CITIES AND STADIUMS
MOSCOW – CENTRAL GROUP
Founded in the 12th century, Moscow is the capital of the Russian Federation and one of the most renowned and fascinating cities in the world. It is a dynamic 21st century metropolis showcasing some of the world’s best shopping, nightlife, restaurants and culture. Moscow welcomes over four million tourists each year. It is located on Moskva River, this city is the epicenter of Russian Federation and hosts the president’s residence.
The city is blessed with beautiful architecture and such renowned cultural landmarks as the Bolshoi Theatre, the Kremlin, the Pushkin Fine Arts Museum and the Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow is also home to three UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the Kremlin and Red Square. The colourful St Basil’s Cathedral on Red Square is the symbol of both Moscow and Russia.
Luzhniki Stadium is the main stadium for World Cup 2018 and the venue for most of the matches played by the Russian national football team, and at various times it has also served as the home stadium for Moscow's Spartak, CSKA and Torpedo clubs.
Spartak Stadium's appearance is a matter of great pride. Its façade takes the form of chain mail consisting of hundreds of little diamonds representing the Spartak logo. The facade can be changed depending on which team is playing. For Spartak matches, the arena is bathed in red-and-white; when the national team is in town, it switches to the colours of the Russian flag.
Spartak Stadium also houses the Spartak Moscow museum, the official fan club and the club shop. A new underground station has opened nearby.
SAINT-PETERSBURG – NORTH GROUP
St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia, with 4.5 million inhabitants. It soars on more than 40 islands on the Neva River. It was the Russian capital in the time of Tsars and it is still considered the cultural capital, which thanks to its beauty and elegance is one of the most popular destinations of the international tourism.
Founded by Peter I the Great in 1703 as Russia’s new imperial capital, Saint Petersburg is the ultimate embodiment of artistic talent. Europe’s best architects and Russia’s foremost creative talents, including Alexander Pushkin, Nikolay Gogol, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Dmitry Shostakovich and Joseph Brodsky, left their indelible imprints on this remarkable city.
From architecture and city planning to the performing talents of the Mariinsky Opera and Ballet to the masterpieces of the magnificent Hermitage Museum, everything in this delightful city is focused on beauty and elegance. The city’s legendary drawbridges over the grand Neva River and the famous “White Nights” in June draw tens of thousands of tourists every year.
Saint Petersburg city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tourism is one of the key sectors of the city’s economy. Saint Petersburg welcomes up to five million tourists each year.
Saint Petersburg Stadium
Saint Petersburg's new, super-modern stadium is being built on Krestovsky Island, which, in its day, was one of the country's largest stadiums.
Technologically, Saint Petersburg Stadium is one of the world's most modern arenas.
KALININGRAD – NORTH GROUP
Founded in the 13th century by knights of the Teutonic Order and formerly known as Königsberg, the capital of East Prussia, Kaliningrad is home to over 450,000 people and an important Russian Baltic seaport and gateway to Europe.
Throughout its dramatic history, this ancient European city was home to a myriad of thinkers and artists including the philosopher Immanuel Kant, a life-long resident who taught at the local university; the iconic composer Richard Wagner and the romantic writer E.T.A. Hoffmann.
Kaliningrad’s pride is the reconstructed Königsberg Cathedral of the 14th century. With its two chapels, Orthodox and Protestant, the cathedral is a symbol of peace and reconciliation.
The region has been known from classical antiquity as a main source of amber in Europe. Around 90 per cent of the world’s amber deposits are located here. The amber industry is still a key business in the city and attracts thousands of visitors every year.
The Kaliningrad region is blessed with pristine beaches and pine sand dunes. It features the beautiful nature reserve of Kurshskaya Spit, which was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000.
Kaliningrad Stadium is to be built for Russia 2018 on Oktyabrsky Island, right in the heart of Kaliningrad.
NIZHNY NOVGOROD – VOLGA REGION
Nizhny Novgorod is a city in the administrative center of Volga Federal District and Nizhny Novgorod Oblast in Russia.
The city is an important economic, transportation, scientific, educational and cultural center in Russia and is the main center of river tourism in Russia. In the historic part of the city there is a large number of universities, theaters, museums and churches. Nizhny Novgorod is located about 400 km east of Moscow, where the Oka empties into the Volga.
Due to its advantageous location on the Volga River, Nizhny Novgorod developed into Russia’s key commerce centre in the 19th century. It is one of Russia’s most traditional and beautiful cities. Famous annual trade fairs attracted the country’s merchants and wealth to the city.
Nizhny Novgorod, along with its Kremlin, is beautifully situated on the hills overlooking the Volga River. The Kremlin, dating back to the 16th century, has a 2-kilometre brick fortress wall and 13 watchtowers. It stands on an elevation offering a breathtaking view of the city and its waterfront. Nizhny Novgorod is one of a hundred world cities included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium is being built in one of the city's most picturesque locations, at the confluence of the Volga and Oka rivers, near the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. The area offers a wonderful view of the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin, situated on the other side of the Oka.
ROSTOV ON DON – SOUTH GROUP
Rostov-on-Don or Rostov-na-Donu is the largest city in the south of Russia, the capital of the Rostov region and the Southern Federal District. It is a major administrative, cultural, scientific, educational, and industrial center.
Informally, Rostov-on-Don is called “the Gate to the Caucasus” and the southern capital of Russia.
