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Key Info

Krasnaya ploshchad

Price & Hours

Free

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Sightseeing, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.8

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  • 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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#2 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."

If you make time for only one museum in Moscow, make sure it's this one. Frommer's says, "This collection of masterpieces awes both newcomers to Russian art and connoisseurs." With works from Russian icons like Vrubel and Kadinsky dotted throughout the museum, you could easily find yourself whiling away the whole day here.

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