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1. 18 BEST THINGS NOT TO MISS IN MOSCOW, RUSSIA
As a Russian who has lived in Moscow for many years, I have finally decided to write a blog post about it, incredible! 🙂
The list below is for people who have time and/or the desire to see some attractions in Moscow.
If you are traveling to Russia in the near future, just scroll down the list of 18 sights below and you will find recommendations for pubs, visa info, average prices for things and many practical tips.
For those who have some time to discover the capital of Moscow – great, you will certainly have some fun!
I know the list is long and you probably won’t have the time to see everything. But that’s ok, you should scroll down the list and just choose what you like the most. Make sure to book IN ADVANCE, as things can get crowded during high season.
1. RED SQUARE
Red Square is the heart and soul of Russia! The most famous landmark of Moscow and the whole country, it is an absolute must do!
The square is always full of people and has some special festive atmosphere! If you get lost, you can always ask locals for directions – “Krasnya ploshad”.
SAINT BASIL’S CATHEDRAL
Admire the Saint Basil’s Cathedral (the famous church with the colorful onion domes), and take a full circle around it as it is not only beautiful from one side of the square. The cathedral was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century and the legend says that the eyes of the architect were cut out after he built this cathedral.
Why? So that he could not build one more beautiful cathedral like that, duh!
Oh, the barbaric traditions back in the time… He was called Ivan the Terrible for a reason, right?
You can enter the church, the price is 350 rub, but it is not that spectacular from the inside.
Check out the stunning building on the left of the church, it is GUM – the main department store of the country and the most beautiful one, too! Nowadays, they do an AMAZING job decorating the place and I am sure it will look fantastic during your visit too! Go inside to check it out!
The place serves as the resting place of the leader of the communist movement, Vladimir Lenin. Preserving the body with different reagents is a high secret.
It’s really bizarre, if you ask me, to display a mummy of a person in the heart of the city, it has been there for almost a century. But hey, you can visit it!
Visiting the Mausoleum is free of charge but it’s only open on Tuesdays to Thursday and Saturday from 10 to 13; more details on it here. Keep in mind that no photos and even no loud talking is allowed inside the Mausoleum. The entrance is from Aleksandrovskiy Garden side.
There is an Eternal Flame in honor of an unknown soldier on the left side of Red Square right after the exit. Changing the guards is worth seeing, it happens every hour.
TIP: You can take a Free Walking tour to get to know all the above attractions with an English-speaking guide.
If you would like a private guide, here is an inexpensive option.
The Kremlin is the official residency of the President of the Russian Federation. You can see it from the outside – the red walls that surround the Red Square, or you can take an excursion to one of the museums located inside.
Read more about the Kremlin and the museums inside it in the next paragraph.
Metro: “Okhotny Ryad”, “Teatral’naya”, “Ploshad’ Revolutsii”.
Keep in mind that you cannot go inside the Kremlin walls unless you are visiting a museum or you are part of a tourist group.
There are a couple of museums you can visit inside:
Read More……… misstourist.com
2. Top 10 Moscow Attractions – Things To Do In Moscow
1. ALL AROUND THE KREMLIN
Start from the Alexandrovsky Sad (Alexander Garden), a highlight of Moscow center. The garden is famous for its architectural monuments, incredibly beautiful flowerbeds and history. The Eternal Flame in the memory of the fallen heroes in the World War II glows in front of the Kremlin Kutafya Tower. Alexandrovsky Sad is a place that is impossible to miss, if you are going to the Kremlin, a symbol of the Russian State, one of the greatest architectural ensembles in the world, a treasury of amazing relics and monuments of art. The famous Armory Chamber and the Diamond Fund are real treasure houses. The Kremlin is the official President’s residence and remains a gorgeous political landmark. On the way from the Kremlin to the Red Square, you will find the State History Muzeum, with a wonderful collection of artworks, depicting Russian history.
Red Square remains, as it has been for centuries, the heart and soul of Russia. Few places in the world bear the weight of history to the extent that Moscow’s central square does. From the 16th Century St. Basil’s Cathedral – one of the most famous pieces of architecture in the world – to the constructivist pyramid of Lenin’s Mausoleum, Red Square is rich in symbols of Russia’s turbulent and intriguing past.
