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The grandeur of the Czars, the brutality of Soviet regime, the literary masterpieces baring the Russian soul, and the onion domes of the cathedrals all have captivated the imagination of generations of travellers. Now Russia is shedding its Soviet past and creating itself anew. The palaces, cathedrals, and statues are all still there. But today's Russia is cynical and hip and full of contrasts. Trendy art galleries replaced the Soviet factories in many cities and fierce capitalism has created the wildly rich. More billionaires live in Moscow today than anywhere else, where restaurants, nightclubs and shops have taken luxury to a new level. In the new Russia, it seems anything is possible.

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Moscow

Cosmopolitan in flavor, Russia's capital exudes prosperity and vigor. From Stalin's carved-marble metro stations to the sprawl of modern business...

St. Petersburg

Commissioned by Tsar Peter the Great (1672–1725) as "a window looking into Europe," St. Petersburg is a planned city whose elegance is reminiscent...

Sochi

The breadbasket of Russia, the Krasnodar Krai is almost the size of Ireland. It's a region where the banks of the Kuban River gave a name (not...

Petropavlovsk

The Kamchatka Peninsula is part of the Eastern frontier of Russia. Due to its close proximity to the United States, the region has played a...

Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl has a very storied history, beginning with an apocryphal founding. It's said that local inhabitants set loose a bear to chase away...

Suzdal

Suzdal is the crown jewel of the Golden Ring, with more than 200 historic monuments and some of the most striking churches in Russia. This quiet...

Vladimir

Although this city of 350,000 seems unassuming today, half a millennium ago it was the cultural and religious capital of northeastern Rus'....

Murmansk

The last city founded by the Russian Empire, Murmansk has long been an important ice-free naval and commercial shipping port. The smoke stacks...

Sergiev-Posad (Zagorsk)

Sergiev-Posad is a comfortable and popular day trip from Moscow. The town's chief attraction is the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra, which for 500 years...

Rostov

Rostov, also known as Rostov-Veliky ("the Great") so as not to confuse it with Rostov-on-the-Don, is one of the oldest towns in Russia. Founded...

Pereslavl-Zalessky

Pereslavl-Zalessky was founded in 1157 by Prince Yuri Dolgoruky, son of Vladimir Monomakh, the Grand Prince of Kiev. Yuri was given control...

Uglich

One of the prettiest and best-preserved tourist destinations on the Volga River, charming Uglich draws visitors—including many a weekender from...

Mandrogy

An open-air living museum town on the site of a former village that fell to ruin during World War II, Mandrogy is a popular attraction and a...

Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo)

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Leo Tolstoy's Museum in Yasnaya Polyana

Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) spent 50 years of his life at Yasnaya Polyana, where he was born, wrote his most significant works, undertook social...

Pavlovsk

The land at Pavlovsk had always been the royal hunting grounds, but in 1777 Catherine the Great awarded them to her son, Paul I, upon the birth...

Gatchina

Gatchina, which is the name of both the city and the park-palace complex, dates to the 15th century, when it was a small Russian village. The...

Abramtsevo Estate Museum

The 18th-century, wooden Abramtsevo Estate was at the center of Russia's cultural life in two different periods of the 19th century. It's easier...

Peterhof (Petrodvorets)

Peter the Great masterminded this complex of gardens and residences, starting around 1720. His motivation was twofold. First, he was proud of...

Kronshtadt

Kronshtadt (Kotlin Island), to the west of St. Petersburg, was developed between 1703 and 1704 by Peter the Great as a base from which to defend...

New Jerusalem Monastery

Far from the crowds, yet enticingly close to Moscow, this grandiose monastery is surrounded by captivating Russian countryside, a marvelous...

Valaam Archipelago

An overnight trip by boat from St. Petersburg delivers you out of the bustle of the city and into the Republic of Karelia. The republic is one...

