When we left for Russia we were not sure what to see in Moscow in three days. We had something more than a week to see the two most important cities in Russia, St. Petersburg and Moscow. Most people recommended less days in the capitalBut once at home and once discovered these two beautiful cities we realized that Moscow, we did not know why, we liked it much more than St. Petersburg. Maybe three days fall short to discover it, five would be ideal, but never less than three. The reason, its size and the amount of things to see in Moscow.
What to see in Moscow
What to see in Moscow in three days
There are certainly more things to see in Moscow than the vast majority tend to think. Most people have in mind the Red Square and the Kremlin, where 100% of tourists go. But in Moscow, beyond this spectacular square has wonderful buildings, parks with a sublime beauty and a Modern Moscow able to rival the main financial districts of Asia, such as Singapore.
A visit to Moscow should not leave behind places like:
- The Red Square
- The Kremlin
- St. Basil's Cathedral
- GUM, the most luxurious shopping center in the city center
- The Bolshoi Theater, whenever you go in season (in summer it is usually closed)
- The Cathedral of Christ the Savior
- The pedestrian street of Arbat
- The Moscow Metro
- Gorky Park or Victoria Park
- Novodevichy convent
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- The Museum of Cosmonautics
- The State University
- The skyscrapers and the new financial district
And if you have more time:
- The Pushkin Museum
- The Bunker 42
- The Tretyakov Gallery
- A boat ride
If you want to book / see a tour or travel insurance (recommended, this is Russia), we recommend you read the last section of this experience,Practical data.
A city to take a walk or to travel by Metro
Moscow is a huge city, of almost pharaonic proportions. The streets are of colossal magnitudes, some with more than 14 lanes, so it is not surprising to have to cross more than one street through tunnels prepared for pedestrians.
Get ready to walk kilometers and kilometers, by subway or on foot, without risk, without danger, because Moscow is a very safe city. Use the subway as a means of transport, but if you can walk better, Moscow is to be able to walk it.
Cathedral of Christ the Savior
Our three-day itinerary through Moscow
Although three days are a little short to discover Moscow, the ideal would be four or five, if it is true that they will be enough to discover the most interesting monuments and places in the city. The subway makes it possible, because Moscow is not a big city, it is huge, and if it weren't for this transport it would be practically impossible. Even so, to be able to see these 15 places you have to be walkers, since you will travel and enjoy kilometers along the most representative asphalt in Russia.
If you go in winter, eye, walking the streets with snow is not easy and surely three days will be very short, since the cold and snow will make you walk slower and above all, it will be more difficult to access certain places. For example, the parks outside, where we recommend wearing good shoes before entering them.
Day 1. Around Red Square
The first day we dedicate to know Moscow's most famous, the Red Square and the Kremlin mainly. Luckily, being summer, the weather was magnificent, but not everything good is always present. Being August, almost all the plaza was covered by fences and chairs, as it was planned, as every year for those dates, a show in the coming days, so we could not see in all its splendor to the famous square. Still, we enjoyed the day to the fullest, since we could see also Saint Basil, he GUM, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior (day and night) and the Bolshoi theater, yes, on the outside, since there were no shows scheduled during the month. A full day, practically perfect, and that ended with a romantic dinner at the City Space Bar, the skyscraper that houses the SwissHotel Hotel.
1 The Red Square
The Red Square is the emblem of Russia. New York has its Statue of Liberty, Paris has the Eiffel Tower or Rome has its Colosseum. If you visit Moscow it is a must-see place, despite the long lines that are formed to visit the neighboring Kremlin. Must visit it both day and night, since during the day it is usually crowded with people by tourists who visit the Kremlin, the GUM or the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, first-order tourist points that surround the Red Square.
In the Red Square
Notice. At the end of August the Red Square is usually semi-closed because they prepare it for the fireworks show held in early September
2 The Kremlin
The Kremlin highlights the Armory where you can find armor, vintage clothes, crowns of the tsars andfloats built in the center of Europe with golden tones. More than one were pulled by ponies or dwarves, so you can see how eccentric the tsars were in Russia. It is convenient to buy the ticket first thing in the morning, since the quota that it has every day is usually filled. Tickets can be purchased together with Alexandrosky Gardens or through the Internet, much more comfortable and without long lines, yes, the back line to enter there is no one to take it away.
Apart from the Armory, inside it highlights the big bell of Ivan the Great, the grand palace and the four cathedrals, the Cathedral of the Deposition of the Mantle of the Virgin and the churches of the Terems, the Dormition Cathedral, the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel and the prettiest, the Cathedral of the Annunciation.
