Russia has become one of the top names on the list of travel for tourists and travel agencies throughout the last two decades because they have invested in the tourism industry a lot. One of the main reasons for their success is that Russia has loads of tourist attractions in each one of its tourist destination cities, and there are several tourist destination cities in Russia, which Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Sochi are the top ones.
Where to Go in Moscow Tour
Moscow is the capital of the country, which millions of people would visit for various reasons, one of which is that Moscow is also the capital of historical events of Russia from the 13th century to the 18th century, and after the October Revolution in 1917. There are multiple significant attractions in Moscow tour regarding history, including Red Square, which also is the eye of the city; Kremlin, which is the symbol of Russia and also the most major historical site in Russia that houses several other attractions as well, such as Grand Kremlin Palace, Kremlin’s Arsenal and Armory, and the Cathedral of Annunciation; the Sparrow Hills and Novodecichy Cemetery on the east side of Moscow; the Arbat Street, which is celebrated historic street as well as a great place to shop for tourists, and many more places like the Victory park and its Great Patriotic War Museum. These were only part of the reasons that made tourists visit Moscow on their travel to Russia.
Where to Go in Sochi Tour
Then you’ll come along Sochi, one of the top resort cities in Eastern Europe, which many people chose as their destination when they travel to Russia. The resort city of Sochi is one of the places that people would have chosen if they want to have fun, relaxing vacation away from their daily life. Sochi has several modern hotels and facilities to offer to its visitors as well as multiple fun options to entertain people who have traveled to Sochi on their tour to Russia, such as a magnificent national park, in which tourists can hike through jungle, explore caves, and enjoy several delightful lakes and rivulet; a beautiful beach, which offers clean water for swimming or renting cruises; a mountain for people who would like to hike or ski, and many more exciting activities and events for those who choose Sochi as their travel destination on their Russia tour.
Where to Go in St. Petersburg Tour
Besides Moscow and Sochi, there’s St. Petersburg, which is the capital of art and culture in Russia. St. Petersburg also has multiple options to offer its visitors regarding cultural, historical, and art, including museums of all sorts, such as art and cultural museum like Hermitage; historical museum like Kazan Cathedral; military museums, such as Artillery Museum; literary museums, such as the State Museum of Theatre and Music, and religious museums like the Museum of History of Religions. You can also roam around the historical center of St. Petersburg, and enjoy several lovely parks and gardens or go to the suburban area and visit places like Peterhof and Pushkin.
Shopping in Russia Tour
Among all of those fun options, there is one thing that many people don’t know about Russia; Russia is a magnificent place for those who want to shop during their travel. There are many decent shopping centers in top tourist destination cities of Russia, and many of them have some of the best options for travelers and tourists, especially in St. Petersburg, which you can find various leading shopping centers of Europe; places like Nevsky Prospect, which houses several historic shopping centers in St. Petersburg, such as the Passage and the Great Gostiny Dvor or shopping centers like the Nevsky Center and the Grand Palace Boutique; however, in this post, we’re going to offer one of the best shopping centers of St. Petersburg for tourists who have decided to go shopping on their tour to Russia, the House of Leningrad Trade or DLT, which stands for Dom Leningradskoy Torgovli.
The House of Leningrad Trade (DLT)
DLT was constructed as the trade house for Guard Regiment on Bolshaya Konyushennaya, in which they could purchase uniforms, equipment, and tools as well as food and household items with a discount for officers and the Guard Regiment members. DLT had the support and patronage of the royal family because the tsar and princes were traditionally members of the Guard Regiment, and since officers were expected to live a luxurious and lavish life, the store was also expected to be luxurious as well; that’s why Otto Wanger, the architect of the building commissioned to build the department store as fashionable and luxury as the Parisian department stores.
Though DLT was one of the most successful department stores of St. Petersburg, the Bolshevik government had turned it into offices after it entirely looted; not much time needed for the Bolshevik to realize their mistake, and they had attempted to revive the department store in the 1920s, but it was unsuccessful. DLT had turned to a market for luxury goods, such as silver, gold, jewelry, and antiques during that time, and in the 1930s, it acquired its current name as Leningradskiy Dom Torgovli. DLT was gravely damaged during the Second World War and the Siege of Leningrad, but it went under restoration from 1944 to 1947, and continued to operate until 2005. The Mercury Company bought the rights to the building in 2005 and closed it for restoration. The building went under massive reconstruction from 2005 to 2012, which included constructing two extra floors, full interior re-design, and restoration of the exterior look. DLT opened in 2012 again as the flagship store of the TsUM chain store department in St. Petersburg.
Why Tourists Should Visit DLT?
There are lots of reasons why tourists should visit DLT on their tour to Russia, but the main reason is the variety of products in this department store; DLT has a rich collection of men, women and children’s clothing, accessories and shoes, beauty products, jewelry, households products, perfumery, decoration, and many more items from more than 700 Russian and international brands, which many of them are exclusively presented in DLT. Besides the products, DLT is also offering multiple customer services, such as a playground for children, professional personal stylist, and top international cafés and restaurants as well.
There are also several tourist’s exclusive services, such as transfer from your hotel to DLT and delivery to the hotel of your choice, currency exchanges, and information desk for international visitors. Tourists can also purchase souvenirs in DLT since it offers various types of things that remind you of your travel to Russia, including matryoshkas, Russian lacquer boxes, and amber jewelry; however, there’s one another service for tourists that makes DLT the best option for those who want to shop during their tour to Russia; from 2018, DLT offers Tax-Free service, in which tourists from countries outside Eurasian Union can get up to 12% of tax refund applied to shoes, cosmetics, perfumery, jewelry, crystal, accessories, clothing, and homeware items. That’s one of the significant reasons why we suggest DLT to our tourists who want to shop during their Russia tour.
We at Star Travel Company also recommend our travelers read our weblog to learn about other attractions of Russia, the best shopping centers in Moscow and St. Petersburg, and our tips and pieces of advice about how to travel to Russia.