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Beyond the game: discover the hotspots, hidden highlights, and thriving cultural scenes of the host cities with this guide

Your complete guide to the Russian cities hosting the football this summer

This summer, all eyes will be on Russia as it hosts the 2018 FIFA World Cup. 32 nations will be represented in the planet’s greatest sporting festival, with tens of thousands of fans traveling to the country. But there’s more to the World Cup than just the beautiful game.

The Calvert Journal, in partnership with Coca-Cola, presents Beyond the Game - the definitive guide to the host cities of the World Cup. Whether you’re traveling to the tournament or watching from home, we have everything you need to know about these stunning and enigmatic cities. Learn about the best local cuisine, hidden highlights and local adventures from people who know these cities inside out. Explore Russia’s thriving young cultural scenes in our series of short films. And discover the architectural and football histories of each venue. It’s the only guide you’ll need to go beyond the game this summer.






Nizhny Novgorod






Explore Russia
A curated travel guide to contemporary culture and creativity in the cities hosting the football in 2018