Taking a trip to Moscow is travelling to one of the world’s largest and famous capital cities. Moscow, the capital of Russia, has played a vital role in the country’s history and is the political, cultural and industrial centre of this European powerhouse. Additionally, Moscow has also been home to the Russian Orthodox Church for over 600 years, essentially making it a spiritual centre for the nation.
Until 1991, Moscow served as the capital city for the now-dissolved Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and was the centre of communist power. The USSR’s dissolution ushered in a period of political and economic change, and with it an accumulation of wealth into the capital. Since then, this city has grown to become one of the must-see locations on any ardent traveller’s list. Jonathan Alexander Abt, a specialist orthodontist in the Isle of Man, is among many who count Moscow as one of their favourite locations, having visited the city in the summer of 2018 with his son.
There are many famous attractions that stand out for a visitor: the architectural masterpiece that is the Kremlin (the seat of politics), the Central Park, and St. Basil’s Cathedral (another architectural wonder). For the traveller looking to visit, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Learn Some Russian
It helps to learn a few common Russian phrases and terms, which makes it easy to start conversations with the people. In some cases, it can make a difference when accessing services, so that it’s harder for people to take advantage.
Don’t Fear the Currency
For a while, Moscow was regarded as one of the more expensive cities in the world. However, with the ruble (the country’s currency) in a bit of a slide, taking a visit may not be as costly. While the city is one where people spend to make a statement, cost-conscious travellers can still enjoy themselves without breaking the bank.
It’s common for guests to the country to have to register with the government if they (the visitors) have to stay longer than three days. Hotels mostly do this for their guests, and travellers may be asked to hand over their visa and passport to get this bit done. A fee may also be incurred for this service, something that will vary based on where the registration is done.
Despite what Moscow may have been in decades past, the city is welcoming and its hosts are enthusiastic. The streets are safe, and visitors will find a trip there worthwhile.