Spanning eleven time zones and two continents, Russia is the largest country in the world. Stretching from the beautiful St Petersburg in the west to the remarkable Vladivostok in the east, there is so much to see and do in this fascinating and unique country. But the country’s heart and soul lies in Moscow, the country’s capital and cultural hub, made famous by its eclectic architecture, uber-cool personality and swanky boulevards. For a little travel inspiration, take a look at some of the most interesting sights in Russia’s capital city, Moscow.
Situated in the heart of Russia’s capital, Red Square once served as Moscow’s main marketplace and played host to various public ceremonies. These days, the celebrated cobbled streets continue to be a central meeting point for people and draw huge crowds of tourists every day. The square is surrounded by several buildings, all of which hold some form of historic significance. Start at the iconic St Basil’s Cathedral before continuing on to St George’s Church and Lenin’s mausoleum on the western edge.
A historic fortified complex located close to Red Square, the Kremlin is home to an array of palaces, armories and churches. It was from this symbolic medieval fortress that Ivan the Terrible began his reign of terror, Napoleon watched the city as it burned and Lenin declared the dictatorship of the proletariat. Although there is no access to the Kremlin for visitors, there is still plenty to see, including a beautiful collection of Faberge eggs and the Armoury museum.
Izmailovo Flea Market
When visiting a country with this much history and heritage, there’s always a huge array of interesting souvenirs to bag home. Make sure you leave plenty of room in your suitcase and cabin luggage for traditional souvenirs. You’ll find Russian dolls, lacquer boxes and Faberge eggs at Izmailovo Flea Market, where hundreds of vendors come to sell everything from kitsch mementos to antique jewellery. Your first visit may leave you a little overwhelmed, so either plan to return another day or be sure to take your time and resist any pushy merchants.
Opened in 1928, Gorky Park is an amusement park that sits along the banks of the Moscow River. Spend the day people watching, strolling by the waterside, or enjoying the various attractions. Children will have a wonderful time enjoying the park’s rides and there are some great views to be seen from the colourful Ferris wheel. Exit from the yellow and blue pedestrian bridge for a panoramic vista of the city.
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