Top attractions in Moscow
The 7 must-see sights of Moscow
This majestic city is steeped in history and beauty. A trip here combines the old and the new - learn the story of communism while enjoying the cosmopolitan life of modern-day Russia. If you're planning a visit, read our list of the top things to do.
1. Bolshoi Theatre Moscow
Drawing on 235 years of history, this is the place to see world-class performance. The ballet and opera companies perform both classic and modern work. A romantic night out.
2. Moscow Zoo
This attraction offers a few great hours of entertainment, thanks in particular to the arctic animals, such as the polar bears and arctic foxes. Cheap, and kids even go free.
3. Pushkin Museum
This museum of fine arts is the largest of its kind in Russia and offers a particularly impressive collection of Renaissance works, including masterpieces from Botticelli.
4. Moscow Kremlin
This grand turreted complex, with gold domes punching the skyline, is quintessential Moscow. Walk through the numerous palaces and cathedrals, taking in the spectacle and history.
5. Tretyakov Gallery
To learn about Russian art, a tour of this gallery is a must. With more than 17,000 pieces, the collection spans early religious paintings, all the way up to the modern day.
6. Lenin's Mausoleum
Situated in the Red Square is the final resting place of Vladimir Lenin. To see his body, visit between 10:00AM and 1:00PM and expect to leave bags and cameras behind.
7. Saint Basil's Cathedral
Sightseeing in Moscow isn't complete without a visit to this amazing architectural gem. Its colorful, patterned spires and fairytale feel decorate the corner of the Red Square.
Planning Your Visit
How many days do I need in Moscow?
Three days is enough time to take in all the sights, but you can certainly add an extra day to enjoy a little more leisure time.
How to get to Moscow
Domodedovo Airport is the main gateway to and from the city. Most visitors to Russia will need a tourist visa, so check well before you travel.
What's in a Moscow Mule?
This classic cocktail, containing vodka and ginger beer, was actually invented in California, not Moscow, so tourists looking for an authentic version will be searching for some time. But in Russia, drinking vodka is somewhat of a national pastime, so the city offers plenty of chi chi cocktail bars and nightclubs where you can get a true local's experience: great vodka, over ice.
Good to know
- RUB (руб)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+03:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- Visit the city in April or May, when the temperate is getting warmer, the days longer, and prices haven't skyrocketed for the summer tourists. Spring also offers less rain than autumn.
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What people are saying about Moscow
We got lost on the way to the meeting point but our guide waited for us which was much appreciated. We were the only people on the tour so he was able to tailor it to suit our needs. It was very useful having someone to explain the details in the Lenin mausoleum and the metro station, and to give us a potted history of communist Russia.
Elena was amazing! She was really interesting and made the experience so enjoyable. She didn’t rush anything even though we were over the allotted 4 hours by 30 minutes as I wanted to grab food and drinks along the way. Elena just wanted to make sure we saw everything we could whilst in Moscow.
Our guide Sofia was very attentive and provided us with so many historical facts about Moscow and Russia overall throughout our tour. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in getting to know the rich history of Moscow!
Alina was knowledgeable and friendly. Moscow's metros are worth a visit. The only negative thing is the noise from the metro itself. The guide should have a microphone. We couldn't hear her so well.
An extremely amazing excursion viewing Moscows most beautiful subway stations. The tour was full of art and history with an interesting look into Russian culture. Alina was an excellent tour guide!