Travel through the Winter Chills and Pleasant Summers of Russia

Russia has truly blossomed to become an international cultural capital with a large variety of activities for any tourist to explore. Moscow is also one of Europe’s most enchanting cities. While on holiday here, you can take a cruise down any of the huge, historical rivers, take what is known as the Golden ring tour of the major landmarks or even book a journey on the famous Trans-Siberian train.

Red Square

Start your tour in the capital, Moscow with a visit to the Red Square. This site will thrill history lovers and layman alike with its gorgeous layout. Stroll across this square and find yourself thrown right into history as most of the major political events tied to the country’s Soviet era, occurred here. Occupying a majority of the Red Square is the iconic St. Basil’s Cathedral which is synonymous with Russia. Commissioned by ‘Ivan the Terrible’, it rises like a bonfire to the sky and is a breath-taking monument. This unusual monument has eight side churches set around the core and has come to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Red Square
Red Square

Red Square, Russia by Andrey

Kremlin

Located quite close to the Red Square is the Moscow Kremlin, which is a fortress that is the seat of the current Russian government. Situated on the banks of the Volkhov River, it has served as the main homestead of the government for centuries and has been repeatedly fortified through the years. It has five palaces, four cathedrals with the Kremlin wall and towers enclosing it. This majestic building is well worth a visit and there are plenty of guided tours.

Kremlin
Kremlin

Kremlin, Russia by Alligator48

Sanduny Baths

The Sanduny Baths of Moscow are quite the historical landmark and allow you to experience something unusual on your trip to the Russian capital. You can book a ticket in any one of the rooms divided on the basis of class though all of them promise a luxurious experience by Russia trip planner. The Gothic room, in particular, is an ornate masterpiece with intricate wood carvings and the main shower room does not disappoint either with an elegant ancient Roman air to it.

Moscow in Winter
Moscow in Winter

Moscow by Marina

Lake Baikal

This ancient geographical wonder is a thrilling sight to behold whether you visit during summer or winter. It offers some jaw-dropping vistas and plenty of water activities in the summer while being equally beautiful in the winter when it is frozen solid and you can sled across it in true fairy-tale style. Take a ferry to the Olkhon Island which is on the western shore and lies within the Pribaikalsky National Park, allowing you to stay in a tiny village on the island before heading out on guided hikes each day to discover the wonders of Baikal and Pribaikalsky.

Baïkal cove
Baïkal cove

Baïkal cove by Delirante

Yakutsk

For an out of this world experience, make sure to scribble Yakutsk into your itinerary. It is the world’s coldest city and all the buildings stand on stilts to survive the permafrost. Be prepared for some withering weather as it can drop as low as –40°C during the winters. While staying here, make a trip to the Permafrost Kingdom by travel planner. This attraction is set in a cave in Us-Kut and has a variety of ice sculptures, cultural sessions on the Yakut people and even icy homesteads for you to curl up on.

Lenin Avenue, Yakutsk
Lenin Avenue, Yakutsk

Lenin Avenue by Egor Fedorov

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