Moscow Bucket List!

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Moscow is a city that has completely intrigued me for years. The architecture is so unique and intricate, yet the city is so large and overwhelming that it exists quite cleverly as a paradox. With so much to see and do in Moscow, a visit should be no less than three or four days, though if you had a week here you would continue to be entertained by the many offerings… so what are you waiting for!? Here’s the complete Moscow Bucket List you need to start checking off ASAP!

Moscow Cathedral

1. Visit the Kremlin

As the capital of the former Soviet Union, Moscow holds a strong significance not just at present, but in modern world history as well. The Kremlin is a fortress that serves as the centre of Russian governance and houses an array of interesting museum collections, including the Armoury Collection, the Diamond Fund, several churches, and other points of interest. Be sure to arrive early as a guided tour is the best way to see the Kremlin and learn about its significance, and these fill up fast.

2. Stand in the Red Square

The Red Square is at the heart of Moscow and could thus be considered the heart of Russia. This should be your very first stop in the city and from here you will be able to visit many of Moscow’s main attractions as highlighted on this list. The Lenin Mausoleum and St Basil’s Cathedral are here, with one of the Kremlin’s walls bordering the square.

3. Marvel at St. Basil’s Cathedral

On that note, you absolutely cannot come to Moscow without setting your sights on St Basil’s Cathedral, and if you have time, stepping foot inside.

4. Explore the Moscow Metro

Moscow’s Metro stations are a sight in themselves – decadent, opulent and entirely over-the-top. Be sure to use the metro to get around the city or, if you’re short on time, here are the best stations to visit:

Novoslobodskaya Metro Station; Mayakovskaya Metro station; Elektrozavodskaya Metro Station; Shosse Entuziastov Station; Park Pobedy Metro Station; and Nakhimovsky Prospekt Metro Station.

5. Visit the Armoury

Back in the Kremlin, the most visited and most raved about collection is the Armoury; an impressive collection of royal clothing and chariots, mostly from the former Soviet period and WWII.

6. See the View from Vorobyovy Gory

If you’re wandering where to get the best view over the city of Moscow, look no further.

7. Visit Tsarytsino Open Air Museum

This 18th-century Palace is home to impressive gardens and a museum full of antiques and fine art – a great pit stop for the art buffs!

8. Walk through Aptekarskiy Ogorod Botanical Museum

This is believed to be the most gorgeous garden in the entire city, so if you’re visiting in the warmer months be sure to stop by.

World of Wanderlust in Moscow

9. See a show at the Bolshoi Theatre

Located in the centre of the city, the Bolshoi Theatre is one of the most impressive in all of Europe and is home to one of the world’s best ballet companies. But if ballet isn’t your thing, you can also enjoy a night at the opera or enjoy classical music performances, depending on the season.

10. Sip Coffee at Cafe Pushkin

If you want an old, classic, Russian establishment to kick back and enjoy a coffee or a spot of lunch, then you simply must visit Cafe Pushkin! Although it is mostly visited by tourists visiting the city, the authenticity of the old cafe is too good to resist.

11. Stroll Along Old Arbat Street

Old Arbat Street (pictured above) was one of my favourite and completely underrated spots to explore in Moscow. The street is lined with artists’ work as well as artists painting as you walk by and is great street to wander amidst your explorations in the city.

12. Experience Sandunovskye Baths

Russian bathhouses (Banya) have been incredibly popular over the years and should you wish to see one operating in the present day or indulge in a little bathing yourself, be sure to drop by Sandunovskye Baths.

13. Go Shopping in GUM

As Moscow’s most famous shopping centre, GUM is an incredible display of Russian wealth and opulence. Although the prices are out of most shoppers’ budgets (myself included), a visit here is still worthwhile to walk the glitzy halls.

14. Visit the Tretyakov Gallery

Regarded as one of the world’s best museums, Tretyakov Gallery offers an incredible display of Russian art and would be my top pick if you were to visit just one museum in Moscow!

15. Drink Russian Vodka

Whilst in Russia it would be just plain blasphemy not to try the most famous local delicacy – vodka, of course! Drop in to any bar and you’ll be hit with an absolute mecca of choice… so be sure to try a few!

16. Eat Russian Borscht

Although it tastes as good as it looks to a Western palate (that could just be me!!!), Russian Borscht is a classic dish to try if every there were one. There are many different variations throughout Eastern Europe, so if you do fancy the purpley-pink soup dish, you have plenty of choices! The dish originated in Ukraine but is incredibly popular throughout Russia and will be available in most restaurants in Moscow.

World of Wanderlust in Moscow

17. Step Inside the State Historical Museum

One of my favourite buildings in Moscow and impossible to be missed from the Red Square, is the State Historical Museum (pictured above). Even if you don’t step inside, this museum is an incredible sight to the eyes and the intricacy of the building’s facade should not be missed up close!

18. Visit Novodevichy Convent

As both a convent and a fortress, Novodevichy remains incredibly well in tact for a building that was constructed in the early 16th-century!

