red|guide Tipps: Moscow
EAT in Moscow: Cristal Room
Opulent is not enough to describe the Baccarat: There, you experience the successful fusion of crystal and design, of French cuisine and Russian influences, of ancient nobility and state-of-the-art interior. Baccara is well-known: It once was the manufactory of crystal chandeliers for the old Tsars. Today, there is lustre still, but money is made on crystal costume jewellery as well, a Russian Swarovski so to speak. And when Baccarat meets Philippe Starck, the result is a perfect combination of chic and elegant, of sparkling chandeliers and white designer furniture. The best of glamour is accompanied by the best of season meal from the kitchen. In between sparkling crystal and under luxurious stucco you enjoy Foie-Gras tarte flambée or sea snails, and when you are through with dinner in this glittering dreamland, a crystal aquarium awaits you on your way out. Only a fairy is missing to make the fairytale complete with the tip of her wand.
SHOP in Moscow: Transilwanija
Here's another bloodsucker: While the Transilwanija sells its CDs at top prices, you are confronted with pure nostalgia here. But first you have to find the store as it is well-hidden in the backyard of the Crab House restaurant. The search pays off as you will spend at least as much time there (you can't get through 50,000 CDs that easily). But don't worry: the stuff is well-assorted and you won't search long if you know what you want. The system is based on countries, so look for New German Music, Old German Music or Very old French Music. Above all fans of old CDs will get their share. Scandinavian World Music and Old US Rock complete the musical roundtrip and get us to the titles. The Transilwanija's offer includes hits from the GDR as well as Japanese pop, rare electronic music as well as very rare electronic music - and if you get lost, you can still ask the profound shop assistant for help.
STAY in Moscow: Artel Hotel
The dream of every graffiti artist: The Artel subscribes to graffiti, neglecting old traditions. Already at the front desk you get a feeling for the hotel's spirit: Bricks and a slogan sprayed casually onto the wall welcome the guests. The hallways are laid out colourfully and there's modern art on the walls. But is the room as great as the hallway promises? If you have booked a design room you won't be disappointed: There's graffiti art on the walls and the small rooms boast fancy interior. While the room is kind of small (20 square metres), you sleep amidst Argentine spray art, something in between comics and religion, psychedelic dreams and folklore. Other rooms are more Expressionist; even Andy Warhol served as inspiration for the art on the walls. In all the rooms you feel like checking in a fancy club - and that's not so far-fetched as the hotel houses a trendy bar featuring Russian underground live music on three evenings a week. And what about a good night's sleep? Well, you can still go down to the restaurant and have some vodka with your meal - then you'll be able to sleep for sure. Double room from 120 euros per night.
SEE in Moscow: Lenin Mausoleumred|guide Moscow
Lenin never wanted to be exhibited like that, but Stalin asserted himself: He knew how to attract the crowds and built the mausoleum, then still made of wood. As it decayed fast, a newer and larger tomb was built. Today, the mausoleum is made of dark-red granite, for eternity, so to speak. Also Lenin was prepared to last for ever: 12 scientists check his embalmed body twice a week. In Soviet times even a whole laboratory was occupied with the task to conserve Lenin. In the beginning, the dead man wore his uniform but times change and as Moscow is always en vogue in matters of fashion, the revolution leader changes his suit and tie every three years. That has its price: In order to maintain the mausoleum and Lenin, a private fund spends more than one million Euros per year. Conclusion: There can't be more cult about a dead man.