Moscow is a major global city and along with London, is one of the largest and most heavily populated in the upper northern hemisphere. It’s sprawling metropolis however doesn’t make life difficult for those visiting to watch the football, as the major sights are located within the city centre, a 30 minute metro journey from the Luzhniki Metro.
When you book your hotel check whether breakfast is included or whether you have to pay on top of the room price. Russian hotels can add a lot on to the bill without going through the prices with you first, so it’s good to know what is and what isn’t included from the offset. Russian hotel breakfast buffets can fill you up for the day and include an English style breakfast with added extras such as smoked fish and blinis.
The main attraction is the Red Square, home of the famous Saint Basil’s Cathedral, a stunning onion-domed church built in the 16th century. The Red Square is also the entrance to the 15th Century Kremlin, a huge complex of cathedrals, palaces and government buildings that were most famously the home of the KGB during Soviet Russia.
The best way to explore the Kremlin is with a guided tour. Also on the Red Square is the Mausoleum of Lenin, well worth a visit but there is heavy queues during summer.
Make a trip to Izmailovsky Flea Market, one of the biggest street markets in the city and the ideal place to buy a few sets of Matryoshka dolls for all the family back home.
The nightlife is good in Moscow and can be lots of fun, but it would be wise to stay out of trouble at all costs and stay in the main tourist haunts rather than going off and finding local bars. Avoid upsetting police or security staff.
Moscow Red Square