About the Kremlin
- Entry. 700 rubles for the Armeria and 500 rubles to access the complex
- Schedule. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Notes. Taking photos in the Armory is prohibited
- Official Web: //www.kreml.ru/en-Us/visit-to-kremlin/
3 St. Basil's Cathedral
In the Red Square we have one of the most picturesque and beautiful cathedrals in the world, the Cathedral of San Basilio. Possibly the best is outside, since for many the interior, if history is not known or a guide is not taken, it can disappoint. It is smaller than it seems, even if it has 8 chapels, one per tower, and near 65 meters high. Still, it is possibly the most photographed place in all of Moscow.
Moscow - Saint Basil
We recommend that you do not queue at the ticket officesince recently there are automatic machines without barely tail next to them. The only thing, that you will have to practice a little Russian, although the truth, they are so intuitive that you don't even need to find a dictionary.
About St. Basil's Cathedral
- Entry. 250 rubles
- Schedule. From 11am to 5pm in winter and from 10am to 7pm in summer.
4 GUM, the most luxurious shopping center in the city center
Next to the Red Square we have the GUM, one of the malls Luxury city of Moscow has. Even if you do not buy, the prices are exorbitant, it is worth taking a walk inside, both the lower and upper floors, since the glass window Covering the building is really pretty.
5 Cathedral of Christ the Savior
On the hill of Chertolsk and not far from the Red Square and the Pushkim Museum there is the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. It is free to access, and it highlights two things. The first is its interior, since there is no space or gap without covering by great paintings. The second is its location, next to the river, where there is a bridge that offers one of the best views of the Kremlin and from Moscow.
Cathedral of Christ the Savior
About the Cathedral
- Entry. Free
- Schedule. From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
6 The Bolshoi Theater
To finish at the Bolshoi Theater is to end the day watching one of the most famous shows in the world. Summer may not feel good, since months like August remain closed, but if you are lucky, do not hesitate, visit it.
About the Bolshoi Theater
- Official Web: //www.bolshoi.ru/en/
Day 2. We enter Moscow
The second day we approached again the center and one of the commercial arteries of the city, the Arbat street. From there we take the subway and we toured the main stations of the city. It's amazing how fast this transport is here. The station we were heading to was his Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a building that we really wanted to see. Impress how big it is. Next to him, we went to one of Moscow's trendy restaurants, the White rabbit, which has fabulous views of the Ministry. From there we took a kilometer walk through Moscow and between foot pain and the occasional subway stop we reached the Novodevivhy convent, One of the jewels of Moscow.
7 The pedestrian street of Arbat
Is the most tourist pedestrian street in Moscow. It has room for painters, international restaurants or fashion stores of half-world firms. Is a lively street, not far from the Red Square and therefore in the center, so sooner or later you will have to go through it. By the way, not to confuse it with the new Arbat, of the same name and parallel, with several lanes in each direction.
Painters on Argat Street
8 The Moscow Metro
Next to the Red Square is possibly one of the emblems of the Russian capital. In addition to being a great underground palace, we can say that it is one of the most efficient meters we've seen. The subway is very punctual, and not only that, trains pass every 2 minutes, one pass. Therefore, if you have to choose a cheap transportation in MoscowDo not hesitate, take the subway.
For the most emblematic or most visited stations, take note of the following:
- Plóshchad Revolutsii
- Slavyansky Bulvar
Another thing that deserves to be highlighted from the Moscow metro is the volume of people that move every day, since the trains are always full. As a curiosity "you will see" that more than one smells like vodka, the water of the place :).
Advice. Take two metro plans from Moscow, one in Cyrillic and one in "Christian", as it is the only way not to get lost in each station. In the article of preparations to travel to Moscow we tell
9 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Although it cannot be visited, it is worth seeing it from close up to perceive its dimensions. They are really colossal. To be able to photograph you, we recommend going to the park in front or taking it from the roof of the White Rabbit restaurant, which has magnificent and separate views, you can see above the symbols of the former Soviet Union. In addition, as if that were not enough, from above you can perceive an avenue of no less 14 or 16 lanes, what a monstrosity! Ideal for a military parade.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs - KGB
10 The Novodevichy Convent
It seems incredible that in a city we find this convent. We arrived at sunset, almost closing, but with an hour we had enough to see the whole complex. You can see from Lopujin Palace, the Cathedral of the Virgin of Smolensk (to inform you there of the history, it is worth it) or the Church and the Intercession among others. It is one of the things to see in Moscow, far from the center, but a must see.
The Novodevichy Convent
The Novodevichy Convent
The Novodevichy Convent
About the convent
- Entry. 300 rubles + 100 rubles per camera
- Schedule. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Day 3. The least tourist Moscow
The third day was a day not only long, but very diverse. From north to south, kilometers and kilometers by the Moscow metro. First to Museum of Cosmonautics, a way of understanding Russia and its technological step, a true discovery. Later we went to one of the most beautiful places in Moscow, Kolonmeskoye, then to the imposing building of thecollege, Gorky Park or Victoria Park and finally, the skyscrapers of modern Moscow, a place you don't expect in old Europe.
