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Activities in Moscow

Cruising Across the Moscow River, Adventure at Sparrow Hills, Indulge in an event in Moscow Hermitage Garden, Buy Local Handicrafts at Izmailovo Market, Go Ice-Skating at Gorky Park, Shopping with Kids at Central Children’s Store, Check Out Russian Art at Tretyakov Gallery and more.

The flamboyant capital city of the European nation, Russia has never failed to offer the travelers an action-packed holiday by making available for a plethora of exciting things to do in Moscow. No matter if the city gets a heavy influx of energetic party animals and intuitive history fanatics or if it receives love-seeking honeymooners and extravagant shopaholics, Moscow has enough activities in store to quench the thirst of every tourist.

The available activities in Moscow tend to be very versatile, ranging from sightseeing and hiking to learning history and food touring. While the shoppers can enjoy luxury shopping at the GUM or go cheaper at Izmailovo Market, the nightlife seekers can enjoy fine dining at Bon or go shake a leg at 02 Lounge. Likewise, the spiritual seekers can seek blessings at St. Basil’s Cathedral or pay homage at Kul-Sharif Mosque and the architectural enthusiasts can go marvel at Catherine Palace or spend time admiring Alexander Garden. Furthermore, while the history buffs can take an educational tour at State Historical Museum or pay honor at Lenin Mausoleum, kids can shop at Central Children’s Store or go play at Gorky Park. 

If you are wondering what to do in Moscow for free, you will be unfathomably excited to know that many activities are available in the city at absolutely no charge. From enjoying a live performance at Moscow Conservatory and hiking Poklonnaya Hills to exploring Gorky’s House museum and paying a visit to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, you can do unlimited things in Moscow totally free of cost. So, no matter if you have a lavish budget or pose to be a backpacker, Moscow will always be a joyous and exhilarating experience for you.
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The Moscow Kremlin
Situated in the heart of Russia‘s capital, the Kremlin is the oldest masterpiece and every tourist’s dream places to visit in Moscow . Being  one of the  most loved tourist places in Moscow, it is inextricably linked to all the most important political and historical events in Russia since the 13th century.

It symbolizes both Russian and Soviet power and authority. The Kremlin is a fortified complex of tower-studded, walled complex of palaces and domed cathedrals. The Kremlin which was elected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990 is complex of 20 towers, 15 buildings, and more than 1.5 miles of walls that are made up to 21 feet thick.

Location: Moscow, Russia, 103073.

Best time to Visit: March to May.
Red Square
Moscow’s Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) with the Kremlin was added to UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990. It is the most famous and largest places to visit in Moscow.  It has a magnetic pull for all visitors to Moscow and is famous as the site of official military parades, speeches and demonstrations intended to display the strength of Soviet armed forces.

Built directly east of the Kremlin, this 73,000 square meters square area has served as a gathering tourist place in Moscow, a marketplace and festival ground during the Soviet era. Red Square made up of red bricks was made during the 1490s as the symbolic and central square of Moscow.

Location: Krasnaya ploshad, , Moscow, 109012, Russia.

Best time to Visit: March to May.
St. Basil's Cathedral
Even those who’ve never been to Moscow will be able to recognize the colorful domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral because of its crazy confusion of patterns, colours and shapes that is unique to Russian architecture.

Also called "Pokrovsky Cathedral" or "The Cathedral of Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat", the church was built in 1555-1561  by order of Tsar Ivan the Terrible to celebrate his victory over the Khanate of Kazan. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a magnificent work with 8 distinctive candy-coloured onion domes.

Location: Krasnaya ploshad, Tsentralny administrative okrug Moskva, 109012, Russia.

Best time to Visit: March to May.
The State Tretyakov Gallery
Lenin's Mausoleum
Located mere steps away from the Kremlin wall in Red Square, Lenin’s Mausoleum (Lenin’s Tomb) is one of the most macabre places to visit in Moscow and perhaps the most famous “modern mummy” in the world.

The building is 24 meters (78 ft) long and 12 meters (39 ft) high and was opened to the public in August 1924. It is a Soviet monument by the architect Aleksei Schusev, in which the mummified remains of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, are preserved after he had expressed his wish to be buried in St. Petersburg with his mother.

Location: Red Square, Moscow, Russia, 109012.

