10 best places in Russia that are worth visiting, according to foreigners
In February, the British Guardian newspaper chose the ten best places for recreation in Russia, accompanying them with their recommendations on what to visit and try, and at the same time called Russia a country of magical lakes and mountains and a very attractive destination for ecotourism. We decided to listen to the British advice and look at our country from the point of view of a foreign tourist, but at the same time we double-checked whether the rest at the Russian resorts would be so economical if we take into account the price of housing and the flight.
What to do on the site:in Karelia, known for its lakes, quarries and waterfalls, the authors of the rating advise to try diving or at least rent a boat and see the terrain from the water. Mountain park Ruskeala with hundreds of different routes for independent walks and even for swimming with jumping from the rocks is a must for visiting.By the way, if you come here in the summer, you can catch a kind of light show: the rocks are illuminated with lights, and an optical effect appears, resembling the northern lights.
Where to live:inexpensive accommodation was found only in the Sortavala area a few kilometers from Ruskeala (apartments from 2 500 rubles.), and if you look for a house near the beach or a local ski resort, the price immediately doubles.
How to get there:the most economical transport will be a train from St. Petersburg to Sortavala, which takes about five hours: from 500 rubles. up to 1 500 rubles. one way.
What to do on the site:for the inspection of the park itself on the spurs of the Eastern Sayans with a bizarre stone relief that is divided into several zones, you can select several days and, if desired, choose a passive or active rest - for example, just go for walks on an open rock visit or take a rock climbing lesson with an instructor. The authors of the rating assign this place to lovers of flora and fauna, hinting that there are no more interesting sights in the vicinity, unless, of course, we take into account neighboring Krasnoyarsk.
Where to live:the nearest city to the reserve is Krasnoyarsk, where hotel prices start from 1,000 rubles. for a room for two, and for a hotel with a swimming pool and a fitness center, they ask about 5,000 rubles. per night.
How to get there:A plane ticket Moscow - Krasnoyarsk costs about 20,000 rubles. in both directions, if you do not hit either the sale or the selling peak of sales.
What to do on the site:The authors of the rating call Veliky Novgorod the “birthplace of Russia” and recommend to visit the Vitoslavlitsy wooden architecture museum, visit the local Kremlin (one of the oldest in the country) and learn more about the history of this once influential sovereign principality, which is now kept in architecture and in collections of collections, for example, in the Faceted Chamber or St. George Monastery.
Where to live:apartments in the city center for a large company can be found at a price of 2 500 rubles, approximately the same amount will cost a mini-hotel for two, including the so-called business class (gold bedspreads and openwork curtains are attached).
How to get there:the most convenient way is to get to Velikiy Novgorod from Moscow by car on the federal road M-10 “Russia”.Or on the train with transfers: on Sapsan to St. Petersburg (from 1,290 rubles.), And then on the Swallow to the destination (from 1,580 rubles.).
What to do on the site:Kayak on mountain rivers (if you wish, you can also include fishing or hunting in this excursion) and try Kamchatka crab, look at volcanoes from close range or choose the sea and go for a walk on a yacht, and finish any rich day with seafood dinner and local fish.
Where to live:There are few cheap hotels in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, and the average cost of a double room in a hotel is about 5,000 rubles.
How to get there:a direct flight from Moscow will cost about 20,000 rubles, but in July and August this price risks doubling.
What to do on the site:the history of this city dates back over a thousand years, and on the same territory there are Orthodox churches and Muslim mosques, where you should definitely visit, as well as explore the local Kremlin with the “falling” tower of Syuyumbike, our analogue of the Pisa Tower. The authors of the rating also praise local cuisine, calling it eclectic - it combines Russian and Tatar culinary traditions.
Where to live:in Kazan there are many funny hostels with the design in the Russian folk style, where you can stay overnight for 300 rubles. per person, but if you are interested in a more comfortable option, then already for 1,000 rubles. you can count on a single room, and for 1 500 rubles. - on a hotel room with a swimming pool.
How to get there:the Moscow-Kazan train goes more than 12 hours (a ticket costs from 1,000 rubles one way), but if you are not a fan of tea in faceted glasses and knocking the wheels, you will have to pay about 7,000 rubles for the plane.
What to do on the site:we know about the beauties of the deepest lake in the world from school, but the authors of the rating insist that it is better to listen to stories about Baikal on the spot (for example, they will tell you about the Baikal variant of the Loch Ness monster that makes sounds at night) and not to be afraid to go to a trip around the lake with a tent to explore the local nature on your own.
Where to live:The most authentic option for spending the night on Lake Baikal is guest houses that look like carved cottages, where you can stay for as low as 1,000 rubles. per night; a hotel with a "star", but without luxurious amenities, will cost about 2,500 - 2,800 rubles. per night.
How to get there:most tourists get to Baikal via Irkutsk - the nearest major city to the lake, where a ticket from the capital will cost about 18,000 rubles, including in the summer season.
What to do on the site:This oldest resort town is known for all the drink of the same name and is still famous for its mineral and hot springs, where it is worth making a stop. But these are not the only attractions worth visiting here - the city has several picturesque parks and churches in the national Russian style.
Where to live:in Essentuki, even hotels with the words Resort & Spa in the name are no more than 3,000 rubles. for a night for two, and an economical option with three stars in the center can be found for 1,200 rubles. per night.
How to get there:The most convenient way to get to Essentuki is a plane from Moscow, which will cost from 5,000 rubles. both ways without transfers and from 8,000 rubles, if you are traveling in August.
What to do on the site:On this tiny piece of Russia in Europe, you can find not only medieval architecture and museums deserving to visit (for example, the Museum of the World Ocean or the Amber Museum) and even without an excursus into history one can suspect that this place has absolutely no Russian roots.The authors of the rating also advise not to ignore the local flea markets, where collectors from all over the country come and where you can find real treasures.
Where to live:a hotel with four stars and positive guest reviews will cost from 4 000 rub. per night, and a hostel with a nice European design and a separate room - at 1,300 rubles.
How to get there:a flight with a low-cost airline and without baggage will cost from 4,000 rubles. in both directions, the usual airline will take a little more - from 6,000 rubles.
What to do on the site:in Vladivostok, you can make a stop as part of a journey along the Trans-Siberian Railway, or come here specifically to see what the Far East is, eat seafood and discover how life lives on the border with China (which means to eat again, because inexpensive Chinese restaurants are a great many).
Where to live:apartments for the whole company will cost about 2 500 rubles. per night, small city hotels in the odnushki apartment format - at 1,400 rubles, and a hotel with a spa center - at 3,200 rubles.
How to get there:A direct flight from Moscow will cost about 20,000 rubles, and so far this price is valid for the summer high season inclusive.
What to do on the site:to get acquainted not only in words, but in fact with what is called ecotourism, make long trips to the mountains and try kayaking with or without a guide to discover the beauty of these places, and not forget to experience the sauna in the cedar a barrel and buy home honey and herbal teas as souvenirs.
Where to live:Scandinavian-looking hotel in nature with a spa center will cost from 3 500 to 4 000 rubles. per room depending on the season, and next to it you can find a guest house without architectural delights at a price of 2,000 rubles. per night.
How to get there:it is better to get to Gorny Altai via Barnaul, where airplanes fly from Moscow (direct flight from 19,000 rubles), and then continue on to the destination by train or bus.