As it often happens, that we judge about a particular city considering its main sights.
However, any city, like any person – the more you know it, the more it opens up with new, unexpected facets.
Below are 10 must see places to visit in Moscow during FIFA world cup 2018 Russia.
Russian government has made the country visa free if you have bought a ticket for any of the matches for world cup 2018.
This is why Russian Guide, Artem Parinov has made this list to help you see the best places in Moscow.
Останкинская башня (Ostankino Tower)
If You want to check out the whole Moscow city from one place then this is the place you must visit.
Since 1967 Ostankino Tower has been a symbol of the capital.
Now there is a great opportunity to visit not only its observation platforms, but also visit the museum, and then lunch in a restaurant directly under the clouds.
Sightseeing tours are conducted daily from 10 am to 9 pm.
In clear weather you can see as far as 60 km. The tower’s height is 540 m and weighs 55 thousand tons.
Do you know that the Ostankino TV tower is an image of a ten-petaled inverted lily?
Address: Ulitsa Akademika Karaleva, 15, k. (VDNKh metro station or Alekseevskaya on any trolleybus)
Phone: 8 (495) 926-61-11
Closing Day: None Open: Everyday (10-21)
The restored planetarium is of great interest to both adults and children.
There is a stereo cinema theater, as well as a small star hall, where there are dynamic chairs.
The planetarium proudly shows off the largest dome-screen in Europe, which shows pictures of the starry sky.
There are 2 rooms, Lunarium, where you can learn about the refraction of light, gravity, the creation of black holes, craters, etc. Everything can be turned, twisted, shaken, touched.
On the Astroplash you will be told many interesting things about the moon, the starry sky, time zones etc.
Address: Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya Ulitsa, 5 стр.1, Moskva, 123242, The planetarium is located on the street. Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya in house 5, p. 1. Walking distance to Krasnopresnenskaya or Barrikadnaya metro stations. Opening hours are 9-21 (on weekends to 22).
Ticket Cost: The ticket costs from 80 to 600 rubles.
Phone: 8 (495) 221-76-90
Closing Day: Tuesday, Open: Other day (10-21)
Смотровая площадка Москва-Сити (Smotrovaya Ploshadka Moscow City)
Now it is not necessary to go abroad to see skyscrapers. Moscow has its own tall buildings and skyscrapers.
They have become its inalienable landmark.
The Moscow-City project can be called with confidence the most ambitious and costly long-term construction in Russia.
Many are still debating about its feasibility and appearance, distorting the historical appearance of the capital.
However, Moscow is so diverse that the architectural cacophony in the hi-tech style has become its modern feature.
Moscow can now be seen in all its glory from a bird’s eye view.
One of the viewing platforms is on the 58th floor of the tower “Empire”. From here you can clearly see the Moscow State University. M.V. Lomonosov, Ostankino TV Tower, White House, Christ the Savior Cathedral, etc.
Address: Башня Империя Москва-Сити, Presnenskaya Naberezhnaya, 6, строение 2, Moskva, 123317, From the m. Business Center, you need to go to the mall “Afimall City”, go up to the 2nd floor and walk to the south entrance of the “Empire” tower. Tickets are sold at reception.
Ticket cost: from 600 to 800 Rubles.
Phone: 8 (499) 272-48-46
Closing Day: None, Open: Everyday (11-22)
Аптекарский огород (Aptekarskyi Agarod)
It is located on Prospekt Mira, house 26, building 1 and is the oldest botanical garden in Russia.
It can be said with utmost confidence that it is the most informative, well-groomed, conveniently located, photogenic and cozy place you can visit during your Moscow stay.
It was founded by Peter I for cultivation of medicinal plants in 1706, and in 1805 it was purchased by the Moscow State University.
To visit them is especially pleasant in the frosty winter days.
In the Palmhouse you can see a large collection of orchids from around the world.
They grow huge bananas, century-old palms and tropical lianas. 1500 species of succulents will not leave anyone indifferent. Especially now some plants can even be touched.
Address: Prospekt Mira, 26 строение 1, Moskva, 129090,
Phone: 8 (495) 680-58-80
Closing Day: None Open: Everyday (10-20)
Музей «Дом на набережной» (Muzei dom na Naberezhnoi – museum on the embankment)
It is a very special museum of its own kind. It recreates the atmosphere of the 30s.
This museum is based on the materials of the history of the house and its inhabitants – photographs, interior items, books, personal belongings and documents.
The decision to build the house was made in 1927 due to the fact that Moscow did not have enough housing for party workers back then.
In 1931 the first tenants were party figures, scientists, old Bolsheviks.
Soviet Union and Socialist Labor, famous writers, heroes of the war in Spain, etc.
Among the residents of the house in different years were Alliluyeva, Aroseva, Demyan Bedny, Zhukov, Kosygin, Lepeshinskaya, Rykov, Tukhachevsky, Khrushchev, and others.
The house was designed by B. Iofan, who designed it red, like the Kremlin.
But due to lack of funds, the house was built gray. In total there are 24 entrances, 12 floors and 505 apartments.
