I was wondering if after all these years
I am preparing for a small trip to Moscow soon and it's actually going to be the 3rd time I will be in Moscow as a tourist. Crazy, huh? For this reason, I decided to share a few insights of what you should totally see in Moscow if you want to ever travel there, apart from the obvious spots. I lived there for 4 years, so I know at least 100 interesting places to go instead of visiting the Kremlin, hell yeah.
But just in case...
Let's start with the obvious. You saw these places on TV, you know them, you will see them in Moscow
whether you want to or not:
Red square, Kremlin, Saint Basil's Cathedral,
the big white church which name I never learned Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Bolshoi Theater, the Moscow State University, Gorky Park and the old Arbat st.
I won't waste my time speaking about these things because they are famous worldwide and if you don't know some of these places,
you savage, you can simply google them.
Moving on to the not so obvious
Now, it really depends on what you are doing in Moscow,
besides drinking cheap vodka branded to foreigners as the best in Russia, so let's divide the list into sightseeing, nightlife and I'll come up with another category later for some obscure reason since 2 categories is not enough.
Not-so obvious sightseeing
VDNKh, or the "Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy": despite the soviet talent for making names look as dull as possible, the place is not only beautifully full of soviet propaganda, it's also beautiful. You can see a rocket in the center of the park and a beautiful fountain to take selfies at. Also in the nearby area you can check the Museum of Cosmonautics, and the Ostankino Tower is not far. By the way, while linking the Wikipedia page
for you lazy readers, I found out that the tower is the tallest free-standing structure in Europe. You can walk there or use the monorail, which is worlds of fun for monorail fans.
|The museum of cosmonautics and a few planes flying by|
If you are going to visit the Moscow State University, you might consider actually taking the whole day and walk all the way from Muzeon Park, full of soviet
propaganda again, Jesus, they are good at propaganda, statues. Also, don't forget to check the New Tretyakov Gallery, and the old one too, but not now. Then you can move on to Gorky Park and the Café Museum Garage, then on to Neskuchnyi Garden and get a bit lost in the woods. It's worth it, believe me. Before you notice, you will get to the RAN, or Russian Academy of Sciences with their weird orange squares and a nice overlook on the Luzhniki Stadium and Moscow City on the horizon. Do you still have energy to walk? Just go along the riverbanks or through the middle of Sparrow Hills, then up a bit, and a bit more, and eventually you'll find yourself looking at the Moscow State University. I used to love taking these walks during the weekends when I had the whole day for myself!
A few other places worth seeing are the Tsaritsyno and Kolomenskoye. Both are huge parks, specially charming during the Summer and Autumn, and have beautiful Russian palaces, with very different styles, though. And speaking about palaces, you should totally check the Izmailovo Kremlin and the nearby market Vernissazh. Be ready to fill your bags with all the Russian trinkets you can get for the unfortunate friends and family that didn't go on this trip with you.