GP Moscow Travel Guide
by Maria Zuyeva and Konstantin Palfinov
Hello Magic Judges!
GP Moscow welcomes you! This guide is written to make your stay in Russia easier. We tried toput in everything you could need in a foreign country (and not to make it 50+ pages long).Enjoy your trip to Moscow! We are really proud to have all of you in our city.
Have a good time! If you have any questions, please, contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find additional travel tips here soon.
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See you in Moscow! ;)
So... What to know and expect in Moscow?
This part of the guide will tell you some general tips about staying in cyrillic country where noone speaks English. OK, it’s not true. You can easily find someone on the street who speaksEnglish well. But don’t expect sellers, drivers, any other service workers to know English. Beready to communicate using your hands (I mean pointing to the thing you want to buy!)
SIGNS TO KNOWТАКСИ (Taxi) - Taxi
МЕТРО (Metro) - Subway
ПЕРЕХОД (Perekhod) - Tunnel
ВХОД (Vkhod) - Entrance
ВЫХОД (Vykhod) - Exit
НЕТ ВХОДА (Net vkhoda) - No Entry
ПРОХОДА НЕТ (Prokhoda net) - No passing through
ОТКРЫТО (Otkryto) - Open
ЗАКРЫТО (Zakryto) - Closed
ТУАЛЕТ (Tualet) - WC/restroom
М - men’s WC/restroom Ж - women’s WC/restroom
ОБМЕН ВАЛЮТ (Obmen valyut) - Currency Exchange
КАССА (Kassa) - Ticket office
ПОЛИЦИЯ (Politsiya) - Police
РЕСТОРАН (Restoran) - Restaurant
КАФЕ (Cafe) - Cafe
СУШИ (Sushi) - SushiБЛИНЫ (Bliny) - Pancakes
ПИЦЦА (Pizza) - Pizza
КВАС (Kvas) - KvassПИВО (Pivo) - Beer
ВОДКА (Vodka) - Vodka
МАГАЗИН (Magazin) - Shop/Store (NOT a magazine :))
ПРОДУКТЫ (Prodookty) - Grocery store
Imperial to Metric1 inch = 2.54 centimeters
1 foot = 30 centimeters
1 mile = 1.6 kilometers
1 ounce = 28 grams
1 pound = 454 grams
1 pint = 0.6 liters
1 gallon = 4.6 liters
Metric to Imperial1 centimeter = 0.4 inches
1 meter = 3 feet, 3 inches
1 kilometer = 0.6 miles
1 gram = 0.04 ounces
1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds
1 liter = 1.8 pints
The electrical current in Russia is 220 V.
WORDS/PHRASES TO KNOW:
ДА (da) - yes
НЕТ (net) - no
СПАСИБО (spasibo) - thank you
ПОЖАЛУЙСТА (pozhaluista) - “you’re welcome”, as a polite way to answer to “thank you”, or“please” if you want to ask for something or so.
ИЗВИНИТЕ (izvinite) - excuse me / sorry
ПРИВЕТ (Privet) - Hi!
ПОКА (Poka) - Bye!
ЗДРАВСТВУЙТЕ (zdravstvuyte) - Hello (polite/formal way, used when talking to strangers)
ДО СВИДАНИЯ (do svidaniya) - Good bye (polite/formal way, used when talking tostrangers)
ХОРОШО (Khorosho, or just say Horror show) - good (as saying that something is good, oras ‘OK’ to show you agree with something)
ЭТО (eto) - this
Дайте это (dayte eto) - give me this
Сколько стоит? (skolko stoit?) - How much does it cost?
