Moscow is Russia’s principal magnet for foreign investment and business presence and is increasingly important as a world economic and business center. It is the nation’s seat of power and home to over half of the country’s banks, representative offices of major Russian companies, and leading world corporations. Situated alongside the winding Moskva River, Moscow is Europe’s largest metropolis and has served as the capital of a progression of Russian states since the Middle Ages, making it one of the most historically significant locations in Europe.
Moscow is home to such famous landmarks as the Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral located in the Red Square. It also hosts a sea of stunning parks and gardens, which invite locals and tourists alike to enjoy views of the city, cafés, theme rides, and local culture. Some of the most notable of these outdoor treasures are Gorky Park, Victory Park, Vorobyovy Gory, and the Patriarshiye Ponds.
Moscow has a vibrant nightlife, with an exciting variety of clubs, restaurants, and bars. As a major world city it is also host to festivals, premieres, and gallery openings throughout the year. On warm summer evenings, outdoor cafés are buzzing with young professionals and visitors, whether on the banks of the Moskva River, in the Red Square or along the cobblestoned streets of Old Arbat.
Arts & Culture
Moscow is rich with countless museums, historic estates, and art galleries to tour and explore. Museums like the Tretyakov State Gallery and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts rival their equals in New York, London, and Paris and display collections ranging from ancient Greek and Roman art to works of the European Old Masters and modern art. At the same time, the State Historical Museum and the Old Tretyakov gallery offer visitors a unique view of the classic Russian tradition, from rare originals of early Russian icon painters to famous pre-Revolutionary masters. The Kremlin Armory contains relics from the Tsar’s treasury, weapons, the famous Fabergé Eggs, and the Imperial Crown Jewels of Russia. Some of the other must-sees are the beautiful Red Square where you can also visit Lenin’s Mausoleum and just down the river, the majestic Cathedral of Christ the Savior with its gold-plated domes. If you are interested in something new, the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture has a full menu of cutting-edge fare that will appeal to any cultural cosmopolitan.
The city is also a thriving center of music, ballet, theater, and film. The world-renowned Bolshoi Theater is the most famous of Moscow’s many theaters. The repertory of a typical season includes classical works such as Swan Lake alongside modern interpretations, both operatic and theatrical. The Maly, Art, Vakhtangov, and Taganka theaters stage classical plays by Chekhov, Shakespeare, and Ibsen as well as avant-garde works by modern Russian and international playwrights. The Rossiia Concert Hall is one of Moscow’s premier and most prestigious concert venues, featuring performances by popular Russian stars, as well as a host of television and film award ceremonies.