In terms of landmass, Russia is the largest country in the world, at over 170 million square kilometers. This of course includes the famous Siberia, which stretches to the Bering Sea near Alaska.
Most of the population is concentrated in Western Europe, where the capital, Moscow, is located. St. Petersburg is another popular destination, with its location on the Baltic Sea near Finland and Estonia.
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Currency: Russian Rubles can be withdrawn from ATMs throughout Russia, however keep in mind that smaller cities or towns may not have access to ATMs and its recommended to withdraw cash and take it with you.
Power Points: Most power points are the same as most other European power points (2 circular prongs). I would recommend you take a Travel Adapter especially for non Europeans.
Official Language: The official language of Russia is Russian.
Health: There are a major health concerns in Russia for travellers. I would recommend that you contact your doctor a few weeks before you travel as in some cases you need to start any medication a few days before your trip or you may need to get a vaccination.
Drinking Tap Water: The tap water is generally safe to drink, however, if you are unsure, make sure to ask your hotel receptionist or host.
Visa: You need a visa to enter Russia unless you’re travelling on certain commercial cruise ships. You can’t get a visa on arrival.
Popular foods: – Borscht (beet soup, full of meat and sautéed vegetables. Served either hot or cold). – Shchi (cabbage soup made from either fresh or fermented cabbage). – Pirozhki (little baked or fried puff pastries are packed with potatoes, meat, cabbage, or cheese). – Pelmeni (pastry dumplings are typically filled with minced meat and wrapped in a thin, pasta-like dough).
When to go: Russia is most enjoyable to visit between May and September. The huge the length of the nation means that depending on where you are, the temperature can vary substantially. However, you can often count on mild weather and lengthy days in the big cities. The months of July and August saw the highest temperatures.
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