With over a 1,100 cities and towns in Russia, it can be difficult to choose where to visit. Every city offers something different and they vary in terms of architecture and culture.
Frequently likened to European cities in terms of style, the city of white nights and the midnight sun is a firm favorite among travelers. Culture vultures will be in heaven, amid over 2000 libraries, 200 museums and 80 theaters. Stylish cafes and art galleries line the streets, while at night enjoy underground clubs and festivals of light. It’s best to visit in summer, as winter sees the city shrouded in darkness all day.
The closest city to the monumental lake Baikal, Irkutsk makes an ideal base for excursions. The locals call it the “Paris of Siberia” and with its many historic churches and wooden houses you can see why they’re proud to do so. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed and it’s a fantastic place to sit back and watch the world go by.
Sitting on the banks of the Volva, the Tatar capital is a buzzing city, boasting a peaceful blend of cultures. Muslims and Christians live side by side and their varying cultures can both be enjoyed. Great bars and cafes make this a fantastic city to visit.