10 Things TO DO in Moscow

Moscow Financial District

Any time you go to a city, you think about the places you are going to visit, and visiting Moscow is no the exception since Moscow is a big city in which you can go to many places.

Check out these 10 Top Things to do in Moscow

1 Moscow City 

Moscow City is the financial place of Moscow right next to the Moskva River. The area has most of the high rises in the city like the Federation Towers, Evolution Tower and where I stayed the Empire Tower which has Nebo 47 a hotel capsule in the 47th floor of the tower which you can enjoy a great view of the city.

All of the highrises are surrounding the Afimall City which is a mall of 5 stories in which you would be able to have a coffee in Starbucks or get some cloth at Zara or Pull & Bear. 

When I first arrived in Moscow that was the first place I meet.

2 Red Square

Red Square, I guess this is the most memorable place and also a place which is a must to visit in Moscow. You would be able to find many landmarks like Saint Basil's cathedral one of the most iconic monuments in the city and the most recognizable when you think about Russia.

As well as the Red Square itself is a historic place since many historical moments have been lived there and also is the where most of the celebrations are taken place in the city like New Year's Eve, the Victory Day, etc.

Also, a great place to walk by day and night. 

3 Saint Basil's Cathedral 

As mentioned before, Saint Basil's Cathedral is one of the most iconic monuments in Moscow since is recognizable all around the world as well as the Mastrushkas.

Built from 1555-1561 during the kingdom of Ivan the Terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. It was the tallest building in Moscow until 1600 when the Ivan the Great Bell Tower was built. 

The cathedral is iconic due to the variety of colors that you will see on it. There is a legend that says that after the completion of the building, Ivan the Terrible killed the architecture to avoid him to design a similar building.

That is the reason why the design has not to parallel in Russian architecture. No other building can be found similar to it during the entire millennium of Byzantine tradition according to the architectural book of Dmitry Shvidkovsky. 

If you like to visit it, try to do it during weekdays like Tuesday or Wednesday since are the less crowded days, if you get during the weekend you will find long lines as well as the other places to visit in the Red Square area. 

4 Gum 

GUM from the Red Square, Moscow

The Gum building borders one of the sides of the Red Square and in front of it, you will find the Kremlin.

Known as the Main Universal Store by its acronym in Russian ГУМ (Главный универсальный магазин). It was designed and built by the reign of Catherine II of Russia who commissioned Giacomo Quarengui, to design a huge trade center along the east side of Red Square. 

However, the building was burned in a fire in 1812 and replaced by trading rows designed by Joseph Bove. In turn, the current structure replaced Bove's. 

Inside GUM, Moscow

You would be able to find many stores inside like Guchi, Zara, Sony to mention some of them. 

As well as supermarkets, and places where to by Russian Chocolate which is really delicious. 

5 Zaryadye Park 

Zaryadye Park is the first park built in the recent history of Moscow after 50 years. It is in the place where the Rossiya Hotel was.

Inaugurated on 9 September 2017 by Vladimir Putin and Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin. 

I had the opportunity to visit a year later and it's amazing to visit it since it has many attractions like the Floating Bridge and the Concert Hall.

The gardens are divided by all the flora zones you would be able to find in Russia.

The park combines very well with the city and is the newest attraction in the city to visit after Moscow City zone. You would be able to take great pictures with the trees in the park and at the background the Saint Basil's Cathedral.

6 Kremlin 

Inside Kremlin of Moscow

The Kremlin in Moscow is one of the most known kremlins in all Russia. A kremlin is the most fortified central complex found in historic Russian cities a "fortress inside the city".

It had the same meaning as the White House in the US since in the Kremlin you would be able to find also the offices of the President of Russia.

Up to the 14th century it was known as the "grad of Moscow" term that was extended by Prince Yury Dolgorukiy, until 1331 when the kremlin word was used as per records. 