11 The Museum of Cosmonautics
If you are a little geek this is your museum. I can understand that you don't like the story of the russian space exploration, but few museums of Mother Russia can find like this. The museum is focused on the exploits of this country in everything related to space. It is an exercise in muscle and power, but still, it is a museum much appreciated by the Russians, something that made us go to visit him. We were not mistaken, we would return.
Museum of Cosmonautics
Apart from the museum, outside we have one of the tallest monuments in Moscow and the famous VNDJ complex, where the main achievements and advances of Russia are shown.
Next to the Cosmonautics museum
About the Museum of Cosmonautics
- Entry. 200 rubles
- Schedule. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday closes for rest.
- Official Web. //www.kosmo-museum.ru/
12 Kolomenskoye Park
12 kilometers by subway from the center of Moscow we have Kolomenskoye, one of the most beautiful parks in Moscow. Its dimensions are huge and the landscape along the Moskva River is postcard. Here you can find places as special as the church of the Virgin of Kazan, the church of the Ascension or the wooden palace of the Tsar.
Moscow - Kolomenskoye
- Entry. Free
- Schedule. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Web of interest.//www.mgomz.com
13 The University
They can stop buses full of Chinese and still, you still feel in a university of another planet. As with the Ministry, its dimensions are of skyscraper. It is simply huge. You hardly see tourists in high season, and few, like us, end up coming by subway. It seems that it is far, south on the map, but it is so impressive that it is worth exercising a bit of legs to see this wonder of the former Soviet Union.
Moscow - University
Next to the University of Moscow
14 Gorky Park or Victoria Park
The parks of Moscow in summer are full of life. In winter they pale in the snow and cold, but if you are lucky to enjoy good temperature and sun, do not hesitate to walk through one of these two parks. The Gorky park was created in 1920, the first of the soviet era, and houses a popular theme park. Instead, the park of victory is due to a commemoration of World War II, where you can find a obelisk of no less 114 meters and an orthodox church.
15 Skyscrapers and the new financial district
Finish watching the new area of the dusk Moscow skyscrapers priceless. Nobody is expected to have such buildings in the Russian capital, possibly because they have only been with us for 2 years. Is it worth seeing them? Without a doubt, especially in the sunset, when all Muscovite couples are going to kiss with the last rays of sun. It is a TO-DO of something to see in Moscow.
Moscow - Skyline
How to get?
To us the ticket to Moscow with a tour of St. Petersburg cost us € 300. We fly with Iberia, but we recommend that you also look at Russian companies such as Aeroflot, S7 Airlines, Vueling from Barcelona or Transaero from Malaga Then we leave you a comparator of the cheapest.
Search engine for cheap flights to Russia
If you come from St. Petersburg a good option is the train, since it is cheap and very fast. There is also the option of taking the most classic and tourist train, the red arrow, but that we will tell you in another article.
When to go to Moscow?
The best time to enjoy Moscow is all that alien to winter, unless you want to enjoy the city with snow, which gives it a very special touch, and with cold. If snow and cold is not an impediment, why not, you can visit Moscow at any time of the year.
True, in summerWhen you can walk in a short sleeve, enjoy the sun in each park and also, you can walk without having to get your feet wet is priceless. At this time the trip is much more comfortable, with less clothes to wear and more appetizing walks because of the weather so good that you can find in summer.
Tours and excursions (without waiting for queues)
If you do not want to wait in line and you also want to book your visits to Moscow in advance, we recommend you see the following tours:
- River Cruise
- Moscow Metro Tour (super interesting)
- Communist Moscow Tour
- Nine centuries of Russian history
- Bus tour
- Moscow City Pass (Save money!)
See tours in Moscow
Where to eat or dine in Moscow?
Treat yourself to any of the restaurants we recommend, all in privileged places. It would be a crime not to visit at least one of our list.
Where to sleep in Moscow?
If you are going to stay in Moscow we recommend that you look at the following hotels. Remember that if the subway is near You will be in less than 10 or 20min anywhere in the city. The subway is very fast.
- Vavilon Hotel. Small hotel in the center from € 20
- Retro Hotel In Arbat from € 18
- MiniHotel Dvoryanskoe Gnezdo na Sukharevke. Small hotel in the center from € 20
- Spektr Hotel on Taganskaya. With Wifi and next to the subway from € 75
- Holiday Inn Moscow Lesnaya. 5 minutes from the subway and 20 minutes from the Red Square. From € 70
- Peking Hotel Just two metro stops from the Kremlin. From € 67
- Grand Hotel Belorusskaya. Next to the subway and 3 minutes from San Nicolás. From € 60
- Ibis Moscow Dynamo. Cheap, but far. About 15min from the subway. From € 40
- Holiday Inn Moscow Simonovsky. Next to the subway, luxury and from € 60
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