Top 7 tourist attractions in Russia

Church on the Kizhi Island

Church on the Kizhi Island ©Eloquent Light/Flick

Russia is a very interesting tourist destination, dominated by strong contrasts of the ancient history along the modern influences. There are countless places to visit, starting with architectural wonders, cities with a rich history and culture and varied landscapes. The St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Hermitage and the Kremlin are just a few of the top 7 tourist attractions in Russia that you shouldn’t miss when you visit the country.

However, when you decide to travel to Russia, you have to think about the proper time, because we are talking about one of the coldest countries in the world. The best time to you visit Russia is the summer and the early months of autumn.

The St. Basil’s Cathedral

Built between 1554 and 1561 and located in central Moscow, the St. Basil’s Cathedral is among the top tourist attractions of Russia. Tourists are attracted by the distinctive architecture, designed to resemble a campfire. There is no other structure in the world that looks like the St. Basil Cathedral.

Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow

Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow ©Katie@!/Flick

The Hermitage

Founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg is an impressive museum of art and culture. The collections of art are spread across an area of ​​six historic buildings, including the Winter Palace, a former residence of the Russian emperors.

The Kremlin

The Kremlin is a famous tourist attraction that you shouldn’t miss it if you get to Moscow. Here are government offices and museums as well. Inside the Kremlin you will find weapons and treasures belonging to the former royal family and exhibitions of diamonds, including an impressive diamond of 190 characters that belonged to Catherine the Great.

The Baikal Lake

Baikal is the oldest and most deep clear lake in the world. Besides of this there is the 20% of the world’s fresh water. Located in Siberia, the ancient lake is surrounded by mountain ranges. Called the Pearl of Siberia, Lake Baikal is one of the top tourist destinations in Russia chosen by many tourists from around the world.

The Baikal Lake in Russia

The Baikal Lake in Russia ©Sergey Gabdurakhmanov/Flick


Suzdal is also called the city of monasteries city where you will feel like in a huge outdoor museum. On an area of ​​9 km you will discover five monasteries from the Middle Ages and nearly 30 churches. Suzdal dates from 1024, and all tourists who come here say that they feel like they went back in time.

The Saint Sophia Cathedral

Situated in Novgorod the St. Sophia Cathedral is very high and it is embellished with spectacular domes. This is the oldest church in Russia, and here you can discover ancient religious artifacts.

The Kizhi Island

The Kizhi Island is also known as the Island of the church and lies near the Lake of Onega in the Republic of Karelia, Russia. Most villages have disappeared from the island until 1950, and remained only a small rural settlement. In the 18th century, two major churches and a bell tower were built on Kizhi island, which are now known as the Kizhi Pogost. Now the island and the nearby area form an outdoor museum with over 80 historical wooden structures. The most famous tourist attraction is the Kizhi Pogost, which is part of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Church on the Kizhi Island

Church on the Kizhi Island ©Eloquent Light/Flick

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