COLORFUL ONION DOMES RISE ABOVE STERN MONUMENTS AND A COMMUNIST PAST MINGLES WITH HIGH CULTURE IN THRILLING, CONFOUNDING MOSCOW.

A legendary metropolis, the Russian capital’s legacy is deep and varied. Artists and writers have left their marks just as deeply as the imperial dynasties and soviet leaders who once ruled here. The Moscow of today is one of the world’s most distinctive destinations, renowned for exceptional theater, design, architecture, and an emerging culinary scene.

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DISCOVERIES

GARAGE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART IN GORKY PARK
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The city’s largest private contemporary art museum reopened in Gorky Park in 2015 following a much anticipated makeover. Working with the original structure, a restaurant of prefabricated concrete, renowned architect Rem Koolhaas’s OMA preserved many of the Soviet-era details, including a mosaic of a woman floating skyward. Blockbuster shows and exhibits from artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Louise Bourgeois and Urs Fischer draw a crowd. Architectural walking tours, drop in workshops and a summer rooftop movie series bring an interactive element to the space.

HERMITAGE GARDEN
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The Hermitage Garden has been a social gathering place for over one hundred years. Home to theaters and opera houses, this landscaped oasis hosts cultural events, such as concerts and plays, on its stages and grassy lawns. In warmer months, children climb in the playground and locals relax in the garden strewn with belle époque gazebos and graceful fountains. In winter, Moscovians glide onto the ice of the giant skating rink. Take a romantic step back in time and stroll in the glow of the 19th century street lamps when night falls.

RIVERBOAT RIDE ON MOSCOW RIVER
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With the revitalization of green space city wide and vibrant squares, Moscow beckons to be explored on foot. However, a cruise on the Moscow River is the most scenic way to view distinctive sites in one breezy excursion. Board a flotilla-style yacht for year-round guided tours that drift by Gorky Park, The Kremlin and the Russian Space Shuttle on display along the river.

SANDUNY RUSSIAN BATHS
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Bathhouses featured prominently in Russian daily life, and the opulent Sanduny Russian baths, one of the oldest in Moscow, is certainly the most famous. Museum like interiors with stained glass ceilings, Roman columns, marble staircases and gilded statues is a marvel for the architecture alone. Unwind in the sauna, soak in the restorative baths, indulge with a massage and join bathers for a glass of vodka and traditional Russian cuisine in the restaurant.

THE LUMIERE BROTHERS CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY
Moscow
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A former confectionary factory has been sweetly repurposed as a creative collection with designers, architects, artists and the new home of Russia’s first fine art photography gallery under one warehouse-style roof. Ponder the massive collection of Soviet-era photographs, vintage prints and avant-garde exhibitions in this gallery named for French brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière, the fathers of filmmaking.

THE STATE TRETYAKOV GALLERY AND OLD MERCHANT’S QUARTER
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Formal portraits of Russian empresses and 17th-century counts in powdered wigs adorn one gallery and a collection of gleaming medieval icons and sculptures occupies another. This unparalleled museum spans Russian art through the ages. Housed in the historic residence of the collection’s founder, the 19th century merchant Pavel Mikhailovich Tretyakov, over one hundred thousand works are displayed in the sixty-two rooms of this grand mansion.

VERNISSAGE IN IZMAILOVO ARTISAN AND FLEA MARKET
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Woven baskets are stacked neatly in rows, hand-painted wooden puppets dance on marionette strings and detail-laden martryoshka are on display for lucky souvenir hunters every weekend in a charming square. Founded 25 years ago, this artisan flea market is the largest collective of designers, weavers, and folk handicraft artists.

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