I don’t want to lie, all those World Cup promos are giving me so much fomo. I just want to see myself walking the streets of Russia and enjoying some Vodka. For us South Africans, It will be less painful to your pocket to go in the winter season. Which is also a great time to enjoy some snow.
Russia is home of Moscow, the cosmopolitan with insane nightlife and historic culture. From the center Kremlin, a complex that’s home of the president to Russia’s red square, which is a symbolic center and is home to the State Historical Museum’s that showcases a wide array of treasures.
Moscow is filled with amazing sights to discover from the colourful onion-shaped domes of Basil’s Cathedral to the Bolshoi Theatre that has a grand entrance way and is famous for the ballet and opera shows.
The city is also home to the Ostankino TV Tower which offers amazing panoramic views of the city. Well south of the city there’s the Kolomenskoye open-air museum that showcases the cities wide range of architecture.
Things to do in Moscow
Another plus for visiting Russia in the winter time, is the famous winter festival which is filled with music, dancing as well as delicious Russian cuisine to enjoy. Let’s not forget ice-skating at Gorky Park.
The Garden Ring district of the city has a wide selection of nightclubs, bars and the Pushkin State Museum. Offering you a chance to see stunning impressionists artworks and if that’s not your thing there’s always Tretyakov Gallary that specializes in Russian art.
For that old time favorite luxury retail therapy, Moscow has you sorted with Tretyakovsky Proyezd, a street lined with many designer brands to choose from.
This beautiful Russian port city is located near the Baltic Sea. It was the imperial capital for 2 centuries, known for its famous “Bronze Horseman” statue, this city is known as Russias cultural center.
Things to do
Skating and skiing in the city parks or boat rides in the cities urban canals as well as the Neva River.
You can enjoy some shopping and great dining within the Nevsky Prospekt strip till you reach the intersection with Dumskaya which is the cities main nightlife district.
St. Petersburg architecture
Explore The Hermitage Museum which is home to world-famous collections of antiquities and paintings. Many of the objects are showcased in the baroque styled Winter Palace, located on Palace Square. A must see landmark is the iconic churches of St. Petersburg which include the Savior on Spilled Blood, a Russian Orthodox cathedral with ornate onion domes.
The city is home to the Mariinsky Theatre which hosts famous ballets and operas. Such as the famous Russian ballet The Nutcracker, the popular Christmas story that first premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre and is still hosted during the festive season.
Russia has a rich history of cuisine and is famous for Beef Stroganoff a dish of sautéed pieces of beef in a creamy sauce that’s served on a bed of potatoes, rice pilaf or pasta. Another favorite is shashlik which is skewered and grilled cubes of meat that’s served with delicious sides. Russia is also well known for its wide selection of beer and local well known breweries.
Extra fun facts
- No Visa requirements for South Africans as long as your trip is for 90 days and less.
- Round trip flights to Russia range from R11 000 to R15 000
- St. Petersburg is the perfect destination for tight budgeted travelers.