Sightseeing in Moscow

Moscow might be one of the most famous cities in the world, but it’s one that’s only just becoming a mainstream tourist destination. It has built a reputation for being expensive to visit, with especially high accommodation costs, but there are so many interesting and famous sights to see that it’s worth saving up for. Must-visit places in Moscow include:

  • Red Square in the center of Moscow is the heart of many attractions, and is surrounded by the Kremlin, the colorfully quirky Saint Basil Cathedral and the slightly creepy Lenin Mausoluem, where Lenin’s mummified body lies.
  • The Bolshoi Theatre and several theatres nearby where you can see famous Russian ballerinas perform.
  • The Metro system – many underground train stations were decorated during Communist times and they are like visiting an art gallery. Some have stained glass windows throughout, others are covered with bronze statues, and still more have incredibly intricate mosaic ceilings depicting typical socialist scenes like women driving tractors.
  • For real art, try the Tretyakov Gallery which has a massive collection of Russian art.
  • If you want a fun day out, try Gorky Park, which surely is no Disneyland, but still an interesting place to observe what regular Moscow people do on their day off.
  • Novodevichy Convent is open as a historical site, and the Novodevichy Cemetery next to it includes the grave sites of many famous Russians, including Boris Yeltsin, Nikita Khrushchev and Anton Chekhov.

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