Are you planning to be in the Russian capitale of Moscow only for two days and unsure of where to go and what to see? Follow this two-day itinerary that will take you to the best places around Moscow for an unforgettable journey!
Start you day, of course, at the Red Square to take in the view of the most famous square in all of Russia. Take in the views to your heart’s content, including St Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin, as well as the State Historical Museum. Start with visiting St Basil’s Cathedral to learn more about this impressive piece of architecture and the history behind it. Entrance is 500₽ for adult but free for children under 16.
You can then have a look at the GUM Shopping Mall, whose main entrances are on the Red Square. GUM is famous for its architecture as well as its many stores, which make for amazing pictures. You can either have lunch there or in one of the many restaurants and cafés of Nikolskaya Street. Shop around for souvenirs in the many little stores before making your way back to the Red Square.
To go to the Kremlin’s entrance gates, you will walk through the Alexander Garden, one of the first urban parks of Moscow. Here you can find the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and its eternal flame, as well as the faux ruin grotto. Keep walking until you find the ticket booth for the Kremlin, where you can either collect your ticket bought online or queue to buy them for the day (700₽ for the Armoury, 500₽ for the Cathedral Square).
After passing through security, you enter the Kremlin through the Kutafiya Tower and are allowed to wander the place to your heart’s content. Don’t forget to grab a map at the ticket booth as to not miss any of the buildings you are allowed to visit. Take your time visiting the gardens and the Cathedral Square, enter each cathedral to admire the architecture and the religious art on display, and don’t forget the Patriarch’s Palace, whose entrance is a little too well hidden for its own good! Don’t forget the Tsar’s Cannon and Bell too, and enjoy all the sights the Kremlin has to offer.
Finish the day at the Bolshoi Theatre, with a traditional Russian ballet or opera. Don’t forget to buy your tickets in advance, to avoid the disappointment of a sold off performance on the day of your visit to Moscow!
Today is all about walking and culture, so put on your best walking shoes! You start your day bright and early with the Tretyakov Gallery (500₽ for adults, free for under 18), where you can admire Russian art through the ages. This gallery is the national treasury of Russian fine art, with more than 180,000 pieces of art exposed.
Once you are done with Russian art, you can now take a nice stroll through the streets of Moscow to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. As a working cathedral, its entrance is free, but it also means that cameras are now allowed inside the cathedral. Take your time wandering around this wonder of religious architecture and admiring its every details before heading out.
Next stop is the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, situated only a few minutes away from the Cathedral. Its entrance fee is 600₽ for the Main Building and the Gallery of 19th and 20th European and American Art Gallery next door. Here you can admire art from all around the world, from antiquity ’til the 20th century, with works of art from Monet, Picasso or even Rembrandt.
Finish this very artistic day with a stroll down the Moskva River, to admire the views from the river, with so many architectural beauties to go through.