The most populous city of Russia is its capital, Moscow, which is home to some of the most colorfully unique architecture, green landscapes and rich history. Moscow is also one of the coldest cities on earth which is why most tourists visit the city is during the summer months of June to August. During your trip to Moscow, you will be transported to a world of wonder where everything you see seems to belong to a storybook that you wish would never end.
Start your tour of the city at the literal and geographical heart of the city- The Kremlin. This UNESCO World Heritage site is situated on the north bank of the Moskva River with Saint Basil’s Cathedral and the Red Square to its East and the Alexander Garden to its West. The entry ticket to the Kremlin includes access to the Cathedrals and the Patriarch’s Palace and is a heavily guarded area. There are many restricted areas so do pick up a map to get your bearings to avoid wasting time being shunned away by the guards. The Armoury (a museum that holds a unique collection of jewels, art and other memorabilia) has a separate entry ticket and should not be missed especially if you are a history buff (make sure to book your ticket in advance as they sell out pretty quickly)
Just outside the Kremlin is the beautifully cobblestoned area called The Red Square. This square has seen countless demonstrations, speeches and even executions and was the backdrop of Russia’s social and political history.
At the southern end of the Red Square sits a postcard of Russia in the form of the magnificent St Basil’s Cathedral. Resembling something out of an Aladdin movie with its textured domes and bright colors, this cathedral consists of nine chapels(one core chapel surrounded by eight smaller ones)each with its own uniquely colored onion-shaped dome. The cathedral is a sight to behold and looks especially stunning in the night as its illuminated bright exterior stands out in contrast to the dark night sky.
A Little Bit of Art
Russia has been a great provider of incredible musicians and dancers alike and both these incredible arts come together in the form of the Bolshoi Theatre that hosts both ballet and opera shows all year round. This recently renovated auditorium has six tiers and a regal ambience that takes you back in time. It is a must visit regardless of whether you’re a fan of the arts or not.
An Absolute Sight to Behold
As you travel around the city, you are bound to use the Moscow Metro. It is the cheapest, quickest and most reliable way to see the city and the stations themselves are works of art. Some stations like Kiyevskaya, Mayakovskaya and Prospekt Mira are worth a trip just to see the incredible frescos, columns and chandeliers that will take your breath away.
Relax, Sit Back and Enjoy the View
Another great way to see the city and a fantastic way to end your trip is the Moscow River cruise. The night cruise comes highly recommended and is a relaxing and serene way to take in the city. You can opt for a private dinner on the deck with a personal tour guide or book independently and carry a book guide along to save you some money. Whichever way you choose, it is a lovely experience that will fill your camera with some stunning pictures.
Your trip to Moscow is sure to be one like no other with experiences unique to this wonderful city that will fill the pages of your very own fairytale and if this article has convinced you to add Moscow to your list like I hope it did, I can’t wait to hear all about your adventure! Happy Travelling!!!