Moscow is the capital and the federal city most populous of Russia. It is an important political, economical, cultural, and scientific center of Russia. After decades of austerity and destitution, Moscow has been enjoying an extraordinary period of self-indulgence and extravagance. In fact, as Forbes magazine said in 2006 Moscow has the most number of billionaires in the world!
Its fascinating history
The Kremlin has ruled for about 800 years, with powers on the hands of terrible and grand tsars and princes, totalitarian dictators and recently, elected presidents. The city has survived many invaders, from Napoleon to Hitler, often at a horrible cost, though. In recent years, people of Moscow have been marching forwards rather than backward to a whole new world of extravagance, fine dining, consumer goods, and luxury automobiles.
Moscow is not only the richest city in the nation, but it is also the most sophisticated city in terms of arts and culture.
Thanks to world-class institutions such as the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the Bolshoi Theatre, and many more, Moscow has become one of Europe’s cultural centers.
The city has also great writers, composers, playwrights, filmmakers, and choreographers, and their works are still constantly exhibited to the public at many venues in the city center. Because of Stalin’s architectural makeover, the city does not quite have the perfection of the baroque-style St. Petersburg. The streets, however, are dotted with Soviet iconography.
The Russian capital is one of the world’s most instantly recognizable cities.
From the Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral to Gorky Park and Stalin’s Seven Sisters, Moscow is overwhelming with popular landmarks. Even the Metro stations present a very strong architectural “tour de force”. Moscow’s pre-revolutionary past is mirrored in its icon-filled cathedrals and Orthodox churches, which enjoy a renaissance following the lifting of the many restrictions of the Soviet era.
Tourists will find a number of reasons to enjoy Moscow and to make the most of your stay in the city, one would need a little know-how about where to go and where to be in this Russian capital. Thus, if you are looking for a worthwhile experience, you should get on a Moscow tour. There are a number of companies that offer tour services in the city, some of which have categorized them into two: introductory sightseeing tours and cultural tours.
Introductory Sightseeing Tours
The introductory sightseeing tours are recommended for those who are visiting Moscow for the first time. Also referred to as the “first impressions” tour, this service basically aims to take tourists around the city’s main attractions for a few hours. Using a bus from the tour provider, this kind of sightseeing tour is enough to orient yourself of Moscow’s top spots and get a glimpse of the life and ways in the city.
Unlike the introductory sightseeing tour, cultural tours will give you a more detailed look and in-depth knowledge about Moscow. It will give you an opportunity to explore the city’s architectural masterpieces, monasteries, estates, and other interesting historical areas. Some tour providers will even take you around Moscow metro which is considered to be an underground museum. Moscow tours will not just get you to the best places in the city, it will also open your eyes to the beauty and wonders of the capital.