Spires of St Basil’s Cathedral, © Can Stock / peterkirillov
Visit Moscow – Red Square
When people visit Moscow, they always go to Red Square right beside the walls of the Kremlin. Red Square is famous for the colorful spires on St Basil’s Cathedral, which makes the church the most photographed spot in Moscow. In addition to St Basil’s Cathedral, visit Lenin’s Tomb and the State Historical Museum.
St Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square, © Can Stock / sailorr
Just a few steps from the State Historical Museum and still outside the walls of the Kremlin is the monument to the Unknown Soldier and the Eternal Flame. The historic GUM Department Store faces Red Square on the opposite side from the Kremlin. In winter you can sometimes enjoy outdoor skating on Red Square.
Kremlin Fortress, © Can Stock / Paha_L
Visit Moscow – the Kremlin
After seeing Red Square, step through the walls of the Kremlin. The Kremlin is a walled fortress that includes palaces, cathedrals, a museum and the office of the President of Russia. In the Kremlin you can see the Great Palace, the Cathedral of the Assumption, the Cathedral of the Annunciation, the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel, the Ivan the Great Bell Tower, the Church of the Deposition of the Robe, the State Armory and the Tsar Bell and Cannon. You can easily spend a full day seeing the sights at the Kremlin and Red Square.
Komsomolskaya Metro Station, © Can Stock / Paha_L
Moscow Metro Stations
After the Kremlin and Red Square, the most popular thing to see and do is to visit Moscow Metro Stations. The Moscow Metro Stations are famous for their fabulous architecture, murals and chandeliers. You can start your own Moscow Metro Station tour at Revolution Square (Ploshchad Revolyutsii) just a short walk from Red Square.
Bolshoi Theatre, © Can Stock / JackF
Among the well known stations to visit on your tour are Mayakovskaya, Novoslobodskaya, Komsomolskaya and Kurskaya. Craving more Moscow Metro Stations? You can also ride the metro to the stations at Arbatskaya, Teatralnaya, Novokuznetskaya, Taganskaya, Slavyansky Bulvar or Okhotny Ryad. You can also take a guided tour of Moscow Metro Stations.
Cathedral of Christ the Savior, © Can Stock / Paha_L
Sights near the Kremlin
The following sights and attractions are all within a 20 minute walk near the Kremlin:
- Bolshoi Theatre – see the famous Bolshoi Ballet Company perform well known ballets such as Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake..
- Cathedral of Christ the Savior – famous church on the Moscow River.
- Pushkin Fine Arts Museum
- Tretyakov Gallery
- The Moscow Conservatory – Tchaikovsky was a professor here.
- Monument to Peter the Great – on the Moscow River.
- The Old Arbat St – pedestrian district.