Things to avoid as a tourist in Russia

Things to avoid as a tourist in Russia

There are some important things to avoid as a tourist in Russia. First of all, do not go to Russia without carrying with you the numbers of the American Embassy or consular centers in the area where you are. If you have a problem, especially legal, call first the consular center to get help faster. It is advisable to call the consular services rather than those of the Russian police. Do not forget to register at the police when you stay in a city for more than three days. If you're stayin... [ read more ]

Russia, a land of superlatives

Russia, a land of superlatives

Russia is a land of superlatives. It is the largest country in the world, the largest reserve of natural gas and the second oil-producing country, the country of the longest railroads in the world, with the busiest subway system and with one of the oldest, largest and deepest lakes in the world, the Baikal Lake. Russia has seaside resorts as well and the snow-covered domes of the Kremlin and its cathedrals reflects the power and mysticism of this Nordic nation. Those who survived the desp... [ read more ]

Oymyakon, the village of ice

Oymyakon, the village of ice

If you had the impression that you know what cold is, the residents of Oymyakon, a small village in Russia, could radically change any perception of this. With an average temperature of -50 Celsius degrees in the month of January, the village is officially the coldest permanently inhabited place in the world and is a possible candidate as the second North Pole. Oymyakon is a village in Siberia where the lowest recorded temperature was minus 71.2 Celsius. This is the lowest recorded temp... [ read more ]

Historical attractions in Nizhny Novgorod

Historical attractions in Nizhny Novgorod

Nizhny Novgorod was founded in 1221 on the site of an ancient Slavic settlement at the junction of the rivers Volga and Oka, and today is the third largest city in Russia, with a population of approximately 1.4 million inhabitants. Between 1932 and 1990 the city was named Gorky, in the honor of Maksim Gorky, who was born here in 1868. Nizhny Novgorod is surrounded by satellite cities such as Bakna, Bor, Pravinsk and Kstovo. The city is divided in two by the river Oka. The Upper Town inclu... [ read more ]

5 things you should know before visiting Sankt Petersburg

5 things you should know before visiting Sankt Petersburg

The city of Sankt Petersburg is located in an area with a humid continental climate due to the cyclones of the Baltic Sea. The hottest month of the year is August, and the coldest is February. Spring and fall are the seasons with normal temperatures, but with more precipitation. During the summer rains often, summers are short and very hot. Winter is long with very low temperatures, heavy snows and is often freezing. We present you 5 things you should know before visiting Sankt Petersburg... [ read more ]

Things you should know before going to Russia

Things you should know before going to Russia

Russians are not very communicative with strangers. If you have a Russian host that will also make the food for you, it is good to make compliments and to bring a gift. If something happens when you are in that country, it would be better to call one of the numbers : 01 - Ambulance, 02 - Police, 03 - Firefighters, and do not try to handle it alone. It is advisable to know at least a little Russian or take a dictionary with yourself and take care at what hotel are you staying because you c... [ read more ]

Tourist guide to Saint Petersburg

Tourist guide to Saint Petersburg

On the Baltic Sea at the end of the Gulf of Finland, on the Neva River, you discover the second largest city in Russia and the most important trading port of the Baltic Sea: Saint Petersburg. The name of the city comes from St. Peter, patron saint of the city, but over time it was also called Petrograd. Tsar Peter the Great needed a port city that can have better sea links. Thus, in 1703 conquered the city of Nyen, changed his name to St. Petersburg and built on the Zayachy Island the first ... [ read more ]

5 things you should know before visiting Vladivostok

5 things you should know before visiting Vladivostok

The city of Vladivostok is a beautiful settlement in the mountains and the warmest month is August with an average temperature between 18-23 Celsius degrees. The lowest temperatures are measured in December and January and are between -5 and -15 Celsius degrees. The official language in Russia is the Russian. Most of the residents of the city of Vladivostok are people of Russian origin, the city does not have any other major ethnic groups that speak an other language besides the Russian.... [ read more ]

Tourist guide to Vladivostok

Tourist guide to Vladivostok

Near the border with China and North Korea, near the Muravyov Amursky peninsula, on the Mount of Kholodilnik lies one of the most beautiful cities of the Russian Federation: Vladivostok. The settlement was founded in 1860, earning the status of a town twenty years later, in 1880. The first buildings were erected here by the sergeant major of the Russian Navy, Nicholas Komarov, who was in charge of two officers and 30 soldiers. Over time, the Chinese have tried to expel the Russians from t... [ read more ]

Tourist guide to Tomsk

Tourist guide to Tomsk

On the River of Tom, at the south west of the town Seversk, lies one of the oldest towns in Siberia, Tomsk. It dates back from 1604 and was declared a city by the Tsar of Russia at the time, Boris Godunov. In 1600, Russia was going through a tough time, being really engaged in a major conflict with the Tartars. The Tsar decided to build a fortress on the river Tom. The fort was located on the place that is known today as the Resurrection Hill. So he sent Pisemsky Gavriil and Vasile Tyrkov... [ read more ]