If you have the chance to visit just one of the world’s most renowned and populous capitals this summer, make it Moscow. This 800-year old city, with its mix of imperial Russian and Soviet history, will give you plenty of material to populate your Instagram account.
The capital of the world’s largest country is one of the two most popular tourist destinations in Russia (the other being Saint Petersburg), and more than 70 percent of tourists visit it. And Moscow’s tourism industry is getting an extra kick this year, as football (soccer) fans have flocked to it thanks to Russia hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
There are lots of spectacular places if you want to see real Moscow beyond “Red Square” or “Bolshoi Theatre,” which are among top most attractive places.
Below is a list of places Caspian News reporters put together, reflecting some of the favorite spots and things to do, beyond the usual tourist ‘must do’s’, like visiting Red Square and the Bolshoi Theater.
Dive Into Moscow’s Night Life
Attending night parties are a must for the young and adventurous who want to have a good time out on the town after the sun sets. Cocktails, dancing and staying up for the sun to rise can all be done on riverboats that cruise from Moscow’s North Port to parties with some of the city’s best DJ’s, such as Sergey Sanchez and Adjustment Bureau, who will blast techno beats all night long. Check out these parties if you’re in the city this month:
- “MadMax” special effects show, every Saturday, Bike Center Sexton
- "Big Speed Dating" party by FastLife, July 29, Artichoke Restaurant
- VIP party by FastLife, July 21, Korston Extra Lounge Panoramic Restaurant
Check Out Local Festivals
If you do not have tickets to the World Cup matches happening at Russia’s national stadium, don’t worry – you can still get in on some of the football fun.
Festival of the 2018 FIFA fans is happening at the Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills) throughout the duration of the World Cup, broadcasting football matches live on a huge screen throughout the tournament. Other events taking place include:
- Park Life International Fest, July 27-29, Gorky Park
- Festival Taste of Moscow, July 26-29, Luzhniki Olympic Complex
- Eat Film Festival, July 18-22, Stanislavsky Theater, Documentary Center (CKD) and 3 other spots
Take In Some Exhibitions
With 800 years of local history, Moscow has plenty for those that don’t care much for sports but want to visit the city to learn more about its past.