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    Moscow was beautiful in the winter when I visited, and despite the cold, I think it's a great season to go in to get a true Russian Winter experience. The Kremlin is like something out of Candyland, and definitely looks other worldly when snow is falling around it. Still, it's an expensive city, and don't expect a lot of smiling.

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    Even though I went in December, I enjoyed walking around Moscow and seeing how rich this city is in culture, food, architecture and above all history. Moscow is a city still in transition, and still relatively closed off -- despite being the capital of Russia and a sprawling metropolis, it gets about 1.5 million visitors per year (San Francisco, by contrast, gets around 16 million visitors per year, according to the city's travel association). It's also home to a growing arts scene, where artists are taking over former factories and displaying some of the most creative and innovative art in the world.

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    The mix of Soviet, European and new industrial architecture along with Communist decoration splashed with Capitalist adverts is immediately fascinating and, ultimately, addictive. I felt so proud when I started to pick up a little Cyrillic and loved the passionate arts culture and slightly off-the-wall feeling.

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  • Moscow

    I didn't really like Moscow. There are a loooot of people there. It's realy hard to concentrate and try to feel this city. Although the architecture is amazing, noise, cars and people are very irritating.

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    There isn't a place in Russia that you will feel more like you are standing on the pulse center of a unique world. There are so many things to do, historical, cultural, modern, art, fashion, and sports. It's amazing how much there is to do, and how easy it is to get around and do it.

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    Been almost twenty years, but Moscow is a wonderful city. Not as European as St Pete and the Stalinist brutality is still in evidence (particularly in the architecture), but still incredible.

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    The first time I arrived in Moscow it was snowing. The atmosphere was soft and everything was covered by a white layer. I was going from the airport to the city center by taxi and could admire the stunning buildings and large steets. it was love a first sight. Moscow is wide and fascinating. Maybe a little gray, but also alive and interesting.

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    Moscow might be the most culture shock I've ever experienced. It doesn't cater to western tourists at all. The map I'd bought in the States was anglicized, something I didn't realize would be a problem until I got to Russia, where everything was cyrllic. Still, I had a wonderful time.

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  • Moscow

    very beautiful from outside, but inside is not as good looking as outside and will close 5pm. even weekends they close earlier and Tuesdays are off to go inside.
    but in general has best view of Moscow architecture from outside.

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  • Moscow

    I was fortunate to go there when family lived there, and good thing because that language barrier is something else. But if you're like me, a kid who grew up during the Cold War, visiting Moscow is a dream you never thought would be reality. Tremendous history and culture. And go to the KGB Museum!

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    Все бы ничего, но очень грязно... это первое, что бросается в глаза, и, к сожалению, портит все другие впечатления.

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  • Moscow

    Because of it's size, this monument to the Soviet's Cosmonauts/Space program had to be taken in two pics. The 350 foot titanium plated obelisk, capped by a rocket at it's pinnacle, resembles the shape of a rocket exhaust/plume. At the base are images of the scientists, workers, a cosmonaut and Laika, the first space pup.

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    One of the most fascinating cities I've ever visited. I was there the first time in 1993, and the second time nine years later in 2002 and the differences between the two experience was like night and day. For instance, the old business section of Mockba, the Arbat, had a few restaurants in 1993, and by 2002 there were restaurants (some with neon signs) galore. The introduction of the free market, free enterprise system has changed Russia, mostly for the better in ways that I found unbelievable. I saw it with my own eyes!

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  • Moscow

    Visited Moscow to meet a woman and get to know her over 3 weeks, yet she only wanted to be a tour guide, so only stayed less than 2 weeks; would love to explore and enjoy with better company. Expensive, yet seems like every thing you would want in a modern city that has the most billionaires in the world! )

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  • Moscow

    What an Interesting City! Very cold and wet in May! But worth the trip to get there!
    The original Faberge Eggs were on display during my visit! What an amazing experience! ................ Such beauty and perfection!

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  • Moscow

    An enjoyable city, made less enjoyable (and likely reflected in the star rating) due to the fact that it is cold in the winter (-20 degrees F when I was there). With temperatures like that, it's hard not to just run indoors, where one is greeted with little more than the smell of heavy cigarette smoke.

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  • MoscowPro 2014
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    Moscow is bigger than life. We loved it! Although we do not speak Russian, we felt very comfortable and safe throughout our several days here. We arrived at night by train from St. Petersburg and walked to our nearby Hilton Hotel. Be sure to tour the Kremlin, visit Lenin's tomb (Lenin looks like a wax figure), and try to see several subway stations....Each has its own look.

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  • Moscow

    Nice place to visit but too loud to live in :-) The pictures shows newly built Trading Office Center which is called MOSCOW CITY. Looks like New York at first sight.

    Brief overview:
    Moscow covers an area of about 386 square miles (878,7 square kilometres), its outer limit being roughly delineated by the Moscow Ring Road. Most of the area beyond this highway has been designated as a Forest-Park Zone, or greenbelt.

    The pattern of rings and radials that marked the historical stages of Moscow's growth remains evident in its modern layout. The center of all rings is Moscow Kremlin and famous Red Square. Successive epochs of development are traced by the Boulevard Ring and the Garden Ring (both following the line of former fortifications), the Moscow Little Ring Railway, and the Moscow Ring Road. From 1960 to the mid-1980s the Ring Road was the administrative limit of the city, but several areas of the largely greenbelt zone beyond the road have been annexed since then. Among the most famous Moscow streets are Arbat and Kutuzov avenue.

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    A vibrant and cosmopolitan city, Moscow is one of my favorite cities in Europe. It's little difficult to navigate for the average English speaker, but for me that's part of the appeal.

    Hundreds of years of history await.

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    Saint Basil's Cathedral (Russian: Собор Василия Блаженного), is a Russian Orthodox church erected on the Red Square in Moscow in 1555–61. Built on the order of Ivan the Terrible to commemorate the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan, it marks the geometric centre of the city and the hub of its growth since the 14th century.
    The building's design, shaped as a flame of a bonfire rising into the sky has no analogues in Russian architecture: "It is like no other Russian building. Nothing similar can be found in the entire millennium of Byzantine tradition from the fifth to fifteenth century ... a strangeness that astonishes by its unexpectedness, complexity and dazzling interleaving of the manifold details of its design.

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Previously home to noblemen, tsars and Bolsheviks, Moscow's history is evident in its grand scale. Visitors can expect to see the magnificently spired Russian Orthodox St. Basil Cathedral, the imposing government Kremlin and some of the finest royal palaces in Europe. In front of the Kremlin is Moscow's heart, the imposing Red Square. Walk in any direction to see the Soviet influence of bleak Stalinist architecture. Entertainment and attractions are diverse, and include zoos, water parks, operas, theatrical performances, two circuses, art museums and even the unique banya, public baths and saunas. Sports fans will love Moscow’s sporting attractions, including the Olympic Stadium and its surroundings. The city's easiest to access tourist attraction is also its most efficient; many of its famed Metro stations are architectural masterpieces and link the city in a smoothly running hub. Dining choices have expanded recently, and plentiful restaurants serve local and international cuisine. New hotels and hostels welcome visitors with more tourist amenities these days. Winters are cold -- seriously cold -- so bundle up. Like any major city, Moscow offers a vibrant nightlife; Tverskaya ... read more
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