Flights to Moscow (DME)

To walk among Moscow’s most appealing attractions is to explore a city that’s firmly rooted in the past while also looking to the future.
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Moscow, Russia

What to do in Moscow

Skate (or stroll) at Gorky Park

Gorky Park is a space for all seasons. In summer, an on-site amusement park, complete with Ferris wheel, comes into its own. But the magic really happens in winter, when the ponds freeze over and the park becomes Europe’s biggest ice rink.

Krymskiy Val Ulitsa
+7 495 995 0020

Visit Red Square

Red Square is an absolute Moscow must-see. A visit to this icon can encompass not only the square itself but also other stunning icons. This includes the 16th-century St. Basil’s Cathedral, the State History Museum, the Kremlin, and Lenin’s Mausoleum (which is only open on certain days, so it’s best to check ahead). You’ll also have a chance to see the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Once you’ve seen the sights, take a stroll along the nearby Moscow River.

Red Square
+7 495 623 5527

Explore the Kremlin

You could easily spend a whole day exploring this imposing fortress on Borovitsky Hill, one of the most recognizable sights in all of Russia. It’s hard to pick a favorite attraction, but the armory comes close; don’t miss the incredible diamond collection, which includes the jewels of Catherine the Great.

Red Square
+7 495 695 3776

Relax at Sandunovsky Spa

There’s nothing more relaxing than steaming away your troubles at the banya, or Russian sauna—so long as you don’t embrace the local tradition that involves being beaten with birch twigs. Sandunovsky (also known as Sanduny) is Moscow’s most famous and luxurious banya. Take a local friend along if you’re not familiar with the etiquette.

Neglinnaya Ulitsa 14
Bldg 3-7
Kuznetsky Most
+7 495 625 4631

Tune in at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory

Anyone who appreciates classical music should add the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory to the itinerary. Not only is this educational institution architecturally stunning, as a concert venue it also attracts some of the best musicians in the world. Best of all, many of the performances are free – just check their website for details.

Bolshaya Nikitskaya ul, 13/6
+7 495 629 9401

Watch ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre

Tickets to a show at this iconic theatre can be hard to come by, but it’s worth it for the once-in-a-lifetime experience. Moscow’s oldest theatre is home to one of the most famous ballet companies in the world. Swan Lake premiered here in the late 19th century and it continues to draw the finest dance, drama and opera troupes.

Bolshoi Theatre
Theatre Square, 1
+7 495 455 5555

Where to eat in Moscow

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Uilliam’s (European)

Uilliam’s is a welcome break from the fancy, over-the-top dining that you find a lot in Moscow. The decor is bright and minimal, with hardwood floors, chalkboard menus, and an open kitchen, giving it the feel of a quaint Parisian bistro. Serving up an eclectic European menu, it stays open well into the early hours.

‪Malaya Bronnaya Street, 20A
+7 495 650 6462 (Russian-language website)

Café Pushkin (Russian)

Dining at the ever-popular Café Pushkin means making a reservation well in advance, but it’s worth it. At this restaurant, 24-hour cafe, and rooftop terrace, everything from the decor to the uniforms has been curated to feel like you’re dining in pre-revolutionary Russia.

Tverskoy bulvar, 26А
+7 495 739 0033

Delicatessen (International)

This trendy restaurant is a hidden gem; in fact, the entrance boasts a sign that says, “Thank you for finding us.” It's more than worth the search: the food is outstanding, with the eclectic menu scribbled on the walls. Delicatessen serves everything from pasta and pizza to oxtail and ceviche, plus the best burgers in town.

‪Ul Sadovaya-Karetnaya, 20
Street 2
Metro Tsvetnoy Bulvar
+7 495 699 3952

Piccolino (Italian)

As you’d expect from a restaurant whose name is Italian for small, Piccolino is rather cozy. But while the place is small, the portions are generous; hearty, home-cooked Italian food is served in a setting designed to resemble a rustic country house. This is a welcome antidote to some of Moscow’s glitzier venues.

1st Kolobovskiy Lane, 11
Metro Tsvetnoy Bulvar
+7 495 694 0818

Rulet (European)

This hidden gem in the trendy Tsvetnoy Bulvar area feels more like a cafe than a restaurant, but it’s still a great spot for dinner. That’s all thanks to the impeccably cooked European seasonal treats, from the crispy duck confit to the rich tiramisu. Plus, the prices are very reasonable for the area.

1-ya Tverskaya-Yamskaya ulitsa, 17
+7 495 287 0718

Turandot (Asian fusion)

Perhaps the grandest of Moscow’s restaurants, the designers of Turandot must have subscribed to the ‘go big or go home’ design ethos. As uniformed waiters serve up tasty Asian fusion cuisine, you may find yourself sharing your palatial dining room with a rotating golden peacock.

Tverskoy bulvar, 26А
+7 495 739 0011

Places to stay in Moscow

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Ararat Park Hyatt

There’s plenty going for this luxury hotel, from its central yet serene location to its comfortable, well-appointed rooms and impeccable service. When you book, be sure to ask for one of the Winter Garden suites; they’re a little more expensive, but worth it for the rooftop terrace and city views.

4 Neglinnaya Street
+7 495 783 1234

Golden Apple

With just under 100 rooms, this is one of Moscow’s coziest five-star hotels. Located in a 19th-century building just off Pushkinskaya Square and close to all the attractions of Red Square, this intimate hotel has colorful, modern rooms, 24-hour room service, and a relaxed restaurant and lounge.

Ulitsa Malaya Dmitrovka, 11
+7 495 980 7000

Budapest Hotel

This charming, old-fashioned hotel is located in a quiet street, just a short walk away from some of Moscow’s biggest attractions, including the Bolshoi Theater and Red Square. It has a very relaxed atmosphere, so it’s perfect for a quiet city break. Plus, the rates are very wallet-friendly.

Petrovskiye Linii ul, 2/18
+7 495 925 3050

Barvikha Hotel & Spa

If you crave the serenity of being out of the city, take the short drive to Barvikha Hotel & Spa. This romantic spot is worth blowing the budget for. Located in a forest just a few miles from the city centre, a stay in one of these luxurious, cosy rooms feels like a true escape.

Rublevo-Uspenskoye shosse, 114/3
+7 495 225 8880

Swissotel Krasnye Holmy

At 34 storeys high, this luxury hotel is one of the tallest buildings in the city, towering over the vibrant House of Music next door. When you’re not hanging out in your stylish room or relaxing in the spa or swimming pool, head to the City Space lounge for some of Moscow’s best views.

Kosmodamianskaya nab 52
Building 6
+7 495 787 9800

The Ritz-Carlton Moscow

If money is no object (or if you simply like to live the high life on holiday), this ornate five-star hotel will fit the bill. Located near Red Square and the Kremlin, this is where the more extravagant locals and visitors come to spend their rubles. Visit Caviarterra for a Sunday brunch of local and Georgian cuisine, and the famous O2 Lounge for dizzying views.

Tverskaya Street 3
+7 495 225 8888
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Articles from Open Skies

Red October Factory, Moscow“Krasny Oktyabr”, as it’s called by locals, is a 4.72-hectare mixed-use complex located on the westernmost part of Bolotny Island, not far from the Kremlin. Plans to convert the 19th Century complex into residences were stymied in the face of a faltering economy, but it wasn’t long before the creative community moved in to transform the area into one of Moscow’s coolest neighbourhoods. Today, the red-bricked labyrinth is home to design studios, production houses, restaurants with terraces and artisan boutiques


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