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Well known traveler Ibn Battuta once said “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller”. Well, this is something we couldn’t deny… If you recognize yourself as a storyteller – you have to travel to Russia and grab one of the amazing Moscow tours. Got it? Alright, we’ll tell you more about it… Things to see in Moscow – something unusual. Eclectic architecture, loads of gold elements, impressive churches, strange traditions, extraordinary food, interesting locals, extremely cold winters and furry caps. This is how controversial and interesting Moscow looks like. If you decided to get on one of the Moscow tours, you should definitely see the first underground railway system in the Soviet Union – this beautiful metro was built in 1935. Things to see in Moscow are simply adventurous, you’ll find this out with your first sight. Join a relaxing Moscow tour along river embankment, you won’t forget it. Moscow is dynamic, really huge and absolutely eye-popping. Hit the road, travel around Russia and don’t even think to skip Moscow tours!
Population: 12,228,685 (2017)
Area: 2,511 km2
Density: 5 866/km2
Postal code: 101000−135999
Area code: +7 495, 496, 498, 499
Rank in the country: 1st in Russia
Red Square is one of the most famous public squares in the world, and so no doubt the heart and soul of Russia. It is surrounded by unique styles of architecture of different periods, with the Kremlin being on its western side, the State History Museum on its north and St. Basil’s Cathedral, the unique icon of Moscow, on the south and the famous shopping mall GUM on its east. Since you can spend a lot of time just looking around and admiring the architecture and then choose from so many other different attractions to go next to, it comes as no surprise why the Red Square is so insanely popular among visitors.
St. Basil’s Cathedral is one of the most famous places and beautiful churches to visit in Moscow. The famous cathedral, built back in the 16th century, now functions as a museum but many other travelers say that the interior is quite blank compared to the extravagant exterior so we suggest you focus on it. The cathedral is super easy to admire from the outside because of its amazing mixture of vivid colours, patterns and shapes that is unique to Russian architecture. Vibrantly coloured unique onion domes are definitely the highlight of this most beautiful cathedral.
Kremlin is the biggest active fortress in Europe and one of the most interesting places to visit in Moscow. Inside the over 2,000 meter-long walls, you will find five squares, 18 different buildings, four of which are cathedrals, 20 towers and (as though this wouldn’t keep you busy all day long) even the world’s biggest bell and cannon. Sounds impressive, right? Kremlin also serves as the official residence of the Russian president and it is not likely that you are not curious enough to see what it would be like to live like one as well!
Tretyakov Gallery is among the highly recommended places to visit because it houses the world’s largest collection of Russian art containing 100,000 artworks. The exhibited masterpieces range from dating back to the 11th century to the 20th century. In the Tretyakov Gallery you can also find the largest collection of icons including such unique and famous pieces as Girl with Peaches and Demon. So if you decide to make time for visiting museums in Moscow, make sure not to miss this one!
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is situated only a few blocks away from Kremlin and definitely is among the top 5 most famous churches in Moscow. The cathedral is unique for both its amazing architecture and unusual history. Originally built to honour the Russian victory over Napoleon, it was then dynamited by Stalin himself to build a skyscraper, which never happened. So after being used as a public Moscow Pool for about 50 years, the cathedral was again rebuilt in its place in 1997 and has been an active church up to this day.
Cafe Pushkin is undoubtedly one of the most popular restaurants in Moscow. Its design recreates the atmosphere of a 19th century aristocrat’s house and of a pre-Revolution Russia. If you want to feel what Russian nobility is treated like, this is definitely a top place to go in Moscow. Of course, it also offers delicious quality food, excellent service and great vodka selection.
Buono is a great place to eat if you like a spectacular view to accompany your diner. Located on the 29th floor of Radisson Royal Hotel, Buono offers a wide classical menu created by a well known chef in all Europe. It is best to book the window tables beforehand, though, because the restaurant is widely popular among the locals.
Gallery Cafe is famous for its exceptional global cuisine created by its famous chef as well as for its sophisticated and stylish interior. It is an ideal place if you want to take someone out on a date while in Moscow! The restaurant also exhibits contemporary artworks, hosts concerts and performances so make sure to check whether there are any tables available.
Khmeli Suneli is a good place to choose for those who are travelling on a budget but love excellent quality food nonetheless! It is a restaurant offering European, Eastern European and Georgian cuisine accompanied by fast, friendly service and a cozy design. They also have playing room for kids, so it’s a great place for families to enjoy their meals too.
Steak’s is, as the name suggests, one of the best steakhouses in Moscow. However, the menu also includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes so don’t be mistaken by the name! Everyone will find something for their taste here, not to mention the friendly staff, great atmosphere and cozy interior. No surprise this place is so appreciated by the locals as well as visitors of the city.
Visit Lenin’s Mausoleum because it is definitely a one of a kind historical place to visit once in Russia, despite your opinion on the great Russia’s leader. The founder of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Ilych Lenin, is displayed as a holy relic of the country and his mummy, believe it or not, has been one of the top tourist attractions and famous visited places in the Red square so you don’t want to be the one to skip it!
Explore Moscow Zoo because it is a great thing to do in Moscow especially if you are traveling with children. But who are we kidding, everyone and not only kids will definitely enjoy it! Over 6,000 animals, more than 1,000 different species, large central ponds and even a possibility to check out the nocturnal animal exhibits makes visiting the Moscow Zoo a must-do during your holidays!
Shop at GUM since it is one of the biggest shopping centers around the world famous for its numerous boutiques and shops as well as the outstanding architecture and luxurious style. The store also houses various cafes, restaurants and a Soviet-style grocery store Gastronom №1. Oh, and by the way, at GUM you will find the fanciest historic toilet you’ve ever seen for sure!
Have fun at Gorky Park because you can find so many different activities here it is even hard to grasp it all! During the summer, you can join outdoor dancing sessions, yoga and fitness classes, you can enjoy beach volleyball, ping-pong, skateboarding, cycling, picnicking and just so much more. During winters, the park turns into a one giant skating rink! So whatever the season, to visit the Gorky Park is really one of the best things to do in Moscow.
Visit Moscow metro and feel forever saddened by the dark view of London and New York metros hereinafter. The stations are often called “underground palaces of Moscow” for a very good reason: immense vaulted ceilings, ornate chandeliers, vivid murals, intricate sculptures are unique and different in every station but each one of them can take your breath away.
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