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Moscow Things to Do

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  • Kremlin

    Kremlin Armoury is the oldest museum in Russia and one of the richest. Although the Armoury has for centuries been a museum, it still retains its old name. Here, in the time of the princes, grand princes and tsars, arm and armour were made and stored. The collection dates from the time of Ivan the Great and Ivan the Terrible. The heyday of the...

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  • Red Square

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    As ancient chronicles assert, the Red Square appeared at the end of 15th century, when Ivan III ordered to ruin all wooden buildings, surrounding the Kremlin and threatening with the fire, and to allot this area for a market. That's how the first name of the square - Trade Square ("Torgovaya") appeared. However, in 16th century the Square was...

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  • Red Square - Saint Basil Cathedral

    Among all the buildings on the Red Square there is one very special. It is a memorial of the great victory: in 1552 the Kazan Khanate, part of the former Golden Orda, was defeated and Kazan was added to the Russian State. The Church of St. Basil was attached to the north-eastern part of the building later, in 1588. Since 1923 it is a museum of...

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  • Russian Cuisine

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I recommend to everyone Lucien restaurant (it`s on Rijskaya station, Gylyarovskogo street, 65/1) Very nice place with ethnic cuisine and very beautiful iterior. I like mini-pies and soup called "borstch", and apple pie is very tasty. And by the way it`s a cheap restaurant! So u r welcome!

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  • Cafes/Bars/Pubs

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Shokoladnitsa (La Belle Chocolatiere) these days is a large, and very successful Russian chain of cafes with branches all over the country, including dozens in Moscow. It was here that we had a very pleasant VT mini-meet in June 2014, at the branch on Zubovsky Blvd, over the bridge from Gorky Park. As cafes go this was OK. The main room was...

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  • Georgian Cuisine

    4 out of 5 stars

    Thank goodness for the variety of Ukraine, Uzbek and other regional food dishes in Moscow from the former USSR especially Georgian my favorite! I have tried many Georgian restaurants in Moscow and this one was particularly good. Ironically I have read some negative reviews (see attached links) that the price, service and tipping policy were...

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Moscow Nightlife

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  • Dancing & Drinking

    ...sit with a beer instead! One of the highlights of my Moscow trip was Gorky Park which is why it'll get a mention under various headings on this page. The park is the perfect city centre egalitarian space with something for, literally, everyone. For the more active there are sports facilities such as volleyball courts in the summer and...

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  • General advice

    I found that if you're a business traveler and you're looking to meet someone special in Moscow and especially if you don't speak English, it might be easier to use an English speed dating service - I encountered one by accident in club B2, they are having event every Wednesday at 8PM. The hostesses were very helpful and overall I was happy that I...

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  • Doug & Marty's Boar House

    believe me-i'm very far from being snob..but this place is something standing apart and not in a good way! overcrowded, 2/3 of food and drinks they say they have in the menu they dont have-for exemple i asked for some wine (i didnt care which one, i wanted it just to be wine, not going into details) and they didnt have any, so i had to drink vodka,...

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Moscow Transportation

  • By Metro

    Moscow metro system is very effective public transportation system. It is not just way you easy navigate trough huge city then and experience itself. It was high on my things-to-do list quite some time. I find out that not all metro stations here looks like art gallery. It is recommended to follow description on your map of metro. I find out...

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  • By Train

    The 650 kilometre train route between St Petersburg and Moscow is Russia's busiest with up to 36 trains daily, each-way, between the two. The fastest trains are the state-of-the-art Sapsan services which can cover the journey non-stop in under four hours. There are also a variety of slower, stopping services, and comfortable overnight sleeper...

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  • By Taxi, Car

    I had been going with "go-to.ru " since 2003, they had always been very reliable and efficient, with confirmation by e-mail and receipts, clean cars, polite drivers - I won't be surprised if most of them are post graduates in nuclear physics. But then everything changed. A cupple of years ago I was going to the airport and the taxi got stuck in a...

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Moscow Shopping

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  • What to buy?

