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Moscow Introduction

One of the biggest and most famous cities in the world, Moscow is full of iconic sights like the Kremlin, Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral. Set on the Moskva river, the Russian capital is known for its mix of Soviet-era and imperial architecture, its art galleries and museums, and its exceptional ballet and classical music scene. More recently, it's also been forging a name for itself as a high-end shopping, drinking and dining destination.

Hotels in Moscow

Hotels in Moscow cover the full spectrum of vacation accommodation, ranging all the way from internationally renowned establishments down to budget hostels. The city has a reputation for luxury, and top-end hotels in Moscow are no exception, offering refinements like pools, full-service spas, world-class restaurants and sprawling suites with whirlpool tubs and city views. At the budget end of the scale, cheap Moscow hotels and hostels usually offer free Wi-Fi, and might add additional perks like communal kitchens or parking. Rooms tend to be quite compact, and some discount hotel rooms will have shared bathrooms.

Where to stay in Moscow

Travellers looking for proximity to big sights like the Kremlin, Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral might want to base themselves in the Begovoy area, just near Petrovsky Park and the ornate Petrovsky Palace. Buzzing Tverskaya, meanwhile, is known for its cultural attractions, its chic nightlife and its high-class shopping. It features a number of theatres, along with the Moscow Museum of Modern Art and the attractive Tverskoi Boulevard. A little further out, Paveletskaya is a more budget-friendly district, with plenty of discount hotels, plus good transport connections to the main attractions and Domodedovo Airport.

Things to see in Moscow

The Kremlin is among the most celebrated locations in Moscow, if not the world. A majestic fortified citadel at the centre of the city, it's the official residence of the Russian President and a symbol of the nation. It also contains the Kremlin Armoury. Across Red Square - the heart of the city and home to the History Museum and the free Lenin Mausoleum - St. Basil's Cathedral is almost as iconic. Now a museum, it's known for its extravagant architecture and vibrant colouring. Moscow also has many famous collections of art. The Tretyakov Gallery focuses on Russian art, while the Pushkin Museum displays Western art, especially Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. More up-to-date works can be found at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. And to get a feel for Moscow's rich tradition of classical performing arts, travellers might want to head to the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall or the legendary Bolshoi Theatre.

How to get to Moscow

Moscow has 3 main international airports: Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo. Russia's largest national carrier, Aeroflot, operates out of Sheremetyevo, while several of the budget airlines use Domodedovo. All 3 airports are 20-30 miles from the city centre, and access to the main city is via train, bus or taxi. Travel in Moscow itself is possible via train, bus/trolleybus, monorail, taxi and the underground metro system. The Moscow Metro is one of the largest and busiest underground systems on Earth, and it's famous for the beauty of its stations. Many feature chandeliers, murals and ornate mosaics.

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