Home to the mighty Kremlin, legendary Red Square and iconic St Basils Cathedral, Moscow is not only the capital of Russia, but also the political and cultural heart of the country. As well as boasting some of the country’s most recognizable landmarks, Moscow is also home to internationally acclaimed museums and art galleries, respectable retail havens in the form of malls, markets and boutique-style shops, and hundreds of restaurants and cafes serving a wide variety of cuisine. Our Moscow tours aim to show travellers the best of this dynamic city, from its star attractions, to the every day way of life on the Moscow Metro, and its delectable cuisine.
At the centre of Moscow is the legendary Red Square, the city’s historical, political and social heart. Translated from Russian, the literal name of the square is ‘red’ and ‘beautiful’, the latter of which refers to the spectacular St Basil’s Cathedral, which is easily recognisable by its colourful tent roofs and twisting onion shaped domes. Covering almost the entire eastern side of the square is the ornate facade of GUM, an illustrious three storey shopping centre boasting the latest fashions and design labels, with an elegant turn-of-the-century interior. Red Square is also home to Lenin’s Mausoleum. Following Lenin’s death in 1924, the former Soviet leader’s body was preserved for national pride and posterity, and is today open for public viewing.
Located opposite Red Square are the golden domes of the Kremlin, Russia’s political powerhouse. Throughout history many infamous tyrants and dictators have conducted their business here. Palace of the Tsars, headquarters of the Soviet Union and now home to the Russian president, the Kremlin has been the symbol of the power of the state for centuries. The Kremlin complex houses a series of impressive cathedrals and churches, including the Cathedral of the Annunciation - a breathtaking cathedral crowned by gold onion domes, Ivan the Great Bell Tower and its Tsar Bell.
Spanning some 297 acres along the banks of the Moskva River, Gorky Park is the most famous park in Moscow. Originally opened in 1928 as the Park of Culture and Rest, today it boasts beautiful gardens, a boating lake and an amusement park. The park is especially beautiful during winter months, when the lakes and paths are flooded to form a massive outdoor ice-skating rink. Located across the road from the park is The Graveyard of Fallen Monuments, better known as The Sculpture Park, which houses monuments from the Soviet era.