The enigmatic capital of Russia, Moscow offers the visitor an experience like no other city on earth. For the sightseer Moscow offers an unequalled set of attractions. No visit to Moscow would be complete without a trip to The Kremlin, the centre of Russian government and politics, housed within a structure which exhibits breathtaking architecture. The Kremlin has a long history dating back over nine centuries, definitely a must see attraction.
Second on the list of places to visit in Moscow is Red Square, including St Basils' Cathedral. An impressive city centre with its own distinctly Russian flavour. Moscow is also a major arts centre and is served by a wealth of theatres, opera houses and art galleries, along with some excellent contemporary restaurants.
Depending on how you reach Moscow, you will need a different approach to getting through the city. There are five major rings of development counting from the center that includes most of the sights and going to the peripheral areas where you are most likely to land if you arrive at Moscow by plane; all the five airports of the city are located at a considerable distance from the center - somewhere around 20 miles. You've got two choices here: you can either turn to one of the “airport-city transfer” companies that will wait for you at the terminal and drive you to the hotel; or you can take things on your own and use public transportation or cab services. The former variant requires pre-booking of the service and it is considerably more expensive, whereas the other is less costly but more challenging.
Tverskaya Avenue is the main street of Moscow, it has the Kremlin at one of its ends, whereas the other continues in the Leningradskoy Shosse as part of the most direct route to St. Petersburg. The rings that we have already mentioned are characteristic for the radial structure of the city, but there is one more thing you should know when you are trying to find a certain building on a street: house numbering starts from the center with the odd numbers on the left side of the street and the even numbers on the right. Thus, Tverskaya 1 is none other than the Kremlin building located at the very heart of the Russian capital.
Depending on how you choose to get around, there are various things that can help you stay oriented. The underground uses a color system for each main area of Moscow with maps of the train routes. And experience has taught many that this is the most important code to follow, since a foreigner will find it almost impossible to figure something out from the directions in Russian available in the stations. Consequently, make sure to purchase a comprehensive map and carefully study it before venturing on any sightseeing tour. Here are some hints about the most convenient ways to move around Moscow.