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Russia Edition: One pleasing week in Moscow

During any season, at any hour of the day, Moscow thrills visitors with its artistry, history, and majesty. As one of the most vibrant European capitals, Moscow is a powerful mix of history and edginess, full of world-famous sites and attractions. Russia’s capital has been in existence for more than 800 years and has enough to keep visitors busy for months.

Here’s the ultimate first-timer’s list of 11 main visits and few extra things to do in Moscow, from Europe’s oldest fortress and grandiose cathedrals to lively green spaces and futuristic skyscrapers. Home to almost over 12 million souls, Moscow is many things to many people, and everyone finds their own reasons to visit Moscow.

Quick Tip: I traveled to Moscow from Saint Petersburg by a SAPSAN Train. You can reach Moscow in 5 hours by this high-speed train. And if you plan early you can get seats in the ‘Restaurant Car’ section since the ticket includes Breakfast and Lunch. (It feels good to eat after you have rushed to get this 6 AM train 😜)

  1. Red Square
Red Square is the heart and soul of Russia! The most famous landmark of Moscow and the whole country, it is an absolute must-do! You can visit a variety of monuments, cathedrals, museums and commercial galleries in Red Square

2. Saint Basil’s Cathedral

Admire the famous church with the colorful onion domes and take a full circle around it as it is beautiful from all sides of the square. The cathedral was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century and the legend says that the eyes of the architect were cut out after he built this cathedral.

3. Lenin’s Mausoleum

This place serves as the resting place of the leader of the communist movement, Vladimir Lenin. Preserving the body with different reagents is a high secret.
Keep in mind that no photos and even no loud talking is allowed inside the Mausoleum. The entrance is from the Aleksandrovskiy Garden side.

4. Kremlin

The Kremlin is the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation. You can see it from the outside – the red walls that surround the Red Square – or you can take an excursion to one of the museums located inside.

5. Zaryadye Park

The park is also located in proximity to Red Square in a large area of 78,000 sq.mt
The entire territory of the park is divided into four climatic zones: forest, steppe, tundra, and floodplains, which is supposed to depict the variety of climate zones in Russia. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Moscow Kremlin while sitting in the park.

6. Bolshoi Theatre

It is the main historic building dating from 1856, in which operas and ballets are performed.

7. The floating bridge over the Moskva River

One of the highlights of Zaryadye Park
Enjoy breathtaking views to the Moscow Kremlin from the floating bridge

8. VDNKH

VDNKh is short for the All Russian Exhibition Center (in Russian). It was created during the USSR time when there were many other countries (Georgia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, etc) as part of Russia. The idea of the park was to showcase different cultures and their agrarian methods in one place.
VDNKh now serves as an open-air (free) museum. The park complex is home to a number of shopping pavilions, museums and places to ride a bicycle as well as the largest skate park in Europe

9. Moskvarium

The Moskvarium Marine Oceanography and Marine Biology Center are also worth mentioning, located almost in Ostankino Park, which is the largest in Europe of its kind. It was opened by Vladimir Putin, in 2015.

10. The Seven Sisters

Skyscrapers

11. Moscow Metros

One week’s trip to Moscow will cost you around 35,000 Rubles (35,252INR!) including the stay and food. I would recommend you to buy the Metro card (500 Rubles) and it will work for local buses too. So the Conveyance is sorted!

It is incredibly beautiful and it is one of my favorite cities in the whole world! I was lucky enough to be just in time for the “white nights”! 🤍 Hope you do too!

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  1. Beautifully penned down all the requisite details one can follow for their trip. We will definitely plan a trip to Russia.

    1. I am sure you will have loads of fun! 😍

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