- This walk involves about 10 km on foot and two trips by subway.
- You will see 15 sights.
- Take break in three places.
- If you stick to the schedule, you will have time to glance at the Tretyakov Gallery and walk through the park "Muzeon".
Are you going to Moscow, but you have only one day at your disposal? It is OK! We have designed a special route for you! During this walk you will see the main sights and feel the unique spirit of Mosow!
So, it`s better to get up early…
9:00 – Aleksander garden
Start your morming at Alexander garden, coming there by Metro.
Alexander Garden and Manege Square are both near the Kremlin and are great places to go for a stroll. The history of both is closely linked to the capital’s past; they hold memories of war victories, emperors, outstanding military commanders and heroes, and feature quite a few remarkable architectural and sculptural landmarks. Alexander Garden is a perfect place to relax in a beautiful green oasis in the middle of a noisy metropolitan city.
9:45 – Bolshoi Theatre
Follow the direction to the Bolshoi Theater. Do not forget to take a picture at the fountain.
The Bolshoi Theatre is a landmark of not only theatrical Moscow but also of Russia as a whole. Located in the very heart of Moscow, close to the Kremlin, it holds opera and ballet performances based on the world’s best classical oeuvres, and the Bolshoi company has been considered one of the world’s leaders for decades.
A famous square in front of the theatre with a recognisable fountain is one of the famous places to take pictures. In winter a popular Christmass Market works here.
10:05 – Central children`s shop. Lubyanskaya square.
Walk to Lubyanka and the Central Children’s Store and have a cup of coffee in one of the cafes and climb onto the observation deck.
This is the most famous children’s store in Moscow with a unique atrium, stained glass windows, the largest mechanical clock, a free observation deck and a host of events for the youngest guests of the capital. Despite the fact that the store is for children, adult guests of the capital will be equally interesting and pleasant here! In the end, we all come from childhood!
Step along Nikolskaya Street to Red Square, passing by a preserved piece of the Kitay-Novgorod Wall and the Moscow Printing House.
Recently, Nikolskaya Street has become a pedestrian area and immediately turned into the “second Arbat” of Moscow – one of the most favorite places for pleasant walks. There are many remarkable old buildings, one of which is the Moscow Printing House. Here Ivan Fedorov in 1564 published the first book in Russia – “Apostle”. At the beginning of the XIX century. the building of the Printing House was rebuilt, and it received its current pseudo-gothic appearance.
11:15 – Red Square
This small church stands where the Red Square meets Nikolskaya Street, next to the Historical Museum and the GUM (State Department Store). The moment you see it, your imagination takes over, taking you deep into the mystery of the ancient Moscow of the late Middle Ages. The shrines of the church are also fascinating – they include the icon of the Kazan Mother of God , the relic with particles of 83 orthodox saints and the icon of the Mother of God “Education”.
The State Historical Museum of Russia on the Red Square is one of Russia’s largest museums. Its 150-year-old collection covers every period of Russian history.If you would like to see the whole exhibition, you will need to walk more up to three kilometres! Therefore, we will not go to the museum today. Let’s leave it for our next visit, but for now we will admire the building in the so-called “Novorussky” style.
The steeple-roofed towers of the Moscow Kremlin and its walls with swallow-tailed crenellations are irreplaceable elements of Moscow’s panoramic metropolis. The settlement where the Kremlin is now dates back to ancient times. The walls and towers we see today are basically the fortifications built in 1485‒1495 by Italian architects to replace the dilapidated white-stone walls. Each of the towers has its own history and its own unique look!
Mausoleum of Lenin
It seems like there no other reminder of the Soviet era is more distinctive than the monumental building of the Mausoleum in Red Square. The embalmed body of Vladimir Lenin, the main organiser and leader of the 1917 October Revolutiona revolution in Russia led by the Bolsheviks with Vladimir Lenin as a leader that was instrumental in the larger Russian Revolution of 1917, rests here, at the very heart of the capital.
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An ornate church building occupies the vast expanse of Red Square. This Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Basil dates back to the 16th century and the era of Ivan the Terrible ruled from 1533 to 1584. It is the most famous symbol of medieval Russian church architecture. The cathedral has a rather unconventional look. It is thought that abundant domes and bright colours symbolize the New Jerusalem described in the Revelation to John as a heavenly city shining with precious stones.
