City Orientation Walk, Moscow

Moscow is the capital and the largest city in Russia. It is also a major political, cultural, economic and religious center. The city has a big number of places that worth being visited. Take this orientation walk to explore the best attractions Moscow has to offer.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Russia » Moscow (See other walking tours in Moscow)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Author: clare
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Red Square

1) Red Square (must see)

Red Square is a city square in Moscow that separates the Kremlin, the former royal citadel and currently the official residence of the President of Russia, from a historic merchant quarter known as Kitai-gorod. It is often considered the central square of Moscow and all of Russia because Moscow's major streets—which connect to Russia's major highways—originate from the square.

The name Red Square does not originate from the pigment of the surrounding bricks (which, in fact, were...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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St. Basil's Cathedral

2) St. Basil's Cathedral (must see)

One of the most recognizable landmarks in Russia, Saint Basil’s Cathedral features eastern style architecture and nine stunning chapels with onion-style domes. Originally named the Trinity Church, this structure was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century to celebrate the capture of Khanate of Kazan from Mongol forces. This stunning and picturesque former house of worship is now a museum that plays hosts to the yearly Day of Intercession service.

Located next to the Kremlin,...   view more
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Lobnoye Mesto

3) Lobnoye Mesto

Lobnoye Mesto, or the Place of the Skulls is a 13-meter long stone podium located in front of Saint Basil’s Cathedral on the Red Square in Moscow. Constructed in 1530 by Boris Godunov, this site was used during the tsarist era to make public proclamations and to conduct religious ceremonies such as the donkey walk procession. Vladimir Lenin also used this site to unveil a monument to Stepan Razin, a Cossack rebel who led uprisings against the nobility and the tsar in 1919. The monument was...   view more
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Lenin's Mausoleum

4) Lenin's Mausoleum (must see)

The final resting place of the illustrious former Russian Marxist activist Vladimir Lenin is located in the Red Square by the Kremlin Wall. Almost immediately after the Father of the Revolution’s death in 1924, the Russian people decided that a simple burial would not do. In response to the thousands of telegrams received urging the regime to preserve Lenin’s memory for future generations, the government began the task of constructing a proper resting place for the former radical. The first...   view more
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GUM Department Store

5) GUM Department Store (must see)

GUM or Glavny Universalny Magazin, is a famous shopping center located on the Red Square. Formerly known as the State Department Store, or the Upper Trading Rows, this shopping center is well known for its exclusive stores that carry brand name labels that are well-known in the western world.

GUM was built in the 1800s by architect Alexander Pomerantsev and engineer Vladimir Shukhov. The top floor of the shopping center used to contain a secret store, Section 101, which only high ranking...   view more
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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

6) Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Situated near the Kremlin Wall, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a monument, erected in honor of the Soviet soldiers who died in the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945). The central feature of this memorial is a platform made up of big red granite...   view more
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Alexander Garden

7) Alexander Garden

Alexander Garden is considered to be one of the first public parks in Moscow. The garden occupies the whole length of the western Kremlin wall. Alexander Garden is subdivided in three smaller parks, it has also a river on its territory which makes of it a perfect attraction to contemplate the Kremlin...   view more
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Kremlin

8) Kremlin (must see)

Located in the heart of the city, the Kremlin is a historic complex and an important landmark in Moscow. It is famous for its citadels called kremlins. The complex consists of 8 cathedrals and palaces surrounded by the Kremlin Wall. The Moscow Kremlin complex also represents the official President's residence.

Why You Should Visit:
Surely a key feature of any Moscow tour and rightly so. Looking at it from any angle and you get huge walls and ornate towers.
Impressive and well...   view more
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Kremlin Armoury

9) Kremlin Armoury (must see)

Established in 1808, The Armoury is one of the oldest museums in Moscow. The museum's initial charge was to produce and store weapons. It has a wide collection of treasures of the Golden and Silver chambers of the Russian Tsars. The museum also houses a unique collection of Russian jewelry called the Diamond Fund. The Armoury is not only the official museum of Kremlin but also an important representative of Russia's culture.

Why You Should Visit:
Every cabinet contains an...   view more
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Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

10) Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (must see)

The Pushkin State Museum, named in honor of the great poet Alexander Pushkin, the father of Russian literature, contains an extensive collection of fine arts from around the world. Located in the heart of Moscow, near the Kremlin, it is one of the largest and most prolific museums in Russia. Only the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg is larger.

Originally named the Museum of Fine Arts, the museum opened in 1912. In 1937, it was renamed the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. Although the museum...   view more
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Cathedral of Christ the Savior

11) Cathedral of Christ the Savior

The Cathedral of Christ the Savior is considered to be the tallest Eastern Orthodox Church. Located a few blocks west of the Kremlin, the cathedral is built in a Neo-Byzantine design, which was approved in 1937 by the Tsar. The Cathedral of Christ the Savior is the largest and one of the most important representatives of Russian...   view more
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Monument to Peter the Great

12) Monument to Peter the Great

Designed by the Georgian designer Zurab Tsereteli, Peter the Great Statue commemorates 300 years of the Russian Navy's start by Peter I. The statue has a height of 94 meters and is famous by being the seventh tallest statue in the world. The Statue of Peter the Great is made of a mix of materials which were prepared especially for the statue to maintain its impressive...   view more
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Gorky Park

13) Gorky Park

Situated across the Moscow River, Gorky Park is an amusement park called in honor to Maxim Gorky. The Park covers an area of 300 acres of land where children's playgrounds, carousels and old buildings from the late 18th and early 19th centuries are dislocated. The Park has a so called Graveyard of Fallen Monuments which represents a collection of old Soviet...   view more

Walking Tours in Moscow, Russia

Create Your Own Walk in Moscow

Create Your Own Walk in Moscow

Creating your own self-guided walk in Moscow is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Most Popular Garden Ring Attractions in Moscow

Most Popular Garden Ring Attractions in Moscow

The Garden Ring is the major circular avenue around downtown of Moscow. Originally, the Garden Ring was built as a defensive fortification for Moscow. Today, the circumference of sixteen kilometers of the avenue is rich in architectural beauties, monuments, museums etc. The tour suggested below will help you get more familiar with Moscow's Garden Ring and its fascinating sights.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Moscow's Red Square Fascinating Sights

Moscow's Red Square Fascinating Sights

Located in the heart of Moscow, the Red Square is regarded to be the central square of the whole Russia. It is also one of the most famous squares in the whole world. Spend 3 hours to this self guided tour and enjoy the sights of the heart of Moscow.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Moscow without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Moscow, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.8 km
A Walking Tour in Kitai-Gorod, Moscow

A Walking Tour in Kitai-Gorod, Moscow

Kitai-Gorod means China town in the Russian language. This is one of the oldest historical sites in the center of Moscow. In the past, Kitai-Gorod's territory was occupied by traders and craftsmen. Today the famous district is a preserved zone, due Gostiny Dvor, Moscow's first Print Yard, and other meaningful attractions that are presented in the guide below.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave Moscow without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Moscow, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Popular Sights of All-Russian Exhibition Center in Moscow

Popular Sights of All-Russian Exhibition Center in Moscow

Also known as VDNKh, the All-Russian Exhibition Center in Moscow is a large complex that occupies a territory of 3 square kilometers and has 400 buildings. The complex provides commercial space for major exhibits, and houses Russia's most important monuments, such as Worker and Kolkhoz Woman, the Friendship of Nations fountain, monument to the Conquerors of Space etc. Don't miss the chance to visit some of the most popular sights at VDNKh. There is a list of attractions suggested below.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km

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