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Moscow Holidays 2020
Think Russian tradition and culture at its finest, well that’s exactly what you can expect from a holiday in Moscow. Russia’s capital is located in the west of the country on the Moskva River. The diverse capital is brimming with majestic churches and architecture, along with its artsy vibe and historic Kremlin. Laying in the heart of the capital is the Red Square, which holds and plays a significant role within Russia as a whole. Home to the Kremlin, you can feel its importance as you roam within the fortified red walls.
Moscow has also become synonymous with its colourful spiral domed churches which offer a regal exterior that’ll no doubt be one of the highlights of your Moscow holiday. The Russian capital is also home to a thrilling performing arts scene and one of the best in the world. So, a trip to Moscow warrants a visit to the ballet and its traditional theatres.
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Your guide to Moscow holidays
Things to do in Moscow
Moscow is a city which will captivate you with its wonderful sights. The capital has a wealth of architectural phenomenons which are well and truly unique to the city. With a Moscow holiday you’ll feel the royal atmosphere as you wander around its main sights. Many of them will enthral visitors due to their sheer size and beauty.
- Moscow Kremlin – This fortified complex is home to the Russian government, churches and palaces
- Red Square – A large square which includes a whole host of attractions in Moscow
- Saint Basil’s Cathedral – With its iconic domes, this former cathedral houses a museum of the church
- Lenin’s Mausoleum – This unique building contains a memorial hall which features Lenin’s body.
- Sparrow Hills – Located along the banks of the Moskva River, it is one of the highest points in the capital.
When to go
The best time to visit Moscow would be during April or May, as during this time the temperatures are beginning to steadily creep up and there are still fewer crowds compared to the summer months. Although summer is a beautiful time to visit Moscow as the weather is at its best, you'd better book a Moscow holiday for the shoulder seasons in spring or early autumn as this is when there are less crowds. However, autumn does mean more expected rainfall and less sunlight hours in comparison to the spring. Plus, winter can get extremely cold, although the views are still amazing if not more fitting for the Moscow experience.
Average monthly temperatures (°C):
- January: -5° / -10°
- February: -4° / -10°
- March: 2° / -5°
- April: 11° / 2°
- May: 19° / 8°
- June: 22° / 12°
- July: 24° / 14°
- August: 22° / 12°
- September: 16° / 7°
- October: 8° / 2°
- November: 1° / -3°
- December: -3° / -8°
Places to eat
As the weather in Moscow can get bitterly cold, it’s no surprise that many of their culinary dishes are fit for purpose. In other words, they are hearty meals which warm you up, especially during the winter. With dishes which usually include potatoes, bread and pastry, Moscow can offer lovely stews and warm soups. During your Moscow city break, you’ll come across traditional restaurants which will gladly provide you with a taste of what the capital has to offer. Enjoy everything from beetroot and cabbage soups to beef stroganoff which consists of pieces of meat sautéed with mushrooms and a delicate sour cream sauce. Make sure to check out these top places to eat in Moscow:
- Café Pushkin
- Varenichnaya No 1
- Vostochny Kvartal
It’s a well-known fact that Moscow doesn’t sleep, so if there is one thing that rings true, it’s that Russians in the capital love a good party. As you can imagine there is plenty to keep everyone entertained once the evening comes. There are plenty of bars and nightclubs dotted around the capital which will surely provide you with a memorable night out. Here are just some of the top bars and clubs in Moscow:
- Night Flight
- Krysha Mira
- Lookin Rooms
If there’s one thing you’ll notice along your Moscow adventures, it’ll be that the capital has a long history and a rich culture. Deeply rooted in the arts, you’ll find loads of museums showcasing Russian artwork from different periods, along with famous theatres which put on amazing classical shows. Not forgetting to mention, Moscow is perhaps one of the best places to watch the ballet.
- Tretyakov Gallery – This museum houses popular Russian art work and exhibitions from the 21st century.
- Kolomenskoye -This open-air museum includes a number of different architecture highlighting the various periods within Russia.
- State Historical Museum - A majestic building which displays relics and artefacts highlighting the Romanov dynasty and much more from Russian history.
Moscow City Breaks
Overall, Moscow is one city which you should definitely include on your list of city breaks. With so much to explore and discover, you’ll be well and truly captivated by the Russian capital. Prominent buildings which are not only pleasing to the eye, but fascinating in terms of history, make a trip to Moscow worth it. On top of that, you can’t go wrong with a city break to Moscow thanks to our cheap holidays. With great deals on flights and accommodation, you can get to the Russian capital and back all within a reasonable price. Looking to get away soon? Why not check out our last minute deals?
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