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Best Things To Do in Moscow

Art, museums and history reign supreme in Moscow, one of the most pristinely and magnificently preserved cities. This beautiful walking city is also recommended for couples. Here you can stroll through 15th-century cathedrals, explore Russian iconography and see the masters of European post-impressionism all in one day's visit. Don't miss the Red Square and the Kremlin, and if you like fine art you should also drop by the Tretyakov Gallery. Moscow's nightlife and shopping scenes are some of the most exclusive (aka expensive) and lavish in the world. Be sure to bring a lot of money and dress well for a night out, -- or you might not pass "face control" at the front door. 

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#1 in Moscow

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One of the world's most famous public squares, the Red Square sits at the physical center of Moscow and is considered the symbolic center of all of Russia. Bluntly speaking, Red Square is a must-see in the city. Allot a decent amount of time to take in the views, capture them on your camera and to just soak in the atmosphere of the place.
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Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Red Square
One of the world's most famous public squares, the Red Square sits at the physical center of Moscow and is considered the symbolic center of all of Russia. Bluntly speaking, Red Square is a must-see in the city. Allot a decent amount of time to take in the views, capture them on your camera and to just soak in the atmosphere of the place.
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#2 in Moscow

Many say the Tretyakov Gallery features the best collection of Russian fine art in the world. This museum is filled to the brim with masterpieces ranging from the 11th century to the 20th century. The gallery is actually comprised of two buildings, often referred to as the "Old Tretyakov" and the "New Tretyakov."
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Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Tretyakov Gallery
Many say the Tretyakov Gallery features the best collection of Russian fine art in the world. This museum is filled to the brim with masterpieces ranging from the 11th century to the 20th century. The gallery is actually comprised of two buildings, often referred to as the "Old Tretyakov" and the "New Tretyakov."
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#3 in Moscow

St. Basil's Cathedral, also known by its much longer title as the Cathedral of Intercession of Theotokos on the Moat, is the most iconic landmark in Russia. It's located in Red Square, immediately recognizable by its unique bonfire-style design.
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Churches/Religious Sites Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
St. Basil's Cathedral
St. Basil's Cathedral, also known by its much longer title as the Cathedral of Intercession of Theotokos on the Moat, is the most iconic landmark in Russia. It's located in Red Square, immediately recognizable by its unique bonfire-style design.
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#4 in Moscow

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The Cathedral of Christ the Savior is located along the bank of the Moscow River and only a few blocks away from the Kremlin. Tourists come to the cathedral for its impressive architecture and design, as well as for its equally impressive (and strange) history.
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Churches/Religious Sites Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Cathedral of Christ the Savior
The Cathedral of Christ the Savior is located along the bank of the Moscow River and only a few blocks away from the Kremlin. Tourists come to the cathedral for its impressive architecture and design, as well as for its equally impressive (and strange) history.
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#5 in Moscow

Often referred to simply as "The Kremlin," this fortress is located in the center of Moscow, off of the Red Square. It is the most well known of the Kremlins (Russian citadels) and serves as the official residence of the Russian President. The Kremlin encompasses four cathedrals, four palaces and a number of towers.
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Sightseeing Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
Moscow Kremlin
Often referred to simply as "The Kremlin," this fortress is located in the center of Moscow, off of the Red Square. It is the most well known of the Kremlins (Russian citadels) and serves as the official residence of the Russian President. The Kremlin encompasses four cathedrals, four palaces and a number of towers.
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#6 in Moscow

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Lenin's Mausoleum is located in Red Square and is probably one of the stranger tourist attractions you'll ever come across. It contains the embalmed body of Vladimir Lenin, a disturbing site that has been on display almost every day since his death in 1924.
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Monuments and Memorials Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
Lenin's Mausoleum
Lenin's Mausoleum is located in Red Square and is probably one of the stranger tourist attractions you'll ever come across. It contains the embalmed body of Vladimir Lenin, a disturbing site that has been on display almost every day since his death in 1924.
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#7 in Moscow

The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts is located on Volkhonka Street across from the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. It houses the largest collection of European art in Moscow, and it was named in honor of one of Russia's premier poets, Alexander Pushkin.
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Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts
The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts is located on Volkhonka Street across from the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. It houses the largest collection of European art in Moscow, and it was named in honor of one of Russia's premier poets, Alexander Pushkin.
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#8 in Moscow

Originally founded in 1864, the Moscow Zoo is home to more than 6,000 animals and more than 1,000 different species.
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Zoos and Aquariums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Moscow Zoo
Originally founded in 1864, the Moscow Zoo is home to more than 6,000 animals and more than 1,000 different species.
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