MoscowMoscow is the capital of Russia.Having played a central role in thedevelopment of the Russian state andits history, ...
UnderstandingMoscow is the capital of Russia.Having played a central role in thedevelopment of the Russian state andits hi...
GeorgaphyMoscow is a large metropolis on theMoskva River, which bends its waythrough the city. Most of the mainsites are o...
It runs from the Christ the SaviorCathedral in south-west centralMoscow, to the mouth of the Yauza insouth-east central Mo...
The outer edge of Moscow is largelydefined by the Moscow Ring Road(widely known by its abbreviation:MKAD-Moskovskaya kolce...
Get inAs elsewhere in Russia, strict visarequirements apply.            By planeMoscow (IATA: MOW) has four mainairports:S...
SheremetyevoSheremetyevo International Airporthas terminals B, C, D, E and F on bothsides of the runway . You can walkbetw...
DomodedovoDomodedovo International Airportis south of the city center and is the mainhub of S7 Airlines and Transaero, the...
VnukovoVnukovo International Airportis southwest from the city centre.Take an Aeroexpress train fromKievsky Train Station,...
OstafyevoOstafyevo International Airport islocated south from Moscow, 3kilometers to the west from therailway station Sche...
Get in             By trainBelorussky Railway Terminal: ServesSmolensk, Minsk, Kaliningrad and,through the border crossing...
Kursky Railway Terminal: Actuallytwo directions at one terminus.Southeastern branch serves Vladimirand Nizhny Novgorod, bu...
Leningradsky Railway Terminal:Trains for northwestern and northerndestinations. Serves Novgorod, Pskov,Saint Petersburg, P...
Get in              By carThe direct way to drive fromGermany, Poland, or Belarus is alongthe E30 road. However EU orAmeri...
Get in             By busEurolines. Operate coach servicesinto Moscow. Typical fares would be£10 (one-way) to Riga, Latvia...
Get in              By shipMoscow used to be served by regularpassenger ships. A system ofnavigable channels and locksconn...
By shipThere are 2 river terminals inMoscow, on each end of the series ofmajor bridges over the river; theseare not capabl...
Get in              By shipMoscow used to be served by regularpassenger ships. A system ofnavigable channels and locksconn...
Get around            By MetroCentral Moscow is best to beexplored on foot, but as the distancesare huge, its easiest to u...
Service on the ring line extends forcrossing passengers to 1:30 a.m.,though entrances are still closed at 1.Short-length e...
Get around  By bus and trolleybusEvery large street in the city is served by atleast one bus route. Many of these routesar...
Get around              By tramIn early 1900s Moscow had an extensiveelectric tram system, which had firstlybeen opened in...
Get around               By tramMarshrutka is a jitney-like mode oftransport that falls between privatetransport and conve...
Get around               By taxiIn Russia and Moscow, the differencebetween hailing a cab and simplyhitchhiking is blurry....
Get around               By carIf you do use a car to arrive in Moscow,dont even think about driving around.The street sys...
Get around             By shipThere still exists the "river bus"system, in the fashion of the Venetianvaporetti - in the w...
Get around          Other waysThere is also a short monorail line,running from VDNKh toTimiryazevskaya, one of the mayorsp...
A convenient way to get aroundthe center is the newly opened(2008) Hop On Hop Off tour busservice operating in the histori...
See           Main sitesRed Square - The heart of Moscowand the first destination for mostvisitors to the city. Surrounded...
The Kremlin – This gigantic site can not bemissed. The Diamond collection in theArmoury is worth a visit on its own. There...
Novodevichy Convent – Both a conventand a fortress, Novodevichy was built inthe early 1500s and has remained nearlyintact ...
Old Arbat Street – Walk down this kitschystreet full of souvenir vendors, touristcafes, lousy restaurants, artists, etc. T...
Tretyakov Gallery – One of the worldsgreatest museums, this is probably theone to choose if you only want to visit onemuse...
See    Parks and gardensKolomenskoye (Kolomenskiy park),(Metro: Kolomenskaya/Kashirskaya.From Kolomenskaya take south exit...
State Museum-Reserve Tsaritsyno,. Abeautiful reserve in the southern partof Moscow, its nucleus being thelargest palatial ...
Park Sokolniki, Metro Sokolniki (It is ashort walk from metro station tomain gate along the alley. North ofpark is also ac...
DoMoscow has a free tours companyMoscow Free Tour. They are making toursaround main Moscow sights for free - tipsare welco...
Moscow has a free tours companyMoscow Free Tour. They are making toursaround main Moscow sights for free - tipsare welcome...
DoThe Obraztsov Puppet Theatre at thevery north part of the Garden Ringhas performances during the winterin the evening. E...
Make sure you visit a Russian bathhouse(banya) while in Moscow, as its animportant Russian tradition andRussians, especial...
DoMiGs over Moscow. This greatadventure started after the end ofthe USSR, due to the lack of money inthe army. In the begi...
DoKva-Kva Water Park, Gostinichnayastr., 4/9, 10.00-22.00. Water Parkaffiliated with Maxima Hotels(discounts for guests). ...
BuyCr cards usage is becoming more and morewidespread, but many cheaper stores andrestaurants wont accept them, so cash is...
EatMost tourists will find that going outto eat in Moscow is quite expensive.It does not have to be that way, itsjust that...