Как пройти к...? (kak proyti k...?) - How to get to...? IF YOU WANT TO BE SCARED BY RUSSIAN MAGIC TERMINOLOGY
СУДЬЯ (Sud’ya) - Do not remember this word, just use “Judge” :-)
СИЛА / АТАКА (Sila / Ataka) - words used to describe Power
ВЫНОСЛИВОСТЬ / ЗАЩИТА (Vynoslivost’ / Zashchita) - words used to describe Toughness
ЦЕЛЬ (Tsel’) - target
ДАВАЙ СЛЕДУЮЩУЮ (Davay sleduyushchuyu) - let’s play next game (used as “I concede”)
The nearest hotel to the VDNKH is the Cosmos Hotel (http://www.hotelcosmos.ru/eng/), but youcan find another hotel according your request on www.booking.com. I also recommend to use http://www.hostelbookers.com/hostels/russia/moscow/map/ to find hostels.
Sun - VDNKH main entrance (1.5 km from the venue, walking down the central alley of VDNKH)
Bed - Staff Hotel (Cosmos)
Train - Subway stationMake sure you realize it’s 2 km by foot from the staff hotel to the venue and plan accordingly!
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
Subway system is good in Moscow. Usually you can get wherever you want by it. The costof one ride is 28 rubles (~0,7 eur). 5 rides willcost you about the same x5 (you save 5rubles), 10 rides will save you 15 rubles. Ifyou’re not sure how many rides do you needand you don’t mind staying in small lines, it’sbetter to buy single rides.
<- Ticket machines look like this
Note: ticket machines and ticket offices in Moscow subway don’t accept credit cards!
Subway is a pay as you enter service. Youcan change lines and travel in any directionuntil you leave the paid zone. Monorail is aseparate line and is paid forseparately.
You can see the map here: http://mosmetro.ru/flash/scheme01.html (flash; click starting station and your destination and if will show you the time you’ll spend and the route you’d better follow) or here: http://www.t-pro.ru/moscow/moscowmetro.gif
Aeroexpress trains from Sheremetyevo stop at Belorusskaya (Green / Circular line), fromVnukovo - at Kievskaya (Blue / Dark blue / Circular line), from Domodedovo - at Paveletskaya (Green / Circular line). You have to go out and find the Aeroexpress station, but it’s located not far from the station. You’d better use radial line exits - these are closer to Aeroexpress stations.
When thinking of Moscow Subway, don’t take it as a way to get somewhere only. MoscowSubway is one of the most beautiful subway in the world. Almost every station (especially in the part surrounded by Circular line) was designed to be unique and match its name and its interior. We’d strongly recommend you not only ride trains there, but at least look outside at stations or even get out of train and look at these ‘underground palaces’.
Don’t forget to look up. My favourite station is Vorob’evy Gory. It is located on the bridge over Moscow river, it’s broad, bright and has some examples of Darwin museum exhibits. Also outside there is a pier where you can get a ticket (400 rubles) and ride a water-bus to the city centre and back to the Vorob’evy Gory.
Some other stations you can find here (with a brief description): http://www.hotelclub.com/blog/most-beautiful-subway-stations-in-moscow/
FOOD AND DRINKS
Russia is famous for its bliny (БЛИНЫ), or pancakes, wih different fillings (meat, mushrooms, caviar, apples, caramel...). You can find a lot of small kiosks sellingpancakes in streets as well as at food courts in shopping malls. Just look for any sign saying БЛИНЫ. One of the famous fast-food restaurants that makes great pancakes is Teremok (ТЕРЕМОК). Russian national food is also served in Ёлки-Палки ( Yolk i - palk i) - a restaurant chain, you can find these in the city.
If you prefer pizza (пицца), or sushi (суши), or McDonalds (Макдоналдс) - you can always find a lot of these everywhere. Sushi and pizza are more popularhere than Russian food, really.
Sightseeing in Moscow
All of the following places are mapped here: http://www.leothehuman.pp.ru/files/Moscow-and-Kremlin.gif
We'd recommend you to either print this map, or download it to your portable device.
M1. The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
Moscow’s flagship gallery opened in 1912, and now has one of the most representative collection in Russia of foreign art dated from ancient times to modern days. The Museum of Private Collections across the street shows rotating exhibits of top quality and varying tastes.
