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Discover breathtaking Moscow and the sightseeing highlights of the Russian capital on a city tour. Walk through famous world heritage sights – the Kremlin, the Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, enjoy the unique and charming Russian culture – find out here what are the must-does – things to do in Moscow.
- Region in Russia: Moscow
- Topic: City Tour, Sightseeing
- Best Season: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
- Family & Kids: Yes
Things to Do in Moscow: a city tour to Moscow equals a tour to Russian history, culture, art and science
“Moscow, how many strains are fusing / in that one sound, for Russian hearts! / what store of riches it imparts!” These are the lines from the novel in verse Eugene Onegin written by the famous Russian poet Alexander Pushkin in 1823. What was true in the 19th century had been a truth centuries before that, and is still true now. Indeed, Moscow is the heart and soul of Russia, the city that encompasses every smallest bit of history that has ever touched the country. All that beauty is now enclosed in sightseeing highlights: the Kremlin, countless churches and cathedrals, monasteries and fortresses, beautiful palaces demonstrate the unique and charming Russian culture. Thus, among the TOP things to do in Moscow is a city tour that should not be missed! Read about our Quick 45 Minute Walking City Tour Moscow here.
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Things to Do in Moscow: see the unique “ice-cream” architecture – St. Basil’s Cathedral
What is another famous sightseeing highlight of Moscow? Of course, St. Basil’s Cathedral – another step on a city tour in Moscow and is a must among things to do in Moscow.
The ice-cream colored domes of Saint Basil’s Cathedral are one of a kind in the whole world and look as if they are straight from a fairytale. This wonderfully beautiful and delicate piece of Russian architecture is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an absolute must-see in Moscow and in the world in general. The church that has no analogues in preceding, contemporary or later architectural tradition was built in 1561 during the reign of Ivan the Terrible. According to the legend, after the church was completed, Ivan asked its architects – Barma and Postnik – if they could build a church more beautiful than Saint Basil’s Cathedral. The poor men said yes, and Ivan blinded the architects so that they could not build another masterpiece elsewhere. Do not miss this beautiful piece of architecture on a city tour in Moscow.
Things to Do in Moscow: visit The Kremlin – the core of each city tour in Moscow
Of course, the number one among the things to do in Moscow is visiting the Kremlin. Where should one start his or her city tour in Moscow if not there.
The Kremlin is a fortress at the very heart of Moscow, the place where its history began. First reference about Moscow dates back to 1147, and in the year of 1156 the first wooden Kremlin was build. In the XIV century the oak walls were replaced by a citadel of white limestone. And, finally, in 1495 the brick walls that we still see nowadays were built by Italian architects. Today the architectural ensemble of the Kremlin, the sightseeing highlight of Moscow, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It consists of the Assumption cathedral, Archangel’s cathedral, Annunciation cathedral, the Church of Laying Our Lady’s Holy Robe, the Patriarch’s Palace, the Faceted Chamber, Golden Tsarina’s Chamber and churches of the Terem Palace, the Ivan the Great Bell-Tower complex. A city tour in Moscow will lead you right to these highlights and top sightseeing points.
Things to Do in Moscow: Museums, Galleries, Theatres
Moscow is a home to many museums, galleries and theatres. Every muscovite from the early childhood is used to visiting theatres at least once a week. Be a Muscovite for a while and visit one of the Moscow’s 130 theaters – another check on your list of things to do in Moscow.
On a city tour make sure to see the famous Bolshoi Theatre, the home of Russian ballet, and marvel at the beautiful building that impresses by its monumental grandeur, its perfect proportions and the harmony of its architectural forms. The Bolshoi is among the TOP things to do in Moscow. Read more about the Bolshoi Theatre here.
Another positions in the list of things to do in Moscow are the Tretyakov Gallery (click to know more) and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (click to know more). Visit a cultural sightseeing highlight the State Tretyakov Gallery that owns a unique collection of Russian art – it possesses masterpieces of a period of a thousand years. The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts stores in its building, created in the form of antique temple with ionic columns, the largest collection of European art in Russia. Among its treasures you will find the so-called Priam’s Treasure gold hoard removed from Troy by the German archaeologist, Heinrich Schliemann, in 1870s. See the treasures of art and culture during a city tour in Moscow.
These are the top things to do in Moscow. We are happy to help you guide through them!
Moscow Map – Location Map & Contact Information
The Moscow Kremlin
103073, Moscow, Russia
How to get there – ARRIVAL INFORMATION
Metro Stations: Teatralnaya, Okhotnyi Ryad and Ploshad Revolutsii