Best Holiday Destinations
Described by many as the most ‘western’ city in Russia, Saint Petersburg is located at the meeting point of the Neva river and the Baltic Sea. Although not the capital, Saint Petersburg is the second largest city by population and the cultural center of Russia. This culture is widely reflected through its magnificent cityscape: Well preserved Baroque and Neoclassical architecture dominates and decorates St. Petersburg’s picturesque streets. However the cultural features of this city are not just a remnant of another era, but an ongoing and thriving section of St. Petersburg’s life: With almost 600 operating cultural establishments such as museums, theaters, concert organizations and exhibition halls, the city is one of the most interesting and majestic destinations in the world.
Having been the federal capital of both Soviet and modern Russia, Moscow has a very intricate and interesting history. Being also the largest city in Europe with a population of over 11 million people, Moscow has long been the political, economic and scientific center of the country. Evidence of this vivid past are the countless monuments that attract millions of tourists every year: The Red Square with Saint Basil’s Cathedral and the Lenin Mausoleum, as well as the stunning Kremlin are definitely majestic destinations; nevertheless they are just a few of the countless striking sites Moscow has to offer. Finally it is important to note the plethora of museums and theaters that Moscow boasts, without of course forgetting the city’s vibrant nightlife with exceptional bars and exciting nightclubs.
Situated on the border of Europe and Asia, Yekaterinburg is the fourth largest city in Russia with a population of over 1.3 million people. The city is surrounded mostly by pine forested hills and small lakes; considering the cold and long winters with the abundance of snowfall that characterizes Yekaterinburg’s climate, it is easy to imagine the beauty of the scenery around the city. Keeping in mind that Yekaterinburg started as an industrial city, it is difficult to understand how it was transformed into the culture-rich and stunning city it is today. Yekaterinburg offers a plethora of magnificent monuments and buildings with a mix of Russian, Neoclassical and modern architecture