Russia has always been a much-admired nation. For students, it has been an ideal destination to go and learn about history and medicine. For tech business owners, Russia is a great place to get technological inspiration from. Travel-lovers also enjoy trips to Russia because of all its sight-seeing locations. From monuments to beautiful Russian girls, one can seemingly never run out of what to behold.
Russia is famous for its Vodka, the architecture, Russian women, and its major tourist attractions. This last part will excite adventurous people. So we’ve created a list of the 7 wonders of Russia that they wouldn’t want to miss out on. If you plan to travel to Russia, feel free to check out these places:
1. Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal is one of the world’s most beautiful natural sights. It is one of the natural wonders of Russia and also an aesthetic symbol of the nation. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site and every year, 1.5 million tourists visit this lake. Why do people love to see Lake Baikal?
We believe the following reasons explain their attraction:
- It is the world’s deepest natural lake. It is also the largest freshwater tank with a unique ecosystem.
- Its coastline features a lot of Buddhists and shaman shrines. This makes it the most famous spiritual rallying point in Russia.
- The location has a lot of unique symbols, including Tatar-Mongolian monuments, old believer villages, mysterious shaman capes, and Russia’s supreme Buddha datsan.
- Baikal is a great place for hiking and fauna spotting. It is a great spot for eco-tourism.
2. Kamchatka Geyser Valley
Kamchatka Geyser Valley is not just one of the wonders of Russia, it is also on the list of UNESCO heritage sites. Only 200,000 tourists are allowed into Kamchatka Geyser Valley annually because of how sensitive the area is. However, this number keeps increasing as the years go by and so it’s best to visit the valley before it becomes overrun by tourists.
This is the world’s largest Geyser field. It contains over a hundred hot springs and a dozen geysers. You can also walk on the craters created by the region’s volcanoes. It is one of the best places to go for an eco-tour. If you are lucky enough, you can see a bear fishing for salmons.
You should know that it is not exactly an accessible destination. The only means of transportation to the area is by air (through a helicopter). You also need a special permit to enter this place. Carefully planning your visit before-hand will help things go a lot smoother.
3. Mount Elbrus
Mount Elbrus is a one-of-a-kind natural ski resort. It is also one of the seven highest peaks of the world. To top it all, it is Europe’s highest peak…pun intended. Every year, around 2,000 mountaineers and skiers visit this mountain. The fun thing about it is that climbing the peak is a healthy challenge.
Climbing a mountain that is 5,642 meters tall does require physical prowess. But rest assured that there is on-the-spot mountaineering training. You can also rent the necessary tools required for climbing. With proper guidance from sherpas (mountain guides), the average person can attempt to scale it.
Manpupuner is Komi’s republic contribution to the seven wonders of the world. It is a remote, geological monument located in Northern Urals, Russia. It consists of 7 rocks which the locals believe to be gods who erred and were turned to stones as a punishment. It’s therefore obvious why this place is considered to be sacred by the locals.
You can not visit Manpupuner as an individual; you have to visit there with individuals with some level of clearance. You must either be under a government-sponsored group or a government-approved travel agency group. The means of transportation here is by air.
5. Mamayev Kurgan and The Motherland Calls
This place houses the largest man-made monument in Russia and Europe. The Motherland Calls statue on top of Mamayev Kurgan in Volgograd was recognized by the Guinness book of records in 1967. It once held the record of the world’s tallest statue. It had some heft too as the entire sculpture weighs around 8,000 tons.
6. St. Basil’s Cathedral
The Cathedral of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat is otherwise simply called St. Basil’s Cathedral. It is one of Moscow’s landmarks. The Cathedral comprises 11 Orthodox churches named after saints. Its construction began in 1555, so it is one of the oldest monuments in Russia.
7. Fountains of Peterhof
Located in St. Petersburg, the country’s second capital, are the Fountains of Peterhof. The city contributed its fountains to be a part of the seven wonders of Russia. It is not just famous because of the palaces and parks, but also for its network of 147 working fountains.
Russia is a beautiful country with beautiful people. Apart from its amazing people, it is also home to some of the most amazing monuments in the world. Both man-made and natural, these wonders are must-sees for anyone fascinated by nature, architecture and cultures.