Moscow Russia Travel Guide

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Moscow Russia Travel Guide

The Moscow Russia Travel Guide will help you plan your trip to Moscow Russia.

Moscow is the large busy capital of Russia with a population of over 15 million people living within the city limit and 25 million living in the greater metropolitan area it is the second largest city in Europe after Istanbul.

Best known for the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square and Kremlin ,Moscow has these sites plus a great deal more to offer the visitor.

This Russia Travel Guide looks at the most popular and iconic attractions plus cover hints and tips on Moscow.

Travel Tips - Moscow Russia Travel Guide

Moscow has excellent public transport which includes buses, trams, trolley-cars and a vast and very elaborate metro.

The easiest and cheapest way to get around Moscow is by buying Troika card, a re-loadable smart card which can be used on the metro, trams, buses and trolley cars.

A Troika can be purchased and topped up at any metro station. The cost is RUB50 which is refundable if you return the card at the end of your stay.

Alternately you can purchase a red paper ticket with a number of pre-loaded trips from the ticket booth in the metro. These tickets work on the metro, buses and trolleys Fares depend on the number of trips purchased; an 11-trip card costs RUB320.

 

May to June are the most popular months to visit Moscow, the weather is mild and the days are long…as are the crowds

July and August see hotter and often humid weather but is still a popular time with visitors

September brings Autumn with the trees turning beautiful shades of red, yellow and orange. Moscow celebrates City Day.

If you are keen to see Moscow in her winter coat December see any cultural festivals and the December Night Festival is held.

March and April is when the snows start to melt and the streets are slushy and dirty.

Weather

ClimateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Daily highs (°C)-4-3.72.611.318.622.024.321.915.78.70.9-3
Nightly lows (°C)-9.1-9.8-4.42.27.712.114.412.57.42.7-3.3-7.6

Moscovites dress up to go out so it is a good idea to pack something that works for a nice night out at a restaurant or show.

Clothing

  • 2 pants, include one black pair that can double as ‘good’
  • 1  shorts
  • 1 x singlets – good for layering and sleeping in
  • 4 short sleeve tee shirts or shirts.
  • 1 x long sleeve sloppy joe or similar
  • 1 x polar fleece jumper
  • 1 x zip-up shell jacket
  • 1 x lightweight windproof raincoat
  • 3 x socks
  • 5 x underpants
  • 2 x bra
  • 1 x  Northface Dipsea 
  • I x warm hat (if there in winter)
  • 1 x sun hat (if there in summer
  • 1 x warm gloves (if there in winter

Shoes

  • 1 x pair walking shoes
  • 1 x pair flip flops (great for showers)

Toiletries

  • Travel Towel
  • Lush Bar Shampoo
  • Bar of Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Brush / Comb
  • Hair Ties

Electronics

  • 1 x Earbud headphones. Light and small,
  • 1 x 6S iPhone loaded with music and podcasts
  • 1 x power bank

Photography

  • 1 x GoPro Hero 5
  • 2 x Spare GoPro Batteries
  • 1 x LUMIX TZ80
  • Spare micro SD Card

Other Stuff

  • 1 x headlight or torch **essential
  • 1 x Swiss knife
  • 1 x medical kit
  • Refillable water bottle
 
Things To See & Do Moscow Russia

Moscow Russia Travel Guide - Red Square

Red Square is jaw dropping, stand in the middle of this incredible square and be absolutely awe inspired.

This famous square is surrounded by St. Basil’s Cathedral, the State History Museum, Lenin’s Mausoleum and one side of the the Kremlin. Interestingly the square is not red but takes its name from the Russian word krasniy which means beautiful.

During the big events, such as Victory parade and the Military Orchestra Tattoo Red Square can be closed.

Metro: Ohotnii Ryad, Teatralnaya or Ploshad Revolutsii.

Moscow Russia Travel Guide - St Basils Cathedral

Standing proud at the south end of Red Square St Basils Cathedral is what most people associate Moscow with.

Officially named The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed It was built from 1555 to 1561 on orders from Ivan the terrible and commemorates the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan.

Inside the cathedral is a museum which is fine but the real beauty of the cathedral is from the outside.

Address: Red Square, Moscow Russia.

