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It's a region in East-Central Asia, where meet the territories of Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan. Altai Krai (with the capital city of Barnaul) and Altai Republic (with main city of Gorno-Altaisk) of the Russian Federation are located here making part of the West Siberian region. It's a land of stunning landscapes, from steppes to taiga forests and mountains. It's mostly agricultural region, though some industries are also represented here like tourism, food industry, gold mining and timber. Population: about 2 600 000.
Time zone: GMT (+6) Total area: about 260 000 km²
Ural Region
This region of Russia is mostly located in the Ural Mountains but also comprises some parts of the Volga River. It is situated just on the border between European and Asian parts of Russia. Is the biggest industrial regions of Russia (e.g. it provides 90% of natural gas and almost 70% of oil). Main city: Yekaterinburg. Population: about 12000000.

Time zone: GMT (+5) Area: about 1 800 000 km²

Main attractions: Europe-Asia Border (near Yekaterinburg); cities of Yekaterinburg, Perm, Chelyabinsk and others; opendoor museum of Wooden Architecture in Sinyachita (near Yekaterinburg); Tyumen hot springs; ancient Slavic city of Arkhaim; Natural Parks and Reserves.
Otherwise officially called the Republic of Sakha, this territory stretches from the Laptev and East Siberian Seas in the north to the Amur River and Khabarovsk Region in the south-east. Borders with Siberia in the west. 40 % of its territory is covered by permafrost, which makes Yakutiya one of the coldest regions in Russia. Capital city: Yakutsk. Major industries: diamond (99% of Russian diamonds are produced here), gold and tin ore mining. Population: about 950 000 (almost 50% of the population are ethnic Yakuts).

Comprises 3 time zones: GMT (+9) in Yakutsk, GMT (+10) in Oimyakon and GMT (+11) in Srednekolymsk Area: about 3 mln km².

Main attractions:Pole of Cold of the Northern Hemisphere (at Oimyakon), with the lowest temperature of – 71.2 ºC; Lena Pillars (natural rock formations on the banks of the Lena River); Permafrost Museum in Yakutsk.
A vast territory of the Russian Federation (officially named Siberian Federal District, stretching eastbound from the Ural mountains to Yakutiya, and from the Arktic Ocean to the borders with Mongolia and China. Population: about 19,000,000. Largest cities: Novosibirsk, Karnoyarsk and Irkutsk.

Time zone: GMT (+8),Area: about 5 mln km²

Main attractions:Mountainous Altai; Lake Baikal; Khanty and Mansi Ethnic Nomad camps.
St. Petersburg
The second largest city of Russia. Was the imperial capital for almost 2 centuries before the Russian revolution. During the Soviet Era was called Leningrad. Is often considered as Russia's cultural capital and the most beautiful «european-looking» city. It is also an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea. The whole city is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Year of foundation: 1703. Population: about 4 800 000.

Time zone: GMT (+3), MSK

Main attractions:all the historic center, including The Hermitage Museum/the Winter Palace; St. Isaac's Cathedral; Peter and Paul Fortress, Russian Museum, Menshikov Palace, etc.
Chita is the main city of Zabaikalsky Region in Eastern Sibera, located on the shores of the Chita river and surrounded by hills and mountains. It is considered one of the sunniest cities in the world! Year of foundation: 1653. Population: about 330000.

Time zone: GMT (+9), 6 hours ahead of Moscow

Main attractions:architectural monuments of 18-early 20 centuries, including old wooden houses;
near Chita: several nature reseres, mountains, caves and lakes.
The fourth largest city in Russia and main city of the Sverdlovsk Region. Population: about 1,3000000. It's located in the middle of the continent of Eurasia, on the border of Europe and Asia, on the Eastern part of the Ural mountains and the Iset river. Historically known as the place of the last Russian Tsar Nilokai II and his family's execution. Year of foundation: 1723

Time zone: GMT (+5), 2 hours ahead of Moscow

Main attractions:Church on the Blood (built on the place of the Tsar family's execution); giant QWERTY monument on the bank of the river; museums; churches; circus.
A large city located to the east of the Ural mountains on the Miass river, at about 210 km from Yekaterinburg. The city was on all the newslines when Chelyabinsk meteor fell near Chalyabinsk in 2013. Population: around 1100000. Year of foundation: 1736