Eat            Ethnic foodAzerbaijani – Azerbaijani cuisine isprobably the most popular in Moscow.Youcan find Azerbaijani ...
EatGeorgian – Besides Russian cuisine, onevariety of ethnic food that is stronglyrecommended while in Moscow isGeorgian. T...
Eat       Outdoor Stand UpThere are also several chains of outdoorstand-up food vendors, usually located inclusters around...
ClubsFabrique – This club has nothing to dowith the London club, but it is no lesshappening and lively. Beware of "facecon...
Krizis Zhanra, in a house at the corner ofPokrowski Bulvar and Ulica Pokrowska,enter the house from the backside. Seewebsi...
Sleep               BudgetGodzillas Hostel Moscow, BolshoiKaretnyy 6 apt. 5 (first floor), checkin:2PM; checkout: 12PM. Pr...
Comrade Hostel, Maroseyka street 11, 3rdfloor (m. Kitai-Gorod) (in courtyard,second left after you pass McDonalds),checkin...
Sleep               SplurgeBaltschug Kempinski, ul. Balchug, 1. checkin:15:00; checkout: 12:00. Hotel is locatedfacing the...
Le Royal Meridien National, 15/1, bld. 1ul. Mokhovaya. Traditional Art Nouveau-style hotel located in city center ideallyl...
Swissotel Krasnye Holmy,Kosmodamianskaya nab., 52 bld.6(Paveletskaya, Taganskaya), checkin:15:00; checkout: 12:00. Top not...
ContactIn Moscow there are three main GSMoperators (MTS, Beeline, Megafon), andthey often have offers that give you a SIMc...
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  1. 1. MoscowMoscow is the capital of Russia.Having played a central role in thedevelopment of the Russian state andits history, Moscow was the capital ofthe former Soviet Union andcontinues to pave the way asMuscovites move into the 21stcentury. An 860 year-oldcity, Moscow has many reminders ofits imperial and Soviet past. It is asprawling city with numerousmuseums, Soviet-era monoliths andpost-Soviet kitsch.
  2. 2. UnderstandingMoscow is the capital of Russia.Having played a central role in thedevelopment of the Russian state andits history, Moscow was the capital ofthe former Soviet Union andcontinues to pave the way asMuscovites move into the 21stcentury. An 860 year-old city,Moscow has many reminders of itsimperial and Soviet past. It is asprawling city with numerousmuseums, Soviet-era monoliths andpost-Soviet kitsch.
  3. 3. GeorgaphyMoscow is a large metropolis on theMoskva River, which bends its waythrough the city. Most of the mainsites are on the northern bank of theriver. The other major waterway isthe Yauza River, which flows into theMoskva east of the Kremlin.Average of Moscow Much ofMoscows geography is defined bythe numerous Ring Roads that circlethe city at various distances from thecentre, roughly following the outlineof the walls that used to surroundMoscow. With Red Square and theKremlin forming the very centre, theinnermost ring road is the BoulevardRing (Bulvarnoye Koltso), built in the1820s where the 16th century wallsused to be. It
  4. 4. It runs from the Christ the SaviorCathedral in south-west centralMoscow, to the mouth of the Yauza insouth-east central Moscow.The next ring road, the Garden Ring(Sadovoe Koltso), derives its namefrom the fact that landowners nearthe road in Tsarist times wereobligated to maintain gardens tomake the road attractive. In Soviettimes, the road was widened, andcurently you will find no gardensthere.The recently constructed Third Ring isnot much use for tourists but is aheavily used motorway whichabsorbs a bit of Moscows traffic. Itroughly follows the outline of Kamer-Kollezhsky val, the customs boundaryof Moscow in the 18th-early 20thcentury.
  5. 5. The outer edge of Moscow is largelydefined by the Moscow Ring Road(widely known by its abbreviation:MKAD-Moskovskaya kolcevaya avtodoroga), a motorway which is 108 kmlong and encircles the entire city(similar to Londons M25 and ParisPériphérique). Finally, a Fourth Ring isdue to be built between the ThirdRing and the Moscow Ring Road inthe next years, using in places theright-of-way of the freight rail loop.
  6. 6. Get inAs elsewhere in Russia, strict visarequirements apply. By planeMoscow (IATA: MOW) has four mainairports:Sheremetyevo International Airport,(IATA: SVO) +7 495 232-65-65.Domodedovo International Airport(IATA: DME) +7 495 933-66-66 .Vnukovo International Airport (IATA:VKO) Tel: (Head Office) +7 495 436-71-9 .Ostafyevo Airport (ICAO: UUMO)
  7. 7. SheremetyevoSheremetyevo International Airporthas terminals B, C, D, E and F on bothsides of the runway . You can walkbetween terminals B and C; orbetween terminals D, E and F; butyou have to take a shuttle bus or ataxi to go between the two sites.Sheremetyevo I is the old name forTerminal B, and Sheremetyevo II isthe old name for Terminal F.International flights depart terminalsC, D, E and F. Domestic destinationsare operated out of terminals B andD. Aeroflot is trying to move most ofits flights to the newly built TerminalD (was known during theconstruction time as "Terminal 3" or"Sheremetyevo III").
