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The 10 Most Beautiful Travel Destinations In Russia
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The 10 Most Beautiful Travel Destinations In Russia

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Russia and the former Soviet Union has incredible mountains, beaches, deserts, ethnic villages, spectacular volcanoes and glaciers, making it one of the most beautiful countries in the world. However, due to inconsistent advertising and lack of invested budget in the development of these places, Russia’s natural beauty is frequently overlooked even by Russians. This guide presents ten stunning travel destinations for travel addicts and lovers of active holidays to take a look at while in Russia.
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Dargavs, the City of the Dead

Dargavs is located at the Dargavskaya Hollow in North Ossetia-Alania. Dargavskaya Hollow is protected from clouds and winds by mountains which create a special dry microclimate. The basin of the hollow is mostly flat, which is a rarity among mountain gorges. Dargavs village was inhabited since the Bronze Age, and was one of the main centers of the formation of the Tagaurian society, who belong to the upper class of East Ossetia. The relocation of the residents began after the founding of the neighboring city of Mozdok. In 1830, during the uprising in Ossetia, many of Dargavs’ residents were killed and many towers destroyed. Currently, there is no permanent population, which has led the village to be known as the ‘City of the Dead’. The city’s tombs are divided into three types: the ones that are located above the ground where the roof is a pyramid made from rectangular slate slabs; another type includes topped gable ceilings; the third, the most unassuming burials, are half-underground and are built in a rectangular shape from roughly processed stone slabs.

Dargavs, North Ossetia–Alania, Russia

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St. Petersburg

The most beautiful city in Russia is full of romantic ambiance, bridges, museum-like streets and imperial spirit. Russian’s northern capital has an unparalleled cultural history that will be of interest to genuine lovers of all things classical: theatre, ballet and opera. Even a week spent at an offbeat rapid pace will not be enough to cover the tip of city’s cultural heritage iceberg. Buildings and monuments of great historical importance wait to be explored and discovered, including St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Paul and Peter Fortress and Nevsky Prospekt; national museums present the greatest works of Russian and European painters, concentrated in the State Hermitage Museum and the Erarta Gallery; whereas incredibly detailed and passionate theatre and opera performances must be experienced at the Mariinsky Theater. St Petersburg will please fans of traditional sightseeing and historic cultural heritage, and will surprise those looking for an alternative side to the city, where secret hangout spots of Petersburg’s youth and local citizens will open at a glance. To explore just the most famous attractions, it may take you several weeks.

St Petersburg, Russia

Read The Culture Trip’s list of The Top 10 Things To Do in St Petersburg and our Alternative Guide to St Petersburg

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Altai Mountains

The Altai Mountains is a complex system of the highest mountains in the Siberian ridges, separated by deep river valleys and extensive hollows. The Altai National Reserve and the Katunskiy National Reserve together form the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Golden Mountains of Altai. Altai attracts thousands of tourists every year due to its endless possibilities for active holidays and plenty of photography opportunities. Altai is attracting almost all types of tourism, from road trips to rafting, and anything from mountain hiking to walks can be done here with ease. Mother Nature has generously endowed Altai with semi-desert steppes, taiga, alpine meadows, lakes and countless waterfalls. The largest lake in Altai is Lake Teletskoye, surrounded by taiga, which is also one of the deepest lakes in the world. There are more than 400 caves made from limestone, marble and dolomite, with incredible sinter formations, including the Taldinskie, Charyshskie and Hanharskie caves. All travellers will be happy to find out that Altai has an abundance of ancient sites, caves with traces of ancient people, untouched national parks, and tranquillity.

Altai Mountain Range, Mongolia-Russia

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