The Moscow metro is a Metro system of superlatives — the deepest tunnels and stations in the world, daily up to nine million passengers, the longest escalators and splendid stations. When nothing moves in the streets of Moscow, and this is more the rule than exception, by tube you can travel unbeatably fast through the city. About two and a half billion people do it every year. A few days ago we had the chance to experience the wonders of Moscow’s metro.
Compared with the metros or subways, we already know, the first thing we noticed was the enormous number of people who move through the hot and stuffy underworld. With a 1.5 to 3 minutes interval the trains frequent the magnificent marble stations which also leads to an extreme amount of noise. Who wants to catch a train, must hurry, because the doors close automatically, regardless if your leg or arm is still out there. Inside you are often squeezed between other passengers while the trains – some are quite old – accelerate noisily to 100 km / h. However, the beautiful and magnificent stations down there are worth it. Marble, elaborate stucco work, Socialist mosaics, and magnificent chandeliers adorn the old stations. After about an hour traveling the underground we are happy again to be on the surface where even the city air with it’s exhaust fragrance seems fresh to us.
We have filmed our experience spontaneously with an iPhone. The result is not very professional, but we hope to be able to give you some impressions. Enjoy!