Holidays in Moscow will definitely be remembered for a lifetime, as it is one of the most outstanding cities in the world. You can endlessly admire all the interesting places and historical corners in the capital of Russia, because Moscow is one of the largest giant cities on Earth. Huge area of over 1,000 sq. kilometers offers great options for pastime. The tourist infrastructure here is quite developed, so you can easily find a suitable accommodation option, from where it will be convenient to see the sights of Moscow and its environs. Tourists and travelers have a large number of places to relax and green parks to choose from, while the Moskva River is one of the most beautiful natural scenery in the bustling city bustle. As the largest cultural and historical center of the continent, Moscow is famous for its famous museums, historical complexes, art galleries and monuments. Therefore, during your travel make sure to visit at least a few of Moscow’s Top 10 attractions.
1. The Kremlin, the symbol of Moscow.
The Kremlin is a huge fortress located right in the heart of Moscow. It is also one of the most distinctive landmarks in the world where you can immerse yourself in Russia’s rich historical heritage. Surrounded by tall red-hued defensive walls and massive clock towers, the Kremlin is Moscow’s standout landmark and well worth a visit. The Grand Kremlin Palace, the Church of the Deposition of the Robe and the Armory Museum are just a few of the most beautiful buildings, while Red Square is the best for taking stunning photos. In fact, it will take at least a whole day to visit all the interesting places in the Kremlin alone.
2. St. Basil’s Cathedral.
Right next to the Kremlin is the picturesque St. Basil’s Cathedral, which is recognizable by its huge multi-colored domes. Built of red bricks, this church is the most wonderful view of Red Square in Moscow, and one of the tallest buildings. The whole complex includes eight churches, which in a compact form create another symbolic landmark of Moscow, and one of the most prominent landmarks of Russia. When traveling to Red Square, make sure you don’t forget a capacious memory card for your camera, because the colors of the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Holy Mother of God (as it is also called) will make you take countless pictures. Particularly good shots will be obtained during sunset.
3. Bolshoi Theatre.
After a short walk from Red Square, another famous landmark to visit is the building of the Bolshoi Theatre. Built at the end of the 18th century, the large building of this historic theater has been renovated and restored several times. The neoclassical facade includes eight huge columns, as well as many sculptures. The facade is made with numerous decorations and details, while the interior is even more impressive. The world famous theater provides the best acoustics you can imagine.
4. Museum-Reserve Kolomenskoye.
The Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve is not located in the center of Moscow, but is definitely a place that you cannot miss. This is a huge area along the banks of the Moskva River, where a green succession of trees and meadows is dotted with many royal buildings. One of the most significant buildings is a stone church with a unique architectural design. The green park of Kolomenskoye is an excellent choice for relaxation and recreation. Here it may seem that you are away from the noise and pressure of the big city, but in fact, you are just a few minutes drive from the center of Moscow.
5. Stalin skyscrapers, or Seven Sisters of Moscow.
The Seven Sisters of Stalin is a complex of skyscrapers and buildings that take their name from their typical Stalinist architectural style. Built in the middle of the 20th century, these seven buildings use a mixture of Russian Baroque and Gothic elements. These buildings are located in the center of the capital, and the most impressive of them are the Ukraine Hotel, the Leningradsky Hotel and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. But if you have enough free time, visit all Seven Sisters of Stalin. This way you can get to know the architecture, as well as the most famous sights of Moscow.
6. Tretyakov Gallery.
After a trip to the Kremlin and Red Square, enjoy a relaxing walk along the opposite bank of the Moskva River. Here you will find many magnificent buildings, shops and restaurants, but one of the most inspiring places to visit is the Tretyakov Gallery. In addition, this is a large art gallery that displays one of the world’s largest collections of masterpieces by Russian artists. The Tretyakov Gallery is definitely the right choice for lovers of art at its best. Amazing sculptures, statues, paintings and other artworks are made by famous artists such as Viktor Vasnetsov, Ivan Shishkin, Andrey Rublev and Ilya Repin.
Just a few blocks from the Kremlin and Red Square is another must-see attraction in Moscow. Arbat is a whole street that stretches for almost one kilometer in the historical center of Moscow, a place of charm and relaxation. This is the place where you can come across a colorful plethora of historic buildings, art shops, statues, cafeterias, restaurants and of course lots of people. This is a great place for a romantic walk around the capital of Russia.
8. Gorky Park.
Gorky Park is a great place to relax, where you can find a wide variety of entertainment for children and adults. This is the most beautiful park in central Moscow and also one of the oldest parks, opened in 1928. You will be amazed by the many attractions and activities such as a giant ferris wheel, roller coasters and a pond ideal for rowing. If your vacation is during the winter, you can participate in the annual ice sculpture festival. In addition, the whole area of the park is located right along the Moskva River.
9. The estate-museum of Kuskovo.
During construction in the 18th century, the Kuskovo estate was one of the most beautiful summer estates in the vicinity of Moscow. Nowadays, the neoclassical building of Kuskovo is an even more attractive landmark of Moscow. This place will seduce you with its warm shades and colors. The estate area also includes a huge pond with a large garden. Walking through this historical place will give you a lot of pleasure and will be quite informative. As soon as you enter the manor through the large scenic staircase, you can fully immerse yourself in the 18th century. Many rooms, halls and chambers are picturesquely decorated and create an appropriate atmosphere. Don’t miss also the Greenhouse with the State Ceramics Museum, which displays a comprehensive collection of porcelain products from Western Europe.
10. International Business Center.
The sights of Moscow include not only historical buildings, but also modern ones. As one of the largest cities in the world, Moscow is a highly urbanized area with skyscrapers. One of the best places to watch Moscow’s modern skyline is the International Business Center. The area is also known as “Moscow City”, covering a huge portion of the northern bank of the Moskva River. The International Business Center is located in close proximity to the city center. With many tall skyscrapers and towers clustered in a compact area, this business district offers outstanding opportunities for living, entertainment and, of course, business. All these structures can be seen during a boat trip on the river, especially at sunset.
The giant city of Moscow provides many opportunities to experience the spirit of Russia. This is one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, where you can have a great and comfortable time, getting acquainted with historical and cultural landmarks. 10 attractions from this list are a must-see if you want to get a complete picture of the city.