • Ulan-Ude: 5609 km; 3 days 12 hours 20 minutes,
  • Chita: 6166 km; 3 days 21 h 50 min,
  • Birobidzhan: 8320 km; 5 days 13h hours and 20 minutes,
  • Khabarovsk: 8493 km; 5 days 15 hours 40 minutes,
  • Vladivostok: 9259 km; 6 days 5 hours 19 minutes
    You can sail from Vladivostok on the ferry to Niigata on the west coast of Japan. This route is the most common.

You can see the available trains for your route below. You can read more about train tickets purchase there.

The second main route – Trans-Manchurian line,

which coincides with the Trans-Siberian to stop Tarskaya. Tarskaya is situated a few hundred miles to the east of Lake Baikal, from it Trans-Manchurian Railway leads southeast to China and then holds its way to Beijing.
Stops: Chita 6166 km, Karymskaya 6292 km, Onon River 6410 km, Borzya 6509 km, Zabaikalsk 6626 km, Manchuria 6638 km, Anansi 7173 km, Harbin 7573 km, Changchun 7820 km, Shenyang 8120 km, Shanheyguan 8311 km, Tianjin 8561 km,  Beijing 8961 km.

The third primary route is the Trans-Mongolian line,

which coincides with the Trans-Siberian to Ulan-Ude on the eastern shore of Lake Baikal. From Ulan-Ude the Trans-Mongolian Railway leads south to Ulan Bator, and then – again, in the south-east to Beijing.
Stops: Ulan-Ude 0 km, Zaudinsky 8 km, Sayantuy 35-36 km, Zagustay 127 km, Goose Lake 129-157 km, Jida 210 km, Naushki 253/0 km, Sukhbaatar 21km, Darkhan 123 km, Ulaanbaatar 404 km, 425-470 km, Choir 649 km, Dzamyn-Uude 1113 km, Erlian (China) 842 km (to Beijing, the countdown starts in the opposite direction), 415 km (train route passes by the Great Wall of China), Datong  371 km, 295-272 km, Beijing  0 km.

If you would like to know the approximate options of your route, you can check a “live” rail schedule to facilitate planning rail journeys in Russia and the region.

The economic aspects

Even if you are not tracking the currency rates, you should know that now Euro and Dollar cost more rubles that it was even several month ago, so for the same amount of your foreign money you can buy more things.  It means the following:

    • if you go to the restaurant, for the expected amount of your money you will get more food/ beverages. Earlier the total cost of fine dining with wine could start from 40$∼35€, now it starts from 20$∼16€!
    • jewelry, clothes, including fur coats, different luxurious things worth less money that it was before
    • electronic devices become cheaper for foreigner guests,  the cars, too!

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