Moscow Top 10

26 Jul 2017

Moscow is a city that never sleeps – or ceases to amaze with its sights, sounds, scents and tastes! That, however, is a blessing and a curse. With so much going on, how is it humanly possible to fi gure out what to do, especially if you’re in town for just a few days? But don’t despair, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 things you simply must do while in the Russian capital. By no means is this exhaustive so if you have more time and get through them all, fl ip through all the pages of this publication for more ideas.

1. Red Square, Kremlin and The Cathedrals
But you already know this! Of course, every Moscow visit begins with a walk around the Red Square, a visit to the Mausoleum, a tour of the Kremlin, a cheeky spot of shopping in the legendary GUM shopping center as well as a look in and around St. Basil's Cathedral and the Christ the Savior Cathedral. While you're in the area, we'd also highly recommend visiting the State Historical Museum, the Kazan Cathedral, Lobnoye Mesto, the Necropolis on the Kremlin Walls and if you're lucky, you might even get to attend one of the many festivals, concerts and entertainment events that the Red Square regularly hosts.

2. Get your Art fix
If there's something that Moscow doesn't lack, it's art galleries and museums: today there are 500 museums in Moscow and the number
is constantly growing. No visit to Moscow is complete without spending at least a few hours wandering around the State Tretyakov Gallery (the foremost depository of Russian fi ne art in the world) or the Pushkin Museum, which boasts the largest collection of European art in Moscow. For something a bit more modern, check out the Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val, the Multimedia Art Museum, the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow’s iconic Gorky Park, the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center (which regularly brings some of the best contemporary names), the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography and the MARS Center. Also note that on the third Sunday of each month, some Moscow museums have “Open Door Day” (for example the Museum of Cosmonautics, the Darwin Museum, the House of Gogol, the GULAG Museum and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art). Unfortunately, the major national museums do not take part in this.

3. Take in some seriously spectacular views
Moscow is a real stunner from the ground. Now imagine seeing it all on the palm of your hand from up high! There are a few places that off er some stellar views of the city. The observation deck at Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory) is on a steep bank 85 meters above the river, with the Luzhniki Stadium and the neighboring Novodevichy Convent right below you across the river and the the Moscow State University (at one time the tallest building in Europe) and the Trinity Church behind. If you climb up to the top fl oor of the renovated Detsky Mir department store, you’ll see the historic center sprawled out in front of you. For a few rubles, you can also go up to the Ostankino TV tower (337 meters), the ferris wheel at VDNKh (73 meters) or the observation deck in Moscow City (260 meters). A fantastic view is best enjoyed with a delicious meal. These restaurants off er top-notch food and drinks accompanied by some of the best views in town: Sky Lounge, White Rabbit, Kalina Bar, Time Out Bar and the O2 Lounge.


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