19. Step Inside Cathedral of Christ the Savior

Located on the northern bank of the Moskva River, this particular cathedral is an incredible display of architecture (if you’re not completely over Cathedrals by now!) Standing tall at over 103 metres, this is the tallest Orthodox Christian Church in the world.

20. See Lenin’s Mausoleum 

Located at the Red Square, Lenin’s Mausoleum is an incredibly popular sight for visitors to Moscow and much of that is to do with the ongoing mystery: is it really him?

21. Admire Ivan the Great Bell Tower

If you want a great view over the city of Moscow you will sadly have to look elsewhere, as climbing the impressive Ivan the Great Bell Tower is not permitted (though imagine that view if it were!!!) Regardless the Bell Tower is quite impressive so is worth seeking out whilst in Moscow.

22. Go Ice Skating in Gorky Park

If you happen to visit Moscow in the colder months you might be left feeling slightly disappointed by many outdoor attractions being closed… but one that won’t be is the (many) ice skating rinks throughout the city! The most popular of these is in Gorky Park.

23. Get out to Explore the Golden Ring

One of the most popular day trips from the city of Moscow is to the Golden Ring, a collection of small towns and cities that are home to a range of buildings rich in Russian culture and history. If you have more time in the city and would like to get out, be sure to make the Golden Ring your first choice or, if travelling onwards, be sure to stop by St Petersburg!


Over to you! What were your favourite moments from your trip to Moscow to share with readers??

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    April 14, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Wow! I can’t wait to visit Moscow. All the places look so intriguing and interesting!

    April 11, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Just back from Moscow !
    : )
    Love it
    now it is probably the best time to visit, because local currency is very low and everything is quite cheap.

    There are so so so many thing to do ! this list can be endless : )
    I am happy you’ve visited Moscow !

    April 10, 2016 at 3:04 am

    I can’t wait to visit!!! It looks incredible!

    April 7, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Damn, I simply feel like packing my bags and getting on a plane to Moscow now.
    Thanks Brooke, again, for turning a place into a magical love-affair.

    Would be heading there in 2018 (Since I already have a lot planned until mid 2017 and certainly need a break to write my next book)

    Also, would love it if you would stop by at my Ebook named Body positivity on 🙂

    April 6, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Great post Brooke! Moscow is an interesting place with great history. It’s great for someone who’s never been to that part of Europe to have some handy Hints!

    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    April 6, 2016 at 7:10 am

    I’d love to visit Russia one day. I’ve only explored Western Europe for the most part, but would love to visit more of the continent in the future! Great list! xx

    April 6, 2016 at 5:36 am

    Moscow is definitely top of the bucket list! Must explore it when I come back to Europe!

    April 6, 2016 at 5:15 am

    If only I had the money to travel everywhere you go! Moscow is really high on my travel wish list.

    April 6, 2016 at 4:26 am

    I will never say it enough but I want to go to Russia soooooo badly !!!
    Great article 🙂

    Kenza from

    April 6, 2016 at 4:06 am

    I can’t wait to visit here! As a WWII collector, my husband has always wanted to go. Thanks for the info 🙂

    Cultured Adventurer
    April 6, 2016 at 3:22 am

    Thanks for the great post! Moscow is truly an amazing city which I have had the pleasure of visiting several times. It is indeed the political and business center of Russia – very busy, dynamic, and historic yet modern. Hotels near Res Square are expensive, but this is where you have to stay to be able to walk around and to most of the must-see sites – the Kremlin, the Bolshoi Theater, the Tretyakov Gallery, or to take the subway to sites which are further out like the Novodevichy Monastery, Gorky Park, or Sparrow Hills. When travelling to Russia, plan for at least a week to see the highlights of Moscow and St. Petersburg and take the high-speed train in-between instead of flying.

    April 6, 2016 at 12:09 am

    Moscow and St. Petersburg are both on my bucket list!

    rajasthan tour operator
    April 5, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Moscow is a wonderful place to visit in Russia. It is little bit costly but fantastic place to spend holidays

    April 5, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    It is the place where i most want to go to, i am a Russian learner and i fell in love with it in a few years ago.

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    April 5, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    It’s such an intriguing city. I wish I’ll visit it someday, I don’t know anything about the Russian culture and I feel like I’d really love traveling there…

    April 5, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Moscow is definitely on my list of places to visit! My dad’s been (we’re Russian) for business and said that at lunch time they stayed in the office and just kept taking shots of Vodka!! I don’t think much work got done after lunch. But Russia seems so beautiful and I definitely want to visit!

    April 5, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Love this post. I love travelling and Moscow is one of the places I would love to visit. I’ll definitely check some of these places if I visit. So many great ideas!

    April 5, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Moscow is like a small country really – there is SO much to see and do, one might need weeks to cover all the wonders 🙂

    April 5, 2016 at 7:30 am

    I’ve always found Russian history SO interesting I cannot wait to visit! Great post <3