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What to see in Moscow

Moscow Attractions


For the most part, Moscow's tourist attractions bear testament to the city's turbulent past, but there are also a number of more light-hearted cultural and religious venues to enjoy in the city. Sightseeing in Moscow is best during the summer, from May until late August, when it is warmer and the days are longer. The city is most crowded during this peak season, but Moscow is really at it's best in summer so it is worth facing slightly longer queues.

The foremost Moscow attractions are the Kremlin, a UNESCO-listed medieval fortress dating back to the city's foundation in 1147, and the multi-coloured domes of St Basil's Cathedral, both iconic Russian landmarks. Red Square is another must when sightseeing in Moscow. The Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre is home to Moscow's famed performance arts, while the Tretyakov Gallery exhibits traditional Russian masterpieces.

Historic Moscow attractions include Poklonnaya Hill, which highlights Russia's military strength against both Napoleon and Hitler, and the Borodino Panorama Museum which has interesting artefacts and displays from the Napoleonic wars. The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour commemorates the soldiers who died defending Russia in the early 19th century and can be added to the list of military memorials in the city.

Travellers planning a lot of sightseeing in Moscow should consider purchasing the Moscow Pass, which offers free entry to up to 38 attractions, among other things. Check out the options at moscowpass.com


Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre

Moscow's oldest and most famous theatre, the Bolshoi, dates from 1824 and is home to world-renowned opera and ballet…

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Borodino Panorama Museum

The battle of Borodino is regarded as the bloodiest of the Napoleonic battles, seeing over 70,000 casualties in a single…

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Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

After Napoleon retreated from Russia, Tsar Alexander I declared that a cathedral be built in remembrance of the soldiers…

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Moscow Metro

Moscow's Metro stations together amount to the most beautiful public transport facility in the world. Visitors to Moscow…

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Poklonnaya Hill

Poklonnaya, literally meaning 'bow down', lies in the west part of Moscow and was historically a spot for Western visitors…

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Red Square

Red Square is a dramatic cobbled square in the centre of Moscow, originally the city's marketplace the square also served…

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St Basil's Cathedral

St Basil's Cathedral, with its multi-coloured domes, is the most famous landmark in Russia. The cathedral stands on the…

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The Kremlin

The oldest part of Moscow, dating back to the city's foundation in 1147, and situated at the very heart of the city on…

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Tretyakov Gallery

The Tretyakov Gallery houses some of the great masterpieces of traditional Russian art from before the Revolution and…

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