We’re getting pretty excited about the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia. Our staff has already traveled to Russia many times in preparation for this event and we’ve fallen in love with the country. We can’t wait to take to take our guests there and show them everything that makes Russia so great!
The World Cup will be hosted in 11 different cities, with the finals being held in Moscow. If you are interested in exploring Russia, then the 2018 World Cup will take you to some of the most exciting places in the Russian Federation. Here’s an intro to five of the 2018 World Cup host cities:
The stunningly beautiful and historic Russian capital is so full of iconic landmarks that around every corner you’re confronted with something ridiculously impressive to feast your eyes on. There’s the Kremlin, St Basil’s Cathedral with its ornate domes and spires, the Bolshoi Ballet, Gorky Park, Red Square, and so much more. But Moscow is also a cosmopolitan wonderland where you’ll find fabulous restaurants, shopping, nightlife, and contemporary art.
Russian’s second city is full of lavish architecture, gilded palaces, and one of the world’s most impressive museums, The Hermitage. Saint Petersburg is the most Northern city in the world to have a population of more than 1 million, yet has a southern European feel due to the fact that much of the historic architecture was built by Italians and modeled on classical renaissance architecture. Saint Petersburg is definitely one for the bucket list.
This Russian enclave was part of Germany until 1946, and has a very different feel – it isn’t actually attached to Russia, but instead is sandwiched between Lithuania and Poland on the Baltic Sea, which results in a fun and interesting cultural mix. Much of the beautiful old German architecture was destroyed in WWII, but Kaliningrad still has some beautiful buildings, and plenty of new attractions and lots of interesting cultural stuff to explore.
Older than Moscow, this progressive and diverse city is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, which is a melting pot of many different cultures and religions, which have co-existed happily side by side for millennia. There’s plenty of stunning architecture and many attractions to explore. Home to 30 of Russia’s biggest universities, Kazan has a young and lively population, and is also home to some of the best sports teams in the Russian Federation.
This city is beautiful, with its cliff top kremlin looking down over the convergence of the Volga and Oka Rivers, and boasts some wonderful museums and art collections. Nizhny Novgorod, which is often referred to by its nickname Gorky (from the writer Maxim Gorky, who was born there), was actually closed to foreign visitors until 1991 due to it being a sensitive military area, but has become a popular spot for visitors since it was opened up.
Stay tuned for next week’s blog when we’ll address the remaining six cities that the 2018 World Cup will be held in. Want to know more about how we can get you to all the matches you want to see? Check out our various World Cup 2018 Packages or contact us to see how we can arrange your dream trip to Russia.