Moscow Sights

There are so many Moscow sights, it would take ages to cover them! After all, Moscow is more than 850 years old!

Learn about the top ones here. I have ordered them by priority.

If you are in a hurry, just visit the ones you can. You can see the rest next time you come, right?

#1 - The Red Square

The view of Red Square. By Moscow Russia Insider's Guide.

Moscow Red Square is a definite must see. This place breathes with Russian history. The kings were coronated, and the Communist leaders got buried . The churches were built and demolished. Stalin addressed his people from Lenin's Tomb. The cathedral was named after the insane man.

Major political decisions are taken, and weddings are celebrated there.

The Red Square perfectly reflects the controversy and mystery of Russian soul. Lenin's Tomb vs. St. Basil's Cathedral. The Kremlin vs. small man. Communist legacy vs. shopping malls. Rich vs. poor.

If I was to recommend you just one place out of all Moscow Sights-it would be the Red Square.

#2 - The Kremlin

Moscow sights of Kremlin.

Ahh, The Kremlin. The political, cultural and historical center of the country. The Alpha and Omega of Russia.

Walk by the beautiful ancient cathedrals. Picture the famous Tsar Cannon and Tsar Bell. Chase the ghosts of Russian Tsars...

...and promise me you'll visit the Kremlin Armory!

#3 - The Cathedral of Christ the Savior

Moscow sights Cathedral of Christ the Savior

You've heard that Russia has changed - but to truly feel it you need to visit The Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.

Built to celebrate the victory over Napoleon, it was cruelly destroyed by the Bolsheviks who replaced it with a swimming pool!

Later on, when the Communism fell, the Cathedral was finally restored to its previous glory. Today, it's one of the most famous Moscow sights...

...and the tallest Eastern Orthodox Church in the world!

#4 - Manezhnaya Square

Moscow sights of Manejnaya square

This place is your one-stop travel hub. Located in the center of Moscow, Manezhnaya square links to Kremlin, Red Square, Alexander Garden lots of other Moscow sights!

You won't get bored even for a second!

Once tired, spend some time in cafe or a restaurant - there're myriads of'em, some even with Internet access!

Like shopping? "Okhotny Ryad" underground mall is right there for you, so prepare your credit card...

..who said you will be spending your time only?

#5 - Arbat

Arbat street. By Moscow Russia Insider's Guide.

This lovely street is the home of the free. Artists, performers, musicians, hippies - all of them come to Arbat.

Here, they shine.

This place has a soul. It gives you what others can't.

Order the picture of you or your loved ones. Watch fabulous street performances. Find and picture the Graffiti wall. Buy some souvenirs - the choice is huge.

Drop by Pushkin's museum, or look at one of Stalin's skyscrapers!

Arbat is lovely. It's totally different from other Moscow sights.

Pay it a visit, and it will welcome you warmly.

#6 - Moscow metro

Moscow Metro Ploschad Revolyutsii

Unlike other Moscow sights, Moscow metro can be missed easily.

If you prefer to travel by car-think again. I suggest you find some time, get a local guide, and go underground.

Quite a few stations deserve your attention. They were built during Stalin's years in a very rich, pompous style. You will see statues, mosaics, carvings, and even USSR emblems!

Here is the short list of stations you should visit:

  • Kurskaya
  • Ploschad Revolutsii
  • Arbatskaya
  • Smolenskaya

#7 - Gorky Park

The embankment of Gorky park. By Moscow Russia Insider's Guide.

This huge park was built in 1928. Its overall territory is one square kilometer! It used to be the biggest amusement park in Europe.

Gorky park is located just by Moscow river, providing a great view. It offers attractions, horse and boat rides and shooting ranges.

You've got to see that giant Ferris wheel!

There are lots of cafes and bars. A skating rink is available during the winter.

Performances are given on holidays.

If you plan to come with children, note they must be of age three or higher. Otherwise, they won't be let into most of the rides.

If you find the place too noisy, you can escape to the nearby Neskuchnyi sad and wander among its quiet alleys.

#8 - Park Pobedy

Park Pobedy or Victory Park. By Moscow Russia Insider's Guide.

Park Pobedy, or "Victory Park", was opened in 1995 as a memorial of the Victory over Nazism.

