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Ten things you must see in Moscow

Planning your visit to Moscow?
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Moscow Metro Tour
30 euro (2200 rub) per traveler, starts every day
Explore the palaces built for ordinary people on a tour of the Moscow metro. Many subway stations are works of art that were built in different years, but all of them are considered as objects of cultural heritage.

Touch the legends of the Moscow metro and learn a lot of fun stories: about the appearance of the ring line and a secret Metro-2. There are 44 such stations, some of them received prizes at international competitions. All stations are different, unlike one another. For a 2-hour tour, you will visit 11 of them.
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Moscow Private Night Tour
Private tour, you can choose any time
Take a night excursion to fall in love with Moscow. The city is in full swing even in the evening. At night, the character of the capital manifests itself in a completely new way: playfully, majestically and self-sufficient.

Red Square, the Kremlin and amazing natural diversity in Zaryadye park, the Embankments of the Moskva River are lit up with neon garlands. Numerous cafes are calling with its lights, colorful bridges leave unforgettable impressions. All sites can be seen without crowds of people at night.

Breathtaking sights will be completed with stories of sacrals symbols, city legends and modern life of Moscow.
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Moscow Must-See's Private Tour
From 70€ (5300 rubs), available upon request
Uncover the best sights of the Russian capital and see Moscow leisurely, without fuss and memorized phrases on the private tour.

Walking along with the best sites of Moscow with a friendly local guide, you will spend the most romantic and valuable hours. You will see the famous church which is shown on every picture of Russia, learn the legends about the Kremlin, and Soviet Moscow, visit the first Russian supermarket and feel like a Muscovite.

Even if you have already been to the capital, you will discover something new and warm in it!
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Moscow Free Tour
$0 per traveler, Pay what you want
Discover Moscow with its must-see sights and informal attractions, admire the golden domes of churches, estates of noble families, famous galleries, and mystical Stalin's skyscrapers.

For 3 hours you will explore the most famous sites in Moscow such as Red Square, St Basil's Cathedral, Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge, GUM (department store) and feel the magic of the capital. You will find out why Moscow was called the 3rd Rome and how Napoleon helped to build a new capital.

Nothing can't give you a full picture of Russia, as well as, the professional local guides can do!
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Communist Moscow Tour
75 euro (5000 rub) per traveler, starts every day
Discover the secrets of the greatness of the Soviet Union, hear the echoes of the Stalin years and the Cold War, look at the awesome Soviet fortresses during a 2-hour tour with a local guide.

For 70 years this country had been living by own laws. This period is full of tragic events which can't be forgotten. The pictures will be added with the stories about the leaders, the first and last days of the USSR.

Dive into Communist Russia by walking from trace to trace, from building to the memorial. And you'll be able to recreate the life of an ordinary communist and a whole country.
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Planning your visit to Moscow?
Explore the beautiful capital of Russia with us!
Moscow Metro Tour
30 euro (2200 rub) per traveler, starts every day
Explore the palaces built for ordinary people on a tour of the Moscow metro. Many subway stations are works of art that were built in different years, but all of them are considered as objects of cultural heritage.

Touch the legends of the Moscow metro and learn a lot of fun stories: about the appearance of the ring line and a secret Metro-2. There are 44 such stations, some of them received prizes at international competitions. All stations are different, unlike one another. For a 2-hour tour, you will visit 11 of them.
Learn more
Moscow Private Night Tour
Private tour, you can choose any time
Take a night excursion to fall in love with Moscow. The city is in full swing even in the evening. At night, the character of the capital manifests itself in a completely new way: playfully, majestically and self-sufficient.

Red Square, the Kremlin and amazing natural diversity in Zaryadye park, the Embankments of the Moskva River are lit up with neon garlands. Numerous cafes are calling with its lights, colorful bridges leave unforgettable impressions. All sites can be seen without crowds of people at night.

Breathtaking sights will be completed with stories of sacrals symbols, city legends and modern life of Moscow.
Learn more
Moscow Must-See's Private Tour
From 70€ (5300 rubs), available upon request
Uncover the best sights of the Russian capital and see Moscow leisurely, without fuss and memorized phrases on the private tour.

Walking along with the best sites of Moscow with a friendly local guide, you will spend the most romantic and valuable hours. You will see the famous church which is shown on every picture of Russia, learn the legends about the Kremlin, and Soviet Moscow, visit the first Russian supermarket and feel like a Muscovite.

