Moscow is one of the most vibrant European capitals seeped in history and full of world-famous sites and attractions. Russia’s capital has been on my list for a long time and I am hoping to visit soon to explore some of its popular and fascinating sites.
Here’s the top 5 ultimate things I want to see when I visit Moscow, Russia’s largest city.
The Red Square is Moscow’s most visited attraction and it is here, on this cobblestone square surrounded by beautiful architecture, where most of the city’s (and country’s) history unfolded.
In its heyday, it was a market square where traders would sell their goods. Today, it is a key location in the city, surrounded by unforgettable sites to visit such as the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum and other celebrated attractions, and so a good place to start exploring from.
St Basil’s cathedral
The bright and colourful fairytale onion shaped domes of St Basil’s Cathedral were designed to make the building look like the shape of a flame on a bonfire. It was commissioned in the 1500s by Ivan the Terrible and according to legend, the Tsar thought it so beautiful he ordered that the architect be blinded so that he would never surpass this creation.
Inside, eight smaller chapels surround the larger central Church of the Intercession with its soaring roof and golden iconostasis.
Today it is one of the most photographed landmarks in Moscow and it is truly unlike any of the other buildings in the city.
The Moscow Kremlin
The Kremlin is the largest active fortress in Europe and will take a considerable amount of time to explore as it has 2,235 metre-long walls, five squares to wander around, various buildings to explore, 20 towers to learn the names of, and the world’s largest bell and cannon to see!
It has been at the heart of political and historical events in the city for centuries.
The Moscow Metro
As an avid train lover, I want to visit Moscow’s metro system as it is considered one of the most beautiful in the world and is super busy, carrying over nine million passengers each day. It provides an intriguing insight into Russia during Soviet times with its lavish depictions of military victories or happy Communist living adorn the station walls along with baroque stuccowork, elaborate mosaics and deliberately atmospheric lighting.
Unlike other stations in the world, here you will find grand crystal chandeliers, stained glass and life-size marble figures.
Ritz-Carlton rooftop bar
Whenever I visit a city, I always schedule in a visit to a rooftop bar or two and for Moscow, the Ritz-Carlton rooftop bar is at the top of my list for its panoramic views of central Moscow, as it overlooks the Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral, offering a fairytale perspective on this historic part of the city.
The hotel is just a couple of minutes’ stroll from Red Square, so perfect to pop in for a sundowner in stylish surroundings. I would love nothing more than a cocktail on the terrace, watch the twinkling lights of the city below and soaking up the evening atmosphere of this incredible city.
Have you been to Moscow? What were your highlights?