I enjoyed Moscow a lot more than St Petersburg. Although there is less water, the feel of the city was much more enjoyable and life here seems more pleasant. Of course, there is also much more wealth. I just felt safer. St Basil is an incredible cathedral that I could probably look at all day- the colors, architecture, spirals, etc is all amazing. St Basil and the square at night is an especially enjoyable scene. I enjoyed seeing the Kremlin, walking around the streets which have countless churches with golden domes, navigating through the subway, and of course stopping in at cafes to see the local hangout spot and cuisine. The museum at the Kremlin was breathtaking. We were not allow to take photos though. See more highlights below-
Top things to do in Russia:
– Visit the Kremlin, the consummate symbol of Russian power with great sentimental relevance to Russians to this day. It’s surrounded by a red brick wall, with many gates, towers, cathedrals, and palaces amongst the area, and depicts a comprehensive view of Russian history.
Inside the Kremlin is an amazing museum called the Armory that has fascinating artifacts dating back to the 17th and 18th century. Imagine horse drawn carrages, silverware made of gold and pearl, past family artifacts, swords, royal crowns and so much more. It is the best museum I have ever seen with surreal objects I thought only existed in fairy tales.
– See St. Basils Cathedral
– Ride the Moscow Metro and see the elaborate stations
– Wander the streets looking at the unique buildings and lovely golden domes
– Try Borsch soup- based on beet root, some other veggies such as onion, and maybe some meat broth. It’s a pinkish color, like beets, served with a bit of sour cream- Delicious!
– Visit the Artists Gallery Restaurant, which offers a delicious lunch and a “larger than life” sculptures of Moscow’s most controversial contemporary artists: Zurab Tsereteli.
– Visit Red Square and the famous GUM department store, the largest store in the world. It also gets lit up at night and has a fancy interior.
– Visit the Park of Fallen Idols where sculptures both modern and historical remain of historical figures, and others relating to history, etc.
– Visit the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, a beautiful both inside and out. It has a massive golden dome and can be seen from many areas of the city.
– Get a panoramic view of Moscow from the o2 lounge on the top level of the Ritz Carlton, located across from Red Square.
– Watch the changing of the guards
– Notice how almost anywhere you eat/drink, a shot of vodka will be cheaper than water