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Trip to Moscow

A July 2009 trip to Moscow by navajor

Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya Hotel Photo, Moscow, Russia More Photos
Quote: Discovering Moscow
St. Basil's Cathedral (Sobor Vasiliia Blazhennogo) Photo, Moscow, Russia
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We went to Russia (Moscow, St. Petersburg) for two weeks in late June/early July 2009 (during "White Nights" in St. Petersburg).We took the overnight train from Moscow to St. Petersburg. We tried to book this before leaving the country, but AMEX refused to book it for us, given our "short" (two-week) window for them to purchase the ticket on our behalf and send it to us. I looked into purchasing it from several Internet vendors, but the price seemed very high. So, we booked it through our hotel in Moscow upon arrival. Forty-eight hours appears to be sufficient lead-time to book the ticket, but the hotel told us that some of its guest had tried to book train tickets for the next day (i.e., ...Read More

St. Basil's Cathedral (Sobor Vasiliia Blazhennogo)

Attraction | "Iconic Building More beautiful in real life"

St. Basil's Cathedral (Sobor Vasiliia Blazhennogo) Photo, Moscow, Russia
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I'd seen lots of photos, but seeing St Basil's in real life was even better. The church is smaller than I thought, and poised at the end of Red Square it creates a commanding view.
We paid to visit inside and was surprised how small the four churches inside are. While
the inside was interesting, if you are pushed for time, then don't bother.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2010

St. Basil's Cathedral (Sobor Vasiliia Blazhennogo)
Krasnaia Ploshchad', 2
Moscow, Russia 103012
+7 095 298 3304

Red Square (Krasnaia Ploshchad')

Attraction | "Any tour of Moscow should start here"

Red Square (Krasnaia Ploshchad') Photo, Moscow, Russia
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I recommend starting with Red Square because you will have morning sun on the front of St. Basil's. If you go in the afternoon, you will need to take your picture in an ugly parking lot on the other side :-). From here are several museums, Lenin's tomb, and GUM. It's not far to the tourism entrance for the Kremlin or on another side, the diamond fund, which could be your second and third stops for the day. Yes, it's a powerful, impressive and beautiful place today. If you truly want to appreciate this place, take a moment to appreciate how far Russia has progressed. Take a moment to understand the violence and sorrow that many generations felt here. A guide is highly recommended.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2010

Red Square (Krasnaia Ploshchad')

Moscow, Russia 103012

Moscow Metro

Attraction | "Moscow metro - simply an experience!"

Moscow Metro Photo, Moscow, Russia
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Moscow metro network is definitely one of the biggest ones in the world. It is very efficient way to commute around the city, especially that the traffic jams are huge and if you get stuck you might be stuck for several hours.

Beware of rush hours in the mornings and in the afternoons - the passages and escalators might get very packed! And beware of door closing signals - they won't wait for you! As the trains come every 2 minutes or so they depart quite rapidly. So if you didn't make it in or out, better don't risk getting squeezed between the doors.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2010

Moscow Metro
vozdvizhenka & Mhokovaya ulitsa, several stations along the city
Moscow, Central Russia

The Kremlin

Attraction

The Kremlin Photo, Moscow, Russia
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Kremlin is a great place to be in. Both historic and artistic, in the meantime has a great power and culture. Access to Kremlin is very convenient especially by metro. There are a lot to see inside. After the visit, so many other places are ready to be discovered.

The Kremlin
Entrance From Red Square
Moscow, Russia 103073
+7 095 202 4256

Cafe Pushkin

Restaurant | "Expensive but worth it!"

Cafe Pushkin Photo, Moscow, Russia
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Cafe Pushkin looks old but isnt -apparently! The food was great, although my Beef Stroganof could have been hotter, be prepared to pay top dollar for the experience but come highly reccomended. The ambiance is cute, and the service very good. Every wait staff was a professional. This is a perfect place for a business meal or a date.


Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2010

Cafe Pushkin
Tverskoy Bulvar 26
Moscow, Russia
7 095 229 55 90

Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya Hotel

Hotel | "Hilton Leningradskaya"

Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya Hotel Photo, Moscow, Russia
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The hotel is one of Stalin's Seven Sisters, so in fact you're staying in a national monument, and a lot depends on how you feel about huge staircases, plenty of marbles and gold, dragon statues etc. Personally, I loved it :-) Service is flawless, breakfast abundant

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2010

Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya Hotel
Kalanchevskaya Street 21/40
Moscow, Russia 107078
(495) 627-55-50