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Moscow Things to Do

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  • Kremlin

    The official website of the Kremlin is: http://www.kreml.ru/en/ The website gives details about different exhibitions at various museums in the Kremlin, and information about entry times and ticket prices. There is historical information on the website too. The Kremlin, Russia’s seat of power, is much more than a place of government. It is an...

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  • KGB Headquarters Lubyanka

    Back in 1979 I was on a student tour in the Soviet Union (as it was called) While in Moscow I walked around the KBG headquarters to see what it was all about. There was a basement window with steel bars. It was bare except for some metal cups and eating utensils. In the next room were crew-cut young men in white shirts and black neckties sitting at...

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  • Red Square

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    If you come to Moscow for just one day, make sure it is not Thursday. The Kremlin is closed on Thursdays, and not being inside is the same as missing London’s Tower or Louvre in Paris. Morning: The Kremlin Depending on your time and energy (money, too), it may come with or without the Armoury (about 2 hours and about $20). I suggest you go there...

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  • Russian Cuisine

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    We took there a big gastronomica set for our company and different dishes. Meal was really tasty, we were able to try lots of interesting traditional dishes such as caviar with pancakes, aspic with horseradish and even we were drinking tea from their old-fashioned kettle called Samovar. It was amazing, because it boiled water on the coals!!! The...

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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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  • Cafes/Bars/Pubs

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    La Chocolatière is the only cafe chain in Moscow surviving from Soviet times. There was in fact no food chains at that time, and they are a mixed blessing now, too. There were just two Shokoladnitsas – one on Bolshaya Dmitrovka, called Pushkinskaya street at that time, the other on Yakimanka, which somehow managed to keep the name through all...

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Moscow Nightlife

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  • Dancing & Drinking

    Hi people, I wanna to say few words about fabrique, which is situated in Moscow. This is a big city with a lot of places to go. Last time I was there I enjoyed all the time. True it is a little bit expensive but not bad for one night. Large dance floor and nice stuff and especially bartenders :) Cute shoes:))))))))

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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

    I was quite surprised to see people internet-surfing in our metro. I though they are super-rich and went mobile, but no, it turned out that the Moscow metro had installed Wi-Fi! My red line (that’s not what you think, it’s the colour on the map) is # 1 here, too. The other pioneering line is the brown circular (# 5). And by the end of 2014 Wi-Fi...

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  • By Taxi, Car

    There are plenty of websites on the web offering airport transfers from all three Moscow airports to any location in the city center. Prices can differ also here enormously. LingoTaxi actually has fixed prices on its transfers and also normal for Moscow standards. Also, special is that they have an actual complete English speaking service...

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  • By Train

    Hay muchos trenes entre San Petersburgo y Moscu , nosotros decidimos viajar por la noche en un un coche cama . Salimos hacia las 11 de la noche y llegamos a la estación de Leningrado de Moscú hacia las siete de la mañana , después de un viaje muy bueno en una cabina de cuatro camas que compartimos con una pareja bastante agradable La estación de...

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Moscow Shopping

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  • What to buy?

    The boutique is called Massandra wines, and they indeed make the bulk of the store, although they feature other wines, too. Cards accepted. Remember the good/bad old times when Americans used to buy Cuban cigars in Russian shops because of the embargo? There is another reason to visit Moscow now: wine. Dry sherry is especially good. 5 - 15 euro /...

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  • Where to go?

    We used to have three major department stores in Moscow – GUM, TsUM and Detsky Mir, all rhyming very happily, and GUM was the first among its peers. Though regarded at once as a tourist attraction, GUM was very popular among us natives; I remember buying a few pairs of shoes there, after an hour-long queue. Today you will know more about this...

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  • Massandra wines

    The boutique is called Massandra wines, and they indeed make the bulk of the store, although they feature other wines, too. Cards accepted. Remember the good/bad old times when Americans used to buy Cuban cigars in Russian shops because of the embargo? There is another reason to visit Moscow now: wine.Dry sherry is especially good. 5 - 15 euro /...

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Moscow Local Customs

  • Behavior & Superstitions

    In Russia, you should never shake hands with someone over a threshold (doorway, gap, etc). If you do, it is considered that something bad will happen between the two parties in the future. Also, when it comes to shaking hands, the best advice is to let the Russian offer their hand first. Often times, men will shake hands with men in Russia, but...

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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

    Civilised parking is 60 - 80 roubles/hour within the Garden Ring; you can enjoy old free ways outside it - so far. If you fail to use one of the many ways of payment developed by our inventive mayor, your car will be towed away. I always see these impressive trucks outside my office in the morning, they must be having a good harvest throuout the...

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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

    When arriving in Moscow, plenty of freelance taxi drivers with astronomical prices await you at the airport. Most of them only speak Russian and tried to charge me thousands of Roubles for a city ride. Be careful with picking those! Also, at the taxi desk folks only spoke Russian, thus getting a taxi and finding out a correct, fair fare for the...

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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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  • Monuments & Landmarks

    Vysoko-Petrovsky Monastery was founded in 1380 in the village of Vysokoye by Prince Dmitry Donskoi after his return from the Battle of Kulikovo. This site was once occupied by the ancient Bogolubskaya Church of Ivan Kalita. It is said that when the Muscovite Prince Ivan Kalita passed this place, he suddenly saw a high mountain covered with snow...

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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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Moscow Sports & Outdoors

  • 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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  • NHL Talent Comes Home

    Welcome to the Russian Superleague, which -- thanks to big contracts and an NHL labor dispute that has brought homegrown talent back home -- is now being called the strongest professional hockey league in the world.NHL owners unanimously approved a long-awaited decision Wednesday to lock out its players after the two sides butted heads for months...

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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

    The wide street Kutuzovskiy Prospekt used to be a prestigious residential area for very important people of the Soviet Union. The building at number 26 was known as the Politbuero block, where people like Leonid Brezhnev and his Interior Minister Shchelokov as well as the head of the KGB Andropov owned flats. Apart from this, there are several...

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  • Red Square/Kremlin

    Visiting Red Square, the central square in Moscow, has alwatys been a must for my friends and me in Moscow. Actually Krasnaya Ploshchad, as it sounds in Russian, should not be translated as "red" - as it sounds in Russian "krasnaya", but as "fine" for the Russian word "krasnaya" means both, but in this case it was meant to be Fine Square....

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