Moscow, Russia Travel Guide

Moscow, Russia Things to Do and See

Beyond the chilling cold, unmatchable nuclear power and sheer land area; there are are more superlatives to muse when Russia is mentioned. The country prides itself on its rich history, vast economy, military strength, significant influence in world affairs, vast mineral deposits, and a host of others. It harbors exciting tourist attractions viz: Kremlin, Stalingrad battlefield, Red Square, Hermitage, The Saint Basil’s Cathedral, etc. Each not without a historical undertone. Moscow is a nice place with the hustle and bustle of city life. It is the biggest city in Europe with extensive transportation facilities which include nine railways, the popular Moscow metro, and four international airports.

Geographical Location

Moscow is situated on the western axis of Russia. It lies central to the East European plain. Moscow is approximately 400miles to St.Petersburg southeasterly. Flowing through the city is the Moscow river which covers a large area bigger than neighboring Denmark and Belarus.

Best time to go

The Best time to visit Moscow is close to the end of Spring to early months of June. Favorable conditions for sightseeing appears during these months. However, you may dare the winter with its extreme cold to experience the real deal called Moscow.

Fun Facts

  • Moscow’s Ostakino Tower is regarded as the tallest in Europe. The stair race competition takes place at the tower for individuals above 10 years old.
  • Moscow has hosted several world games and will host the upcoming FIFA World Cup in 2018.
  • Russians celebrate the Moscow city day on first Saturdays and Sundays of every year. In 2018, the city is 871. The celebration features great fireworks and military parade.

Useful Information

  • You would need a Russian phrasebook to understand the Cyrillic alphabet because all signs and information in the city are written in Russian.
  • Renown Alexander Pushkin (author of Eugene Onegin), Fyodor Dostoevsky (author of crime and punishment) are natives of Moscow. Thier works are preserved in the city.
  • A native of Moscow is called a Muscovite in English and Moskwitch in Russian.
  • There are four ring roads in Moscow; all sharing the same center.

What to do

  • Visit the Kremlin: It is a historic fort with 20 towers. You will see a collection of artwork, ancient weapons and other items such as jewelry, horse carriages, crown, etc. which depict the Russian history. Beforehand, the Kremlin was the abode of the Russian czar, presently it is the official residence of the president.
  • Discover the religious interest of Russians at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. It is a grand orthodox church rebuilt in the year 2000 having been demolished before. Getting to the observation platform will afford you the opportunity of having a panoramic view of the city.
  • Experience the beauty of nature firsthand at the Gorky Park. There are lush basil and lettuce and a variety of wildlife in this crazily beautiful place.You can have a view of the planetary bodies by looking through the telescope; catch fun in the summer cinema and classical music concerts.

Where to eat and shop

  • Restaurants like Cafe Pushkin, Khachapuri offers a variety of tasty dishes both local and international.
  • The Moscow Gum directly opposite the Red Square sells lovely items of clothing of brands like Zara, Calvin Klein, etc. Other shopping malls are Kuznetsky Most 20, and Tsevtnoy Central Market.

If you have time

  • Spend some time visiting the Catherine Palace and park.
  • The historical Church of savior on spilled blood is fanciful to behold.
  • The famous Red Square is another exciting place to pay a visit when you have the chance while in Moscow.