The State Department Store abbreviated GUM is a shopping mall which houses about a hundred premium class stores, cafes, and restaurants. This is the best-known shopping centre in Russia, and it has been an integral part of the architectural ensemble of Red Square for over a century. The GUM’s front facade marks its boundary opposite the Kremlin. The store itself is also a monument of Russian Art Nouveau architecture, which makes a walk along its arcades a pleasure to luxury shopping lovers and art connoisseurs alike.
Walk around the square, take photos. Visit Gastronome #1 in GUM to buy Russian sweets for your friends. And go to the Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge for a breathtaking view on the Kremlin and then head to Tretyakov Gallery.
12:15 – Tretiyakov Gallery
Even do not try to to see everything at once in Tretyakov Gallery. We suggest choosing a period or a hall that is most interesting for you in order not to get an “overdose” of art and leave your strength for the second part of the day.
The State Tretyakov Gallery is one of Russia’s largest art galleries. In contrast to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, with its extensive collection of foreign art, the Tretyakov Gallery mainly exhibits classical Russian art – paintings, sculptures, icons, and works of decorative arts and crafts dating from the 11th to the early 20th century.
Masterpieces of medieval Russian icon painting as well as paintings by I. Aivazovsky, M. Vrubel, K. Bryullov, V. Vasnetsov, and dozens of works by other Russian artists are displayed here. The museum contains many world-class masterpieces such as “The Trinity” A. Rublev, “Appearance of Christ to the People” by A. Ivanov, “Boyarynya Morozova” by V. Surikov and amazing landscapes by I. Levitan and A. Kuindzhi.
14:30 – Tutta La Vita Restaurant
On exit from the Tretyakov Gallery, we recommend you to walk to ul. Bolshaya Ordynka and have lunch in a cozy Italian restaurant Tutta la Vita (Bolshaya Ordynka str., 20, p. 7), well, or in McDonald`s, standing nearby, if you prefer it.
15:45 – Марфо-Мариинкая обитель
Go further along the Bolshaya Ordynka street, to the Marfo-Mariinsky Convent.
It would be a pity to miss it, since we are nearby.
The Marfo-Mariinsky Convent was founded in 1909 by Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, sister of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia, princess of the House of Hesse-Darmstadt and granddaughter of Queen Victoria.
The main Intercession Cathedral was built by Aleksey Shchusevan acclaimed Russian and Soviet architect in 1912. Ironically, the same architect who carried out one of the greatest church projects of the time built, a few years later, Lenin’s Mausoleum
Then another “march” on foot to the park.
16:10 – Muzeon park of Arts
In addition to walks along the promenade with magnificent views, we advise you to go to the “Shardam Cafe” for a cup of flavored tea and a dessert.
Muzeon Park of Arts is one of the places in Moscow you fall in love with once and for all. It happily combines the Soviet past and the latest novelties of Moscow life.
Leaving the Muzeon Park go to “Oktyabrskaya” metro station and take head to t”Sportivnaya” station by Metro. If you have enough strength and time, you can walk to Novodevichy Convent on foot. Khamovniki is a very pleasant area for walking.
18:40 – Novodevichy Convent
Taking a glance on an indescribable beauty, peace and tranquility, take a look at the clock and make sure that you have enough time for another important mission in the city – look at the panorama of Moscow from the Sparrow Hills.
The Novodevichy Convent in Moscow is one of the key Orthodox complexes that played a crucial role in the history of religion and public life of Russia. At the same time, this monastery is one of the most beautiful architectural monuments in the country, a true masterpiece of the 16th–17th centuries. The Novodevichy Convent and cemetery were proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site as they are an outstanding example of Moscow Baroque architecture. The ancient, though still-active Smolensky Cathedral of the convent contains important Orthodox relics.
19:45 – Sparrow Hills
You will have to go up at the observation on foot, because the cable car is not working yet, unfortunately.
But you will certainly be rewarded, because at any time of the day, the view of Moscow from the Sparrow Hills is just breathtaking!
Sparrow Hills is one of Moscow’s best-known park zones where students, bikers, newlyweds and tourists enjoy outdoor life. The famous observation platform, which gives a breathtaking view of the city, and the Moscow State University, a fine sample of Stalinist Empire stylea term given to architecture of the Soviet Union under the leadership of Joseph Stalin, between 1933 and 1955 architecture, are both located here.
After enjoying the view, you can finish your day in one of Moscow restaurants or cafes. You can take a taxi to get there. There is no much threat of getting stuck in traffic in the evening time.