What to see in Moscow: 10 Things to do and itineraries from 1 3 5 days

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One of the most fascinating capitals in the world is undoubtedly Moscow, a modern metropolis but rich in historical, artistic and architectural testimonies, starting with the silhouette of the Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral, icons known throughout the world. Here are the 10 things not to miss in Moscow.


  1. Red Square
  2. St. Basil's Cathedral
  3. Square of Cathedrals in the Kremlin
  4. Museum and Armory Palace in the Kremlin
  5. Gorky Park
  6. Bolshoi Theater
  7. The Moscow Metro
  8. Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
  9. State Tretyakov Gallery
  10. Cosmonautics Museum
  11. 5 things to do in Moscow
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Red Square

Surrounded by architectural wonders, it offers an imposing sight and evokes an incredible sense of awe as represents the national historical emblem. The Red Square is adjacent to the Kremlin wall and on it are the Lenin Mausoleum, the GUM Galleries (luxury shopping galleries), the Kazan Cathedral and above all the St. Basil's Cathedral.

Also on the square overlooks the State Museum of History, which houses finds and relics from prehistoric times to today, finally another interesting architecture should be noted, namely the Gate of the Resurrection, which marks the "Zero kilometer of Russia" (the beginning of all Russian roads).

In short, as you may have guessed, a full day would not be enough to visit this incredible square in depth, also considering that it is practically adjacent to the Kremlin, which in turn contains other wonderful churches, palaces and museums. Therefore, purchasing a guided tour of Red Square and the Cathedral is highly recommended.

  • Okhotny Ryad Metro Station (Line 1) - Get directions
  • the square can always be visited. Inside churches, museums and monuments have variable hours, but are open approximately between 10:00 and 18:00
  • Kazan Cathedral, Lenin's Mausoleum and GUM Galleries can be visited for free. 700 rubles for St. Basil's Cathedral. 500 rubles for the State History Museum.

How to visit Red Square
To visit the Red Square and the Kremlin, dedicate at least two days. During your stay, remember to admire the square illuminated by night lights, especially during the Christmas period. If you are in Moscow for just one day, you will reluctantly have to make many sacrifices. The only alternative is a combined tour of Red Square + Kremlin.

2 - St. Basil's Cathedral

Special mention goes to the Cathedral of San Basilio, which of all the architecture of the Red Square is undoubtedly the most representative in the collective imagination.

It is located at the southern end of Red Square, not far from the Kremlin walls and the GUM, and offers an incredible sight for the eyes: a riot of colors, patterns and shapes representing the pinnacle of Russian architectural style.

The Cathedral can be visited by purchasing a ticket, but as already mentioned, it is preferable to buy a tour of the Red Square online including the entrance to the Cathedral of San Basilio.

  • Okhotny Ryad Metro Station (Line 1) - Get directions
  • every day except the first Wednesday of the month, from 10:00 to 19:00 (from 1 June to 31 August) and from 11:00 to 18:00 (rest of the year)
  • 700 rubles (€ 8,80). Children under 16 get in for free

3 - Square of the Cathedrals in the Kremlin

The Moscow Kremlin is the political center of the state, outlined by mighty walls. For many it is the main attraction of the city: The historical significance and architectural magnificence of this space are truly evident. Different types of entrance tickets can be purchased. One concerns the Palazzo dell'Armeria, the other concerns the Piazza delle Cathedrali and the museums related to it. Inside the latter there is also the bell tower of Ivan the Terrible, whose visit must be paid separately.
To fully visit the area of ​​the Cathedrals in the Kremlin alone, it should take at least 2 hours. Given the complexity of the building, a priority ticket with tour is absolutely recommended, also to avoid the long queues at the entrance.

