Top Choice Mural in Sochi

Lenin Mosaic

Try the 8m-high Lenin Mosaic, opposite Park Rivera, for a backdrop with a difference for your holiday photos. It was unveiled in 1980 to mark the 110th anniversary of the birth of the father of the Bolshevik Revolut…
Top Choice Mountain in Pyatigorsk

Mt Mashuk

There are various sites spread along the base of Mt Mashuk, some of which require long walks or a taxi to reach. Closer to the city centre, a cable car whisks you to the top of Mt Mashuk for a great panorama. The be…
Top Choice Hot Springs in Kislovodsk

Narzan Gallery

This graceful, well-preserved 1850s building recalls the spa town of Bath, England. Inside, the rich, carbonic Narzan Spring bubbles up inside a glass dome and spits out nearly undrinkable water – both hot and cold …
Top Choice Notable Building in Kislovodsk

Narzan Baths

The eerie-looking Narzan Baths date from 1901 and could easily double as the setting for a horror film. Unfortunately, the baths have been closed for years. Fortunately, workers hammering away inside the building as…
Top Choice Mountain in Elbrus Area

Mt Elbrus

Mt Elbrus, enigmatically unusual with two peaks – the western at 5642m and eastern at 5621m – bulges nearly 1000m above anything else in the vicinity. This volcanic cone has upper slopes reputedly coated in ice up t…
Top Choice Museum in Krasnodar

Museum of Military Hardware

Located by the river in Victory Park (Парк Победы), this open-air museum's display of WWII tanks and rocket launchers conjures up images of Soviet-era military parades. Kids love to clamber all over the tanks.
Top Choice Museum in Black Sea Coast

Stalin's Dacha

Stalin's dacha, Zelenaya Roscha, dates from 1937. It is an amazing place, built to accommodate a small, private man who caused death and misery to millions of Russians. Tours are in Russian but the patriotic guides …
Notable Building in Pyatigorsk

Drinking Gallery

Opposite Lermontov Gallery is a modern drinking gallery, where you can sample the local mineral water (cups are R4 if you need one).
Cable Car in Pyatigorsk

Mt Mashuk Cable Car

Closer to the city centre, a cable car whisks you to the top of Mt Mashuk for fresh breezes and a great panorama.
Art Gallery in Sochi

Art Museum

In the middle of a leafy park, the Art Museum resides in a classical building that’s a work of art in itself. There are visiting exhibitions and an expansive permanent collection.