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Here’s an understatement: the association of Russia with vodka is strong. Moscow’s Vodka Museum was transplanted from St. Petersburg, opening in Russia’s capital in 2006.
50,000 bottles of all shapes (including guns, swords and submarines) and ages (the oldest is over 200 years old) are kept here. All you could want to know about vodka’s history, distillation techniques, and traditions is here—including Stalin’s edict that frontline soldiers in the Second World War be obliged to drink 100 grams of vodka a day.
There are some interesting collectors editions on display too, especially the edition commemorating the sailors who went down with the K-19 submarine. Best of all is the chance to taste then of the best vodka varieties in the Traktir, a recreation of a nineteenth century bar.
The museum is located in the Izmaylovo Kremlin Park (nearest metro: Partizanskaya). A guided tour takes 45 minutes and costs RUB200 (€5.70; $7.80). The museum is open every day from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., and can be reached by telephone at +7 (495) 166-69-58.
Vodka-swilling Cheapos, take note! Vodka on sale at the museum is more expensive than the vodka on offer at the Izmaylovo Market outside the museum.