Must-see attractions in Russia

  • Music & Time


    Every object has a voice in this little house containing the late magician John Mostoslavsky’s impressive collection of clocks, musical instruments …

  • Riverside Promenade

    Western Siberia

    Tyumen's sleek riverside promenade runs northwest from the centre almost all the way to Trinity Monastery. The promenade offers great views of the…

  • Art Gallery

    Western European Russia

    Housed in a beautiful building with wrought-iron staircases, this splendid collection includes pieces by luminaries such as Valentin Serov, Ilya Repin and…

  • Lermontov Museum

    Mineral Water Spas

    Many Pyatigorsk attractions revolve around larger-than-life writer, poet, painter, cavalry soldier, society beau and duellist Mikhail Lermontov. Chief…

  • Tula Kremlin

    Western European Russia

    This restored stone fortress, first constructed out of wood in the early 16th century, is home to the stunning 18th-century Assumption Cathedral. The…

  • Trinity Cathedral

    Western European Russia

    This blindingly white 72m-high structure, with its top dome shining gold, can be seen from miles away on a clear day. Consecrated in 1699, it’s the fourth…

  • Narzan Gallery

    Mineral Water Spas

    This graceful, well-preserved 1850s building recalls the spa town of Bath in England. Inside, the rich, carbonic Narzan Spring bubbles up inside a glass…

  • St Alexander Svirsky Church on Khizhgora

    Northern European Russia

    Some 2km into the national park, in an elevated clearing in the forest, stands the atmospheric St Alexander Svirsky Church on Khizhgora. This onion-domed…

  • Tula Regional Arts Museum

    Western European Russia

    This exceptional gallery charts a course from gilded icons and late-15th-century European paintings through to fascinating pieces of socialist realism…

  • Altai Arts, Literature & Culture Museum


    The impressively eclectic – not to mention good-value – Altai Arts, Literature & Culture Museum occupies a restored, furnished 1850s mansion. There are…

  • Shoana Church

    Russian Caucasus

    Around 7km north of Karachayevsk, a dirt road leads uphill from the Ossetian village below to this early 10th-century Alanian church, one of the oldest,…

  • Mineralogy Museum

    Kola Peninsula

    This museum has over 900 types of minerals and ores, many of them rare and unique. Entry is by an appointment made in advance; friendly academics speak…

  • Dostoevsky House Museum

    Western European Russia

    The author’s family lived on the 1st floor of this riverside dacha, which contains many original pieces. Dostoevsky’s bookcase is still stocked, and his…

  • Alexander Nevsky Cathedral


    The 1898 Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is a red-brick Byzantine-style building with gilded domes and colourful murals. The cathedral was originally built as…

  • Kul Sharif Mosque


    The Kul Sharif Mosque was completed in 2005 and is named after the imam who died defending the city against the troops of Ivan the Terrible in 1552. The…

  • Park Vatan


    Park Vatan is a unique collection of boutique shops and arts-exhibition spaces housed in traditional yurts. Visitors can purchase delicacies such as local…

  • Felitsyn Museum

    Russian Caucasus

    This is an excellent little regional museum, located a few steps from Krasnaya ul. Exhibits feature some impressive archaeological finds; Cossack history…

  • Fine Arts Museum

    Northern European Russia

    Arkhangelsk’s most compelling art gallery has regularly changing exhibitions that range from modern reflections on Soviet propaganda to pop art. Upstairs…

  • Assumption Cathedral


    Dating from 1698–1720, the Assumption Cathedral dominates the kremlin grounds and is decorated inside with attractive frescoes.

  • Minsalim Folk Art

    Western Siberia

    Minsalim is a master bone-carver who turns mammoth tusks and antler fragments into detailed figurines related to myths and legends of the local brand of…

  • War History Museum


    In an old brick house, the War History Museum is simple and all in Russian but the moving understatement of its Afghanistan and Chechnya memorials is…

  • Exterior of Assumption Cathedral, Kremlin.

