Russia’s capital is the epitome of how Russia doesn’t do things by halves. Steeped in provocative history, Moscow highlights the best of the past with the present, forming a modern city brimming with contrasts. Skyscrapers rise majestically behind iconic 'onion' domes, streets feature splendid architecture interspersed with the lush open spaces of inner-city parks, and ballet and circus acts vie for your attention against a thriving nightlife. You must also sample the nation's hearty cuisine: dumplings and blinis are a firm favourite from the street kiosks, while the Moscow Vodka Museum pays homage to the country's favourite tipple.
Delve into Moscow’s heart with a visit to the Kremlin (literally meaning "fortress within a city") and the Red Square, where the 16th-century St Basil's Cathedral is a legendary spectacle: its fairytale colourful swirled turrets are a magnificent sight, and it has become a landmark of the city.
Ride the city metro like a 'Muscovite' whilst glimpsing the elaborate decor of its stations - designed as a showcase of Soviet power, with chandeliers, marble arches, stained-glass windows and works of art, even if you don’t take a trip on the trains themselves, their stations are still worth seeing in their own right.
Bursting with famous classical composers, concert halls and opera theatres, Moscow embodies the country's unrivalled reputation for world-class performing arts. The Bolshoi Theatre and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall are top choices to witness some of the country's best-loved art forms.
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