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Moscow

Russia

With the advent of capitalism over the past two decades, Moscow has grown into a unique city adding a modern twist to its rich history with everpresent signs of its 70 years of communist past. Moscow has quickly risen to become a key business hub and the dichotomy of the wealthy and the poor is striking with huge glass skyscrapers neighbouring crumbling Stalinist 5-storey flats.

The city has a rich historical heritage with museums, galleries and exhibitions aplenty. The centre of the city is home to some of the world's most renowned landmarks and offers a great view whichever way you look. Next to all the history you will find a vibrant night scene, scores of restaurants and bars catering to the needs of the new generation of wealthy Russian businesspeople. Indeed, Moscow frequently tops the list of the world's most expensive cities in terms of living costs - a statistic that is all the more staggering given the vast gorge between the rich and the poor.

Being far and away Europe's largest city, there is something to suit everyone's needs and wants. As well as a large number of sights dotted around the central areas, there are a host of activities you can do if you venture outside the ringroad. Moscow is a must visit for any self-respecting LazyTripper and can combine well with visiting St Petersburg in one trip.

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