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Welcome to Russia

Moscow and St Petersburg are undoubtedly two of Russia’s finest. Moscow thrills visitors with its artistry, history and majesty. St Petersburg amazes with its sheer grandeur, revolutionary spirit and elegant canals. It is not surprising that the world’s largest country offers up two absolute powerhouses.

Russia – the adventurer’s playground

Russia is a cultural-heavyweight, characterized by imposing architecture, ancient fortresses, luxurious palaces and brightly colored churches. The country’s past as a tsarist empire and a Communist superpower, continues to be a source of fascination for tourists. For wondrous national treasures and fairytale-style buildings, Moscow and St Petersburg are must-see destinations.

Practical Information

This information can be useful when traveling to this beautiful country

Climate
Most of the European Russia has a humid continental climate characterized by warm summers (22°C in July) and very cold winters (January around -6°C).
Public Transport
With its fast metro and quirky marshrutka minibuses Moscow's transport system is quite interesting and remarkably efficient. St. Petersburg's public transport network is also very efficient, but does not operate during the night.
Internet
Most large hotels offer their guests internet access at a supplementary charge. Internet cafés are also to be found in big cities.
Money
The Russian currency is the Ruble which is divided into 100 kopeks. One Russian Ruble equals approx. 0.01 Euro cents/pence. It is illegal to charge for goods or services in any currency other than Rubles.
Shopping
St. Petersburg offers a variety of shopping choices, from hand-made arts, crafts, and souvenirs to fresh fruits and vegetables. Also Moscow offers a fantastic selection of beautiful and unusual souvenirs, many the products of traditional Russian crafts.
Visa
Many countries need a visa to visit Russia. For further information please ask your travel agency or the Russian embassy in your country.

Did You Know?

This information can be useful when traveling to this beautiful country

The 145 million Russians love celebrations: They always look for an opportunity to treat their friends and colleagues.
The Tsar Kolokol bell at the Moscow Kremlin is the largest bell in the world. The 223 ton, 6.14 m high bell was fabricated in 1735.
Moscow, the biggest city in Europe, has many iconic buildings of architectural excellence and is home to many world heritage sites.
Moscow’s metro system is among the fastest worldwide and the Metro of St. Petersburg is the deepest subway in the world with a depth of 100 m.
The Russian language uses the cyrillic alphabet and is one of the world’s five most-spoken languages.
Trinity (Troitsky) Bridge in St. Petersburg was designed by French engineer Gustave Eiffel.

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