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Russia, the ninth most visited country in the world, is one of the major tourist destinations in Europe, with almost 35 million annual visitors. Starting with its capital, Moscow, the metropolis of the Federation, there are numerous attractions scattered throughout this great country, in addition to 23 sites listed by UNESCO as part of World Heritage. Then, with its rich history and artistic and cultural collection, comes the beautiful and also ancient imperial capital, St. Petersburg, on the banks of the River Neva.

Europe and Asia

With a continental dimension, the territory of Russia extends across Europe, crosses the mountain barrier of the Urals and through the immensity of Siberia , reaches the Far East to the Pacific Ocean coast.


A city with a rich history, the arts, gastronomy, as well as fun, and events that are concentrated in Moscow, the metropolis, capital and most populous province of the Russian Federation offers many attractions and enchants visitors.

Moscow, with more than 12 million inhabitants, is the second most populous city in Europe, behind Istanbul, and the sixth in the world. Crossed by the Moscow River, it is the showcase and postcard of the Russian Federation.


Former imperial capital of Tsarist Russia, St. Petersburg - or SPB, for short - is the second most important city in Russia. The city was already called Petrograd and, during the communist regime, Leningrad.

On the banks of the River Neva, St. Petersburg is one of the most important artistic and cultural centers in the country. Among its attractions, the Winter Palace and the Hermitage Museum stand out, one of the most famous in the world.


Many tourists visit Russia to discover its main attractions (see below). Others, in addition to these, include visits to museums, galleries, gastronomic discoveries and taste the delicacies of the country, regional and local cuisine, find fun and meet a little of the cultural and night life. All this and much more you will find on these pages.

With continental dimensions and a surprising diversity of landscapes and peoples, the following are the 10 most desired and visited attractions of the Russian Federation:


Saint Petersburg (SPB)


Kizhi Island

Novgorod or Veliki Novgorod



Lake Baikal

• To travel by the Transiberian Train

• The Altai and Elbruss Mounts and the Geysers Valley

Russia's Regions

The country's territory is divided in 85 administrative entities (oblasts, republics, krais, federal cities, among other) which are included in eight federal districts. Among the entities we highlight: Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Krasnodar, Ekaterinburg, Rostov on Don, Ufa, Kazan, Nijni Novgorod, Tcheliabinsk, Tiumen, Samara, Saratov, Kemerovo, Novosibirsk, Krasnoiarsk, Stavropol, Barnaul, Makhatchkala, Perm and Volgograd, among the most important.

Russia's Main Cities

The 10 main cities in Russia are:
  1. Moscow, the capital
  2. Saint Petersburg
  3. Krasnodar
  4. Ekaterinburg
  5. Rostov-on-Don
  6. Kazan
  7. Volgograd
  8. Perm
  9. Nijni Novgorod
  10. Samara

Russia's Main Tourist Destinations

Important tourist destination in the world, Russia welcomes about 25 million visitors every year. Tourism represents about 6% of the country's GDP. Moscow is one of the most visited cities in Europe and the world . The 10 main tourist destinations in Russia are:
  1. Moscow, the capital
  2. Saint Petersburg
  3. Golden Ring
  4. Volgograd
  5. Kazan
  6. Ekaterinburg
  7. Rostov-on-Don
  8. Perm
  9. Nijni Novgorod
  10. Samara

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Best Trips Selection

To discover and experience Russia's best destinations: attractions and destinations carefully chosen to make your trip unforgettable. To learn more: Russia's Destinations.

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