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Past meets future on Moscow’s streets

Book flights to Moscow and lose yourself in the most captivating and enigmatic of all European capitals.

Moscow is a cultural gem, a city steeped in history and one that has taken centre stage in world events throughout the centuries.

panorama of red square in moscow russia

Stand in Red Square, the city’s heart, to soak up both the atmosphere and the views. This cobblestone square is home to the Kremlin – the seat of tsars and politicians since the 15th century.

Don’t miss the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral, whose colourful onion domes – symbolic of the burning candles within – are one of the defining images of Russia.

Find history on every street, from the Imperial Age to Bolshevik rule. Visit Lenin’s Mausoleum, where the former Soviet leader’s body is famously displayed. Enjoy some culture at the famous Bolshoi Theatre, where you can see some of the world’s best ballet dancers perform.

Book flight tickets to Moscow with Etihad Airways and experience the best of the Russian capital.

What's the weather like in Moscow?

Average TemperatureAverage Rainfall

Jan

-7°C

5cm

Feb

-6°C

4cm

Mar

0°C

4cm

Apr

7°C

4cm

May

15°C

6cm

Jun

18°C

6cm

Jul

21°C

8cm

Aug

19°C

9cm

Sep

12°C

8cm

Oct

6°C

8cm

Nov

1°C

6cm

Dec

4°C

6cm

Moscow is at its warmest from May to mid-September, when you can expect daytime temperatures of around 15 to 20°C.

The winter months of the year can get very cold, with temperatures hovering around zero from November to March.

Reasons to visit Moscow

tsar cannon at the kremlin in moscow russia

Moscow’s marvellous museums

Moscow is the place to be if you want to learn more about Russia’s engrossing, and sometimes turbulent, past. The absolute must-see is the Kremlin, home to thousands of treasures from Russia’s history, including a fantastic armoury with traditional royal armour, swords and cannons.

For a glimpse into more recent events, head to the Bunker 42 Cold War Museum, an underground Cold War-era bunker. If art is more your thing, head to the State Tretyakov Gallery, with its vast collection of pre-Soviet fine art or the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, which has a pan-European collection.

traditional russian and ukranian borsh soup

Russian culinary delights

Book Moscow flights and dive into the city’s food scene to enjoy traditional dishes and the best in contemporary Russian dining. In recent years, Moscow’s cuisine has become increasingly innovative with chefs seeking out the freshest local ingredients and reinventing Russian classics for the modern palate.

Sample borscht soup, which has origins in Ukraine, and look out for blinis – traditional pancakes served either with fruit and cream, or meat and cheese. For excellent street food and international flavours, head to Danilovsky Market, where you’ll find stalls serving treats from around the world.

benches in a row in gorky park on an early the autumn morning

Relax in Gorky Park

Gorky Park, alongside the Moskva River, is where the locals go when they want some fresh air and relaxation. It was built in 1928 by the Soviet Government as a place for the people of Moscow to socialise.

Once home to fairground rides and a mass of pavement cafes, in 2011 the park was revamped. New areas were created for sports including beach volleyball, petanque and yoga. In summer, there’s an open-air cinema, while in winter you can lace up your skates on the outdoor ice rink. You can even skate around the park, as the paths are flooded and freeze in winter.

Things to know before you fly to Moscow

plane Airport transfers

Pre-book a transfer with Etihad before you fly and a driver will be waiting for you on arrival. Alternatively, take a taxi into the centre. Aeroexpress trains from Domodedovo to Paveletsky, two stops from Red Square, leave every 30 minutes and take around 45 minutes to reach the city.

holiday Public holidays

Russians are proud of their history and culture. Russia Day on June 12 celebrates the establishment of Russia’s sovereignty from the Soviet Union and is marked with firework displays and outdoor concerts. Victory Day on May 9 remembers those who lost their lives in the Second World War.

bus Getting around

Moscow’s Metro is extensive and efficient. It’s generally the best way to get around the city, and there are frequent stops at many of the key landmarks. It’s also a historical wonder, with many stations sporting marble walls and painted ceilings.

meals Local cuisine

Moscow is a very international city but you can still find many traditional restaurants. Russian cuisine tends to be hearty, with stews and dumplings forming the centre of many meals. The Eastern European classic beetroot soup, borscht, is on many menus, often enriched with beef to make it ‘Moscow style’.

Flying to Moscow: FAQs

How long should I spend in Moscow?

Moscow is a vast city with so much to experience. To truly see the city, you should set aside around five days. Consider making Moscow the first stop on a more extensive Russian adventure and spend a few weeks exploring this huge and diverse nation.

Which shops should I visit in Moscow?

For fashion and luxury goods, head to the luxury malls near Red Square. You can buy traditional Russian handicrafts and antiques from Moscow’s markets. Look out for matryoshka dolls, the famous colourfully painted wooden dolls that stack inside each other.

What should I wear in Moscow?

In winter, you will need a thick, long coat, boots suitable for snow, a hat and gloves. There is usually at least some snow on the ground from late October to March.

What's the currency in Moscow?

Like the rest of Russia, Moscow uses the ruble. You’ll be able to exchange your money for rubles at most banks and currency exchange bureaus.

Why we love Moscow

“To see Moscow at its best, approach it as the locals do. Go ice-skating in Gorky Park, enjoy some traditional Russian food with a twist and indulge in some retail therapy at the malls around Red Square.”

The best of Moscow

There’s a sense of splendour to Moscow – especially when you’re standing in Red Square, surrounded by majestic minarets and centuries of history. Russian heritage is a proud one, and the nation’s culture is displayed in its buildings and on its streets.

While you can enjoy exploring the traditions of this great capital, you should also embrace the new face of Moscow, with modern art, fashion and cuisine all finding their way into an evolving, modern city in recent years.

Tour the Kremlin, photograph the sublime subway system and leave with a new sense of Russian identity. Find out more with Atlas magazine.

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Weather in Moscow

1 °C
Wednesday26 Feb 2020
2 °C
Thursday27 Feb 2020
1 °C
Friday28 Feb 2020
2 °C
Saturday29 Feb 2020
2 °C
Sunday1 Mar 2020
1 °C
Monday2 Mar 2020
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