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Russia Things to Do

  • Red Square

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Moscow Things to Do

    As ancient chronicles assert, the Red Square appeared at the end of 15th century, when Ivan III ordered to ruin all wooden buildings, surrounding the Kremlin and threatening with the fire, and to allot this area for a market. That's how the first name of the square - Trade Square ("Torgovaya") appeared. However, in 16th century the Square was...

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  • Cathedrals and Churches

    5 out of 5 stars

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    Church of Saint Sergey of Radonezh is one of three Russian Orthodox Churches at the Temple Complex situated at Pulkovsky Park of Srednaya Rogatka. It was built in 1998-2001 by the Swiss architect Justus Dahinden together with Rudolf Plech on the island of Srednerogatsky Pond. Church dedicated to Saint Sergey of Radonezh (1314-1392) was the Russian...

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  • Men club Barsuk: strip bar

    Kazan' Things to Do

    Great club if you are on a business trip in Kazan alone or in company. When I saw there was about 10 beautiful dancers. The bar is a good choice. Dancing like me). I had a nice time surrounded by charming predstavitelnets women.

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  • Mamayev Kurgan

    Volgograd Things to Do

    Visiting the WWII memorial complex is a must in Volgograd. The complex is called To the Heroes of the Stalingrad Battle and it is well-known all over FSU countries as Mamayev Kurgan. It attracts lots of Russian and foreign visitors. As Hedrick Smith wrote in his book "The Russians" in 1976, it's "the towering World War II monument, a 160-foot...

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  • Grand Palace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Peterhof Things to Do

    The Palace Church was built in 1751 by architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. This Church played a special role in the history of the Russian imperial court. In the summer months, when Peterhof turned into a kind of "countryside capital" of the Russian Empire, the temple became a center of religious life of the country.

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  • Voznesenskaya Church - Church of the...

    Tomsk Things to Do

    This church has been recently restored, and is well worth the climb up Ul. Bakunin. Look out for the enormous bell outside. The interior is decorated with frescoes. Ladies must cover their heads to enter (headscarves are available to borrow at the entrance).

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  • Go to Nenetsia

    Vorkuta Things to Do

    I have not been in Naryan-Mar, the capital of Nenetsia. You must fly there because there are no bus services from Arkhangelsk to Naryan-Mar, or at least there were not when I asked a few years ago. And to fly there is expensive, at least for my pocket. But then, when I traveled to Vorkuta by train (40 hours from Moscow, with two nights), I spent a...

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  • Drama Theater

    Orenburg Things to Do

    The first theatrical season, which meant the birth of the professional theater in Orenburg, began in the autumn of 1856. The company of the famous entrepreneur Boris Soloviov started that season. At first the company staged performances in the Noble Assembly building. Since 1869 the performances had been staged in the horsing exercise arena, built...

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  • KGB Headquarters Lubyanka

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Moscow Things to Do

    Back in 1979 I was on a student tour in the Soviet Union (as it was called) While in Moscow I walked around the KBG headquarters to see what it was all about. There was a basement window with steel bars. It was bare except for some metal cups and eating utensils. In the next room were crew-cut young men in white shirts and black neckties sitting at...

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  • Hermitage

    5 out of 5 stars

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    As any Great Museum of the World Class, the State Hermitage has collections representing human culture from pre-historic times till XX century. At the ground floor you are going to find hall #65 the home of exhibition dedicated to masterpieces of oriental armorers. Special attention focused on the Ottoman arms and armors because that country...

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  • The Panorama and Mill

    Volgograd Things to Do

    Beside the Stalingrad museum in Volgograd is a red brick building full of bullet holes. This is the only (to my knowledge) remaining building from the former Stalingrad. Yakov Fedotovich Pavlov is credited with holding this building against the Nazis for an amazing length of time, and against all odds. He is one of the most famous heroes of the...

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  • Fine Arts Museum

    Orenburg Things to Do

    • In 1814, under the leadership of architect M.Malakhov, the building for the city council and the magistrate was erected. The central part remained almost unchanged. Two single-storey wings on the sides were overbuilt in 1875. In 1914, a large hall for the city council was attached. The building is connected with many events of the city life....

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  • Kremlin

    5 out of 5 stars

    Moscow Things to Do

    The official website of the Kremlin is: http://www.kreml.ru/en/ The website gives details about different exhibitions at various museums in the Kremlin, and information about entry times and ticket prices. There is historical information on the website too. The Kremlin, Russia’s seat of power, is much more than a place of government. It is an...

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  • Nevsky Avenue

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    When you are strolling along Nevsky Prospect toward the Admiralty pay you attention on the wall of house number 14 built in 1939. On the right hand side from the main entrance you are going to find blue shield with white inscription in Russian “Citizens! During the Artillery Bombardment this side of the street is the most dangerous”. This is...

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  • Pavilion Rotunda

    Orenburg Things to Do

    The future Tsar Alexander II visited Orenburg in 1837, when he was 19 years old. At that time Peter Essen was the Governor. For this event – the visit of the Crown Prince - the Governor commissioned the construction of a rotunda pavilion in the park located across the River Ural. In 1890 that rotunda was moved to the main city square. Alexander#s...