Address: Metro Kropotkinskaya, 12, Volkhonka.
Open: 10:00-18:00, closed on Mondays.
M2. The State Tretyakov gallery
The largest collection of Russian art.
Address: Metro Tretyakovskaya, Novokuznetskaya or Polyanka, 10, Lavrushinsky Pereulok.
Open: 10:00-19:30, closed on Mondays
M3. The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics
A museum complex in the capital of great space power will reflect the real history of space achievements, based on scientific facts and with the help of modern museum technologies. Over the museum you’ll find the monument "To Conquerors of Space".
http://www.space-museum.ru/ (official, Russian only),
Address: Metro VDNKh, 111, Prospekt Mira.
Open: 11:00-19:00, closed on Mondays.
M4. State Darwin Museum
Museum of evolution in the world. There is a large display showing the variety of wildlife on earth, with animals from all climatic zones from the North Pole to the South.
Address: Metro Akademicheskaya, 57/1 Vavilova.
Open: 10:00-18:00, closed on Mondays, the last Friday of every Month, the 1st of January.
M5. Polytechnical Museum
Polytechnical museum is a scientific, enlightening and cultural-leisure centre of Russia, the mainmuseum in history of science and technology.
http://polymus.ru/ (official, Russian only),
Address: Metro Kitay-Gorod or Lubyanka, 3/4, Novaya ploshchad (Entrance №1).
Open: 10:00-18:00, closed on Mondays, the last Friday of every Month.
M6. Zoological Museum of Moscow University
This is the second largest zoologica l museum in Russia (the largest is the Zoological Museum in St.Petersburg) and one of the twelve largest in the world.
Address: Metro Okhotny Ryad, Biblioteka Lenina or Arbatskaya, 6, Bol'shaya Nikitskaya.
Open: 10:00-17:00, closed on Mondays, the last Tuesday of every Month.
M7. All-Russian Decorative - Applied and Folk Art Museum
A large collection of traditional Russian toys, famous hand-painted lacquered boxes, the unique pieces of furniture, porcelain and glassware from famous Russian factories and many others.
Address: Metro Mayakovskaya, Novoslobodskaya or Tsvetnoy Bulvar, 3, Delegatskaya.
Open: Mo, We, Fr, Su - 10:00-18:00, Th – 10:00-21:00, Sa – 11:00-19:00, closed on Tuesdays, the lastMonday of every Month.
The Cold War Museum ("Bunker-42 on Taganka")
Bunker-42 was built in 50s for defense from nuclear attack. It is a large object situated in 65 meters underground in the heart of Moscow which territory contains an interactive museum.
Address: Metro Taganskaya, 11, 5th Kotelnicheskiy pereulok.
Open: 10:30-18:30, all excursions need to be booked on-line or by phone.
M9. Zurab Tsereteli Museum-Studio
Great collection of works by Zurab Tsereteli, the most famous modern Moscow painter andsculptor.
Address: Metro Barrikadnaya or Krasnopresnenskaya, 15c1, Bolshaya Gruzinskaya.
Open: Mo, Tu, We, Fr, Sa, Su - 11:00-19:00, Th – 13:00-21:00, closed on the last Monday of everyMonth.
M10. Moscow Museum of Railway Transportation History
Open air exhibition of steam, diesel and electric locomotives, different track repair technics, snow-removal vehicles and vans.
Address: Metro Rizhskaya,1, Ploshchad Rizhskogo vokzala.
Open: 10:00-16:00, closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
GREAT PLACES OF MOSCOW
P1. The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
One of the most imposing and controversial buildings in Russia, resurrected The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is the tallest Orthodox church. The original church was built by contributions from people all over Russia to commemorate the fallen, and to give thanks to God for Russia’s being saved from devastation by Napoleon’s invasion in 1812.
Address: Metro Kropotkinskaya, 15, Volkhonka.
Open for excursion: 9:00-18:00.
