Moscow has shrugged off its drab Soviet reputation and is now an exciting global city that relishes burning the candle at both ends. The Russian capital offers a break stuffed with history, striking architecture and plenty of stiff drinks. Discover an enticing metropolis that delights at every corner, whether you want to explore ancient cathedrals, witness a famed ballet performance, or shop ‘til you drop on a historic Moscow street.
Holidays in Russia, the world’s largest country, start with snow-topped church domes, vodka and Cold War intrigue but there’s much more. Take in the grandeur of St. Petersburg and Moscow, the old and new capitals, in a two-city break in Russia. Or range wider across 11 time zones and 4,700 miles for a melting pot of Orthodox beauty, fading Soviet grandeur and stark natural beauty.
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.
Moscow is renowned for its expensive and exclusive hotels. If you’re willing to spend over £200 a night, there are some superb options right in the heart of the city. If not, head further out into the suburbs and travel in on the Metro for the sights; there are plenty of budget hotels and hostels a couple of miles outside the historic center.
Moscow is a delight for all shopping fans; whether you want to hit the high street stores or browse for arty souvenirs, the city offers a huge range of options – from the glitzy department stores of Kuznetsky Most to the tiny boutiques of Kitai-Gorod. There are plenty of opportunities to pick up authentic Russian items, such as matrioshka dolls, fur hats, and Soviet posters.
The metropolis of Moscow ranks highly when it comes to cuisine choices. Contrary to rumor, there are budget options: local chain restaurants serving regional fast food - like Mu-Mu - and popular canteen-style restaurants such as Grabli. The city definitely doesn’t skimp on the classier establishments though – in fact it’s renowned for its exclusive restaurants and bars found in areas such as Tverskoy.
The Russian capital certainly ticks all the boxes when it comes to culture and entertainment – witnessing a ballet performance while here should definitely be on your radar. A wander around the city’s historic center will also reveal a treasure trove of cultural gems such as St Basil’s Cathedral, and if you venture underground the grandeur continues, with chandeliered Metro stations including the famed Kievskaya.
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