Welcome to Part 2 of our trip through Russia
The Trans-Siberian Railway
The Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest railway in the world stretching for 9,298 kilometres. The line connects the European part of Russia with Siberia and Far East regions and plays a huge role in the history and economy of the country.
There are three major routes on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Before you think about booking a ticket, you need to decide which journey you want to take: Moscow to Vladivostok: The traditional Moscow-to-Vladivostok route takes seven days to make its 6,152-mile journey.
2. Geysers in Kamchatka
There are only two geyser fields in Eurasia (the Valley of Geysers and the Mutnovsky geyser field), and both of them are located in Kamchatka. The Valley of Geysers, which is located in the Kronotsky State Nature Biosphere Reserve, is a deep canyon with numerous outlets of hot springs, mud pots, hot pad, waterfalls and lakes. It is the second largest concentration of geysers in the world.
This unique ensemble is located on an island in Lake Onega of the Republic of Karelia. The entire island and the nearby area form a national open-air museum with more than 80 historical wooden structures: a beautiful church built without a single nail, rural wooden houses, windmills and bell towers.
4. The Golden Ring of Russia
This tourist route brings together eight ancient cities: Sergiev Posad, Rostov, Pereslavl, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Ivanovo, Vladimir and Suzdal, which preserved significant monuments of Russian history and culture.
The ‘classical’ route starts from Moscow, goes through Vladimir, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Rostov Velikiy, Pereslavl-Zalesskiy, Sergiev Posad. All cities and towns are located relatively close to each other, the ‘Golden Ring’ forms a ring, so from one place you can reach to another and make a circle until you get back to the one you started with. Probably, most often you’ll use busses to move along the golden ring, sometimes you’ll use trains. You can also ‘make’ the golden ring trip by car.
5. The Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin
The Kremlin in Nizhny Novgorod is the cultural and administrative center of the city, which surprises visitors with its impregnable walls, towers and fortifications. It is noteworthy that this fort has never been defeated by anyone.