What to do and see in Moscow?

In Moscow on holiday or for business?
We recommend ten things to do in the Russian capital.
For guided excursions, here is our dedicated page
Discover the territory of the Kremlin

The Kremlin is always the first thing to see in Moscow. However, previously only one route was available for visitors which included visiting the museums of the inner area with the entrance to the Alexandrovsky Sad Garden. Since the end of 2016, tourists have another option to access the Kremlin. The starting point is at the Spasskaya Tower in Red Square. The route is also characterized by archaeological discoveries showing the foundations of demolished monasteries dating back to the 14th and 16th centuries and the Maly Nikolaevsky Royal Palace.

 il territorio del Cremlino
The territory of the Kremlin
Go down to the subway
The Moscow Metro, one of the largest underground museums in the world and one of the main attractions of the Russian capital, is definitely worth a visit. Below are three key things to know:
Firstly, all stations have a unique design, no two stations are the same.
Secondly, the Moscow Metro is a true example of classic Soviet and in some cases even modern architecture: there are stations in the city center that are over 80 years old and there are also those just one year younger located in outskirts.
Finally, one of the bronze statues in the Ploshchad Revolyutsii station, the one representing a dog, is linked to one of the superstitions best known by Muscovites: you have to rub the dog's nose to get lucky.
La Metropolitana di Mosca
The Moscow Metro
Watch a hockey game

Russia is one of the world's leading ice hockey nations, one of the 29 members of the KHL (Kontinental Hockey League), which represents the international ice hockey championship. KHL games are usually held every weekend in Moscow and other major cities. If you are a true sports fan, you should definitely catch a hockey match during your visit to Russia. The competitive spirit is spectacular and the tickets are quite cheap.

una partita di Hockey a Mosca
A hockey match in Moscow
Skating on the roof of a skyscraper
It may seem strange but Russians like winter, which also lasts from the end of October to the beginning of April. One of the main leisure activities of Muscovites is ice skating at the most popular public places such as Red Square, Gorky Park and VDNKh Park, where the largest ice rink in Europe is located. At the end of 2016 a new ice rink opened in Moscow right on the roof of the "OKO tower", an 85-storey skyscraper located in the business district of "Moscow City". The track is located at a height of 354 meters... with a breathtaking view to say the least!
La torre OKO a Moscow City
The OKO Tower in Moscow City
Sailing in the icy waters
Although the boat tour is a tour strictly linked to the hot season, in Moscow it is possible to do it even in the winter months when the Moskva River can be frozen.
Some boats are closed and heated and have panoramic windows as well as special ice-breaking bows that allow pleasant navigation without obstacles. Major Moscow River cruises depart from the city center.
During navigation you will enjoy the main attractions of pre-revolutionary and Soviet Moscow: Stalin's skyscrapers, the Kremlin, Novodevichy Convent, etc. You can go out onto the open deck and take lots of photos. Boat tours are daily and available at different times. The motor ships are equipped with a bar and restaurant with à la carte drinks.
Navigazione sul fiume Moscova in inverno
Navigation on the Moscow River in winter
Walk along the new pedestrian streets
Negli ultimi cinque anni molte strade di Mosca, situate nel centro della città, sono diventate pedonali, senza che i mezzi di trasporto possono accedervi. Le autorità della città hanno ordinato la costruzione di accoglienti aree pedonali in stile europeo con luci, panchine, aiule fiorite, cafè e ristoranti. La ricostruzione ha incluso anche il restauro conservativo delle facciate di antichi palazzi d'epoca. Inizia la passeggiata a piedi dalla via Nikolskaya, accanto alla Piazza Rossa, verso la via Rozhdestvenka che porta al GUM e al teatro Bolshoi.
Via Nikolskaya Mosca
The walk from Nikolskaya Street to Red Square
Conquering Moscow's rooftops
In Moscow there are several bars and restaurants located on the upper floors from which it is possible to enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the city.
One of the places to visit is the Sixty located on the sixty-second floor of the "Federation Tower" skyscraper, in the business district of "Moscow City". Also worth a visit is the Space Bar, the restaurant/bar located on the thirty-fourth floor of the modern Swissotel Kranye Holmy skyscraper. Also not to be missed is the Time Out Bar and the elegant White Rabbit restaurant.
From all these places it is possible to enjoy a splendid view of the Kremlin, the central districts of Moscow, the Moskva River and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
For those who want to experience thrilling emotions, it is possible to climb the Ostankino Television Tower, 540 meters high! The panoramic points are located at 337 meters and 340 meters high, the view is spectacular.
La Torre della Televisione di Ostankino
The Ostankino TV Tower
A bicycle tour in Moscow
A bike ride is the best way to explore the Moskva Embankment in central Moscow.
The most convenient route starts from Muzeon Park and heads towards Sparrow Hills, passing through Gorky Park and Neskuchny Garden. Unfortunately, it is not allowed to take bicycles on the subway and it is absolutely not recommended to go on the streets with your bike, you must limit yourself to the sidewalks and cycle areas.
It is possible to rent bicycles in different corners of the capital, all you need is a mobile number and a credit card. Rental is a minimum of thirty minutes.
Una passeggiata in bicicletta a Mosca
A bike ride in Moscow
Eat and drink something new
Russian cuisine isn't all vodka, borsch and caviar! Its gastronomic geography is very diversified and consists of dishes from different regions, such as Siberian pelmeni (meat dumplings), shashlik from the Caucasus (Russian kebab), Tula plum (pryanik) decorated with sugar designs, Altai dark buckwheat honey, etc...
Don't leave Russia without trying at least one of these delicious dishes! Russian popular cuisine is very different from what is internationally considered "Russian": at the court of the tsars, the cuisine was very refined and sumptuous and similar to the French one, also because Alexander I made use of the services of a famous chef French, Antonin Careme.
Therefore, some recipes such as "Russian charlotte" (a vanilla Bavarian cream) and "Russian sauce" (mayonnaise enriched with caviar) belong to court cuisine or revisited international cuisine. Russian popular cuisine is much simpler and poorer: it favors soups, often sour, marinated fish, fruit desserts, and in general for acidic and sweet flavours, present in many typical dishes.
Tipico ristorante russo a Mosca
Typical Russian restaurant in Moscow
Shopping at Izmailovo Market
You cannot leave Moscow without paying a visit to the Izmailovo Market, the most characteristic place in Moscow where you can buy souvenirs, antiques and vintage objects. You can buy typical matryoshka dolls, from mass-produced ones to hand-painted ones. For a few rubles you can find tin toy cars, old books with charming illustrations, antiques from the Soviet era, symbols and memorabilia of communism, woolen shawls with typical Russian decorations, warm fur hats and a whole series of souvenirs that will have the flavor accurate research; Your dirty and dusty hands will remind you of this at the end of the day.
Mercato di Izmailovo Mosca
The Izmailovo Market in Moscow
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