10 Things to Do in Moscow That You Shouldn't Miss

December 21, 2017 Marianna Hollaway

The political, scientific, historical, architectural and business center of Russia, Moscow displays the country's contrasts at their most extreme. The ancient and modern are juxtaposed side by side in this city of 10 million. Catch a metro from one of the ornate stations to see Red Square, the Kremlin, the nine domes of St. Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's Mausoleum, the KGB Museum and other symbols of Moscow's great and terrible past, then lighten up and shop Boulevard Ring or people watch in Pushkin Square.
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1. St. Basil's Cathedral

Krasnaya Sq., 2, Moscow 109012, Russia +7 495 698-33-04
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

St. Basil's Cathedral

Built by Ivan the Terrible in the 1550s, this intriguing Cathedral bordering Red Square consists of nine separate chapels, each capped with its own individually shaped and colored dome.

Reviewed By Lynn B - Gatineau, Canada

Moscow's iconic St Basil's Cathedral on Red Square is absolutely extraordinary! It is possibly the most unique looking attraction I've ever seen! I loved it!
St Basil's colorful and ornate exterior, with its remarkable onion domes, makes it a recognizable symbol of Moscow around the world. I found the interior also quite unique. It is made up of nine chapels. A maze of galleries takes you from chapel to chapel.The walls are painted in floral and geometric patterns. I recommend going inside!
St Basil's was built by Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century to commemorate a military victory. It became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1990.
Visiting St-Basil's had been on my bucket list for a long time. It was totally worth it!

2. Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad)

Krasnaya ploshchad, Moscow, Russia 292-4019
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad)

Red Square, once the site of executions and military parades, sits smack in the middle of Moscow, bounded on one side by the Kremlin walls and Lenin's tomb and on the other by GUM, the country's largest department store.

Reviewed By HelensTravels0 - Pretoria, South Africa

Arguably the Heart of Russia, the Red Square is packed with historical buildings and sites, from the State Museum to St. Basil's Cathedral. You can also see the Kremlin's walls and towers from here. I would recommend an additional night visit to see it all lit up!

3. Moscow Metro

Moscow 119048, Russia +7 495 688-02-93
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4.5 based on 12 reviews

Moscow Metro

Riding the city's underground subway system is a sightseeing tour in itself with huge, vaulted, marble-columned stations - some with ornate mosaics and splendid stained glass - designed and decorated by famous Russian architects and sculptors.

Reviewed By Lynn B - Gatineau, Canada

Who knew the underground could be so beautiful? Moscow’s metro stations are ornately decorated and full of unique art and design. Much of it captures historical events. Some metro stations are quite luxurious with splendid halls and chandeliers. The metro stations are treasures in of themselves. The only unfortunate thing is we happened to visit during the rush hour and it got very busy and crowded. On the other hand, it gave us a more authentic experience.

Volkhonka St., 14 | Metro Kropotkinskaya, Moscow 119019, Russia +7 495 697-15-46
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5 based on 419 reviews

Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries

Reviewed By SashaLee_10 - Moscow, Russia

In term of arts in Moscow there are the following main collections: 1) this museum (nearly all impressionists, van gouhg, gogen, picasso, etc; even late shagal).The collection is great. And very intensive: top pictures of top masters, should not miss.
2) several rembrand's pictures in main building of Museum of fine arts;
3) collection of XX russian art in "new" building of Tretyakov gallery on Krymskiy val street: malevich, early shagal, kandinskiy, etc.

Lavrushinskiy ln, 10, Moscow 119017, Russia +7 495 951-07-27
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5 based on 4 reviews

The State Tretyakov Gallery

The State Tretyakov Gallery is the national treasury of Russian fine art and contains more than 180,000 works of painting, sculpture and graphics created by generations of Russian artists.

