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Moscow

Since its founding in 1147, Moscow (map) has been at the crossroads of history as the capital of empires and a frequent target for invaders.

Moscow is among the world’s largest cities, being the most populous city entirely in Europe, the largest urban area in Europe, the largest metropolitan area in Europe, and the largest city by land area on the European continent.

The city is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and is well known for its display of Russian architecture, particularly its historic *Red Square (map), and buildings such as the Saint Basil’s Cathedral (map) and the Moscow Kremlin (map).

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The Kremlin (wiki, map) – This gigantic site should not be missed. The Diamond collection in the Armoury is worth a visit on its own. There are several stunning churches that warrant a visit.

Kitay-Gorod (wiki, map) – is a cultural and historical area within the central part of Moscow in Russia, defined by the remnants of now almost entirely razed fortifications, narrow streets and very densely built cityscape. It is separated from the Moscow Kremlin by Red Square.

State Historical Museum (map) – Its exhibitions range from relics of prehistoric tribes that lived on the territory of present-day Russia, through priceless artworks acquired by members of the Romanov dynasty. One of the most notable art museums in Moscow is the Tretyakov Gallery (map).

Moscow has many attractions, but many of them are not friendly to a non-Russian-speaker. Drunk people are the most likely sources of problems. In the past years, lots of policemen were corrupt, and it was best to avoid them. While traveling in Moscow, as in the rest of Russia, you should always have your passport with you. If you look non-white, your papers may get checked more often than otherwise.

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All public transport in Moscow (transport.mos.ru)

While central Moscow is best explored on foot, it’s easiest to use the metro to cover larger distances. The metro is comprehensive, boasts some great architecture, and is relatively cheap. City buses, trolleybuses, trams and metro operated under “Moskovskii transport” franchise by different operators but common fare system.

A useful mobile app called Yandex Transport helps you locate a nearest bus, trolleybus or tram on the line.

 BUS >   Lux Express operates coach service between Moscow and various cities in Europe.

 RAIL >   rzd-online.ru – regular train tickets and timetables / + High speed trains. Moscow is a railway hub, with connections to all parts of Russia and far into Europe and Asia. Due to its hub status, Moscow’s train stations are often crowded; trains are the usual form of intercity transport for most Russians.  >> *Trans-Siberian Railway

Saint Petersburg can be reached in 4 hours via the high-speed Sapsan trains.

Train StationBelorussky (Белорусский вокзал, map) • Kazansky (Казанский вокзал, map) • Kiyevsky (Киевский вокзал, map) • Kursky (Курский вокзал, map) • Leningradsky (Ленинградский вокзал, map) • Paveletsky (Павелецкий вокзал, map) • Rizhsky (Рижский вокзал, map) • Savyolovsky (Савёловский вокзал, map) • Yaroslavsky (Ярославский вокзал, map)

 AIRPORTS >   Vnukovo International AirportMoscow Domodedovo AirportSheremetyevo International Airport. >> Aeroexpress is the only rail link to the airports.

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