Russia is the world’s largest country, spanning nine time zones and sharing land borders with no fewer than 14 countries. With such an expansive land, Russia is naturally incredibly diverse on multiple levels. Travel to Russia with Qatar Airways and find a heady mix of adventure, history and sophistication that will keep you company for years to come.
The great historic cities of St Petersburg and Moscow immediately come to mind when Russia is mentioned. The cities paramount role in shaping world history left it with a number of significant attractions that continue to draw visitors from around the world. Pay a visit to the Kremlin, Red Square and the iconic domes of St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, or Catherine’s Palace in St Petersburg and see for yourself the magnificence of such buildings. While in you are visiting St Petersburg, don’t miss the chance to visit the splendid Peterhof Fountains and the surrounding parks at the Peterhof Palace.
Against a backdrop of the canals and museums of St Petersburg and the grand historic monuments of Moscow sit plentiful restaurants and cafés. Russian cuisine is worth exploring in some depth. It consists of numerous delicacies such as Schi (Sauerkraut soup) and Okroshka (fermented rye). Beef Stroganoff is always a favourite while Pelmeni are truly delicious dumplings stuffed with mushrooms.
Great literature has come out of this enormous country too, including Tolstoy’s War and Peace, or the grace and beauty of Swan Lake. Russia has also contributed hugely to the arts, and this is most evident in a city like Moscow. The Bolshoi, Mikhailovski and Mariinsky theatres put on daily shows, and the Bolshoi Ballet is world famous. However, don’t neglect the numerous circus acts, operas and innumerable other entertainment options on offer. The big cities are also excellent for their shopping, with some of the most exclusive names from the fashion and design worlds based here.