Moscow

50 Reasons We Love Moscow

03 Oct 2017

1. Kremlin and the Red Square - there’s no going around it, this is the heart of Moscow and the entire country. Even Moscow natives look at it in awe each time they pass through here because something so grand and beautiful simply does not exist anywhere else in the world.
2. Beautiful Orthodox churches - architecturally, Russian Orthodox churches look like something straight out of a fairytale with their onion domes and sometimes bright colors. There are far too many of them in Moscow to list here so here are a few of the must-see Orthodox places of worship: St. Basil’s Cathedral, Christ the Savior Cathedral, the Kremlin’s Cathedral Square, Novodevichy Convent, the Church of the Intercession (Fili), Church of Saint Nicholas (Khamovniki), Church of St. John the Warrior and Donskoy Monastery.
3. Shopping in style - the opportunities for a hardcore spree are endless. The two most famous shopping centers are GUM and TSUM. Even if your wallet isn’t up to the task, you must go there to simply admire their stupendous swankiness and architectural grandeur. More affordable options can be found in the city’s many bustling flea markets or shopping centers like Evropeisky, OkhotnyRyad, Afimall or Mega.
4. The history - when walking around the city center (and beyond) you’d be hard-pressed to find a street corner that hasn’t witnessed some kind of significant historic event. History buffs can’t leave without a visit to the Red Square and Lenin’s tomb, Victory Park, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Lubyanka Square, VDNKh, Kolomenskoye and Tsaritsyno estates, the State Historical Museum, the Russian State Library, the Cold War Bunker, KitaiGorod and KrutitskoyePodvorye.
5. Moscow's metro - often dubbed the city’s biggest and cheapest museum, the Moscow Metro, with its luxury granite marble and granite, is more than just a means of transport. It is spread across 206 stations and is a tribute to Soviet engineering and new Russian efficiency. Some of the most beautifully and architecturally impressive stations are Kievskaya, Ploschad’ Revolyutsii, Komsomolskaya, Arbatskaya, Novokuznetskaya, Belorusskaya and Elektrozavodskaya.
6. Theater scene - theater-goers have lots of opportunities to spend a wonderful evening here. The recently renovated Bolshoi Theater offers world-famous opera and ballet performances, while the Malyi Theater, Lenkom, Satirikon, Moscow Art Theater have wonderful drama plays. Of course we’re only scratching the surface here because Moscow has more than 150 theater organizations!
7. Wide avenues - claustrophobia is certainly not a feeling people feel when walking down one of Moscow’s famous 10-12 lane avenues. Tverskaya Street, LeninskyProspekt and Kutuzovsky are probably the most scenic of all of Moscow’s other main arteries.
8. Enormous cultural heritage at the traditional museums - Moscow has a great amount of exceptional museums and galleries that are home to Russia’s (and the world’s!) arts and cultural heritage. The most prominent of these are the State Tretyakov Gallery, the New State Tretyakov Gallery, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, the State Historical Museum, the Armory and the Kuskovo Estate.
9. Interactive immersion at the contemporary multimedia museums - some of Moscow’s coolest modern art and historical museums include Garage Center for Contemporary Art, the Multimedia Art Museum, the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Historical Park Russia My Russia and Mars Center.
10. Lushness - over 40% of Moscow is covered in lush foliage, making it one of the greenest cities in the world and impossible to resist. There are many beautiful parks within the city center (Hermitage Gardens, Alexandrovsky Garden and the beautiful tree-lined boulevards of the Boulevard Ring) and even more visit-worthy spacious parks within the city limits (Kolomenskoye, Tsaritsyno, Kuzminki, Izmaylovo, Sokolniki, Ostankino)
11. VDNKh - often referred to as the “Soviet Disneyland”, VDNKh was the most grandiose exhibition park in the Soviet Union and a showcase of the country's economic achievements. It still wows visitors today with its eclectic mix of monumental Stalinist architecture and full range of historical styles from Gothic to Art Nouveau. In wintertime, VDNKh is home to the world’s largest ice skating rink!
12. Gorky Park - probably Muscovites’ favorite playground, Gorky Park is much more than just a park. There are endless recreational opportunities (in summer cycling, jogging, skateboarding, roller-skating, football, paddleboats, beach volleyball, yoga, fitness and much more; in winter snowboarding and ice-skating) as well contemporary art, open-air cinema, dining options for all tastes and budgets, concerts, cultural festivals and so much more. It’s never a boring day here.
13. Patriarch's Ponds - the setting for Bulgakov’s masterpiece “The Master and Margarita”, in the last few years this area has become uber trendy and is home to some of the coolest restaurants and bars Moscow has to offer. In summertime people spill out from the bars into the streets and swans cruise the pond, in winters the pond becomes a natural skating rink.

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