Moscow, like all of Russia is BIG. With 12.2 million people, it is spread out and very diverse. From Red Square to Gorky Park, from St. Basil’s Cathedral to the Ostankino TV Tower, from the mammoth Gum Department Store to the zoo, everywhere you look is an expansive view. Relatively new for European cities it was founded in the 12th century on the banks of the Moskva River. Moscow’s winters got the best of Napoleon and Hitler, so spring or early autumn might be the best time to visit.
Moscow’s museums are second to none and cultural activities abound. Moscow has several times more green space per capita than London, Paris or New York. Must see sights include the Lenin Mausoleum, the Bolshoi Theater, and a sight in itself, the ornate Metro system. Just like a Russian nesting doll, there are sight and activities inside each other.The main symbol of the city is the Arbat, a historic pedestrian street in the center of Moscow.