The museum is small and occupies one apartment.
How to Go: after reaching to bus stop kinoteatr Udarnik from Polyanka metro
Address: Ulitsa Serafimovicha (st. Serafimovich) Building 2, Entrance 1, 119072
Phone: 8 (495) 959-49-36
Closing Day: Monday, Open: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (10-1830), Thursday (11-21), Saturday and Sunday (11-18)
Музей «Огни Москвы» (Muzei Agni Moskvi (Museum of Light))
In Armenian Pereulok, house 3-5 there is another interesting place worth visiting- “The Lights of Moscow” museum.
It is hidden in a cozy square. Call the intercom and go down to the basement.
You will be given a console and an interesting program about the museum.
Once you are on the second floor, you will see the recreated life of apartments of different times. The museum is small.
Cost: Payment for inspection – a mere 30-130 rubles. Works from 11 to 18.
Address: Armyanskiy Pereulok, 5, Moskva, 101000, You can get there on foot from metro Lubyanka, Kuznetsky Most or Kitai-Gorod.
Phone: 8 (495) 624-73-74
Closing Day: None, Open: Monday, Thursday (11-20), Other days (10-18)
Музей музыкальной культуры (Muzei Musicalny Kulturi – Museum of Musical Culture)
This museum is a true treasury of monuments of musical culture.
Here you can find music books, and literary manuscripts, and studies on the history of culture, and rare books.
The museum keeps letters, autographs, documents related to the work of Russian and foreign music figures.
The subject of special pride of the museum is a unique collection of musical instruments of the peoples of the world, including string instruments-masterpieces of Stradivari, families of Amati and Guarneri.
Address: Ulitsa Fadeyeva, 4, Moskva, 125047, From the Mayakovskaya and Novoslobodskaya metro stations
Phone: 8 (495) 605-65-15
Closing Day: Monday, Thursday and Friday (12-21), Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday (11-19), Sunday (11–18)
Peredelkino is so unique that you can enjoy nature and landscapes, admire the beauty of Orthodox churches in the residence of the Patriarch and plunge into the literary world.
The village is 5 km from the Moscow Ring Road in the south-west of Moscow. You can get there by the train.
The writer’s town with its museums Pasternak, Chukovsky, Okudzhava is a reified history of Soviet literature.
Address: Moscow, 119619
Ресторан «В темноте?!» (Restoran v temnote – Restaurant in the Dark)
This restaurant is for those who like to visit interesting places. Adventure loving people will love this place because Supper will serve in pitch darkness, and the blind waiters will serve.
The restaurant was founded by an ophthalmologist to help the blind people to find their place in life.
Visible and blind here change places. There are 4 rooms in the restaurant, but the main one is dark.
You must first choose for dinner one of 5 sets worth 2 thousand rubles: blue (fish), red (meat), yellow (Japanese), green (vegetarian) or white (assorted).
On average Dinner in total darkness will take you 2 hours.
They say that people in the dark behave the same way although they also get acquainted more willingly, speak louder and joke more often.
In the darkness, hearing, smell, touch, taste are aggravated.
Address: Oktyabr’skaya Ulitsa, 2, Moskva, 127018, From metro Novoslobodskaya or Dostoevskaya to the street. Octoberskaya, 2/4.
Phone: 8 (495) 688-33-96
Closing Day: None, Open (12-24)
When anyone talks about must see places to visit in Russia, the first thing comes to everyone’s mind is Kremlin.
“Manezhka” is the location of the Historical Museum and the Armory Chamber.
Also here is the Kremlin, which is considered not only the world’s largest ensemble of architecture, but also a symbol of Russian statehood. Its territory is very extensive and diverse.
The Grand Kremlin Palace is a whole complex, which includes the Armory Chamber, open for visiting.
Walking along the Manege Square, visitors can enjoy the richest collection of the Diamond Fund of Russia and admire the amazing architecture of St. Basil’s Cathedral, which has been one of the symbols of Moscow for several centuries.
Address: Lavrushinsky Ln, 10, Moskva, 119017
Phone: 8 (495) 697-03-49
Closing Day: Thursday Closed, Other days (10-17)
Третьяковская галерея (Tretikovskaya Galeriya)
This huge complex is the first public museum in Russia.
The historical building of the gallery contains masterpieces of Russian art of 11-20 centuries.
In the Old Russian section of the Tretyakov Gallery there are expositions of icon painters from the 12th to 17th centuries. – famous authors (such as Theophanes the Greek, Dionysius and Andrei Rublev) and more.
In the halls of the 18-19th centuries there are paintings of the greatest Russian artists.
Address: Lavrushinsky Ln, 10, Moskva, 119017
Phone: 8 (495) 957-07-28
Closing Day: Monday, Sunday (10-18), Other days (10-21)
So all these places you can visit between your matches in FIFA world cup 2018 Russia.
You can come to Russia anytime you want but because of world cup you can easily get the visa for free and then stay in Russia for minimum 10 days.
So get ready with your backpack and welcome to Russia.