Thursday, November 17, 2016

Moscow Guide | 14 things to do & see

After showing you Moscow's best restaurants, caf├ęsshops and food halls, it's now time to tell you a bit more about what there is to do and see in this city. I've compiled a list of 14 well-known and lesser-known landmarks, museums, parks and iconic locations. Moscow has so much to offer, so I recommend bringing some comfortable shoes and explore the city by foot. You'll be amazed and surprised in ways you never expected. I hope that with my tips I've given you enough reasons to make Moscow your next city trip destination! 


Red Square | Kremlin | GUM | St. Basil's Cathedral

The Red Square is a must-do in Moscow. Even if I've been there dozens of times, I still return on every trip. It's such a special place, it almost feels unreal when you're standing here. It's beautiful both during the day and at night, and I can image that it's absolutely magical when there's snow. It connects some of Moscow's most famous landmarks, such as the palaces inside the Kremlin, the colourful Saint Basil's Cathedral, the Lenin Mausoleum, the Voskresensky gates and the GUM store. By far Moscow's most touristy place but also one of my favourites.
>> Red Square


Red Square | Kremlin | GUM | St. Basil's Cathedral

Red Square | Kremlin | GUM | St. Basil's Cathedral


Red Square | Kremlin | GUM | St. Basil's Cathedral

Red Square | Kremlin | GUM | St. Basil's Cathedral

Red Square | Kremlin | GUM | St. Basil's Cathedral

Red Square | Kremlin | GUM | St. Basil's Cathedral


Moscow Metro
The metro in Moscow is probably one of the most beautiful underground systems in the world. It's also one of the busiest: only a weekly basis it takes about 9 million people from A to B every. There are about 200 stations of which 40 are listed as cultural heritage sites. Each one of them looks different and is decorated in the most impressive ways: with marble, chandeliers, paintings, mosaic etc. It's also the most reliable way to get around the city.

Moscow metro

Moscow Metro

Moscow metro


Exhibition Park

The Exhibition Park, also knows as the VDNKh (Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva) is a public space and exhibition park. Specific events and markets are often hosted here so it's worth to check online what there is to see before you go. Even if there's no event, you can just walk around and wander. It's like an open-air museum of Russia's national economic achievements, and it also includes a theme park, shopping malls, street markets and trade expos. A kind of strange park with a mix of different things, which makes it a really interesting place to visit. 
>> Prospect Mira, 119

VDNKh Moscow Exhibition Park


VDNKh Moscow Exhibition Park


VDNKh Moscow Exhibition Park

VDNKh Moscow Exhibition Park



Moscow Botanical Garden & Greenhouse
The botanical garden and greenhouse are near the Exhibition Park and also worth a visit. The garden is huge, more than 3.5 square kilometres, so you can walk around here for hours and hours. The old greenhouse is also huge (the newer building wasn't open when we went) and it's a nice break from the cold in case you're there during winter. It's not a very popular place for tourists so we basically had the place to ourselves!
>> Botanicheskaya ul., 4


Moscow Botanical Garden & Greenhouse


Moscow Botanical Garden & Greenhouse

Moscow Botanical Garden & Greenhouse


Moscow Botanical Garden & Greenhouse



Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
Being one of Moscow's most famous concert halls, the Tchaikovsky hall is a must-visit. Check out which concerts are being held here and buy tickets in advance or at the door, depending on how busy it is. Even if you're not a fan of classical music, I still think this is a Moscow experience you shouldn't skip. Get dressed up, go to the concert and grab a late night dinner at Cafe Pushkin afterwards!
>> Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall


Tchaikovsky Concert Hall




Museum of Moscow
This is one of Moscow's oldest museums. We visited the ABC Museum exhibition, which has been extended until January 11th 2017. It's an A to Z about everything which has something to do Moscow, from architecture to transport and from fashion to archaeology. A fun exhibition to learn a bit more about Moscow, even if there's no English explanation whatsoever. Don't forget to grab a coffee at LES afterwards! 
>> Zubovsky Blvd., 2 

Museum of Moscow ABC exhibition

Museum of Moscow ABC exhibition


Museum of Moscow ABC exhibition


Museum of Moscow ABC exhibition

Museum of Moscow ABC exhibition


Multimedia Art Museum Moscow (MAMM)

This is a relatively new museum which focuses mainly on art related to multimedia techniques and photography. Although this wasn't my favourite museum, I've heard there are some really good exhibitions (such as Herb Ritts and the Pirelli calendar). Just check the current exhibitions before you go!
>>  ul. Ostozhenka, 16


