Moscow Travel Guide

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Moscow Things to Do

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  • Kremlin

    Visiting the Kremlin you will see the Czar Cannon, one of the masterpieces of Russian craftsmen. During the Kremlin tour we were told that the cannon had never fired a single shot. It is a masterpiece of the Russian art. The Czar Bell was cast in 1733-1735 by Ivan Motorin, an outstanding Russian iron caster, and his son Mikhail in Moscow at Ivan...

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  • Red Square

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Each time I stayed in Moscow I tried not to miss exploring Red Square and visiting the Central Department store. I remember visiting the Kremlin and studying its history, enjoying the view of its towers. I was surprised to find out that the Kremlin with all its amazing sights had been closed to the public until July 1955. The CPSU Central Committee...

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  • Red Square - Saint Basil Cathedral

    The first thing we did in Moscow was find and admire the beautiful St. Basil's Cathedral and I promise it looks better in real life than in the photos. However we did have a bit of difficulty finding it but that was due to a horse event taking place in Red Square at that time meaning we couldn't see it. If you happen to be in Moscow then...

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Moscow Hotels

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Moscow Restaurants

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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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  • Moo-Moo chain

    4 out of 5 stars

    Literally! While McDonalds is on the way out (I guess the authorities still hesitate, but another oil-cheapening trick may decide the fate of this Pax Americana symbol), it doesn’t do any good to its local competitor Moo-Moo. With our office canteen temporarily closed again, been to Moo-Moo at Frunzenskaya – the second course downright cold, and...

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  • McDonald's

    4 out of 5 stars

    What I like about international chains is that I know what to expect, and it is twice right about the good old McDonald’s. Not that I suggest doing fast-food on a daily basis, but when I am tired and pressed for the time (for a tourist-on-foot both things happen very often) I like then to be spared a fancy menu choice, to get the proven food that...

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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

    Moscow is high demanding and challenging for car drivers or if you come here by bus like my group did. After confusion in arriving near Kremlin and kind visit local policeman we manage to reach our goal without slowing others to do the same. We was pretty warned about Moscow street mostly about time you will spend in your car or bus.

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Moscow Shopping

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  • What to buy?

    Been to the new honey fair in Orekhovo / Tsaritsino, Bought southern honey from Abhazia, eastern from Jewish republic in the Far East and northern from Viatka region Will write a full review later. 300 - 900 rubles / kg

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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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  • The deal of your life

    The Russian rouble is now worth about half of what it did just a week ago, and Moscow is no longer one of the most expensive cities of the world.In fact, I've just read in a Moscow daily that our Finnish neighbours come here in crowds and buy Belarusian underwear!Good chance for you folks who receive salary cheques in Euro or USD to buy your...

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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 United Kingdom 6/7 Kensington Palace...

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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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  • 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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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

  • 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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  • 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.moscowtransporte.weebly.com. It is a bit different from a regular taxi, you book a professional driver...

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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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  • Monuments & Landmarks

    My random wanderings took me down through the beautifully-tended, tree-lined gardens which run through the centre of the busy Tverskoy Boulevard. A rather attractive red-headed lady caught my eye and so I subtly positioned myself to take a discreet photo. In the background is a statue of a guy called Sergei Esenini, or Yesenin as he is also known....

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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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Moscow Favorites

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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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  • 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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  • 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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