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1Moscow

3,914 properties in Moscow

Welcome to Moscow

Moscow straddles the line between starchy capital and cultural powerhouse. The Kremlin is the core of political life, a building of intimidating scale. Go inside, and its cathedrals and museums whisper a thousand stories about Tsars and Tsaritsas, Patriarchs and Princes.

What travellers love about Moscow

  • Sightseeing

    43,309 recommendations

  • Museums

    38,540 recommendations

  • Architecture

    35,626 recommendations

  • History

    34,603 recommendations

2Saint Petersburg

6,524 properties in Saint Petersburg

Welcome to Saint Petersburg

Can a city snatch Amsterdam’s crown? Peter the Great undertook a mighty challenge when, inspired by the Dutch capital, he built his own city from scratch on Russian marshland. Three centuries on, his splendid cathedrals, parks and bridges leave a living, breathing and awe-inspiring legacy.

What travellers love about Saint Petersburg

  • Architecture

    75,779 recommendations

  • Museums

    72,722 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    66,352 recommendations

  • City walks

    65,167 recommendations

3Kazan

1,143 properties in Kazan

What travellers love about Kazan

  • City walks

    18,852 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    18,248 recommendations

  • Architecture

    16,440 recommendations

  • History

    12,444 recommendations

4Sochi

1,524 properties in Sochi

What travellers love about Sochi

  • Nature

    10,116 recommendations

  • Mountains

    9,147 recommendations

  • Sunny weather

    8,710 recommendations

  • Parks

    8,620 recommendations

Best places to see in Russia

Vorobyovy Gory and Moscow State University
Underground railway stations
Moscow's tertiary students have the best view in town. The 240-metre-high Moscow State University building is one of the most recognisable in Moscow's cityscape. An eerie local superstition claims that a secret town was built underneath in case of a nuclear disaster. Head to Vorobyevy Gory Observation Deck for views of the lush surrounds for as far as the eye can see ...
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Patriarshiye Ponds (Patriarch's Ponds)
Popular areas
‘What would good do if evil didn’t exist’? Famed Russian novelist Mikhail Bulgakov set his novel ‘The Master and Margarita’ around Patriarshiye Ponds. Leaf through this classic – about the devil’s visit to Soviet Russia – on a bench next to these charmingly quaint ponds. The area is a favoured spot among locals for warm-day relaxation – and to ice-skate during winter.
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State Russian Museum
Museums
A revered repository of Russian art. Built in the heyday of empire, this neoclassical complex is a suitably grand venue for the riches found within. Step inside and trace the history of Russia on canvas. Take in the 13th-century Byzantine-style icon of “The Angel with Golden Hair”, Bryullov’s Romantic epic “The Last Day of Pompeii” and Chagall’s colourful, modernist “The Walk”.
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Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood
Landmarks
Tsar Alexander II’s royal carriage was bombed here in 1881, killing him later that day. A congregation of artists sprang to action, erecting this poignantly named Orthodox church on the spot of his assassination. Mosaics line the marble walls and onion dome, formed into devotional images of Christ. This church is both a memorial and paean to the past.
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The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
Landmarks
This church is mired in intrigue. In 1931, Stalin’s iron fist obliterated the original to make way for his ‘Palace of the Soviets’, which never came to fruition. The empty spot became a giant pool for 50 years until Russia’s Orthodox Christians put their purses together in the 1990s and funded a new church. Today, the golden onion domes beam again – and they’re quite magnificent!
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The State Hermitage Museum
Museums
Catherine the Great furnished this vast six-building complex with masterworks, starting with the smallest. El Greco’s “Peter and Paul”, Rembrandt’s “The Return of the Prodigal Son” and the kooky “Peacock Clock” rank high in this cultural treasure trove, as do the rooms. Seek out the unassailable “Diamond Room” for Fabergé jewels and the “Golden Room” for Scythian artefacts.
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What travellers love about Russia

City walks
Recommended by 243,497 travellers
Sightseeing
Recommended by 236,544 travellers
Architecture
Recommended by 225,993 travellers

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