Moscow

  • Population: 11.9M

  • Premier league teams: spartak Moscow, CSKA Moscow, lokomotiv moscow, dynamo moscow

  • FOunded: 1147

  • olympic host city: 1980

Fun Fact: Moscow State University is the largest university building in the world. 

Luzhniki Stadium

  • Matches: Opening Match, Group Stage x 3, Last 16 x 1, SF x 1, the final

  • Capacity: 81,000

The renovated Luzhniki, Photo Credit: Joe Robinson 

The renovated Luzhniki, Photo Credit: Joe Robinson 

Otkrytiye Arena

  • Matches: Opening Match, Group Stage x 4, Last 16 x 1

  • Capacity: 45,000

The Otkrytiye on a cloudy Moscow evening

The Otkrytiye on a cloudy Moscow evening

The Russian capital is a swarming metropolis, enormous in both size and population, and difficult to get to know in just one visit. The unmissable sights of Red Square and the Church of Christ the Saviour are spectacular, but there is something intriguing round every corner.

Witness the extravagant wealth on Kuznetskiy Most or drift into one of the 24-hour, smoky billiards bars. Find an underground bar or a rooftop terrace to survey the city. Take a ride on the metro and marvel at the stunning architecture in the stations, 44 of which are heritage sites.

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Moscow has a highly underrated food scene and fans will be able to enjoy all their favourite cuisines, as well as those from Central Asia and the Caucasus. Georgian food is particularly delicious and highly recommended.

There are countless domed churches, museums, galleries and parks, enough to keep anyone occupied for years. Gorky Park comes to life throughout summer, as people roller blade and skateboard to their heart's content.

The 81,000-seater Luzhniki has undergone a makeover since hosting the 2008 Champions League Final and 2013 World Athletics Championships. With no athletics track, the stadium is now a superb place to watch football and will host the tournament’s opening game and final. 

Games will also take place at Spartak Moscow’s new Otkrytiye Arena to the west of the city. The stadium’s mosaic facade is reminiscent of the Allianz Arena. 

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