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FIFA Russia 2018 | Hire a Car to see 5 World Cup Cities

Visiting Russia for the FIFA World Cup? Great idea. Seemingly simple ball game is a magnet and magic at the same time. Simplicity, availability, and intensity have made football the most popular sport in the world. But this game would be nothing without its football fans. Football fans are the lifeblood of the game. 
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Are you one of them? As a proud supporter of your team, you'll surely enjoy every bit of the game, but it would be a sin to miss some of the attractions this mighty country has to offer. World's largest country is  »a mystery inside the enigma«. Cruising along the river Volga or admiring art in The Hermitage Museum, Russia has it all. It is culturally vast country, with a rich history, architecture, and incredible landscapes.

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Since FIFA World Cup is only a few days away, we have made a list of top 5 world cup cities with all the essential information you need to have a great time: attractions & peculiarities, stadiums, matches, and obligatory food stops.

St Petersburg 2018

Russia's cultural and former political capital is known by the Hermitage – world's most famous and oldest museum, guarded by the 70 cats (treasures are guarded against rodents). 

Another landmark is its Astoria Hotel, where Hittle planned a huge banquet once he would conquer the city. And last but not least Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood – Cathedral of the resurrection of Christ built in 1907 that is nowadays used as a museum.

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Food stop: Pita's serves the best burritos in town. Directions: Pita's official website 

FIFA matches held in Saint Petersburg Stadium:

Groups

Place and Date

Morocco - Iran

Group B

15 Jun 2018 - 18:00 Local time

Saint Petersburg Stadium

Russia - Egipt

Group A

19 Jun 2018 - 21:00 Local time

Saint Petersburg Stadium

Brazil – Costa Rica

Group A

19 Jun 2018 - 21:00 Local time

Saint Petersburg Stadium

Nigeria - Argentina

Group D

26 Jun 2018 - 21:00 Local time

Saint Petersburg Stadium

Moscow 2018

Russia's capital city with revolutionary spirit - that is Moscow. Kremlin is Moscow's seat of power and one of the most fabulous constructions you will ever see (caution:  you are not allowed to take any photos inside the Armoury).

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Another Moscow's peculiarity is its Metro system that is dog-friendly. Da, you heard us right – stray dogs in Moscow are regular commuters on the Metro.

For more adventurous types we recommend you check the Nikulin Moscow Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard – one of the oldest circus companies in Moscow.

Food stop: You have to try the Khinkali in Vai Me! Here are the directions >> 

FIFA matches held in Moscow:

Groups

Place and date

Russia – Saudi Arabia

Group A

14 Jun 2018 - 18:00 Local time

Luzhniki Stadium

Argentina – Iceland

Group D

16 Jun 2018 - 16:00 Local time

Spartak Stadium

Germany – Mexico

Group F

17 Jun 2018 - 18:00 Local time

Luzhniki Stadium

Poland – Senegal

Group H

19 Jun 2018 - 18:00 Local time

Spartak Stadium

Portugal – Morocco

Group B

20 Jun 2018 - 15:00 Local time

Luzhniki Stadium

Belgium – Tunisia

Group G

23 Jun 2018 - 15:00 Local time

Spartak Stadium

Denmark – France

Group C

26 Jun 2018 - 17:00 Local time

Luzhniki Stadium

Serbia – Brazil

Group E

27 Jun 2018 - 21:00 Local time

Spartak Stadium

Volgograd 2018

For all the history lovers this is a place to be & explore. Former Stalingrad is the spot where the bloodiest battles of World War II took place. But now you are here to see another battle, a battle between England and Tunisia. Meanwhile, we suggest you check the Volga Riverbank and enjoy the summer breeze.

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Food stop: Shish Kebab from pork ribs or grilled vegetables for the veggies at the Shampur Café. Directions: Shampur Cafe 

FIFA matches held in Volgograd:

Groups

Place and date

Tunisia – England

Group G

18 Jun 2018 - 21:00 Local time

Volgograd Arena

Nigeria – Iceland

Group D

22 Jun 2018 - 18:00 Local time

Volgograd Arena

Saudi Arabia – Egypt

Group A

25 Jun 2018 - 17:00 Local time

Volgograd Arena

Japan – Poland

Group H

28 Jun 2018 - 17:00 Local time

Volgograd Arena

Nizhny Novgorod 2018

Third capital city of Russia and a major tourist centre will astound you with its nightlife on the Bolshaya Pokrovskaya Street (Our advice: Do not mix your Vodka with juice or tonic. Vodka in Russia is drunk in swift shots).

If you have decided to hire a car in Moscow, it will take you 4-8 hours to get to Nizhny Novgorod – depending on the traffic (Our advice: Don't drink and drive. If stopped by the police ask for a receipt if they except unofficial payment).

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Food stop: Best burger in town is served in Butcher Burger Bar. Get directions here >> 

FIFA matches held in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium:

Groups

Place and date

Sweden – Korean Republic

Group F

18 Jun 2018 - 15:00 Local time

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Argentina – Croatia

Group D

21 Jun 2018 - 21:00 Local time

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

England – Panama

Group G

24 Jun 2018 - 15:00 Local time

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Switzerland – Costa Rica

Group E

27 Jun 2018 - 21:00 Local time

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Kaliningrad 2018

Russian exclave between Poland and the Baltic Sea is a calming city with charming parks and famous Könisberg Cathedral. The greatest thinker of former Könisberg - philosopher Immanuel Kant is buried here. The Gothic Cathedral is under UNESCO protection and is a must for all the philosophy enthusiasts.

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If you'll give it a miss, here is the best place for a quick bite.

Food stop: For the best barbecue in town, visit Shashlychok. Directions: Shashlychok

FIFA Matches in Kaliningrad:

Groups

Place and date

Croatia – Nigeria

Group D

26 Jun 2018 - 21:00 Local time

Kaliningrad Stadium

Serbia - Switzerland

Group E

22 Jun 2018 - 20:00 Local time

Kaliningrad Stadium

Spain - Morocco

Group B

25 Jun 2018 - 20:00 Local time                                       

Kaliningrad Stadium

England – Belgium

Group G

28 Jun 2018 - 20:00 Local time

Kaliningrad Stadium

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