Russia today has very little in common with Russia it once was

Russia is reinventing itself with vigor and opulence throughout the once gray and ordinary streets. Triumphing hip restaurants, luxury boutiques, and a flock of millionaires and their wives to indulge in them.

The downside of travelling to Russia

Travelers often associate¬† Moscow with Antarctica cruise: far, dangerous cold, and expensive. I was born in Russia and lived there for 18 years and I can tell you for sure that those beliefs couldn’t be further from the truth.

The only downside of traveling to Russia is the annoying, expensive visa-application process that requires an invitation letter if you’re traveling on your own, sometimes an embassy interview.¬†

You need to have patience and put a little effort into organizing your trip. It is one of those that can’t be spontaneous. And visiting Russia is definitely worth the petty trouble. But if you’re willing to put in the effort, the rewards are plentiful.

Along with lavish palaces and other Imperial era heritage, you can find find the best museums. Hermitage is the second largest museum after Louvre and has masterpieces of Leonardo Da Vinci, Rembrandt, and other legendary masters.

The Moscow Metro is the world’s most famous and decorated subway system.
It looks more like an underground palace than a subway. Easy to navigate, pristine and perfect for people watching. Moscow metro is a must-do if you are visiting Russia.

When is the best time to travel to Russia

The best time to travel to Russia is summer, although it can be brutally hot and touristy. But don’t underestimate winter travel. Moscow in winter is stunning and looks more like a movie prop. Here are all the good reasons to make a winter trip !

Is is safe?

It might sound surprising but traveling around Russia is safer than any European county. Security cameras and police are everywhere. Subways are closely monitored. You will likely get your bags checked upon the entrance to…about everywhere – train stations, malls, subways, even the city squares.

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