Tourism in Russia has seen rapid growth since the late Soviet times. Rich cultural heritage and great natural variety place Russia among the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Not including Crimea, the country contains 23 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, while many others are on UNESCO's tentative lists.

Major tourist routes in Russia include a trip on the Golden Ring of the ancient cities, cruises on the big rivers including the Volga, and long journeys on the famous Trans-Siberian Railway. Diverse regions and ethnic cultures of Russia offer many different foods and souvenirs, and show a great variety of traditions, including Russian banya, Nizhny Novgorod Khokhloma and Matryoshka, Tatar Sabantuy, or Siberian shamanist rituals. In 2013, Russia was visited by 33 million tourists, became the ninth-most visited country in the world and the seventh-most visited in Europe.

* Dress code if you plan to visit churches: for men it's required to dress long pants, for women-long skirts or dresses and head scarf. *

Moscow Kremlin is closed on Thursdays

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