World Cup Russia 2018 Cities

Russia received the honor to host World Cup this year. First game will take place in Moscow. A total of 64 games will be played in 12 venues located in 11 Russian cities. Here’s the overview of all Russian cities hosting World Cup 2018.

 

Moscow

  1. Population 11,503,501
  2. Time zone MSK (UTC+03:00)
  3. Host Stadium:

Luzhniki Stadium – Capacity: 81,000

Spartak Stadium – Capacity: 45,360

general info about Moscow

Tourists in Moscow

 

Moscow is the largest city in Russia, as well as in Europe. Despite being one of the most populated metropolises on European continent, Moscow is known to be one of the greenest capitals in the world.

And as big as city is, there is something to do and see for every kind of tourist. From historical landmarks, to museums and theaters. And, of course, infinite number of restaurants and night clubs.

 

Saint Petersburg

  1. Population 5,323,300
  2. Time zone MSK (UTC+03:00)
  3. Host Stadium:

Krestovsky Stadium – Capacity: 68,134

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Isaac’s Cathedral in St Petersburg

 

Saint Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia. It is a famous Russia’s cultural center and named after its founder Peter the Great.

Saint Petersburgh is the home to one of the largest museums in the world – Hermitage. Beside Hermitage there are over 200 museums, and great amount of other cultural establishments, such as theaters, galleries, cinemas etc.

 

Sochi

  1. Population 343,334
  2. Time zone MSK (UTC+03:00)
  3. Host Stadium:

Fisht Olympic Stadium – Capacity: 47,659

Facts about Sochi

Many sport Fans remember that Sochi was honored to host winter Olympics of 2014. The city had major construction done to prepare for that event.

Conveniently located between Black Sea and Caucasus Mountains, Sochi is one of the favorite tourists’ destinations of Russia.

Visitors can try mountain climbing, hiking or rope gliding or simply relax and enjoy yourself on the beach or by the pool.

 

Samara

  1. Population 1,164,685
  2. Time zone SAMT (UTC+04:00)
  3. Host Stadium:

Cosmos Arena – Capacity: 44,918

Cosmos Arena stadium in Samara
Photo by www.ftbl.ru

 

Samara is the Aviation city of Russia. Aerospace launch vehicles and space shuttles are being built here. There’s a real-life rocket Vostok, located right outside of the Samara Space museum. Samara is also famous for its beautiful beaches on River Volga.

 

Kazan

  1. Population 1,216,965
  2. Time zone MSK (UTC+03:00)
  3. Host Stadium:

Kazan Arena – Capacity: 45,379

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Kazan is about 150 years older than Russia. It is a capital of Tatarstan Republic.

In 2005 Kazan celebrated its 1000-year anniversary. Since then a lot of city landmarks were reconstructed. Among the most popular tourist attractions are Kazan Kremlin, Suyumbike Tower and Kul-Sharif Mosque.

It is also the sports capital of Russia, you can find some world-class venues here. The city hosted 2013 Summer Universiade and the 2015 FINA World Championship.

 

Rostov-on-Don      

  1. Population 1,109,800
  2. Time zone MSK (UTC+03:00)
  3. Host Stadium:

Rostov Arena – Capacity: 45,000

Rostov-on-Don

Rostov-on-Don is one of Russia’s main port city. It is connected to five seas: Baltic, Caspian, Black, Azov and White seas. Therefore, you can find huge selection of seafood at its countless fish markets.

Some of the most popular attractions to visit in Rostov-on-Don are: Don River lookout, Maxim Gorky Park and Orthodox Cathedral of the Nativity of the Holy Virgin.

 

Volgograd

  1. Population 1,021,215 inhabitants
  2. Time zone MSK (UTC+03:00)
  3. Host Stadium:

Volgograd Arena Capacity: 45,568

Volgograd is between Volga River and Don River. Formerly known as Stalingrad it is famous for Stalingrad battle, when the city was nearly destroyed. It was rebuilt after World War II and renamed Volgograd in 1961.

One of the most famous monuments The Motherland Calls was built here to commemorate Stalingrad’s battle. Up until 1967 it was the tallest statue in the world. It is 85 meters or 297 feet tall.

 

Nizhny Novgorod

  1. Population 1,250,619
  2. Time zone MSK (UTC+03:00)
  3. Host stadium:

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium – Capacity: 44,899

Visit Nizhny Novgorod - historic town in Russia

Nizhny Novgorod is Russia’s fifth largest city. Being one of the most important military cities of Russia, Nizhny Novgorod tourists couldn’t visit it up until 1991.

Located on the confluence of Rivers Volga and Oka Nizhny Novgorod is considered one of main centers of river tourism in Russia. Beside that, there are more than 600 unique historical, architectural and cultural monuments in the city.

One of the interesting facts about the city hosted film making of the 2010 movie Salt, starring Angelina Jolie.

 

Saransk

  1. Population 297,415
  2. Time zone MSK (UTC+03:00)
  3. Host stadium:

Mordovia Arena Capacity: 44,442

Saransk stadium

Saransk gets its name from Saranka River. It is one of the smaller cities to host World Cup. Just like Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk was closed for foreigners up until 1996. It is a very beautiful city with European look to it.

There are plenty of places to visit, among these are: St. Nicholas Church, Pushkin Park of Culture and Leisure, Cathedral of Saint RighteousWarrior Feodor Ushakov and Mordovian national Culture Museum.

One of the interesting facts about Saransk is that famous French actor Gerard Depardieu lives here.

 

Yekaterinburg

  1. Population 1,488,791
  2. Time zone YEKT (UTC+05:00)
  3. Host stadium:

Central Stadium Capacity: 35,696

Yekaterinburg

Ekaterinburg is Russia’s fourth largest city. Even though its population is almost 1,5 million people. Yekaterinburg is one of the cleanest  cities in Russia. It is on the border of Europe and Asia.

It was the first industrial city of Russia. Yekaterinburg is the main connection of Trans-Siberian Railways.

In 2002 Yekaterinburg was  one of the 12 ideal cities of the world. The city is home to the oldest wooden sculpture in the world. Big Shigir Idol is 9500 years old.

Other places to visit in Yekaterinburg are: V. Vysotskiy Museum, War Memorial, The Church of Ascension, Yekaterinburg State Academical Opera and Ballet Theater, Chertovo Gorodishe, QWERTY monument and lots more.

 

Kaliningrad

  1. Population 448,548
  2. Time zone USZ1 (UTC+02:00)
  3. Host stadium:

Kaliningrad Stadium Capacity: 35,212

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City of Kaliningrad, one of 2018 FIFA hosts in Russia

The city of Kaliningrad is detached from the rest of the country. It is located on an inlet of the Baltic Sea between Poland and Lithuania. Formerly German city Konigsberg, they ceded it to the Soviet Union in 1945 under the Potsdam agreement.

As well as several museums and theaters the city has plenty of beautiful beaches and forests.

Among places to visit are: Museum of the World Ocean, Konigsberg Cathedral, Kaliningrad Amber Museum and many others.

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