08-May-2013 Museum Many Soviet Republic capitals had a local Branch of the Central Lenin Museum. The former Lenin Museum in Bishkek was mostly left unchanged since Soviet times and is a must see attraction in the Kyrgyz capital. Another great Soviet museum is dedicated to Mikhail Frunze, a Bolshevik leader who was born in Bishkek and after who the city was named during Soviet times. More: Bishkek Lenin and Frunze Museums

29-Mar-2013 Politics The defeat of communism was complete in 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down. This was by no means enough for victorious capitalists who will try to destroy every bid of East German history they can! They already managed to destroy the beautiful Palace of the Republic and are now bringing down the last piece of the Berlin Wall. More: Shame on you Berlin

15-Mar-2013 Museum The Railway Museum in not only the number one museum in Tashkent, it is also one of the largest railway museums in the former Soviet Union. The museum boasts a large collection of Soviet made steam, diesel and electric locomotives, plus a variety of carriages and railway engineering equipment. More: Tashkent Railway Museum

03-Oct-2012 Museum Flugausstellung L.+P. Junior in Hermeskeil near the ancient German town of Trier is an aviation museum with a very large collection of aircraft including almost 30 Soviet and Eastern European models, both civil and military. Large passenger planes include an Ilyushin Il-14, Ilyushin Il-18, Antonov An-26 and a Tupolev Tu-134. The collection also includes various helicopters including a giant Mil Mi-6 and an impressive Mil Mi-24 from the East German Army. More: Flugausstellung L+P Junior

02-Oct-2012 Museum The Sinsheim Auto & Technik Museum in south-western Germany is packed with a giant collection of cars, aircraft and military hardware. The USSR and East Germany are well represented with the Tupolev Tu-144 also known as the Soviet Concorde as absolute highlight of the exhibition. The only Tu-144 on display outside Russia is placed on the roof of the museum building together with the Concorde and is open to walk in for visitors. More: Technik Museum Sinsheim

01-Oct-2012 Museum The Speyer Technik Museum is a mandatory visit for space enthusiast in general and especially for those interested in the history of the Soviet Space Program. The museum owns an extremely rare Buran Space Shuttle, developed during the 1980s but cancelled after the collapse of the USSR. There are much more exhibits on display that make a trip to Speyer worth while ,including a giant walk-in Antonov an-22 cargo plane and a giant Chinese steam locomotive. More: Technik Museum Speyer

12-Aug-2012 Food Rumours that a North Korean Restaurant would be opened in Amsterdam first serviced in 2011 when a Job opening for North Korean waitresses appeared in several newspapers. It took another year, but restaurant Pyongyang opened its doors in January 2012, not in the centre as the rumours said but in the outskirts of Osdorp. Comtourist visited Restaurant Pyongyang a couple of months later to see what all the fuss is about. More: Restaurant Pyongyang

10-Aug-2012 Museum The Yerevan Military Museum inside the Mother Armenia Monument is not very big but the exhibitions are definitely interesting. The Soviet era exhibition about the Great Patriotic War has been moved to the basement to make place form more recent military history. The main floor is now dedicated to the Artsakh Liberation War as the Armenians call the Nagorno-Karabakh that lasted from 1988 to 1994. The museum also displays military equipment around the monument. More: Yerevan Military Museum

01-Apr-2012 City Baku is preparing for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest with giant construction and renovation projects. Great ambitions backed by oil money are transforming the Azeri capital in a modern boom town. Comtourist visited Baku in 2011 in search for the Soviet past amidst this building frenzy. We managed to find some interesting Soviet legacy, and got our hands on some old Baku promotion video’s as a bonus. More: Soviet Baku then and now

22-Mar-2012 Journey One Comtourist objective is to visit every Soviet republic before 2015. In October 2011 we managed to remove three countries from our list after visiting the Caucasian republics. A four week journey took us through Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia and finally Nagorno-Karabakh. The countries of the Caucasus are great places to visit with beautiful cities and landscapes, delicious food, friendly people, a turbulent history and a challenging future. More: The mountains of the Caucasus