    Assumption Cathedral


    On the northern side of Sobornaya pl, with five golden helmet domes and four semicircular gables, the Assumption Cathedral is the focal church of pre…

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    Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve


    Set amidst 4 sq km of picturesque parkland, on a bluff above a bend in the Moscow River, Kolomenskoe is an ancient royal country seat and a Unesco World…

  • Verkhnyaya Ivolga, Buryatia, Russia - August 9, 2021: Ivolginsky datsan is the Center of the Buddhist Traditional Sangha of Russia, Buddhist Temple located in Buryatia, Russia, 23 km from Ulan Ude.; Shutterstock ID 2271100065; your: Sloane Tucker; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI

    Ivolginsk (Ivolga) Datsan

    Eastern Siberia

    The confident epicentre of Russian Buddhism owes its existence to none other than Josef Stalin, who reversed the Bolshevik policy of destroying temples…

  • Art Muzeon & Krymskaya Naberezhnaya


    Moscow's answer to London's South Bank, Krymskaya Nab (Crimea Embankment) features wave-shaped street architecture with Scandinavian-style wooden elements…

  • Moscow, Russia, 23 October 2019: Statue of Empress Catherine the Great in golden hall of Great Tsaritsyn Palace in museum reserve Tsaritsyno. Russian palace white and golden interior; Shutterstock ID 1539593855; purchase_order: 65050; job: ; client: ; other:

    Tsaritsyno Palace


    On a wooded hill in far southeast Moscow, Tsaritsyno Palace is a modern-day manifestation of the exotic summer home that Catherine the Great began in 1775…

  • MOSCOW, RUSSIA - APRIL 13: The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center  on April 13, 2014 in Moscow, Russia. Jewish Museum represents a cultural and educational complex with its permanent exposition.
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    Jewish Museum & Centre of Tolerance


    Occupying a heritage garage, purpose-built to house a fleet of Leyland double-deckers that plied Moscow's streets in the 1920s, this vast museum, filled…

  • RUSSIA, SAINT PETERSBURG - January, 2016: the Museum of Soviet arcade games. Slot machine from Soviet times
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    Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines


    Growing up in 1980s USSR was a peculiar, but not necessarily entirely bleak experience. Here is an example – a collection containing dozens of mostly…

  • The cupola of Moscow's Church of the Lesser Ascension

    Ascension Church


    Overlooking the river, the Ascension Church, sometimes called the ‘white column’, is Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve's loveliest structure. Built between 1530…

  • New Hermitage

    St Petersburg

    Facing Millionnaya ul, the New Hermitage was built for Nicholas II in 1852, to hold the growing art collection and as a museum for the public. Designed by…

  • New Tretyakov Gallery


    Moscow's premier venue for 20th-century Russian art, this branch of the Tretyakov Gallery has much more than the typical socialist-realist images of…

  • Ulan-Ude, Russia - July 05, 2022: Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha in Ulan-Ude city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia; Shutterstock ID 2279738025; your: Sloane Tucker; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: POI

    Rinpoche Bagsha Datsan


    Roosting high above the city’s far north, the inside of this new and unexpectedly modern Tibetan temple looks like a kind of Buddhist-themed bus terminal,…

  • Winter Palace, Hermitage museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia
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    Winter Palace

    St Petersburg

    This stunning mint-green, white and gold profusion of columns, windows and recesses, with its roof topped by rows of classical statues, was commissioned…

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    Chersky Rock


    Listvyanka’s best viewpoint, overlooking the source of the Angara, is named after Jan Czerski, a 19th-century Polish gentleman explorer. It is best…

  • Small Hermitage

    St Petersburg

    The classical Small Hermitage, which evolved from a series of buildings constructed between Palace Sq and the Neva between 1764 and 1769, was used by…

  • ULAN-UDE, RUSSIA - JULY 15, 2016: The largest head monument of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin ever built located in Ulan-Ude. Ulan-Ude is the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia.

    Lenin Head


    Ulan-Ude’s main square is entirely dominated by the world’s largest Lenin head that creates an ensemble with the grey constructivist government building…

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    Central Museum of the Armed Forces


    Covering the history of the Soviet and Russian military since 1917, this massive museum occupies 24 halls plus open-air exhibits. Over 800,000 military…

  • Centre for Tuvan Culture


    The attractive two-storey timber building of the Centre for Tuvan Culture was founded in 2012 by legendary Tuvan musician Kongar-ol Ondar, who was its…

  • ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JANUARY 25, 2015:State Hermitage is museum of art and culture. One of oldest museums in world, it was founded in 1764 by Catherine Great:
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    Great (Old) Hermitage

    St Petersburg

    Facing the Neva, this section of the museum (also known as the Large Hermitage) dates from the time of Catherine the Great. It mainly houses Italian…

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