Where to go in Moscow – 10 interesting places
Where to go first, if you find yourself in the capital? We have made a review of the most interesting places in Moscow, as well as told how to get to them most conveniently.
The capital of the Russian Federation gives rise to contradictory feelings among tourists: some are tired of the noise and bustle of the metropolis, while others sincerely admire its scale and beauty. However, we believe that Moscow is an amazing city where everyone will find a lot of interesting and unusual, and we decided to compile a selection of the most interesting, in our opinion, places in Moscow that a tourist should see when visiting the capital for the first time. We do not pretend to cover all the sights of the capital, and have highlighted only those that seem interesting to us.
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Top 10 interesting places in Moscow:
Kremlin and Red Square
Tourists usually quickly find the answer to the question of where to go in Moscow first – it is customary to start acquaintance with the capital with Red Square and the Kremlin. These are the main symbols of Moscow and Russia, and the largest number of attractions are concentrated here. On Red Square there is the Place of execution, the Lenin Mausoleum and the monument to Minin and Pozharsky.
Monument to Minin and Pozharsky was erected in 1828 in front of the Upper Trade Rows (GUM), in 1931 it was placed in front of the St. Basil’s Cathedral (Photo: unsplash.com / @nikolayv)
To the west of the square is the Kremlin, to the east is the GUM, to the south and north are the St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Historical Museum and the Kazan Cathedral. The Moscow Kremlin is an ancient fortress in the center of the capital and the official residence of the president of the Russian Federation. The southern wall of the defensive structure overlooks the Moskva River, and the northern wall faces the Alexander Garden.
The Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed is on the left in the photo, and the Kremlin’s Spasskaya Tower is on the right (Photo: essuera / pixabay.com)
The Kremlin grounds include squares, palaces, temples, the Armory and Faceted Chamber, the Tsar Cannon and the Tsar Bell. Ticket to Sobornaya Square costs 350 rubles. The Armory is open at 10, 12, 14:30 and 16:30. Cash desks work in the Alexander garden from 09:30 to 16:30. The ticket costs 700 rubles, children under 16 years old – free of charge. It is possible to buy tickets to the Kremlin with an audio guide.
How to get there? The most convenient way to get to the Kremlin is by subway, avoiding traffic jams and other perks of traveling by land. You can get to Red Square by getting off at the “Okhotny Ryad” or “Lenin Library” stations (on the red line).
The Kremlin’s Nikolskaya Tower is on the left, the State Historical Museum is in the center, and the walls of GUM are on the right (Photo: wikimedia.ru / Sergey Lemtal)
Cathedral of Christ the Savior
Temples and shrines are a must-see in Moscow. One of the most famous is considered to be the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, which was built during 44 years and was erected in memory of the Russian soldiers who died in the Patriotic War of 1812. During Stalin’s times, it underwent complete destruction, and only in the 1990s was it rebuilt.
Near the church is one of the capital’s most beautiful bridges, the Patriarchal Bridge, which offers wonderful views of the city and the Moskva River. The towers of the Kremlin and the monument to Peter I are clearly visible, and on the other bank of the river stands the building of the famous confectionery factory “Krasny Oktyabr”.
How to get there? To get there take the metro to the station “Kropotkinskaya” and then go to the street Volkhonka. Or take a walk through Alexandrovsky Garden from Red Square along Mokhovaya Street.
The temple is the largest cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church, the height – 105 meters. It is 1,5 meters higher than St. Isaac’s Cathedral (St. Petersburg). (Photo: Bluesnap / pixabay.com)
Arbat was once a street of aristocrats: such famous families as the Sheremetevs, the Kropotkins, the Tolstoys, the Golitsyns lived here. Later Arbat became a haven for Moscow intellectuals, where lived Konstantin Balmont, Marina Tsvetaeva, Sergey Aksakov, Bulat Okudzhava and other famous people.
Today it is a popular pedestrian street where you can buy souvenirs, sit in a cafe, or order your own portrait. Among the interesting places in Moscow for young people is the wall of house number 37, the wall of Tsoi, the lead singer of the legendary rock band Kino.
How to get there? You can walk to Arbat from Arbatskaya or Smolenskaya metro stations or walk from Red Square.
Morning Arbat. Following the example of the capital’s street, pedestrian streets in other Russian cities also began to be called “Arbats”. (Photo: Ssppeeeeddyy / flickr.com)
VVC (ALL-RUSSIAN EXHIBITION CENTER).
Another interesting place for tourists in Moscow is VVC. The original significance of the exhibition center is slightly lost, part of the former VDNKh pavilions is given for trade. Residents of the capital and tourists come here to admire the sights and just to relax.
