It may have diminished in size since so many countries were splintered off roughly two decades ago, but Russia is still the largest country in Europe even without its Asiatic component. And, to many Americans, still the most fascinating.
St. Petersburg is an incredibly beautiful city. What captivates most visitors here is the Czarist history of the country, still alive in its architecture and museums. It is home to the world-renown Hermitage museum, the Winter Palace and scores of other beautiful buildings, which are a photographer’s dream.
Moscow, although drabber from a visual perspective and exceptionally expensive for travelers, still provides a wide variety of attractions and experiences including, most notable to many, the immense Red Square with Lenin’s Mausoleum and the Kremlin.
Those who want to go further afield — much further afield, in fact – may want to take a tour to Novosibirsk, in Siberia (Russia’s third-largest city), and then continue on to Lake Baikal, an additional 3,000+ mile jaunt by train.
Moscow – heart of the country
St. Petersburg – an incredibly beautiful city
Good to Know
Two Russian Train Rides
There are two well-know train rides in Russia. One lasts nine hours, the other closer to nine days.