With the 2018 World Cup in full swing and the games getting more intense than ever, we decided that we would show you some of the cities that the rest of the World Cup games and what makes each of them special. Stay Planet has listings of accommodations in all of these cities, click anywhere on the blog to be directed to them!
Nizhny Novgorod is a large city in Western Russia. It lies on the Volga River and is ringed by 13 fortified towers and the Kremlin walls. Within the walls is the green-spired Cathedral of the Archangel Michael and other museums that house Russian and European pieces of art. The social and cultural center of the city is marked by the Minin and Pozharsky Square, across from that is the Chkalov Stairs that climbs up the river embankment to the Chkalov monument, honoring a Soviet war hero Valery Chkalov. The Nizhny Novgorod stadium has a capacity of 44,899 spectators and was built in the area called “the split” (Streiki) which is at the confluence of the Volga and Oka rivers. Uruguay will face France in a quarterfinal match on Friday June 6th, which will surely be a glorious display of football on the pitch.
Kazan is located on the banks of the Volga and Kazanka rivers in southwest Russia. The Kazan Kremlin is centuries old and is a fortified citadel that contains museums and different sacred sites. The landmarks in the Kremlin include the colorful kul sharif mosque, the Tower of Soyembika, and the blue-and-gold domed Annunciation Cathedral.South of city center is a large expanse of Kaban Lakes system and west of the city is the Temple of all Regions which is a bright and colorful temple. Kazan Arena is the venue for the 2018 World Cup games that are played in the city. It has a capacity of 45,379 attendees and usually hosts Russian Premier League matches. Brazil and Belgium face off on Friday, June 6th and it will surely be one of the better games that we will see in the quarterfinal round due to the pure skill that both teams have.
Samara is another city in southwestern Russia and lies on the Volga and Samara rivers. Stalin’s Bunker is a subterranean museum that displays the hideout that was built in WWII to protect the former leader of the country. The Central Samara Regional Art Museum is housed in a unique mansion and exhibits Russian art from the 16th century and on. A popular day trip is the Samara Zoological Park, where one can see monkeys, jaguars, and Nile crocodiles. The Cosmos Arena is the venue for the matches played is Samara. It has a capacity of 44,918, the Sweden and England will be playing on Saturday June 7th there.
Sochi is a city that lies on the Black Sea, and is known throughout Russia as a summer beach resort. However, everyone around the world recognizes it as the host city for the 2014 Winter Olympics.Outside of the city is the Forested Sochi National Park, a 1,937 sq km protected area that spans near the Caucasus Mountains. Nearby there is the Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Resort (where many of the mountain events were held in the Winter Olympics). The city is known for is neoclassical buildings such as the Winter Theatre. The Russia vs. Croatia quarterfinal match will be played in the Fisht Olympic Stadium, which holds 47,659 attendees.
Saint Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia and is a port on the Baltic Sea and was the former capital for around two centuries. The city was founded by Peter the Great and it is shown by the “Bronze Horseman” statue in which he is the subject of. It is Russia’s cultural center, Mariinsky Theatre holds operas and ballet recitals and the State Russian Museum showcases a variety of Russian artwork from different artists and styles. Incredible architecture is all over the city, like the Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum, and the Church of the Savior on Blood. Popular activities include boating through the canals of the city and skating, and skiing in the city parks. The World Cup matches are being held in Krestovsky stadium. It has a capacity of 64,468 and is one of the largest stadiums in the tournament. One of the Semi Final matches and the 3rd place match will be played there.
Moscow is a historic city of Russia, sitting on the Moskva River in Western Russia, it is the country's cosmopolitan center. The city contains the Kremlin, which is home of the President and other Russian governmental monuments. The Red Square symbols the center of the city and is home to different museums and St. Basil’s Cathedral, which is marked with the iconic and colorful onion shaped domes. The Garden District Ring is a busy street that is lined with bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and museums like the Pushkin State Museum. The Luzhniki Stadium is where one of the semifinal matches and the final match will be played, the stadium has a capacity of 80,000 attendees, the largest of all the World Cup stadiums.