Russia can best be described as ‘gargantuan.’ The country spans a total of 11 time zones which cuts across Europe through the Kaliningrad to the eastern tip of Asia. The tiny scenic towns of Russia are sprinkled across with a few hidden in hills, lying next to rivers and nestled along stretches of lush greenery. These are the most beautiful small towns in Russia. Popularly called the ‘Kremlin of Moscow’ is a perfect postcard small town called Rostov Veliky. It forms part of the iconic Golden Ring. Rostov is often referred to as an open-air museum because it has an abundance history to offer. This town has been existence since the 9th century. One of the most visited notable sites in this town is the Spaso-Yakovlevsky monastery. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Lying very close to the Russian-Finland border is the dreamy town of Sortavala. This town came into existence in the 17th century and broke off from Finland in the 20th century. It is very close to a stunning archipelago called Valaam. Valaam is strewn with numerous monasteries. It is such a beautiful and picturesque town, with many historical monuments and activities to do. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Ostashkov is one of the crown jewels of Russia. The streets were built in a neoclassical style, and iconic buildings include some churches like the Zhitny Cloister which has been in existence since the mid-18th century. It is home to Nilov Monastery, Russia’s largest and one time most significant monastery. It is one of the most beautiful towns in Russia with many visitors during the year. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Situated at the border of Estonia is the medieval town of Stary Izborsk. ‘Stary’ in Russian means ‘Old.’ The 9th-century town is predominantly a fortress in ruins. Notable sites of attraction are the Church of St. Nicholas which was built in the 14th century. It also comprises some breathtaking museums. The ancient fortress is located very close to Gorodishchenskoye Lake, one of the most serene places you will ever visit for sober reflections. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
This ancient town was founded by a Prussian ethnic group called the Sambians. Originally called Rauschen by Germans, the coastal town of Svetlogorsk still retains some of its enchanting Prussian charms. It also flaunts some of the most beautiful German architecture which was influenced by King Frederick William IV. It is a must-see town in Russia and it is definitely worth visiting it. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Praised for its tranquility and peaceful is the little town of Plyos which has been in existence since the 12th century. One of the most visited sites in this picturesque town is the Torgovaya Square which houses the remnants of an ancient fort. Other attractions in this town include a 17th-century church made entirely of wood and a museum dedicated to the famous artist, Isaac Levitan. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Vyatskoye is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Russia. It is hard to disbelieve that such a gem exists merely 300 kilometers away from the country’s capital, Moscow. The town’s architecture boasts of beautifully colored and painted houses. Historic sites include the museums and the well-built streets. Vyatskoye is so beautiful that it earned the title ‘the village that wanted to become a city.’ Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
The sleepy town of Esso was founded in the 19th century by the Evenki people who migrated from the region of Sakha. It is a perfect town for outdoor enthusiasts who want to partake in some sort of adventure. There are different trails for dog-sledding, horseriding. There are numerous hot springs in Esso. One of the most iconic places to visit in Esso is the Museum of Bears. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Kargapol was once one of the richest towns in Russia, which soared to widespread recognition in the middle of the 16 century. This charming town is nestled between Moscow and Arkhangelsk, just along the Onega River. There are numerous beautiful stone carvings, a Biosphere Reserve and the Konzersky National Park. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Suzdal is the Emperor of all small towns in Russia. The fairytale town of Suzdal is one of the oldest towns in Russia. There are so many monuments in this quaint town, and they include the Cathedral of Nativity, the ancient Suzdal Kremlin, and the Golden Ring. The town has many historical monuments worth visiting and the natural environment is stunningly beautiful.