P2. Novodevichy Convent
One of the most beautiful Moscow convents, founded at the beginning of 16th century, for 400 years the Novodevichy Convent was the witness and the participant of important historical events, connected with the names of Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov, Sofia and Peter I.
Address: Metro Sportivnaya, 1, Novodevichiy proezd.
Open for excursion: 10:00-17:00, closed on Tuesdays, the first Monday of every Month.
P3. Park Pobedy (Victory Park)
The Memorial Victory Complex on Poklonnaya Gora covers more than 48.000 square meters.The main fountain-lined avenue leads from Metro station to the central Nike (the Greek goddess of victory) Monument by Zurab Tsereteli. Its height is 141,8 meters, 10cm for every day of the War. Behind the obelisk there is The Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War (the Russian name for World War II). Walking through the Park you can find many monuments and open air exhibitions displaying weapons, tanks and armored vehicles, fighters and helicopters, parts of submarines and warships. The complex also includes an Orthodox Church, a Mosque and a Synagogue reflecting that the struggle against Fascists united the people of different confessions.On opposite side of the Metro station you can find the Triumpha l Arch , and The Museumpanorama the Borodino Battle.
Address: Metro Park Pobedy.
Map: out of map (A5 is nearest).
P4. Moscow Zoo
The unique collection of the Zoo numbers over 7,000 species. The animals are kept in the openair cages and pavilions designed in accordance with the natural habitat.
Address: Metro Barrikadnaya or Krasnopresnenskaya, 1, Bolshaya Gruzinskaya.
Open: summer 10:00-20:00, winter 10:00-17:00), closed on Mondays.
P5. Vorob’evy Gory (Sparrow Hills)
There is an observation point on Kosygina street and newly-wed couples traditionally come here to have their photograph taken against the panorama. You can also ride a water-bus here.
Address: Metro Vorob’evy Gory.
P6. Ostankino TV Tower
Amazing panorama of Moscow and nearest is opened from the observation deck, which islocates on height 337 meters.
Address: Monorail station Telesentr, entrance №2, 15/2, Akademika Korolyova (Excursion complex ofOstankino TV Tower).
P7. Rabochiy i Kolhoznitsa Monument
The famous sculptural composition Rabochiy (worker) i Kolhoznitsa (kolkhoz woman)Monument is one of the most famous symbol of Soviet Union. You can also visit the museumwhich dedicated to the works of monument authors - architect Boris Iofan and sculptor Vera Mukhina.
Address: Metro VDNKh, 123B, Prospekt Mira.
Open: Tu – 10:00-21:00, We-Su - 10:00-20:00, closed on Mondays.
Yuri Gagarin Monument
The 42,5 meters statue of probably the most known Russian in the world – Yuri Gagarin, firstman in space – looks like human-rocket taking off.
Address: Metro Leninsky Prospekt, Ploshchad Gagrina.
P9. Lenin Monument
The last Lenin Statue in Moscow which was erected in 1985 shows the Soviet founder with a crowd of enthusiastic followers at his feet preparing to build a nation.
Address: Metro Oktyabrskaya, 1, Leninsky prospekt. Map: C6.
P10. Peter the Great Statue
Statue was designed by Zurab Tsereteli to commemorate 300 years of the Russian Navy. At 98 meters, it is the tallest statue in Moscow (and eighth tallest statue in the world). By the way – it was also ranked at "The World's Top 10 Ugliest Buildings and Monuments" by VirtualTourist.com.
Address: Metro Kropotkinskaya, Beresnevskaya naberejnaya.
P11. Bolshoi Theatre
The Bolshoi Theatre, which for many years now has been regarded as one of Moscow’s mainsights, is a symbol of Russia for all time. On 28th October 2011, the Bolshoi was re-opened after an extensive six year renovation, included restoring acoustics to the original quality (which had been lost during the Soviet Era), as well as restoring the original Imperial decor of the Bolshoi. Every visitor in Russia can see this building - its iconic neoclassical facade is depicted on the Russian 100-ruble banknote…
Address: Metro Teatralnaya, 1, Teatralnaya ploshchad. Map: C4.