Reviewed By Madan Gopal M - Bengaluru, India

We visited this Museum by alighting at Tretyakovskaya metro station on orange line after changing at Novokuznetskaya station on green line. This is outstanding museum housing world's best collection of Russian icons and pre-revolutionary art. There are many sections in different floors and thanks to audio guide I could prioritize the best displayed pieces to see. One needs at least four hours to explore the beautiful collection in the museum. A must for the travellers interested in art, paintings and historical past of Russia.Photography without using flash is allowed and there is admission ticket plus additional charges for audio guide.

6. Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

Kuznetskiy Most St., 12/3, Moscow 107031, Russia +7 495 628-45-15
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4.5 based on 964 reviews

Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

Welcome to Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines – place full of nostalgia and fun! Our museum is unique all over the world, it was founded by three young enthusiasts. They collected arcade machines from different countries of the former Soviet Union, removed them with love and care so you can watch - and play. Our collection continues to grow constantly.

Reviewed By 811michael - United Kingdom

Me and the wife visited this unique and very interesting museum dedicated to arcade machines. When entering this museum and I saw all those fabulous arcade machines, it was very nostalgic and was like stepping back in time to my younger days, when me and...MoreThank you very much for your lovely comment. We are really glad to make you happy, though only for couple of hours. We'll wait you again))))

7. Tsarytsino Open-Air History and Architectural Museum

Dolskaya st., 1, Moscow 115569, Russia +7 495 321-63-66
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5 based on 3 reviews

Tsarytsino Open-Air History and Architectural Museum

Reviewed By Robbie D - Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom

This is a feeble attempt to compete with St Petersburg attractions. It is not a restoration but the development of an old building shell. The bulk of the contents are modern reproductions and most paintings we saw were actually dated 2006/2007 and pretty poor.
For us it was a complete waste of 3 hours.
Worse still was that the bulk of the main building was closed to the public at the time as it had been hired out!!!
The park area was good but not a lot else can be said.
Avoid!!!

8. Neskuchny sad

Leninskiy Avenue, 32a | Metro Oktyabrskaya, Moscow 119234, Russia +7 495 995-00-20
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5 based on 568 reviews

Neskuchny sad

Reviewed By Александр А - Moscow, Russia

There are numerous parks and green areas in Moscow. Neskuchny sad is special. You feel like you are in a real forest in some corners of the place. It has a lot of attractions for kids and adults. Try it!

9. Fountain Druzhba Narodov

Mira Avenue, 119/1, Moscow 143350, Russia +7 495 544-34-00
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5 based on 172 reviews

Fountain Druzhba Narodov

Reviewed By jordanellie41 - Bolton, United Kingdom

This was the best surprise of my whole visit. Never did I think that a Fountain could be so wonderful as this. I would go as far as to say that this certainly rivals the Fountain di Trievi in Rome. It is an awesome site with it's immaculately carved golden figures that circle the Fountain. The park that it sits in has many other statues and buildings worth seeing. A must visit!

10. Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve

Andropova Ave., 39, Moscow 154387, Russia +7 499 615-27-68
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve

This former village and archaeological site housed summer residences of the grand dukes of Moscow, and later of the tsars, and is now a museum and reserve.

Reviewed By kikidam - Athens, Greece

the park is really good.in the entraance there is a ma and everywhere free toillet.very positive. when you start walk you will see small wooden houses and if you walk a small office to buy ticket. in this houses is a little confusing there is not a combo.ticket. we visit the first 2 woth a ticket of 150rub for both. then we walk near to kolomenskoye and they suggest us (no english speaking just some words but ok)895rub for 6 building in kolomenskoye. include is this a small church,water towel,peter house and etc. no a lot of signs and because is cold you try to find and you can not because eveything is close of the cold and you do not know of you can go inside or not. if you ask of course they will try in russian language to help you. also near to kolomenskoye we fond a fantastic restaurant pizzamento 20euro (1350rub)and we take tea pizza pasta really good place. nice park we were expect something more fantastic and organize but overall was a gopd experience. so if you have time is a nice place to visit. please remember follow the green meteo line 2 kolomenskoya otherwose you will be confused

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