    Publishing house Moscow Time - 'Moskovskoye Vremia' Why choose dull ‘CCCP’ T-shirts made God knows where when you can get these lovely landscapes for the same price? I mean, not just one, but a set of ten! They have no weight, they need no space and they are as packable as any Ikea stuff. You put one set into your suitcase, then give them away by...

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  • Where to go?

    Want to buy souvenirs? You don't even have to go one step from the Red square, art and commerce go hand by hand now (The poster on the former Lenin museum, which was before that the Moscow Duma and is now the Museum of the Year 1812 war, says '1000 years - Russians and Germans together') (The white portic on the left is the Museum of Archeology)...

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  • Old prints – Moscow landscapes

    Publishing house Moscow Time - 'Moskovskoye Vremia' Why choose dull ‘CCCP’ T-shirts made God knows where when you can get these lovely landscapes for the same price? I mean, not just one, but a set of ten! They have no weight, they need no space and they are as packable as any Ikea stuff. You put one set into your suitcase, then give them away by...

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Moscow Local Customs

  • Behavior & Superstitions

    To find out about visa formalities just contact the Russian embassy in your country Australia 78 Canberra Avenue, Griffith, ACT 2603 (+612) 6295-9033 France 40-50, Boulevard Lannes, 75116 Paris (+331) 45-04-0550 Germany Unter den Linden, 63-65, 10117 Berlin (+49-30) 229-11-10 (+49-30) 229-11-29 India Shantipath, Chanakyapuri. New Delhi,...

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  • Language

    Here are some words/phrases. Please let me know what other words/phrases I can add. Please keep in mind -- Russian words are below are transliterations, Russian language uses Cyrillic characters -- see the link below. Formal "hello" -- "zdrastvuite" Informal "hello" -- "privet" "thank you" -- "spasibo" "sorry" -- "izvinite" "you're welcome"...

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  • Eating & Drinking

    Being an ‘Old Russian’, I still remember the days when eating, drinking, let alone smoking in the street was considered utterly bad form. I mean, school kids would, of course, snatch an Eskimo (11 kopeck) now and then or even an ice-cream sugar cone with a creme rosette (19 kopeck) – that was for a special occasion, you know, a three-course meal...

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Moscow Warnings and Dangers

  • Local police & Documents

    It's always good to know what's going on. Check with local press, or better still, with locals, if there are any events scheduled for those districts you are planning to visit. For example, if Mayor Sobyanin inaugurates a new metro station, you can expect a lot of functionaries and an even huger lot of law enforcement. This police sqaudroon is on...

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  • Money & Exchange

    As I arrived at airport, I went straight to the exchange office to exchange some money - euros to rubles. By location, I thought that the closest exchange office is the most secure one - and police is everywhere, so I took a glance to the display and did not notice that 1 euro = 30 rubles (to sell) and 1 euro = 42,3 rubles (to buy). I exchanged...

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  • Pickpocketers, etc.

    Men may approach you wanting to take you out to the clubs and introduce you to women or have women they can set up for you. Some want to rob you or use you for money while others just want to provide prostitute services. Many prostitute services are set up all around Moscow in private flats run by men. Best to avoid all of this in general. There is...

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Moscow Tourist Traps

  • Taxis/Transportation

    I am Russian, but my husband is American. We went to visit Russia last year and had experience with the local town car service my friend recommended us. It's called Moscow Transporter. Here is a link to the website if anyone interested http://www.moscowtransporter.weebly.com. It is a bit different from a regular taxi, you book a professional driver...

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  • Tourist prices

    Russia still has a sort of dual-pricing system, according to which foreigners are charged often 3 to 10 times more at theatres, museums or sights than Russian citizens. This price system is a relic from Soviet times when tickets for Russians were said to be subsidised. The photo shows the entrance fees at the Kremlin, where foreigners are charged...