This beautiful, broad square pleases your eye with fountains, flower beds, pavements and buildings.

There are many spots you can visit, most of them related to the war.

You can get there very easily these days. Just take the metro to "Park Pobedy", and hop on the escalator.

#9 - Ostankino TV Tower

Ostankino TV tower in Moscow

(Andrey Belenko)

Ostankino is one of the most famous TV towers in the world! Built in 1967, it's the tallest building in Moscow up until today.

Hundreds of thousands of people visit it every year,including base jumpers.

Take pictures of the TV tower, walk by the pond, visit Sheremetyev's estate and don't forget drop by the Ostankino park.

You will definitely love this pleasant neighborhood!

#10 - Moscow Zoo

The entrance to Moscow Zoo. By Moscow Russia Insider's Guide.

Moscow Zoo is a great place for a family visit. Bring your kids around, and show them some of the rarest animals on the planet!

The zoo has more than 8,000 animals, so be sure you have some free time!

Oh, and don't forget the camera!

#11 - "VDNKh" or "VVC"

Moscow VDNKh

A former soviet exhibition center, "VDNH" is a great place to walk, shop, take pictures and enjoy life!

You'll stumble upon Soviet-era monuments, buy great souvenirs, enjoy rare performances and picture stunning flower exhibitions.

Take a seat near one of the beautiful fountains if it gets too warm, and enjoy the sparkling springs. Look up at the endless blue sky, feel the summer breeze, and seize the moment!

#12 - Novodevichy Convent

Ahh, how on Earth could I forget about Novodevichy? Silly, silly me!

This beautiful monastery sits right on the shores of Moscow river, quietly hiding from busy Moscow streets. The place is a true magic - just some five minutes ago you were pushing yourself through crowds, taking pictures of Kremlin, the Red Square - and even former Russian KGB building, when all of sudden you're in a completely different place - and a completely different time...

Novodevichy Convent. By Moscow Russia Insider's Guide.

Few can be told about Novodevichy, but not because there's nothing to see. Novodevichy's history stands out as extremely tragic and heroic, showing us the very spirit of Russia. I can safely say that if you haven't been there - you've missed a very important part of Moscow history!

#13 - Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory)

Sparrow Hills, or Vorobyovy Gory, is an excellent observation platform that will provide you with a great view on Moskva River, Moscow City business center, Luzhniki stadium and enigmatic Novodevichy Convent.

I can say a lot about those places, but I won't repeat myself since there's a whole page I wrote about Vorobyovy Gory. Just click here - and enjoy my nice little article.

View on Moskva River from Moscow Sparrow Hills

Although I'm not saying that the view will be as breathtaking as, say, the one of Alpine mountains, I still think that taking a few pictures from Vorobyovy Gory will make your desktop look much nicer. Oh, and one more thing - do not go there unless the weather is good, otherwise it will be cold, grey and dull. In short, Moscow Sparrow Hills is Summer-only type of place. It's even better if you can make panoramic photos - be sure to send me one if you do :)

#14 - Alexander Garden

Alexander Garden is located right next to Kremlin, however it is quite separate from it. In fact, it is one of the most beautiful Moscow sights, with flowerbeds, fountains, and even a small embankment.

Alexander Garden  Neglinnaya river embankment. By Moscow Russia Insider's Guide.

Walk around, enjoy that calm place - and take a lot of pictures, because there are lots of historic things to capture. Ruined grotto, Tomb of Unknown Soldier, and of course - the Kremlin, which is right nearby.

#15 - Seven Sisters

Moscow Seven Sisters are 7 huge buildings we call Stalin's Skyscrapers. They were built before the war, and were supposed to complete the never built Palace of the Soviets.

Those buildings were the culmination of the Soviet architecture, and if the palace was ever finished they would become a stunning composition, encircling the center of Moscow.

Moscow State University is one of the Seven Sisters. By Moscow Russia Insider's Guide.

One of the Seven Sisters is the famous Moscow State University.

Despite the fact that there were supposed to be eight of them, those that were finished look fantastic. Check them out!

These are the most important Moscow sights you should visit. I will be updating the list to make sure you won't lose another minute.

Stay tuned!

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