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As you'd expect of the world's largest country, stretching across nine time zones from the Baltic to the Pacific Ocean, Russia offers up an almost unparalleled range of travel experiences. Its tumultuous history and rich culture alone, embracing cruel tsars, world-shaking revolution, and an emerging new capitalist Russia, as well as the glorious artistic highs of institutions such as the Hermitage museum and the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky theaters, make it a country worth visiting. Traverse the breathtaking, endless landscapes of Siberia on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Marvel at beautiful Lake Baikal containing an incredible one-fifth of the ...

As you'd expect of the world's largest country, stretching across nine time zones from the Baltic to the Pacific Ocean, Russia offers up an almost unparalleled range of travel experiences. Its tumultuous history and rich culture alone, embracing cruel tsars, world-shaking revolution, and an emerging new capitalist Russia, as well as the glorious artistic highs of institutions such as the Hermitage museum and the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky theaters, make it a country worth visiting. Traverse the breathtaking, endless landscapes of Siberia on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Marvel at beautiful Lake Baikal containing an incredible one-fifth of the world's fresh water. Scale lofty peaks in the central Asian Altai range or in the Caucasus, home to Elbrus, Europe's highest mountain. Relax on the Black Sea beaches of Sochi where Russia's nouveau riche gather, or on a cruise along the mighty Volga River. Go to Russia's extremities — to the amazing volcano-studded Kamachatka Peninsula or the Baltic Sea enclave of Kaliningrad with its Prussian heritage. Above all don't miss Moscow and St. Petersburg, grand stages upon which many of Russia's key moments have been played out.

Simon Richmond
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Simon Richmond has written Rough Guides to Malaysia and Japan; Lonely Planet guides to India and Russia; and adventure travel guides for Frommer's on Australia, India, South America, and Southeast Asia.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Covers two continents, northern Asia and eastern Europe and has the Arctic Ocean to the north and has the Pacific Ocean to the east
  • Language: Russian
  • Currency: Ruble
  • Research: Wikitravel | Wikipedia