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The largest city in Europe as well as the capital city of Russia is Moscow. It is also the financial and political hub of the country and was the capital of the former Soviet Union. Today the 860-year old city has paved the way for the citizens of Moscow moves into the 21st century. There are still numerous reminders of Moscow’s once imperial and Soviet past architecture, culture, and history. The following is a list of the best of Moscow sightseeing attractions and venues.

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Dining out in Moscow, Russia can be a strange experience for foreigners unused to excellent food being accompanied by gangsters, techno music and call girls. Once you get used to this there are some excellent restaurants available offering a real mix of styles and cuisines, but the traditional Russian affection for fish means Japanese sushi places are disproportionately represented.Moscow Russia Weekend

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The bygone capital of mother Russia, St Petersburg, is the star of Russian literature as we know it. The city founded by Peter the Great on the Neva River has been the cultural hub of the Russian empire until the Soviet rule. So, while visiting the muse of the great Russian writers, why not let yourself be guided by the city’s rich history and colorful descriptions, by reading their masterpieces? Here is a list to get you started.

St Petersburg Canal

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There are increasing signs that the bureaucratic and unwieldy visa regime, which currently keeps the number of visitors to Russia artificially low, will soon be modified or removed, at least for citizens of Schengen countries. This means that Moscow will become a destination in much more demand, especially for weekend breaks in a city steeped with history, culture and a huge amount of vodka.

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The first stop for almost all tourists in Moscow will be Red Square and the Kremlin. N read full article

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For centuries Russia has respected and nurtured talents in fields often ignored in the West, especially in the area of ‘high culture’. One of the few good things about the Soviet Union was the way that it opened such aristocratic leisure pursuits as opera and ballet to mass audiences and this is why today, Russia is such a leading critical success in the field.

Ballet

The first stop for any ‘culture vulture’ should be the Bolshoi Theatre. Visitors can go in and admire the sumptuous architecture at any time but seeing a production here is a must. read full article

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Kuntskamera, St Petersburg, Russia

1. Kunstkamera

The first museum to be established in St Petersburg was the Kunstkamera. Part ethnographic world tour and part freak show, this is a museum that few will easily forget. The main display is often disregarded by those seeking more gory… read full article

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1. The Hermitage

Number one on this list will be a surprise to no one. The Hermitage is world renowned as one of the best art museums in the world and its enormous collection and sumptuous setting puts most other museums in the shade. For enthusiasts of art and… read full article

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The city of Saint Petersburg is one of Russia’s hidden jewels. The city of has a magnificence that you would expect to see only in films or created on fantasy vast film sets.

The reality is that this hauntingly beautiful Russian city is so very real… read full article

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