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The capital of modern Russia, Moscow continues to intrigue and fascinate visitors from all over the world. Modern western influences sit comfortably alongside traditional architecture and a uniquely ‘Russian’ feel. Book a flight to Moscow with Qatar Airways and you’ll quickly discover that this city is now among the most vibrant and exciting in Europe.
If you’re flying to Moscow to discover what lies beyond the long-dismantled ‘iron curtain’, you will still find the iconic city of old at landmarks like the Kremlin and Red Square.
But a new Moscow of waterparks, high-class dining and sprawling malls has also emerged. Book a flight to Moscow with Qatar Airways and experience a location that’s full of juxtapositions, contradictions and intrigue, topped off with a surprisingly warm welcome.
A trip to Moscow is a chance to discover some of the world’s most photogenic sites. Head to the iconic Red Square, which is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you’ll find the impressive palaces and cathedrals of the Kremlin as well as Lenin’s Mausoleum, which houses the embalmed body of the leader of Russia’s Communist Revolution. At the square, you’ll also find the highlight of many a trip to Moscow – the incredible and unique St Basil’s Cathedral.
If you want to view the art and culture of Russia, make sure you visit the Tretyakovov Gallery or take in a show at the Bolshoi Theatre. Moscow is a city of symphonies, and classical music, theatre and ballet are all an important part of Russian culture. Check out the Cherry Orchard Festival, or the Russian National Dance Show which combines classical ballet with traditional Russian folk music and dance.
It can be well worth signing up for an English language guided tour, particularly if your grasp of Russian is a little shaky. This will enhance your experience and make your trip to Moscow more enjoyable by enabling you to discover more and learn about the Russian capital from a native.
One of the most popular leisure activities for tourists is a trip to the circus, the oldest of which is the Nikulin Circus. Opera lovers should check out the Novaya Opera, but be aware that most shows are in Russian. A trip to the ballet is another cultural highlight, while ice skating in Gorky Park is a memorable experience.
Moscow has plenty of variety when it comes to eating – from American fast food restaurants through to exclusive 5-star dining. Check out the international restaurants on Neglinnaya Street 14 for exceptional Indian cuisine in opulent, Baroque surroundings, or some of the best Japanese Sushi in the city. There are also plenty of restaurants serving traditional Russian food, including cabbage-based soups, pelmeni dumplings and pirozhki.
The cuisines of other states in the region are also well represented on Moscow’s streets, including that of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia.
Travelling to Moscow is a perfect opportunity for some retail therapy, and the shopping facilities in this vibrant city range from independent boutiques to high-end luxury furriers and jewellers. If you’re looking for top quality luxury shopping, head to Petrovka Boulevard, regarded as Moscow’s equivalent of Rodeo Drive. Here you’ll find diamond bangles, full-length sable coats, and exceptional Russian antiques.
However, if your budget is a little smaller, then Moscow has plenty of markets, malls and boutiques to explore. Popular shopping malls in the city include Okhotny Ryad, Gorod and GUM. For souvenir shopping, try Izmayalovo Market for traditional Russian crafts, particularly wood carvings.
Qatar Airways flights to Moscow arrive at Domodedovo International Airport (DME).
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Moscow please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Russian Ruble (RUB)
Voltage: 220 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type F / C
International dialing code: +7