The world’s largest nation has captured the imagination of generations of travellers. Russia is fascinating, enigmatic, majestic – a mix of cultural riches and complicated history that is intimidating but undeniably alluring. Which is why it is not surprising that there is a lot of things to do in Russia.
It’s a country that thrives on – or in spite of – fierce contrasts. The elegant Candy Land architecture of Saint Basil’s Cathedral is as iconic as the monolithic concrete landscapes left by the Soviet Union. Hip art galleries can be found alongside traditional banyas. Moscow is one of the most billionaire-dense cities in the world, but venture to Russia’s farthest corners and you may think you’ve time-travelled decades into the past.
Russia is a riddle begging to be solved, and though you may never arrive at an answer, the journey is a rewarding adventure. A place so unique has plenty of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to offer visitors who want to explore off the beaten path. This is, after all, a country where seals are trained to be soldiers and alcoholism is so rampant it had to be declared a “national disaster” – would you expect anything less than crazy?
Scroll through the gallery for 7 of the most insane things to do in Russia.