Yes, the 2018 World Cup is about to kick off and we are all excited about attending, watching, and generally sharing the triumph of our favorite teams. This is no small thing, but if we are there ourselves, we may want to know a thing or two about the cities themselves. Here’s our account of the 2018 World Cup cities which we have ranked from best to worst. Sit back and read at you own leisure.
If you have been reading literature, perish the thought, you know it as the city of Dostoyevski. From a football standpoint, though, the city is steeped in history. Known as Leningrad, the city has seen a lot. The storming of the czar’s residence, the Winter Palace, in 1917 during the October revolution, brought Lenin to power.
The former Russian capital is one of the unrivalled cities of the country. Its formidable underground network is second to none in the entire country, and with 69 metro stations, we also have the world’s deepest, Admiralteiskaya, nestled 85 metres underground.
St Petersburg currently holds the most spectacular 2018 World Cup stadium designed by Japanese architect Kisho Kurosawa. The stadium itself will host seven matches, and also focus on the semi-final and third-place final.
Which other except for Moscow? If you have gazed upon the Russian capital from magazine clips, you certainly might have thought that it’s not a real city. Well, it is, and it offers quite a few things to do. Without paying homage to persons from history you might be strongly opposed to, you could visit the Lenin’s Mausoleum, Kitai Gorod, and Gorky Park.
You will certainly find yourself a cosy place to stay when it comes to that and no aspect of the Russian capital might be perceived as inherently bad. There are, of course, a few bugbears that Russians have not really considered necessary, and you might be teased by the locals if you don’t speak Russians. However, Moscow is a cosmopolitan city, where multiple languages are palavered on daily basis.
The Luzhniki Stadium is the country’s top sports arena, which can host up to 80,000 people, and is one of the most breathtaking sights you will lay your eyes upon while in Russia. Overall, seven games will take place here, including the inaugural event which features Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Another stadium in Moscow is Spartak Stadium, which is also featured as one of the prime football arenas of the competition. The sporting facility can host up to 42,000 spectators and is very much one of the best stadiums in the world indeed.
Known for the Winter Olympics, Sochi is one of the brilliant places to go. A cool seaside resort in the Russian Riviera, you will definitely have a lot to enjoy there. The Fisht Stadium is one of the facilities that will host football matches. The stadium itself resembles a snow-capped mountaintop and it can accommodate up to 48,000 people.
We will witness some top picks here, including Portugal vs Spain, Germany vs Sweden, and a few others that may pique our fancy later on!
Nizhny Novgorod is said to be Russia’s richest city. It’s a big and affluent megapolis, sprawling all over the place and justly called the country’s third capital city. The city is also steeped in history and full of architectural feats dating back to a previous age.
It will offer you quite the decent places to crash out for the night come what may and you can certainly enjoy the city and its nightlife. It also offers multiple venues that are quite well-suited for those seeking a taste of their own culture, including Angliski Posolstvo, which is a bar, translating as “English Consulate.”
The Nizhny Novgorod Stadium is probably one of the best in the whole of Russia. It reveals great views over Volga and Oka, two of Russia’s better-known rivers. Capable of seating 45,000 people, the stadium is definitely one of Russia’s best-known venues.
At a Glance
The best 2018 World Cup cities are definitely difficult to pinpoint. Russia is a multifarious country which has quite a bit to offer to everyone who visits it. The megapolises may be all very glitzy, but some people may prefer the peace and quiet of the country where they can get in touch with the locals and get to know the country.
We are just as excited to see what happens next as soon as the games kick off. Remember to check yourself in a hotel so that you may avoid having problems with the border patrols. You will be quite capable of enjoying the country at your own pace.