Russia’s Weird & Wonderful

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Described by Winston Churchill in 1939 as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma”, Russia has for centuries been one of the world’s greatest uncertainties.

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Despite being the largest nation in the world, little is truly known about Russia and its culture. Many people do not tend to look beyond Hollywood’s portrayals of Russian spies and the Russian mafia and take the political scaremongering news at face value. However, there are little-known facts and secrets about this culturally rich and diverse nation that are really quite interesting

From hidden landscapes that defy nature to the true meaning behind the elusive Russian smile, you will be exposed to some weird, and almost always wonderful, facts about Russia that you may not have known.

We hope to spark your interest to find out more about this uniquely beautiful country and possibly even inspire you to book your next trip to Russia to experience it yourself.

Moscow Food Guide: The Best Moscow Restaurants For Any Budget

Written by Michael Schneider
Last updated on 5th Dec 2018

Moscow’s restaurant scene is booming with Russian dishes that are to die for. A city in the midst of a foodie revolution where almost anything goes, there is perhaps no dining scene in Europe as dynamic, exciting and adventurous as Moscow’s.  READ MORE

Russian Architecture - 9 Amazing Masterpieces of Russian Landmarks

Written by 56th Parallel
Last updated on 27th Aug 2018
Golden ring, Russia tour

To learn more about Russia’s rich cultural history, all you need to do is look around. Russian architecture, from its signature onion dome rooftops to red-brick kremlins, tells a thousand tales about the nation’s past. READ MORE

The Russian Smile: A mysterious facet of Russian culture

Written by 56th Parallel
Last updated on 17th Aug 2018

Russians have a reputation for being stern and unsmiling people, but actually, Russians do smile, and their smiles mean different things in 10 different situations. For centuries, everyday existence in Russia was a strenuous battle for survival. The life of the common Russian was gruelling, and worry became entrenched on their face as a permanent reflection of their hardship. What does the Russian smile mean to you? READ MORE

Khakassia - A Natural & Archaeological Marvel in Siberia, Russia

Written by 56th Parallel
Last updated on 17th Aug 2018
Khakassia

Khakassia is Russia’s smallest region but is also one of Russia’s undiscovered historical gems considered a mecca of archaeological discovery within Siberia. READ MORE

Chara Sands: Mysterious Siberian Desert

Written by 56th Parallel
Last updated on 17th Aug 2018

Bright yellow sand dunes and snow-covered mountains are not usually seen in any close proximity of each other let alone in one spectacular view. Discover the incredible Chara Sands for yourself.  READ MORE

About 56th Parallel

56th Parallel is a travel company specialising in providing packaged tours and travel services in Russia.

Our goal is to redefine travel to Russia, focusing on creating the most rewarding experiences, which help travellers unfolds the soul of this exciting destination.

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