Russians are the most mysterious People & Russia is the most secretive country in the world.
If you are even slightly interested in the history of cultures, you can notice that Russia is one of the few countries, the history of which can be tracked in terms of continuity: governmental, cultural and territorial. Once upon a time in the 9th century, the territory of modern Russia was formed first. Principality of Rurik. Since then until the 20th century, Russia’s main form of government was a monarchy. We’ve all seen the Hollywood cartoon “Anastasia” by great work of composer David Numana.
Since childhood time, we’ve heard that in Russia there was a revolution. TheRoyal family was brutally murdered by the communists. We have all heard about the bearded Russian “wizard” Rasputin involved in court life and about his mythical sexual Possibilities.
Probably, there is no man who does not know the Boney M song “Rasputin”. With the arrival of the Communists, Russia became part of the Soviet Union and was closed. It hasn’t been available for the world for 74 years as once Japan wasn’t. Then, the era of the Cold War began.
What we’ve heard about Russia when it was under the curtain? Gossips have been different: about the all-powerful KGB, a rigid censorship, about grandpa Lenin, about the brutal Stalin, on the impoverished population and atomic bombs, about the people who drink large amounts of vodka, about the anti-American propaganda. After the second world war and the victory over Hitler, we knew that the army of the USSR is one of the strongest ones in the world. Then the Soviet Union proved ambiguous in the Caribbean crisis.
Well, we’ve all heard and laughed about the fact that in the USSR there is no sex, banned rock ‘ n ‘ roll and erotic movies. In 1991, communism came to an end under the rule of Gorbachev. The Russian Federation was formed, and the Soviet Union broke up into many republics. Russia has announced that it now adhered to the democratic values and Boris Yeltsin came to power.
Yeltsin made the odious impression of the new Russia. His numerous funny antics put into misunderstanding the world and still did not give any clear ideas about Russia of that time. And then, finally, Putin came to power. Putin, the most influential person according to the magazine “TIME”, and there the new era of Russian history began.
Russia has declared itself as a cultural, political and social part of the world. And also, we heard of the arrests of political activists, prosecution of Khodorkovsky, Pussy Riot, the death of the nuclear submarine Kursk, of the persecution of homosexuality. And a lot more. And about Russian supermodels and the Russian mafia. On average, those are such bits of knowledge of Russia for the average European and American in the world. All this, as you see, is rather ambiguous.
I decided to visit the country to get my own impressions. How can it be attractive to foreigners and why it is worth a visit?
I split the article into several parts and start with the attractions that I remember most.
Red square the main square of the country and the most recognizable symbol of Russia.
There really is divinely beautiful. Don’t forget to walk there and take photos. What is called Red Square includes many attractions, I recommend to pay attention to:
The Kremlin Wall is the residence of the President. Here you can visit the Kremlin Armoury, the Cathedral of the Annunciation, the Cathedral of the Archangel, the Cathedral of the
Dormition, to see the Patriarch’s Palace and Ivan the Great Bell.
Price: 250 to 700 rubles
Working hours: 10:00 to 18:00. Thursday – weekend.
The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed , it works as a museum, and here you can take a guided tour.
Price: for adults 350 rubles, children under 16 free.
Working hours: May, September and October: from 11:00 to 18:00; July, August:
from 10:00 to 19:00; November, April: 11:00 to 17:00.
Mausoleum a monument-tomb on Red Square near the Kremlin wall in Moscow, where since 1924 rests the body of Vladimir Lenin. Usually here stand in long lines.
Admission is free
Working hours: 10:00- 13:00, Monday and Friday weekend.
Alexander Gardens a park for walks. Muscovites love this park. It is very nice and a lot of loving couples. Previously, this land was a river Neglinka.
Admission is free
Manezhnaya square the square on the territory of Red Square. Here were hold political and nationalist rallies.
Admission is free
GUM the most famous and expensive shopping center in Moscow. Here luxury and the prices bite. The building is a landmark even without buying anything, you will enjoy the walk.
Admission is free
Location: Moscow, Red Square, 2
Get – go to the “Ploshad Revolutcii” station “Okhotny Ryad”, “Bibliotek imeni Lenina “, “
Tip: I suggest to dedicate one day entirely to Red square. Per day you can work around it.
Christ the Savior Cathedral the largest temple of the Russian Church. Its height is 105 meters and the capacity of 10 000 people. The temple was built in 2000. Therefore, it can be called one of the newest attractions in Moscow. But in spite of this temple is the modern incarnation of the same church, built in the 19th century.
The temple holds services Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. This is the temple where famous Pussy Riot sang punk moleben and were sentenced to 2 years in prison.
Location:: Volkhonka Streer, 1517.