Admission: RUB 500–700

Moscow Russia Travel Guide - State History Museum

Taking pride of place at one end of Red Square the State History Museum exhibits range from relics of prehistoric tribes that lived on the territory of present-day Russia, through priceless artworks acquired by members of the Romanov dynasty.

Its a nice place to wander around and the top floor offers fantastic views of Red Square looking down towards St Basils cathedral.

Address: Red Square Moscow

Opening Hours: Daily 10AM – 7PM

Admission: RUB 150–500 

Moscow Russia Travel Guide - Lenins Mausoleum

Lenin’s Mausoleum sits in the centre of the Red Square u against the wall of the Kremlin and is the resting place of Vladimir Lenin. Visitors can walk past Lenin’s embalmed body.

All cameras, phones and bags must be left in the luggage office.

Free admission.Get there early as queues are usually huge.

Open 10AM-1PM Tu, W, Th, Sat Closed on Su, M, F.

Moscow Russia Travel Guide - Kremlin

The Kremlin is an ancient citadel and home of the former Tsars. It is still in use today by Russian leaders. The Kremlin is set on over 60 acres and dates back to the 12th C.

Buildings in the Kremlin

  • Cathedral Square
  • The Cathedral of the Annunciation was built in 1482, and was where the Tzars were christened and married.
  • Assumption Cathedral built in 1475 is Russia’s main and most important Cathedral. It is here that the Tsars were once crowned and Church patriarch buried.
  • Cathedral of the Archangel Michael built in 1505. The cathedral holds the tombs of Russia’s rulers from Ivan I (1328-41) to Tsar Ivan V (1682-96), Peter the Great’s predecessor.
  • Church of the Deposition of the Robe, built in a more traditional style of the late 15th century.
  • Terem Palace, with 11 clusters of Domes is the oldest structure in today’s Kremlin and was the home of Russia’s rulers until Peter the Great.
  • Grand Kremlin Palace. Once the home of the Tsars and now home of the Russian president, it is very ornate and very beautiful.
  • Ivan the Great Bell Tower. Once the tallest building in Russia the Ivan the Great Bell Tower has 21 bells and gold topped domes and displays some of the artillery from the Armoury,
  • The Patriarch’s Palace and the Cathedral of the Twelve Apostles is now a museum showing Russian life and art from the 17th C.
  • Tsars Cannon was designed in 1586 to protect the Saviours Gate and has never been fired and the Tsars Bell is the largest bell in the world and has her been rung.
  • The Armoury – holds all sorts of treasures including Faberge eggs.
  • Diamond Fund. Diamonds and State jewels. You pay extra to see this exhibit

Tours fill up quickly so book ahead.

Hours: 9.30AM – 6.00PM Friday – Wednesday. Closed Thursday.

Moscow Russia Travel Guide - GUM Department Store

On the Eastern side of Red Square is GUM shopping centre. Commissioned by Catherine the Great and built in an italianate style as a huge trading hall eventually housing u pto 1200 traders. The Bolsheviks used it as the State Department Store before Stalin turned it into offices for the committee in charge of his 5 Year. Plan. It reverted to a shopping centre in 1953 and is now the home of every upmarket and top end label one can think of.

Moscow Russia Travel Guide - Moscow Metro

The Moscow Metro is amazing and a huge attraction in its own right. Make sure you make time to visit some of the more famous and elaborate metro station such as

  1. Ploshchad Revolyustsii – representing the roles played in the revolution in life size bronzes.
  2. Mayakovskaya – just beautiful is an art-deco hall of pink rhodonite and slim columns. The ceiling depicts 24 Hours In The Land Of The Sovites.
  3. Teatralnaya – Porcelain figures represent the sev Sovite Republics.
  4. Bolourusskaya – Ceiling Mosaics depict life and times of neighbouring Belarus.
  5. Novoslobodskaya – 32 windows in stained glass of intellectual professionals. At one end is the mosaic “Peace In The World”

Moscow Russia Travel Guide - Gorky Park

Gorky Central Park of Culture dates back to 1928 and is a beautiful park in Moscow covering an area of 300 acres along the Moskva river.

The park hosts numerous activities including; bike and skate rental, ice skating in the winter, and art and music festivals. There are also numerous eateries and food kiosks along Gorky Park Food Row.

Address: Krymsky Val, 9, Moscow,

Metro: Park Kultury Metro

Open: 24 Hours

Admission: Free

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