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Why Visit Petrozavodsk, Russia

Set gracefully on the shores of Lake Onega, the capital of the Republic of Karelia, Petrozavodsk is a perfect destination for those wishing to immerse into one of the most picturesque corners of Russia.

Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, the city played an important part in the military history of Russia, serving as a prominent headquarter in the war with Sweden. Nowadays, Petrozavodsk is known as a developed hub which has preserved some important landmarks you can't miss during your Petrozavodsk tour.

Some of the most popular ones include the Onezhskiy Tractor Factory, which is actually one of the oldest factories in entire Russia, as well as Statue of Peter the Great and Ploshchad Lenina. The Puppet House is also a unique experience to add to your Petrozavodsk itinerary.  

For some leisurely activities, stroll along the Lakeside Promenade and discover some beautiful contemporary sculptures scattered around the area. After exploring the outdoors, make sure to also visit the Fine Arts Museum and the Museum of Regional Studies.

Find out more about the local history by visiting the National Museum of the Republic of Karelia or enjoy a day-trip to the marvelous Kizhi Island, featuring some great examples of Russian wooden architecture, dating back to the 18th century.

Best Things to Do in Petrozavodsk, Russia

  • Enjoy the National Museum of the Republic of Karelia
  • Visit the one-of-a-kind Kizhi Island
  • Check out the statue of Emperor Peter the Great
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Discover the majestic Russian winter as you explore brilliant Moscow and Saint Petersburg, the inspiring Karelia region and make your way up north to witness the dazzling Northern Lights. Experience a cooking class, vodka tasting, snowmobile riding, husky dog sledding, and meet the Saami people.

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Get an in-depth exploration of Russia during the fully-customizable private tour with included Russian visas and best hotels that covers it all: ancient towns called "Russian Vatican", the gorgeous region of Karelia, Kizhi Island and traditional villages, as well as the unmissable sights of both capitals, Moscow and St. Petersburg.

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