Top attractions in 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- 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
So for anyone visiting Moscow, the Kremlin is a place you might have thought wouldn't be accessible but it is. Infact it's a must see on your visit. This tour will start off beside Red Square and the guide will bring you into Red Square and then down to the Garden built by a former Tsar. Its great value for money. You get to hear information that you won't get from a map or book. Plus the guide will have your tickets ready so you don't have to join the ticket queue. You'll only have to join the security check queue which moves quickly. So to summarise, this tour is good value for money. Our guide was very knowledgeable and very friendly. I can't recommend this tour highly enough. Its well worth booking. The Kremlin has the wow factor.
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!
Well worth the money!! Brilliant! Darya is a wonderful person. The tour was so much fun and the music added to the stories made the experience even better!!! Her English was excellent and was extremely knowledgeable on Russian history - could answer all of my questions with such delight and enthusiasm. Great organization!! And a very interesting tour! She is a very informed guide who provided great background to life in Russia over time. She definitely went above and beyond to make the tour such a wonderful experience. I would say this tour is definitely in my top 5 most favourite tours I’ve done so far – and I`ve travel a lot :-)
Well worth the money!! Brilliant! Ksenia is a wonderful person. Her English was excellent and was extremely knowledgeable on Russian history - could answer all of my questions with such delight and enthusiasm. Great organization!! And a very interesting tour! She is a very informed guide who provided great background to life in Russia over time. She definitely went above and beyond to make the tour such a wonderful experience. I would say this tour is definitely in my top 5 most favourite tours I’ve done so far – and I`ve travel a lot :-)
Our guide was very good. She really knew her way around the Kremlin and the Armoury Chamber. We had a slight problem meeting up as the joining instructions had advised us to look for a sign that wasn't on show, but we found each other eventually. Our guide's knowledge of history was fantastic, and we were really interested in what she told us about the Cathedrals and their icons too. She made sure we learned a lot! We would recommend this tour.