Although this old city holds much history in architecture, music, and traditions, Moscow is also very modern and progressive. From old establishments rooted in the past to new funky clubs such as Propaganda that were once run-down warehouses, this Russian capital city has a wide variety of entertainment to offer visitors. For a memorable shopping experience, tourists must go to GUMand TSUM. These are the two largest shopping malls in Moscow and are quite expensive, but the stunning architecture is an absolute must-see.
Bursting with creative energy, Moscow is packed with art galleries and theatres like the world-class Pushkin Fine Arts Museumand the beautiful Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. This ancient city has always been a historical haven with the burnished red brick towers of the Kremlin, churches like the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and monuments that honor heroes and long-ago battles. After your tour of the city, grab a bite to eat in the deliciously thriving restaurant scene of the capital. So before it gets to too cold in Moscow, pack your bags and go check out how this city combines classic with modern in an elegant, hip way.
Moscow's Top 10
10. Moscow Museum of Modern ArtThis is Russia's first state museum, and it boasts an impressive collection of 20th- and 21st-century art that brings an energetic vibe to Moscow.
5. The Diamond Fund Exhibition Here a collection of precious stones and jewellery held by tsars and empresses are showcased to the public in Moscow.
9. Gorky Park With its lush landscaping and amusement rides, visitors will enjoy taking a stroll in this festive Moscow park.
4. Armoury When visiting the Kremlin, it is only fitting to stop here and explore the treasures awaiting visitors inside.
8. Ice Sculpture Gallery This year-round display depicts extraordinary scenes from Russian fairy tales.
3. Tarem Palace This is a splendid stone palace where visitors will enjoy taking photographs and touring the magnificent rooms.
7. Bolshoi Theatre Everything from ballet to opera performances are held in this historic building that dates back to the early 1800s.
2. Assumption Cathedral Five golden domes and four semi-circular gables face the square and offer visitors a striking architectural must-see while in Moscow.
6. The State Historical Museum A historically rich collection of artefacts are housed in this impressive building in Moscow's Red Square.
1. Kremlin Truly awe inspiring, this powerful, authoritative building cannot be missed.
- Saint Basil’s Cathedral – Built in the Red Square in Moscow in 1555.
- Cathedral of Christ the Savior – Located just a few blocks from the Kremlin.
- Central Park of Culture and Rest – Established in 1928, this park has many activities for Moscow’s children.
- Tsytsin Main Botanical Garden of Academy of Sciences – The largest of its type in Europe, established in 1945.
- Church of the Ascension at Kolomenskoye – Be transported back to 1532 by this popular attraction.
Moscow Art & Culture
- Treyakov Gallery – One of Moscow’s finest museum with contemporary and traditional works.
- Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts – Another Moscow museum featuring works of art from nearly every era.
- Moscow State Circus – One of two large circuses in Moscow.
- Shchusev State Museum of Architecture – The official architecture museum of Russia.
- Bolshoi Theatre – The most famous of Moscow’s ballet studios and theatres.
- Tverskaya Street – One of the best spots in Moscow for unique food shops.
- GUM – One of the major shopping centres in Moscow in which nearly any type of clothing can be located.
- Arbat – One of Moscow’s best shopping districts.
- Tretyakovsky Proyezd – Come see the world’s best designers and jewellers on display.
- Pyatnitskaya Street – A more laid-back shopping experience with independent artworks and second-hand shops.
Gay & Lesbian Moscow
- Moscow Pride – Show your pride at the annual gay and lesbian demonstration in Moscow.
- Tverskaya – Home to many gay- and lesbian-friendly bars and clubs.
- Tri Obezyani New Age – Check out the go-go dancers at Moscow’s hottest club for gays and lesbians.
- Tsifri – A café in Moscow that has become popular with gays.
- Body and Soul – One of Moscow’s most massive clubs, it boasts multiple dance floors and draws a mixed crowd.
- Chistye Prudy – A quaint pond that draws those looking for a nice stroll in Moscow.