  • Okhotny Ryad Metro Station (Line 1) - Get directions
  • The square can be visited every day from 10:00 to 15:00, except Thursdays (closing day). To visit the tower you must instead take part in one of the sessions (10:15, 11:15, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00)
  • 500 rubles (about € 7,00), the bell tower ticket costs 250 rubles (about € 3,50). Children under 16 get in for free.

4 - Museum and Armory Building in the Kremlin

Located inside the Kremlin, the Armory was founded under Vasily III for the manufacture of weapons and shop. Later it was also used for the production of jewelry and frames. During the reign of Peter the Great all artisans, goldsmiths and silversmiths were sent to St.Petersburg, and since then the armory has become a simple museum of royal treasures.

Despite the disasters that have affected this collection over the centuries, the Armory still contains many historical testimonies of great value. The recommended time for visiting the Armory is 2 hours. Inside the Palazzo dell'Armeria there is also the Diamond Fund, a collection of precious items belonging to the original Treasury of the Russian Crown established by Emperor Peter I in 1719.

Two separate tickets must be purchased to visit the Armory and the Diamond Fund, unless you prefer a combined Diamond Fund + Armory guided tour.

  • Okhotny Ryad Metro Station (Line 1) - Get directions
  • every day from 10:00 to 18:00, excluding Thursday (closing day). To visit it you must take part in one of the sessions (10:00, 12:00, 14:30 and 16:30)
  • 700 rubles (about € 10,00). The visit to the Diamond Fund must be paid separately and costs 500 rubles (approximately € 7,00). Children under 16 get in for free.

5 - Gorky Park

Gorky Park is one of the most beautiful places in Moscow, perfect for escaping the confusion of crowded city districts.
The park stretches for almost 3 km along the river and its entrance is absolutely unmistakable, marked by flashy colored flags waving, and the happy sounds of an old carousel.

Inside is the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and a small western-style amusement park with roller coasters and other attractions. In winter, the ponds are transformed into natural skating rinks.

  • Oktyabr'Skaya metro stop (Line 5) - Get directions
  • The park can be visited at any time. The Garage Museum is open every day from 11:00 to 22:00
  • Entrance to the park is free, while the Garage Museum costs 400 rubles (about € 5,60 - Standard rate); reduced 200 rubles (about € 2,80).

Find your way with Yandex Maps: Yandex is the most popular search engine in Russia, basically a kind of Russian equivalent of Google, which offers a series of downloadable applications on smartphones. To find your way around the city, download Yandex Maps, it offers maps that are rather intuitive for non-Russian speakers and, above all, much more precise than Google Maps.

6 - Bolshoi Theater

Muscovite cultural life is very intense: more than 90 theaters, 24 concert halls and over 130 cinemas offer daily shows to inhabitants and tourists, from the most classic to avant-garde shows.
The flagship is certainly the Bolshoi Theater, where you can attend the representation of the best ballets in the world.
We advise you to take part in the guided tour of the theater and if possible to attend a show.

  • Teatral'naya metro stop (Line 1 and Line 3) - Get directions
  • The guided tour of the Theater takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and starts at 11:15 am (in English).
  • 1.300 rubles (approximately € 18,00).

7 - The Moscow Metro

The Metro is undoubtedly one of the most suitable means of transport for getting around Moscow. But not everyone knows that some metro stations are also very interesting attractions. Gigantic and spectacular, they are real works of art, it is no coincidence that they are counted among the most beautiful metro stations in the world.

Komsomolskaya Station, for example, is a huge stuccoed hall with mosaics representing past heroes such as Peter the Great. Equally beautiful is the Mayakovskaya station, elegant and in Art Deco style, which was used as a bomb shelter during the Second World War. The best way to appreciate these sensational architectures is to join a guided tour.

