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The Top Must-See Destinations in Russia

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List of best things to do in Russia. This list ranks the most popular attractions in Russia, a large country in the northeastern region of Europe. Russia is the largest country in the world that encompasses many unique natural environments because of its land size. Today Russia is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, post-Soviet Union. Russia is rich in history and cultural heritage with a strong sense of national pride evident in Russian folk and contemporary art, music and literature.  

Visiting Russia for the first time? Visitors cannot enter Russia without a valid visa, along with other necessary travel documents, including a passport. Some of the top destinations in Russia include Saint Petersburg and Moscow, the country's capital city with world renowned architecture, notable museums and bustling nightlife. While Moscow is a modern city, Saint Petersburg is also a top destination for tourists seeking classical architecture packed with culture and history. Saint Petersburg is also home to the world's best classical ballet programs which have given the term "Russian ballet" a strong cultural relevance. 

Russia is a massive country with plenty of attractions to offer for any kind of traveler. For the outdoorsy adventurers, Russia also provides a sizable industry in nature tourism. While snow-covered mountains yearlong provide for ski resorts, the warm subtropic Black Sea provides fro many sea resorts.  

What are Russia's most popular points of interest? This list ranks the best attractions in Russia. If your favorite destinations in Russia aren't on the list of must-see tourist locations in Russia, make sure to add them.
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    Grand Kremlin Palace

    Moscow Kremlin, Russia
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    The Grand Kremlin Palace, also translated Great Kremlin Palace, was built from 1837 to 1849 in Moscow, Russia on the site of the estate of the Grand Princes, which had been established in the 14th...  more
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    Lake Baikal is a rift lake in the south of the Russian region of Siberia, between the Irkutsk Oblast to the northwest and the Buryat Republic to the southeast. Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater...  more
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    Russian Museum

    Saint Petersburg, Russia
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    The State Russian Museum is the largest depository of Russian fine art in Saint Petersburg. The museum was established on April 13, 1895, upon enthronement of Nicholas II to commemorate his father,...  more
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    Church of the Savior on Blood

    Saint Petersburg, Russia
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    The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the main sights of St. Petersburg, Russia. Other names include the Church on Spilt Blood and the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ. This...  more
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    The Bolshoi Theatre is a historic theatre in Moscow, Russia, designed by architect Joseph Bové, which holds performances of ballet and opera. The theatre's original name was the Imperial Bolshoi...  more
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    Kunstkamera

    Saint Petersburg, Russia
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    The Kunstkamera was the first museum in Russia. Established by Peter the Great and completed in 1727, the Kunstkammer Building hosts the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, with a...  more
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    The Motherland Calls, also called Homeland-Mother, Homeland-Mother Is Calling, simply The Motherland, or The Mamayev Monument, is a statue in Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd, Russia, commemorating the...  more
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    Tretyakov Gallery

    Moscow, Russia
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    The State Tretyakov Gallery is an art gallery in Moscow, Russia, the foremost depository of Russian fine art in the world. The gallery's history starts in 1856 when the Moscow merchant Pavel...  more
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    Kremlin Armoury

    Moscow, Russia
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    The Kremlin Armory is one of the oldest museums of Moscow, established in 1808 and located in the Moscow Kremlin. The Kremlin Armoury originated as the royal arsenal in 1508. Until the transfer of...  more
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    Summer Garden

    Saint Petersburg, Russia
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    The Summer Garden occupies an island between the Fontanka, Moika, and the Swan Canal in Saint Petersburg and shares its name with the adjacent Summer Palace of Peter the Great....  more
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    VDNKh, is a permanent general purpose trade show and amusement park in Moscow, Russia. The acronym VDNKh stands for Russian vystavka dostizheniy narodnogo khozyaystva. It is a state joint-stock...  more
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    Petergof

    Russia
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    Petergof or Peterhof, known as Petrodvorets from 1944 to 1997, is a municipal town in Petrodvortsovy District of the federal city of St. Petersburg, located on the southern shore of the Gulf of...  more
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    Mariinsky Theatre

    Saint Petersburg, Russia
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    The Mariinsky Theatre is a historic theatre of opera and ballet in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Opened in 1860, it became the preeminent music theatre of late 19th century Russia, where many of the...  more
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    Kazan Cathedral

    Russia
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    Kazan Cathedral or Kazanskiy Kafedralniy Sobor, also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, is a cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church on the Nevsky Prospekt in St. Petersburg. It is...  more
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    Yelagin Island

    Saint Petersburg, Russia
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    Yelagin Island is an island at the mouth of the Neva River which is part of St. Petersburg, Russia. Yelagin Island is home to the Yelagin Palace but has few other buildings; the island initially...  more
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    Kizhi

    Lake Onega, Russia
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    Kizhi is an island near the geometrical center of the Lake Onega in the Republic of Karelia, Russia. It is elongated from north to south and is about 6 km long, 1 km wide and is about 68 km away from...  more
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    Mamayev Kurgan

    Russia
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    Mamayev Kurgan is a dominant height overlooking the city of Volgograd in Southern Russia. The name in Russian means "tumulus of Mamai". The formation is dominated by a memorial complex commemorating...  more
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    Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

    Moscow, Russia
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    The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is a cathedral in Moscow, Russia, on the northern bank of the Moskva River, a few blocks southwest of the Kremlin. With an overall height of 103 metres, it is the...  more
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    Nevsky Prospect

    Saint Petersburg, Russia
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    Nevsky Prospect is the main street in the city of St. Petersburg, Russia. Planned by Peter the Great as beginning of the road to Novgorod and Moscow, the avenue runs from the Admiralty to the Moscow...  more
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    Red Square

    Moscow, Russia
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    Red Square is a city square in Moscow, Russia. It separates the Kremlin, the former royal citadel and currently the official residence of the President of Russia, from a historic merchant quarter...  more
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    The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts is the largest museum of European art in Moscow, located in Volkhonka street, just opposite the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The International musical...  more
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    Ostankino Tower

    Moscow, Russia
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    Ostankino Tower is a television and radio tower in Moscow, Russia, owned by Moscow branch of unitary enterprise Russian TV and Radio Broadcasting Network. Standing 540.1 metres tall, Ostankino was...  more
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    Valaam Monastery

    Valaam, Russia
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    The Valaam Monastery, or Valamo Monastery is a stauropegic Orthodox monastery in Russian Karelia, located on Valaam, the largest island in Lake Ladoga, the largest lake in Europe....  more
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    Poklonnaya Gora is, at 171.5 metres, one of the highest spots in Moscow. Its two summits used to be separated by the Setun River, until one of the summits was razed in 1987. Since 1936, the area has...  more
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    Moscow Zoo

    Moscow, Russia
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    The Moscow Zoo is a 21.5-hectare zoo founded in 1864 by professor-biologists, K.F. Rulje, S.A. Usov and A.P. Bogdanov, from the Moscow State University. In 1919, the zoo was nationalized. In 1922,...  more