  8. 8. DomodedovoDomodedovo International Airportis south of the city center and is the mainhub of S7 Airlines and Transaero, thelargest domestic airlines in Russia, withthe latter also serving numerousinterntional destiantions. Manyinternational carriers, including BritishAirways and Lufthansa, also useDomodedovo and since 2005 it hascatered to more passengers thanSheremetyevo.The airport is most conveniently reachedby rail. The station is located directlyinside the airport and is served by thenon-stop Aeroexpress train as well ascommuter trains, both running to thePaveletsky Rail Terminal in centralMoscow. The Aeroexpress takes 45-50minutes to the centre and costs 320rubles, whereas the commuter train takes65-70 minutes and costs 99 rubles.
  9. 9. VnukovoVnukovo International Airportis southwest from the city centre.Take an Aeroexpress train fromKievsky Train Station, which departsfrom 7AM to midnight every 60minutes in peak hours (with intervalsof about four hours for off-peakhours). The journey takes 35-45minutes and costs 300 rubles one-way. There is an express busconnection between Domodedovoand Vnukovo airports, which departsabout every 90 minutes.
  10. 10. OstafyevoOstafyevo International Airport islocated south from Moscow, 3kilometers to the west from therailway station Scherbinka inPodolsk district and is the homeof Gazpromavia airlines. It catersmainly to business aviation.
  11. 11. Get in By trainBelorussky Railway Terminal: ServesSmolensk, Minsk, Kaliningrad and,through the border crossing at Brestin Byelorussia, Vilnius, Warsaw, Berlinand most of the Central and NorthernEurope. Metro: Belorusskaya.Savyolovsky Station. Commutertrains only, to the northern suburbsand beyond. Metro: Savyolovskaya.Kievsky Railway Terminal:Southwesterly direction. Serves Kiev,other destinations in central andsouthern Ukraine and, through theborder crossing at Chop, theSouthern Europe destinations such asBudapest, Zagreb, Belgrade, andSofia. Metro: Kievskaya.
  12. 12. Kursky Railway Terminal: Actuallytwo directions at one terminus.Southeastern branch serves Vladimirand Nizhny Novgorod, but most trainsgo south, through Tula, Orel, Kurskand eastern Ukraine to the Black Seaand beyond, including Adler/Sochi,the Crimea and the Caucasus. Metro:Kurskaya/Chkalovskaya.Paveletsky Railway Terminal: ServesVoronezh, Astrakhan, and otherdestinations to the South. Metro:Paveletskaya.Kazansky Railway Terminal:Southeastern direction. Serves NizhnyNovgorod, Kazan, Kazakhstan,Ulyanovsk and Uzbekistan. Metro:Komsomolskaya.
  13. 13. Leningradsky Railway Terminal:Trains for northwestern and northerndestinations. Serves Novgorod, Pskov,Saint Petersburg, Petrozavodsk,Murmansk, Tallinn, and Helsinki.Metro: Komsomolskaya.Yaroslavsky Railway Terminal: Startsout going through northeasternsuburbs but then turns east. ServesRostov Veliki, Sergiev Posad,Yaroslavl, Vologda, but mainlyfunctions as the primary gateway forthe Trans-Siberian Railway, servingseveral destinations in Siberia, theRussian Far East, Mongolia, andChina. Metro: Komsomolskaya.Rizhsky Railway Terminal: Relativelysmall; serves only Riga and otherLatvian destinations. Metro:Rizhskaya.
  14. 14. Get in By carThe direct way to drive fromGermany, Poland, or Belarus is alongthe E30 road. However EU orAmerican citizens have to getBelarussian visas to pass throughBelarus, so it could be moreconvenient to go via Latvia (thenearest border crossing between EUand Russia on this direction) usingthe E22 which starts in Riga.Easy access from Finland throughSaint Petersburg and Novgorod isalong the E18 road. This route is alsoknown as Russian Federal HighwayM-10. Traffic on the M-10 is heavyand driving less relaxing.You may be stopped and questioned;youll be allowed to proceed if youhave all the proper documents.
  15. 15. Get in By busEurolines. Operate coach servicesinto Moscow. Typical fares would be£10 (one-way) to Riga, Latvia, or £60to London in the United Kingdom.Intercity busses to Russian and someformer Soviet Union cities departfrom the intercity bus station(автовокзал) at Shelkovskaya Metrostation (the last station of the darkblue line, in northeast Moscow). Thisis the only place in Moscow fromwhich public transportation isavailable directly to Suzdal. Also,some intercity buses depart fromKomsomolskaya, Tushinskaya, Yugo-Zapadnaya, Vykhino, andDomodedovskaya Metro stations.
  16. 16. Get in By shipMoscow used to be served by regularpassenger ships. A system ofnavigable channels and locksconnects the Moskva River with VolgaRiver, which in turn, through theVolga-Baltic channel, provides a wayto the Baltic Sea (using the Onega,Ladoga and Neva rivers) and furtherfrom Ladoga Lake through the WhiteSea channel to the White Sea; to thesouth through the Volga-Don channelto the Don river and the Azov andBlack Sea; while Volga itself flows intothe Caspian Sea. In the Soviet timesthis allowed the official propagandato refer to Moscow as "a port on thefive seas". There is no scheduledpassenger traffic anymore on any ofthese routes.
  17. 17. By shipThere are 2 river terminals inMoscow, on each end of the series ofmajor bridges over the river; theseare not capable of being drawn up,and not all of them are of sufficientheight to allow large ships to pass.The North Station, in Khimkineighborhood, provides berths forcruise ships to Saint Petersburg, aswell as Astrakhan, Rostov-on-Don andother cities along the Volga. TheSouth Station (closest Metro:Kolomenskaya) ceased to be usedcommercially, since the Oka River, ofwhich the Moskva is a tributary, hassilted to the point of beingimpassable.