Time zone: GMT (+5), 2 hours ahead of Moscow

Main attractions:Art Museum; historic Kirovka street; forest climbing location; great place for trekking in the Ural mountains;
The city of Perm is located near the Ural mountains, on the banks of the Kama river. It's the main city of the Perm Region and the largest industrial city of the Urals. Population: about 990000. Year of foundation: 1723

Time zone: GMT (+5), 2 hours ahead of Moscow

Main attractions:following the Green Line (a walking tour of Parm covering over 40 sights); Contermpopary Art museum; Art Gallery; Motovilikha open-air warfare museum.
Kazan is the capital of a Russian republic of Tatarstan, located at the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka rivers. It's a multinational city, where the Muslims and the Christians live peacefully together. Sometimes called «Third Capital of Russia» because of it historic, cultural and economic significance. Population: around 1,300000. Year of foundation: 1005.

Time zone: GMT (+3), the same as Moscow

Main attractions:Kazan Kremlin (a World Heritage sight); oldest walking streets in city center (like Bauman Street); Kul-Sharif Mosque;
One of the oldest and the most beautiful cities of the Golden Ring of Russia, built along the Volkhov river. Novgorod city is a World Heritage sight. One of the most important historical cities of Russia, first mentioned in 859. Population: about 200000.

Time zone: GMT (+3), the same as Moscow

Main attractions: Novgorod Kremlin; St. Sophia Cathedral; Yaroslav's Court; Fine Arts Museum; Museum of Wooden Architecture (in about 20 min drive from the city center).
Another Golden Ring curcuit city, located on the Klyazma river in about 200 km to the East of Moscow. It's one of the medieval capitals of Russia, dating back to the 12th century. Vladimir city with its oldest monuments is a UNESCO World Heritage sight. Population: about 350000.

Time zone: GMT (+3), the same as Moscow

Main attractions: Cathedral of the Assumption (built in 1158); Cathedral of St. Demetrius (another ancient Orthodox cathedral); Golden Gate (built in mid-12th century); numerous historical churches and buildings; museums; art gallery; planetarium.
One of the Golden Ring cities, located in about 250 km northeast of Moscow at the confluence of the Volga and Cotorosl rivers. The central part of Yaroslavl is a World Heritage Sight. Year of foundation: 1010. Population: about 600000.

Time zone: GMT (+3), the same as Moscow

Main attractions:Central part of the city; Yaroslavl Architectural and Art museum Preserve (with 6 churches and 3 museums); History and Fine Arrts museums; Jazz Over Volga (international jazz festival taking place every odd year).
A small historic city in about 25 km from Vladimir, considered by many the most interesting Golden Ring citiy. Located on the banks of the Kamenka river. Year of foundation: around 1024. Population: about 10000.

Time zone: GMT (+3), the same as Moscow

Main attractions:Spaso-Yevfimiev Monastery (houses over 10 separate museums); wooden church of St. Nicholas; St. Alexander Convent.
The capital and the biggest city of Russia. Located on the Moskva River in the central part of the European Russia. Population: about 11,500000.

First mentioned back in 1147, Moscow is one of the oldest Russian cities, attracting crowds of tourists from all over the world as well as from other Russian cities.

Time zone: GMT (+3)

Main attractions:Red Square (with St. Basil's Cathedral and Lenin Mausoleum); Moscow Kremlin; Old Arbat Street; Bolshoy Theatre; Tretyakov Gallery; Pushkin Museum; Novodevichi Convent; Christ the Saviour Cathedral; Kolomenskoye Park and many others.
Main city of Buriatia region located in 100 km to the east of Lake Baikal. The centre of the Russian buddhism. Population: about 420000. Year of foundation: 1666 (got the status of city in 1775).

Time zone: GMT (+8), 5 hours ahead of Moscow.

