Moscow, the capital of Russia, is brimming with historical sights, eye-popping architecture, world-class museums and cultural landmarks. It’s a fascinating destination with clashing layers of history In  Moscow is one of those cities which instantly makes you feel alive and surprises you at every turn. I first visited the capital of Russia in July 2016, honestly it was wonderful experience and as I loved it so much.  Whilst St. Petersburg is an incredibly beautiful city, I firmly believe no visit to Russia can truly be complete unless you have seen it’s glittering jewel of the city called Moscow. You can travel through ages just walking through the streets. Diversified architectural styles wait for you at every turn. To see beauty of ancient Russian architecture, visit the Kremlin or Kolomenskoe Museum. These palaces keep the unique Russian style, original and exceptional. Here’s a quick roundup of some of Moscow’s top attractions — both tourist favorites and a few unexpected places — when you travel there.

During the day it is a different but no less magical experience. You will be able to view the Kremlin where President of the Russian Federation works, see Lenin’s mausoleum and view the impressive Spassky clock tower, with its bells regularly chiming. Kazan Cathedral has been recently restored and regularly holds religious services. There are always locals and tourists walking around the square and plenty of tour groups meet here so it’s a very safe area and provides a myriad of photo opportunities. The Metro here is decorated in the traditional Soviet style, with each station showcasing a unique perspective and story. The decorations and symbols were designed to showcase the achievements of the Soviet Union. With around 7 million people travelling on the metro through Moscow daily, this transportation system is one of the busiest in the world.

One of the most decadent and artistically designed department stores, GUM is world famous for its stunning architecture, dining options and shopping. Although there are quite few department stores in Moscow, and it’s ideally next to Red Square. Try to visit here in the evening as well so you can view the outside all lit up with fairy lights, it’s a magical experience!

If you used to be a ballet dancer like myself or simply adore culture, then a visit to see the ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre is a must see experience! The premier Ballet theatre company, the Bolshoi is very popular with both the locals and tourists. The interior of the theatre is mesmerizing with a massive chandelier and the quality of the ballet performances is second to none.

There is no feeling like seeing St Basil’s Cathedral in real life and experiencing the emotions that spring from within.

Night life in Moscow is divisive as everything else. Bar, clubs, concert, parties in the heart of Moscow suggests you some really nice places for you not to get lost in this entire splendor. Simachev Bar is a bar-club by the most famous Russian designer; Strelka Bar is a nice place with a great atmosphere. Noor Bar is one of the famous bars in Moscow. Propaganda is one of the oldest clubs in Moscow.

Moscow is a bustling world city that will open your eyes to the beauty of Russia and ensure you leave cast within its spell. . If you’re going to visit the Russian capital, my main tip would be to try to immerse yourself in discovering as much as you can of this country’s culture. From the main landmarks to religious sites, testing out the local cuisine and experiencing their offerings of the fine arts from music to ballet… There is so much inspiration to be found in Moscow and you will also find your heart opens to this incredible country as well.

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