Moscow, Russia

Did you know that Moscow was declared to be the ninth most expensive city in the world? But, don’t let that discourage you – Moscow is also one of the world’s largest urban economies – it has been ranked as an alpha global city and it’s also one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world. Wondering why?

People often describe Moscow as one big cold city. And this is partially true. Moscow’s climate is very tough during the winter – the temperatures go from -25C (-13F) to -30C (-22F). During the summer, the climate is very pleasant and the temperatures usually don’t go above 3oC (86F). Typical high temperatures in the warm months of June, July and August are around a comfortable 20 to 26C (68 to 79F).

The masterpiece of Russian architecture, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, is Moscow’s best known site. This church is today a museum. Also, the church acquired its present-day vivid colors in several stages from the 1680s to 1848, and the colorful exterior is best seen at night.

There are total 96 parks and 18 gardens in Moscow, including 4 botanical gardens. One of the oldest ones is the Gorky Park, founded in 1928. The main part along the Moskva River envelops estrades, children’s attractions (including the Observation Wheel water ponds with boats and water bicycles), dancing, tennis courts and other sport facilities. The oldest garden is Moscow is the Neskuchny Garden which features the Green Theater, one of the largest open amphitheaters in Europe, able to hold up to 15 thousand people.

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