  18. 18. Get in By shipMoscow used to be served by regularpassenger ships. A system ofnavigable channels and locksconnects the Moskva River with VolgaRiver, which in turn, through theVolga-Baltic channel, provides a wayto the Baltic Sea (using the Onega,Ladoga and Neva rivers) and furtherfrom Ladoga Lake through the WhiteSea channel to the White Sea; to thesouth through the Volga-Don channelto the Don river and the Azov andBlack Sea; while Volga itself flows intothe Caspian Sea. In the Soviet timesthis allowed the official propagandato refer to Moscow as "a port on thefive seas". There is no scheduledpassenger traffic anymore on any ofthese routes.
  19. 19. Get around By MetroCentral Moscow is best to beexplored on foot, but as the distancesare huge, its easiest to use thefamous Metro system. It iscomprehensive, boasts some greatarchitecture, and is relatively cheap.As of June 2011, a single trip costs 28RUB. Payment does not depend onthe length of the trip. The tickets aresold at manned booths within thestations ("kassa") only. The Metro isopen from 5:30 a.m - 1:00 a.m.Station entrances are closed at 1:00a.m., this is also the time, when lasttrains start from all of the terministations of the lines. No one isallowed to start their journey bymetro after 1:00 a.m., although trainsare still running.
  20. 20. Service on the ring line extends forcrossing passengers to 1:30 a.m.,though entrances are still closed at 1.Short-length escalators and allescalators, running down, are alsolocked at 1:00 a.m. (althoughcrossings are not closed while thereare trains running) and passengershave to step them. However, longescalators running up work to the lastpassenger. Before 7:00 a.m. and after9:00 p.m., the Metro is rarely busy.Between these times on workdays,however, it can be a real squeeze,especially within the ring. Someescalators are a two minute ride asthe stations in the city center are verydeep. On the escalators, stand on theright.
  21. 21. Get around By bus and trolleybusEvery large street in the city is served by atleast one bus route. Many of these routesare doubled by the trolleybus routes. Alsoevery large street of Moscow has trolleywires over it. Moscow buses andtrollebuses go since 5:30 a.m. till 1:00 a.m.The average distance between bus stops isabout 150 m (500 ft). One trip costs 28rubles, if you pay to a bus (or trolleybus)driver. However it is more convenient andless expensive to buy it in the booths,located at the bus stops or near the Metrostations. It then costs 24 rubles. It is alsopossible to get a multi-ride card in thosebooths, and each trip would be cheaper.Tickets for bus, trolleybus and tram areunified.
  22. 22. Get around By tramIn early 1900s Moscow had an extensiveelectric tram system, which had firstlybeen opened in 1899. However as Metrowas opened (May 1935) and thetrolleybus appeared (November 1934),the tram network was radically reducedand the most of the tram rotes became tobe served by the trolleybuses. Inparticular, the B tram route to run aroundthe Garden Ring, was changed by the B-trolleybus-route.Now tram daily usage by the Muscovites islow (about 5%), although it still remainsvital in some districts for those who needto get to the nearby Metro station. Tramfares are same as bus and trolleybus fares.
  23. 23. Get around By tramMarshrutka is a jitney-like mode oftransport that falls between privatetransport and conventional buses. Therole of the modern Russian marshrutka isbasically similar to the minibus in othercountries. It is similar to GermanSammeltaxis, Mexican Peseros andAmerican dollar vans. Trip costs can bedifferent, depending on marshrutka line.Usually one trip costs 25 rubles. You givemoney to the driver just having enteredthe minibus. If you need to take it off, youhave to cry: "Остановите здесь!"(Ostanovite zdes, means "Stop here!")Generally marshrutkas go a little fasterthan buses: however they may beoperated by reckless drivers and thusbecome dangerous. Unless youre in ahurry, more convenientbuses/trolleys/trams are a safer option.
  24. 24. Get around By taxiIn Russia and Moscow, the differencebetween hailing a cab and simplyhitchhiking is blurry. It is an old Russiantradition for drivers to offer rides tostrangers, for a fee. For many Russians, itis like a second job. Generally, whereveryou are, at any time of day or night, youcan get a cab in a matter of minutes orseconds by holding out your hand. Holdyour hand out low by your hip, not up highas they hail cabs in American films.Normally, you tell the driver where youregoing and negotiate an amount with younaming the first price. For many locations,giving the closest Metro stop is the bestplan of attack. If you dont like the amountone guy is charging, youll doubtlessly findanother driver in a minute or two. Keep inmind, though, that very few drivers willspeak English.
  25. 25. Get around By carIf you do use a car to arrive in Moscow,dont even think about driving around.The street system was never designedto accommodate even a fraction of theexploding population of vehicles; thetraffic jams on the Sadovoye Ring oftendo not clear between the morning andthe evening rush hours. Most roadwaysare in a constant state of disastrousdisrepair. You will have to compete forevery inch of space on the road (quiteliterally; the proper distance betweenthe vehicles for a Muscovite is close tozero) with seasoned drivers in dented"Ladas" who know the tangle of thestreets inside out and will not thinktwice before cutting you off at the firstopportunity.
