General City Information
The Temple of Christ the Saviour
Moscow is the capital of the Russian Federation. With nearly 11 million inhabitants it is the largest city of Europe. Although Moscow is constantly under reconstruction, its unmistakable traditional character is there: the hills, the meanders of river Moskva, walls of the Kremlin, beautiful Metro and wide boulevards alternating with narrow inner city lanes.
The history of Moscow has many chapters: more than 250 years of Mongolian aggression, wars against Poland and Lithuania, as well as Napoleon’s army, the Second World War in which the Germans didn’t succeed in conquering the city, the Soviet regime... Today it is the financial center of the gas and oil industry, the epicenter of the modern show business and a mixture of all cultures of the huge Russian Federation. In 1935 first metro was opened. During this time under Stalin’s rule the complete reconstruction of the city was planned. Many architectural monuments were to be exchanged for the oversized symbols of Communist dictatorship. This process was only stopped by the Second World War.
St. Basil’s Cathedral
At the heart of Moscow are the Kremlin, the Red Square with Lenin’s mausoleum, the Twerskaya Road and Arbat. On these roads you can find luxurious hotels, bars, restaurants, and shops. On the bank of the Moskva river is famous Gorki Park, with its numerous recreational activities: a boat station, bars, restaurants, cafes, and (in the wintertime) ice skating rink.
Today Moscow is a huge metropolis with innumerable suburbs. During daytime it is often so overcrowded that the traffic stops for hours. Therefore you need to budget carefully for all your transfers in Moscow because you can be stuck in a traffic jam, even if your accommodation is near to the airport or station.
During daytime the Metro is usually the fastest option. It costs only 17 rubles so it is also cheap. You can go on foot, but it’s only so many places you can get to, because distances are vast. Budget at least one hour to get to the place and one hour for your journey back.
If you are visiting Moscow for the first time we strongly recommend finding a companion who knows Moscow very well. The city is rather confusing first instance. To add to this, Moscow has become one of the most expensive cities of the world. Modern skyscrapers, multicolored advertisements, expensive fashion shops, and restaurants do not need to be specially introduced. However, behind that modern facade, you will discover the old Moscow with many old buildings full of old history.
- Hotels in Moscow
Here you will find a list of hotels in Moscow with the reservation option. You may book any of the listed hotels via our agency and get a reduced price. If you book your hotel with us, your visa support (letter of invitation for a Russian visa) will be free of charge. If you are interested in booking a hotel in some other Russian cities, please, contact us. During the high season (time of any exhibitions etc) you might experience difficulties booking a hotel or theatre tickets on a short notice. We would strongly recommend to book well in advance.
- Sightseeing in Moscow
Moscow is often called The Business Capital of Russia, but there is some space for tourists too. Here you will find a list of excursions we recommend as well as the theatre repertoire and the information about museums and day trips. On request, extra excursions can be organised. If you are interested in this option, please, contact us
- Transfer in Moscow
Here you will find a list of our transportation services (including the rent-a-car option). We offer individual transfers by private car and group transfers by bus. Usually the transfer does not include a guide, but its possible to arrange this. The guide (who speaks one of the available languages) will accompany you to your accommodation and will generally show you around.