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  • Old Arbat Street

    I personnaly would avoid shopping here, Its a haven for Pickpockets and I dont think there are any bargains to be had Keep your valubles well hidden and just join in the fun, Dont barter for something you dont want I think the shops in most of the Major hotels ,whilst a lot more expensive, offer far better quality of souviners.

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Moscow What to Pack

  • General advices

    Despite the usual snowy image of Russia, summers in Moscow are hot, usually upwards of +25, and frequently over +30. Hence, pack plenty of summer clothing - especially as cheaper fashion such as, say, H&M, is harder to come by. And, in general, Moscow is expensive where clothes are concerned, designer or not. Comfortable shoes are again a must, but...

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  • Clothing

    Winter in Moscow is not as cool as people say it is. All you will need is and good winter jacket and sweater's. Please keep in mind men there do not wear fur coat's. And when you get there it would be a good idea for you to buy a hat like Tim's (at the picture).

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  • Money

    Beside your credit card take some cush (rubles) 1 - you can use credit card not everywhere; 2- sometimes better and much more save use cash in small shops and restaurants. Never show how much money you have. And don't put all money in one place.

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Moscow Off The Beaten Path

  • Outside Moscow

    On my second trip to Moscow in October 2009 I wanted to take at least one daytrip from the Russian capital. I perused several guide books and finally decided on Sergiyev Posad. Sergiyev Posad, which was formerly named Zagorsk, is situated on the so called Golden Ring, just 70 km north east of Moscow. It can easily be reached by train...

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  • Parks/Walking Routes

    There are multiple botanical gardens in Moscow -- which can be confusing in a city that has a metro station called "Botanical Garden" (Botanichesky Sad). One night, we decided to explore the Botanical Garden of the Academy of Sciences, which is a short distance from the Vladykino metro station. It is Moscow's largest botanical garden, but it is...

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  • Museums

    While the museum is not the most popular one, you cannot say it's 'off the beaten path'. It's exactly ON 'the beaten path', between the Red Square and Tverskaya street. The finds made during construction and reconstruction works in Moscow - and these never seem to come to an end - make the bulk of the exposition. In fact, the museum space as such...

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Moscow Sports & Outdoors

  • Whatever You Want, Gorky Park Has It!

    As befits a "World-class" public space, Gorky Park offers a wide range of sports and leisure facilities. For individual pursuits such as work-outs, jogging, cycling, roller-skating and Nordic walking there are designated areas for doing so, along with lockers, changing rooms and shower facilities.For the more competitive the table tennis area has...

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  • Chaika - open-air pool near Kremlin

    No, it’s not the Moscow river shore, but very close.‘Chaika’ (Seagull) was built for the International Youth Festival 1957, but it is not for this reason it is so popular among interpreters and translators. The Linguistic University (former Maurice Thorez language school) is on the other side of the street, and the 80 years old ‘Progress’...

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  • Bodybuilding

    I have to say that in daily life Svetlana Pugacheva looks not the same as on events :)She is the champion of the World and works as a trainer in Panata-club in Moscow. Also she has a web-site http://your-figure.com/ with video-lessons (VIDEO UROKI). Sorry, Russian only.

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  • General impressions

    Can you believe it - we have beaten both Spain and Greece as budget travelling goes! Here is what the Backpacker Index says, giving us # 14 - between Bratislava and Prague: Certainly one of the world’s most important cities, Moscow continues also to be frustrating for many travelers, with relatively few hostels and traveler-friendly budget...

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  • Streets of Moscow

    This is another place I came across during my random wanderings. It seems that Club Solyanka, on the street of the same name, is one of Moscow's hippest nightclubs but on a swelteringly-hot June afternoon I was more interested in finding somewhere to sit in the shade and have a cold beer. It's not obvious from the street but my beer nose led me up...

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  • Red Square/Kremlin

    Despite my reputation I'm not actually a total drunkard. I never start on the beer until I've done something either productive, cultural or energetic (and sometimes all three). Wandering around the Red Square and Kremlin area on my first morning I fancied a coffee but because my hotel had required payment in cash, which had used up most of my...

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