Moscow Travel Guide
Moscow is the capital of Russia and the start of the Trans-Siberian making this vast city of more than 13 million people an almost certain stop on any trip. It is the political and economic centre of this vast country and has many of Russia’s most famous sights, not least Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral. With over 800 years of history there is also a wealth of architecture, museums and monuments to a colourful past. Perhaps the most surprising of these is it’s extraordinary metro system – a tour in itself!
Best Months to Visit Moscow
Best Reason to Visit Moscow
Moscow is a must visit for any Russia trip, home to some of the country’s most famous and iconic sights including Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedral as well as being the start of the Trans-Siberian.
Top Sights in Moscow
★ Red Square – one of the world’s most famous squares and top of the list to see for most people with many of Moscow’s main sights around the square itself.
★ St Basil’s Cathedral – perhaps Moscow’s most iconic sight at the south end of Red Square.
★ Lenin’s Mausoleum – See the man himself. Check opening times and note that no bags or cameras are allowed inside.
★ The Kremlin – The largest single site in Moscow (if you ignore the metro!) there are some lovely churches inside as well as the famous Armoury’s diamond collection.
★ Old Arbat Street – The street itself is very touristy and full of souvenir shops but the side streets running off of it are well worth exploring for that ‘old Moscow’ feel.
★ Bolshoi Theatre – A beautiful building and well worth trying to catch a ballet here if you can.
★ Novodevichy Convent – little changed since the 17th century this building is both convent and fortress and has a fascinating cemetery next to it where the likes of Chekov and Yeltsin are buried.
★ Pushkin Museum – World class collection of Western art focussed on the Impressionists and post impressionists.
★ Tretyakov Gallery – Dedicated to Russian art this is the museum to visit in Moscow. Note it is split in two with a more modern building opposite from Gorky Park.
★ Church of the Ascension – to commemorate the birth of Ivan the Terrible and an architecturally important building in Russia.
★ Institute of Russian Realist Art – The best place for your fix of the vivid art of the Soviet period.
★ Ostankino Tower – 540 meters tall with an observation deck at 340 meters for a fabulous clear day view.
Weather Averages for Moscow
Top Moscow Travel Tip from TSTC
Moscow is usually visited alongside, and indeed complemented by, St Petersburg – the latter often being the start of finish of a Trans-Siberian trip! Allow at least 2 nights in Moscow as there is much to see.
TSTC's Hand Picked Hotels in Moscow
There is no getting away from it, hotels in Moscow are expensive and poor value with a surprisingly limited choice for such a large city. We feel location is key here and you really want to be as central as you can afford. Our mid-range hotels of choice include the characterful Budapest Hotel and the recently renovated Arbat House Hotel. If you can afford more the venerable Metropol Hotel is our choice for a superb location and wonderful sense of history. There better spec 5* options but most lack the style of the Metropol.
Other Destinations in Russia
Click on any of the destinations below to explore other places in Russia that can be incorporated into your Trans-Siberian tour.
By Phil Stanley & Headseast – TCTC Destination Expert.