First time in Moscow? 10 Places you cannot miss when visiting Moscow for the first time

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Red Square and St Basil’s cathedral are just a couple of the sights which attract first time to Moscow visitors every year. Nothing beats seeing them with your own eyes. This list covers 10 of the things that you simply cannot miss when visiting for the first time. Here is your essential guide to Moscow!


Red Square

Red Square is like an open-air museum. St Basil’s cathedral with its multi-hued domes is located one end and the State Historical Museum to the other. If you want to learn all about the history of Russia, the Romanov dynasty and present-day Russia then this museum ought to be on your Moscow list. There is plenty of shopping to be done in the historic shopping arcade GUM which houses a plethora of designer brands and lies opposite Lenin’s tomb.


St Basil’s Cathedral

St Basil’s cathedral has become the icon of Moscow and nothing can prepare you for seeing it with your own eyes. This architectural masterpiece is made up of 11 churches in total, each one located in one of the cathedral’s domes. Don’t just marvel at it from the outside, go inside and learn all about its history.

Red Square, Moscow, Russia, 109012



The Kremlin is the official residence of the President and the Russian Federation. It is a historic square of beautiful palaces and ornate cathedrals and integral to the culture, history and pride of Russia.

Moscow, Russia, 103073


Bolshoi Theatre

If you’re one of the lucky few who has reserved tickets early enough in advance, then you’re in for a once in a lifetime experience. If however, you haven’t managed to secure ballet tickets then visiting the interior of the Bolshoi theatre is a must. Viewings are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 12.15pm and you have to get there at about 10.15 in order to get your hands on a golden ticket.

Theatre Square, 1, Moscow, Russia, 125009


Patriarch Ponds

There are few quiet spaces in the center of Moscow, so those in the know flock to Patriarch’s Ponds to enjoy a peaceful moment. On a sunny day, there is no better place to enjoy the sunshine and a refreshing mojito al fresco than the Pavilion at Patriarshy which is located in the heart of the gardens.


Moscow Conservatory

The Moscow conservatory is a classical music institute of high esteem. Every great Russian musician has played or taught here in their life, and in doing so they become a star in their own right. Watching a concert here is a must for any great classical music lover.

Bolshaya Nikitskaya ulitsa 13/6, Moscow


Museum of Russian Impressionism

Whilst nearly everyone has heard of French Impressionism, not many people have heard of Russian Impressionism. This newly opened museum houses what was once the private collection of Russian businessman Boris Mints who has opened it up to the public in the hope of revolutionizing Russian Impressionism. It showcases some beautiful examples of Russian art by artists such as Korovin, Grabar and Serov.

15 Leningradsky Prospekt. Bldg. 11. Metro Dinamo, Belorusskaya.


Lenin’s Tomb

Located on Red Square you’ll find Lenin’s tomb which is the resting place of Vladimir Lenin.

Red Square, Moscow, Russia


Gorky’s House

Whether you’ve heard of Maxim Gorky or not, the house of this famous Russian writer is still worth visiting. The beautiful art nouveau house was gifted to the writer upon his return to Moscow from exile in Italy. The interior is spectacular with stained glass windows, sculpted features and a library overflowing with books from his private collection.

Malaya Nikitskaya ul., 6/2, стр. 5, Moscow, Russia, 121069


Kazan Cathedral

The Kazan cathedral is located on Red Square and is somewhat dwarfed by St Basil’s cathedral which receives all of the attention. It is a beautiful example of a Russian orthodox church and shouldn’t be overlooked.

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    August 11, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Was in Moscow 41 years ago, when it was the USSR. Looking forward to a return trip in 2017. I’ve experienced the awe of change. Beautiful photos.

    July 28, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Love the candy-like appearance of their historic buildings! Looks like a gingerbread dream!

    July 27, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Such a good read, I would have no idea where to start in Moscow…well, now I know!

    July 25, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    Visited Moscow just last year! Thanks for the memories! I would have put something about the beautiful subway stations. It became a “thing” for me to take pics of all the marble, the chandeliers, the statues. Free art in ordinary places.

    July 24, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Been to Moscow a few years ago. Loved it! visited all places on your list except the museum. Way to good weather for that during my stay.

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    July 24, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    I would love to visit Russia to see the architecture. Maybe someday!

    July 24, 2016 at 11:33 am

    The architecture is UNREAL! I mean the photos show its beauty but I cannot imagine them in real life! Would love to visit someday!!

    July 24, 2016 at 2:22 am

    I’ve always dreamed of visiting Russia. Oh me oh my you got my wanderlust rumbling.

    July 23, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Great list! Moscow is wonderful. I’d add the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and the fancy Metro stations! 🙂

    July 23, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    Moscow seems so cool! I would love to visit it sometime, the architecture is amazing!

    July 23, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Lovely post

    July 23, 2016 at 6:46 am

    I just love the architecture in Moscow!