2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia – where to go and what to do

Events, Sports

The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is just 273 days, 22 hours and 25 minutes away … have you started planning yet?

Taking place from 14 June to 15 July, 2018 this will be the first world cup held in Europe since 2006 and the tournament will involve 32 national teams. The final will take place in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium on 15 July 2018.

If you are planning a trip to Russia for the World Cup, 2018, why not plan where to go and what to do in advance?

Venues for the 2018 World Cup include: the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, the Saint Petersburg Stadium, the Fischt Stadium in Sochi, the Ekaterinburg Arena, the Kazan Arena, the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, the Rostov Arena at Rostov-on-Don, the Samara Arena, the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, the Volgograd Stadium, the Spartak Stadium in Moscow and the Kalingrad Stadium.

In addition to the world class football on offer, why not make the most of your trip to Russia and visit some of the country’s stunning attractions while you are in town?

Moscow … what to do …

Not only does Moscow boast excellent nightlife, bars and restaurants, but there is also an exciting new art scene with creative galleries to be found off the main squares. Visit Bolotny Island for its cool clubs and modern art galleries. The Golden Mile is the place to go if you want to try delicious local food at the Russian and Georgian restaurants.

Moscow’s history still plays a major part in any visit to the city and Russia’s largest cathedral, the Church of Christ the Saviour is well worth a visit. Also a beacon for punk activism, the cathedral has come to symbolise modern Moscow.

The metro system is probably the best way of getting around Moscow but if you are feeling adventurous, hire a bike in one of the main streets and explore at your own pace.

St. Petersburg … where to go …

Russia’s most northern city, St. Petersburg is home to five million people who refer to it as ‘Peter.’

Since the 2000s, St. Petersburg has become a place of affluence and prosperity, largely due to an influx of tourists and a 20 mile dam across the Finland Gulf.

In recent years, a vibrant creative scene has sprung up around the city’s historical centre with the opening of art hubs, boutiques, new night clubs and modern bars. Take a trip to Dumskaya Street where you will find a small club on every doorstep. The ‘hippest’ and most ‘happening restaurants can be found in Konushennaya Square.

Culture vultures should visit the State Hermitage Museum, the largest art museum in Russia and one of the oldest museums in the world. Founded in 1764 the museum now occupies six buildings and is home to 3 million pieces of art.

St. Petersburg is a beautiful city which boasts many green areas, where you can relax and watch the world go by. Take a stroll through Alexander Park, Catherine Park or the Botanical Garden and relax in the heart of the city.

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