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Moscow
Travel Guide

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Visit the capital of Russia, a large modern city that combines dazzling architecture with cultural riches and a fascinating history.

From the fortified Kremlin and gold church domes, to modern skyscrapers, museums and galleries, Moscow’s landmarks reveal much about its history and future. Wars and revolutions have transformed the Russian capital many times in the past. Today it is a prosperous and cosmopolitan city. Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, hundreds of thousands of tourists come to Moscow every year for its art, history and culture.

Make Red Square your first stop. The enormous historic plaza is bordered by some of the city’s most famous buildings. Gaze in awe at St. Basil’s Cathedral with its intriguing multicolored domes. The church was built for Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century to commemorate a military victory. At the opposite end of the square is the State Historical Museum, full of artifacts that tell the story of Russia from prehistoric times to the present. Venture into the Lenin Mausoleum to see the preserved body of the former head of government of the Soviet Union.

Take a tour of the Kremlin, the vast 69-acre (29-hectare) fortified complex that occupies the spot where Moscow was founded. The compound encompasses churches, cathedrals, palaces and the official residence of the president of Russia. Appreciate the religious icons and frescoes inside the Cathedral of the Assumption. See tombs of Russian rulers in the Cathedral of the Archangel.

Anywhere in Moscow, you’re never far from a park or garden. One of the most famous is the 300-acre (120-hectare) Gorky Park, along the banks of the Moscow River. Walk, cycle or rollerblade along its paths, go boating on the lake or play tennis and other sports. During winter, ice skate on the huge rink.

You’ll find many evening activities in the city. Watch opera or ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre, dine in a café or restaurant on Arbat Street and dance in clubs featuring international DJs.

Fly into Sheremetyevo International Airport and get around by bus, tram, taxi, the metro system or rental car. Let Moscow thrill you with its fascinating buildings and history.

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Where to stay in Moscow

Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
12 Krasnopresnensksya emb, Moscow
The price is ¥7,464 per night from Apr 30 to May 1
Located in Presnensky, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Cathedral of Christ the Savior, State Historical Museum, and Lenin's Mausoleum. Bolshoi Theatre ...
4.3/5Excellent! (607 reviews)
"Professional service and an overall very pleasant hotel."

Reviewed on Apr 4, 2021

Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre, an IHG Hotel
Radisson Blu Hotel, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport
Radisson Blu Hotel, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport
5 out of 5
Mezhdunarodnoye Shosse 1a, International Sheremetyevo Airport, Khimki
The price is ¥7,843 per night from May 17 to May 18
Located in Northern Administrative Okrug, this luxury hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Ezhi Monument, Mega Khimki Mall, and Glider Olympic Training and Sports ...
4.4/5Excellent! (754 reviews)
"nice steam room and sauna, restaurant is ok, room pretty small but nice and clean"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2021

Radisson Blu Hotel, Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport
Pentahotel Moscow, Arbat
Pentahotel Moscow, Arbat
4 out of 5
Ulitsa Novy Arbat, 15, Moscow, Moscow
The price is ¥5,833 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19
This family-friendly Moscow hotel is located in a shopping district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lotte Plaza, Moscow Kremlin, and Arbat Street. Bolshoi Theatre and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (418 reviews)
"Highly recommended. Fantastic location and best stuff ever"

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2020

Pentahotel Moscow, Arbat
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Aparthotel Adagio Moscow Paveletskaya
Aparthotel Adagio Moscow Paveletskaya
4 out of 5
Bakhrushina Street 11, Moscow
The price is ¥4,881 per night from Apr 24 to Apr 25
Located in Moscow City Centre, this spa aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Marfo-Mariinsky Convent, Moscow Kremlin, and St. Basil's Cathedral. Red Square and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (112 reviews)
Lives up to the good reviews
"Chose hotel based on reviews and it lived up to its standard. 10 mn walk to metro, and mini market 250 metres up the street. The self service laundry was handy as was the ibis restaurant in the same complex. The only criticism was a bad smell from the shower when i first arrived, but it disappeared ..."

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2020

Aparthotel Adagio Moscow Paveletskaya
Aparthotel Adagio Moscow Kievskaya
Aparthotel Adagio Moscow Kievskaya
4 out of 5
Kievskaya Ulitsa 2, Dorogomilovo, Moscow
The price is ¥5,000 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Located in Dorogomilovo, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Arbat Street. Moscow Kremlin and Kremlin Armoury ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (125 reviews)
"This was my second time staying at this hotel and I love it! Very clean, service is 10 out 10 stars. Stuff are always helpful. Highly recommended!"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

Aparthotel Adagio Moscow Kievskaya
Apart Hotel Volga
Apart Hotel Volga
3 out of 5
Bolshaya Spasskaya street, 4/1, Moscow
The price is ¥4,167 per night from May 14 to May 15
Located in Krasnoselsky, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bolshoi Theatre, State Historical Museum, and Lenin's Mausoleum. Red Square and St. Basil's ...
4.1/5Very Good! (127 reviews)
"Good location, very nice 3 bedroom apartment and friendly staff. You would enjoy variety of meals for breakfast. I’ll recommend if you are not too picky. I’ll definitely stay next time in this apartment if I travel again in company at least of 3 of us."

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2019

Apart Hotel Volga
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Moscow

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5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 13, 2020

I got to see St Basil so I was really happy about it and eat stroganoff all day! So I was a happy camper

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 29, 2020

Add Moscow to your bucket list...

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 22, 2020

Best Capitol in the world, the cleanest and very rich. Also much cheaper than other european cities. Last time I was in Moscow 20 years ago it was not an impressive place. Now it is amazing. Visit in summer - you will not regret it.

5/5 - Excellent

Jen

Jan 16, 2020

Moscow during Christmas WAS MAGICAL!! IT WAS AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE!!! DONT JUST THINK ABOUT VISITING MOSCOW- JUST GO AND SEE FOR YOURSELF HOW INCREDIBLE RUSSIA BECAME!!! BRAVO RUSSIA MOSCOW!!

5/5 - Excellent

Deb

Jan 16, 2020

Moscow is a beautiful and historic city. Red Square with fresh snow and holidays lights was straight out of a fairy tale.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jan 16, 2020

I took a tour of the Kubinka Tank Museum about one hour drive from Moscow, it was amazing and worth seeing for any history buff.

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