Visa and entry requirements Russia:
Passport required
For German nationals there is a visa requirement. The visa must be requested and obtained from the relevant Russian diplomatic mission before entering the country.
Visa fee 60, - Euro

Information from the Foreign Office on her trip to Russia:

Russia or the Russian Federation is an intercontinental country in northeastern Eurasia and the largest country in the world in terms of area, it comprises 11% of the world's land area. With around 146 million inhabitants and around 17 million square kilometers, Russia is one of the world's most sparsely populated territorial states. Around 105 million of the population live in the European part of the country; the Asian East is much less populated. The country stretches from west to east over two continents for a total length of 9.000 km. Europe accounts for 23% of the land area and Asia for 77%. From south to north, it extends up to 4.000 km.

Russia is home to some of the longest rivers in the world, such as the Volga, the Ob, the Irtysh or the Lena, as well as the deepest lake in the world, Lake Baikal. About 40% of the country is covered by mountains, the most famous being the Urals, the Caucasus, Sayan, Altai, the Baikal Mountains and the Middle-Siberian mountainous country.

At 14, Russia has the largest number of neighboring countries and borders Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia and North Korea. In addition to the heartland, Russia also has an exclave, the northern part of former East Prussia, today's Kaliningrad Oblast. The area borders Lithuania and  Poland and is therefore completely surrounded by EU countries. The Russian Federation is the successor state of the Soviet Union and the sixth largest economy in the world.

The capital of Russia is Moscow with 12,4 million inhabitants and at the same time the second largest city in Europe. The main attractions of Moscow are St. Basil's Cathedral, Ostankino Tower, Seven Sisters, Kremlin, Danilov Monastery, Bolshoi Theater, Gorky Park, Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Red Square, Resurrection Gate, the House at the Red Gate, the GUM department store and the Lenin Mausoleum.

Another important center is Saint Petersburg, which was the capital between 1712 and 1918 and forms an architectural and cultural bridge between Russia and Western Europe. The city is known as the Venice of the North and has a rich cultural offer and a historic city center, which is completely UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The other eleven million cities are Novosibirsk in Siberia, Yekaterinburg in the Urals, Nizhny Novgorod on the Volga, Samara, Omsk in Siberia, Kazan on the Volga, Chelyabinsk, Rostov-on-Don, Ufa, Volgograd and Perm.

The only official language is Russian and is spoken by about 82% of the population. The national currency is the Russian ruble, where 1, - Euro is about 70, - RUB.

Russia has impressive natural landscapes and numerous cultural attractions, such as the Hermitage and the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, the Solovetsky Islands, Lake Baikal, the Volga Delta, the Kizhi Island, the Trans-Siberian Railway, the Nevsky Prospect and the Church of the Resurrection in St. Petersburg, the Black Sea coast around Sochi, Novgorod - the oldest city in Russia, the Mamayev Hill in Volgograd, the Cathedral of Smolensk, the Galileo Park in Samara, the Stolby National Park in Krasnoyarsk, the weapon museum in Tula, the Kremlin of Kazan, the Motherland Monument in Volgograd and the Limpopo Zoo in Nizhny Novgorod.

Tourism in Russia is concentrated above all on the two metropolises of Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Ski tourism in the North Caucasus is becoming increasingly popular. Especially in connection with the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, the infrastructure in Rosa Khutor has been considerably expanded.

I personally visited Sochi this summer for a week to the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017. In the popular bathing and health resort I also had a wonderful time next to the football. The city is very diverse, has a lot to offer, my stay and the weather were super enjoyable and I had a lot of fun.

In addition, during this time I traveled the city of Kazan for three days. This beautiful old town with the Kremlin of Kazan is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen in Europe.

Already in July 2014 I spent a week in Moscow to explore all the sights and beautiful corners of the city. Especially the Russian hospitality and the Russian cuisine have done to me, especially Shashlik, Borsch or Soljanka were at the top of my daily diet.

In addition, I visited Russia for the World Cup 2018 for ten days. After three days in Moscow for our first match against Mexico, I then spent another week in Sochi, where I felt so well last year.

Sochi, with its area of ​​over 250 square kilometers the largest small town and second largest city in the world after Mexico City, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The almost 100 km long city along the Black Sea has something unique and there is a flair there like on the French Riviera.

Despite the win against Sweden in the second group match in the stadium of Sochi, the German team is known to have subsequently retired after their inter-terrestrial football.

However, the unforgettable days before in Sochi will forever remain in good memory.