  26. 26. Get around By shipThere still exists the "river bus"system, in the fashion of the Venetianvaporetti - in the warmer months, ofcourse, since the river is ice-boundmost winters. The only regular routehas 7 stops ,from the quay near theKievsky rail station, downstreamthrough the center, terminating atNovospassky bridge (about half amile from Proletarskaya Metro), andback. Ferries (passengers only) departabout once hourly, every day; thefare is RUB400 .The ride is a pleasantdiversion on a hot summer day, asyou float past the Kremlin walls andunder the bridges, but dont rely on itfor transportation.
  27. 27. Get around Other waysThere is also a short monorail line,running from VDNKh toTimiryazevskaya, one of the mayorspet projects. A ticket costs the sameas the Metro, but the gates dontaccept standard Metro multi-tripcards. The Moscow monorail is slow,accident-prone, does not run asfrequently as the Metro (every 6 minat peak hours, 16 min rest of thetime), opens later, and closes earlier.The main problem, however, is that itessentially goes nowhere and is ofinterest only to the residents of theimmediate neighborhood.
  28. 28. A convenient way to get aroundthe center is the newly opened(2008) Hop On Hop Off tour busservice operating in the historiccity center of Moscow. Buses goevery 30 min in a loop aroundMoscow and stop in front of mostof the major hotels. Live Englishspeaking guides on board willanswer all your questions. Price is750 rubles for a ticket valid for 24h, and you may board anddisembark at any stop along theroute as many times as you like
  29. 29. See Main sitesRed Square - The heart of Moscowand the first destination for mostvisitors to the city. Surrounded by St.Basils Cathedral, the State HistoryMuseum, Lenins Mausoleum andone of the Kremlins long brick walls.The cobbles that make up the squareare black and not red; the namecomes from another gloss of theRussian word "krasniy", meaning"beautiful". Metro: Ohotnii Ryad,Teatralnaya or Ploshad Revolutsii.St Basil Cathedral - in the south partof Red Square. Built in 1555-61.Inside is a museum, although it looksbest from the outside, but if you havethe time, take a peek inside.
  30. 30. The Kremlin – This gigantic site can not bemissed. The Diamond collection in theArmoury is worth a visit on its own. Thereare several stunning churches that warranta visit. Choose one or two to go inside,then enjoy the rest from the gardens. Ifyou get a chance, the ballet in theConference Centre has some very cheapmatinee performances (and you canchange seats in the interval). Tickets are700 rubles to visit the armory and 350rubles to visit everything else. Arrive earlyas tickets go on sale 30 minutes (10AMtour) or 1 hour (12, 14:30, and 16:30tours) before scheduled tours. There arealso rotating exhibitions which cost 200rubles entry. The ticket office is closedThursdays. Large bags must be left at aluggage office (60 rubles).Bolshoi Theatre – Sit in front of the famedtheater near the fountain, or catch a showinside if you can. Tickets start at around1000 rubles. Metro: Ohotnii Ryad,Teatralnaya or Ploshad Revolutsii.
  31. 31. Novodevichy Convent – Both a conventand a fortress, Novodevichy was built inthe early 1500s and has remained nearlyintact since the 17th century, making itone of the best preserved historicalcomplexes in Moscow. The adjacentNovodevichy Cemetery is one of Russiasmost famous cemeteries. Famous peopleburied there include Anton Chekhov,Nickolai Gogol, Konstantine Stanislavski,Nikita Khrushchev, Raisa Gorbachev (theformer Presidents wife), and Boris Yeltsin.Metro: Sportivnaya.Church of the AscensionChurch of the Ascension (ЦерковьВознесения Господня). Built tocommemorate the birth of Ivan theTerrible, Kolomenskoyes Church of theAscension upended the Byzantine stylewith its wooden conical tower, and provedto be a milestone in the history of Russianecclesiastical architecture. Metro:Kolomenskaya or Kashirskaya, then walkthrough Kolomenskoye park.
  32. 32. Old Arbat Street – Walk down this kitschystreet full of souvenir vendors, touristcafes, lousy restaurants, artists, etc. Theprices of the souvenirs vary fromreasonable to ripoff. Many of the vendorsoffer a very high higher price, but can betalked down if you speak Russian. Thestores tend to offer the same merchandisebut with fixed high prices. Metro:Smolenskaya (both blue lines), Arbatskaya(both blue lines, from Dark Blue line takewest exit).Pushkin Museum is dedicated to Westernart and has one of the worlds mostsignificant Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collections, along with someOld Masters. The Impressionists and Post-Impressionists were rather unfortunatelyrelocated to an annex in 2007 across thestreet from the main building. Metro:Kropotkinskaya.
  33. 33. Tretyakov Gallery – One of the worldsgreatest museums, this is probably theone to choose if you only want to visit onemuseum in Moscow. In contrast to theworldwide collection of the PushkinMuseum, the Tretyakov is mostly acollection of Russian art. It has the bestcollection of Russian icons and many ofthe most famous pieces of modernRussian artists like Ilya Repin. Metro:Tretyakovskaya or Novokuznetskaya.(NB: There are actually two Tretyakovmuseums now, the classic one and the20th Century one. The classic one is whereit has always been, the 20th Century oneis in the Artists House Cultural Centeracross from Gorky Park. They chargeseparate entry fees.)
