A nation as large, varied and complex as Russia can be visited in many different ways: from visits to the two main capitals, Moscow or St. Petersburg, excursions to more rural areas such as the cities of the Golden Ring or Veliky Novgorod or doing the Trans-Siberian route by train. In this post I will explain you the main available options when visiting Russia, depending on the time you
4.1. Moscow, the capital and most populous city of Russia
Moscow is the capital of Russia. In Moscow you can find many tourist attractions: visit the Red Square and the Kremlin, visit some of its 400 museums, attend a ballet or opera performance at the Bolshoi Theater, the Novodevichy convent, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the skyscrapers of Stalin, the financial district of Moscow City, the Arbat street, the Gorki park, Kolomenskoye, etc.
The possibilities are immense and the city too. In this section of the blog I explain how to organize your visit to the Russian capital, how to buy tickets online to the main museums, how to buy tickets for the Bolshoi Theater, where to go shopping, etc.
In this article you will find a selection of 10 official tourist maps of Moscow, in PDF format, which you can download and print. "Moscow for Tourists", "Moscow Museums", "Moscow for Children", "Moscow Excursions" or "Arbat, the soul of Moscow", are the titles of some of these official maps published on demand of Moscow City Committee on Tourism and Hotel Industry. In this article I have
Until recently, Moscow didn’t have any tourist information offices. However, since 2012, a network of tourist information centers located in the city center were placed, also at railway stations and at airports. In this post I will explain how to find these tourist information centers, and what services they offer. As soon as you arrive to Moscow, it is usually a good idea to get to one of
If you are spending a few days in Moscow, you will be most likely interested in buying the Troika card, which allows you to use all public transport in the Russian capital (Metro, bus, trolley bus and tram) at very low prices. What is the Moscow Troika card? The Troika Card is a reusable contactless plastic card that allows you to travel on all means of public transport in Moscow that was
Just like in other large cities, in Moscow you can find large shopping malls, shopping streets, large specialty stores and markets dedicated specifically to the sale of souvenirs, like the famous matrioshkas or memories of the former USSR. 0. Introduction Throughout Moscow it is possible to find several shopping centers, among which you can find the GUM (in the middle of Red Square) and
The visit to the Lenin Mausoleum, in which the mummified body of Lenin is still preserved, has become one of Moscow’s main attractions. The Mausoleum is located in the Red Square and the visit is free. All you have to do is wait in line, which can be longer or shorter depending on the time of year. What is the Lenin Mausoleum? Lenin's Mausoleum is a Soviet monument, by the architect
Moscow can be visited in many different ways thanks to tourist services that are offered in the city: by foot, by bike, by tour bus, by taxi, by tour boat, or through other more adventurous alternatives such as hot air balloon, helicopter, or plane. In this post, I explain the different alternatives that are offered in the city for taking guided tours in English or in other languages. The
In Moscow you can find a variety of restaurants of typical Russian cuisine, from Russian fast food and buffets (such as Teremok, Kroshka Kartoshka, Mu Mu, or Yolki Palki) to Russian haute cuisine end restaurants (such as Cafe Pushkin, Mari Vanna or Farenheit). I would add the cuisine of former Soviet republics such as the Georgian, Uzbek and Ukrainian gastronomy, just to name a
It is possible to visit Moscow's Bolshoi Theater in two ways: either you buy tickets to attend a ballet or opera performance, or you take a guided tour in English organized by the theater staff itself. Introduction If you are visiting Moscow, you are very likely to go to the famous Bolshoi theater. The visit can be done in two ways: Buying tickets online in advance to attend an opera