November 1, 2016

Moscow in World War II: The Russian Perspective

“History is a fairy tale written by winners” once said Napoleon Bonaparte. Second World War is not an exception. The most widespread war in world history that involved over 100 million people and 30 countries that ended a mere 70 years ago has an enormous amount of myths and legends associated with it. This tour will take you on a journey to show you how WW II changed Russia (Soviet Union), influenced its history and how it continues to influence Russian politics and society today.

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Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and accompany you to the museum of The Great Patriotic War (this how majority of people referred  to the war in Soviet Union and Russia today). While travelling to the museum the guide will give you a brief background and history of what led up to World War II and how the perception of the war changed over the years, both in Soviet Union and Russia. As you will be travelling by metro your guide will also enlighten you on the role that the metro played during the war as you will be passing some of the most beautiful metro stations.

As you arrive to the Museum of The Great Patriotic War you will be immersed in the magnitude of the exposition both inside and outside.  The museum is located on the Poklonnaya Gora (literally: bow-down hill) which is one of the highest spots in Moscow. From here you will get a great view of the city and enjoy the “Victory Park” that spans over 2,400 hectares.

As you enter the museum that is over 3000 square meters and has over 6000 exhibits you might become overwhelmed – don’t worry. Our guide will take you to the most notable parts of the museum where you will learn what were the historical precedents that started the War, what was Joseph Stalin’s role in defeating the Nazi’s, what battles had the most impact on the war and much more.  After visiting the inside of the museum you will be able to go outside and marvel at the actual weapons and machines that were used in World War II.

After enjoying the museum you will head back to the city center where you will visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Alexander Garden – the war memorial dedicated to the Soviet soldiers that died in World War II. You will be able to watch the changing of the guards and walk along the walkway of the “Cities of Military Glory”. Your guide will also take you to the Red Square where he will explain the significance of the location both during the war and now. Finally, your tour will end at the monument to Georgy Zhukov the head of the Soviet Army who many believe played a key role in defeating the Nazi’s.

If at this time you will still have questions your guide will be happy to answer them or provide any recommendations.

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