Both citizens and visitors find the city center of Moscow amazingly beautiful. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, most of the city center has been reconstructed giving it a modern look. Yet, every building and every corner of the city has its own unique and rich history.
Moscow is the largest city in Russia with over 12 million people populating it. It belongs to the 10 largest cities in the world. The city is home to the federal government and most government agencies of national level. Not only is Moscow the capital of modern Russia, but throughout the history of the country, it was the capital of the Grand Duchy of Moscow in the 14th century, the Tsardom of Russia (16th – 18th centuries), Bolshevist Russia (1917 – 1922), USSR (1922 – 1991).
Moscow Kremlin, The Red Square, Novodevichiy Monastery and Kolomenskoe are among the UNESCO world heritage objects.
WowMoscow is pleased to introduce to the history and, for the most part, the modern Moscow with all the services and fun things to do in the city that you can't find on any other portal!
Restaurants in Moscow are famous for their delicious food. Italian, French, Japanese, Latin American and Russian cuisines are very popular. The common tip rate is about 10% of the total bill. If you are interested in the Russian cuisine, the most visited and also the most expensive restaurant is ‘Pushkin’ restaurant. However, there are more affordable places for Russian or Ukrainian cuisines, such as ‘Taras Bulba’.
Numerous taxi services in Moscow can get you to any place in the city. If you are staying in a hotel, a front desk representative can help you order a taxi. You can call and reserve it yourself. Most citizens use private drivers instead of taxi. However, we do not recommend Moscow visitors to use private drivers, but rather licensed taxi services.
Moscow metro is considered to be one of the main city sights. There are no two similar stations: every station has a different architectural style. It was fist opened in 1935 with only one operational line. Today, it has 12 operational lines stretching over 305 km (190 mi). Before 2020, the city plans to open 43 new stations. Since 1955, the metro is named after the revolutionary activist Vladimir Lenin. In 2011, Moscow metro transported 2388 mln passengers, being the second most heavily used metro system in the world (after Tokyo metro). Although quite crowded, Moscow metro is safe, easy to use and extremely fast.
Most young people in Russia speak reasonably well English and will be happy to assist you in finding your way. Please note that most of the city is covered with 3G Internet and for about $15 per month you can have an unlimited internet access on your mobile device or tablet and use Google maps or any other service to help you find your way.
Past time activities
Whether you would like to visit one of the Moscow theatres, go see a new movie, attend an art exhibition or go to a night club, Moscow has a lot to offer. It is worth noting, however, that fancy restaurants and night clubs have a strict dress code: dresses and high-heeld shoes are required for women and suits and shirts are necessary for men.
Events announcements can be found in magazines and websites, such as Moscow Times. WowMoscow website will also keep you updated about the latest happenings in the city.
Summers in Moscow are often hot and dry. Summer temperatures can be as high as 35C (95F). Such temperatures usually last for few days and then return back to milder ones (around 27C, or 80F). September and October are called “golden autumn” in Moscow and give a city a truly nice colorful look. The first spring months (March-April) are the time when the snow starts to melt. The Russians refer to those months as the period of “awakening nature”. The month of May is when the city turns green and most citizens take leave time: May 1 is the Labor Day and May 9 is the famous Victory Day, a great holiday for most Russian families. During the winter times, Moscow used to get a lot of snow. Now, piles of Moscow are much more rare and cannot be found until late winter. City public services take a good care of the streets and clear them immediately after the snowfall. Late winter temperatures can be quite low, but most buildings are very well heated. Visitors are advised to bring warm clothes, especially if planning to spend a significant time outside.
Enjoy your stay in Moscow. Let yourself lose in the city. Merge with it in order to feel it. WowMoscow is here to help you find the best in the city and discover the unique sides of it.