The main attraction of the All-Russian Exhibition Center is the famous fountain “Friendship of Peoples”, surrounded by sculptures of women in national costumes of former Soviet republics. Another fountain – “Stone Flower” – was the first light and music fountain in the USSR. The sculptural composition is based on the tales of Bazhov, flower petals are decorated with malachite.
The 16 sculptures symbolize the 16 once Soviet republics. From left to right: Lithuanian SSR, Georgian SSR, Uzbek SSR. (Photo: eAKuptsova / pixabay.com) Fountain “Stone Flower”, in the distance – the pavilion “Central”, VDNH (Photo: Valeri Pizhanski / flickr.com)
Near the main entrance of the All-Russian Exhibition Center, the most recognizable monument of the post-Soviet Union is the sculptural composition “Worker and Collective Farm Girl. At the exit from the metro station there is a rocket, looking up into the sky. Nearby there is the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. The famous museum of the nationally acclaimed “Field of Miracles” show is located in Pavilion 1.
The large territory of the All-Russian Exhibition Center is an interesting place in Moscow for walks, adults ride roller-skates and bicycles, children have fun on steam trains and quadrocycles. But the best attraction of the center is a 73-meter Ferris wheel.
How to get there? You can get to the place by subway, “VDNH” station.
The monument was intended for the international exhibition in Paris in 1937, after the event the sculpture was installed in Moscow on a pedestal near the Northern Entrance to VDNKh (Photo: wikimedia.ru / Nikolai Bakhmarov)
A very popular viewing platform in the capital, located on the high bank of the Moskva River and overlooking Moscow State University. This is the place where a tourist should definitely go to admire Moscow from above. In Soviet times this place was called Lenin Hills. From the site offers views of the Ostankino Tower, Stalin’s high-rises, the White House and Moscow City. In the distance you can see the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
How to get there? You can take the metro to the Vorobyovy Gory station, and from there walk up the slope to the site. Or get off at the metro station “University”, then walk through MSU Park.
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Until the middle of the 18th century, Ostozhenka was an ordinary Moscow suburb. Once here, in the floodplain of the Moskva River, through meadows with haystacks there were trade routes. Later the tsar’s stable yard was built, then the first dwelling houses started to appear nearby. The well-off people built closer to Prechistenka, poorer houses and warehouses were located between Ostozhenka and the Moskva River.
Today Ostozhenka is an old Moscow lane with preserved mansions, where it is interesting to walk. The most colorful houses are yellow buildings with triangular porticoes in the Empire style. Notable are the Vsevolozhskys mansion, the Turgenev house, the Gryaznov and Kekusheva apartment houses, the Abrikosov mansion, and others. Some people tend to think that Kekusheva mansion is the house of Margarita, the main character of the famous novel by Bulgakov ‘Master and Margarita’.
How to get there? You can get to the place by metro to the station “Kropotkinskaya” or “Park Kulturi”.
Filatov and Baranov’s profitable houses on Ostozhenka Street. Photo: mgfoto / Depositphotos.com.
This pedestrian bridge (the official name is Tretyakovsky) was built in the 90s. It is a graceful structure that connected Bolotnaya Square and Kadashevskaya Embankment. In 2007 a Love Tree was erected here for all lovers, so they could attach their locks. After the first tree, drowning in locks, dozens of new ones appeared.
Luzhkov Bridge (Tretyakov Bridge) at night (Photo: Evgeny / pixabay.com)
Now there is already a tradition – newlyweds come to the bridge, hang a lock and throw the key into the river. A semicircular Reconciliation Bench was placed next to the bridge, its design is such that it is impossible for two people to sit on it without snuggling up to each other. The bridge quickly became popular and is popularly known as the Bridge of Kisses.
How to get there? The bridge is located on the Kadashevskaya embankment, you can get to the place by subway to the station “Tretyakovskaya”.
Love Tree on Luzhkov Bridge (Photo: Adam Baker / flickr.com)
This is one of the capital’s most beautiful estates with ponds, a greenhouse complex and a light and music fountain. At one time there were estates of boyars Godunovs, Streshnevs, Golitsyns, Moldavian prince Kantemir. The manor acquired its present appearance after the Empress Catherine the Great commissioned the architect Bazhenov to build it.
They say the tsarina was dissatisfied with the result and no one ever lived in the manor. By order of Nicholas I a hospital for peasants was opened in the Bread House, and in Soviet times up to the 70s there were communal quarters. After the full restoration in 2006 the palace and the park were given the status of a museum-reserve.
The entrance to the park is free, but the entrance to the palace, the orangeries and the Bread House is on a ticket. The full ticket costs 250-350 rubles, privileged categories – 100 rubles. In summer the park is open every day from 6 am to 24:00, the palace is closed on Monday.
