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The 7 must-see sights of Moscow

This majestic city is steeped in history and beauty. A trip here combines the old and the new - learn the story of communism while enjoying the cosmopolitan life of modern-day Russia. If you're planning a visit, read our list of the top things to do.

Bolshoi Theatre Moscow

Bolshoi Theatre Moscow

Drawing on 235 years of history, this is the place to see world-class performance. The ballet and opera companies perform both classic and modern work. A romantic night out.

Moscow Zoo

Moscow Zoo

This attraction offers a few great hours of entertainment, thanks in particular to the arctic animals, such as the polar bears and arctic foxes. Cheap, and kids even go free.

Pushkin Museum

Pushkin Museum

This museum of fine arts is the largest of its kind in Russia and offers a particularly impressive collection of Renaissance works, including masterpieces from Botticelli.

Moscow Kremlin

Moscow Kremlin

This grand turreted complex, with gold domes punching the skyline, is quintessential Moscow. Walk through the numerous palaces and cathedrals, taking in the spectacle and history.

Tretyakov Gallery

Tretyakov Gallery

To learn about Russian art, a tour of this gallery is a must. With more than 17,000 pieces, the collection spans early religious paintings, all the way up to the modern day.

Lenin's Mausoleum

Lenin's Mausoleum

Situated in the Red Square is the final resting place of Vladimir Lenin. To see his body, visit between 10:00AM and 1:00PM and expect to leave bags and cameras behind.

Saint Basil's Cathedral

Saint Basil's Cathedral

Sightseeing in Moscow isn't complete without a visit to this amazing architectural gem. Its colorful, patterned spires and fairytale feel decorate the corner of the Red Square.

Planning Your Moscow Visit

How many days do I need in Moscow?

Three days is enough time to take in all the sights, but you can certainly add an extra day to enjoy a little more leisure time.

How to get to Moscow

Domodedovo Airport is the main gateway to and from the city. Most visitors to Russia will need a tourist visa, so check well before you travel.

What's in a Moscow Mule?

This classic cocktail, containing vodka and ginger beer, was actually invented in California, not Moscow, so tourists looking for an authentic version will be searching for some time. But in Russia, drinking vodka is somewhat of a national pastime, so the city offers plenty of chi chi cocktail bars and nightclubs where you can get a true local's experience: great vodka, over ice.

Good to know

  • Language
    Russian
  • Currency
    RUB (руб)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+03:00)
  • Country Code
    +7
  • Best time to visit
    Visit the city in April or May, when the temperate is getting warmer, the days longer, and prices haven't skyrocketed for the summer tourists. Spring also offers less rain than autumn.

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What people are saying about Moscow

Would recommend to anyone who wants a funky Moscow experienc

Moscow is such a stunning city. After a few days of museums, galleries, and historical tours, our family of four (of which I am the youngest at 28) decided to break with the conventional, and do this alternative tour. Ana was a truly insightful, accommodating and proficient guide. We went to a quirky gentrifying area that had the cutest cafe (which I returned to after the tour for a brilliant flat white), book shop, bars and street art. The guide-to- participant ratio meant we had time to ask as many questions as we liked, eliciting local views of politics, youth subcultures, and life in Moscow more generally. This tour was the highlight of an already magical trip to Russia. Thanks for the tour, Ana - we will be back!

Alternative Moscow 2-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by Chris, 23/06/2019

Excellent tour, very good guide who enabled us to see key points.

Marina is an excellent guide, with very good English, easily finds her way around even when big groups and crowds are around. She chose and showed key points for every attraction, and provided interesting information. It was a very pleasant experience and despite the fact it lasted 4 hours we didn't get tired. I warmly recommend both the tour and the guide in particular.

Excellent overview of main attactions in city center, committed guide

Zhenya was very good at explaining us the main facts about buildings in city center (Kremlin, St. Basil Cathedral, Alexander park..). We appreciated taking us to GUM supermarket to ice cream and to local Russian restoraunt Stolovaya, where we could relax a bit. We liked the park built on the place of hotel Moscow and the insights Zhenya gave us and her punctuality (tour lasted 2,5 hours not less, despite the fact that we were only two visitors on tour). It was a quick glance of center that I would gladly recommend to anybody.

Moscow: 2.5-Hour City Center Walking Tour Reviewed by Miha, 05/06/2019

Amazing, knowledgeable and friendly guide

Sofia was an extremely friendly, knowledgeable and helpful guide. She went above and beyond to ensure my wife and I were looked after. We found the metro tour inspiring and exciting.

Fantastic show of Russian folk songs, dancing and singing.

A very professional, entertaining, and vibrant show of Russian folk music, dancing and singing. Very high standard of performance and presentation. Definitely worth seeing if you are interested in Russian folk culture.

Moscow: Golden Ring Russian Folk Show Reviewed by Keith, 01/06/2019