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Visit Volgograd's Historical Attractions

Visitors to Volgograd, the administrative center of Russia's Volgograd Oblast, will have a number of interesting attractions to explore, many of which relate to the history of this bustling city situated on the western bank of the Volga River. Named Tsaritsyn between 1589 and 1925, and renamed Stalingrad between 1925 and 1961, the city is etched in history books for its resistance against the German Army in the World War II Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942-2 February 1943) during which many lives were lost and the city incurred extensive damage.


Visit the Marine Reserve on Peter the Great Bay

Dalnevostochny Morskoy Zapovednik, located in the sparkling turquoise waters of Peter the Great Bay on the coast of Primorski Krai, was the first of Russia's nature reserves created with the goal of protecting marine ecosystems. The unique underwater conditions of this spectacularly beautiful area host a wealth of invertebrates, as well as both cold and warm water fish species and marine mammals that are attracted by the abundance of algae. This underwater biodiversity is made possible by the convergence of cold and warm ocean currents at this point, along with the rugged terrain of the ocean floor and shoreline.


Enjoy the Natural Splendor of the Altai Mountains

Holidaymakers looking to take a complete break from the stresses of everyday life, and reconnect with nature, will find what they need in the spectacular Altai Mountains of Russia. In fact, the Altai Mountains are not restricted to Russian territory, but stretch into neighboring China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan. This is where the mighty river Ob – the world’s fifth longest river - originates from before flowing toward the Gulf of Ob in the Arctic Sea, splitting into some major tributaries along the way.


Take Time to Explore Yekaterinburg's Museums

Visitors to Yekaterinburg will find more than thirty museums offering a host of information on the history, culture, geology and other aspects of this vibrant Russian city and its surroundings. For visitors interested in nature and geology, the Nature Museum, Museum of Natural History and Ural Geological Museum are must-see attractions, while those who are interested in the development of technology in Russia may want to add the Museum of Photography, the Science & Engineering Museum and the Radio Museum to their itinerary. The Museum of Fine Arts lives up to its name with an astounding collection of both local and international works of art and other items, and the Gamayun Center of Folk Arts and Artistic Handicraft offers a window into the cultural past of Russia.


Tradition, Culture and History in Buryatia

With Mongolia to the south, Zabaykalsky Krai to the east, Tuva to the west and Irkutsk to the northwest, the Republic of Buryatia is a federal subject of Russia and a fascinating place to visit. The scenery is beyond spectacular and the people of Buryatia truly value their culture, traditions and history, being willing to share these with visitors. Among the attractions Buryatia has to offer is the largest Buddhist monastery in the Russian Federation – Ivolginsky Buddhist Datsan – located around 23 kilometers outside of the republic's capital city Ulan-Ude, while the city itself has a number of historical and cultural attractions, including the Ulan-Ude Ethnographic Museum and the Odigitrievsky Cathedral.


Explore the Spectacular Shulgan Tash Reserve

The Shulgan-Tash reserve in Russia's southern Ural Mountains features spectacular rolling hills, imposing cliffs, densely forested areas, flowering meadows, sparkling rivers and ancient, mysterious caves, offering adventurous travelers a host of options to explore. Classified as a protected area, or Zapovednik, Shulgan-Tash is prohibited from being developed and is intended to remain an untamed region in this vast country of contrasts. The reserve is home to the hardy, but rare, Buzyan honeybees which are prolific producers of honey, even in the harsh winter temperatures of the Ural Mountains. The bees are protected and cared for by trained beekeepers who harvest the honey in much the same way as has been done for centuries. The indigenous fireweed and linden trees the bees harvest nectar from, give the honey its unique flavor.


Visit Russia's 'City in the Sunny Valley'

Located in Russia's Sakhalin Oblast and founded in 1882, the city of Yuzhno-Sakhilinsk was initially named Vladimirovka, after the town of Vladimir in Russia's Golden ring. At the end of the Russo-Japanese War in 1905, the city was under Japanese jurisdiction, and was renamed Toehara, meaning 'valley of fertility' and came to be known as the 'city in the sunny valley' – an apt description of its location between two mountain ranges, offering it protection from the unpredictable and often harsh Pacific Ocean weather conditions. Japan retained possession of the city until the end of WWII when it was taken over by the Soviet Union and renamed Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.


Take a Cruise Along Russia’s Lena River

Nature loving visitors to Russia may want to consider taking a cruise along the Lena River as it makes its way from its source in the Baikal Mountains, to empty into the Arctic Sea, with its entire watershed being located within Russia's boundaries. Winding its way through Russia's Yakutia-Sakha Republic, the Lena River is the ninth longest river in the world and the easternmost of Siberia's three large rivers, the other two being the Yenisei River and the Ob River. The Lena Delta Wildlife Reserve is one of the largest of its kind in the world and is Russia's largest protected nature conservation area. The delta's more than 1,500 islands are surrounded by a network of smaller channels, and in addition to providing habitats for a large variety of birds, such as geese, swans, loons, ducks, gulls and raptors, the reserve is also a vital fish spawning site.

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