Get to know the 11 host cities of the 2018 World Cup

Anyone who loves football should already be in the mood to know more about the 11 host cities of the 2018 World Cup and their 12 selected stadiums.

Among the selected cities of this huge country are the capital Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad, Saransk, Nizhny Novgorod, Sochi, Kazan, and Volgograd. You can learn a little about each one in our article.

Moscow



The Russian capital is one of the host cities of the 2018 World Cup, has an interesting history, having been founded approximately in the year 1140 when it received the capital status of the Grand Duchy of Moscow.

However, in the year 1712, it ceased to be the capital to give way to St. Petersburg which at that time was a relatively new city.

Moscow only returned to be the capital of the country after the Bolshevik Revolution took place in the year of 1918.

Even with the fall of the Soviet Union, the city continued as the Russian capital.

Main sights:

Kremlin. Red Square, Mausoleum of Lenin, St. Basil Cathedral, Bolshoi Theatre and others.

St. Petersburg



Called “Peter” affectionately, the city of St. Petersburg is a federal city (which means that it is an autonomous city of Russia), and was once the capital of the country.

Main sights:

Historic Centre (UNESCO World Heritage), Hermitage Museum, Cathedral of the Spilled Blood, Winter Palace.

Yekaterinburg



This is the fourth largest city in Russia and one of the 2018 World Cup host cities, situated in the eastern part of the Ural Mountains, the capital of the Ural Federal District.

Main sights:

Ipatiev House and Church of the Blood

Samara



The city of Samara is capital of the province, which also goes by the same name, was called “Kuybyshev” during the period 1935 – 1991. Its foundation was in the year 1586. The largest river in Europe, the Volga River, cuts the city.

Main sights:

Volga River and Samara Zoological Park.

Rostov-on-Don



Located in the south of Russia, this city was founded in the year 1749, being the present capital of the province that has the same name. One of the most important industrial and commercial centers of the country, being connected to the sea by a deep channel.

Main sights:

Rostov-on-Don Zoo.

Kaliningrad



Among all the host cities of the 2018 World Cup, this is certainly one of the most outstanding for their achievements and distinguished names born in it. One of the city’s most famous residents was the philosopher Immanuel Kant.

Main sights:

Kaliningrad Amber Museum, Fort No. 5 Frederick William III.

Saransk



Saransk is the capital of the Republic of the Russian Federation.

During the World Cup, it is expected that the city receives a good amount of tourists boosting its economy.

Main sights:

Monument to Ushakov, St John the Apostle’s Cathedral and Dramatic National Theater of Mordogne.

Sochi



The resort town, known as the Russian Riviera, from the list of 2018 World Cup host cities, Sochi, has steady temperatures.

During the winter, its thermometers hardly exceed 0 ° C and during the summer temperatures vary between 26 ° and 32 ° C.

Main sights:

Autodrome of the Russian Grand Prix of Formula 1, Park Riviera, Ritsa Lake and Mount Fisto.

Kazan



Capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, the city of Kazan, is the eighth in population of the country.

Main sights:

The Kremlin of Kazan (listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO), as well as the fortress of Moscow, has several attractions, such as the Government Palace of Tatarstan, the Annunciation Cathedra, and the Kul Sharif Mosque.

Volgograd



It is a city that grew on the banks of the huge Volga River.

Main sights:

Pavlov House, Volga-Don Canal, Monument Mother Motherland.