Working hours: 10:00 – 18:00.
Admission is free
Get there — station ” Kropotkinskaya”.
From the temple, you can walk to the Red October to the bridge along the Moscow river
embankment and Bersenevskaya embankment. Red October is the name of the candy factory that settling down here from 1889 to 2007. The factory moved, but the place kept the name of this of the factory and is now the center of night Moscow. Here you can find: a lot of clubs, restaurants and cafes overlooking the Moscow River, as well as showrooms and galleries .
Be sure to hang out here. Here is a special rave atmosphere. By the way, the factory Red October moved and releases the famous Russian candy, you can find it at supermarkets. The most famous and delicious “Bear Bruin”, “Alenka”, “Tales of Pushkin”, “Crayfish”, “Little Red Riding Hood”
Location: Bersenevskaya naberezhnaya 6.
Get there: station “Kropotkinskaya”.
Ostozhenka Street. After visiting the temple i recommend to take walk on the street Ostozhenka the most expensive street in Moscow. Between the lanes in this street there are many embassies and the most expensive mansions in Moscow.
Get there: station “Kropotkinskaya” and “Park Kultury”
Arbat the most famous street in Moscow, along with the Tverskaya street. Arbat Street one of the oldest streets in the city. Arbat is divided into two parts, which are parallel to each other: the Old Arbat and Novy Arbat.
As you might guess, the old Arbat it pedestrian street embodies the architectural style of old Moscow, with lots of alleys, houses museums and the former possessions of famous Russian figures. It is advisable to walk through all Arbat and feel the spirit of old Moscow.
I recommend here to draw attention to the following buildings:
Pushkin House Museum (Arbat, 53) the most famous Russian poet who died in a duel with Dantes.
Price: 150 rubles.
Working hours: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday,Sunday: from 10.00 to 18.00 Thursday: from 12.00 to 21.00.
Tsoi Wall (Arbat, 37) is the wall of rock and roll and punk and Russian freedom. Tsoi Soviet rock musician he was in Russia more than Kurt Cobain for the world. Tsoi was a breath of air in the Soviet censorship for young people. His sudden death in car crash in 28 years has become a shock for young people. Wall “appeared” in 1990, when someone, after the news of the death of Victor Tsoi, through the wall, put the black: “Today, Viktor Tsoi died.” In response, someone added: “Tsoi is alive.”
Youth does not allow the government to demolish the wall for 26 years.
Novy Arbat (Novinsky Boulevard)
As for the Novy Arbat a glamorous area with lots of cafes, restaurants, cinemas and other
entertainment venues. Here, highrise, glamor and luxury buildings and hotels. I recommend to visit the legendary Georgian restaurant located in the alley between the old and Novy Arbat Genatsvale (Novy Arbat Street, 11/2), you will not forget the taste of the dishes in this place for a long time and always want to return.
Get there: i recommend to start the way from station Smolenskaya (dark blueline),
here you can stroll along the Arbat and get to station Arbatskaya… You can make other way round from Arbatskaya to Smolenskaya.
Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure
Gorky Park the best park in Moscow by many ratings. Today Neskuchny Garden, Sparrow Hills and Muzeon are part of Gorky Park. The park includes a lot of very interesting things:
- Sports activities bike paths, tennis courts, table tennis, skate park, a mini football, carousel, Chess Club, an ice rink, a basketball court, hockey playground, ping pong, jogging club, fitness center.
- Facilities free internet in the entire territory of the park, stand for charging laptops and phones, complimentary lounge chairs and ottomans to relax, there is a mobile application for the Gorky park, drinking fountains on the territory of the stalls, automated parking for visitors in front of the main entrance to the park.
- Meala lot of cafes and restaurants, as well you can taste an ice cream “Gorky Park”
- Other Activities Museum of Contemporary Art “Garage”, an openair theater, observatory and also you will see your own kind of roses “Gorky Park”, fountains with rose garden, sandpit, greenhouse in Neskuchny Garden.
I recommend to pay special attention to the Park of arts Museon, related to Gorky Park, but separated by a large highway in between. The Muzeon is located on the right side of Gorky
Park across the road. This Park is located about 700 sculptures, among them such ancient leading as Stalin, Dzerzhinsky, Gorky and many others. Modern Park Museum Museon has turned into one of the favorite places of recreation for children and youth. The Park often hosts various children’s and youth activities.
Admission is free
Moscow city is a little Manhattan in Moscow, located on the Presnenskaya embankment.
Patriarch’s Ponds is an affluent residential area in downtown Presnensky District of Москов. Here is different life, different from the whole of Moscow. I recommend to walk there and drink wine in any restaurant.
