While many countries are moving away from trains and favoring other methods of transit, Russia still loves its railroads just as much as it used to. Considering the country’s enormous size and the harsh weather conditions in many areas, this isn’t likely to change soon.
Traveling through Russia by train is a comfortable way to go all around the country and enjoy its many sights for as long as you’d like – most of the train rides are frequent and you’ll have no trouble boarding one promptly after choosing to stick around a place for a while longer. Here are some places to see, although there are many more to consider.
Traveling in Russia
Moscow: You didn’t think Russia’s magnificent capital would be anywhere other than the top of this list, right? Besides, Moscow is also the starting point of the famous and lengthy Trans-Siberian train ride, although you can board it from pretty much anywhere in the country. From Russia’s well-known Bolshoy Theatre to various tours of the Kremlin to souvenir shops selling iconic Russian items, you’ll have no shortage of places to see in this massive city. Keep an eye on the weather, though – Moscow’s winters can get notoriously harsh, so much so that even Russians avoid going outside during the peak of winter.
St. Petersburg: Russia’s ‘other capital’, many find St. Petersburg to be a better tourist destination than Moscow due to the amazing architecture and less poverty-stricken areas. If you’ve ever been to Europe, you’ll notice that many of the buildings have a distinct European feel to it – this is because the Tsar who built the city to its current glory commissioned many top architects from Europe. If you can appreciate art, the place will take you aback – its theatres and concert halls are the ‘home away from home’ for many of the world’s top classicals performers and there are dozens of stunning museums and art galleries to check out as well.
Ekaterinburg: It’s not just the name that’s similar to the previous city – like St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg also has no shortage of baroque sights to gaze upon, with churches being a prominent architectural display. The city is also close to the Ural Mountains – if you pride yourself on your rugged stature, hiking through this Russian hillside is sure to test your abilities, especially if you picked a colder time of the year(if you’re truly brave, you can do the hiking while it’s snowing, too).
Vladivostok: If you have any familiarity with Russia and its history, you’ve likely heard of this fairly large naval city. Home to Russia’s mighty fleet, Vladivostok’s geographical location also puts it close to several Asian countries – if you’d like to spice your trip out with a boat ride, there’s a ship that will take you to Japan in as little as a day and a half. The city has plenty of things to see on its own, though – due to Vladivostok’s naval role, many of its sights are related to life in(or out on) the sea in some way: an ocean aquarium, a submarine converted into a unique museum and so forth.