The flamboyant Cossack culture is still prevalent in Rostov-on-Don, a modern city of one million inhabitants overlooking the beautiful Don river. The village of “Starocherkasskaya”, located 27 kilometres from Rostov-on-Don, is the former capital of the Don Cossacks. Today it is a museum city and one of the area’s main tourist attractions.
Despite its profound history, Rostov-on-Don resembles a young and fresh city. The streets are romantically named Harmonious, Creative and Lucky streets.
River Don provides the city with the serene and picturesque sand beaches and unique cuisine, featuring fish and crayfish dishes.
Rostov-on-Don is situated about 1109 km southeast of Moscow and is a key transport and cultural hub of southern Russia.
Rostov Arena will be situated on the left bank of the Don River.
Rostov Arena's original design blends harmoniously into the picturesque landscape.
SAMARA – VOLGA REGION
Samara is the sixth largest city in Russia and the administrative center of Samara Oblast, situated in the southeastern part of European Russia at the confluence of the Volga and Samara Rivers on the east bank of the Volga.
It is major economic, transport, scientific, educational and cultural center of the country and it is famous as Russia’s aerospace centre.
Places of interest for visitors include the massive 37-metre deep Stalin’s bunker and the beautiful nature preserve, Zhigulevskie Hills, on the Volga River.
Samara is an ideal city to enjoy the magnificent Volga River, the largest in Europe. The river is almost 2 kilometers wide here and has been a source of inspiration for poets and artists for centuries.
An iconic landmark of Samara is a 68-metre, 20-ton monument of the Soyuz carrier rocket, built to commemorate Gagarin’s space flight.
Samara is a major transport hub thanks to its international airport, major railway station and busy river port.
Samara Arena is located in the Radiotsentr district. The stadium is surrounded by a residential development and good-quality infrastructure.
SARANSK – VOLGA REGION
Saransk is located in the eastern part of central Russia. The city is the capital of the Republic of Mordovia, its financial and economic center and one of the most pleasant cities in Russia.
The town gradually became a craft and trade center (grain, wood, leather, meat, honey) because of its geographical location - at the crossroads of paths that connected Astrakhan and Moscow, Crimea and Kazan.
Saransk is an important cultural center to the Finno-Ugric people. It’s a frequent venue for ethnographic and folklore festivals aimed at preserving national identity, culture and customs.
The arena situated in the centre of the city, on the bank of the Insar river.
The stadium has been designed in the shape of an oval. Its bright range of colours, combining orange, red and white, honours the distinctive colour palette of Mordovia's arts and crafts.
SOCHI – SOUTH GROUP
The Black Sea resort of Sochi has risen to global prominence after having been awarded the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Situated along 140 km of the coast (the longest city in Europe) and against the backdrop of the Caucasus Mountains, this resort, now commonly referred to as the “Russian Riviera”, has long been one of Russia’s most popular tourist destinations and a truly great sports city.
The city offers countless opportunities for sports: mountain climbing, hang-gliding, diving, sailing, aqua bikes, skiing and much more. The famous mountain resort, Krasnaya Polyana, is located 40 km from the seacoast. In Sochi one can go skiing in the morning and sailing or swimming in the afternoon on the same day.
The undisturbed forests surrounding the city are a UNESCO World Heritage site.
During the preparations for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Sochi’s tourism infrastructure underwent significant and extensive expansion and renovation. The resulting new accommodation and transport infrastructure provides a modern and tested state-of-the-art tourism environment for visitors attending 2018 FIFA World Cup™ matches in the city.
Located in the Olympic Park in Imeretin Valley in Sochi, Fisht Stadium was built for the Winter Olympics in February 2014, and hosted the opening and closing ceremonies.
During World Cup 2018 , Fisht Olympic Stadium will host four first round group games, one round of 16 match, one quarter-final.
VOLGOGRAD – VOLGA REGION
Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad, is an important industrial city and the administrative center of Volgograd Oblast, Russia. It extends alongside the Volga River and has 1 million residents. The city has status of “Hero City” and became famous for its resistance in the Battle of Stalingrad during Second World War.
Modern Volgograd is an important manufacturing centre, with industries that include shipbuilding, oil refining and steel and aluminum production.
Volgograd is one of the fastest growing tourist centers in the south of Russia with a long tradition of historical tourism. The monument-ensemble of Mamayev Hill, the museum-panorama “The Battle of Stalingrad” are the world famous symbols of the Second World War, which to this day attract tourists in Volgograd. The silhouette of the sculpture “Motherland” is one of the main symbols of Volgograd.
Volgograd Arena is situated in the city center, on the bank of Volga River, at the foot of the Mamayev Kurgan war memorial.
YEKATERINBURG – URAL REGION
Yekaterinburg, is the fourth largest city in Russia (after Moscow, St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk), the capital of the Sverdlovsk region. It is an important transport and logistic center of the Trans-Siberian Railway, a large industrial center, located in the central part of Eurasia.
Yekaterinburg is one of the largest financial and business centers in Russia. Offices of transnational corporations, branch offices of foreign companies, a great number of federal and regional financial institutions can be found in the city.
The main air gate of Yekaterinburg is an international airport “Koltsovo”. It is one of the largest and most modern airports in Russia handling millions of passengers a year.
The city has many traditional and modern attractions for its visitors. The must seen places in the city are:
Home to one of the country's oldest football clubs, FC Ural, the stadium was built in 1953. Since then, it has been refurbished in 2011.