Tourism in Moscow

Moscow is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Russia. Around 70% of tourists come here while travelling to Russia. Due to the permanent development of the tourist infrastructure, Moscow is a popular place both for foreign and domestic tourists. The largest number of foreigners come from China, Germany, France, Turkey, USA, Italy and UK. Due to COVID-19, the tourist flow drastically dropped in 2020 with 5 mln tourist less as compared to previous years.  But despite of the dropdown of tourism during the last year, Moscow continues being a hot spot that implements most advanced ideas ahead of all others.

A large portion arrive in Moscow not only for cultural and entertainment purposes but also on business and education. Moscow hosts many business forums, conferences, seminars. Still, it is a significant cultural and historical place with all its theaters, museums and galleries.

The most visited sights are the Red Square and Kremlin. Art fans will be adored by classical Tretyakov Gallery, Contemporary Art Centre "Winzavod"(Winery), Museum of Modern Art; technology lovers should definitely see the Polytechnic Museum. Moscow theatres are worth seeing, too. The Bolshoi Theatre with its classic performances is well-know all over the world. Modern ones can be seen in the Taganka Theater, Moscow Theatre of Musical, Moscow Art Theatre.

Among other interesting places to visit are Gorky Park, Sparrow Hill, and VDNKh with their free open-air events.

In addition to cultural and entertaining functions, Moscow is a progressive business center of Russia. It has representative offices of all the major international companies and Russia’s financial flows come through the city, too.

Moscow is attractive in terms of educational prospective. A large number of ambitious students come here to enter Moscow State University, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, School of Economics, the First Medical University.

Coming to the Russian capital, one will definitely have a number of options for accommodation of any budget. Today Moscow boasts over 1,500 hotels and hostels.

As for the tourist safety, it is safe as much as other European cities. The criminal activity of the 90s is in the past, thus, standard precaution measures will be enough.

With a rapid growth of tourist flows, the city government decided to establish tourist information centers and a call center with employees fluently speaking Russian, English, German, French and Chinese.

Moscow constantly develops and improves its facilities and infrastructure. The recent changes include construction of free walking areas and streets, for example, totally pedestrian Nikolskaya street with its open-air celebrations, promenades, festivals and fairs.

The Moscow underground system should be mentioned, as well. Being an architectural landmark, it is can be considered as a tourist destination along with other popular places. Today, it combines elements of exquisite architectural style and modern technologies. Tourists are amazed by being able to use wireless connection in metro, public areas and city transport. With the largest European Wi-Fi infrastructure, Moscow greatly facilitates travelling of foreign and domestic tourists around the city.

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