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Exploring Cities at Speed – 24 hours in Moscow

Exploring Cities at Speed – 24 hours in Moscow
January 13
08:00 2016

When you are stuck for time, it can almost be paralysing having to choose between the major attractions of a city. With that in mind, we have tried to condense our guides, so that you can get as much out of a destination as possible, with an incredibly strict time limit: just 24 hours. When you think of Moscow, the first thing that comes to mind is probably the Kremlin. What else is there? Well actually, there is a lot to this incredible city, which makes fitting everything into a day or so incredibly difficult.

Still, we have tried our best! Without any further delay, here is our guide to 24 hours in Moscow. Bon voyage!

24 hours in Moscow

What to See

Okay, so obviously the Kremlin is number one on the must visit list. It is the centrepiece of the city, and it is a wonderful masterpiece of incredible architecture. Within the walls of the compound you will find no fewer than three cathedrals, as well as a church, the belltower of Ivan the Great, and the Patriarch’s Palace. It’s basically the Russian Orthodox version of the Vatican.

Take a walk around the Armoury Chamber to see a seriously amazing collection of regalia, jewels and fantastic pieces of jewellery. The frescoes on the walls of the Kremlin are magnificent, too. Where else? Well, to get a quick feel for the city as a whole, we would heartily recommend a trip to the top of the Ostankino television tower. It was the tallest free-standing building on the planet until 1976 – standing at 540 metres high, it provides a fantastic vista over Moscow. The deck is open until 9pm, so if you don’t get a chance to go up during the day, you can always enjoy the views of Moscow by night.

24 hours in Moscow

Ostankino Tower

And if you were planning on visiting Moscow without taking in a performance at the world-famous Bolshoi Theatre…what’s the matter with you? The recent renovation has turned it into an even more wonderful attraction, and that’s just the building itself. Rock up to the box office just before a show starts and you can get a ticket for as little as a hundred rubles – about a pound! If that’s not a bargain, then we don’t know what is.

24 hours in Moscow

Night View of Bolshoi Theatre

Where to Stay

Location really is the deciding factor in Moscow, as it’s a big old city. We like the Ritz Carlton Hotel, as it’s only a couple minutes’ walk from the Red Square, making it a truly central destination. It’s fit for a Tsar, with a fantastic restaurant and a luxurious spa to boot.

24 hours in Moscow

Where to Eat

There is nowhere quite like the Radisson Royal – these yachts are the best place to eat a great meal in Moscow, as you sedately cruise along the Moskva. The fresh seafood platters are incredible, but the one thing that you really mustn’t miss out on is the smoked sturgeon. The live music adds to the atmosphere, ending your day in Moscow on a high. It’s a lovely way to finish off.

About Author

Tom Rokins

Tom Rokins

Tom is a passionate traveller and experienced writer. He speaks fluent German, and is at his happiest when travelling around Europe.


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