We are back with Part II of our review of Russia’s most beautiful cities , part of the 2018 World Cup. As the 2018 World Cup draws closer to a beginning, with only 2 days left to go, we are now focusing on finalizing our previews of the tournament, such as teams, stadiums, and now the cities that will host the events themselves. Not only that, but we want your to help explore the charm of Russia, especially if you have decided to pay the country a visit. So, without further ado – we continue with our list.
Kaliningrad is a Yorkshire-sized piece of territory. It’s an enclave firmly lodged between Poland and Lithuania and its name is daunting and inspiring, known as the King’s mountain. It used to be the capital of Prussia, but it later suffered destruction during WWII. Later, it was handed over to the USSR during the Potsdam Conference.
Kaliningrad’s most riveting piece of architecture is the grand cathedral which was restored with the help of German donations. If you are still in the mood to explore some historical sights, you may want to visit the statue of Immanuel Kant, a prominent philosopher who believed in the power of democracy and international cooperation as the building blocks of a world of peace.
If you want to hop over to neighbouring Poland, that’s all very fine. Gdansk is a beautiful seaside city, and given the generally warmer climate, you may enjoy the cooler breezes there. If you want to attend games there, you will be happy to know that there are a makeshift camp just several miles outside the town. You will have to pay £50 a night for a tent and camp there as a pair.
You may want to be hopping borders on this occasion. Poland is quite the accommodating place. Prices are usually cheap and they are in zloty. One pound is worth almost five slot, and accommodation in a moderate hotel may cost as little as PLN150 a night, which is all the more reason why you may want to seek Poland as the place to be sleeping.
Meanwhile, the Kalingrad stadium or also the Baltic Arena will prove quite the accommodating facility, with 35,000 fans able to attend. So much about Kaliningrad, then. Whether you are travelling on business, leisure or to see the World Cup, we wouldn’t miss it ourselves.
If you like railway trips, you may want to opt for this mode of transportation. Gra the Trans-Siberian Railway and you will arrive right on the spot.
One of the most significant man-made landmarks is the golden-domed Church on the Blood built on the site where the 1918 Romanov executions tok place. And because Russia’s history is steeped in bloodshed, you may want to hop over to Rasputin’s birthplace.
Yekaterinburg’s arena is one of the oldest across Russia. It was built back in 1953 on the same year Joseph Stalin died. While the football action itself may not amount to much, some detractors say, there is still a lot to take in from the city experience itself.
Go back in history and Volgograd will remind you about the place where the bloodiest battle in warfare took place. One million Soviet soldiers and civilians died with the German Six Army perishing in the process.
There’s a specific memorial in the city, the Mamaev Kurgan, which you may want to visit and just see what has been built there to honor the memory of lives lost.
Catherine the Great was fond of the city like no other ruler. She held it to be one of the world’s most beautiful and Russia’s too. The cathedral mosque of Kazan is one of the most confusing monuments in religion. It’s got both Arabic and Roman scripture to guide visitors from different ethnicities around.
The Kazan arena will be hosting its own piece of football action in the days to come. France will play Australia there on 16 June and South Korea will be facing off Germany on 27 June.
Samara was said to be the USSR’s second capital city, and you can imagine what the implications of this are. The Stalin bunker is another point of interest for you and nearly two thousands convicts were deployed to work on the facility which was intended to be used as a contingency plan should the Eastern Front during WWII go awry and allow enemy troops to reach Moscow. It very nearly did, too. We will see Cost Rica play Serbia here with Uruguay joining Russia for a game of football action as well.
With this our short account of some of the cities to be featured in the 2018 World Cup concludes. We hold most of these places to be quite exciting and worthy of your attention and admiration. Remember, there hardly is a city in Russia that you need only visit as part of the football event itself. You stand to enjoy quite a bit of history as well.