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Red Square

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Free

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Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
3.9scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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.

Lonely Planet says, "Whether for the creepiness value or an interest in mummification, the granite tomb of Lenin is a must-see, especially since (if some people get their way) the former leader may eventually end up beside his mum in St Petersburg." Apparently, the Bolsheviks leader made a specific request to be buried alongside his mother before he died.

Proper respect is enforced here: there is no talking, no cameras, no smoking, and no hands in pockets. You also are not allowed to stop in front of Lenin -- guards make sure that everyone keeps moving.

The Mausoleum is open every day except for Mondays and Fridays. You can visit anytime from10 a.m. until 1 p.m., and the visit itself would only take a few minutes if it weren't for the long lines which are the norm. According to one TripAdvisor user, "Go really early (9:30am) or really late (12:15pm). Last entrance is 12:45pm."

  • Cameras and bulky backpacks are forbidden; they must be left at the bag check by the Borovitsky gate to the Kremlin, a good 5-minute walk away. It's easiest to visit here right after seeing the Kremlin, and then go get your bags." -- Frommer's
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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.

You'll find the Red Square is bordered by the massive GUM shopping mall on the east, St. Basil's Cathedral on the south, the State Historical Museum on the north and Lenin's Mausoleum on the west.

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