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The Top Places to Fall in Love With in Russia

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1Moscow

6,371 properties in Moscow

Welcome to Moscow

Moscow's vibe fluctuates between formal capital and cultural powerhouse. The Kremlin is at the core of political life, a building with an intimidating architectural style. Go inside – its cathedrals and museums whisper a thousand stories about czars and czarinas, patriarchs and princesses.

What Travelers Love About Moscow

  • Sightseeing

    50,318 recommendations

  • Museums

    43,512 recommendations

  • Architecture

    41,333 recommendations

  • History

    39,996 recommendations

2Saint Petersburg

8,914 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 Travelers Love About Saint Petersburg

  • Architecture

    84,567 recommendations

  • Museums

    80,287 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    75,309 recommendations

  • City Walks

    74,021 recommendations

3Kazan

3,137 properties in Kazan

What Travelers Love About Kazan

  • City Walks

    21,663 recommendations

  • Sightseeing

    21,002 recommendations

  • Architecture

    18,881 recommendations

  • History

    14,374 recommendations

4Sochi

1,813 properties in Sochi

What Travelers Love About Sochi

  • Nature

    11,984 recommendations

  • Mountains

    10,839 recommendations

  • Sunny Weather

    10,486 recommendations

  • Parks

    10,210 recommendations

Best places to see in Russia

Nevsky Prospekt
Popular Areas
Hit the city’s commercial nerve. Assailed with smart-suited eight-to-fivers and blithe browsers all the live-long day, come here to shop, dine or assess your “prospects”: Anichkov Palace, a baroque message-in-a-bottle from Russia’s long-lost imperial family; traverse a triumvirate of beautiful bridges (Anichkov, Kazansky, Zelyony) or take the kids to picnic-friendly Tavrichesky Garden.
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The Cathedral of Christ the Savior
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 pooled their savings 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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Novodevichy Convent
Landmarks
Novodevichy Convent has a few bats in the belfry. During Czarist Russia, women of high rank were hidden away behind the ramparts in sequestered silence. One of the finest examples of "Moscow Baroque," this complex features elaborate interiors, important collections of artifacts and artwork, and some famous names on the stones at the Novodevichy Cemetery.
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Vorobyovy Gory and Moscow State University
Subway/Metro Stations
Moscow's college students have the best view in town. The 788-foot-high Moscow State University building is one of the most recognizable 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 surroundings as far as the eye can see.
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Mariinsky Theatre
Theaters
Chassé the night away at the ballet! Since the curtains rose on Tchaikovsky's "Queen of Spades" in the winter of 1890, virtually every major ballet (and opera) has been performed here for the city's cultivated classes. Pavlova and Nizhinsky have both danced here. Its ceiling is occupied by a huge mural of angels holding hands, possibly in celebration of the heavenly acoustics!
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Stary Arbat Street
Popular Areas
Hankering for a set of Gorbachev matryoshka dolls? Got a fur-trimmed hat fixation? Getting Hard Rock Café cravings? Stary Arbat Street is a never-ending procession of street artists, kitschy souvenir shops, and the odd accordion-wielding musician. Wander past the colonnades of the Vakhtangov Theater for a whiff of old-world Moscow, or peek down side streets filled with local curiosities.
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What travelers love about Russia

City Walks
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Sightseeing
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Architecture
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