Ok l know l have a cheek considering we are off to Australia & NZ for a month over Christmas and January BUT an opportunity has arisen for us to visit Moscow at start of Dec for long weekend. For a bargain price (airmiles!!)
The Russian Visa issue doesnt bother me - lve got one before so l know the process. What l want to know:
- 4 days approximately - is this enought to see what the city has to offer?
- What does the city have to offer ie which sites should NOT be missed?
- Any recommendations for a good western standard hotel - sorry no hostels l want a hotel!
- How cold will Moscow be at start of Dec - l was in St Petersberg at start of Nov 3 years ago and it was cold but not as bad as l expected (and there was NO snow!!)
Cheers for any advice
[ Edit: Edited at Oct 13, 2006 9:39 AM by Purdy ]
Many of the Moscow Metro stations are worth a stop for their Stalinist architecture and Socialist Realism decor. Have you read Bulgakov's wild "Master and Margarita"? (The recent English translation is supposed to be good.) One can go to the apartment from the novel; there used to be some interesting graffiti in the stairwell.
* Any recommendations for a good western standard hotel - sorry no hostels l want a hotel!
I wanted to stay at the Leningradskaya Hotel, listed in my guide book as "showpiece Soviet hotel" with a "grand 1950s style", but couldn't get it.
I ended up staying at The Tourist Hotel near the botantical gardens. Not too bad. Pretty standard Western style hotel rooms - a bed, a TV, hot water. Around $US 70 a night. It was a nice enough hotel, but far from the city centre. There were a large number of buildings on the property and I couldn't figure out what they were all for. There's a small shop and restaurant on site. It's about a 10 minute walk to the Botanschesky Sad metro stop.
There's some discussion here you might want to check out: Hotels in Moscow. The Rossiya is a place where lots of people stay, but Peter hated it.