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Moscow – The ultimate travel guide

If you’ve never traveled to Russia, you’re probably struggling to imagine what Moscow is like. Moscow is a city that longs to be explored. With a rich history and tons of museums and monuments to visit, history buffs will never be bored and for sure an unforgettable experience. Best time to visit Moscow Of course, the best period is summer, when the city is warm and bustling. Winters are brutally cold, but this is when you’ll get a true glimpse into the Moscow experience. How to reach Moscow By plane The best way to reach Moscow is by plane. There are three major airports in Moscow: Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo. If you come from abroad you will arrive either to Sheremetyevo international airport (all major international airlines and Aeroflot) or to Domodedovo international airport (Swiss Airlines, AirMalta, British Airways, Emirates, El Al, China Eastern, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and most of the Central Asian airlines, plus…

Riding the famous metro in Moscow

The Moscow Underground is an essential part of life in the capital, and is the main pillar of the whole public transport system in the city.  Moscow metro has 12 lines with a total length of 325,4 km, making it the 6th longest in the world and one of the most beautiful ones. At the beginning of the 20th century, when certain engineers suggested to build an underground transport system, the local government declined it in favor of trams. Indeed trams in those days were very popular and contributed quite substantially to the city’s budget. By the end of the 20s, Moscow was coming to a transport collapse with existing tram networks. So they were forced to build an alternative transportation system. The first line of the Moscow Metro was opened in 1935. It was designed and constructed within 4 years. Later on, more lines and stations were connecting parts of the city and…

An Evening at Bolshoi Theater

Bolshoi Theater is one of the most magical theaters in the world and a symbol of Russian culture and history. The structure was built in 1821 but it can be traced back to 1776 when Catherine II granted a prince, the privilege of maintaining a theater. Since then, Bolshoi Theater is the oldest and the most renowned company in the world. It is by far the world’s biggest ballet company, with more than 200 dancers. It is also a world-famous leading school of ballet. During our visit to Moscow, we couldn’t have missed a night of ballet in Bolshoi Theater. So, we bought a ballet ticket to the famous play “La Sylphide”. It is possible to visit Bolshoi Theater in two ways: either you buy a ticket to attend a ballet or opera performance or you take a guided tour in English. We chose to attend a performance night of…

Top 17 Things to do in Moscow

Moscow, like the entire USSR, was heavily guarded against Western influence by the Communist Era for so long. It is still regarded as an exotic, enigmatic and powerful city. Now, Moscow and the rest of the Russia started to be visited more and more by many tourists although westerners can’t help to feel a strange allure to discover this metropolis. Moscow is huge, exciting and exhausting at the same time. You say the word “Moscow” and most of the people think about Kremlin, Red Square, and images of intensely cold winters, vodka and beautiful blonde blue-eyed Russian ladies. Of course, it is more than this. If you just visit The Red Square and Kremlin you won’t get the whole picture. To enjoy the city you need to meet people and experience the really Russian culture. Below are a few of my personal recommendations on what to see when you’re visiting Moscow.…

Things to know before you visit Moscow

Moscow is supposed to be something impressive and it really is. It’s a totally insane city full of raw and chaotic energy, concentrating 80% of the country’s money and 10% of its population. Moscow is uncomfortable and charming, filthy rich and desperately poor, fast-paced and lazy, trendy and kitschy – all at the same time. Unlikely contrasts are everywhere: fancy shops neighbor concrete shacks left from the Soviet times; crowds of star-gazing happy hipsters mix with rugged tired people with solemn and unhappy faces; Bentleys and BMWs share the busy chaotic traffic with half-destroyed old Ladas; and so on… As everywhere in Russia it’s like a mix of two worlds: Europe and Asia, democracy and communism, joy and grief, prosperity and poverty. Moscow could be just another capital, but it isn’t. Rather, the city is an exaggerated version of everything you can get in Russia, as if conforming to the local…