Even if you have already been to the capital, you will discover something new and warm in it!
Learn more
Moscow Free Tour
$0 per traveler, Pay what you want
Discover Moscow with its must-see sights and informal attractions, admire the golden domes of churches, estates of noble families, famous galleries, and mystical Stalin's skyscrapers.

For 3 hours you will explore the most famous sites in Moscow such as Red Square, St Basil's Cathedral, Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge, GUM (department store) and feel the magic of the capital. You will find out why Moscow was called the 3rd Rome and how Napoleon helped to build a new capital.

Nothing can't give you a full picture of Russia, as well as, the professional local guides can do!
Learn more
Communist Moscow Tour
75 euro (5000 rub) per traveler, starts every day
Discover the secrets of the greatness of the Soviet Union, hear the echoes of the Stalin years and the Cold War, look at the awesome Soviet fortresses during a 2-hour tour with a local guide.

For 70 years this country had been living by own laws. This period is full of tragic events which can't be forgotten. The pictures will be added with the stories about the leaders, the first and last days of the USSR.

Dive into Communist Russia by walking from trace to trace, from building to the memorial. And you'll be able to recreate the life of an ordinary communist and a whole country.
Learn more
About the city
Moscow, the capital of Russia, is one of the largest and most vital cities in Europe. Nine centuries of rich history have created this unique place of contrasts and possibilities, where East and West meet. This fusion of cultures spawned the city. Moscow far surpasses the imagination of those who do not know it and those who have never visited it. For this reason, it becomes quite challenging to describe it completely. To do this, we must first forget the stereotypes that created the conventional view of Russia. Well, our country is undoubtedly difficult to understand. At the same time, however, it is a great country, a vast territory that stretches from Europe to Japan, which is home to people of hundreds of nationalities. So, if you are ready to make a journey to the nerve center of this realm you have to visit Moscow!
Moscow, the capital of Russia, is one of the largest and most vital cities in Europe. Nine centuries of rich history have created this unique place of contrasts and possibilities, where East and West meet. This fusion of cultures spawned the city. Moscow far surpasses the imagination of those who do not know it and those who have never visited it. For this reason, it becomes quite challenging to describe it completely. To do this, we must first forget the stereotypes that created the conventional view of Russia. Well, our country is undoubtedly difficult to understand. At the same time, however, it is a great country, a vast territory that stretches from Europe to Japan, which is home to people of hundreds of nationalities. So, if you are ready to make a journey to the nerve center of this realm you have to visit Moscow!
Ten things you must see in Moscow
The Red Square
Whichever route you choose, you should start from the Red Square. Located in the city center, it is 330 meters long and 70 meters wide. It is the symbol and the heart of Moscow.

This square plays the central role in the life of Russian capital for more than seven hundred years. However, through these centuries its meaning was changed a lot of times. One of the best markets in Russia, perfect place for huge military parades and significant cultural celebrations – you will discover the fascinating history of this place with us.
The Kremlin
The Kremlin is the oldest part of ancient Moscow that still remains. The fortress was first time mentioned in 1147, and since that Moscow is strongly associated with these walls and towers. Nowadays Kremlin is the synonym for Russia's president official residence, but only a century ago it was a museum. Two thirds of its territory are now closed to visitors, but the remaining part still grabs the attention from tourists from all over the world.
Saint Basil's Cathedral
What do you see when you google "Moscow"? We're sure that's it - the most well-known Russian church, which is officially called The Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin by the Moat. It was built in XVI century by order of Tsar Ivan the Terrible as a symbol of celebration of his victory over the Kazan Khanate. The part of the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square UNESCO World Heritage Site, Saint Basil's Cathedral has a lot of stories to tell.
Lenin's Mausoleum
This is one of the most controversial monuments because many people believe that it is necessary to close the Mausoleum and to bury tovarish Lenin, while others claim that this monument has already become an integral part of the Red Square and cannot be removed from there. The visit is free, but the line might be very long. It is strictly prohibited to take photos inside the Mausoleum and men should remove their hats.
Arbat and New Arbat Street
After the Kremlin and Red Square, Arbat is probably the most famous and most visited place in Moscow. Arbat is a pedestrian street with nice cafes, shops and lots of street-artists and musicians. At the end of the street, there is the skyscraper of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, one of so-called Stalin's "Seven Sisters".

