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Moscow at a Glance

Moscow's skyline includes brightly colored onion domes, grand pre-revolutionary churches, smatterings of art nouveau buildings, Soviet-era architecture and glass skyscrapers. Explore the city's rich history through its buildings and delight in the post-Soviet explosion of the art and music scenes.

Winter or summer, stroll along the banks of the Moscow River as it meanders through the city. In winter, wear fur like the Russians do to cut the wind and the chill. Visit monumental Red Square and admire St. Basil's Cathedral. At night the brightly colored onion domes are lit and are a beautiful backdrop for viewing the square. At ticket to the Kremlin will get you inside the seat of Russian power to visit its churches and other museums.

The creative traveler will delve into Moscow a bit deeper than its museums. Look around and find your favorite type of music playing at a bar or restaurant and head there for the evening. Visit contemporary art galleries, or sit in on a cooking class. Moscow's creativity is catching.

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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Domodedovo International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Tourists to Russia must have a visa and visa requirements vary depending on your country of origin. American travelers need to prove they have hotel reservations, home stay accommodations, or a through-destination if they pass through Russia during transit. Upon arrival in Russia, you must register your visa. Travelers are also given an entry card which they should not lose. Failure to follow through with all the steps of a Russian visa could result in fines and difficulty leaving the country. Russian consular offices can update travelers of all nationalities about their specific requirements for visiting Russia.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Bus Shchyolkovsky Bus Station
      • Railroad Belorussky Rail Station
      • Railroad Kievsky Rail Station
      • Railroad Leningradsky Rail Station
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather: Moscow's cold temperatures and snowfall mean its a good place to bundle up before you go out. 

      Safety Concerns Watch out for pickpockets, muggers and roaming gangs of street kids. Areas around metro stations are especially problematic. Police in Russia occasionally hassle tourists about their papers and can be corrupt. Never give police your official documents; carry photocopies and offer those for examination. Avoid late-night taxi rides and be cautious about traveling to out of the way places during the nighttime hours.

      Health Concerns: HIV, hepatitis, tuberculosis and rabies are all concerns for travelers. Speak with your doctor before traveling to Moscow and while you are there, consider drinking bottled water.