The largest country in the world, Russia is both European and Asian. It has one-seventh of the world’s landmass, and spreads over nine time zones. Imagine this: Pluto has a surface area of 16.6 million km2; Russia has 17 million km2. And yet, for the most part, the vast areas of Siberia and the Far East are uninhabited: the never-ending taiga, the tundra and the Northern territories of extreme cold. (Yes, the coldest spot on the Earth is of course in Russia!)
Russia blends an amazing number of European and Asian large and small nations and tribes into the one-of-a-kind mix the outside world calls “Russians”, and yet, Russians speak over one hundred (yes, one hundred!) languages.
The oldest mountains in the world, the Urals and the world’s deepest lake, Lake Baikal. UNESCO World Heritage Sites and forty UNESCO Biosphere reserves. Russia’s biggest city, Moscow, is as cosmopolitan and vibrant as New York; the cultural capital St. Petersburg is in the list of the world’s most beautiful cities. The Russian railroad is the longest in the world, the famous Trans-Siberian... Did you know you can travel from Beijing to London by rail? There are special tourist trains, including luxury trains, or you may opt for the kind of trains that the locals use every day.
Russia’s long and rich history is full of incomparable dramas and social experiments like communism, which are all just one, outstanding story of the nation’s bravery and inspiration. No wonder the Russians even have their own alphabet! In Russia you will find a museum about everything from Arctic aviation to Revolution, from desert wildlife to space travel.
Four of Russia’s rivers are in the top ten longest in the world; the Volga is the longest river in Europe. Take a relaxing cruise on European, Siberian or Far Eastern parts of Russia to discover the amazing diversity of its nature and cultures.
In Russia, we have original, ancient food and drinks that you won’t find anywhere else. Not to mention the vodka and caviar! Famous souvenirs and national crafts abound.
Russia has given so many big names to the world of literature, architecture, theater, art, ballet, science, sport. And space, of course! The first man sent to space was Russian. You may now visit the place where he trained and see where that historic launch happened—or even the places where the authors of your favorite Russian novels spent their lives.
Winter or summer, spring or autumn—Russia is so enormous and yet-to-be discovered that whenever you choose to travel, there will be so much to explore; so much to do.