- Boulevard Ring – Come for a stroll on one of Moscow’s most popular places for pedestrians.
- Izmaylovsky Park – Get away from the sounds of Moscow and walk the many trails that line this park.
- Kolomenskoe Park – Home to interesting old churches and a great place to take a break in the outdoors.
- Park Kulturi – Located on the Moscow River, this park has roller coasters and an amusement park environment.
- Luzhniki Stadium – Catch a match at the largest stadium in Moscow and one of the largest in Europe.
- Olympic Stadium – The first indoor arena ever built for bandy, a sport similar to ice hockey.
- Kremlin Cup – An annual tennis tournament in Moscow regarded as one of the most important in tennis.
- HC CSKA Moscow – Come see the most celebrated hockey team in all of Moscow.
- Russian Chess Championship – More champion chess players have come from Moscow than any other city in Russia.
Maslenitsa (Butter Week) is held during the month of February in Moscow and celebrates the end of a long winter with fireworks, dancing and much more.
Only the finest Russian performing arts are presented during the Golden Mask Festival in Moscow, which is held in March.
Moscow Easter Festival is a well-known annual event that features different types of music like symphony and choral to celebrate the Russian Easter.
May gets started with fireworks and activities for the Victory Day Parade in Moscow, which is a major patriotic event honouring the end of World War II.
Afisha Picnic is a music festival promoting international and national bands every summer in Moscow.
Moscow International Motor Show first occurred in 1992 and displays all things automobile in August.
Art Moscow is one of the largest contemporary art fairs in Russia and it all takes place in September.
October features the Russian Fashion Week held in the World Trade Center Moscow, and it is packed with big style and many celebrities.
Every year at the Crocus Expo, the Russian Wine Festival in November fills Moscow with wines from around the world, presentations and classes for visitors.
December Nights closes out the year with a month-long schedule of prestigious classical acts at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.
When To Go
Spring in Moscow officially begins at the end of March. Parks begin to come alive with warmer temperatures and less rain.
Summer begins in June and lasts through August bringing daily high temperatures of 68-86°F (20 to 30°C). This season is a peak time for visitors to come and explore Moscow.
The fall in Moscow starts with warm sunny days in September and ends with chilly, rainy days by October. When the harsh Russian winter sets in, the temperatures range from 51 to -58°F (10 to -50°C).
Sheremetyevo is the main airport that visitors will arrive at if travelling to Moscow. To reach the capital, a taxi is the easiest source of ground transportation. There are shuttles that are available to transport tourists between the airport and their accomodations.
Train trips from Western Europe will take about 36 hours, or up to 24 hours from Eastern Europe. If you come from one of the Baltic states, a train trip might last as long as 15 hours.
The capital city of Russia is in rare, select company. As one of the few venerable global hubs on the planet, Moscow should be on every avid globetrotter's shortlist of must-visit destinations. The city simply has it all and offers a peerless combination of old and new. Like Russia, Moscow's history is compelling, gripping and admittedly at times, tragic. With the Soviet-Cold War era in the rear-view mirror and now well caught up in a hyper-capitalist boom - with more decadent and materialistic trappings than you can shake a Hermès scarf at - the city of Vladimir Putin and billionaire oil oligarchs is not your grandfather's Moscow.
It all starts with Red Square in the city of over 12 million people. Moscow's main boulevards emanate from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Kremlin, Saint Basil's Cathedral and Lenin's Mausoleum and serves as the ideal springboard to explore the city's myriad and dynamic monuments, museums, restaurants and nightclubs.
With fours distinct seasons as part of a hemiboreal climate, Moscow is the recipient of major weather extremes. Winters are often characterized by bitter cold spells with icy, snowy conditions, while humidity and heat in summer months can be oppressive. Thankfully, spring and fall remain pleasant.
- Winter (November to March) -9-2°C
- Spring (April to May) 2-18°C
- Summer (June to August) 12-24°C
- Fall (September to October) 2-15°C
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