Fly To Moscow, Russia
With the Fireworks Festival, the Flower Festival, Moscow Day, and the International Military Music event, the festivals don't stop in Moscow. The points of interest even include public transport: the Moscow metro stations are all unique, each one filled with different kinds of art. Right in the centre of the city is Gorky Park, an amusement park opened in 1928 by the Soviets and dedicated to culture and leisure.
The 1980 Summer Olympics were held in Moscow, and the Olympic Stadium is now a popular venue for artists and performers. Book the cheapest flights to Moscow with Travelstart.co.za
Why visit Moscow?
- The Kremlin and Red Square impress even the most jaded of travellers!
- The nightlife is incredible. In summer, sit on a terrace with views over the city!
- The city is filled with history and the Soviet legacy is everywhere!
Average temperatures in the winter are famously low, and you can expect heavy snow. The weather is kinder in the summer months, when the city comes to life.
Russian is the official language of Moscow, although English is more widely spoken here than anywhere else in Russia. However, longer term residents will need to learn Russian in order to find work and deal with everyday administration.
- Moscow has the largest number of millionaires in the world, with New York coming second.
- At the weekend, more than 100,000 people a day visit Gorky Park.
- Stray dogs ride the same metro route everyday as they know where to go to get lunch.
Shopping is a key passtime in the Russian capital, and you're never far from a mall. Check out Kapitoliy, a modern super mall, and the 19th century GUM on Red Square looks more like a palace than a shopping centre. There are also museums aplenty. Moscow may not be blessed with mountains or beaches, but visitors can indulge in traditional sauna and spa facilities after a busy day shopping and sightseeing.
As in every major city, everything from sushi to pizza is available in Moscow. For something really Russian, though, go for the wild mushroom pelmeni (dumplings) in Cafe Pushkin - they're the best in town.
In general, Russians are fairly conservative and like to dress up- if you visit the opera or Bolshoi Ballet, be sure to wear something formal. Russians tend to wear dark colours, especially in the wintertime. Orthodox churches require women to cover their heads, while shoulders and legs should be covered by both sexes when visiting.
The crime rate among tourists is low, and Moscow is generally safe and well lit, even late at night. Unfortunately homophobia is rife, and is aid and abetted by anti-progressive laws recently passed by the Kremlin. A small minority of the population also hold strong anti-immigrant views.
South African travellers do require a Visa to enter Russia. You can contact the Russian Embassy in South Africa (Telephone: +27 (0)12 362 1337/8) for more information on what documents are required in addition to Visa applications.
Republic of South Africa Embassy in Moscow.
Address: 1 Granatny Pereulok
Phone: +7 495 926 1177
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Moscow Domodedovo International Airport – MOW
Moscow Domodedovo Airport or Domodedovo International Airport is the hub for the majority of Moscow flights. This airport caters to a huge number of passengers each year, and is situated in the Moscow Oblast Jurisdiction; about 42 kilometres from the city centre.
Food and beverage: Coffee House is situated on the first and second floor passenger terminal, while other places to get food and drinks include Snack Time Café at arrivals and Espressamente illy on the second floor passenger terminal.
Currency Exchange: there are a few banking kiosks, currency exchange offices and ATMs in the passenger terminal, including Golfstream LLC at international arrivals.
Lost Luggage: The Lost and Found office is in the baggage claim areas of international and domestic arrivals. Here you can get a claim form, show your travel documents and get a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) to have your luggage found within 21 days or less.
Airport Hotels: Hotels near to the airport include Park Hyatt Moscow, Domodedovo Aerotel, Atlas Park Hotel and a few others in the area.
Car Hire: Hertz, Sixt, Avis and Europcar are the main car hire providers at Moscow Airport.
Airport Hub: Moscow International Airport (code MOW) is a hub for Ak Bars Aero, Moskovia Airlines, RusLine, S7 Airlines, Globus Airlines, Transaero Airlines, Ural Airlines, VIM Airlines and Yamal Airlines, serving flights across Russia as well as Europe.
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