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If you have come to Moscow for a short period of time and do not have much time for city tours, you will still be able to see the major Moscow sightseeing highlights and tourist attractions. Take Best-of-Russia quick City Tour Moscow advice, and see the Red Square, St.Basil’s Cathedral, the Bolshoi Theatre and the charming pedestrian streets just in 45 minutes. Let’s fit in this quick walk major moscow points of interest.
- Region in Russia: Moscow
- Topic: Sightseeing
- Best Season: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring
- Family & Kids: Yes
City Tour Moscow: Quick 30 Minute Walk
Welcome to Moscow! It’s a good thing that you are here, and it is absolutely no problem if you are here for a short period of time. Even if you have only 45 minutes you will still be able to see major Moscow sightseeing highlights and Moscow tourist attractions. But remember how quick you’ll see major Moscow points of interest depends on how much you spend on photographing 😉
On this short walking tour you will visit Red Square where the Kremlin and the beautiful St. Basil’s Cathedral are located, see the famous Bolshoi Theatre and walk along charming pedestrian streets that offer Moscow architectural sights, a number of beautiful Orthodox churches and a variety of cafes for every taste. It doesn’t matter in which month you are visiting Moscow, because on these small streets all the festivals and fairs are located: in summer it is Moscow Summer Fest with outdoor cafes and fairs, in winter Christmas fairs are cozily situated here, and in spring the Easter Spring festival takes place here.
So, if you have questions like – where to go in Moscow if I don’t have much time? What is the best quick tour in the Moscow center? How do I see the major Moscow sightseeing highlights and tourist attraction in 45 minutes? What are the central Moscow points of interest? Find the answers in this article and enjoy our City Tour Moscow.
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City Tour Moscow: Quick 45 Minute Walk – Route and Sightseeing Highlights
We will start our quick 45 minute walk in Moscow from the very center of the city – Red Square. To get there you need to come to metro station Okhotny ryad (Line 1 or Red Line) or Ploschad Revolutsii (Line 3 or Blue Line), or Teatralnaya (Line 2 or Green Line). The tour will start on Manege Square (Russian: Manezhnaya Ploschad) where the entering gates to Red Square are located. The beautiful Resurrection Gate are the only existing gate of the Kitai-gorod wall that once used to circle the Kitai-gorod area of Moscow. The gate adjoins former Mint and the State Historical Museum, both of the buildings are made in pseudo-Russian style to harmonize with the Kremlin. When walking through the gates, don’t forget to make a wish; as a Muscovite I assure you – they do come true! After passing through the gates, on your left you will see the tiny Kazan Cathedral which, despite its size, was one of the most influential and important churches in Russia in 17th century.
City Tour Moscow: Quick 45 Minute Walk. Red Square and the Kremlin.
However, the first thing that you will see after walking through the gates will be Red Square – the central square of Moscow – with its major Moscow points of interest. On the Western part of the Square you will see the Kremlin walls with its main tower – Spasskaya Tower. Its famous clock called the Kremlin chimes designates Moscow time; every full hour the bells toll a beautiful melody known to every Russian from his childhood, and every fifteen minutes the bells strike one single sound. On the Southern side of Red Square the famous colour-domed St Basil’s Cathedral is located – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most recognizable architectural highlights of Moscow. On the Eastern part of Red Square lies GUM – the main department store. The location is a historical place of Trading Rows which starting from the 18th century were situated on that place. Take your time – make photos on the main square of the city with the major Moscow points of interest! But remember – if you want to have a quick tour, don’t spend too much time here – there’s a lot more to see.
Moscow Pedestrian Streets – Nikolskaya and Kuznetsky Most
Great! You came to Moscow, and you visited Red Square. Check! Now, in order to get more understanding about the city we will walk along central pedestrian streets – cozy places which offer a lot to see. First of all, these streets are the venues for the festivals held in Moscow: here you will see Christmas fairs in winter, Summer Festival Fair in the warm seasons, Easter fair during spring time. The first street of our quick 45 minute city tour Moscow is Nikolskaya Street that begins between GUM (the main department store) and the tiny Kazan Cathedral that we talked about earlier. Nikolskaya street features a number of interesting buildings – after GUM, on the right side of the street you will see the Epiphany Monastery, the oldest male monastery in Moscow with a beautiful pink main church; walking further on the left side you will see the gothic building of Moscow Mint Yard as well as an interesting buildings of guest house and drug store of Ferrein.
Nikolskaya street will lead you to Lubyanka Square where the main children department store (called Detsky Mir) is located. If you have time, come inside: on the top floor of the building there is a viewing point where you can enjoy a wonderful view over Moscow and see major Moscow points of interest.
From there continue your way along Rozhdestvenka street, in 2 minutes you will reach another pedestrian area – Kuznetsky Most street. It is one of the oldest streets in Moscow which is named after a bridge that was here 400 years ago. The street used to be the Neglinnaya river – today the river is hidden in an underground tunnel.
Walking down Kuznetsky Most street, you will reach Petrovka street – turn left to Teatralnaya Square and enjoy the splendid building of the Bolshoi Theatre. Here, our 45 minutes quick city tour Moscow finishes for those who are in a hurry – Teatralnaya metro station (Line 2 or Green Line) is near the Bolshoi.
Those who feel energetic to continue the tour can go up Bolshaya Dmitrovka street and then turn left on Kamergerskiy Lane – a charming pedestrian street full of cafes with outdoor terraces. The lane comes to the big Tverskaya street where you can reach the Okhotny Ryad Metro station (Red Line or Line 1). Thus, you have returned to the starting point. Congratulations! Now you may proudly say that you have seen the main tourist attractions of the city and major Moscow points of interest – the Kremlin with Spasskaya Tower, St Basil’s Cathedral and the Bolshoi Theatre.
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City Tour Moscow: quick 45 minute walk – Location Map & Contact Information
The centre of Moscow, Russia
How to get there – ARRIVAL INFORMATION
Start of the route – Okhotny Ryad metro station (Red Line or Line 1)