Moscow

Places to visit

The capital of Russia has seen some tumultuous times in its 1,000-year history: the rise and fall of tsars, usurpers and sieges, empires and revolution. All this history has left an indelible mark on the city by the Moskva River. In the centre, the onion domes of Orthodox churches jostle for space with Russian baroque department stores and austere Soviet towers.

 

But Moscow is no musty museum piece – behind the history is a fast-paced modern metropolis, with shopping, nightlife and dining to rival any world capital. Start the day at the Kremlin and finish the night with champagne and caviar and tickets to the Bolshoi Ballet. Mixing leisure with culture is the Russian way.

Red Square, Kremlin and Park “Zaryadye”.

Of course you should visit the Red Square, see the Kremlin and park “Zaryadye”.

You can take UBER, or use metro — station “Ohotniy Ryad”.

Red Square is a city square in Moscow, Russia. The Kremlin, the former royal citadel and now the official residence of the President of Russia is situated here. Red Square is considered to be the central square of Moscow since the city’s major streets, which connect to Russia’s major highways, originate in the square. You can also find the “ZERO Kilometer Monument” here, because the official distance on the major highways starts from here.

The name Red Square originates neither from the pigment of the surrounding bricks (which, in fact, were whitewashed at certain periods) nor from the link between the colour red and communism.

Rather, the name came about because the Russian word krasnaya, which means «red» is related to the word ‘krasivaya meaning «beautiful,» was applied to a small area between St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Spassky Tower of the Kremlin, and the herald’s platform called Lobnoe Mesto.

The square was meant to serve as Moscow’s main marketplace. It was also the site of various public ceremonies and proclamations, and occasionally a coronation for Russia’s Tsars would take place. The square has been gradually built up since that point and has been used for official ceremonies by all Russian governments since it was established.

Nikolskaya (& Red Square)

You can walk down the “Nikolskaya” street, it’s connected to the Red Square, you’ll recognise it by the lights, hanning from above. This street is a walking street and it became really popular during the 2018 World Soccer Cup, that took place in Russia.

Zaryadye Park

Zaryadye Park is a landscape urban park located adjacent to Red Square.

Another advantage of the new park is a picturesque view of the Kremlin, which you can enjoy from a floating bridge over the Moskva River, that you should definitely visit.

The floating bridge is a thin air structure in the form of the letter «V» with a large outward extension above the water. It towers over the embankment and seems to hover over the Moscow River. The bridge is unique in Russia: it is a 70 meter structure without a single support.

At this park the modern food market “Zaryadye Gastronomic Center” is located, nine different restaurants prepare dishes according to the recipes according to the cuisine of Russian regions.

Gorky Park (Metro Park Culturi)

One of the biggest parks in Moscow is “Gorky Park”. The German hard rock band Scorpions achieved great success with their popular single, «Wind of Change», which references Gorky Park in light of the sociopolitical changes taking place in a post-Cold War era in Eastern Europe in the early 1990s.

In 2011 Gorky Park underwent a major reconstruction. Free entry, Wi-Fi coverage, new zones of contemporary design, a well thought-out events program have transformed Gorky Park into one of the epicenters of life in the capital. There are few restaurants and a lot of street food at the park, you can try anything that you want there.

Novodevichy Convent & Cemetery

The cemetery attached to this UNESCO-listed convent is the final resting place of some of Russia’s most famous citizens, including Anton Chekhov, Nikita Khrushchev and Boris Yeltsin. As well as famous graves, don’t miss the ornate frescoes inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of Smolensk.

Bolshoi Theatre

Even if you fail to secure tickets for a live show, touring the Bolshoi Theatre, the official home of the legendary Bolshoi Ballet Company, is almost mandatory when visiting Moscow. Take a behind-thescenes tour and see the stage where Swan Lake premiered in 1877.

Christ the Savior Cathedral

The current church is the second to stand on this site. The original church, built during the 19th century, took more than 40 years to build, and was the scene of the 1882 world premiere of the 1812 Overture composed by Tchaikovsky. It was destroyed in 1931 on the order of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. The demolition was supposed to make way for a colossal Palace of the Soviets to house the country’s legislature, the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.

Construction started in 1937 but was halted in 1941 when Germany invaded the Soviet Union during World War II. Its steel frame was disassembled the following year, and the Palace was never built. Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the current church was rebuilt on the site between 1995 and 2000.