A Moscow city break means a weekend of extremes, with Orthodox domes jostling Stalinist skyscrapers, and chaotic markets cheek by jowl with designer malls. Book a Moscow hotel and unravel its Cold War secrets or lose yourself in its high-octane nightlife and multicultural cuisine.
<h3>City of culture</h3>
The Bolshoi Theatre is under scaffolding until 2013, but its soloists continue to enchant on its next-door New Stage. Theatre fans head to the Art Nouveau MKhAT theatre in central Kuznetsky Most, home of many Chekhov premieres, or catch future classical stars at the Conservatoire. Art buffs will love the Old Masters and Impressionists of the Pushkin Museum, housed in four pre-revolutionary mansions on Volkhonka Ulitsa, or the ultra-modern art at Garage, a former bus garage. <br /><br />
<h3>Moscow on the cheap</h3>
See one of the world’s most expensive cities without an oligarch’s budget. The bustling Moscow metro is a work of Soviet art, with bronzes at Ploshad Revolutsii and grand propagandist mosaics at Komsomolskaya. Take in Lenin’s avant-garde Mausoleum before heading past the Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral to Soviet shopping paradise Generalny Universalny Magazin, or GUM. Snatch a taste of Russian high life for the price of a cup of tea in the Art Nouveau splendour of the Metropol Hotel.