In the metropolitan city of Moscow, it is important that you have a well-planned itinerary to start and finish your tour with. Russia is one of the most exciting travel destinations in the world. Moscow is a world capital with its own mix of old and contemporary Russia and a bountiful helping of urban sensibility.
If Moscow is not on your list of places to travel to, it should be. Don’t forget, that the city is one of the hosts of the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia. If you are planning on visiting Moscow for the World Cup, we recommend you to take a look at this travel guide .
In fact, the rich past of the city, together with its new status as a superior location makes Moscow one of the most fascinating and romantic cities in the world. There are so many attractions in the city that you may miss some of them on your short tour. If you are traveling to the Russia’s capital, be sure to visit these 5 places listed below.
- St. Basil’s Cathedral
St. Basil’s Cathedral is a beautiful old church located on the Red Square. It is one of the most popular buildings in Moscow and a place that is definitely a must see. In the shape of a bonfire, the colorful domes captivate the spectators. The church serves as a historical museum and receives millions of visitors each year. Officially known as the church of the intercession, the crazy kaleidoscope of motifs, tonalities, and shapes that form the domes and exterior of the mid-sixteenth century Russian Orthodox cathedral is the realization of an exclusively Russian design.
- Moscow Kremlin
This magnificent fortified complex is located in the heart of Moscow. It is the residence of the Russian President. It includes five palaces, tall towers, and cathedrals. The great architecture impresses all visitors. The oldest and most sumptuous museum in the Kremlin contains more than 4,000 artefacts that date back to the 12th century and includes the famous Faberge eggs, gold and silver items and ornaments and embellish vestment, to name but a few of the treasures it contains.
- Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
If you have a bit of interest in Art, you will love the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. The museum shows a large collection of European art. It also keeps archaeological material from Central Asia. The work of Picasso, Matisse, Derain and Van Gogh are much admired within the walls of this white building. There are high-quality rooms and high-quality cast and exact copies of original Greek and Roman sculptures. One of the jewels of the museum’s collection is an original work of ancient Egyptian art and cultural artifacts (more than 6,000 in total).
Building, structures and architecture in Moscow are out of this world. Kolomenskoye is another incredible landmark in the city. The surroundings of this estate are impressive and the building is a great source of fascination for all tourists. During the early Soviet period, under the imitative of the architect and restorer Pyotr Baranovsky, old wooden buildings and various artifacts were transported to Kolomenskoye from different parts of the USSR for preservation, so Kolomenskoye Park currently houses an impressive set of different constructions and historical objects.
- Gorky Park
For entertainment and fun, the Gorky Central Culture and Leisure Park is perfect. Located near the Moskva River, the park is formed by beautiful gardens. It has attractions and many fun activities for its visitors. The main architect of the park covering about 250 hectares was Melnikov. The territory of the park consists of 3 main parts: Parterre, Neskuchny garden, nature sanctuary “Vorobyovy Gory” and the green areas of the Moscow State University.
There is a lot more to see and do in Moscow besides these 5 attractions. But if you are visiting for a short amount of time, make sure to check them out first.
Enjoy your time in Russia!