Moscow, Russia

Moscow is the capital of Russia, and the most populated city within the country. With a 850 year old history, Moscow is full of culturally significant monuments and architecture. History buffs and explorers alike will find much to do within the 3 ringed roads surrounding the city.

As both the political and financial heart of the country, Moscow has a well-developed infrastructure which makes travel in and out of the city simple. Four airports exist in the capital, although many travelers choose to arrive by train instead. As the final destination on the Trans-Siberian Railway, Moscow is a welcome metropolis after a week or more of travel from Beijing. Driving is also possible, although heavy traffic in the city means a bus, tram, train, or even walking is preferable.

Named after the Moskva river which traverses it, Moscow boasts some incredible tourist attractions. The Red Square is generally the first destination for visitors, and for good reason. The square is made up of red cobbles, and is surrounded by the most fascinating attraction for travelers. To one side of the Red Square is the famed St. Basil Cathedral, built in the 16th century. To another side of the square is the Lenin Mausoleum, where the alleged body of Vladimir Lenin lies embalmed. The Kremlin may be the most talked about destination in Moscow. The Kremlin complex is made up of four cathedrals, four palaces, and the surrounding walls and towers. It is also the official residence for the President of the Russian Federation.

Opportunities for recreation in Moscow are plentiful, and the city offers several outdoor parks for citizens and visitors alike. Kolomenskoye has free admission to explore the park and gardens, all while enjoying a view of the former imperial buildings on the estate. Park Sokoloniiki is a beautiful forest location with vendors selling traditional foods, and many people searching for and picking mushrooms between the birch trees. Amusements and games are also available in the park to the delight of young children.

While summers can be warm and humid, Moscow is more commonly thought of for it’s long and cold winters. Nearly twelve million residents call the capital their home, and more than a few of them are extraordinarily wealthy. Moscow boats more billionaires than any other city on earth, and help contribute to the primary industries in the city: chemicals, food, metalwork, oil refining, and machinery.


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