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If you've never visited the capital of Russia, it's time to book your tickets. Moscow is best known for its colourful and historic architecture, as well as the exceptional hospitality of the Russian people. This article will guide you through the tourist spots that are essential to visit for one travelling to Moscow for the first time.

How to get there and where to stay? Travelling to and staying in Moscow can be quite expensive. The city itself is extravagant with most interiors covered in Gold and chandeliers. Anywhere you go you feel like a Czar or Czarina, the Eastern European monarchs.

I was fortunate enough to find a flight to Moscow within my budget flying with Aeroflot Russian Airlines. However, when it came to searching for accommodation, hotels were priced at around £700 per night. I remembered a friend of mine mentioning SpareFare as a good alternative to finding cheaper and more affordable hotel reservations, holiday packages, and flights.

I had a look and my experience with the company was amazing. I was able to find a hotel reservation at Hotel National, a Luxury Collection Hotel that I had purchased from someone who was unable to attend their reservation. The way SpareFare works is beneficial to both the buyer and the seller.

SpareFare acts as an intermediary whose platform connects hundreds of people who are unable to use their flights, hotel bookings, or holiday packages, with those who are seeking travel deals or last minute travel options. On the platform, I had gone through a 'bidding system' by which I bid on the hotel reservation that was convenient for me.

The seller then quickly accepted my offer! It was that easy. This way, the seller was able to recover the money they spent for their holiday, whilst I had the chance to buy and save as much as 40%-50% of what I could’ve paid for the current live process of the gorgeous hotel.

The hotel was based a ten minute walk away from the Red Square, the most popular tourist attraction in Moscow. The area was a commercial and cultural hub with trendy nightlife, upscale shops & fine dining. The area allowed me to move around easily with access to so many metro stops and walking distance tourist attractions.

things to do in moscow

1. Red Square

If you're not looking to walk too much one day, make sure to visit Moscow's Red Square. The Red Square is the heart of Moscow and the most visited attraction of the capital. Within the Red Square you can find other attractions such as St Basil's Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, the Kremlin, and the State Historical Museum.

2. St Basil's Cathedral

Here you can soak up the archetypal image of Russia's capital with the glistening rainbow domes of St Basil's cathedral. The domes were designed to make the building look like the shape of a flame on a bonfire. Fun fact: according to legend, the Tsar at the time thought the Cathedral was so beautiful, he ordered that the architect be blinded so that he would never surpass this creation.

3. Lenin's Mausoleum

If you don't mind waiting for about an hour in a queue followed by a full body search, you should check out this Mausoleum. Opened in 1924, the building conserves Vladimir Lenin's embalmed body in a glass sarcophagus.

4. The Kremlin

Overlooking the Moskva River, this fortress is said to be the biggest active fortress in Europe. The name itself means fortress inside a city. The Kremlin offers many sights, from cathedrals to bell towers. You have your pick!

5. State Historical Museum

This building used to be the Principal Medicine Store of Moscow. It now houses an extensive collection which includes the country's largest coin collection, 6th-century manuscripts, artwork and treasures collected by the Romanov dynasty, as well as relics of prehistoric tribes. This attraction will fascinate most people and their interests.

Which tours to take in Moscow

Considering you are visiting Moscow for the first time, I would recommend taking as many tours as possible. From personal experience, they have been very well organized, budget friendly, and VERY informative.

One of the more interesting and unique tours has been the Moscow Metro tour. Moscow is known for their beautiful metro stations with marble interiors, chandeliers, and gilded trimmings. It truly feels like a complete Art Deco experience. Much of the design and artworks within the stations depict the Soviet Union's greatest achievements and historical milestones, while also celebrating Russia's diverse literary, artistic, and architectural legacy.

During the metro tour you will travel through Moscow's underground routes like a local while learning about the history of the metro while admiring the unique designs.

At night, you can enjoy a lovely dinner on the Moskva River. Take a mini cruise down one of Russia's famous rivers and you'll get to see the Kremlin and Christ the Savior Cathedral glowing through the night's shadows. While on the cruise, you have the option to listen to an audio guide describing the historic sites as you pass by, enjoy a lovely homestyle Russian dinner, or socialize and take pictures with the Kremlin in the background.
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  • Wednesday, July 17, 2019
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  1. Oh that is so cool!!! I've never been to Moscow but my parents did a few years ago and they were raving about it and about how gorgeous this city is...Soonnnnnnn

  2. Moscow is surely a beautiful place to visit, i definitely will consider Moscow when planning my summer trip.

  3. It looks beautiful! I'd love to visit any of these places!

  4. Never visited Moscow, hope I can go some day. Very nice descriptions.

  5. Wow Moscow looks like an absolute dreamy location! I would love to have the opportunity to visit there myself one day... it's definitely on my travel bucket list!

  6. I'd like to visit Moscow. My second oldest went not too long ago and appreciated it.

  7. Moscow is really a great place to visit. I've heard that the architecture is amazing

  8. Moscow is definitely on my bucket list of places to go to. And seeing the Kremlin an Red Square would be at the top of my list for sure. I am going to have to check out the app you talked about. Sounds very useful.

  9. I have always wanted to visit Russia! Moscow is on my bucket places to see one day!

  10. Russia is a beautiful place with wonderful architecture. It’ so inspiring. I wish I could go there.

  11. Moscow is one of my favorite destination of all time.

    I have heard a lot about their architectural excellence.

    Thanks for the wonderful post.

  12. Moscow seems like a wonderful place to visit. Glad to learn about it here! Lavern Moore

  13. This looks like a beautiful place to visit!


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