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Once you've found your place on the map and discovered what's worth seeing, you'll find yourself at ease with Moscow's tourism offering. Just start in Red Square and go from there: the architectural treasures of Russia's capital are mostly located in the central areas, and you'll find galleries, museums, cafés, bars, restaurants and clubs in many of the tourist-friendly districts.
The Kremlin and Red Square – two of the former Soviet capital's main attractions – sit just north of the Moskva River and are at the centre of two wide ring roads that encircle the very central parts of this vast city. The Boulevard Ring is the smallest, while the Garden Ring encompasses a little more of Moscow. If you want to be within reasonable walking distance of the main attractions, look for Moscow hotels that are located within the Garden Ring, with those in the Boulevard Ring being even closer to the action.
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Hotels in Moscow can seem expensive to first-time visitors, especially hotels within the tourist areas...
The five-star hotels are opulent and elegant and deserve every star to their name. But in this city of billionaires and business people, expect to pay high prices for luxury hotels. If you want to stay in a well-known brand of hotel, you'll find many in the city. Choose from Ritz Carlton, Holiday Inn, Sheraton, Crowne Plaza, Ibis, Mercure, Swissotel, InterContinental, Radisson, Hilton, Marriott, Novotel, Best Western and Renaissance.
All is not lost if your budget doesn't stretch to that of a Russian oligarch, however; Moscow has a decent range of good-value accommodation, though most budget hotels are located outside of the Garden Ring. Moscow's excellent Metro system will come in handy if you book a bargain hotel a little further from the city centre, with reasonable fares and fast, frequent trains delivering you to the attractions.
You’ll want to start your sightseeing mission at Moscow’s iconic landmarks. Here are some of the city’s most popular attractions…
Top five attractions
The central point of Moscow, both in terms of geography and tourism, Red Square is home to the city's most significant sights, including the Kremlin, Saint Basil's Cathedral and Lenin's Tomb, the resting place of the communist revolutionary.
Palaces, cathedrals and towers make up this imposing complex, which is more formally known as the Moscow Kremlin. Ensure you schedule a few hours to see as much as you can.
Saint Basil's Cathedral
Ivan the Terrible ordered the building of this iconic landmark in 1555. A Russian Orthodox Church, the distinctive towers of this extraordinary building have filled the frame of many a camera.
Formerly known as Gorky Street, this is one of the main roads in Moscow and home to the country's most expensive shops. The GUM store, in the Red Square, is also excellent for shopping.
The State Central Museum of Contemporary Russian History
Located in Tverskaya Street, this impressive museum will swallow an entire day if you let it. There are thousands of artefacts to see and an impressive range of visiting exhibits.
Spring, summer, autumn, or winter, Moscow’s calendar of annual events holds something special at any time...
Summer Ballet Festival; June-August: Home to the world-famous Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow plays host to this annual celebration of dance, with various companies performing for locals and visitors, who are allowed to dress casually in contrast to the normally strict dress code associated with ballet.
New Year; December: Warming Russian vodka might come in handy in the depths of winter, when the New Year is welcomed with a huge party in Red Square. The monuments are lit all evening while the night sky is filled with fireworks at midnight.
Winter Festival; December-January: Sample traditional food, see classic dance and hear beautiful Russian songs, among many other activities, at this wintertime celebration of culture. For the ultimate tourist experience, take a romantic troika ride through Izmailovo Park.