Although Moscow has been known by many nicknames, from “The First Throne” to “The Third Rome,” its enchanting appeal has remained unchanged for centuries. As the seventh largest city in the world and a model for cultural preservation, Moscow never fails to fascinate regular visitors and newcomers alike. Its unique architecture, sprawling parks and tireless nightlife will amaze you; there’s always something to explore in this city unlike any other.
Deciding where to stay in Moscow can be difficult, since the city offers some of the world’s most luxurious rooms and suites. Northeast Moscow features the distinctive Cosmos Hotel located near the All-Russia Exhibition Centre, Ostankino Telecom Tower, Count Sheremetev’s Palace and the Olimpiysky Sports Complex. The hotel itself is truly a sight to behold; the 25-story building is made from a combination of glass and steel to look like a spaceship from the outside while the interior is designed to promote “cosmic freedom, purity and relaxation.” And you won’t have to worry about a bad view – overlooking the Botanical Garden and Losiny Ostrov National Park, the Cosmos offers a stunning glimpse of Russia from every angle.
With some of the most interesting historical figures, events and phenomena on earth, Moscow offers an array of ancient wonders. Start at the Kremlin, where wars have been fought and nationwide victories celebrated. You’ll see priceless religious icons and the riches of former Russian tsars. Don’t miss the 400-year-old Tsar Cannon or the jaw-dropping Spasskaya Tower, which was built in 1491 by Pietro Antonio Solari. And if you want to see true Russian architecture at its best, visit St. Basil’s Cathedral, a 16th century stone church complete with colorful, spiraling towers.
Although Moscow has plenty of world-class restaurants featuring international specialties, you can’t leave without enjoying some delicious Russian cuisine. Drop by Godunov located near the historic Red Square and in front of the Bolshoi Theatre. The restaurant’s halls are made from 17th century refectory chambers and showcase painted vaults. Dig into some famous Guriev porridge and treat yourself to a taste test of vodka liqueurs. And for those who love dinner and a show, let Godunov Restaurant entertain you with Russian folk dance performers!
Shopaholics and casual consumers alike are in for some serious excitement when it comes to shopping in Moscow. High-fashion lovers will especially appreciate GUM, a 19th century three-story arcade in Red Square that features countless boutique outlets like Hugo Boss, Dior and Burberry. Looking for an authentic Russian fur coat? Head to the ground floor and Bosco. Need some sparkle? Stop by Tiffany and Rolex for a variety of elegant items.
Moscow often feels like a fairytale land for visitors; with magical turrets and never-ending gardens, the landscape contains a sense of surreal beauty. And in almost every area of the city, from its art museums to its sports arenas, there’s an appreciation for the past, as well as an excitement for the future. A dazzling gem in a world of those “same old cities,” Moscow will open your eyes to a whole new style of luxury.