Main attractions:it's one of historic Russian cities with over 200 monuments of architecture; the Ethnographic museum, one of the largest open-air museums in Russia; Ivolginsky Buddhist Datsan
One of the oldest and biggest cities in Siberia, located in the valley of the Yenisey river. Population: about 1000000. Year of foundation: 1628.

Time zone: GMT (+7), 4 hours ahead of Moscow.

Main attractions:the national nature reserve «Stolby» (with giant granite «pillars» formed by winds and rocks), it's also a rock-climing area especially popular with solo-climbers; Krasnoyarsk Hidroelectric power station dam; monuments, museums and churches.
The biggest city on Siberia (and third biggest city in Russia), with a population of about 1,500000. Main city of Siberan Federal District, located on the banks of the Ob river.

Time zone: GMT (+6), 3 hours ahead of Moscow.

Main attractions:Novosibirst]k Zoo, Academrorodok (a city of science in about 30 km from Novosibirsk, also called «silicon taiga», it's a great place for walking in the forest); Obskoye More («Ob sea» - an artificial lake with sea-sand beaches); museums, cathedrals and monuments.


Russky Island
The biggest island off Vladivostok in Peter the Great Gulf. Until recent years it housed military bases and was restricted for civil visitors. In 2012 the Asia-Pasific Economic Cooperation Summit was held here, which helped bring investments to this area. Now it's the location of the Far Eastern Federal University campus, built by 2012, and also a popular summer rest area. The island, which is almost the size of Vladivostok, used to be reached only by commuter ferry, but since 2012 it's been connected with mainland Vladivostok by the Russky Bridge.
Russky Bridge
A bridge between Russky Island and Vladivostok across the Eastern Bosphorus strait, completed in 2012 by the APEC international summit. It's the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world stretching for 1,104 meters. It also has the second highest pylons and the longest cable stays in the world.
Golden Bridge
A cable-stayed bridge across Zolotoy Rog (Golden Horn) Bay in Vladivostok. Was built for the 2012 APEC summit and completed in 4-year term. Its construction improved the traffic situation in the city center, joining downtown area with a remote Churkin Cape district.
Primorye Nature Reserves
Currently there are 6 Nature Reserves in Primorye, apart from several National Parks and Reserved Areas. They were created to protect rare and endemic species of this territory, among which Amur Tiger, Himalayan Bear, Amur Leopard, Raccoon dog and others. There are lots of places of spectacular beauty in Primorye, which can boast of great landscape diversity, from mountain ridges and taiga forests to rivers and sea views. The reserves indlude Lazovsky, Sikhote-Alin, Khanka Lake, Khasansky, Kedrovaya Pad and Ussuriisky Reserves (Lazovsky being the most visited).
Land of Leopard National Park
It's the youngest protected area in Primorye, established in 2012 on the territory of the Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve. Located in southern Primorye on the coastal spurs of the Manchurian mountains, this National Park aims at protecting the rarest Amur Leopard from extinction (otherwise known as Far Eastern leopard). There are only 57 leopards left in Russia. Group tours are organized to this National Park to arose awareness of this beautiful predator's endangered situation.
Safari Park in Primorye
Located in about 1,5 hour drive to the north of Vladivostok near Shkotovo village, this Natural Animal Park gives the opportunity to look at many local animal species during guided tours along suspension bridges. The animals are wandering about a great territory, and are not kept in cages. It's even possible to feed some of them (like roes or baby wild boars). The visitors can see the Amur Tigers, sika deers, Himalayan bears, wild boars, raccoon dogs, foxes, etc. It's open for visiting daily from 10:00 till 19:00 and offers excursions every 15 minutes.
Vladivostok Fortress
It's a unique complex system of fortifications built in the end of 19th-beginning of 20th centuries in Vladivostok. For the time of its construction the fortress was a miracle of engineering having no analogues in the world history of fortifications. Scattered along the coastline of Vladivostok and on the Russky Island, the forts and batteries were built into the relief, hardly visible from the sea. Some of the forts were turned into museums, others remain abandoned and requiring reconstruction. The most visited are the Vladivostok Fortress museum (in downtown Vladivostok), Fort #7 museum almost at the entrance to the city and Voroshilov Battery on the Russky Island.