It is also worthwhile to walk along Novy Arbat (New Arbat), which runs almost parallel to the old one. Novy Arbat is a busy avenue with a lot of shops, restaurants and one of the largest bookstores in the country. At the intersection of Novy Arbat and Kutuzovskiy Prospekt, on the bank of the Moskva River, there is The Ukraine Hotel (Radisson Royal Hotel), another example of the "Seven Sisters" group.
Tverskaya Street and Patriarch's Ponds
Another important central street is Tverskaya. It is considered to be the main street of the city. The architectural ensemble of Tverskaya is exclusively monumental and includes mainly buildings of the mid-20th century. Before the revolution, the street was much narrower. Then it was enlarged, and some buildings were simply moved to new foundations.

Just a stone's throw from Tverskaya street you can find one of the Moscow oases - Patriarch's Ponds which besides being one of the most beautiful and most expensive areas of Moscow, is also the place where the great Bulgakov's novel «The Master and Margarita» begins. In winter, when the pond freezes over, you can enjoy the ice-skating rink; in summer, you can take some delicious cakes from nearby cafes and have a picnic on the banks of the pond.
Moscow parks
Actually, in Moscow the are many parks and gardens. One of the green pearls of the city is the Gorky Central Park, which stretches for 3 km along the banks of the Moskva, and is full of such endangered species as happy Russians. The park is known worldwide thanks to the song of Scorpions, «Wind of Change». It has play areas for children, bars, an amusement park and the huge skating rink open throughout the winter period; in summer you can rent a boat to enjoy the park from the water. It is an ideal place for escaping from the chaos of the capital. Inside the park is also located Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Exhibitions, lectures, workshops and festivals are constantly held here. The museum has a cafe and a bookstore.
Tretyakov Gallery
If you are an art lover, you have to visit Tretyakov Gallery that contains the world's largest collection of Russian art. The museum is divided into two sections. The pre-soviet part is placed in the main building of the Gallery in Lavrushinsky Lane, while the Soviet part of the exhibition can be found in the building of truly enormous dimensions, located across the street from Gorky Park on the Crimean Embankment. There you can see the paintings of Kandinsky, Malevich (including his famous "Black Square"), and a work by Shagal.
Bolshoi Theater
The cultural life of Moscow is very rich and diverse. Besides the hundreds of museums, there are more than 90 theaters, 24 concert halls and over 130 cinemas. The flagship is undoubtedly the Bolshoi Theater that played a prominent role in the formation of the famous Russian ballet. It is one of the most significant opera and ballet theaters in the world, standing in the same row with "La Scala" in Italy and "Covent Garden" in England. In short, the importance of the Bolshoi Theater for Russia cannot be overestimated.

If you plan your trip well in advance, we advise you to buy tickets three months before the show. But, if tickets to the Bolshoi theater are not available (it happens often), do not despair! Moscow hosts a lot of other theaters like Maly, Gogol Centre or Moscow Art Theatre.

Moscow Metro
Perhaps for someone, it will be a surprise, that one of the main attractions of the Russian capital is the Metro. It is one of the largest underground museums in the world and is definitely worth a visit. The Moscow subway is an extraordinary example of Soviet and modern architecture. We recommend you to take our guided Metro tour and discover the most beautiful stations with their history and legends hidden underground.
Russian sauna (banya)
An absolute must for any tourist looking for the authentic Russian experience will be a visit to banya (Russian type of sauna), especially in the cold period. Banya occupies a considerable place in Russian culture. Slavic people before becoming Orthodox used to believed that banya cleans not only the body but also the soul thanks to the power of water and fire.

In Moscow, you should visit Sanduny baths. This is the main banya of the city that has more than two hundred years of history. It dates back to 1808 and is located at the corner of Neglinnaya street and Sandunovsky lane. If you want to go to a place not so ancient, you can try the Seleznyovskiye baths which has been known since the mid-nineteenth century, or the Krasnopresnsnskie baths which is the main competitor of the Sanduny. Prices are usually the same, 1500 - 2000 rubles for two hours. There are also less expensive alternatives, like Vorontsovkiye or Varshavsiye baths.
GUM department store
The State Department Store is not just a massive shopping complex where you can find everything your heart desires. It is a historical place, an architectural monument, a cozy recreation area, a venue for various events - something more than just a huge store.

