Mighty Moscow

So, you’ve got a couple hours of free time in Moscow – or perhaps even a whole day to spare, and are wondering how to spend your time. Well there’s no need to worry, as Russia’s bustling capital city has plenty to keep you busy, whether you are a love bird, history buff, serial sightseer or night owl.

Feeling romantic? Attach a padlock to Luzhkov Bridge in Moscow (Photo courtesy of Adam Baker/Flickr)
Feeling romantic? Attach a padlock to Luzhkov Bridge in Moscow (Photo courtesy of Adam Baker/Flickr)

For love birds: Attach a padlock to Luzhkov Bridge

Whoever said Russians weren’t romantic? If you’ve got some extra time and want to do something special with your sweetheart in Russia, make your way to Luzhkov Bridge in Moscow or the Potseluev Bridge in St Petersburg, and engage in a Russian tradition. Here couples attach padlocks inscribed with their initials to specially placed metal trees that line the bridge before tossing the key over their heads into the river below. The lock is meant to represent the strength of the relationship and its ability to last the test of time.

For night owls: Try out Moscow’s nightlife

We’ve all heard about Moscow’s unrivalled nightlife, but what is it really all about? Don your best dress, stiletto heels and fur coat for a trip down to the Bolotnaya Embankment, the location of some of Moscow’s best and most elite bars and night clubs. But be warned, the doormen reign supreme here – from one glance they will decide whether you are in or out, and often enough it doesn’t even have anything to do with how you look. If your first attempt fails, there are hundreds more to choose from!

For history buffs: Venture inside a Soviet Bunker

You would have never known it, but underneath the busy streets of Moscow is a network of underground bunkers, built during the Soviet Union in case of nuclear war. Today two are open to the public, including Bunker 42. Built 60 metres underground as a security defence in case of a nuclear attack, Bunker 42 was once fully equipped for such a catastrophic event. It was fully independent, with its own power supply, communications system and defence mechanisms. While today it is no longer functioning for its original purpose it still remains a symbol of the greatness and power which Russia had and it viewed and treated with great respect.

For serial sightseers: Get a panoramic view of the city

For a panoramic view of Moscow head to the Sparrow Hills. Located on the right bank of the Moskva River, the Sparrow Hills is one of highest points in the city. Standing on the platform you can see almost all central Moscow – The Luzhniki Stadium (where 1980 Olympics took place), the domes of Novodevichy convent, the Kremlin churches, Christ the Saviour cathedral, Stalin’s high-rise buildings. The nearest metro station is Vorobyovy Gory, it is located at the lower level of the metro bridge and will take you roughly  15-20 minutes to walk up the hill.

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