  34. 34. See Parks and gardensKolomenskoye (Kolomenskiy park),(Metro: Kolomenskaya/Kashirskaya.From Kolomenskaya take south exit,than after exit from metro stationproper in the underground passageturn left, and then right. Upon leavingunderground passage continue goingstraight for about 300 meters (alongeast side of Andropov prospekt) tothe entrance. From Kashirskaya metrowalk along the path in general east-north-east direction to theunderground passage underAndropov prospekt, the entrance tothe park will be right after it. Thereare individual fees for each exhibition($2-$10 per exhibition).
  35. 35. State Museum-Reserve Tsaritsyno,. Abeautiful reserve in the southern partof Moscow, its nucleus being thelargest palatial ensemble in Russia.Constructed between 1775 and 1796to be the residence of Catherine theGreat, the ensemble was abondonedafter her death and turned into ruinsduring following centuries. A decisionhad been reached in 1984 tocompletely restore Tsaritsynoarchitectural and park ensemble.Majority of the architecturalmonuments have already undergonerestoration, Grand Palace havingcompleted by 2007. Exhibitions andexpositions of the museumdemonstrate various pages ofTsaritsyno history and rich collectionsof arts and crafts. Metro: Tsaritsyno,Orekhovo.
  36. 36. Park Sokolniki, Metro Sokolniki (It is ashort walk from metro station tomain gate along the alley. North ofpark is also accessible directly fromMalenkovskaya train station or via awalk from Moskva-3 train stationfrom Yaroslavl direction train line).The place to go to experience theRussian nature without going faraway from the center. THIS is theplace to experience Shashlik(Russian/Geogeian kebab) at a verylow price (compared with otherplaces) they can be found sellingunder huge tents all over the park.The park has an amusement park forthe kids so they dont get bored. Forthe want to be hunter there are twoTirs bibi gun shooting ranges withonly $1.40 per five shots.
  37. 37. DoMoscow has a free tours companyMoscow Free Tour. They are making toursaround main Moscow sights for free - tipsare welcome, but not obligatory. Its agood idea to start understanding Moscow.Moscow has many attractions, but most ofthem are not friendly to a non-Russian-speaker. English-language newspapers likeThe Moscow Times , Element , MoscowNews and others can help to navigatetowards English-language friendlyattractions and services.Moscow has two circuses, the Nikulincircus on Tsvetnoi Bulvar (metro TsvetnoiBulvar), and the new circus near theUniversity. Tickets can be bought for aslittle as 200 rubles, and even these seatsare good. Touts may be selling ticketsoutside and can save you a lot ofqueueing, and theyll speak more Englishthan the ticket office. Sometimes they areselling tickets at the cover price, andsometime at twice the price.
  38. 38. Moscow has a free tours companyMoscow Free Tour. They are making toursaround main Moscow sights for free - tipsare welcome, but not obligatory. Its agood idea to start understanding Moscow.Moscow has many attractions, but most ofthem are not friendly to a non-Russian-speaker. English-language newspapers likeThe Moscow Times , Element , MoscowNews and others can help to navigatetowards English-language friendlyattractions and services.Moscow has two circuses, the Nikulincircus on Tsvetnoi Bulvar (metro TsvetnoiBulvar), and the new circus near theUniversity. Tickets can be bought for aslittle as 200 rubles, and even these seatsare good. Touts may be selling ticketsoutside and can save you a lot ofqueueing, and theyll speak more Englishthan the ticket office. Sometimes they areselling tickets at the cover price, andsometime at twice the price.
  39. 39. DoThe Obraztsov Puppet Theatre at thevery north part of the Garden Ringhas performances during the winterin the evening. Everything is inRussian and meant for children, butthe stories are simple and quiteunderstandable even if you dontunderstand Russian. There is a smallbox in front of the building where apuppet appears every hour and doesa performance. At 12 midday all ofthe puppets appear for a short butentertaining appearance.The Novaya Opera (new opera) in theHermitage gardens features operasmainly in Russian most evenings,starting at 7PM. Tickets are normallyavailable from 200 rubles. Ticketoffice is open from 12PM-3PM andthen again from 4PM-7PM.
  40. 40. Make sure you visit a Russian bathhouse(banya) while in Moscow, as its animportant Russian tradition andRussians, especially 40+, go at least once aweek. Have a hot steam, followed by agood whipping with birch branches. Whileits not the most pleasant experience, thebenefits youll receive afterward willenable you to understand why Russiansare loyal to their banya. Most famousbanya is the Sanduny (or Sandunovskayabanya). Like any city with snowywinters, Moscow is a great place to go iceskating. Gorky Park is most famous butovercrowded and ice is not always in idealcondition; Bosco rink on a Red Square isglamourous and easy, although bit costlyand not too favoured by advanced skaters.Luzhniki has arguably the bestice, although service can be tough andopen hours are not always convenient.The winter rinks at Chistye Prudy orIzmaylovsky Park can be otheralternatives.
  41. 41. DoMiGs over Moscow. This greatadventure started after the end ofthe USSR, due to the lack of money inthe army. In the beginning flights inMiG-21, MiG-23, MiG-25, MiG-29 andSukhoi Su-27 started from ZhukovskyAirbase. Today this base is closed forpassenger flights, but flights in MiG-29 Fulcrum and L-39 Albatros jets arestill possible from other airbases nearMoscow. starting at under €2000 fora flight including transfer fromMoscow, interpreter services and allpreparations.Hot air balloon ride (high), SuburbanMoscow, 4400-5000 RUB.Moscow Zoo, Bolshaya Gruzinskayastr., 1.The oldest and the biggest zooin Russia, has over 1000 animalspecies.