Inside of it, you would be able to find Tsar Cannon and the Tsar Bell which are part of the attractions inside the Kremlin.

You will also see attraction like the Ivan the Great Bell Tower and other. Once inside the Kremlin many of the places cannot be photographed. 

7 Peter Great Statue

When you at the Floating Bridge at Zaraydye Park you would be able to see a monument that catches your eyes, and that is the Peter the Great Statue.

It is a 98 m high monument to Peter the Great, a tsar that brought much modernity to Russia when he governed. Located in the western confluence of the Moskva River and the Vodootvodny Canal in the center of Moscow.

It was erected in 1997 and is the 8th tallest statue in the world.

Peter the Great History

Peter the Great modernized the Russian Marine during his reign. 

He also built a palace inspired by the Versailles Palace in Paris in Saint Peterburg which is another great place to go if you visit Saint Peterburg. He decided to found the city in 1703 and from the periods of 1713-1728 and 1731-1918 it was the capital city of Russia.  Since 1918 Moscow has been the capital of Russia.

8 Cathedral of Christ the Saviour 

The original Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was demolished during the Soviet era by the order of Stalin to build in the area the Palace of the Soviets. The construction of the building started in 1937 but was halted in 1941 when Germany invaded the Soviet Union during WWII.

The Palace of the Soviets was never built after the war and in 1995 the rebuilding of the church started but then stopped until 2000.

The Cathedral was rebuilt to reconcile Russia's past with the present and bring Orthodox religion back to the country since during the Soviet Era the religion was not recognized. 

It's a great place to visit since it is in front of the Moskva River and you can go up to the roof area to have great views from Moscow. 

9 Moscow Metro

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While you are visiting all the other places mentioned and others that will be mentioned in the future. You can visit them by Metro and while doing it taking a Metro Tour in the Moscow's Metro System, is like visiting another museum with many attractions.

The Metro has 230 stations and is the 3rd largest in the world after London and New York Metro with 379.1 km long.

When the construction started the original idea was to bring a palace to the people by building the stations with great architecture until the 60's when the VDNKj h and Alekseyevskaya station were inaugurated with lot of simplicity that the original plans.

Most Recommended Moscow Metro Stations to visit

According to Russia Beyond there are 20 stations that are a must to visit when going to Moscow ordered by lines:

Arbatskaya Metro Station
Arbatskaya Metro Station

Red Line 1
  • Okhotny Ryad
  • Vorobyevy Gory
Green Line 2
  • Dinamo
  • Novokuznetskaya
  • Teatralnaya
  • Mayakovskaya
Blue Line 3
  • Arbatskaya
  • Park Pobedy
  • Slavyansky Bulvar
  • Ploschad Revolutsii
Circle Line 5
  • Park Kultury
  • Taganskaya 
  • Kievskaya 
  • Novoslobodskaya
  • Komsomolskaya
Orange Line 6
  • VDNKh or VDNJ
  • Tretyakovskaya
Purple Line 7 
  • Spartak
Yellow Line 8
  • Aviamotornaya 
Grey Line 9
  • Tsvetnoy Boulevard

10 Tour along the Moskva River 

Moskva River from a ferry tour

Also, another way to get to know many places in Moscow is by taking a Ferry Tour along the Moskva River.

I took one at the end of my first trip and is a great experience depending on the ticket you get. I got a ticket for an hour just to be on the Ferry taking pictures and I started the trip to Moscow City (Financial Center) and went all over the Moskva River.

You get to see many of the most attractive buildings in the city.  You can take the tour at day or night since there are many options also you can decide if your ticket includes a meal during the ferry tour.

This last Friday, June 12th it was Russia Day and I made a video to celebrate it. I hope you like it.

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10 Things TO DO in Moscow

1 comment :

  1. Moscow is a beautiful and modern city. Many wonderful places which are closely related to history. Modern Moscow is dynamic in constant motion. You just need to go and see everything.


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