The Bolshoi Theatre
The Bolshoi Theatre is a historic theatre in Moscow, Russia, designed by architect Joseph Bové , which holds performances of ballet and opera . Be sure visit russian ballet!
Tickets: from 100 rub to 12000 rub
In Russia, I recommend to get acquainted with two kitchens: Russian and Georgian. You will
be surprised, but most foreigners here are trying the Georgian cuisine because it is delicious. I will tell you what dishes are worth a try in russian kitchens.
Soups. Russians adores soups, and they differ from European soups, so that they are more liquid. Soups that I recommend:
Soup. Borscht — a Ukrainian soup, which is considered Russian in the world, except for Ukraine. This is a soup based on beets and served hot or cold. Recommend adding a ablespoon of sour cream or mayonnaise. Very tasty!
Okroshka. The traditional Russians cold soup based on kefir, and sometimes kvass. Very unusual dishes and an amateur.
Aspic is a dish in which ingredients are set into a gelatin made from a meat stock and with pieces of meat, eggs, some vegetables.
Pancakes with caviar: red or black. Caviar can afford any Russian. And black is only in expensive restaurants. Caviar is a classic in russian cuisine. Try, certainly!
Pickles. In Russia every housewife loves to glaze vegetables for the winter and then open. It’s like without a marinade, it can not do any russian table.
Pel’meni is a boiled dish of Russian cuisine of dough stuffed with minced meat. Dumplings in Russia eats everyone from taxi drivers and ending with millionaires. In some restaurants you can try pel’meni with salmon.
Herring with potatoes. Boiled potatoes with pickled herring. Served with onions and black bread and w ashed down with vodka!
Pancakes with cottage cheese with condensed milk, jam! You can taste it only in Russia! Insanely delicious!
Kvass is a traditional Slavic and Baltic fermented beverage commonly made from black or regular rye bread .
Kefir is a fermented milk drink made with kefir “grains” and has its origins in the north Caucasus Mountains. It is prepared by inoculating cow, goat, or sheep milk with kefir grains
Russians girls are very beautiful. All of them called Russian, but in fact there are a lot of nationalities and so here there is beauty for every taste. For example, here you can meet girls in the style of Natasha Vodianova – wide noses, light hair, skin, eyes, thin, cute. And also to meet such a juicy tatar girl like Irina Shayk.
They have dark skin, brown or green eyes, small noses, lips pouting. Also, here you can meet Penelope Cruz and Kim Kardashian, because there are a lot of girls from the Caucasus . And of course, a special place is occupied by the so-called club girls. If you go out in glamorous club night, you drown in a sea of silicone and cosmetics.
All those women in the world call Russian girls, but these women are very different, with different character, upbringing and culture. And sometimes you can be surprised they are so different in behaviour. Common to them is that Russian women are very feminine and open to communication with men.
They’re very nice, attentive and warm. I would like to explain the word “warm” in Russia are very fond of this word.. They call a “warm person”, a person with a soul, which gives the other person a feeling of affinity. This is a very Russian concept, which is not so easy to understand, if you do not live in this country. There’s really people are divided into warm and cold. But for women, the most of them are warm.
Here women do not like long walks. But they love heels, and sit in cafes and restaurants. Likes to go to museums, and singing karaoke. I have met a lot of women who loved music and went to rock concerts coming from the West. Russian women are very fond of gifts.
Love the flowers. No woman in the world loves flowers, as Russians woman. They love the attentions of men constantly, and they want it every time. With all the advantages of Russian women, I can not mention the fact that women are very clever. They know how long to play along with the man, but their patience is not eternal.
When you walk on the Arbat, you can buy souvenirs. Here are the most classic ones:
Matryoshka – is a Russian wooden toy in the form of a painted doll, inside of which are similar to her another smaller dolls. Although matryoshka is considered a traditional Russians toy. A samovar is a device traditionally used to heat and boil water for tea. Balalaika Russian folk stringed musical instrument.
In Russia there are many museums that are certainly worth a visit.
- The State Tretyakov Gallery.
- The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.
- Moscow Contemporary Art Center Winzavod.
- Tsereteli Art Gallery.
- Bulgakov Museum in Moscow.
- The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center.
- The Artplay Center of Design.
Where to hang out/eat/drink?
Stoleshnikov lane to see freaks and hang out. (Station Chekhovskaya).
Kamergersky lane to drink wine and watch people. (Station Teatralnaya or Ohotny Ryad).
Rodnya: Rodnya is famous among younger crowds and it bringing amazing latest electronic music in Moscow.
Propaganda: Propaganda is truly one of the best places in Moscow to have night out. Also, Propaganda is one of the oldest nightclub in Moscow.
Icon: Another place in Moscow, best clubbing experience, Icon club would apply entry charges on men.