When planning a visit, everyone is anxious not to miss the most important and characteristic activities and places. I suppose, the task of the guide is first to give some ideas of what any visitor must see, to be able to say: 'Yes, I've been to this city!'. And then proceed to detailed description...
So, I will try to give you a short priority list, first fives being an absolute must, the others depend on how much time you spend in our city.
Fondest memory: 1. The Kremlin. When visiting it, try to make the most: buy tickets to all the cathedrals, and, if you are lucky and can get them, tickets to the Armoury and the Diamond Fund. The visit will require not less than 4-5 hours.
2. The Red Square: just step in it, and see it. Walk around, from History Museum to St. Basil's. Go behind St. Basil's on Krymsky Bridge, enjoy the view. At least 30 minutes.
3. Tretyakov Gallery. The best collection of Russian paintings and icons. Isn't it the best way to learn a nation: through it's literature and fine arts? If literature requires knowlege of Russian, paitings are available for everyone who has eyes. 2-3 hours.
4. Fine Arts Museum. Contains intersting and invaluable pieces of art from all over the world. There are always interesting exhibitions there. 2-4 hours. After the Museum make sure you visit the Church of Christ the Redeemer: it is unbelievably beautiful inside, and the church service is just amazing, if you are lucky to catch one.
5. Lanes and streets around Kremlin, Kitai-gorod. This will give you an impression of what Moscow architecture is. Pay special attention the buidings: each of them is a piece of art.
Imagine that you have only three days in Moscow! I have a special sightseeing programme for you! On the FIRST DAY I recommend that you begin your tour of Moscow in the morning with a visit to RED SQUARE, the heart of Moscow, and a look around the KREMLIN'S historic monuments and museums. In the afternoon I recommend a walk along TVERSKAYA STREET, the main street of our capital. On the SECOND DAY you can make a stroll along MOKHOVAYA STREET and VOLKHONKA STREET and make a sightseeing tour of the centre of the city. Before lunch visit the STATE TRETIAKOV GALLERY or the STATE PUSHKIN MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS. In the afternoon you can get acquanted with LENINSKY PROSPECT. On the THIRD DAY in the morning I suggest you walk along NOVY ARBAT STREET and KUTUZOV AVENUE or get acquanted with PEACE AVENUE and the ALL-UNION EXHIBITION CENTRE. In the afternoon you may wish to go for a stroll on the VOROBIOV HILLS. If you have an extra day to spare, I suggest a tour of the metro , a boat trip on the MOSKVA RIVER or exploring masterpieces of Russian culture. Bear in mind, that distances in Moscow are great, and it is impossible to see everything in a day. Anyway, after excursions about Moscow you will be absolutely exhausted, but full of impressions.
Fondest memory: If you visit at least some of the places I mentioned, you'll get an idea of Russian culture, architecture, traditions and customs. Those who visited Moscow before the perestroyka will be greatly surprised by the changes in our capital and the achievements of post-perestroyka period.
I think the people of Moscow call this the Bol. Moskvoretskiy Bridge. Photos simply don't do justice to the beauty of this entire area. You gotta see it for yourself to believe. Yes, even at night, this place looks kind of magical. :-))
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For a map of how to get there: Map Of Moscow
You can see where some of the scenes from The Master and Margarita were set.
Fondest memory: Having read Bulgakov's The Master & Margarita, when I was living in Cyprus and had it lying around the flat over there, my Russian friend knew of my love of this novel. He took me to the places featured in the book and brought them to life.
Must visit sights like The Bolshoy Theater, Pushkin Museum, Tretyakov's Gallery, ofcourse Kremlin's museums, so aaa should walk in the down town it has an old wonderful archtecture...
Fondest memory: Brilliant ballet and unforgetable plays in the huge number of moscow's theaters!!
Favorite thing: Go the Bolshoy. Even if you are not a fan of ballet or opera it is a wonderful experience. We went to see the opera 'The Tsar's Bride'. It was amazing to be inside this beautiful theatre. The building itself is also impressive. We paid US$30 each for the ticket. I thought that was quite reasonable. The Bolshoy theatre is in Teatralnaya ploshchad. For more information see www.bolshoi.ru
Favorite thing: 7 If interested book Bolshoi tickets well in advance. Ring for details of shows before you arrive. Demand is high. If you asked me before I came here I would have told you I would be the last person in the world to go and see and oprea but I did in Moscow because I was dragged a long. I found it to be one of the best experiences ever. Definately mark the Bolshoi in your diary. The interior is breathtaking.
Visit the Sukhoi design bureau, travel the subways, go to the Bolshoi (buy tickets at the local price! Not the hotel price!), go to the Armory, go to the Arbot market, find the big Moscow book store, visit the Hero's War Memorial but most of all enjoy the people.
Fondest memory: This is a picture of Alexander and his wife Irenya. Alexander was the pushiest and yet most helpful cab driver I have met. We became friends and the three of us visited many places and had great adventures.
Spend at least an afternoon at the Tretyakov Art Gallery. The Tretyakov displays centuries of Russian art, including many ikons, with the Repin picture of Ivan Grozny probably its most famous exhibit. Probably overshadowed on the tourist itinery by Petersburg's European collections, the Tretyakov has been restored and for insight into the cultural heart of Russia is unmissable.
Fondest memory: It has been a long time since I was there but it was the first foreign trip I ever made. Looking about me on that first day, so far from home and everything so very different, started subsequent years of living and working just for the next time I could get away.
Pobedy Park On the road to the airport you'll find the 'Victory Park', here you'll find a long avenue with garden and fountains, the Patriotic Big War Museum as the russian calls the IIWW, and in the middle of the avenue you'll see an obelisk dedicated to Nike (the Greek goddess of victory).
Fondest memory: At the start of that avenue ther's a big flowrs clock. It's a beautiful place for take a picture besides it's in use and it's very precise.
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