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Best Russian Cities For Solo Travelers, Ranked

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Factually, Russia is the largest country in the world. With its towering forts, large cathedrals, and massive castles, it is quite a sight to see.

Russian cities mirror the same elegance and scale that the country as a whole represents. Russia almost developed in a microcosm of its own, with European influences, but Russians’ own cultural touch on them, and everything about the country reflects that.

Russia is one of the biggest influences on society as a whole, spawning great minds such as Anton Chekhov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Leo Tolstoy, and many more. The intricacy, grace, and sheer epic scale of the country are something to see.

Since Russia consists of so many great cities, it gets difficult for a solo traveler to decide which ones to explore; so here we have curated a list of top 5 cities to visit in Russia!

Check out our list of the best Russian cities to visit as a solo traveler, ranked.

  1. Moscow: The Russian capital may seem like an obvious choice, but the city offers a lot more than you would be aware of. The Kremlin is an impressive, imposing structure, and the Red Square is indubitably one of the highlights.

    The city is grand and majestic, and walking through it reflects that wonderfully. You would find ancient fortresses, giant and intricately designed cathedrals, memorials and museums (WWII museums and soviet museums are notable), lakes and rivers, and simply a beautiful, grand city to adore!

    Moscow, Russia
  2. Saint Petersburg: St. Petersburg has had quite a tumultuous past, from being the old capital city under the Tzars to being under siege by the Nazis. The city has a prominent Eastern European feel to it, with canals and waterways cutting through elegant palaces and grand cathedrals.

    The city is full of leafy parks, which makes it an absolute delight to walk around, and you would find plenty museums and places of historical relevance. The Hermitage Museum has a wonderful collection of art. There are many good shopping and dining options, and a great nightlife. It’s a nice, laidback city, and is a lot of fun to just walk through and explore.

    Saint Petersburg, Russia
  3. Kazan: Kazan is the capital of the Tatars, Turkic people who have their own autonomous region. The city lies on the Volga, and has a large Slavic population as well, which has made this city an interesting mix of cultures. Church spires sprout among the mosque’s minarets, and the mingling of Slavic and Turkic cultures has given the city its own twists. The city has natural oil reserves, and it is modernising fast. It also has a fair amount of fun food, art, and attractions to see, most notable being the Kazan Kremlin.

    Kazan, Russia
  4. Yekaterinburg: Yekaterinburg is an important Russian city. Lying near the foot of the Ural Mountains, this city has been the setting for the execution of the Romanovs when Boris Yeltsin came into power. It was also a part of a gem rush, as miners poured into this city to make a fortune mining gems in the mountains.

    It is a fast modernising town, with various pubs and cafes opening up on the regular, and an absolutely amazing gastronomic scene. The city also has one of the coolest names of any city ever, and an international airport, and is a hub for climbing and trekking parties heading to the mountains for a trip.

    Yekaterinburg, Russia
  5. Sochi: Sochi is a Russian seaside city. Lying on the Black Sea coast, it recently played host to the 2014 Winter Olympics, due to which the facilities and infrastructure have been improved greatly. It is the site of some of Russia’s most famous seaside resorts, and though it can get a little expensive, the experience you receive is memorable. The climate here is the best you can find in all of Russia, unless you have an affinity for freezing cold. The beaches are well maintained and not too crowded, and after a nice day at the beach you can go up the nearby mountains to the Ski resort, which is where the Winter Olympics were held. Other notable places to visit are the Russian Riviera, or a hike in the Agura Valley.

    Sochi, Russia

Aforementioned are the top 5 cities to explore in Russia as a solo traveler. Do make it a point to include a couple of these cities, if not all, to your tour. Pack your bags and get ready for an experience unforgettable!


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Ryan Miller
Senior associate editor at ​the CEOWORLD magazine. Raised in Boston with a Brooklyn accent.
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