Lomonosov (Oranienbaum)

Alexander Menshikov (circa 1672–1729), the first governor of St. Petersburg, began building this luxurious summer residence on the shores of...

Konstantine Palace

In 1720 Peter the Great commissioned work on this maritime country residence that was to be a "Russian Versailles." Italian architect Nicolo...

Kuzino

Kuzino is a small village community that serves as a stopping-off point for visiting the nearby Kirillo Belozersky Monastery, an expansive 14th...

Tchaikovsky's House Museum in Klin

Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840–93) spent a total of eight years in Klin, where he wrote Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique) and two of his three ballets, Sleeping...

Kizhi

The island of Kizhi is home to one of Russia's oldest open-air museums, which is characterized by beautifully preserved wooden structures. The...

Moscow

Cosmopolitan in flavor, Russia's capital exudes prosperity and vigor. From Stalin's carved-marble metro stations to the sprawl of modern business...

St. Petersburg

Commissioned by Tsar Peter the Great (1672–1725) as "a window looking into Europe," St. Petersburg is a planned city whose elegance is reminiscent...

Sochi

The breadbasket of Russia, the Krasnodar Krai is almost the size of Ireland. It's a region where the banks of the Kuban River gave a name (not...

Petropavlovsk

The Kamchatka Peninsula is part of the Eastern frontier of Russia. Due to its close proximity to the United States, the region has played a...

Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl has a very storied history, beginning with an apocryphal founding. It's said that local inhabitants set loose a bear to chase away...

Suzdal

Suzdal is the crown jewel of the Golden Ring, with more than 200 historic monuments and some of the most striking churches in Russia. This quiet...

Murmansk

The last city founded by the Russian Empire, Murmansk has long been an important ice-free naval and commercial shipping port. The smoke stacks...

Vladimir

Although this city of 350,000 seems unassuming today, half a millennium ago it was the cultural and religious capital of northeastern Rus'....

Sergiev-Posad (Zagorsk)

Sergiev-Posad is a comfortable and popular day trip from Moscow. The town's chief attraction is the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra, which for 500 years...

Rostov

Rostov, also known as Rostov-Veliky ("the Great") so as not to confuse it with Rostov-on-the-Don, is one of the oldest towns in Russia. Founded...

Pereslavl-Zalessky

Pereslavl-Zalessky was founded in 1157 by Prince Yuri Dolgoruky, son of Vladimir Monomakh, the Grand Prince of Kiev. Yuri was given control...

Uglich

One of the prettiest and best-preserved tourist destinations on the Volga River, charming Uglich draws visitors—including many a weekender from...

Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo)

...

Mandrogy

An open-air living museum town on the site of a former village that fell to ruin during World War II, Mandrogy is a popular attraction and a...

Pavlovsk

The land at Pavlovsk had always been the royal hunting grounds, but in 1777 Catherine the Great awarded them to her son, Paul I, upon the birth...

Gatchina

Gatchina, which is the name of both the city and the park-palace complex, dates to the 15th century, when it was a small Russian village. The...

Abramtsevo Estate Museum

The 18th-century, wooden Abramtsevo Estate was at the center of Russia's cultural life in two different periods of the 19th century. It's easier...

Kronshtadt

Kronshtadt (Kotlin Island), to the west of St. Petersburg, was developed between 1703 and 1704 by Peter the Great as a base from which to defend...

New Jerusalem Monastery

Far from the crowds, yet enticingly close to Moscow, this grandiose monastery is surrounded by captivating Russian countryside, a marvelous...

Kizhi

The island of Kizhi is home to one of Russia's oldest open-air museums, which is characterized by beautifully preserved wooden structures. The...

Lomonosov (Oranienbaum)

Alexander Menshikov (circa 1672–1729), the first governor of St. Petersburg, began building this luxurious summer residence on the shores of...

Kuzino

Kuzino is a small village community that serves as a stopping-off point for visiting the nearby Kirillo Belozersky Monastery, an expansive 14th...

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