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Watching The Horizon Under the Moscow Sky

Posted by in Regional: Countries: Russia  ~  March 26, 2012 07:16:24 PM

Arguably, one of the most breathtaking skylines in the world belongs to the city of Moscow, Russia. Moscow is the largest city in Europe, and its metropolitan area is often considered as the largest urban areas in the entire world. This capital is also historically rich, its cultural and political history spanning centuries. According to a 2006 and 2007 study, Moscow, Russia is the world’s most expensive city. This is also the reason why the city is the home to the largest number of billionaires from all over the globe.

Needless to say, visiting Moscow can be an expensive affair - and even more expensive if you are doing this by yourself. We are therefore recommending that you hire the services of a private your guide – or if you prefer, subscribe to one of the city wide tour packages that are available freely. You can check out some Moscow package tours on the web or ask the hotel you are staying in for recommendations. A guide will not only help you see the best places at a comfortable pace, but will also afford you directions if you are not particularly versed in the Russian language. There are no directions written in English, mind you.

A car or a vehicle in Moscow is important because the city is very, very large. However, if you have that adventurous streak in you, you may want to try the one of the metro rails in the city, particularly the underground metro where you get to buy tickets from a palatial ticket hall decked with chandeliers. Taxis are abundant too. Most of them however are private cars driven by the vehicle owners themselves. It is then unlikely that you will find a taxi meter in many of these taxis, so be sure to have an agreement with the driver about the fare before you actually get in.

There are tours available everywhere in Moscow, but most of them are for one location or architectural site only. Some of the grand architectural sites that beautify the landscape and that you should definitely not miss are: the Cathedral of Christ the Savior; the Danilov Monastery; Kazan Cathedral; Ostankino Tower; Seven Sisters; St. Basil’s Cathedral; Sukharev Tower; and of course, the Red Square.

If you are more culturally inclined, we recommend you try hitting the art galleries – and these are quite numerous in the city proper. Some of the places you should try spending a few hours in are: Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts; The State Historical Museum of Russia; and the Tretyakov Gallery, to name a few. There are a number of smaller galleries that open as abruptly as they disappear – and these usually feature the artworks of present day artists. If you prefer this, you can always check out listings from local papers or ask the hotel concierge service to alert you when one such gallery opens.

Now, if nature tripping is your thing, Moscow will not disappoint you in the least. As of the present times, there are 4 botanical gardens in the city, 18 public gardens and 96 parks. However, if you have to take the taxi anywhere, you could always ask to go to: the Central Park of Culture and Rest along the Moskva River; Izmaylovskiy Park; the Neskuchiniy Garden; and (our highest recommendation goes to) the Moscow Zoo that has a botanical garden on its own.

If shopping is in your mind, we recommend the Kitai-gorod (also known as the Upper Trading Rows) facing the Red Square. The merchandise in this place is somewhat cheaper than the malls in Metro Moscow – not by much, but enough to buy you more souvenirs per buck, (or is that Ruble?)