Red Square
Red Square
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Key Info

Krasnaya ploshchad

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.8scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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.

Be advised that recent visitors have been told that cameras with lenses larger than 70mm are prohibited on the premises. And as is the case with most highly touristed public spaces, pickpockets are a concern here. Keep an eye on your belongings and don't fall for the "dropped money" scam: you come across a bundle of money on the ground, one person comes up to you offering to split it with you while another comes up and blames you for taking his money. They then proceed to try to confuse and intimidate you, demanding that you give them some of your own money. Since there is no admission fee to go to the Red Square, you should carry as little money as possible with you.

  • The best way to enter is through Resurrection Gates, next to the History Museum….Watching the sun rise or set over the landmark square is unforgettable, especially during the long days of summer." -- Frommer's
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