A mix of urban modernity and cultural heritage, Moscow is one of the largest cities on the European continent as well as the capital of the Russian Federation. With its strategic location on the Moskva River, the city may be best known amongst travellers for its historic buildings which offering many sightseeing opportunities. However, with such a sprawling population, the city is packed with shopping, dining and nightlife.
Often thought of as the central square in Moscow, the Red Square is iconic of this Russian city. The square separates the Kremlin from the official residence of the President of Russia. Although one may think that the name has connections to communism, the original name of the square came from the word ‘krasnyi’ which meant ‘beautiful’, the meaning changed to ‘red’ in contemporary times.
Designed by architect Joseph Bové, the Bolshoi Theatre is known for holding world class operas and ballets. English tours can be taken from 12:15 hrs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. However to fully experience what this building has to offer, book a seat for one of the grand performances at (website).
Whatever you may need, you’re sure to find it at GUM. This neoclassical shopping arcade, with its iconic glass ceiling is a sight to behold and explore. Stroll amongst window displays of luxury items, brand names and local treasures, even if you aren’t shopping, there are plenty of interesting people watching opportunities.
With a blend of French and typical Russian cuisine, Café Pushkin is the perfect choice for those that want to fill up on both food and history. This former nobleman’s house reopened as a restaurant in 1999 and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.