Looking for honest, low cost tips on what to do in Moscow and what’s worth the visit ? In the last three months I explored as much places in Moscow as I could. Here is the list of 17 Cool Things To Do In Moscow.
1. Walk to the Red Square
It’s the heart of Moscow as well as the most visited place by tourists. It’s beautiful, surrounded by the Kremlin on one side, GUM (famous fancy shopping center) on the other side and dominated by the St. Basil’s Cathedral which is beautiful to look at but not necessarily a “must-visit” place.
2. Visit the Lenin Mausoleum
Right in the middle of the Red Square you will notice a weird shaped pyramid, it’s the mausoleum of Lenin. I highly recommend you to visit it, it’s an experience by itself. It’s open daily from 10:00-13:00 but closed on Mondays and Fridays and its free so check it out.
3. Try Russian food at Teremok
The easiest and cheapest way to try local food is to go to the Russian fast food chain Teremok. They are everywhere. Here you can taste the Blini (Russian pancakes filled with various toppings) and Syrniki (Russian dessert made from cheesecake). You can find one next to the Alexander Garden in the shopping mall.
4. Walk through the city center (Bolshoi Theater, Tverskaya, Alexander Garden)
You should walk through the city center and check out the surrounding sights as the Alexanders Garden (Right next to Kremlin), Tverskaya (main street in Moscow) or the Bolshoi Theater.
5. Check out “Moscow City” the highest towers in Europe
If you want admire some “modern” architecture, go see the Moscow city. It’s a complex of the highest skyscrapers in Europe. Metro Vystavochnaya (light blue line)
6. Visit VDNKH and the Museum of Cosmonautics
One of my favorite places in Moscow is the VDNKh complex and Museum of Cosmonautics. Here you can see the first two dogs Belka and Strelka that made it to the space. The entrance is only 200 rubles (3 EUR) which is a good deal. VDNKh is an amusement and exhibition park and in winter the home of the largest ice skating ring in Russia. The atmosphere at VDNKh is great.
7. Visit Tsaritsyno
Moscow is full of beautiful parks, one of them is Tsaritsino. It’s located in the south of the city and while the sun shines also a great spot to relax.
8. Check out Kolomenskoye
I think this is a little off the beaten path. It’s a former royal estate not far away from Tsaritsino surrounded by impressive landscape.
9. Visit the Gorky Park and walk at the riverside of Moskva
Closer to the city center, right next to the river Moskva you will find the Gorky Park, in summer a great spot to hang out and experience the local culture, in winter a good spot for ice skating.
10. Watch an Ice Hockey game
A must do in Russia is to see a KHL ice hockey game. The atmosphere is absolutely worth it. The tickets start at 200 rubles and you can buy it in front of the stadium or buy it online (just google the schedule and check it out).
Great atmosphere at the Ice Hockey Stadium
11. Visit the Moscow State University MGU
The building of the Lomonosov Moscow State University is one of the seven sisters, a group of seven skyscrapers which look the same. It’s in the south of the city (Metro Universitet or Vorobyovy Gory) and it’s a 40 min walk from the metro station. The building is quite impressive, unfortunately you can’t access it without a valid student ID, but you can enjoy the view over the city from the observation deck in front of it.
12. Izmaylovo Kremlin and Market
Moscow has more than one Kremlin, this one is located in the east (metro Partizanskaja, dark blue line) and is much better as the one on the Red Square (which is not worth the visit). Here you can find a market where people sell various Russian products. It’s also a great place to buy some souvenirs for a much better price than in the center (you can always ask for a better price). Besides try another Russian speciality Shashlik, the best one I have had in Russia was here. For me a must-visit place in Moscow. You can also walk through the nearby park from where you can have a quite impressive view on the Izmaylovo Kremlin.
13. Walk to the Arbatskaya street
This is the cultural street of Moscow, a famous pedestrian zone full of artists and musicians.
14. Stop by at Krutitskoe Podvorye
Krutitskoe Podvorye is another off the beaten path sight. It’s a historical building, built some 400 years ago although it looks much older. It’s really impressive and worth the visit (Metro Proletarskaya, violet line).
15. Metro Stations
Moscow is also known for the most beautiful metro stations. They are indeed interesting, my favourite is the Mayakovskaya station (dark green line). You can read more about metro sightseeing in Moscow in my post All You Need To Know About Metro Sightseeing In Moscow.
16. Explore Novodevichy Convent
Novodevichy Convent is probably the best-known cloister of Moscow. It’s interesting to look at and surrounded by a lake which creates a cozy atmosphere.
17. Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
Is by far the most impressive cathedral of Moscow. It’s gigantic and absolutely worth to check it out. It’s just a short walk from Kremlin and the entrance is free.
All this covers the most interesting places I have visited during my three months stay in Moscow. The cool thing about this list is also that most of the activities are for free, you need only 200 rubles for the Museum of Cosmonautics, 250 rubles for the ice hockey ticket, metro ticket and some rubles for the food, all the rest is for free.
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