Right at the Square there is one of the oldest and most remarkable shopping centers in Moscow – the GUM. Just several trading passages in Russia were created over a century ago and successfully operate until nowadays. GUM always was, and remains the greatest country’s store.
To have some rest you can go to recently opened Zaryadye Park and enjoy breathtaking views of The Moscow Kremlin from the floating bridge, listen to some classic concerts or try local food from different regions of Russia.
2. NEAR THE BOLSHOI THEATRE
Not far from the Kremlin and the main street of Moscow – Tverskaya street you will find the Theater Square. The square is situated over the river Neglinka that was enclosed in an underground pipe in 1819. Now it is a green square with two beautiful fountains.
The area owes its name because of t three theaters located there: a world-famous Bolshoi Theatre, Maly Theatre and Russian Academic Youth Theatre (RAMT).
The Bolshoi Theatre is a symbol of Russia for all time. It was awarded this honor due to the major contribution to the history of the Russian performing arts. This history is on-going and today Bolshoi Theatre artists continue to contribute to it many bright pages.
Visit the theatre to watch the magnificent Russian operas and ballets. Despite high ticket’s price, you will never be disappointed; it is a real pearl of the world’s theatrical life.
The TsUM is a luxurious shopping mall with recognizable designer labels and expensive goods is also located at the Theatre Square.
A good place to visit in this area is a place called «Denis Simachev Bar», a two-story house in Stoleshnikov Lane. The music and menu are diverse, as well as the audience. A special drink of the bar is cider «Sidor Simachev».
3. AROUND CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR
Start from Ostozhenka St., and lanes around it, to see the charming old Moscow. Despite that Ostozhenka became one of the most expensive streets in the world, with lots of new houses, it preserved unique examples of the 18 and 19 centuries architecture, which you may find in the numerous bystreets. Moreover, Multimedia Art Museum, one of the most interesting art spots in Moscow is located at Ostozhenka, 16.
Follow the street to the city center and you will see the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. It is one of the largest Orthodox church in the world. The building is magnificent, but not as old as it looks, it was rebuilt in 2000 (the original was demolished by the order of Stalin). One of the highlights of the Cathedral is the panoramic view from the 40-meter-high observation platform.
Use the footbridge from Christ the Savior Cathedral to get to the former area of confectionary factory Krasniy Octyabr(the Red October) with lots of stores, bars and cultural spots. The Strelka Bar is a good place to have some rest. It is a comfortable urban space for informal and having a cocktail. In summertime, the bar opens a terrace overlooking the Moscow River.
Read More……………… weheart.moscow
3. The Top 10 Unusual Things to Do in Moscow
Find a new tourist route in the Moscow Kremlin
The Kremlin is always the first thing to see in Moscow. However, previously only one route was available for visitors of the Kremlin – it includes visiting museums of the inner area with the entrance at Alexandrovsky Garden. Since the end of 2016, tourists have yet another option to access the Kremlin. The starting point is at Spasskaya Tower in Red Square. The new route features archaeological discoveries, displaying the basements of the demolished monasteries, dating back to the 14th and 16th centuries, as well as the Maly Nikolaevsky Royal Palace.
Go down to the Moscow Metro
The Moscow Metro, one of the biggest underground museums in the world and one of the key attractions of the Russian capital, is definitely worth visiting. Three basic facts you should know about it are listed below.
First, all the stations have a unique design, no duplicates at all. Second, Moscow metro is a true example of Soviet and modern Russian décor, there are stations which are 80 years old in the center, and there are ones younger than a year in the suburbs. And finally, one of bronze statues at Ploshchad Revolyutsii station depicts a dog and carries one of the main superstitions of the metro: One should rub the dog’s nose for good luck.
