There is something truly spectacular about Russia. Historically and culturally, there is something mysterious, exceptional, and completely original about especially Moscow that leaves you breathless. We at Flyavel believe everyone should take a trip to Moscow, but we also suspect some might need some convincing. So here are top 5 Flyavel reasons why you need to visit Moscow right now:
What strikes many travellers is that Moscow has a number of top-notch museums and galleries - for example the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Multimedia Art Museum, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts to name but a few interesting cultural spaces. Many industrial and historical areas have even been converted over to galleries, like the ARTPLAY Center of Design, the Center for Contemporary Art Winzavod, and the Flacon Design Factory. You will always find access to both foreign and Russian talent in these places.
From the grand architecture of the 830 Orthodox Churches with golden domes and white walls to the colourful historical edifices and stark Soviet construction, Moscow is a whirlwind of architecture eras and accents. Your mind will be boggled by the interweaving of rainbow-coloured palaces and cool concrete.
3. Drama and Theatre
If you love the performing arts, you won’t be left dissatisfied in Moscow. Some of the popular venues include the Bolshoi Theatre, the Malyi Theatre, Lenkom, Moscow Art Theatre, and the Satirikon, where you can attend a large number of quite varied shows. If you want to catch the best shows, be sure to visit Moscow in October, when the theatre season starts.
Moscow residents and visitors alike can enjoy a surplus of parks, common squares, gardens, and other outdoor recreation spots for picnics, animal and people-watching. Be sure to check out the Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure for winter skate parties, shooting ranges, and dozens of fountains. If you prefer loads of green spaces with views of the skyline instead, head to the Vorobyovy Gory, where you can hop on high jump platforms for exhilarating sights.
5. Russian Food
If there’s one thing we at Flyavel like talking about more than travel, it’s food—and Russia has loads of it. There are many traditional Russian dishes that you can find in Moscow for sampling, some of them even from Michelin-starred restaurants. Flyavel recommends the savory pancakes, cabbage schi, solyanka, Siberian meat pies, and the classic folk drink, kvass. The best part is that dining in Moscow is budget-friendly, so you can fill up for cheap.
If you’ve been considering going to Moscow, there is no better time than now. The city is filled with rich history, culture, and food. Even when it gets cold in Russia, Moscow warmly welcomes you—so pack your bags.