Petrozavodsk was founded in the early 18th century by Czar Peter I when an iron factory was built to manufacture cannons for the army. Nowadays, the shell of a grey industrial city is long gone, as this culturally vivid place is now full of landmarks and history. A must do is to see the 22-domed church in Kizhi Island and the open air museum at the Onega Embankment. You may also visit one of the theatres and there are plenty of other museums as well. Petrozavodsk has a beautiful location, relatively close to the Finnish boarder, on the second biggest lake of Europe, Lake Onega. On the Lake Onega you can do trips to see volcanoes, waterfalls, hike in the mountains and if you are there at the right time, you can even see the Northern lights and do snowmobiling. The cultural side of Petrozavodsk is as important as it natural beauty: paired with the authenticity of Russian traditions intertwining with the European atmosphere, Petrozavodsk should be definitely on your bucketlist for a Russia-tour. As Petrozavodsk is growing touristically the last years, there isall kind of food to find to please your stomac. But do a favour to yourself and try the delicious local dishes, for example a real Stroganoff.