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A giant of a city, Moscow is the iconic Russia many people recognise, with the flamboyant colour of St. Basil’s Cathedral and soviet architecture of imposing avenues. It is a centre for the arts, home to some of the best theatres, ballets and composers in the world. It is a millionaires’ playground, with supremely lavish bars, nightclubs and designer shopping. It has echoes of Soviet ideals and culture everywhere – in short, it is a city which demands respect and admiration.

Things to see

Red Square, with its world-famous architecture and millennia of turbulent history, holds endless fascination for visitors and is at the very heart of Russian political, cultural and religious life. St. Basil’s Cathedral is a sheer joy to behold, with its many brightly-coloured onion domes atop patterned pillars, looking more like a fanciful castle from a Russian fairytale than an orthodox cathedral. The interior provokes yet more amazement, with spiral staircases and vividly frescoed ceilings. On the other side of Red Square, the Kremlin Wall dominates; a fortress-like structure of colossal proportions. Safe behind it are the unbelievably opulent Kremlin buildings, from the imperial grandeur of the State Kremlin Palace to the gold domes of the cathedrals. A short distance from the Kremlin is the Bolshoi Theatre, one of the most important in the world. With an impressive repertoire of Russian ballet and opera, it provides an unforgettable night in Moscow.

Hotels in Moscow

Moscow has a huge selection of hotels, whether you’re looking for 5-star luxury, a budget hostel, or something in between. Its superb luxury hotels offer sumptuously decorated suites which will make you feel like a Russian Tsar, with king-sized beds and ornate furniture. Minibars and flat-screen TVs are also provided, while full-service spas and haute cuisine restaurants add to the luxury experience. In Moscow’s budget hotels and hostels, you’ll find simple but trendy rooms, either private or shared. WiFi is usually free. Mid-range hotels offer spacious, contemporary rooms with additional amenities, such as complimentary breakfast, indoor pools and business centres.

Where to stay

If you want to be right at the heart of Moscow and its many attractions, then stay close to Red Square. There is a good selection of top-end luxury hotels, with some fabulous views of the square and its landmarks. If you’re on a tight budget, don’t despair; there are numerous hostels and budget hotels here too. The district of Arbat, to the west of Red Square, is rich in history. There is a mix of mid-range and budget hotels to choose from. For a chic hotel on the riverside, stay in Pavaletskaya, where there’s also excellent shopping and dining.

How to get to Moscow

Most international visitors will arrive into one of Moscow’s 2 main airports: Sheremetyevo or Domodedovo. Transport options are numerous from both, but one of the quickest ways to reach the centre is by Aeroexpress train. From either airport, the journey takes about 30 minutes and is an efficient, inexpensive option. You can also reach Moscow by train from many European cities. Once in Moscow, the extensive Metro system is the best way to get around. There are also comprehensive bus and trolleybus networks.

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