Moscow is one of the largest cities in the world and the capital of Russia. Everyone who comes here is amused with how many history periods combine here in a perfect harmony. The landmarks of Imperial Russia, Soviet Union and modern Russia exist side by side in Moscow. Moscow provides lots of opportunities for shopping, fine dining and sightseeing, so every tourist will find something to do.
Visit the Kremlin
The Kremlin is located in the very center of Moscow in the oldest part of the city. The Kremlin serves as a symbol of Moscow and Russia in general for the entire world, so this is one of the attractions you must see during your vacation. The Kremlin has a number of museums where visitors can learn more about Russian culture, history and traditions, including the archeology museum and the armory museum. Plus, there are a number of churches in the complex, including the Cathedral of the Archangel, and other religious buildings. In addition to being a cultural and historical center, the Kremlin is also the center of political power, as it serves as the residence of Russian President. Tourists can usually visit the complex from Friday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can find more detailed information about this place on the official website.
Watch a ballet at Bolshoi Theater (The Large Theater)
This is the best and most prestigious theater in Moscow, so definitely try to catch an opera or a ballet if you come here. Russia is famous for its classic opera and ballet school, so most shows are based on the work of classical artists, such as Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Wagner and Verdi. One of our tips for you is to dress nicely if you attend this theater, as most people will be wearing their finest evening gowns and jewelry. Make sure to buy the tickets in advance too.
Take pictures in front of the St. Basil’s (Pokrovsky) Cathedral
This is another iconic image of Russia that is located on the Red Square where the Kremlin is, so you can visit two attractions at once, which will be perfect if you are in Moscow only for a short period of time. There is a legend that Tsar Ivan IV the Terrible ordered his troops to take out the eyes of the architects who created the cathedral. This was because he liked the building so much that he didn’t want the architects to build a prettier building anywhere else. Besides from the sad story, this is a wonderful place to see and a very famous spot for taking pictures.
Shop at the GUM Department Store
GUM is one of the oldest shopping malls in the world and it is definitely worth visiting during your rest in the capital of Russia. The shopping center offers luxurious shopping at stores, such as Dior, Prada, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Hugo Boss and others. If you are in for something less expensive, you can enjoy a coffee at a local restaurant while looking at the beautiful architecture of this mall. Some parts of it are as old as 200 years. Plus, there are numerous exhibits that are displayed here, so you will never be bored.
Take the Moscow Metro
Very few countries in the world have subways that are as beautiful as the Metro in Moscow. In fact, locals take special pride in how old and beautiful the stations are, so it is definitely worth taking the subway at least once even if you are going to take a taxi or drive your car to get around Moscow. Plus, it is a great price comparing to other transportation options!
The oldest part of the subway was built about 80 years ago; the stations of that time glorify Soviet Union, Revolution, its leaders and industrial development. The stations that were built after the Second War praise the victory and different commanders that led the country to the victory.
The architects of each station tried to reflect the glory of the person or the event the station is named after in the design by decorating stations with statues, paintings and other artwork. Some of the most beautiful stations are Majakovskaya, named after a famous poet Majakovski, Revolution Square, Komsomolskaya and others.
Have a picnic at Kuskovo Estate
This place is a god example of Russian architecture and culture before the Revolution and the Soviet Union era. The complex consists of a palace, park and lakes, which makes it a great place to spend a day if you come to Moscow for holidays in the summer. The estate has a magnificent history, as many famous people used to come here for dances and parties, including the Empress Catherine II of Russia. One of the advices is to come out here on a sunny day, have a picnic in the park and explore the palace. A number of events in held at the estate throughout the year, you can check the schedule at the estate’s official website.
Explore the Historical Museum (SHM)
You won’t find many relaxing resorts in Moscow, but if you want to learn more about the history of Russia, this museum is the place to visit. It is located on the Red Square in the center of the city, and it displays artifacts from different periods of Russian history.
Look around the Central House of Artist (CHA)
This is a huge exhibition hall located in the center of the capital of Russia. If you are an art lover, this place alone is the reason to get your visa and come to Russia on the next plane. There are 60 galleries in the Central House of Artists, and hundreds, if not thousands of artists display their work here every year. If you are traveling with a child, take them to play at the playground located at the gallery. You can also enjoy the outdoors while exploring the Sculpture Museum or visit the Tretyakov Gallery.