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Top Travel Apps to have for visiting Russia



With smartphones and tablets becoming common and Internet speed growing language and other barriers common for travelers are disappearing. No wonder it’s becoming easier: every word you don’t understand you can translate in a matter of seconds; every place you want to go you can reach with booking a taxi almost the same way you did at home, etc.

As an experienced DMC, Olta Travel knows what issues the travelers may have during their trip to Russia and gathered some useful apps that may be particular handy to any travelers. All these apps were tested by numerous people, have the highest review ratings and work on different platforms.

Even if you are a novice and use your phone for very basic needs you will find these apps easy to use.

Maps

Yandex.Maps

Availability: iOS, Android, Windows phone, other platforms

You can always use Google Maps as you do while travelling to other countries. However, Russia has its own searching engine that is used more than Google and is more detailed than Google app. Compatible with almost every mobile device and free to download, Yandex.Maps provides the detailed maps for every Russian cities with numbers of streets, houses and local transportation available.

Yandex.Metro

Availability: iOS, Android, Windows phone, other platforms

Yandex.Metro is a special app to guide you through Russian metro. Free of charge.


Language Assistance

Google Translate Mobile App

Availability: iOS, Android

If you phone does not automatically have it: install Google Translate immediately. Its recent feature of photo-translating makes it the most powerful and friendly tool for every tourist who does not know the local language.  Right now you can make a photo of every word or text you don’t understand and get the translation by Google immediately. Just remember to download the Russian language to proceed.

Be careful, this app works offline only on Android devices!

English-Russian Travel Phrasebook

Availability: iOS only

Every traveler knows that even several words spoken in local language can melt the hearts of locals and open lots of doors. It doesn’t matter if you pronounce the phrase correctly; you just need to show the effort.

However, if you want to go beyond simple ‘Privet’ and ‘Spasibo’, you can use this simple and up-to-date travel book. It has simple design and well-structured by different sections. It also has a Slang section for those who want to blend with the local people.

Taxi

Uber

Availability: iOS and Android

Uber is widely known as the cheapest and fastest taxi service in 55 countries in the world. It is also now available in Moscow and St. Petersburg. With this app you don’t even need to download a local app to get a taxi – adjust a city and book a taxi in a second.

Your credit card information is safe with this app and the quick response for your destination is regular. Just don’t panic if you’ll not get the response for your enquiry in 5 minutes – sometimes it takes up to 10 minutes to proceed with your order (at least, in St. Petersburg it is so).

This app will not work without internet!

Get.Taxi

Availability: iOS and Android

By its features, Get.Taxi is very similar to Uber and provides you with taxi services. Communication with a Russian-speaking driver is reduced to zero, so language barrier here is not important at all.


Trip Services

TripAdvisor Offline City Guides

Availability: iOS only

TripAdvisor is largerly known for its where-to-go, reviews and user ratings of different places around the world. With offline version of this app you can do the same you did online: it pairs maps and suggestions for where to visit, shop, and eat together.

After downloading TripAdvisor you just need to remember to install a specific map before going to vacation (download a map for the city of your choice), because it will not be downloaded automatically to save the space on your smartphone.





Winter in Leningrad Center - renovated places in St Petersburg

For almost a hundred of years Tavrickeskiy garden, placed in the historical part of Saint-Petersburg, was a center for exhibitions and events. Surrounded by the imperial pavilions of horticulture, Leningrad movie center building, attracted people of all ages to its’ big screen to mesmerize in the power of cinematography.


With a time passing the building grew old and was closed for renovation by the world-known architects with the guidance of Spanish architect and urbanist Ricardo Bofill.  In the end of the December 2014, renovated center finally opened to serve a completely new purpose.  Nowadays it combines art gallery and big show scene with several restaurants, all made in the high quality futuristic design. There is even an IMAX wall in the hall of the first floor; all the shows presented in the center have a touch of 3D graphics and illusions.




Future waits ahead, but for those who like history of St. Petersburg this Building may become a true peace of treasure.  The building of Leningrad center is well-known for several generations of citizens. In the end of 50s it became the first panoramic cinema in the city and for almost four decades it remained to be the most loved one.  No wonder this building can be read almost as a book: it knew the Romanovy dynasty when they placed the first horticultural pavilion in the building, it served its purpose in revolutionary events thanks to being close to Smolny, etc. 




As well-known Russian writer Maxim Gorky once said, - “Without knowing the past, it’s impossible to understand the present or assume the future”. These words are true for every historical place in St Petersburg and for every place tourists are visiting. Olta Travel experts can point out such places for your travel groups while in Russia. Moreover, these words are completely true for the Leningrad center now. Maybe, that is the main reason why for the several months after the grand opening the center presents us an exhibition of the building history called “100 years, 100 winters”. To link the past with the present, the exhibition contains interactive parts.

As for the present and the future of a place, it will be flashy and bright for sure, because performances that Leningard center offers to public show us a completely modern and new format for the city. for example, Illusio 3D show contains a lot of interaction between the audience and the settings, mis-en-scene surrounds the audience from every angles and even from the ceiling. As for the plot and the quality of performances, the names speak for themselves: the first grand show already has the stars and winner of world pole-dancing contest.







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