Top 10 reasons why you should visit Moscow in Russia
Moscow being one of the Europe’s great cultural destinations, as well as one of the world’s largest and most populous cities, everyone finds their own reason to visit Moscow, a very vibrant city. Moscow offers a plethora of cultural attractions for tourists to explore. If you are interested in exploring museums, art galleries, stunning architecture and huge parks, then this city is surely for you to roam around. If you are a history buff and your interest lies in knowing how did the ancient rulers of the Soviet period or the rulers even before, rule the nation, then this place is surely for you.
There are remarkably unique monuments of Russian architecture, each having their own special flavor of art and design. You will find significant amount of old paintings and other arts that will straightaway take you between 16th to 18th century.
So interested folks, here are some of the places and things that you must explore in your visit to Moscow!
1. RED SQUARE
The Red Square is absolutely a must see destination when you visit Moscow. This place serves as a main marketplace and site for national public ceremonies and festive processions. It is considered as a sacred place for orthodox Christians. Some of the famous attractions at Red Square are the iconic St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum, Kazan Cathedral, the GUM Department Store (Mall), and State Historical Museum.
2. The Kremlin
The Kremlin! As equally as the name suggests, “fortress inside a city” it is situated right in the city centre. It is just besides the Moscow river and known for being one of the world’s most iconic buildings. Not just beautiful, it is an important Russian fortified complex. It’s a place of high historical and cultural value. Not only this place is recognized as World UNESCO heritage site, but also holds a lot of political importance. The Russian President’s official residence termed as the Residence of the Russian federation, is also situated inside Kremlin.
Armoury Chamber is one of the buildings in Kremlin which serves as a museum. Here, you will find old Russian arms and armour, ceremonial Russian royal clothing, gold and silver wear and other Russian symbol objects.
3. Moscow Churches and Cathedrals
While walking through the city centre, you will see a huge amount of beautiful old churches and cathedrals. Some of them are functioning, while some have been converted to museum. Others are utilized at the time of special events/ ceremonies in Moscow.
The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed or popularly known as St. Basil Cathedral is perhaps the most popular church in the country. Built in 15th century, this vibrant cathedral has 9 churches within the single territory. It has onion shaped domes which are full of bright colors. It is the largest cathedral of all Russian Orthodox Churches.
4. Theatrical experience
World-famous opera and ballet performances happen in Russia’s capital city Moscow. It is one of the finest ways to get immersed in the country’s culture and experience the beauty of these performances. Undoubtedly, this is the reason why Moscow is also tagged as the city of Theatres.
5. The Russian Circus
The Russian famous circus in any case is worth your time and visit. You can visit the famous circus – Nikulin Circus in the Tsevtnoy Boulevard or the Bolshoi circus on Vernadsky Avenue. Nukulin is one of the oldest circus in Russia. The tickets for the circus can be from 1500 Rubles to 5000 Rubles depending on the kind of seat you select. Each performance lasts approximately 2 and a half hours including the interval time. It is not just about playing with balls and balancing on various platforms, they also include depicting Russian culture and iconic sites through artistic forms.
6. The Magnificient Moscow Metro
Started in 1935, Moscow Metro is indeed one of the largest and oldest underground railway systems in the world. The city has an efficient and budget friendly tranportation facility. There are around 200 stations that split in 12 lines. The metro is situated below the ground level, as deep as 63 metres and the escalators have a bit higher speed than normal. No two stations will be similar in the theme they own. Some of them have sculptures in mosaic structures while some have traditional lamps or paintings that depict history.
Although Moscow Metro system is also one of the tourist attractions, you may refrain from visiting in peak hours so that you can make the most out of it.
This country, Russia, invests a lot in building gardens and boulevards. Hence, Moscow is a very green city. Without any second thought, you can select any park and spend a wonderful time there. Panoramic views, cycling, soaking in the flower beds, various art forms and artistic constructions of the gardens are something you can enjoy. Most of the parks are open 24/7 and entry is either free or very nominal.
Some of the best parks surely include Zaryadye Park and The soviet Style Moscow Park. These parks are not just gardens but exhibit special themes, cinema, Exhibition Center or a Media Center, etc. Your itinerary should include at least one park whenever you visit Moscow
8. Arbat Street
Besides a popular place for buying souvenirs, this street ensembles a gathering of singers, painters, dancers and other creative folks. If you have to buy souvenirs for your near and dear ones then this could be the place for you. You can negotiate on the things that sometimes do not have a price tag. Moreover, there are quite a couple of cafes and joints to sit, relax and enjoy some scrumptious delicacies of Moscow. Some popular souvenirs from this street definitely include Matryoshka dolls, amber jewelry, jewelry boxes with fine paintings, fridge magnets, luggage covers, etc.
9. Moscow has a night life.
Muscovites enjoy night life. They like to party hard. In their summers, the sun doesn’t set before 9:30 pm and rises by 5 am. Hence the common habit says they sleep less. Undoubtedly, there are quite a number of party places in Moscow city to explore.
10. Moscow river cruise.
Cruising the Moskva river is another way of exploring the famous landmarks when you visit Moscow. This scenic tour lets you immerse in the picturesque scenery for 2-3 hours depending on the option you select. You can buy tickets online or through the physical counters. Some Russians even approach you to buy river cruise tickets. They could be expensive than the online rate but there is a benefit that they take you till the place from where you can board the boat. Various options of dining while cruising are available on extra expenses. Depending on what kind of boat you opt for, the facilities vary.
Hope this article gives you an overall depiction of why is it worth to visit Moscow!
So why wait?? Do Visit Moscow!