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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.

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."

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The Tretyakov Gallery may be the best collection of Russian fine art in the world. Bernt Rostad / Flickr

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Lenin's Mausoleum promises to be one of the most bizarre tourist sites you ever encounter. Azov / Wikimedia Commons

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The Moscow Zoo is home to over 6,000 animals. Ksenia Krylova / Wikimedia Commons

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