A huge GUM roof is made of glass. It is based on a metal frame weighing 800 tons, but it seems light and almost weightless. The fountain in GUM is the start point of many love stories and dates.

It's incredible, but this store was avoided from the several planned demolitions. In 2012, the historical toilet museum began to work. The most exciting thing is that it can be used for its intended purpose. In the GUM restroom, there is an opportunity to brush your teeth, shave, clothe the child, and even take a shower.
Gastronome № 1
The merchant Grigory Eliseev opened the store "Eliseevsky" and surprised the sophisticated Moscow audience with the splendor of interiors and products, many of which the citizens had never seen before. In Soviet times, it was renamed "Gastronome No. 1" (grocery store).

The first visit to Eliseevsky is always a cultural shock. It's not easy to buy bread or cucumbers in this place. Here it is a place to pray, or to arrange balls, as in the throne room of the imperial palace.

Huge mirrors with Art frames, vignettes, garlands, columns and other architectural richness of the interior suppress a little. And the jaw droops by itself with delight.
State Historical Museum
Would you like to learn about the history of Russia as much as possible? You should visit the main Moscow's museum because it is one of the best in the world. It is situated in the center of the capital on Red Square. The unique exposition reflects all the history of the country.

The museum of red brick harmoniously fits into the architectural ensemble of Red Square. In 39 halls there is the whole Russian history from ancient times, and it will pass before your eyes.

Also, you can not only learn about the history of Russia by listening to regular or original tours. You have a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in different eras with the help of such unusual events as: "Traveling by the train of time," "Theatrical tours," "Museum souvenir with your hands" and others.
Kazan Cathedral
On the corner of Red Square and Nikolskaya Street, there is a church of astonishing beauty. The Kazan Cathedral plunges into the atmosphere of a mysterious old Moscow life and the late Russian Middle Ages.

The Kazan Cathedral on Red Square is an active Orthodox church built-in memory of the liberation of Moscow from Polish invaders by the Russian army. Here you can touch such shrines as the icon of the Kazan Mother of God. This icon played a significant role in the history of Russia. The miraculous icon was found in Kazan in 1579 and became the symbol of protection.

The building was destroyed to the ground and then reborn like a phoenix bird from the ashes. During the tours, you will learn the most exciting stories in details.
Manege Square
It's the place where the life of the city was very intensive for many years. For example, this square has been the center of trading life of the capital for a long time. The citizens even called her "the womb of Moscow." There were numerous shops, taverns, and the church. All Moscow had fun here. There were arranged different entertainments on Maslenitsa (a folk festival "Farewell to winter"), rolling down the hill, fighting on fists, eating pancakes.

If you want to know Moscow, you should visit Manege Square. Today it is a walking area with beautiful terraces and unusual fountains, magnificent sculptures and cozy benches. The square is decorated with the Manege building. It was built in 1817, but now it's the whole museum complex with six exhibition sites.
Alexander Garden
Alexander Garden has always been and remains the favorite place for walks of Muscovites and guests of the capital. You can walk along the avenues laid parallel to the Kremlin wall and Manege Square. In the Upper and Middle Gardens, it was planted many species of trees and ornamental shrubs blooming at different times of the year. On the territory of the garden, a bicentenary oak has been preserved. There are a lot of magnificent flower beds of tulips and roses in spring and summer. The garden has many historical sights.

Artists, writers, and actors love this garden. Some actions of the novel by M. A. Bulgakov "The Master and Margarita" take place in the garden. The beginning of the book "Azazel" by Boris Akunin is in Alexander Garden.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Walking along Moscow's streets and squares don't forget to see this memorial. Just come and see how Russians silently stop at this place and remember to whom they owe their lives.

The Memorial "Tomb of the Unknown Soldier" was opened in 1967. The monument is a tombstone covered with a bronze war banner. There is a soldier's helmet and a laurel branch, also made of bronze. The Eternal Flame of Glory burns in the center. It is dedicated to the Soviet Soldiers which were killed by the fascists.

Is there anybody inside or just an empty tomb? Why does everybody become sad walking near it? Answers for these and 100 other questions you can get during the tours.
Fountain "Four Seasons"
Moscow is full of amazing fountains which can surprise or make you think a little because each of them symbolizes something. In the Alexander Garden, there is a Fountain "Four Seasons." This bronze sculpture is designed to mark four seasons. It shows four horses ready to jump over-sprayed water.

