Moscow can be both fascinating and daunting. From the Grand Duchy of Muscovy in medieval Rus' and the capital the Tsardom of Russia in the 16th and 17th centuries, it was later reduced to a provincial town of merchants where Tolstoy's characters would spend summers in their country mansions. And then another spin of history made it the world's capital of communism. 

Today, with a population of over 12 million, Moscow is the biggest city in Europe. Great vibes, extremely rich cultural life, new restaurants and bars opening almost every day, superb parks - it is really hard to get bored in this city. But it all comes at the price of constant traffic jams and overcrowded underground.

Unlike St Petersburg with its magnificent palaces and romantic canals, Moscow lacks that conventional beauty. On the contrary, you may often find yourself surrounded by massive late-Soviet jumbo structures and gaudy towers and skyscrapers of the new Russian architecture. You need to go deep into the alleys and back streets to discover miraculously survived wooden houses, former merchant mansions and Constructivist masterpieces. 

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Garage Museum

Impressionism Museum

Multimedia Art Museum

New Tretyakov Gallery

Museum of Cosmonautics

Moscow Lights Museum

Tolstoy Estate

Museum of Architecture

Jewish Museum

Eat & Drink



Grand Café Dr. Zhivago

Cherny Cooperative

Chainaya Vysota


Cheburechnaya Druzhba


Moss Hotel

Sputnik Hostel

Brick Design Hotel



Dymov Ceramics

Danilovsky Market

Avoska Shop



Pioner Cinema

Zaryadye Park

The Apothecaries' Garden

Get There
By Air:
There're four international airports in Moscow: Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo, Vnukovo and Zhukovsky with a wide range of airlines and destinations. Sheremetyevo is a home-base for Aeroflot, the largest Russian carrier, while Domodedovo serves flights of such carriers as British Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Iberia among others. Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo can be easily reached by Aeroexpress trains (500₽) from the centre of Moscow or by taxi (1000-1500₽).
By Train:
Moscow has nine railway termini stations located in the city centre: Kazansky, Leningradsky, Yaroslavsky, Kursky, KIevsky, Belorussky, Paveletsky, Rizhsky, Savyolovsky, all served by the state rail monopoly Russian Railways (a.k.a. RZD). International destinations include Poland, Germany, France, Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Italy, Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan, Belarus, and Azerbaijan.
Get Around

Moscow has one of the largest urban transport networks in Europe, with integrated bus, trolleybus, tram, metro, and overground networks. Moscow metro  is not only an underground museum of the 20th-century Soviet architecture, but also the quickest and most efficient way to get around the city. 

Around Moscow

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