Best time to Visit: October to April.
Bolshoi Theatre
Bolshoi Theatre, official name State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, is one of the leading ballet and opera companies in the world with more than 200 dancers.

The history of the Bolshoi began when Prince Pyotr Urusov received permission from Empress Catherine II to open a public theater in Moscow. It is a historic theatre in Moscow designed by architect Joseph Bové in the year 1824, which holds ballet and opera performances.

Location: 1 Theatre Square, Tsentralny administrative okrug Moskva, 125009, Russia.

Best time to Visit: March to May.
State Historical Museum
The State Historical Museum is among the five largest museums in the world. The museum was established by the orders of Emperor Alexander II. Located on the opposite end of Red Square from St. Basil’s Cathedral.

The red brick building was designed in 1874 by Vladimir Shervud in the Russian revivalist style with each room having highly decorated walls and made of the style of a different period or region. It was constructed to commemorate national history and to trace the development of Russia with collections that have been forming for more than 100 years and now contain over 4.5 million items.

Location: 1 Red Square , Tsentralny administrative okrug Moscow, Russia.

Best time to Visit: March to May.
Gorky Central Park Of Culture And Leisure
Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure is a central park in Moscow, named after Maxim Gorky was opened in 1928. The Park was planned by Konstantin Melnikov, a world-famous Soviet avant-garde and constructivist architect as a piece of a communist utopia. It covers an area of 300 acres with a contemporary art museum, gardens, outdoor sports activities and sports equipment rental for sports enthusiasts.

Location: 9 Krimski Val, Moscow, Russia.

Best time to Visit: March to May.
Arbat Street
Arbat Street, or Ulitsa Arbat, one of the oldest surviving streets in Moscow. It is the famous 1.25 km walking street in Moscow that lies to the West of the Kremlin.

Surrounded by historical buildings in different architectural styles, this 15th century street has a lot of stories of the novelty families, merchants, poets, artists and thinkers. Museums, restaurants,street artists, a variety of cafes, bookstores and souvenir shops fill the street with amazement. Since 1986, the Arbat has been decorated with distinctively beautiful street lanterns.

Location: Arbat Street, Moscow, Russia.

Best time to Visit: March to May.
All Russian Exhibition Center
All-Russia Exhibition Centre, also known as Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy, abbreviated as VDNKh or VDNH is a tourist place in Moscow for anyone with an interest in the Soviet Union.

It is a permanent general purpose trade show and amusement park in Moscow with a territory of 3 square kilometers and has 400 buildings. It is occasionally referred to as “Soviet Disneyland” as it serves as a monument to the glory of the USSR and an answer to the West’s World Fairs.

Location: 119 , Prospekt Mira, 129223, Russia.

Best time to Visit: March to May.
Usadba Izmaylovo
Izmaylovo is both a large district of Moscow and a well known park. Izmaylovo Estate is a historical complex of architectural monuments of the 18-19th centuries and was a country residence of the House of Romanov built in the reign of Alexis I of Russia.

Being one of the most popular places to visit in Moscow, it includes the Izmailovo Museum Reserve and Izmailovsky Recreation Park. The beauty of this protected green area offers perfect opportunities to relax and learn about the history of Moscow.

Location: Ulitsa Imeni Baumana Gorodok, 2 строение 14, Moscow, Russia, 105037.

Best time to Visit: March to May.
The Moscow Planetarium
The Moscow Planetarium ranking among the most modern planetariums in the world was inaugurated on 5 November 1929. The planetarium has become one of the biggest and brightest destinations on the Moscow museum circuit, with all kinds of interactive exhibits, high-tech gadgetry and educational programs.

The centerpiece is the Large Star Hall boasts Europe’s largest star projection dome with its 25m silver dome roof featuring glowing northern lights, flickering stars, floating clouds, flying comets, August meteor showers and solar eclipses.

Location: Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya Ulitsa, 5 стр.1, Moscow, Russia, 123242.

Best time to Visit: March to May.
Glavniy Botanicheskiy Sad Run Im. N.V. Tsitsino
Glavniy Botanicheskiy Sad Run Im. N.v. Tsitsino is a botanical garden in Obninsk, Russia. This 360-hectare park belonging to the Russian Academy of Sciences claims itself to be the largest botanical garden in Europe and can be enjoyed in all seasons since April 1945. There are several Japanese-style pavilions garden's rock-bridges and ponds in the Japanese garden towards the rear of this beautiful park.

