DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Russia will lead you straight to the best attractions this diverse country has to offer.
From the majestic cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg to the sandy beaches of the Baltic Coast and from the lush Volga Delta to the snowcapped Caucasus Mountains, explore the largest country in Europe. Experience the grandeur of the Kremlin, the Palace Embankment in St. Petersburg, and the historic sights in the Olympic city of Sochi, immerse yourself in the flavors of the local cuisine, and don’t miss out on the world-famous Russian Ballet.Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Russia.
• Detailed itineraries and “don’t-miss” destination highlights at a glance.
• Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
• Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
• Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
• Area maps marked with sights.
• Detailed city maps each include a street finder index for easy navigation.
• Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
• Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations
With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Russia truly shows you what others only tell you.
This book provides a good overview of Russia, it’s history, and culture. Of course a book that size can’t be comprehensive and there were places we visited that weren’t covered, but overall it was useful. If you are traveling to a weight limit, I suggest reading the introductory material before departure and photocopying a few relevant location-specific pages to take with you.
- While I am a big fan of DK Eyewitness Travel series, this book utterly disappoints. The introduction starts full of propaganda stamps: “mafia-state”, “petrodollars”, “towns and villages languished in poverty”. The “history” part, well, you guess it, nothing but “gulag” and “dissidents”. But then, who reads this part anyway, right? On to the travel pages:
3/4 of the book is dedicated to Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Which leaves only about 60 pages for the rest of the country. Which makes one wonder, why even bother to publish this book, when there are separate guides for both of these cities.
So, let’s review these 60 pages. Russia, after all, has 25 beautiful UNESCO World Heritage sites, so there should be enough to get a traveler busy.
The magnificent Solovetsky islands? Nope, not there. Ferrapontov Monastery in Vologda? Ancient city of Derbent? Not even a mention.
The famous Golden Ring of Russia? Four of the 13 cities have made it into the book. Suzdal got lucky, but not Rostov Velikiy, Kostroma or Ivanovo.
Medieval fortresses of Vyborg, Izborsk or Shlisselburg? Town and Fortress of Kronstadt? Imperial palaces of Oranienbaum, Strelna or Gatchina? Neither was worth even a single sentence. And yes, most of these are included into UNESCO World Heritage sites list.
Lena Pillars Nature Park (another World Heritage site)? Not there. Neither is Yakutsk. So, if you are planning to take one of the popular Lena river cruises, or visit the Pole of Cold – choose another book.
So, what is there, what has made the list of sights a regular tourist wants to see in Russia?
– White Sea Canal – a former Gulag site
– Perm36 – another former Gulag site
– Magadan – well, you guessed it
– Stalin’s Bunker in Samara – it actually has more information dedicated to it, than some of the country’s finest art museums
So, I would only recommend this book if you vie to get your head loaded with the Cold War era propaganda. If you are just a tourist who wants to marvel at the beautiful churches of Rostov, museums of Gatchina or natural monuments on Lena river – look for an actual travel guide.
DK always outshines the others with their photography and illustrations. The paper is excellent but the print is too small for my eyes, smaller than the other guide books I’ve used for other locations. What was lacking was enough detail about locations (how to get there, costs, etc.), in this area Rick Steves shines, but he doesn’t cover St. Petersburg. It was adequate but hope Rick Steves provides a St Pete guide in the future.
I think that DK did an excellent job with describing places to eat, sleep, visit and etc.. Also the 540 photographs, 25 illustrations and pull out map are very helpful. My only complaint is with the size of the FONT. Both my wife and I found it to be on the small size. Thus depending on the light in the room one may need a magnifying glass to read the small print. Still there is a lot of information in the 264 pages.
- Whether it is for pleasure or business, traveling can be a lot of fun. It can also be more than a little bothersome. Planning for transportation, packing and finding a place to stay can add up and become incredibly stressful. Here are a few helpful tips to ease the burden a bit.Pack lightly when traveling. People always tend to pack much more than is necessary, and end up using only about half of what they take. Choose a few items that you can wear multiple times, and try to coordinate everything. If you forget to pack a particular item, you will probably be able to find something appropriate at your destination.Always know where your luggage is. Airline and bus employees have been known to steal items out of cases when they are checked in. Additionally, other travelers might “accidentally” pick up your bag in hopes of finding expensive items. This also allows you to move between transit options faster, instead of standing around waiting for your luggage.Before you leave on your trip, make sure you are up to date on all your vaccinations. If you are taking any prescription medications, be sure to bring extra along just in case. There is always the chance that your departure might be delayed, and you don’t want to run out.If you are traveling on a budget, make use of the in-room amenities to cook your own food. The coffee maker that is usually provided in even the cheapest hotel rooms can double as a hot plate. You can heat plain water in the carafe for ramen or soup, or use the hot plate itself to make bacon.Don’t get carried away with taking too many photographs on your trip. Some people get so caught up in taking pictures of everything that they forget to experience the culture and landmarks. Take a few pictures, but also make sure to spend enough time outside of the lens to enjoy your trip to the fullest.Taking sleeping pills will help you get through a long flight. It is often hard to get much rest on airplanes, given the cramped seating, machine noise and people milling about. Take a mild sleeping pill to get you through the flight. Nothing too strong, but enough to make you drowsy. Don’t take the medication before you go in case there are delays or problems with the plane.Hopefully, these tips have given you something of value – or at the very least – something useful to mull over. Above all else, it is important to stay safe while traveling. Aside from that, try to just push the stress aside and have fun. Enjoy!