Multimedia Art Museum Moscow (MAMM)

Multimedia Art Museum Moscow (MAMM)



The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
This is one of Moscow's newest museums (opened in 2012) and one of the world's largest Jewish museums. I actually didn't visit the "main" part of the museum which is about Russian Jewry, but I only saw one exhibition about fashion: "Time Effect: the Influence of the Russian Avant-Garde on Modern Fashion." Although it wasn't big, it's one of the best fashion exhibition's I've ever seen. It explored the ways in which designers are inspired by avant-garde art, especially in SS16 collections. The current exhibition is about Gerhard Richter, which I imagine is worth a visit!
>> Obraztsova St., 11, build. 1A


The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center

The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center


The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center


The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center


The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center


The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center

The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center


The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center


Cathedral of Christ the Saviour & Patriarshiy bridge 
This is the world's tallest Othodox church in the world and was only re-built between 1995 and 2000 after it was taken down by Stalin. In my opinion, it's the most impressive building in Moscow. You can hardly imagine how big it is! Right across the church you'll find the Patriarshiy pedestrian bridge which will take you over to the other side of the Moskva River where you'll find Strelka Bar


Cathedral of Christ the Saviour & Patriarshiy bridge


Cathedral of Christ the Saviour & Patriarshiy bridge

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour & Patriarshiy bridge

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour & Patriarshiy bridge


Cathedral of Christ the Saviour & Patriarshiy bridge

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour & Patriarshiy bridge

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour & Patriarshiy bridge


Cathedral of Christ the Saviour & Patriarshiy bridge



Gorky Park
If you walk a little bit further to the right of the Patriarshiy bridge you'll arrive at Gorky park. This is a really pleasant and open-spaced park where you can stroll around, do sports, eat at one of the many little restaurants or go to one of the museums. During winter there's a big skating rink and during summer you can lie down for some tanning or a picnic. It's a super cosy park where families, business people and travellers all come together to take a little break from the city. 


Gorky Park Moscow

Gorky Park Moscow


Gorky Park Moscow


Gorky Park Moscow




Gorky Park Moscow


Gorky Park Moscow

Gorky Park Moscow



Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
This is one of the museums located in Gorky Park, and moved into this new building last year, designed by Rem Koolhaas. Inside, you'll find Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova's (Roman's wife and founder of Garage Magazine) private collections as well as contemporary art exhibitions. It's a really cool museum and somehow reminded me of the Tate Modern in London. The museum shop and restaurant are really great as well!
>> 9/32 Krymsky Val st.


Garage Museum of Contemporary Art


Garage Museum of Contemporary Art


Garage Museum of Contemporary Art


Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art


Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art


Novodevichy Cemetery

It might seem a bit strange to visit a cemetery when you're travelling, but trust me you want to see this one. It's the most famous cemetery in Moscow since it's located right next to the Novodevichy Convent. What's special about this cemetery is that it's totally not manicured and maintained like the cemeteries we're used to seeing. Plants, trees, flowers and weeds grow freely and cover most of the graves. There's some kind of romantic and nostalgic feel to it, which is hard to pinpoint. 
>> Luzhnetsky proezd, 2


Novodevichy Cemetery

Novodevichy Cemetery

Novodevichy Cemetery



Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Although you technically can't visit this building, I included it in the list because it's one of Moscow's Seven Sisters, which is a group of seven skyscrapers in Stalinist style. It's just SO impressive, which is why I like it so much. We stayed in an apartment with view on the Ministry and it was a real treat waking up to this view every morning. If you go to White Rabbit you'll also get a perfect view!
>> Smolenskaya-Sennaya pl, 32/34


Ministry of Foreign Affairs Moscow

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Moscow

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Moscow



Patriarch Ponds
Last but not least I wanted to tell you about the Patriarch Ponds, which is a residential area in the centre of the city. There's a little park with a pond, which is nice for a short walk. In the area, there are loads of trendy restaurants and bars, such as Nude, Calicano and Scramble Cafe. Perfect from morning to late at night!

Patriarch Ponds


Patriarch Ponds


Patriarch Ponds

Patriarch Ponds


Patriarch Ponds


I hope this post has been or will be useful when visiting Moscow. After a couple of visits, it has become one of my favourite cities, and I think it's totally underrated as a city trip destination. I hope that I managed to convince you with these posts :) If you want to know about places to eat, have coffee or shopping, click on the links. I can't wait to go back to explore some more!


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