To the west of the immense Russian Federation, bathed by the Moskva River, Moscow is the capital and seat of the Kremlin, the residence of the President, which houses the tsar's treasures in its Armoury Palace. The Kremlin occupies Red Square, where various historical symbols are concentrated: Lenin's mausoleum, the State Historical Museum with its rich collection and the Cathedral of Saint Basil the Blessed with its colourful bulbous bell towers. From Red Square take Tverskaya Street, the most chic street in the city with designer shops, cafés and luxurious restaurants. Greet the statue of Pushkin through Pushinkaya Square. In this district, you have other must-see places such as the Bolshoi Theatre and the Place des Cathédrales, which bears its name well for its bulbous forest and the presence of sumptuous cathedrals, that of the Archangel Saint Michael, that of the Annunciation where only tsars could enter and the oldest is that of the Dormition where they were crowned. Enjoy Gorky Park, the city's most popular park with its rides, walks, cafés and romantic pond. Enjoy the sunshine of summer or the magic of winter, Moscow is a modern, university and cultural city where something is always happening. Night owls will be able to visit bars and discos and enjoy the crazy nights of the capital on the famous Arbat Street, illuminated and lively until the early morning.

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When to go to Moscow (Москва)?

Most tourists visit Moscow between June and September, it is the time of the Volga river cruises and the high tourist season when foreign and Russian tourists come together. But the other seasons are also pleasant, especially the heart of winter when Moscow shines under the snow and the lights. Russians are eagerly awaiting the New Year's Day celebrations. The first week of January is a public holiday. It is a time of celebration and cultural programming. And if during the Soviet period Christmas, a holiday considered religious, was overshadowed, now the influence of traditional Eastern European festivities has been felt and Christmas markets begin in mid-December and end in late January. You will find many handicrafts there. In winter, it is also the opportunity to enjoy the largest skating rink in Europe. It is not the prices that will influence your stay dates. Prices do not vary much from one season to another. However, there are price increases for hotels during Russian public holidays. That is, mainly in early May and during the first week of January.

How to go to Moscow (Москва)? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

The right formula to visit Moscow. The ideal is an organized stay of one week, which is most often in the catalogue of tour operators. The formula is advantageous because hotel prices are negotiated and visits with wire cutters are effective. Important to see a maximum of things in a minimum of time. And you have no visa problems before you leave (the tour operator will take care of it for you), nor any problems related to your lack of knowledge of Russian on the spot.

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You will not have any particular difficulty in organizing your stay in Moscow on your own. Low cost flights serve Moscow all year round. You will have to take care of your visa beforehand. It is possible, but not necessary, to book your hotel before leaving. On site, the metro will make your life easier.

The metro is the most practical, fast and aesthetic means of transport in Moscow. Avoid rush hour. Taxis are also available. In Moscow, all you have to do is raise your arm at the curb and an official taxi or private individual will stop. However, the private individual recognizes you as the tourist and the bill climbs accordingly. You can also take advantage of the urban bicycle rental network (300 stations and 2,700). In addition, the pedestrian network is growing more and more.

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When to travel?

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In Moscow, it is the continental climate that dominates. Given its latitude, the average annual temperature is low (6...
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Budget

The monetary unit is the ruble (RUB), subdivided into 100 kopeks. You can change or withdraw euros without any proble...
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Formalities

You need a visa to travel to Russia. The visa implies a formal invitation, which will be sent to you by fax from your...
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Health

No vaccination is required to enter the country. Tap water is not drinkable because it is too chlorinated or not trea...
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How to travel by yourself?

You will not have any particular difficulty in organizing your stay in Moscow on your own. Low cost flights serve Mos...
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How to get organized?

The right formula to visit Moscow. The ideal is an organized stay of one week, which is most often in the catalogue o...
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Getting around

The metro is the most practical, fast and aesthetic means of transport in Moscow. Avoid rush hour. Taxis are also ava...
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