Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Perm

Perm-36

Perm-36 (officially known as the Memorial complex of political repressions), located some 125km east of Perm, was a labour camp for dissidents from 1946 to 1987. In 1994 it became a museum complex run by the interna…
Top Choice Church in Yekaterinburg

Romanov Death Site

The massive Byzantine-style Church upon the Blood dominates this site where Tsar Nicholas II, his wife and children were murdered by Bolsheviks on the night of 16 July 1918. Nearby, the pretty wooden Chapel of the R…
Top Choice Natural Pool in Murmansk

Ice Bathers' Hut

Home to Murmansk's ‘walruses’ – hardy souls who swear by the health benefits of regularly bathing in icy waters – this wooden hut on the edge of Lake Semyonovskoe dates from the Soviet era. Wooden steps lead down in…
Top Choice Church in Yekaterinburg

Church upon the Blood

The massive Byzantine-style Church upon the Blood dominates this site. While many believe these funds might have been better spent, this new church was built to honour the Romanov family, now elevated to the status …
Top Choice Notable Building in Yekaterinburg

Vysotskiy Viewing Platform

Take the lift up 52 floors to the viewing platform for one of Russia's best urban panoramas. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. The name of the tower is a pun on the Russian word for 'high' and the n…
Top Choice Museum in Perm

Museum of Contemporary Art PERMM

This museum was opened in 2009 with the aid of gallery dealer Marat Gelman. At that time it was housed in the historic Perm River Station Hall. It moved in 2014 and today continues to play a pivotal role in the Perm…
Top Choice Church in Golden Ring

Church of the Intercession on the Nerl

Tourists and pilgrims all flock to Bogolyubovo, just 12km northeast of Vladimir, for this perfect little jewel of a 12th-century church standing amid a flower-covered floodplain. The Church of the Intercession on th…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Kislovodsk

Kurortny Park

Founded in 1823 and covering 1340 hectares, this hillside park is among the largest in Europe. It's riddled with walking trails past rivers, ponds, forests and formal gardens. The park ascends southeast from a plaza…
Top Choice Church in Vladimir

Assumption Cathedral

Set dramatically high above the Klyazma, this simple but majestic piece of pre-Mongol architecture is the legacy of Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky, the man who began shifting power from Kyiv to Northeastern Rus (which ev…
Top Choice Church in Vologda

St Sofia’s Cathedral

Powerful five-domed St Sofia’s Cathedral has a soaring interior smothered with beautiful 1680s frescoes. The astonishingly tall iconostasis is filled with darkly brooding saintly portraiture.The massive stone cathed…