Military secrets, spies and counterspies once flavored the atmosphere of this strategic Russian city. Long closed to Western eyes, it was a naval base during the Russo-Japanese War and today is the main headquarters for the Soviet Pacific Fleet. The city has a beautiful cathedral and fine pre-revolutionary Russian architecture. With its spectacular Golden Horn harbor, hills, beaches and cable cars, it is often compared to San Francisco.
The currency used in Vladivostok is the Russian ruble (RUR).