What is more exciting is its streams. They don't stop but all the time hit up, fall and hit up again look like a big jacuzzi or geysers of volcano. This spectacular shooting of water will be enjoyable to watch for adult travelers as well as for children.
The Russian State Library and Dostoevsky monument
There are a lot of legends and stories around Stalin's skyscrapers. These buildings are called "7 Stalin's sisters", though the head of the USSR never had any siblings. All seven buildings were founded in one day. But it was planned to build eight skyscrapers. Stalin died, and this building has never appeared.

It was the influence of American skyscrapers, But the Soviet architects erected completely different buildings than the western ones. It was Stalin's idea of the superiority of the Soviet Union overall capitalist countries. All buildings were built on the principle of a wedding cake. It helped to increase the height visually.

These skyscrapers are full of many interesting details which can be found at the tour with our guides.
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
Over a million people annually pass through the numerous halls of State museum. They want to see a broad collection of European works, touch the masterpieces from ancient civilizations, Italian Renaissance and Dutch Golden Age. Museum funds contain 700000 storage units, but only a few percents are constantly exhibited. It's a fantastic experience to see the painting of post-impressionists, to come into galleries of American and European Art.

In total, the museum hosts about 30 exhibitions a year. Large projects are held 3-4 times a year. The cost of their preparation is more than 1 million euros.
Cathedral of Christ the Savior
One of the most popular metropolitan attractions is the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Each year it attracts to its ancient walls more than a million pilgrims from around the world. But the tourists like the rich history of the main Orthodox church and its legends.

This church had been building for many years. One place was changed for another one, the soviet anti-religious leadership destroyed it completely, and later the Russian government rebuilt it according to old drawings.

The first architect realized his ideas about the "Old Russian style" with the features of traditionality of Slavic art and all its majesty. Also, it's a holy place where the great shrine is kept - the Nail of the Cross of the Lord; and it's the most significant and tallest Orthodox church in the world.
Monument of Peter the Great
The foundation of this monument didn't leave the Muscovites indifferent. And nowadays it excites and impresses the tourists. Why do the citizens hate the memorial? According to some Russian media, this monument is a revised and modified statue of Columbus, which the architect unsuccessfully offered to buy the United States, Spain, and Latin America. And people believe that "the Tsar is not real."

Other people believe it's an ugly monument which disfigures a beautiful place in Moscow. The height of the statue is about 98 meters. This sculpture doesn't represent artistic value, but a significant amount of money was spent on it. Is it a masterpiece or disgrace of art? Judge by yourself.
Red October chocolate factory
Two german businessmen started "chocolate business" and became very successful. There were produced caramel, pastille, sweets, cocoa drinks, chocolate, cookies, gingerbread, biscuits, and even chocolate-glazed fruits - plums, cherries, pears, and marmalade. The great attention was paid to sonorous names and stylish packaging.

The history of the formation and development of factory is a special pride of its employees. In 1994, a museum was opened at the factory. The Red October has many prestigious domestic and international awards: "Brand No.1 in Russia", "Brand of the Year" and many others.

What is the famous factory today? All Moscow fashion trends are concentrated here: night clubs, offices of creative companies, art galleries, and exhibition halls.
Stalin's skyscraper
There are a lot of legends and stories around Stalin's skyscrapers. These buildings are called "7 Stalin's sisters", though the head of the USSR never had any siblings. All seven buildings were founded in one day. But it was planned to build eight skyscrapers. Stalin died, and this building has never appeared.

It was the influence of American skyscrapers, But the Soviet architects erected completely different buildings than the western ones. It was Stalin's idea of the superiority of the Soviet Union overall capitalist countries. All buildings were built on the principle of a wedding cake. It helped to increase the height visually.

These skyscrapers are full of many interesting details which can be found at the tour with our guides.
Of course, these are not all the sights of Moscow. There are also other parks, museums, nightclubs, restaurants and other places where you can have fun. Therefore, in the capital of Russia, it is better to stay for a few days or weeks. Even though here we were unable to describe even a half of everything that you can find there, we hope that we've convinced you that Moscow is an amazing, incredibly energetic place that you should visit at least once in your life. Either you will love it or hate it, Moscow won't leave you indifferent.

Please don't forget that it is necessary to have a passport and also a visa to travel to Russia!