Sightseeing Attractions- There is so much to see in
Moscow, it's hard to pick the top 10 attractions.
There’s architecture, museums, history, food,
nightlife, and churches just to name a few of the
attractions that Moscow has to offer. Moscow is much
more European than other Russian cities. Although
it has some very large thoroughfares (6 lanes wide
each way), many of the side streets are narrow with
quaint outdoor café's and shopping. Trying
to find parking in Moscow is like finding a needle
in a haystack. Parking on a sidewalk seems to be pretty
common, as well as parking sideways and backwards.
But all in all, it's still worth the hassle. Finding accommodation in Moscow is pretty easy.
List of Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Moscow:
Kremlin - the capital of political power in Russia. Here, Ivan the Terrible and Stalin unleashed their terrors; Napoleon watched Moscow burn; and Yeltsin brought about a New Russia. Inside the Kremlin walls lie Kremlin chief glories, famous golden domes of centuries old cathedrals. The Tsar's cannon stands with its huge 89cm barrel, which never fired. The Tsar's Bell, at 202 tons is the world's largest bell. The bell was cast in 1730 for Empress Anna Ivanovna. While it was cooling, water came in contact with it and caused an 11-ton chip to crack from it.
Tickets for the Kremlin are available at the main ticket office near Kutafya Tower for around $10.
Red Square - you can almost feel the history as you walk into Red Square. As you enter Red Square from the South, you will pass St. Basil's Cathedral. Built to celebrate Ivan the Terrible's capture of the Tatar stronghold, Kazan. Out front of St. Basil's is a statue of both Kuzma Mirmi and Prince Dimitry Pozharky, who together raised and led the army that ejected the Poles from the Kremlin in 1612. Up the slope, going North is the round walled Place of Skulls, where Ivan the Terrible made his public confession and Peter the Great executed the Streltsy. The GUM state department store lines the northwestern side of Red Square which was built in the 19th century and has 1000 shops.
Lenin's Tomb - the granite tomb at the foot of the Kremlin in Red Square is a must see. He remains embalmed since 1924. From 1953 to 1961 he shared the tomb with Stalin. After gazing at Lenin, emerge from the mausoleum and inspect the burial places along the Kremlin wall of Stalin, Brezhnev, and other communist big wigs.
Bolshoi Ballet - in Russia, Bolshoi literally means "big". An evening at the Bolshoi is still one of Moscow's most romantic options in a glittering 6 tier auditorium. Both opera and ballet companies perform there with several hundred artists between them.
The easiest way to get tickets to the Bolshoi is to get there on the day of the performance and buy them from a tout. You will pay upwards of $40. Hotel concierges and service bureaus may also sell tickets, but often charge very hefty commissions for very cheap face values.
Tretyakov Gallery - 951-1362. The
state gallery is nothing short of spectacular with
outstanding collections of Russian icons and pre-Revolutionary
Russian art. Much of the collections of religious
art were confiscated from churches from the Soviet
era. Now the church wants the icons back and the Tretyakov
has had to fight to keep most of its treasures. There
are 62 rooms that are arranged in chronological order
from 1 to 54, followed by 8 rooms holding icons and
jewelry. The entrance to the gallery is through a
6 State history museum
7 Gorky Park
8 Stalin's Seven Sister's Skyscrapers
9 Ulitsa Arbat
10 Danilovsky Monastery