Russia European

Russia is by far the largest country in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area. Extending across the entirety of northern Asia and much of Eastern Europe, Russia spans nine time zones, with borders on Europe, central Asia, southern Asia, and eastern Asia. (For more about Siberian Russia, see Asia region of Planet Planner.)

Its current population is about 144 million, with the vast majority of Russians living in the western (European) part of the country. This area includes Russia’s capital, largest city, and commercial and cultural capital, Moscow.

Given its vast mass, Russia incorporates a wide range of environments and landforms. Most travelers, however, focus on western (European) Russia, because this is where the vast majority of cultural heritage can be found. This includes many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, world-class museums, music and dance, and other cultural activities.

European Russia is also known for some beautiful landscapes. This includes an extensive lake area in the northwest near Scandanavia. For those interested in a warmer experience, there is the southern region around the Black Sea, with resort cities such as Sochi. This is also home to Russia and Europe’s highest mountain range – the North Caucasus, which has become the outdoor adventuring center of Russia.

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Overall Atmosphere: Cultural
A Cultural Atmosphere includes both the historic (eg, landmark town centers) and the contemporary (music, nightlife, etc).

Cultural Interests tend to be:
(a) indoors-oriented, and therefore not as linked to weather conditions for enjoyment
(b) relatively physically accessible, while also not being physically demanding.
Featuring mainly indoors-oriented historical or contemporary attractions.
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Russia (European) (photo by Wikimedia Commons)

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A Cultural Atmosphere includes both the historic (eg, landmark town centers) and the contemporary (music, nightlife, etc).

Cultural Interests tend to be:
(a) indoors-oriented, and therefore not as linked to weather conditions for enjoyment
(b) relatively physically accessible, while also not being physically demanding.

Moscow

Atmosphere: Culture
Best Weather: May, June, July, August, September
Moscow
 
A Cultural Atmosphere includes both the historic (eg, landmark town centers) and the contemporary (music, nightlife, etc).

Cultural Interests tend to be:
(a) indoors-oriented, and therefore not as linked to weather conditions for enjoyment
(b) relatively physically accessible, while also not being physically demanding.

Novgorod

 
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.

Solovetsky Islands

A Cultural Atmosphere includes both the historic (eg, landmark town centers) and the contemporary (music, nightlife, etc).

Cultural Interests tend to be:
(a) indoors-oriented, and therefore not as linked to weather conditions for enjoyment
(b) relatively physically accessible, while also not being physically demanding.

St Petersburg

 
 
 
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