May 31, 2013
Moscow is not only the capital of Russia, but also it’s financial, political, and cultural centre. Throughout history, Moscow has played a central role in the development of the country and as such it offers a rich heritage including exceptional museums, beautiful palaces, a vibrant nightlife, and excellent food. This Moscow Travel Guide will help you get the most of your tour to Moscow.
Geography and Climate
Moscow is a very large city situated on the Moskva River and defined by a variety of ring roads. The climate is variable but the coldest months fall between November and March, and the warmest months between May and September.
The city is served by three airports: Sheremetyevo International Airport, Domodedovo International Airport, and Vnukovo International Airport. Currently, Domodedovo Airport serves the most international passengers. You can also arrive by train at various stations throughout the city.
Moscow is a large, old city with no shortage of interesting sites. Nevertheless, any trip to this Russian gem would be incomplete without visits to these main sites.
- Red Square is in the centre of Moscow, and the most popular destination for visitors. Around Red Square you’ll find St. Basil’s Cathedral, the State History Museum, and Lenin’s Mausoleum.
- The Kremlin is a major fortified complex on a site that has been continuously inhabited since the 2nd century BC. Check out the Diamond collection in the Armory, and take some time to visit some of the churches in the surrounding area.
- Old Arbat Street is an interesting street that gives visitors a feel for old Moscow. You’ll find souvenir vendors, tourist cafes, and local artist shops. Prices for goods vary widely, so be careful not to be ripped off.
- Bolshoi Theatre is a famed theatre in Moscow where you can see shows for around 1000 rubles.
- The Tretyakov Gallery is one of the most impressive museums in the world. If you only visit one museum in Moscow, this is the one. You’ll find a great collection of Russian art from many of the countries artistic icons including Illya Repin.
- The Pushkin Museum houses a great collection of Western art including Impressionist and Post-impressionist works.
Moscow also boasts some truly lovely parks. If you’d like to spend a leisurely day outdoors, visit one of these many fine parks.
- Gorkiy Park is home to some really nice cafes and restaurants and offers free WiFi throughout the park. Rent a boat or bike and spend the day enjoying the scenery.
- Kolomenskoye is a former imperial estate that has become a popular destination for Muscovites. You’ll find some lovely churches and architecture that dates to the 16th and 17th centuries.
- Park Sokolniki is a recreational park that also features an exhibition centre. Experience Russian nature without venturing too far from Moscow’s centre.