The incredible city of Moscow is the cosmopolitan capital of Russia, and is well known for being wonderfully rich in history, culture and the arts. From shopping at GUM and TSUM to soaking up the history at the Kremlin, these are just a few of the highlights that you will experience during a visit to Moscow.
Moscow’s Kremlin lies at the heart of the city, with its high red walls and towers surrounding an inner city that consists of cathedrals, palaces and museums, all of which sit at the top of Borovitsky Hill. An early start is essential, as there is so much to see, from the tombs of the Royal Family to 12th century works of art. The Great Bell Tower and the Armoury are also well worth exploring, especially the latter, which is absolutely packed with treasures, including an impressive collection of Faberge eggs that date back to Tsarist days.
GUM and TSUM
GUM and TSUM are two shopping malls that are wonderfully over-the-top. Right across the street from each other, the malls feature architecturally-impressive hallways and are lined with luxurious, designer stores, from Moschino to Burberry, making it well worth browsing, even if you do not intend to buy anything.
Moscow is home to a wide variety of museums, the majority of which showcase the city’s incredible history and heritage, as well as the arts. The Tretyakov Gallery is a must visit, as is the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, and the State Historic Museum. If you have some extra time to spare, do check out the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, as well as the Shchusev State Museum of Architectural, which is the only museum in the city that is entirely dedicated to architecture.
St. Basil’s Cathedral
With its one-of-a-kind bonfire-style design, St. Basil’s Cathedral is one of the most famous landmarks in all of Russia, with its design being a prime example of Russian dome-topped spires. While the exterior of the cathedral is definitely one of the most impressive sights that you will see in Moscow, do not worry too much about touring the interior if you are short on time, as this is relatively small, dark and simple, especially when compared with the extravagant exterior.
Located in Red Square, Lenin’s Mausoleum is a little creepy, as it contains the embalmed body of Vladimir Lenin, which has been on display almost every day since his death in 1924. This granite tomb is a must-see for visitors to Moscow, although keep in mind that the utmost respect is enforced here, meaning no cameras, no smoking and no putting your hands in your pockets. You are also not allowed to stop right in front of Lenin, and there are guards on-site to make sure that the crowds keep moving.
Moscow is a truly spectacular city, and there is so much to see and do. Whether you are into history and heritage or art and architecture, you will no doubt be impressed by all that Moscow has to offer.