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22 Best Moscow Attractions Every Tourist Must See

Moscow is an amazing place to visit. Everything is made on a huge and glorious scale. You’ll see beautiful architecture as well as huge shopping centres and enormous parks.

Top Attractions

The top attraction in Moscow is Red Square. Named ‘Krasnyi’ which originally meant beautiful, only in modern Russian does the word come to mean ‘Red’. At one end of Red Square is the beautiful eye-catching domes of St Basil’s Cathedral. The GUM Department store, the State Historical Museum and Lenin’s Mausoleum lying in front of The Kremlin Walls form the other sides.

Shopping

A number of Europe’s largest Malls are in Moscow. The GUM Department Store may not be as big as some, but it has status and location. The best and most beautiful market is Izmailovo, especially if you are after art or Babushka dolls.

Kids & Family

VDNKh Park is a great place to take the kids. Adjacent to the entry is the Cosmonauts Museum which is just full of interesting exhibits. The Park also has a large Aquarium, called the Moskvarium, and in the winter, there is an Ice Rink. A giant Ferris wheel and an amusement park are there for family fun.

Moscow Metro

The Metro in Moscow is worth spending some time exploring. There are 44 stations that have been declared cultural heritage standard. A few of the stations to watch out for are Park Kultury, Prospekt Mira, Taganskaya and Kievskaya.

22 Most Popular Attractions in Moscow

1. Gorky Park

    Gorky Park, originally opened in 1928, is a large park area in the center of Moscow. It recently underwent major changes in order to make the park more
  • Free
  • Maxim Gorky Central Park for Culture and Recreation, Kharkiv, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine
  • 24/7

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2. Moscow Zoo

  • The Moscow Zoo now serves as one of the premiere zoos in the world and, despite major financial issues in the past, is an interesting and educational center.
  • Adults: 300 rubles. Children: free
  • Moscow Zoo, Bolshaya Gruzinskaya ulitsa, Moscow, Russia
  • Summer time: 10am-8pm Winter time: 10am-5pm
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3. GUM Department Store

  • GUM (Russian for “Main Department Store”) is the premiere shopping center in Moscow. It is located directly across from the Kremlin on Red
  • Free
  • +7 (495) 788-4343
  • GUM department store, Praspiekt Niezaliežnasci, Minsk, Minsk Region, Belarus
  • 10AM-10PM, every day
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4. Izmailovo Market

  • Marked by the colorful Kremlin at its entrance, Izmailovo Market (also known as the Vernisazh Market) is perfect for buying souvenirs for friends back
  • 10 rubles entrance fee
  • Obuv' Market, Magazin, Izmaylovskiy bulvar, Izmaylovo District, Moscow, Russia
  • Every day, 9am-6pm
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5. All-Russian Exhibition Center (VDNKh)

  • The All-Russian Exhibition Center (better known by its old name of VDNKh) is occasionally referred to as “Soviet Disneyland”. Now a decaying
  • Free entrance to park. Pavilions from 0-500 rubles
  • All-Russian Exhibition Center, prospekt Mira, Moscow, Russia
  • Main park open 9am-11pm. Pavilions Mon-Fri: 10am-7pm. Weekend: 10am-8pm
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6. Tsaritsyno Park

    Tsaritsyno Park is a large park in the south of Moscow. The area is most famous for its estate which was constructed as a summer home for Empress Catherine
  • Entrance to park free
  • Tsaritsyno Park, Dolskaya ulitsa, Moscow, Russia
  • 6am - midnight every day

7. Bolshoi Theater

  • Following a lengthy six year, $700 million reconstruction project, the Bolshoi Theater has finally been reopened to the public. The building’s facade
  • Tours 500 rubles. Shows vary
  • +7 (495) 455-5555
  • Bolshoi Theater, Theatre Square, Moscow, Russia
  • The booking office is open every day from 12pm-7pm
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8. Moscow Planetarium

  • The recently reopened Moscow Planetarium was originally opened in 1929 as an education center for the Soviet Union’s first cosmonauts. Having been
  • 150-600 rubles
  • Moscow Planetarium, Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya ulitsa, Moscow, Russia
  • 37.583590
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9. Sparrow Hills

    Sparrow Hills is a famous Moscow park located on one of the so called “Seven hills of Moscow”. The two main attractions of Sparrow Hills are
  • Free
  • Sparrow Hills (Moscow Metro), Luzhniki embankment, Moscow, Russia
  • 24/7

10. Red Square

  • Located in the very heart of Moscow’s center, Red Square offers a mix of free attractions as well as guided tours of various museums. Red Square
  • Free to walk, various museums cost extra
  • Red Square, Moscow, Russia
  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
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11. Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

    Considered the premiere art gallery in all of Russia, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts houses work by some of the most well-known artists in the world.
  • For foreigners, 400 roubles for adults and 200 roubles for children, students and pensioners
  • The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, ulitsa Volkhonka, Moscow, Russia
  • Tuesday-Sunday: 10am-7pm

12. Cathedral Christ Saviour

  • The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour dominates the skyline with its huge golden domes. The cathedral is quite new, having been reconstructed after its demolition
  • Free
  • Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, Moscow, Russia
  • Monday 1am- 5pm / Tuesday - Sunday 10am-5pm
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13. Old State Tretyakov Gallery

    Often referred to as the Old Tretyakov, the State Tretyakov Gallery houses around 100,000 works showing Russian fine art from the 10th-19th century. Religious
  • 450 rubles for adults, 300 rubles for students
  • Tretyakov Gallery, Lavrushinsky Lane, Moscow, Russia
  • Thu-Fri: 10am-9pm. Tue-Wed, Sat-Sun: 10am-6pm

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14. Saint Basil’s Cathedral

  • Saint Basil’s Cathedral is the spectacular building at the far end of Red Square. The religious icon, completed in 1561 by order of Ivan the Terrible,
  • Adult 250 rubles, Child 50 rubles
  • +7 (495) 698‒33‒04
  • St. Basil's Cathedral, Red Square, Moscow, Russia
  • Daily. In winter: 11am-5pm / In summer: 10am-19pm
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15. Roerich Museum

    The Roerich Museum at the International Centre of the Roerichs in Moscow celebrates the life and accomplishments of Nicholas Roerich and his family. Roerich
  • Adults: 220 rubles. Children: 110 rubles
  • Malyy Znamenskiy pereulok, 3/5, Moscow, Russia, 119019
  • Tue-Sun: 11am-6pm

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