  • Komsomolskaya station (Line 1 and Line 5) - Get directions, Mayakovskaya station (Line 2) - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • Visit price: free, free visit. Guided tours start from € 28,00 per person

8 - Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

In the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts you can admire a large collection, which it ranges from Greco-Roman antiquity to the paintings of the most famous artists of the twentieth century: inaugurated in 1912, the Pushkin Museum was officially born in 1898 and in 1937 it was decided to dedicate and rename it in honor of Aleksandr Sergeevič Pushkin. In recent years masterpieces stolen from the Nazis in 1945 were exhibited, kept hidden for decades; among the best known, the incredible Treasure of Priam.

  • metro stops Kropotkinskaja (Line 1), Borovitskaya (Line 1 and Line 3), Biblioteka Imeni Lenina (Line 3, Line 4, Line 9) - Get directions
  • Tue-Sun from 11:00 to 20:00, Thu-Fri from 10:00 to 21:00. Closing day Monday.
  • 300 rubles (about € 4,00), reduced 150 rubles (about € 2,00). Children under 16 get in for free. Possibility of cumulative tickets to visit the headquarters, the European and American Art Gallery of the th and th centuries and the private collections department.

9 - Tretyakov Gallery

The State Tretyakov Gallery is one famous art gallery in Moscow. It is probably the best place to learn about and admire the beauty of Russian art.
It is located in Zamoskvorechye, one of the oldest areas of the city, located not far from the Kremlin. The Gallery's collection consists entirely of pearls made exclusively by Russian artists.

The collection is therefore particularly large to visit it in depth it takes several hours (about half a day).
Without a doubt, to fully enjoy the experience it is essential to purchase an audio guide, or better still a guided tour, during which an expert guide will present the most important works, making you feel their "magic".

  • Tretyakovskaya metro stop (Line 6 and Line 8) - Get directions
  • Tue-Wed and Sat-Sun from 10:00 to 18:00, Thu-Fri from 10:00 to 21:00. Closing day Monday.
  • 360 rubles (about € 5,10), reduced 220 rubles (about € 3,10).

Moscow CityPass option: If you are passionate about art and history and you absolutely want to visit all the most important museums in the city, including the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Kremlin museums and the State History Museum, consider purchasing the Moscow CityPass, a special card which offers free admission and also includes access to St. Basil's Cathedral, tourist bus and river tour. Cards from 1 to 5 days are available, at a starting price of around € 60,00. Find out more.

10 - Museum of Cosmonautics

Moscow is a great city for space lovers and tech buffs. If you belong to these categories of people you should definitely visit the Cosmonautics Museum, built in 1964 and topped by a metal monument over 100 meters high. In this museum you can retrace the stages of the Soviet space program, discovering various curiosities, for example on the first dogs sent into space curiosities (Laika, Belka, Strelka). Unfortunately, not all descriptive plates have an English translation, also for this reason It is highly recommended to visit the museum with the help of a guide, perhaps by purchasing a private tour in advance.

  • VDNKh metro stop (Line 6) - Get directions
  • Tue-Sun from 11:00 to 19:00. Closed on Monday
  • 250 rubles (about € 3,50), the photos are paid separately 20 rubles each (about € 0,26)

5 things to do in Moscow

  1. See the Russian Ballet live: you have several options, from the Grand Kremlin Palace to the Bolshoi Theater
  2. Take a river cruise: absolutely unmissable, to enjoy a breathtaking view from the Moscova river. The panoramic river cruise can be booked online
  3. Admire Street Art: murals and graffiti make the streets of the city unique. Among the most beautiful spots we mention the art space "Aviator" (Ol'khovskaja ulitsa 14), the walls of the "Atrium" shopping center in Kurskaja and the graffiti district (Babuškinskaja metro)
  4. Shopping at the GUM Galleries: in one of the most beautiful historical buildings in Moscow there are these galleries for luxury shopping, a sort of Russian version of the Parisian Lafayette Galleries
  5. Stroll in the Red October District: the area adjacent to the old Chocolate Factory is today a magnetic pole for artists, designers, advertisers and creatives, which hosts art ateliers, boutiques, terraces-bars and night clubs.

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