Visit one of KHL matches
Russia is one of the leading hockey nations in the world, as well as one the 29 members of KHL, which is an international professional ice hockey league. KHL matches are held almost every weekend in Moscow and other big cities. If you are true sports fan, this activity should definitely top your to-do list while visiting Russia. The competitive spirit is spectacular, and the tickets are very cheap due to the devaluation of the ruble in 2014. Prices start at the $5 level.
Go skating… on the roof of a skyscraper
Russians are the greatest fans of winter, which by the way lasts from the end of October to the beginning of April. One of the main Muscovites’ leisure activities is skating at popular public places like Red Square, Gorky Park, and VDNKh, where the Europe’s biggest skate rink is located. At the end of 2016 the new skating rink started operating on the roof of Moscow City’s 85-floor OKO tower at a height of 354 metres. Breathtaking!
Take a riverboat trip over the frozen waters
In Moscow river transportation season never stops. Many enclosed and heated boats with panoramic windows and ice-breaking equipment can be found on the Moscow River. The boarding areas are at the pier next to Radisson Royal Hotel (also famous by its Soviet name ‘Ukraina’) and at the Gorky Park pier.
On your way you’ll enjoy the main sights of pre-revolutionary and Soviet Moscow – Stalin’s skyscrapers, the Kremlin, and Novodevichy Convent. It is possible to go out to the open deck and take photos. A ticket costs just $10, but you should also mind extra costs in the restaurant on board.
Check out new pedestrian streets
For the last five years a lot of Moscow streets located in the city center became pedestrian ones. The city authorities ordered the construction of cozy European-style promenades with street lamps, benches and flower beds. The reconstruction also included the restoration of building facades from the 17th — 19th centuries. Start your walking route from Nikolskaya street next to the Red Square and head to Rozhdestvenka street leading to GUM and the Bolshoi theater.
Read More……….. www.visitrussia.com
4. Where to go in Moscow
Here are the most popular and worthwhile places to visit in Russia’s capital, from museums and theaters to nightclubs and places for kids.
Moscow is a great city not just because of its size and population, but also because it has numerous landmarks, historical sites and gastronomical delights. Most people ask the same question when visiting for the first time: Where should I go, and what should I begin with? We are here to give you some advice. Take a look and bookmark the link for later reference.
There is a separate museum almost for everything in Moscow. We have highlighted the ones that are most interesting and worth visiting. You can also read our article about the most popular museums of Moscow.
The Kremlin’s museums (it’s worth downloading the “Moscow Kremlin Museums” app before visiting and reading this extended guide on Kremlin’s history), State Historical Museum, Tretyakov Gallery (if you don’t have enough time, check out these 10 masterpieces at the Tretyakov Gallery that you must see), the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Multimedia Art Museum (for contemporary art lovers we have a special guide with names, locations and prices), the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics.
We also recommend that you check out these private art foundations that bring international exhibitions to Moscow(galleries you won’t find in common guidebooks).
And don’t forget to download these 10 free Russian museum apps.
Parks and gardens
There are more than 100 parks and garden estates in and around Moscow that are open to the public.
For those who have already seen almost everything in the city, there are many places not far away that are also worth visiting, from the writers village Peredelkino and the Star City (the city’s original name in the Moscow region) to New Jerusalem and Pushkin hills.
There are more than 50 theaters in Moscow. Some, like the Bolshoi, are world famous with new productions that are at the heart of the city’s cultural life. Others are lesser known, but unique in their own way:
The Bolshoi Theatre (tickets to the Bolshoi are widely considered to be too expensive, but here are a few tips on how to buy a ticket to the Bolshoi Theatre if you’re not an oligarch), Maly Theatre, Moscow Art Theatre (you can read about its founders Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko and Konstantin Stanislavsky), Sovremennik, Lenkom, “Peter Fomenko’s Workshop” theater. (Pyotr Fomenko, the prominent director and founder of “Peter Fomenko’s Workshop” theater, died on Aug. 9 2013 at age 81. Read the story of his life and work.)
Russian circuses became famous throughout the world—to the point that the very phrase is used as a trademark. Read how they went from village entertainment to international acclaim.
We also have a heartwarming story about a Russian bear named Stepan who became a member of a family.