The main sights of Moscow, Red Square and the Moscow Kremlin are the srarting point for most tourists at any season.
The Red Square ensemble consists of the Voznesenskiye (Ascension) Gate, the Kazan Cathederal, the Cathedral of St. Basil, the Moscow State Department Store (GUM), the Museum of History. The Minin and Pozharcky Statue and the Lenin Mausoleum are also here.
The Moscow Kremlin group of buildings includes such well-known sights as the Dormition and the Archangel Cathedrals and the Cathedral of the Annunciation, Spasskaya (Saviour) Tower, the Armoury Museum and the Diamond Fund Museum.
There are so many theatres galleries and museums in Moscow, that one can make up an excursion plan for a vacation of any duration, and your rest will not depend on the weather. And it will not only be interesting to visit the world-known places of interest, such as the Tretyakov Gallery or the Bolshoi Theatre, but also smaller-format cultural institutions.
In summer it is good to alternate visiting museums with resting in Moscow parks, leisurely walking amid thees and flowerbeds, feeding birds or enjoying merry-go-rounds.
In winter park amusements can be found in covered amusement parks in shopping centers, ice parks; one can visit one of huge open-air skating-rinks: in Gorky Central Rest and Culture Park, in Sokolniky Park, in National Economy Achievements Exhibition, in the Stadium of Young Pioneers. Aquaparks are open all the year round.
One can see the great diversity of the Capital’s places of interest and sights even in a short time, not just to see the most famous ones. It is enough to plan the route beforehand and determine the priorities: which places are to be visited at any weather, which ones are to be put off until the next time.
Moscow for children
The claccical children’s routes in Moscow do not differ very much from the adult ones: schoolchildren are taken to Red Square and the Kremlin Museums, the Alexandrovsky Garden, in the rest of the days they are offered a diverse culture-and-amusement program.
Educational and interesting will be a walk around the Zoological Darwin Museum, to whose exhibits no child will be indifferent. Fairy-tale displays can be seen in the Pushkin Museum, the Russian Valenky (Felt Boots) Museum, the House of Fairy Tales and the Ice Museum.47.
The Moscow Planetarium is a huge scientific complex which schoolchildren of any age will enjoy. Here one can see the Star Map on the largest in Europe dome screen, touch the meteorites and feel an astronomer in the Interactive Park.
On a fine day one can go to the Moscow Zoo for a whole day, where one can see reef fish, too, and visit the dolphinarium and the pony club.
You can find more interesting places for family amusement in Recreation With Children in Moscow.
Moscow’s architectural sights
Moscow is famous for its temples, cathederals, estates and mansions, the monumental Soviet architecture. Most of the capital’s architectural sights are important in the cultural and historical aspects, as milestone of the epoch that remind of important events in the life of the country. These are the Kremlin and Red Square, the Voznesenskaya (Ascension) Church in Kolomenskoye and the Novo-Dyevitchi Convent (the Convent of the Maidens) which are on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
Buildings erected during the Soviet times are amazing in their grandiosity: the House on the Embankment (the House of the Government), architectural installations of the National Economy Achievements Exhibition, the buildings of Moscow State University, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the square ensembles of the Garden Ring, the Ostankino TV Tower which is 540 meters high and other buildings.
One can devote a special day to exploring Zamoskvorechie district: its temples and churches, writers’ memorial houses, museums, residential buildings. A walk along the Arbat, one of Moscow’s oldest streets, where every house is a place of interest with its own unique history, will be imteresting to see the city’s arcitecture.
The Osterman and the Kuskovo estates, which are landmarks with functioning museums, are within the city.
One of the capital’s newest architectural places of interest is the Square of Europe known for its large-scale sculpture composition with original illumination.