Your Moscow Adventure Starts Here
A trip to Russia’s cosmopolitan capital city makes the perfect city break. A city steeped in history, it offers the sumptuous mix of old world Russia with contemporary bars, restaurants, and clubs.
When To Visit
The weather changes dramatically, depending on when you visit, and so you can pack accordingly. During the summer months, it is pleasantly warm, and you can make the most of the blooming parks and gardens. During July and August, temperatures can sometimes rival those of the Mediterranean. There are fewer crowds during September and October when you can enjoy the stunning autumnal hues. Temperatures plummet from November to February, and you are almost guaranteed a white Christmas. Though it’s cold during the winter months, you can make the most of the stunning snowscapes.
You can’t visit Moscow without a trip to Red Square. Built in the 15th century, it is home to Lenin’s Tomb and separates the Kremlin from the historic merchant quarter. As many Moscow streets lead from the square, it is known as the city’s central square.
Overlooking the Moskva River, the Kremlin is the official residence of the president. The Kremlin attracts thousands of visitors each year and the busiest time is between May and September. It is, therefore, wise to book ahead and secure your tickets. Guided tours are available and will talk you through the highlights of this historic building.
While away a few hours browsing through the Old Arbat area, and take in the buskers, bars, and restaurants. Gorky Park is also not to be missed and boasts numerous cafes and restaurants. During the summer months you can enjoy an outdoor cinema, and in the winter you can go skating on the ice rink.
Moscow makes a great base to visit other areas of Russia and beyond. If you’re looking into Trans-Siberian railway holidays for 2017, Moscow is a great place to start and will lead you to many beautiful destinations, across three countries and two continents. You can experience some of the remotest parts of Russia, Mongolia, and China from your cabin window.
You can also enjoy day trips to areas such as Sergiev-Possad and Arkhangelskoe.
Moscow is home to numerous museums, galleries, and theatres. An evening at the Bolshoi Theatre makes for a romantic and entertaining evening. The Bolshoi ballet and opera companies perform here.
The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts boasts a broad selection of European art, including notable work from ancient civilisations. Collections include stunning Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings.
The State Tretyakov Gallery hosts a unique collection of Russian art which spans a period of a thousand years. What began as a private collection in the 19th century has grown into one of the world’s best collections of Russian icons and pre-revolutionary Russian art.
Whichever time of the year you visit, Moscow has lots to offer. From historical buildings steeped in tradition, to modern, hipster bars and restaurants, there’s something here for everyone. It also makes an ideal base from which to travel to other notable Russian cities and nearby countries.