ROCK AROUND THE KREMLIN
The Moscow Kremlin – main fortress of the Tsars, headquarters of the Soviet Union and now the residence of the Russian president – is the real heart of Moscow. There are so many sights in the Kremlin and around, therefore I need a separate chapter for all this places of interest. It is easy to get to the Kremlin by metro: Borovitskaya, Biblioteka Imeni Lenina and Aleksandrovskiy Sad (this three are nearest stations to the ticket office and main Kremlin entrance at Kutafya Tower), Arbatskaya, Teatralnaya, Ploschad Revolyutsii, Okhotniy Ryad. The Kremlin is a magnificent architectural ensemble with monumental walls and towers, goldendomed cathedrals and ancient palaces. Here you also can see the Arsenal and the Senate, admires the Tsar Bell and the Tsar Cannon, famous masterpieces of the Russian casting, and visits the famous treasure-house – the Armoury Chamber.
Then walk to north through the Aleksandrovskiy Sad ( Alexander ’ s Garden ) K1, along the Kremlin wall. On the left hand side you can see building of the Moscow Manege K2, on the right hand side – obelisk K3, erected in 1913 in honor of 300 years of the Romanov dynasty and “ruined” grotto K4, the reminder of ruined cities those Napoleon left behind in 1812.
Next interesting spot is underground Shopping Centre “ Okhotniy Ryad ” K5 on Manezhnaya ploschad. You can find here free Wi-Fi and cheap meal in food court on the bottom floor, and then take a picture of fountains and playful statues from Russian fairy tales that ring the building. And don’t forget to walk on the roof!
Let’s come back to the Kremlin wall. Not so far from Middle Arsenal Tower you can find small memorial complex for Great Patriotic War (WW2), including eternal flame and Tomb of Unknown Soldier K6. If you catch the right time, you can see The Guard Change Ceremony. Then exit from Aleksandrovskiy Sad through the big beautiful cast iron gate and look at the monument of Marshal Georgy Zhukov K7, situated in the neighborhood of State Historical Museum K8. You can reach the Red Square by walking along the right hand side of the building, but I recommend walking along the left hand side and drop a coin in the mark of Moscow Centre K9. On the Red Square look at the GUM Shopping Centre K10, then walk along the Kremlin wall. This wall also is a VIP Cemetery K11 with tombs of Stalin, Gagarin, etc. The next great sight is the Lenin Mausoleum K12, that serves as the current resting place of Vladimir Lenin. Then walk forward to the tallest tower of Kremlin – Spasskaya (Saviour’s) K13, and then to the Sain t Basil's Cathedra l K14, aka “Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat”. It commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan by army of Ivan the Terrible. Near the Cathedral you can see Monument to Minin and Pozharsky K15 anda stone platform for the proclamation of the tsar's edicts, known as Lobnoye Mesto K16. After sightseeing I recommend to go down to the Moscow river and walk on Kremlevskaya naberejnaya along the Kremlin wall to Bolshoy Kamenny Most (Big Stone Bridge) K17. You can take a great pictures of the Kremlin from this bridge as the cherry on the top of wonderful trip around the Kremlin.
LOCAL GAME STORES
1. White Unicorn (Belyi Edinorog)
Metro Novoslobodskaya (Grey line)
ul. Krasnoproletarskaya (Краснопролетарская), 16, entrance 4
Open hours: 11:00 - 23:00
2. Gold Unicorn (Zolotoy Edinorog)
Metro Krasnopresnenskaya (Red line) per. Bolshoy Predtechenskiy (Большой Предтеченский), 6
tel. 8-925-378-0313ICQ: 604822943
Open hours: 11:00 - 23:00
This store doesn’t sell singles, but you can play FNM here.
MOSCOW SUBWAY MAP