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Moscow is one of the most iconic cities in Europe and the capital of Russia. After hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russia was again outdoored to the world as a business and tourist haven welcoming people from all over the world. Moscow has Europe’s largest fortress (Kremlin) in addition to skyscrapers, cathedrals and several heritage sites complete with luxurious living options for residents and tourists.
Moscow has too much to offer and you’ll need more than a day to savor its preserved and futuristic heritage. As a business traveler you are likely to visit Europe’s tallest office building, with its business district offering the best panoramic views of the city. Most of the tourist attractions are within a walking distance of each other so be ready to stroll around to have a proper feel of the city. Your trip is not complete without taking a walk in and around Red Square.
How to Get to Moscow, Russia
For travel by air, Moscow has three international airports (Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo, Vnukovo) with proper public transportation connections to the City Centre. You can also come in by train from parts of Europe and Asia connected to the Russian rail network. Other options are by boat, bus or private cars providing you have the right documentation.
Getting around the tourist and business districts of Moscow is very convenient whether you have your own private transport arrangement or using public transportation due to modern infrastructure and an efficient public transportation system. Russia uses the ruble as its official currency and language is Russian, so it is good to know basic phrases before you go. People are generally helpful especially to tourists. The Moscow Metro, which in itself is a tourist attraction connects to almost all business and tourist centers in the city.
Where to Eat in Moscow, Russia
Kopuma Restaurant // For Traditional food, head near Red Square is highly recommended for Ukrainian/Russian food. It has flora exterior, traditional interior and menu pages in 36 languages!
Café Pushkin // Serving Russian cuisine is an extremely popular upscale restaurant and cafe with elegant interior décor. You cannot miss out this beautiful dining spot in Moscow.
Coffee Bean // For great coffee, try Coffee Bean which has several branches around Moscow.
Fast Food // KFC, McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, Teremok Russian fast food and Kroshka Kartoshka all have several food outlets in Moscow.
O2 Lounge // Located in the Ritz Carlton, for a beautiful Moscow night try the O2 Lounge. This celebrity bar has a view of Red Square.
What to Do in Moscow, Russia
Red Square, Kremlin, Gum // Red Square is definitely a must, and usually the first stop for many travelers to Moscow. At night, the whole area is lit up beautifully with many things to see and do. On your stroll, you would see the iconic and stunning St. Basil’s Cathedral and the very famous Kremlin and Lenin’s Mausoleum, though these are closed at night. The GUM shopping mall brightens Red Square with its decorative lighting and picturesque settings.
Cruise on Moskva river // A night cruise on the Moskva river should be part of your after five itinerary on your next business travel to Moscow. Relax aboard the two-deck boat while cruising with good food and music to the beautiful sights of Moscow at night. The whole experience usually takes an average of two hours, and if you choose to go around sunset, you’ll have the rare opportunity to see the city change lights and the sky change colours!
Arbat Street // Arbat is one of the oldest streets in Moscow and a very popular tourist area dotted with souvenir shops, museums, bars, restaurant, street musicians and many more. It is a place filled with history and cannot be missed.
Gorky Park // If you want to enjoy a picnic, go jogging or just watch residents and their families relax then you should stop over at the Gorky park on the embankment of the Moskva river. The river cruise starts there so you can relax in the park before getting onboard. The leisure and cultural park also hosts an open air theatre and several other events, and there are dance classes at night. If you take a walk to the end of the park, you will be greeted with the sight of Sparrow Hills, one of the highest points in Moscow. Admission to the park is free and is open 24 hours on all days.
Bolshoi Theatre // Even if you are not a theatre and performing arts enthusiast, you should book a seat at the Bolshoi Theatre to experience classic Russian opera, music and dance. Most shows are held in the evenings and there is a beautiful atmosphere to have dinner afterwards. The neoclassical architecture of the theatre is one to admire and one of the most visited attractions in Moscow.
Moscow has typically very welcoming people, especially to tourists. It is very common to see couples publicly displaying affection, so don’t be too surprised. Shopping is a must whether at the upscale shopping malls or popular flea markets. Temperatures are generally low so have that in mind and take the right clothes, and also check weather forecasts before you go. You don’t have any reason not to take many pictures because you will be spoilt for choice at the many picturesque spots in Moscow!
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