Location: Botanicheskaya Ulitsa, 4, Moscow, Russia, 127276.

Best time to Visit: March to May.
Monument To Minin And Pozharsky
The Monument to Minin and Pozharsky by sculptor Ivan Petrovich Martos was opened on February 20, 1818, after the Patriotic War of 1812 and Napoleon’s expulsion from Moscow in the presence of the Emperor and Empress. The monument is one of the most symbolic and best known monuments that has connection with two national heroes and  liberators.

Location: Red Square, Moscow 613310 Russia.

Best time to Visit: March to May.
Grand Kremlin Palace
The Grand Kremlin Palace is a lavishly and royally decorated palace which is closely associated with the wealth and splendor of the Russian emperors who lived here a long time ago. The Grand Kremlin Palace was designed by Konstantin Thon and was built from 1837 to 1849 in Moscow atop Borovitsky Hill.

The palace stands 125 meters long, 47 meters high, and has a total area of about 25,000 square meters made up of Gold, marble and intricate designs.  The top attractions of this places to visit in Moscow are the nine churches, Tsarina's Golden Chamber, where the only Queen of Russia lived, Palace of Facets for celebrations and glimpses of majestic imperial thrones, the Holy Vestibule, five grand reception halls and over 700 rooms and apartments.

Location: Red Square, Moscow, Russia, 109012.

Best time to Visit: March to May.
Ostankino Television Tower
Towering 1,772 feet (540 meters) over Moscow’s All-Russian Exhibition Center (VDNK), the Ostankino TV Tower is one of the tallest structures in Europe.

It was designed by Nikolai Nikitin and was erected in 1967 to mark the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution and named after the Ostankino district of Moscow. Tourists admire the incredible views of Moscow from the glass-floored observation deck, located at the dizzying height of 337 metres.

Location: 15 Dubovoi Roshchi pr-d, Moscow, 127427, Russia.

Best time to Visit: March to May.
Kolomenskoye
A few kilometers southeast of bustling Red Square lies the former royal estate of Kolomenskoye which was a summer country residence for the Grand Dukes of Moscow and Russian Tsars in the 16th and 17th centuries.

It’s a large, 390-hectare open-air museum and park to enjoy the spirit of Medieval Rus. Ascension church which is UNESCO World Heritage Site, Front Gate complex, Palace Pavilion of 1825 and St. George the Victorious Bell Tower and the Wooden Palace of Czar Alexei are some of the most famous of these buildings.

Location: 39 Andropova Avenue, Moscow, Russia.

Best time to Visit: March to May.
Tsaritsyno Museum Reserve
Tsaritsyno is a park and museum complex in southern Moscow and is one of the largest reserves of the city. Construction began in 1775 under the supervision of architect V. I. Bazhenov, it was conceived as a personal country residence of Empress Catherine II.

"Tsaritsyno" is an architectural ensemble that is built in the style of neo-Gothic design. you will come across the landscape Park with ponds, towers Light dynamic fountain and artificial islands covering an area of covers 405 hectares.

Location: 1 Dol'skaya Ulitsa, Moscow, 115569, Russia.

Best time to Visit: March to May.
Museum Of Cosmonautics
The Museum of Cosmonautics is one of the largest research and technology museums in the world. The museum is accommodated in the stylobate of the monument "To Conquerors of space". It was solemnly opened on April 10, 1981, in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s achievement as the first person to orbit the earth.

Among the 85,000 objects in the museum’s collection are the first Soviet rocket engine, the first Soviet satellite, taxidermy space dogs, the moon rover Lunokhod, the personal belongings of the first Soviet astronaut and specimens from the moon.

Location: Prospekt Mira, 111, Moscow, Russia, 129223.

Best time to Visit: March to May.
Tverskaya Street
Tverskaya Street, also called Gorky street is the beating heart of the city. Tverskaya is the main thoroughfare of Moscow which starts from the Kremlin and goes north through all Moscow boasting great architecture and beautiful interiors of the buildings. It bears the name of the ancient town Tver to which this road originally led. Tverskaya Street is like Oxford Street in London or 5th Avenue in New York.

Location: Tverskaya StMoskva, Russia.

Best time to Visit: March to May.

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