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  • Red Square - Saint Basil Cathedral

    Moscow Things to Do

    Whether you are religious or not, Orthodox or not, the building commonly known as St Basil's Cathedral, at Red Square in Moscow is a feast for the eyes. It is colourful. It is picturesque. It is awe-inspiring. And that is just the view from outside. Wait until you go inside. There are actually 9 separate churches. The icons and mosaics are...

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  • Palaces

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    We arrived at the Yusupov Palace by boat after a scenic cruise beginning in one of the canals and ending on the Moika almost directly in front of the palace! The somewhat austere exterior of the Yusupov Palace belies the richly decorated and furnished interior of this palace. Today the golden colored, colonnaded facade of the Yusupov still sits on...

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  • Red Square - Lenin Mausoleum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Moscow Things to Do

    We are history buffs, and have an interest in Russian and Soviet History. Vladimir Lenin is arguably one of the most recognised faces in world history and his policies had a far reaching impact not just on Russia and the Soviet Union, but on other nations and societies as well. We visited Lenin's mausoleum at Red Square in Moscow. Lenin died on...

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  • St.Peter and St.Paul's Fortress

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    This familiar site you can see on my photo is site we saw when we arrive and last place we saw upon departure to Russian capital. Somehow, the island and his famous fortress is not be part our organized tour guide. Our tour guide was tell us many story and facts about this place. We simply could not miss it. When we arrive on island, everything...

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  • Arbat Street

    Moscow Things to Do

    Good news: The widely known – in narrow circles – Melnikov House will soon become a museum. Err… ‘Soon’ is a very vague notion in Russian, it may be tomorrow, it may be next century. Hopefully the authorities will hurry, as this symbol of the 1920s experimental art is currently not in a very good shape. Indeed, it’s a miracle it had survived,...

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  • Rivers and Canals

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    Sea Canal connects so-called Grand Port of Saint Petersburg with Kronstadt. It was built in second half of XIX century. Construction started in 1877, in 1882 first ships were passing through the canal and in 1885 it was totally accomplished. Canal is capable to receive the ships three hundred and twenty meters long and 42 meters wide, with sea...

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  • Vorobievy Hills

    Moscow Things to Do

    Sparrow Hills (Russian: Воробьёвы го́ры, read: Vorobyovy Gory) is a hill on the right bank of the Moskva River. My group and I visit this hill on our first organized tour trough city. This is one of highest points in Moscow, reaching a height of 220 m (720 ft), or...

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  • Monuments

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    There are many monuments to Emperor Peter I of All Russia. This ruler better known as Peter the Great because started his reign in big but inferior country but after his death he left great European Empire with regular Army and Navy, developed science and fine arts. Sometime Peter I was cruel but during his rule so-called social lifts were working...

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  • Tverskaya Street

    4 out of 5 stars

    Moscow Things to Do

    Tverskaya Street Hostel is the worst hostel of Moscow. There lot of mafia guys and girls stay, and commit crimes with the help of management. I have had very bad experience there. Thank God, I was strong enough to fight them, but I really feel deeply for other ordinary people, especially girls/women, who can't even fight against it. I want to...

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  • Parks and Squares

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    April 16th, 1917, was the date that was to interminably change the course of Russian history. This was the day that Vladimir Lenin returned to Russia from exile to assume leadership of the revolutionary Bolshevik party. The previous month Tsar Nicholas II had been forced to abdicate and the country was being run by a provisional government made up...

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  • VDNKh Exhibition

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Moscow Things to Do

    There’s a place in Moscow that should not be missed by any tourist visiting the city. It has everything one might expect from an ancient city whose history richened over the years until it reached perhaps its most dramatic period in the mid 20’th century. There are buildings that represent some of the most exotic corners of Russia and its closest...

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  • Museums

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    Construction of this castle started in 1796 according to the order of new Emperor of All Russia Paul I. Paul believed that he had to fear conspiracy and I think he had real reasons for that. Construction was conducted by two famous architects Vasily Bazhenov and Vincenzo Brenna. Castle was accomplished in 1800 but poor Emperor Paul lived there only...

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  • Bolshoi Theatre

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Moscow Things to Do

    In Russian, "BOLSHOI" means "big". The Bolshoi Theatre is world famous, and the Bolshoi Ballet Company tours around the world. Who hasn't heard of the Bolshoi Ballet and Bolshoi Theatre? Somehow I was expecting the Bolshoi Theatre to be .... well..... more "Bolshoi" ... bigger .... It was smaller than I imagined it would be. Nevertheless, it is a...

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  • Theaters and Concert Halls

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    Seeing The Mariinsky Theater" was one of the hightlights of my visit to St. Petersburg. This theater is the home of an opera company, and an orchestra, as well as a very famous ballet company. Once known as the Kirov during the Soviet era, for anyone who has studied or loves ballet, this building might be likened to a shrine!! The Mariinsky has...