  42. 42. DoKva-Kva Water Park, Gostinichnayastr., 4/9, 10.00-22.00. Water Parkaffiliated with Maxima Hotels(discounts for guests). There are 7high trills (90-120 meters length) anda pleasant surprise for extremers –Tsunami trill – unique in Russia. Thereare also 4-line trills – Multislide and aspecial area for kids – a small tropicaltown with shallow pool. Kva-KvaLagoone offers hydromassage.There’s also pure Russian bath,Finnish sauna, Turkish bath (hamam)and Kva-Kva SPA-salon. Night discostake place every weekend, with freeadmission for Maxima Hotel guests.225-745 RUB.
  43. 43. BuyCr cards usage is becoming more and morewidespread, but many cheaper stores andrestaurants wont accept them, so cash is anecessity. Be sure to break your 5000 or 1000RUB notes where you can, as the smallermerchants, street vendors and even manymetro clerks will likely refuse them. Whileyou are able to get some smaller vendors toaccept US dollars and Euros, it is always bestto change currency, which is not a problem ascurrency exchange spots are everywhere,displaying the daily rates in large yellowletters. Buying souvenirs can be quite a choreif you do not stay in the centre of Moscow.You can get cheaper souvenirs fromIzmaylovskiy Market in Izmalylovo Parkalthough the performing bears at theentrance of the market suggest that it is atourist trap. Walking out in the middle of abargaining session will most likely NOT getyou the price you want. Instead insults willbe hurled towards you.
  44. 44. EatMost tourists will find that going outto eat in Moscow is quite expensive.It does not have to be that way, itsjust that the options most visible forthe foreigner generally are.There are a number of Americanfranchise restaurants, such asMcDonalds and TGI Fridays; its afamiliar, if boring eat at a reasonableprice.Great American-style breakfasts canbe had at either of the American Bar& Grill locations; also serving thickjuicy cheeseburgers.
  45. 45. Eat Ethnic foodAzerbaijani – Azerbaijani cuisine isprobably the most popular in Moscow.Youcan find Azerbaijani restaurantseverywhere in Moscow.It is stronglyrecommended if you want to try deliciousfood in Moscow.Armenian - Similar to Turkish andAzerbaijani cuisine but with an excitingtwist to it. Try out their mouth wateringcharcoal grilled kebabs and fish dishes.Many good restaurants available aroundMoscow and many of the chefs areactually natives from Armenia, which addsto the authenticity of the food. Try outRestaurant Gavan at the address: “ulitsaRossolimo 7, gorod Moskva”. Take metroto Park Kul’tury station, also not far awayfrom the famous Gorky Park.
  46. 46. EatGeorgian – Besides Russian cuisine, onevariety of ethnic food that is stronglyrecommended while in Moscow isGeorgian. This cuisine is generally spicierthan Russian food, and there are anumber of reasonably priced Georgianrestaurants in Moscow.Japanese – Muscovites have beenobsessed with sushi since late 1990s, andthe boom is not over yet. Japaneserestaurants are probably most popularamong young Russian women, easilycompeting with Italian and Frenchrestaurants. The picture menus are a greathelp when ordering, and the names ofitems are basically just Japanesetransliterated to Cyrillic. Dont expect aproliferation of raw fish, though; the mostpopular rolls contain cooked items.Thai cuisine can be found only in fewrestaurants, and its authenticity isdebatable.
  47. 47. Eat Outdoor Stand UpThere are also several chains of outdoorstand-up food vendors, usually located inclusters around Metro stations. A few tolook for are:Kroshka-Kartoshka – These green kioskssell stuffed (butter, sour cream or bacon)microwave-baked potatoes, as well astoasted sandwiches and a few drinks. Hotand filling, but rather expensive for what isbasically just a hunk of root vegetable.Riksha Ivan ("Ivan the Rickshaw") – QuickChinese-like cuisine; fried rice with meatto go.Teremok – These brown-colored kioskssell large blinchiki, or Russian crepes thatcome with a variety of fillings.Muscovites are also fond of their icecream, consumed in any weather, even(proudly) in the dead of winter, cheap andusually of superior quality; kiosks can befound all over the center and near allMetro stations.
  48. 48. ClubsFabrique – This club has nothing to dowith the London club, but it is no lesshappening and lively. Beware of "facecontrol" (Russias way of letting only thechosen into the club). Mid-priceddrinks, shots of vodka are ~200 rubles andmixed drinks are more expensive. Greatclub atmosphere with generally fantasticdjs.Gogol Bar – This bar is on the poshStoleshnikov pereulok. The street housesdeluxe brand shops such asChanel, Burberry, and Cartier. Theentrance to the bar is between VivienneWestwood and the Lancel boutique. Theinterior, menu and drinks are quite simple.Musical performances every weekend.During the winter, the small yard is usedas a skating rink. There are also GogolBars on Arbat and Maroseika St.
