A fabulous and grand city, Moscow is rich in dazzling architecture, political history and allure. Here's a list of our 9 favourite things to do in Moscow:
- EXPLORE RED SQUARE
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and located in the very centre of Moscow city, the beautiful cobblestone square embodies the history and character of Russia. The square is gigantic and grand, and surrounded by buildings of historical significance.
- VISIT ST BASIL’S CATHEDRAL
The cathedral is considered by many, the most beautiful attraction in Moscow. It was built in the 1500s on the orders of Ivan the Terrible, to celebrate the conquest of the Khanate of Kazan. The cathedral is made up of nine small separate chapels, with vibrant external domes, which are all different but equally striking in rich texture and colour. Legend has it that Ivan blinded the Cathedral's architect so that its design could never be replicated.
- VISIT THE STATE HISTORICAL MUSEUM
Founded in 1872, the State Historical Museum is Russia's largest national museum capturing local history from the time of the Stone Age. The building itself is an impressive red neo-Russian building and in the museum you will find displays of prehistoric relics, Romanov dynasty art, Russia's largest coin collection, and more.
- VISIT THE KREMLIN
The Kremlin is the largest fortress in Europe and the oldest in Russia. It's where the Tsars resided before they moved to St. Petersburg, and today it's the workplace and official residence of the President of Russia. A portion of the Kremlin is accessible to tourists. Buy tickets in advance to avoid queues.
- SHOP AT ARBAT STREET AND GUM
Arbat Street is one of Moscow's more touristy and vibrant spots. The street is lined with souvenir stores, cafes, and street performers. A visit to the iconic and glamorous GUM department store is also a must. Here you will find luxury high end brands and the most stunning interior which includes a domed glass ceiling, a fountain, and beautiful architecture.
- TAKE A STROLL IN GORKY PARK
Gorky Park is to Moscow what Central Park is to New York. Opened in 1928 as the city's primary park, it is used for bike riding, volleyball, rollerblading, skateboarding, and much more by the locals. In the winter months, the park opens up a huge ice skating rink.
- WALK THROUGH ALEXANDER GARDENS
In Alexander Gardens you will find the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - a monument dedicated to Soviet soldiers fallen in World War II, in the center burns the eternal flame, guarded by the Honor Guard of the Presidential Regiment. Most people come out on the hour to watch the changing of the
- VISIT LENIN MAUSOLEUM
Head to Lenin's Mausoleum where you will find the preserved body of the legendary Russian revolutionary, Vladimir Lenin.
- TAKE THE MOSCOW METRO
Moscow metro stations are an attraction in their own right! You will find grand interiors with ornaments, decorated roofs, grandiose lanterns and violin buskers that make you feel like you're at the theatre and not a train station.
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📸 Yanna Sweets & @canon_grapher