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  • Gorky Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Moscow Things to Do

    The Gorky Park seems to have been restored since my last time in Moscow and I had a very pleasant time there. It was late evening and I walked , wlaked walked on by in lots of directions , along the river. I also had some snack and watched people skating and strolling around. There were music and funny people entering in the cold water of the...

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  • Admiralty

    5 out of 5 stars

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    This huge complex of buildings can be seen from the three main thoroughfares of the city. You can see this tower with the old spire crowned with a weather vane shaped like a caravelle. The spire rises above the city to a height of more than 70 meters. The caravelle over there became one of the symbols of the city.

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  • Metro

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Moscow Things to Do

    It was the first underground railway system in the Soviet Union. As of 2016, the Moscow Metro has 200 stations and its route length is 333.3 km (207.1 mi)–making it the busiest metro system outside of Asia and the 5th longest in the world.

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  • Other Attractions

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    Worth a visit, although generally not as ornate as Moscow, there are still some beautiful stations See my SPB transport tips for some photo's The St Petersburg Metro is reputed to be the deepest one in the world due to the fact that St Petersburg is actually mad up of a number of islands.

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  • Vysotki - Seven Sisters

    Moscow Things to Do

    Stalin did build seven other skyscrapers however, allegedly inspired by the Municipal Building in New York. They form a series of huge, cathedral-like structures with intricate exteriors and are given various labels: 'The Seven Sisters', 'Stalinist Gothic', 'wedding cake architecture' and so on.

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  • City Environs

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    A lovely summer palace, almost like a cottage at the far end of Peterhof Garden, right at the shore of the Gulf of Finland. This is said to have been the pet project of Peter the Great. After him, Catherine added another wing to the building. Don't you just love the warm coloring? Note: no photography or video allowed

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  • Boat Trips

    Moscow Things to Do

    Bogdan Khmelnitsky Bridge is the steel arch foot bridge through the Moskva River in Moscow. On this site from 1905 till 1907 was built bridge whose serve as railroad bridge for the Little Ring of the Moscow Railway. Authors was engineer Lavr Proskuryakov and architect Alexander Pomerantsev. In that period the bridge was call Krasnolushskyi...

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  • Czar's Village

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    We went on a nice half-day Pushkin -trip with Eclectica excursions from Nevsky Prospekt to visit The Catherine palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo. Tsarskoye Selo is situated 25 km south-east of Saint Petersburg. It was very practical to take an organized trip because we were taken exactly were we wanted, and we were even able to see the...

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  • Cathedral of Christ the Redeemer

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Moscow Things to Do

    The last time that I visited the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was in the year 2007. It is very centrically located, almost next door to the Kremlin. I crossed on foot the Patriarch Bridge and entered the Cathedral. Religious fervor in Russia is great. All the women, without exception, covered their heads with a handkerchief. In Spain, for...

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  • St.Isaac's Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    Having a boat trip along the city canals you will see lots of magnificent edifices. his is the golden dome of St.Isaac's Cathedral built in 1818 - 1848. St.Isaac was the patron saint of Peter the Great. According to the legend, St.Isaac lived in the fourth century A.D. He protected Christians from the Roman Emperor, for which he was subjected to...

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  • Red Square - G.U.M. - Gosudarstevemy...

    Moscow Things to Do

    GUM (Russian: ГУМ, is abbreviation of the Russian: Главный универсальный магазин, read: Glavnyi Universalnyi Magazin, with meaning "main universal store") is the name of...

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  • Bridges

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    Bankovsky Bridge or Banking Bridge over Griboyedov Canal is situated between houses 27 and 30 on Embankment of Griboyedov Canal near the University of Finance. Construction of that pedestrian bridge started in 1825 during the reign of Emperor Alexander I of All Russian, Czar of Poland and Grand Duke of Finland. Project was created by two engineers...

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  • Ostankino TV Tower

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Moscow Things to Do

    Metro station - VDNH Tikcet - for students and kids - 300 RUB, for adults - 650 RUB. Saturday, Sunday - 800 RUB. You need to book a suitable time for you on their webpage. You should go 1 houre before excursion. You can take only mobile phone and photo camera with you, passpost of course. Excursion lasts about 1 - 1,5 houre. You will go up using...

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  • A walking tour

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    My friend and I were planning to travel to St.Petersburg and Moscow from Poland. We had just 2.5 days in St.Petersburg and planned to explore it by ourselves. But when we read about all the attractions, we were totally confused about our route, we did not know how to see everything in 2 days. So we decided to find a guide. As it was a high season...

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  • Red Square - State History Museum

    Moscow Things to Do

    State Historical Museum stands on the central square of Moscow beside the walls of the ancient Kremlin and is the largest national museum in Russia. It was established in 1872 by public demand but under royal patronage of Alexander III.The museum halls are arranged so that the painted, carved and molded art objects represent the artistic and...

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  • Saint Petersburg Sea Port

    Saint Petersburg Things to Do

    Saint Petersburg Sea Port is the biggest port in the North West region of the Russian Federation. It exists since the time when the city itself was founded by Emperor Peter I in 1703. According to official statistics 7,3 million tons of different cargos passed through the port in 1913. In XXI century from 50 and up to 61 million tons of different...

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