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Attractions from Russian Federation

Astrakhan (Astrakhan)
The last city before the Volga River flows into the Caspian Sea is Astrakhan, with about half a million inhabitants. The city has several impressive sights, such as the many towers rising above the city fort, Astrakhan Kremlin, and the pompous Maria Church.
The Bunker Museum (Kaliningrad)
In front of Kaliningrad university, close to the Kant memorial, is the bunker that functioned as the commando centre of the German general, Otto von Lasch, during the war. Here, you can, among other things, see room number 13, where the general signed the German capitulation, as well as a number of other objects from the war.
The Museum of Amber (Kaliningrad)
Kaliningrad's museum of amber contains a collection of more than 6000 pieces of amber as well as a copy of part of Catharine the Great's Amber Room in the Summer Palace, St Petersburg. If you go to Yantarny, a little outside of Kaliningrad, you can visit the world's largest amber mine, producing 90 per cent of the world's amber.
The Museum of Natural History (Kaliningrad)
The concert hall, Stadthalle, was bombed during WW2, but was reconstructed and reopened in 1991 as a regional museum of natural history and art. The exhibitions provide an outline of the history of Kaliningrad and the natural history of the region, and you can get a more detailed insight through a local archaeological excavation.
Kishi Island (Karelia)
This famous island used to be a ritual area for the pagans, but has since become the centre of Russia's beautiful wooden architecture. The most beautiful and famous attraction on the island is the Cathedral of the Transfiguration, built without a single nail. The 22 domes of the church and magnificent decorations make sure that the rain never hit the church walls.
Kazan (Kazan)
Kazan was one of the few towns that were off-limits during the Soviet times, but today about a million people live there, and the town is famous for its outstanding university. The town's greatest attraction, though, is the old fort, Kazan Kremlin, containing all kinds of marvellous architecture.
Bolsjoj Theatre (Moscow)
The world-famous theatre was founded in 1776, but replaced with a newer, classicistic one in 1856, after a devastating fire. Bolsjoj Theatre has been the centre of the best Russian opera and ballet throughout the times, and this was where Tjajkovskij's "Swan Lake" premiered in 1877, running ever since.
Moscow Zoological Garden (Moscow)
The Russian animal park is one of Europe's best and largest zoological gardens. It was founded in 1864 and consists of two sections, connected by footbridge. The population of animals amounts to 5715 animals, distributed among 947 species. Moscow Zoo was one of the few Russian institutions that had an unproblematic cooperation with Western institutions during the cold war.
The district of Kremlin (Moscow)
This is the historical and enigmatic centre, in which Russian world politics were devised, and this beautiful city within the city is also Moscow's greatest attraction. Kremlin, with its onion domes and mighty churches, symbolizing the incredible wealth of the Tsars, is an inevitable sight during your stay in Moscow.
Vasilij Blazjennyj Cathedral (Moscow)
This famous church, at the end of the Red Square, is without comparison the most photographed attraction in all of Moscow. Ivan the Cruel erected the gorgeous, colourful and imaginative Vasilij Cathedral in 1555-61 in memory of his invasion of Kazan in 1552. Indoors, you can enjoy some of best-preserved icons and chapels in all of Russia.

Area and city attractions

• Karelia
• Siberia
• Ural Mountains
• Astrakhan
• Kazan
• Moscow
• Novgorod
• St. Petersburg

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