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Alone in Moscow in May

by ronploeg4

Hello everybody,

I am travelling alone to Moscow at the end of May 2010. I have been in Moscow 10 years ago and slept in hotel Rossia, near Red Square. The hotel has been broken down and all the center hotels are extreme expensive. I booked a hotel at the Yaroslavskoe Shosse area.

Is it a safe area for a traveller alone? People warn me lately not to show you are a tourist, is it true or do they execcurate?

What would you advice to do those days in Moscow? I would met my friend but because of a change of job it seems impossible so I have to spend my time alone and I don't wanna be in troubles.



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Re: Alone in Moscow in May

by TheWanderingCamel

I've accompanied my husband to Moscow when he has had to work all day and have never felt uncomfortable going about on my own, catching the metro, walking around, etc.

Re: Alone in Moscow in May

by Morozov

Hi Ron.
I want to inform you the beginning of next May will have 2 big holydays in Russia and Moscow especially. 1st May is Labour Day and 9th May is Victory Day so there will be demonstration and Great Parade (65 years anniversary!) so some areas will be closed or have restrictions to movement. But there will be bonus too: free shows on the streets and squares and emotional meetings of veterans of Second World War.
Good luck!

Re: Alone in Moscow in May

by bugulma

Yaroslavaskoe shosse is quite long road but usually it lays near of living houses, I think it is safe in any way. well, didn't here any trouble of my friends who visited Russia that they have any problem if they say/show they're tourists

Re: Alone in Moscow in May

by ronploeg4

No 10 years ago I felt very safe. I saw one cheating thing, but they happan as well in Amsterdam. I loved the atmosphere on a saturday night in the parks of Moscow.

Re: Alone in Moscow in May

by Thomas1973

I was in Moscow last year (and also two years ago) but i never felt somewhere in danger or unsafe.
But, yes, there is police everywhere and my russian wife and some friends from Moscow always tell me to be quiet near them so that they don´t know that i´m a foreigner.
What the police usually do when you are a tourist: Check your passport and Visum and of course find something that is not ok and want some bribe (usually 1000RUB ~ 30EUR). Especially at Red Square and around its easy to see when the police in little groups starts and check tourists. So better not to be recognized as tourist.
Have a nice trip

Travel Tips for Moscow

Red Square

by bugulma

The symbol of USSR and of Russia. The place that every tourist visits when he/she is in Moscow. If you're in Moscow and haven't a photo of Red Square, nobody will believe, you've been to Moscow :-)) The place of military parades and demonstrations in USSR times. Now it's rather touristic place, even LENIN letters disappered from Mausoleum. In the roof of buildings and Kremlin tower are eagles instead of red stars. In the right side of the photo you see historical museum. ENJOY! :-)

Metro art

by TheWanderingCamel

Marble, gilt, chandeliers, mosaics, bronze sculptures - the Moscow Metro really does bring a grandiose touch to the everyday routine of catching a train around the city. Not all the stations are elaborate, but some are truly "palaces for the people". The themes are generally historical or an idealized depiction of Socialist life. Visiting all of them could consume a great part of the time you have in Moscow. Life-size bronze sculptures of the heroic proletariat line the main hall and escalators of the Ploshchad Revoluyutsii (Revolution Square) and glorify the the lives, work and heroism of the ordinary men and women of the Russian Revolution. It is an extraordinary body of work, well worth a good look.

Donskoy Monastery

by Pablos_new

There are 10 monasteries and convents in Mocow. Most of them were founded in the period from 1330 till 1400 in favour of victory in Kulikovo battle. Donskoy monastery is much younger. It was founded in 1591.

As it is situated in an industrial area it is not as popular for tourists to visit, though it is very interesting.

Kilometre Zero - Make a wish


In front of of the Resurrection gate, which is the northern entrance to Red Square, the Kilometre Zero marker is set into the ground.

All distances within Moscow and Russia are measured from this point. Tourists usually have their photo taken here, while throwing some coins over the shoulder and making a wish.

The interesting thing about this is, that there are always some poor or homeless local people around who immediately pick up the money.

Lost in abbreviations

by Muscovite

Abbreviations, the pest of the 20th century, can make any Russian confused, let alone an unsuspicious guest of the country.

For example, GAZ which may soon snap a chunk of your General Motors has little to do with Gazprom and its gas. GAZ (Gorkovsky Avtomobilny Zavod) stands for the Gorky automobile factory since 1932 and has acquired a neighbour and rival in AvtoVAZ (Volzhsky Avtomobilny Zavod) since 1970.

Both are located on the Volga River, but contrary to any logic it was GAZ in Nizhny Novgorod that had developed the Volga make, while VAZ makes what you know as Lada. The original name ‘Zhiguli’ which was deemed to complicated for the ears of foreign buyers, refers to the hills on the river’s right bank. It now is more often associated with the local beer brand. By the way, ‘Lada’ is ‘sweetheart’ in Old Russian – did you know that?

One may expect that MAZ is an automobile factory in Moscow, but this is not so, it is in Minsk, Belarus, they make heavy-duty lorries there. I am not an expert in commercial vehicles, but Belarusian dairy products are really good.

AZLK in Moscow (Avtomobilny Zavod Leninskogo Komsomola) – Automobile factory named after the Young Communist League, named, in its turn, after Vladimir Ilyich Lenin – that’s tough, folks! - makes, unless it files for bankruptcy in the nearest future, Moskvich (Muscovite) cars since 1930. That is, Moskvich is a he-Muscovite, while Moskvichka (she-Muscovite) is a network of shopping-centres – typical male chauvinism!

The other automobile factory in Moscow and the oldest in the country, as far as I know, is ZIL (Zavod imeni Likhacheva) – The Factory named after Ivan Likhachev, its first director. Yes, it’s the one that used to make Politbureau limousines, but also fridges for ordinary folks – my grandparents had one.

Will try to find more photos, too.
Zil photo -


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