Located in western Russia, Voronezh was founded in 1536 as a fortress along the banks of the city's namesake river. Today, it is known as a centre for higher education with several universities and institutes making up some of the city's 2,000 schools. Its cultural sites include a wide range of theatres, museums and monuments.
Voronezh has several interesting museums to explore, which focus on a number of different topics. Pay a visit to the Kramskoy Museum of Fine Arts, a baroque-style mansion housing paintings and sculptures by Russian and western European artists. The Arsenal Museum of World War II is located in one of the oldest surviving buildings in Voronezh and exhibits many wartime photographs and documents, as well as weapons used by the Soviet Army between 1941 and 1945.
During your visit to Voronezh, it’s worth taking a guided tour of the Goto Predestinatsia, a replica of an 18th-century navy flagship. Inside, you’ll be able to expore the vessel's three levels and hear about what life was like for those who served aboard this ancient Russian warship. For a peaceful walk, the Central Park offers an abundance of tree-lined paths, as well as a boating lake, cafés and an open-air theatre.