How to get there? You can take the metro to the station “Tsaritsyno”.
Grand Palace in Tsaritsyno (Photo: katerinasipaeva / flickr.com)
Probably one of the most interesting places for children in Moscow. However, adults will like it there too. There are dolphinarium, esotarium, pink flamingos, wild cats of all kinds, ponds with giant fish, giraffe and other representatives of wild fauna. There are about 1,100 species in all. For the little ones there is a small area with rides and a pony club.
How to get there? The zoo is located on Bolshaya Gruzinskaya Street. You can go by metro to the station “Barrikadnaya” or “Krasnopresnenskaya”. The entrance is free for children and privileged categories and 400-500 rubles for adults.
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Plain gorilla in Moscow Zoo (Photo: moscowzoo.ru)
Interesting places in Moscow for children
There are still many interesting places in Moscow to visit with children: the Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure, Sokolniki Park, the Tretyakov Gallery, the Moscow Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard, the Neskuchny Garden, the Losiny Ostrov Reserve, Izmailovo, the Ostankino TV Tower, Mosfilm, numerous museums and entertainment complexes. Children certainly won’t be bored!
10 must-see places in Moscow
There are hundreds of interesting places in the Russian capital, but there are iconic places that everyone who has come to Moscow simply must visit. Here’s a selection of ten places that must be visited in Moscow.
1. Red Square
The main square of Russia near the walls of the Moscow Kremlin. Every year Red Square hosts the main military parade of the country and is a place for all-season activities and festivals. On Red Square are located St. Basil’s Cathedral, the monument to Minin and Pozharsky, Lenin Mausoleum and the Historical Museum, as well as many cafes and stores.
2. Moscow Kremlin
The Moscow Kremlin State Museum-Reserve is located on the territory of the Moscow Kremlin and includes seven museums: the Armory, the Dormition Cathedral, the Archangel Cathedral, the Annunciation Cathedral, the Patriarchal Chambers, the Church of the Deposition and the Bell Tower of Ivan the Great. The Moscow Kremlin is one of the most visited museums in the world.
Exhibition of Economic Achievements was first opened in 1939. From VDNKh you can see all the iconic sights of Moscow, such as the Ostankino television tower and the Stalinist high-rise buildings. The famous sculptures “Worker and Collective Farm Girl” and “Fountain of Friendship of Peoples” are located exactly at VDNKh, and 49 objects located at VDNKh are recognized as monuments of cultural heritage.
4. the Tretyakov Gallery
One of Russia’s largest state collections of paintings, sculpture and precious metal objects. The Tretyakov Collection has more than 180,000 items, which are displayed in two exhibition centers: the old building of the Tretyakov Gallery in Lavrushinsky Lane, and the New Tretyakov Gallery building on Krymsky Val.
5. Moscow Zoo
The renovated Moscow Zoo is a corner of exotic nature in the heart of the capital. In the Moscow zoo you can see such representatives of the world fauna as lions, tigers, polar bears, wolves, elephants. On the territory of the zoo there is a greenhouse where you can see more than 100 species of exotic plants.
6. Moscow City
Russia’s first complex of high-rise buildings (skyscrapers) Moscow City is the largest business center of Moscow. On the territory of the complex are a metro station, a shopping center with a food court. A museum of the complex of skyscrapers, as well as several observation decks higher than 200 meters are available for visits. In total 23 high-rise buildings are planned to be built on the territory of Moscow City.
7. Moscow aerial ropeway
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One of the youngest aerial tramways in Russia, the Moscow aerial ropeway was built for the FIFA World Cup held at the Luzhniki Stadium. The ropeway connects the left and right banks of the Moscow River, and makes it possible to reach the Luzhniki Stadium in eight-passenger gondola cabins.
8. Ostankino TV Tower
Ostankino TV tower is a symbol of TV and radio broadcasting in Russia. The tower was the tallest building in the world at 541 meters. From the glass observation decks of the Ostankino TV tower you can see a spectacular panorama of the capital.
9. State Academic Bolshoi Theater of Russia
Bolshoi Theatre is one of the most significant theaters of opera and ballet in the world. During its existence the theater has staged over 800 productions. The theater’s repertoire retains many classical opera and ballet productions, but at the same time the theater keeps up with the times. For example, the theater publishes recordings of performances on its YouTube channel.
10. 10. Zaryadye Park
The youngest, and one of the most popular parks in Moscow is Zaryadye Park. The park is located on the embankment of the Moscow River a few minutes from Red Square. This is a modern recreational space with several museums, a concert venue, and the famous “Soaring” bridge.