Sightseeing tips for Moscow during the World Cup in Russia
The 2018 World Cup is getting closer every day. Russia, host of the championship, opens the competition on June 14 at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow. Check out the stadiums that will be the main stage of the tournament matches and discover the must-see places that you should not miss in Moscow. Enjoy the atmosphere of joy and party that will be spread throughout the city, go to stroll and get to know each corner and take wonderful photos!
In Moscow, the games will take place in two stadiums:
The Luzhniki Arena, inaugurated in July 1956 and completely renovated and reopened in 2017, has a capacity for 84,745 fans. The stadium hosted the 1980 Summer Olympics and was the stadium where the USSR football team was training. During the Cup, there will be the opening and the big final, in addition to 5 games – a semifinal, one of the round of 16 and three more games of the group stage. To get to the stadium by subway, use the station called Luzhniki. It takes about 45 minutes from the Red Square to the stadium. By car, it’s even faster: around 20 minutes.
- 14/06 – 18h – Russia X Saudi Arabia
- 17/06 – 18h – Germany X Mexico
- 20/06 – 15h – Portugal X Morocco
- 26/06 – 17h – Denmark X France
- 1/07 – 5 p.m. – Round of 16
- 11/07 – 9PM – Semi-final
- 15/07 – 18h – Final
The Otkritie Arena is also known in Moscow as Spartak Stadium, precisely because it is the stadium of the Spartak team. It was inaugurated in 2014 and has the capacity to receive just over 44 thousand fans. There is a subway station within the complex, meters away from the stadium, which facilitates the arrival of the fans. This Stadium will receive four games in the group stage and one of the Round of 16.
- 16/06 – 16h – Argentina X Iceland
- 19/06 – 18h – Poland X Senegal
- 23/06 – 15h – Belgium X Tunisia
- 27/06 – 21h – Serbia X Brazil
- 3/07 – 21h – Round of 16
Now let´s see the list of the must-see places in the Russian capital that will host the games. Moscow is a metropolis of more than 12 million inhabitants, known for its historical sites and wide variety of tours. Moscow is full of points that are worth the visit and run away from the common of most of the great capitals of Europe. See below some sights of Moscow to visit while the game does not begin!Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad)
Immense and framed by the walls of the Kremlin, the Red Square is undoubtedly the most famous place in the entire city. There are several attractions such as the famous St. Basil s Cathedral, The Moscow Kremlin (where the Russian government is located) and Lenin s Mausoleum. The State Historical Museum and GUM Department Store, the largest shopping center in the capital, are also located on the Red Square.Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure
A large green area situated in the middle of the metropolis, Gorky Park is known for the fountains and statues that decorate the place. The park has also become famous thanks to its facilities ranging from an open-air cinema and a contemporary art museum to sports and dance floors – not to mention the many colorful and funky cafes and puffs spread throughout the park.Bolshoi Theatre
The Bolshoi Theater, home of the world’s best ballet, is also an impressive and must-see monument. It is well worth getting a ticket to attend a show, you will probably enjoy one of the most fantastic experiences in life!Kitay-gorod District
The Kitay-Gorod neighborhood is nothing more than the “China Town”, the area of the most exciting attractions for those who want to enjoy the night in the Russian capital, full of bars, restaurants and nightclubs, as well as good lodging options.Zaryadie Park
In 2017, Moscow inaugurated a new urban park. The Zariadie Park is both park, urban square, social space, cultural equipment and recreational space. From the park, we have an incredible view of the Red Square and the avenues bordered by the Moskva River. Do not miss to see the ” floating bridge ” (the 70 meters of the bridge do not have support and yet it can handle 240 tons, which means 4,000 people can stand on the observation deck simultaneously!) and take wonderful photos (the tip is to go in the afternoon to witness the sunset). Also visit the Media Center, where you should not miss watching the 4D movie “Flying Over Moscow”. During the session, you will make a virtual visit to the main places of power of the Russian capital. In the cinema, the chairs are located on a mobile platform in front of a concave screen, which creates a panoramic image and gives the feeling of flying. To top it off, surround sound and special effects such as water spray, wind generators, smoke and fragrances, make the experience even more real and unforgettable. Great show!
Moscow from a view of the heights
Having the chance to see this city of 12 million inhabitants with panoramic views is certainly an unforgettable experience, especially when the weather is good. In Moscow there are several points where you can do this. First, there is the Ostankino Television Tower – a building visible everywhere and that looks like a needle, it is located in the Muscovite northeast. The Business Centre Moskva-City also has two skyscrapers with panoramic viewing platforms on the 57th and 58th floors. Of course, can not forget about a belvedere called Vorobyevy Gory (Sparrow Hills), where all of central Moscow is at your disposal – including three of Stalin’s Seven, Luzhniki Stadium and the Moscow City Business Center.Moscow Subway
The famous Moscow subway is more than a means of transportation, its many stations, especially in the center, look like palaces and are listed as part of the national cultural heritage. So while you’re running from one place to another, try to stop and enjoy the beauty around you. The most beautiful stations are Mayakovskaya, Komsomolskaya, Kiyevskaya, Novoslobodskaya, Prospekt Mira, Ploshchad Revolyutsii.
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In the next post we will talk about the must-see places of the second largest Russian city – Saint-Petersburg, which will also host the Cup matches.
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