Even the most ardent luxury traveler can grow tired after days of high-end restaurants, expensive malls and glitzy hotels. Luckily, Moscow offers a ton of cool sights and activities that will appeal to luxury and regular travelers alike, even if some of these will require a bigger-than-average budget. These five tips are guaranteed to get your adrenaline levels up.
Driving a real Soviet tank
It wouldn’t be a real trip to Russia if a few tanks weren’t a part of it, am I right? Approximately a two-hour ride away from Moscow, you get the chance to drive a real WW II tank. For the real luxury traveler, there is always the option of adding a few gimmicks to a mere tank ride. From firing a few shots, driving over used-up cars to entire quests and competitions – your budget is the only limit.
Visiting Bunker 42
If driving a tank sounds a bit extreme for your liking but you’d still like to learn a thing or two about Russian history, then head to Bunker 42 close to Paveletskaya Metro station. This old Cold War bunker will take you back to an era where James Bond was still regularly fighting Soviet Union villains that were trying to make over the world. The claustrophobic atmosphere will definitely be a change-up from your luxurious accommodation. The tour finishes with a simulated nuclear attack on the bunker and if you still haven’t had enough after that, you can always visit the restaurant that is a part of the complex.
Taking the cable car from Sparrow Hills to Luzhniki stadium
The veteran luxury traveler has, of course, taken a few rides with cable cars in the Alps. But now you can do so in Moscow as well and you’d really miss out in case you decide not to go. The cable car takes you from Moscow’s Sparrow Hills to the famous Luzhniki stadium. On the way you get to enjoy some of the best and most unique views of the city. The ride itself only takes a few minutes but you can always connect it with a walk around the beautiful area of Moscow’s State University in the Sparrow Hills.
A tour of Moscow’s rooftops
Continuing with the theme of being in the clouds, you might be interested of taking a tour of Moscow’s rooftops. Of course, there is always the option of seeing Moscow from above from one of the high-end restaurants in Moscow City. But this tour will take you to lesser known or usually completely inaccessible rooftops that are for example on residential buildings.
You will discover Moscow from an entirely different perspective. Those who are looking to treat themselves can always book a romantic date on one of the rooftops and take pleasure in one of Moscow’s late summer sunsets.
Restaurant “In The Dark” (V temnote)
Instead of sunsets, you’ll enjoy pitch black darkness as a part of this restaurant experience. Its concept is serving food in complete darkness and experiencing the world “with the eyes of a blind person”. From the moment you enter the dining room you will see absolutely nothing, which puts you in the same position as your waiters that are all blind people. Although the food is not really haute cuisine, the highly unusual experience makes more than up for it and I can recommend this restaurant over certain luxury restaurants in Moscow.
Ivan Crnogatic is the Author of Moscownightguide. Moscownightguide is an expert guide to Moscow’s high-end and nightlife scene.