17 Cool Things To Do In Moscow

17 cool things to do in MoscowLooking 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.

Red Square

Red Square

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.

Lenin Mausoleum

Lenin Mausoleum right at the Red Square

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.

Teremok

Teremok fast food chain at Ochotnyj Riad shopping center next to the Alexanders Garden

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.

Alexander Garden

Fountains at the Alexander Garden

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)

Moscow City

Moscow City

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.

  • VDNKh at night

    VDNKh at night

  • Museum of Cosmonautics

    Museum of Cosmonautics

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.

Tsaritsino

Tsaritsino park

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.

Kolomenskoe

Kolomenskoe

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.

Gorky Park

Gorky Park in summer

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).

Ice Hockey Moscow

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.

  • Moscow State University

    Moscow State University

  • MGU

    Observation deck in front of the MGU

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.

  • Izmaylovo Kremlin

    Izmaylovo Kremlin

  • Shashlik

    Get some Shashlik at Izmaylovo Market

13. Walk to the Arbatskaya street

This is the cultural street of Moscow, a famous pedestrian zone full of artists and musicians.

Arbatskaya

One of the artist showing his talent

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).

Krutitskoe Podvorye

Krutitskoe Podvorye

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.

Mayakovskaya

Mayakovskaya Moscow Metro Station

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.

Novodevichy Convent

Novodevichy Convent

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.

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

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.

Have a great trip to Moscow and let me know how did you like it.  To get the latest news connect with me via my FB page Kuba’s Journeys.

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15 Comments

  1. Wow, Moscow has so much to offer! 🙂 I bet some of those things are free of charge. Me and Cez are planning to visit the city this summer. We would definitely visit the Gorky Park and walk at the riverside of Moskva :)!

    1. indeed Agness 🙂 be sure to plan a longer stay, Moscow is huge and it takes quite some time to see everything, if you have the time also check out St. Petersburg, you can get there by train (cheap if you book in advance) if you need some help with that let me know 🙂

  2. By chance we found the Cosmonautic Museum is free on the 3rd Sunday in every month.
    Moscow is just unbelievable…I need to go back to see more.

  3. Thanks for the interesting and helpful article. I am in Moscow right now with my teenage son and we’re looking for more things to do. Now we have few more ideas! Thank you!

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