Valley of Geysers
It's the second largest concentration of geysers in the world located on Kamchatka Peninsula. There are about 90 geysers and numerous hot springs on the territory of about 6 km. The Valley makes part of the Kronotsky Nature Reserve included into the UNESCO World Heritage Site as «Volcanoes of Kamchatka». It can only be reached by helicopter, so the travelers often wait for days until the right weather sets. The Valley of Geysers was discovered in 1941 and still remains one of the most mysterious places of Earth.
Volcanoes of Kamchatka
There are around 160 volcanoes in Kamchatka, 29 of them still active (and 19 of which included in the World Heritage List). Klyuchevskaya Sopka is the highest volcano (4,750 m) and Kronotsky Volcano is considered the most beautiful one. Few of the volcanoes are even accessible for climbing (Koryaksky, Avachinsky and Kozelsky ones, visible from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky).
The Amur River
It's one of the world's longest rivers (tenth in rank), which forms the natural border between Russia and North-Eastern China. The Far-Eastern city of Khabarovsk is located on the Amur River which is navigable throughout its course. Some bridges were built over the Amur to let the Trans-Siberian trains pass, as well as a tunnel under the river in Khabarovsk (which is the only underwater tunnel in the Russian Railroads Network).
A national nanayan settlement in 75 km from Khabarovsk City with a population of only about 265 people. Famous for its petroglyphs carved in basalt rocks about 9-12 thousand years ago, Ethnographic Museum and eco-tourist complex «Welcome» presenting reconstructed national houses.
Lake Baikal
World's deepest, largest by volume and purest freshwater lake, located near the city of Irkutsk in Southern Siberia. It contains about 20% of the world's unfrozen surface fresh water. The Lake is surrounded by mountains and is rich in biodiversity, hosting thousands of plant and animal species.
Taltsy Architectural Complex
An open-air museum of traditional Siberian architecture located on the Angara River 47 km south of Irkutsk. It presents a collection of wooden buildings some of them dating back the 17th century. Some of the houses were transported here from villages on the Angara and reassembled.
Ivolginsky Datsan
It's the Buddhist Temple located in Buryatia Region of Russia, 23 km from Ulan-Ude. From the time of its opening in 1945 it's been the center of Russian Buddhism and the residence of Pandido Khambo Lama, the head of the Russian Buddhists. Numerous samples of Buryat art are gathered and preserved in the Datsan. Each year the complex attracts tourists from all over the world.
Pole of Cold
Located in Yakutiya, the Pole of Cold of the Northern Hemisphere is represented by 2 settlements: Oimyakon and Verkhoyansk. The record lowest temperature registered here was -71,2 ºC.
Lena Pillars
This name is given to the natural rock formations along the banks of the Lena River in far eastern Siberia. It's located in a day's boat ride by the river from the city of Yakutsk. The Lena Pillars National Park makes part of the World Heritage List.
Europe/Asia Border
The geographical border between Europe and Asia is located at about 17 km from the city of Yekaterinburg. A monument was built here making this place a major tourist attraction, like the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Golden Ring cities
A «ring» of 13 oldest Russian cities located northeast of Moscow. Most of these cities have played a significant role in the Russian history. They are sometimes called «open-air museums» for their unique architectural monuments of 12th -15th centuries Russia. These towns, most of them very small ones, are considered the most beautiful in Russia. The Golden Ring cities include Sergiyev Posad, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Rostov Veliky, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Ivanovo, Gus Khrustalny, Suzdal, Vladimir, Rybinsk, Uglich, Myshkin, Alexandrov.
Moscow Kremlin
It's a fortified historic complex in the center of Moscow overlooking the Moskva River. The complex includes 5 palaces with museums, 4 cathedrals, and serves as the official residence of the Russian President.
The Hermitage Museum
One of the largest and oldest museums of art and culture in Russia located in St. Petersburg. The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors.
Trans-Siberian Railway
The longest railway in the world, connecting Moscow and Vladivostok and covering 9288 km across Russia.