The heart of Russia, Moscow is a modernized city with a powerful mix of vibrance and edginess. Located on the Moskva River in the Central Federal District of European Russia, this 869-year-old town thrills its visitors with its style, grandeur, and antiquity. Its amazing history and culture have given rise to a number of things to do in Moscow that draw travelers from far and wide. Visit this vibrant city during the early spring (June) to enjoy the best that Russia has been hiding!
10 Best Things To Do In Moscow
Here’s our pick:
1. Get blessed at Saint Basil’s Cathedral
Start your trip by getting blessed at this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also known as the Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed, the church is now a museum. Get stunned by the cathedral’s architectural magnificence designed on a flame of bonfire. At night, the lit up cathedral looks very lively and colorful and you will never regret visiting it.
Location: Red Square
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2. Shop at the GUM
This ultimate shopping destination for international brands is actually a royal 3-story building with a semi-circular glass roof and houses over 300 international and national brands. This departmental store also has many world famous restaurants and cafe like Abrau Durso Champagne Bar, Beluga Caviar bar, Stolovaya No 57, and more. The entertainment partner GUM Cinema is a chamber theatre featuring movies in three different halls.
Location: Red Square 3
Timings: 10 AM – 10 PM (Friday – Thursday)
3. Trek up to Sparrow Hills
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Sparrow Hills, also known as Lenin Hills, is the highest point in Moscow. Trekking to these hills is one of the most interesting things to do in Moscow Russia. It offers unparalleled panoramic views of the city below which is a mesmerizing sight at night.
Timings: 24*7, year-round
4. Watch a live ballet/opera performance at Bolshoi Theatre
Watch Russia’s authentic Bolshoi Ballet and Bolshoi Opera in the neoclassical theatre designed by architect Joseph Bové. Watching a ballet performance of Romeo and Juliet or an opera concert performance of The Maid of Pskov is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Moscow.
Location: Theatre Square 1
5. Explore the Poklonnaya Hill
The Poklonnaya Hill, meaning “bow-down hill” or “Worshipful Submission Hill”, is one of the highest points in Moscow and offers splendid views from the top. The hill houses a museum and the Victory Park with many war tanks and vehicles used in World War II.
6. Indulge in the Moscow Hermitage Garden events
This popular recreation spot also hosts a number of cultural events like ballets, opera, and concerts. If you are lucky, you could stumble upon famous actors like Sarah Bernhardt, Ernesto Rossi, and Gustavo Salvini while you are here.
Location: Ulitsa Karetny Ryad
Timings: 24*7, year-round
7. Ice-skate at the Gorky Park
The ice-skating rink at the Gorky Park is as big as 15,000 square meters with separate zones for children. If you are looking for Moscow activities for kids, this park is a must-go. Other fun things to do in Moscow in this park include general skating, hockey, and a wide variety of rides.
Timings: 10 AM – 11 PM
8. Check out chic merchandise at the Tverskaya Street
The Tverskaya Street runs from central Manege Square till the Garden Ring. Tverskaya Street is the most expensive shopping street in Moscow and the third most expensive street in the world based on commercial rental prices. If you are considering unique things to do in Moscow, check out the underground mall in this street.
9. Ride in the Moscow Metro
Riding the city’s underground rapid transit system is an experience in itself. The vaulted, marble-columned stations, some with ornate mosaics and splendid stained glass are architectural marvels. iF you are wondering what to do in moscow, just board the metro, the sixth longest in the world, and explore Moscow’s neighborhood!!
10. Tour the Falcon hunt ground at the Sokolniki Park
In the 15th century, the today’s Sokolniki Park was a thick forest and was used for grand ducal falcon hunt by the kings and princes. Later, it became a social gathering place for nobles and common people. Today, it stands majestically in a thick cover of a woods as one of the largest and oldest parks in Europe. It is a great place for Moscow activities with Just Jump! Trampoline Arena, Karting Centre, Chess and Draughts Club, and School of Unicycling.
Location: Ulitsa Sokolnicheskaya Val, 1, стр. 1
We hope we have given you enough to indulge in with our list of the top 10 things to do in Moscow. Now all you have to do is book this enthralling trip to Russia with friends and family and explore all that this beautiful city has to offer!
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