  49. 49. Krizis Zhanra, in a house at the corner ofPokrowski Bulvar and Ulica Pokrowska,enter the house from the backside. Seewebsite to see a small map. In the day itoffers mediocre Italian-themed Russiancuisine. Cocktails and desserts are on themenu for mid-range prices (300-350rubles). They play alternative music andon weekends the restaurant is turned intoa small rock club (at about 11PM thetables are taken out). The place is popularwith students with money but who arenot elitny.Propaganda, Bol. Zlatoustinsky, 8 (M. KitayGorod), 11:30AM-6AM Mon-Sun. A greatalternative bar with lots of cheap drinks(vodka is 100 rubles and beer is 150rubles). With great music, a hip and funkycrowd, as well as a relatively relaxed doorcontrol. Propaganda is a great place todance all night and have fun. Also verygood value-for-money place to eat.
  50. 50. Sleep BudgetGodzillas Hostel Moscow, BolshoiKaretnyy 6 apt. 5 (first floor), checkin:2PM; checkout: 12PM. Pretty reasonablehostel with decent bathrooms and veryfriendly staff. Its in a convenient location.Only minutes away from local bars andrestaurants and a 20-25 minute walk fromthe Kremlin. Small number of showers andinternet terminals are the only downside.Prices start at 725 rubles per night in adorm or at 1740 per night in a doubleroom.Napoleon Hostel, Maly Zlatoustinskiy 2(4th floor).Good hostel with an excellentlocation in the quiet city center. Dormprices start from 600 rubles per night.Suharevka mini-hotel, BolshayaSuharevskaya Ploshad 16/18. Pleasantmini-hotel with nice location in the centerof Moscow. Private rooms are quite nicefor the price (around €60).a and CIS. from 22 EUR per night.
  51. 51. Comrade Hostel, Maroseyka street 11, 3rdfloor (m. Kitai-Gorod) (in courtyard,second left after you pass McDonalds),checkin: 12.00; checkout: 12.00. A niceclean hostel, with an intimateatmosphere, located only 10 minutes walkfrom the Red Square. The owner Dennis isreally helpful. Free internet. *NOTE:Comrade Hostel is not registered to issueRussian Tourist visas. They may issue youan invitation, but it will not be accepted atthe Russian Consulate. 700 RUB per nightin a dorm.Moscow Home-hostel, 2-y Neopalimovskyper., 1/12 (m. Park kultury), checkin: 1PM;checkout: 12 PM. Located in thepicturesque quiet park zone within 5minutes walk from metro station and 20minutes walk to the Kremlink Prices startat 550 rubles per night in a dorm or at2000 rubles per night in a room for two.Host Families Association (HOFA) (From 22eur. per night), 5 Tavricheskaya str.
  52. 52. Sleep SplurgeBaltschug Kempinski, ul. Balchug, 1. checkin:15:00; checkout: 12:00. Hotel is locatedfacing the Red Square and St.BasilsCathedral. It features spacious rooms, goodservice and a buffet-breakfast.Golden Apple Hotel, 11 Malaya Dmitrovka,92 individually decorated rooms and suites.Cable&satellite TV channels, and WiFi. Saunaand jacuzzi, laundry, dry-cleaning and valetservices, and 24 hours room service. from atRUB 5,500.00.Golden Ring, Smolenskaya ulitsa, 5, Moscow119121 (short walk to Arbat Street and theForeign Ministry building), Disapointingservice for a 5 star hotel, although theamenities and breakfast served daily arecommendable. Views from the rooms arefantastic, and the hotel is located near all themain tourist sites. As the large majority oftheir clientele are business travelers, theyhave free Wi-Fi access.
  53. 53. Le Royal Meridien National, 15/1, bld. 1ul. Mokhovaya. Traditional Art Nouveau-style hotel located in city center ideallylocated next to the Red Square. Rooms arespacious, clean and comfortable, withplasma TVs, minibars and more. Internetuse is extremely pricey though at 16rubles a minute.Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka,Pokrovka st 40, bld 2, Moscow, checkin:15:00; checkout: 12:00. In downtown,designed in Art-Deco. Spa by Algotherm.Restaurant "Numbers".The Ritz-Carlton, Tverskaya ulitsa 3/5,Moscow. For one of the top hotels in oneof the worlds most expensive cities, beprepared to pay at the Ritz Carlton.Although only completeed in 2007, the19th century styling looks authentic withan old world style, look and feel. The staffare fluent in English and are helpful andprofessional. The astonishingly high ratesfor this hotel though, do not feel justified.
  54. 54. Swissotel Krasnye Holmy,Kosmodamianskaya nab., 52 bld.6(Paveletskaya, Taganskaya), checkin:15:00; checkout: 12:00. Top notchhotel. A stunning bar on the 34thfloor has a complete 360 view ofMoscow and the cocktail and winelist is extremely impressive.Radisson Blu Belorusskaya, No. 26,3rd Street of Yamskogo Polya,125040,Moscow,Russia, Standing out amongMoscow hotels, this accommodationprovides a central capital city locationnear the Kremlin and the mainthoroughfares to SheremetyevoInternational Airport.
  55. 55. ContactIn Moscow there are three main GSMoperators (MTS, Beeline, Megafon), andthey often have offers that give you a SIMcard for free or at least very cheap. If youare planning to stay a while and to keep intouch with Russian people, then youshould consider buying a local pay-as-you-go SIM card instead of going on roaming.Almost any European phone, and thosefrom the US which work on a GSMnetwork (T-Mobile, or AT&T), carry the"tri-band" or "World phone" designationand had been unlocked, should work onthe Russian standard (if yours is not one ofthose, a basic new candybar will still runyou considerably less than $50 without acontract). If you buy a SIM card from ashop youll need your passport foridentification.
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