Most Popular Garden Ring Attractions in Moscow, 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.
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Most Popular Garden Ring Attractions in Moscow Map

Guide Name: Most Popular Garden Ring Attractions in Moscow
Guide Location: Russia » Moscow (See other walking tours in Moscow)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Author: audrey
Monument to Chaliapin

1) Monument to Chaliapin

Feodor Chaliapin was the most talented Russian opera singer of the 20th century. The monument dedicated to Feodor Chaliapin represents his figure sitting in the same position in which he was portrayed in the famous painting of Ilya Repin.
"Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Moscow" Museum

2) "Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Moscow" Museum

The Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Moscow Museum was opened in the house, which the famous Russian composer of the Romantic era once rented. This institution is a branch of the Glinka museum. Pyotr Chaikovsky Museum contains different memorabilia and preserves the atmosphere of the 1860s and 1870s, which period influenced greatly the composer's personality.
Opening hours: Wed-Sun: 11:00-6:00pm.
Chekhov Museum

3) Chekhov Museum

The Chekhov Museum is the former domicile of the Russian writer, dramatist, and physician, Anton Pavlovich Chekhov. Although his life was brief, he is considered by many to be one of the greatest playwrights and short story writers of time. Masterpieces, such as Ivanov, as well as more than 100 other works, were written in this house. Most amazing is that the author continued to practice medicine while producing literary works that are admired by the world to this day.

Museum visitors will be rewarded with a unique glimpse into Chekhov’s early life and will also be able to view many of his personal belongings. Many of the rooms in this quaint two-story reddish-pink house have been restored to their original state.

Of special note are original editions of the author’s which were writings donated to the museum by his family. In addition, artwork by Isaac Levitan and Franz Schechtel adorn the walls and photographs show the playwright with literary greats Leo Tolstoy and Maxim Gork. The garden that wraps around the house allows anyone who chooses to explore it a rare and tranquil treat. The museum is available for guided tours, lectures, literary and musical events. Cards are available to help those not familiar with Russian.
Bulgakov House-Museum

4) Bulgakov House-Museum (must see)

The Bulgakov Museum Moscow, located in building 10, apartment 50, was the former home of the author of The Master and Margarita, a novel long considered to be one of the greatest novels of all times. The museum and areas near it are also the settings for some of the locations in the Master and Margarita. The Bulgakov Museum Moscow is one of three museums dedicated to the novelist. The other two, Mikhail Bulgakov Museum and the One Street Museum, are located in Kiev.

Visitors can view Bulgakov’s personal belongings, photos, and other items related to his personal and professional life. Fans frequently adorn the walls of the apartment with graffiti quoting the author’s works or tributes. Exhibitions, jazz and classical music concerts, plays, tours, and other creative events frequently occur at the small and inviting flat. It is recommended that one check in advance to ensure that they do not miss these special treats. One interesting character at the museum is Begemot, the black cat, named after one of Bulgakov’s famous characters.

Tours last an average of 45 minutes and are generally in groups of 25 people. Workshops are also offered for blind or visually impaired individuals. The museum is open Wednesday from 1 pm to 9 pm and Thursday through Sunday from 1 pm to 7 pm.

The decorations inside the residence are fun, with historic and fiction-related artwork outside, but the exhibitions themselves have no real explanation to them other than labels in Russian, so keep this in mind if you're visiting as a foreigner and go to the other building to have a guided tour as well, which is much more informative.
Monument to Mayakovsky

5) Monument to Mayakovsky

The monument dedicated to the famous Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky was unveiled in 1958. The monument is a six meter impressive figure of Mayakovsky with a pocketbook in his hand. The statue is remarkable not only for the figure that it represents, but also because it has become a popular place for meetings and debates for the local poets.
Museum of Modern Art

6) Museum of Modern Art

Home to a vast array of modern and contemporary art, the Museum of Modern Art is a museum, educational center, and a major player in the Moscow art scene. Along with art exhibitions for the public, courses are offered in modern art, modern culture, photography, action painting and performance art, video art, and contemporary art business for up-and-coming and promising artists. Abstract presentations and single-artists shows are also offered along with group exhibitions.

Established in 1999, five venues located throughout Moscow display a remarkable collection of modern and contemporary art, sculpture, and paintings. Most of the featured works come from the personal collection of Zurab Tsereteli, president of the Russian Academy of the Arts and founder of the museum.

The inventory of collected works continues to improve and grow through donations and purchases. In addition, artwork from famous non-Russian artists such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Henri Rousseau and Françoise Gilot are also available for viewing. The museum presents the perfect blend of new and existing artists without sacrificing its avant-garde theme. The museum also performs conversation and restoration work, book publishing, and publishes the Dialogue of Arts magazine. Visitor hours are noon to 10 pm daily. An average of 72,000 visitors per year enjoys the splendor of the Museum of Modern Art.

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.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Moscow Nightlife

Moscow Nightlife

Moscow boasts with a large number of good nightclubs. The city's nightlife scene features designed venues crowded with stylish guests. The Russian capital has some very popular clubs downtown, such as Solyanka, Propaganda, Art Garbage etc. Take this tour to visit the most popular clubs in the center of Moscow.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Museum Walk in the Center of Moscow

Museum Walk in the Center of Moscow

Moscow is the capital of Russia and the cultural center of the country. The city boasts a large number of museums which reveal Russia's culture and development. Take this hour tour to visit Moscow's most representative museums in the center of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 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
Zamoskvorechie Nightlife

Zamoskvorechie Nightlife

An international hub that sees a fair number of tourists through its city throughout the year, Moscow features its share of hot nightlife establishments where the party never ends. Many Moscow nightclubs include restaurants on the premises where guests can enjoy fine dining, great cocktails, and a hot night of clubbing all under one roof. Take this Nightlife Tour in Moscow to see the very best the city has to offer when the sun goes down.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 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

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Whether you are in Moscow for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Moscow has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Moscow, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.