Moscow was once the epicenter of a secret superpower, hidden from the eyes of the Western world. The city is now the center of a reviving superpower that has opened to business and visitors. From Lenin to the Kremlin, here is a list of things to do in Moscow.
• Take a walking tour
In recent years, Moscow has changed and is, in some places, unrecognizable. Central roads, such as Tverskaya Street and New Arbat now have wider sidewalks and are much more conducive to walking tours. Today, Moscow, from the Kremlin to the Ring of Gardens, which circles the city center, is the perfect place to stroll and enjoy a sunny day.
The brand new Zaryadye Park, just a stone’s throw from Place Rouge, will make an excellent starting point for your stroll. Walking through this unique ancient yet modern city is one of the essential things to do in Moscow.
• Take a plunge into art and history
In Moscow, ancient and modern coexist everywhere. Thus, after visiting Zaryadye Park, it is natural to cross the street to walk the pavement of the Red Square, where stand the Cathedral of St. Basil, the National Museum of History, statues from the Soviet and imperial times, the Mausoleum of Lenin. Each of these elements has its own unique story so it may be interesting to take part in a guided tour to learn more about them. Learning the history of this famous city is a principal among things to do in Moscow.
It is the same for the Kremlin, the fortress of Russian leaders. Here you can see the treasures of the Russian tsars, kept in the Palace of Armor.
The fantastic Muscovite museums, however, are not confined to the Kremlin and Red Square. The Tretyakov Gallery, which has the largest collection of Russian national art, is also a must, as is the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts on Volkhonka Street.
• Spend time in Moscow’s parks
In addition to Zaryadye Park, the Russian capital has plenty of other parks to explore for those who love walking. Gorky Park has long been a mecca for young people with an open-air cinema and the museum of contemporary art to sports centers and dance floors not to mention the numerous cafes.
Other parks offer more serenity, such as the Neskoutchni Garden or Sparrow Hills, where you can wander quietly. Another wonderful place is the Muzeon Park, which contains an impressive collection of Soviet monuments.
• Admire Moscow from above
The chance to view this city of 15 million inhabitants from above is certainly an unforgettable experience, especially when the weather is good. There are several places in Moscow where it is possible to do it. First of all, the Ostankino television tower, a structure easily recognizable by its height.
The Moskva-City business district has two skyscrapers with observation platforms located respectively on the 58th and 86th floors.
The Sparrows Mount is also a classic, from where you will see the entire city center, three of the “Stalinist Seven Sisters”, Luzhniki Stadium and Moskva-City.
• Take the subway
The metro is an incredible Muscovite treasure. Far from being a simple transport system, its many stations, especially those in the center, are comparable to the most sumptuous palaces and are considered part of the national cultural heritage. Admiring the subway is one of the fun things to do in Moscow.