Top 10 things to do in Moscow

1. Visit the heart of Russia! The Kremlin and its museums

The Kremlin is a giant fortress consisting of a brick wall surrounding the Kremlin grounds on which stand cathedrals, a palace, an armory, an arsenal and numerous government buildings. Enjoy the shine of treasures of the Diamond Fund and the Armory Chamber!

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The Kremlin

 

2. Red Square

Destination number one for all tourists to Moscow is the legendary Red Square. The central square was named in the 17th century using an old, Russian word for “beautiful”.

Stroll over the square and see magnificent and colorful St. Basil’s Cathedral, spectacular GUM department store and the center of Soviet ideology – Lenin’s mausoleum!

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3.  Moscow theaters

Find time to enlightenment! Visit theatrical performance, ballet or opera. In Moscow, you’ll find a large number of options. Experience a show at the Bolshoi theater, Maly theater (literally Small Theatre), Pushkin’s theater or MoscowArtTheater, MXAT.

The Bolshoy theater  The Maly theater

4. The Moscow Metro

Visit the most beautiful Metro in the world! The Heritage of the USSR! Here is the list of the most marvelous stations in Moscow: Kropotkinskaya, Ploschad Rovolutsii, Komsomolskaya, Mayakovskaya, Novoslobodskaya, Novokusnetskaya, Belorusskaya, Kievskaya, Arbatskaya, Park Kultury.

The Kropotkinskaya metro station   The Komsomolskaya metro station

5. The Old Arbat

One of the most popular destinations in Moscow! The historical Old Arbat is one of few pedestrian streets in Moscow. During the day it is crowded with street musicians and sidewalk artists. Most tourists come here to take photo with monuments and shop for souvenirs and art. Also, there are dozens of cafes and restaurants full of foreign tourists.

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6. Moscow State University, Vorobyovy Gory

The 36-story, main building of MoscowStateUniversity is the largest of Stalin’s “seven sisters”, seven gothic skyscrapers built in the early 1950s. It stands on Vorobyovy Gory, which means Sparrow Hills, at one of the highest points in the Moscow metro area. Perhaps as impressive as the building itself, the terrace to the front of the campus overlooks the entire city of Moscow. From this vantage point nearly all of Moscow’s landmarks are visible.

Moscow State University

7. Moscow River Boat Excursion

The MoscowRiver flows through the center of the city past many of Moscow’s greatest buildings and views. River boat excursions are an inexpensive and delightful way to see the Moscow sites. In the warmer months, tourists can catch a boat for about $6. In two hours you can get great views of the Kremlin, GorkyPark, Vorobevy Hills, Luzhniki Stadium, MoscowStateUniversity and more.

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8. The state Tretyakov Gallery

The gallery started as the private collection of the 19th-century turned into a great museum with enormous numbers of pieces of art.

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9. Moscow parks

Have a rest in the Parks of Moscow. See amazing manor houses palaces and fountains which hits with beauty and grandeur. (The Izmaylovo, The Kuskovo, The Ostankinsky Palace, the Tsaritsyno,  the Kolomenskoye, the Lofortovo, Park Pobedy

The Tsaritsyno   The Kolomenskoye

 

The Kuskovo

 

 

10. Enjoy traditional Russian Cathedrals and Churches!

Novodevichy Convent

The “New Maidens Convent” surrounded by the park was established in 1524 and has served Moscow as a convent and, at times, as a fortress.

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The Cathedral of Christ the Savior

This new cathedral has a long history. The original was built in the mid 19th century as the largest church in Russia, serving as a symbol for the Russian Orthodox Church’s influence and power over the country. Stalin had the church destroyed in 1933 to make way for his great vision the “House of Soviets”. Moscow’s mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, had the Cathedral rebuild in the 1990s. Now the massive golden dome pleases citizens and guests of the capital.

The Cathedral of Christ the Savior

See also Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye, The Church of the Intercession at Fili, Moscow Immaculate Conception Catholic Cathedral, Church of Saint Nicholas in Khamovniki, Church of St. John the Warrior, Armenian Cathedral etc.