Russia - it is the largest country in the world, where representatives of 180 ethnic groups speak more than 100 languages and dialects, while life goes on at the 9 time zones. Incredible, is not it? So no surprise that here you'll find a small and Germany, and Tibetan temples, and their mysterious Stonehenge. So, I present to you the Top 10 unusual places in Russia where you just have to go when traveling to Russia.
1 Stonehenge in the UK?
Mysterious Stonehenge, long throws people in awe. Something similar is in Russia - Ural stone miracle called Mansiysk doodles. It is located on the territory of the Republic of Komi atop Mount Manpupuner. Their height is 30 to 42 meters. So unusual stone pillars formed over hundreds of thousands of years under the influence of wind and water. In fact, it is what is left after the destruction of the mountain that was there 200 million years ago.
2 Valley of Geysers in Iceland?
Iceland is not only famous for its volcanoes and geysers. In Russia, too, has a "valley of wonders." Of course, it's Kamchatka Peninsula. Stretches along the entire peninsula mountain chain that keeps more than 140 volcanoes, of which 28 are active. Highest - Key Sopka, reaches almost 5 kilometers. Near the volcano Kikhpinych hides the main miracle of Kamchatka - the famous Valley of Geysers. She is a canyon (gorge) up to 4 km and 8 km long, through which flows the river Geyser. Here you will find many hot springs, mud pots pulsating, steam jets and boiling colored lakes.
Back in 1859, the French traveler Theophile first compared Petersburg to Venice. In his book, "Journey to Russia," he wrote: "Numerous channels plow town built like Venice of the North, on many islands." And the truth of St. - Petersburg simply laced water network: there are about 90 rivers, streams, canals, about 100 lakes and ponds.
But the abundance of rivers and canals are not all that connects St. - Petersburg with the famous Italian city. The majestic architecture of the city, countless bridges and footbridges, fishnet palaces, towering cathedrals, historic squares in a single ensemble - here it Venice of the North.
4 volcano Vesuvius?
Russian analogue of Vesuvius can be called an active volcano on the island of Kunashir Daddy on the territory of the Kuril reserve. This is compared with the volcano Vesuvius, not only because of its frightening beauty, but also because of the similarity in the structure of the "volcano in a volcano." The last eruption was in 1937, the frequency of the most powerful volcanic eruptions is approximately 1500 years. Foot and slopes covered with pine forests, here you can admire the wildlife, breathe fresh air, mountain and sea views. Volcano bordering the Pacific Ocean on one side, on the other - the Sea of Okhotsk.
Kaliningrad region - is the most westerly point of the country, also known as the "island of Germany" in Russia. It is situated in Central Europe and is separated from the rest of the Russian territory of other states - Poland and Lithuania. Until 1945, this region was first a part of Prussia, and then the former Germany. Capital Kaliningrad also called earlier German way - Koenigsberg, which translates as "Royal Mountain". Not only in Kaliningrad, but also in nearby cities - Soviet, Zelenogradsk Pravdinsk (referred to Tilsit in 1945, Krantz and Friedland) felt German past: a neat village houses with red roofs, green manicured gardens, strict German Lutheran church, and much more. This is the perfect place for those who want a little dip in the inviting atmosphere of Europe.
6 French Riviera?
Côte d'Azur in the Russian Black Sea resort is often referred to Sochi. Warm and mild climate, mineral springs, pure mountain air, the beautiful sea - all this attracts tourists from around the world. Sochi - the largest resort on the Black Sea in Russia and the longest city in Europe. The coastal strip reaches 145 km. Moreover, it was held here in 2014 Olympic Games that will allow tourists to witness the venue for such an important world events like the Olympics.
7 Tibetan temples?
If you want to dive into the world of Tibetan Buddhism, you should go to Kalmykia, where Buddhism is professed from the late 16th century. Here you will find about 27 active Buddhist temples and monasteries (khuruls). In the center of the country, the city of Elista is one of the largest Buddhist temples in Europe - Temple "Golden Abode of Buddha Shakyamuni." The temple was built on the site of an old factory of concrete products for the blessing of the Dalai Lama XIV. Khurul building has 63 meters in height and holds a biggest in Russia and Europe nine-meter statue of Buddha. At the first level of the temple, you can visit the Museum of History of Buddhist culture: pictures and objects of Buddhism help you better understand and feel that religion, while the second level is designed for those who want to meditate and be alone with yourself and the world.
8 Swiss Alps?
"Little Switzerland" - so say about Altai those who have visited here. Indeed, the similarities and striking beauty of these places. For those who want a break from the bustle of the metropolis, conquer peaks, improve your health, be sure to visit this unspoiled corner of nature. Altai Mountains - is a pearl of Russia, legends about him, write fairy stories. Here you will find the highest point of Siberia - Belukha, and the first in depth cave in Russia - environmental as well as one of the deepest lakes in Russian - Lake Teletskoe.
Famous Russian Versailles - Peterhof on a plan of Emperor Peter I was supposed to be a triumphant monument to a successful end the country's struggle for access to the Baltic Sea. Is a residence on the shores of the Gulf of Finland near St. Petersburg. Originally the palace looked quite modest in style "Petrine Baroque." In the mid-18th century, Empress Elizabeth realigned Peterhof model of Versailles, adding richly decorated ceremonial halls, painted ceilings and inlaid parquet in the palace. Peterhof today represents one of the most luxury holiday with numerous sculptures, parks, pavilions and the world's largest system of fountains.
10 Lake Tanganyika in Central Africa?
Lake Baikal is called "brother" Tanganyika. Both lakes are the largest reservoir of fresh water. They are also similar in origin (rift) and the size of the basin. In this Baikal is the deepest lake on the planet. Its coastal areas are distinguished by a unique collection of rare plants and animals. Locals and many in Russia are traditionally called Baikal sea. Around the lake lies the Great Baikal Trail - ecological system, where tourists can enjoy the spectacular views and panoramas of Lake Baikal.
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