Nearly a generation after the finishing of the communist USSR, Russia is one of the most exciting travel destinations in the world. Moscow is a world capital with its own mixture of old and contemporary Russia, and a bountiful helping of urban sensibility. If Moscow isn’t on your roster of places to travel to, it should be. In fact, the rich past of the city, along with its new status as a top location makes Moscow one of the most enthralling and romantic cities in the world. Here are a few of the top romantic destinations in Moscow.
Tsaritsino is a sprawling estate and park near the Tsaritsino metro station in Moscow. Though its history goes back to the 1500s, it was in 1775 that Catherine the Great bought the estate and named it. She had noted architect Vasili Bazhenov construct a new Palace, which he toiled at for the better part of a decade, until she ordered it to be torn down, for reasons that are mysterious. Afterword until 1797 another architect did construction on the palace, though construction was abruptly stopped in 1797 when Catherine died. Many structures remained incomplete, though some have recently been finished. It is perhaps the largest example of 1700s pseudo-Gothic style in Russia. The grounds around the palace has artificial grottos, decorative bridges, arbors and pavilions. It is an amazing place to see, one that you and your mate will remember forever.
The GUM Department Store occupies the greatest part of of the eastern end of Red Square, directly across from Lenin’s tomb. It was built from 1890 to 1893 and has an impressive composite of steel framework and glass skylight and Russian medieval ecclesiastical architecture. At three stories tall, it is the biggest shopping mall in Moscow. The interior is made of three arcades centered around a fountain, with light beaming in through the transparent roof. GUM has been characterized as Harrods, Bergdorf, Saks, and Bloomingdale’s all in one place, and is the ideal place to spend an afternoon with your sweetheart.
Cafe Pushkin looks like it has been around hundreds of years, but in fact, it was built less than ten years ago. It is open all hours and has been called Russia’s take on the French cafe. While the decor is elegant, with each floor sumptuously decorated in its own style, casual dress is perfectly acceptable.
The Cafe Pushkin is near the Pushkinskaya metro rail station. Most of the staff speak English, and the food is done to perfection. If you go after everything else is closed, you’ll enjoy the sight of all the neon signs and the floodlit strictures that adorn the city.
If you and your sweetheart have a special occasion to commemorate, the Sky Lounge is perfect. Located at the top of the Russian Academy of Sciences building, the Sky Lounge has some of the best views of the city. The cuisine leans Mediterranean, and the music is selected to be soft and relaxing. The Sky Lounge is pricey, but unforgettable. To get there go to the Leninsky Prospekt metro station, then head toward the tall, orange-roofed buildings.
Moscow today is sophisticated, smart, and urban, a sparkling city with as much to offer as New York or Paris, with the added piquancy of having had such a storied history.
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