What to see in Moscow in three days: Top Moscow attractions

What to see in Moscow in three days: Top Moscow attractions


  • On the first day you will see the most important Moscow attractions, including the Kremlin.
  • On the second day you will have a walk through the parks and a trip to the Pushkin Museum.
  • On the third day, you will visit the Novodevichy Convent and walk along Tverskaya Street and its environs.
  • Only about 40 attractions in three days, we will offer places for snacking and rest.
  • On foot in three days you will walk approximately 15 km.

Three days in Moscow are, obviously, not enough to explore the city’s most unusual and exciting locations. You still can see top Moscow attractions in three days, though. We prepared a three-day programme for you to see Moscow’s most interesting (in our view) places. Still you’d better plan your evening time in advance and purchase theatre or concert tickets of your liking: this way you’ll not only discover top Moscow attractions, but you’ll also participate in the cultural life of Russia’s capital city.

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1. Day 1: Moscow’s Top Attractions

Metro Stations: Teatralnaya, Okhotny Ryad or Ploshchad Revolutsii.

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9:00 am – Red Square, the most famous Moscow Attraction

Kazan Cathedral

The Kazan Cathedral on Red Square

The Kazan Cathedral on Red Square is an exceptionally beautiful late medieval Russian architectural masterpiece built in the Naryshkin Baroque style. The church was demolished in the 1930, but in 1990-1993 it was restored to its original Old Russian design based on precise drawings.

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Historical Museum

Historical Museum - Moscow top attractions

The building of the Historical Museum is, undoubtedly, one of Moscow’s best-known attractions. The red-brick edifice, built to the plans of V. Shervud and A. Semyonov, harmoniously blends into the overall ensemble of Red Square, echoing the stylistic overtones of the Moscow Kremlin and St. Basil’s Cathedral. Celebrated Russian artists, including I. Aivazovsky, V. Vasnetsov, V. Serov and K. Korov, contributed to the building’s interior design. The Museum houses a collection of more than 20,000 items representative of all periods of Russian history.

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Walls and Towers of the Moscow Kremlin

Московский Кремль

No one can deny the fact that the Moscow Kremlin is Moscow’s top attraction. The walls and towers that you see today were for the most part built in 1485-1495 by Italian architects. Each of the twenty towers is different from the others, bears a specific name and has its own history. The overall length of the Kremlin wall is 2,235 m, their thickness varies from 3.5 m to 5.5m, and the wall’s height from the ground to the battlements reaches 19m.

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Lenin’s Mausoleum


The embalmed body of Vladimir Lenin, the leader of the 1917 October Revolution, rests in this imposing pyramidal edifice on Red Square. Today Russians have an ambiguous attitude towards the Mausoleum, but it is justly heralded as GUM is more than just a tourist attraction, a key figure in the history of Soviet architecture.

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St. Basil’s Cathedral

St. Basil’s Cathedral, dating from the 16th century, is one of Moscow’s top attractions and the most frequent illustration to be seen in Moscow travel guides. Interestingly, the Cathedral consists of nine individual churches sharing the same foundation and connected by two galleries. The Cathedral holds the remains of Vassily the Blessed, a fool in Christ who lived in Moscow in the 16th century and, according to legend, had the gift of foresight.

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9:45 am – GUM

GUM is more than just a tourist attraction

GUM is more than just a tourist attraction: it is Russia’s best-known shopping mall. The mall’s inner space is a foremost sample of Art Nouveau Russian architecture, and a stroll along its arcades will be a pleasure to both luxury shopping lovers and art connoisseurs. You definitely should pay a visit to this shopping mall, admire its chiseled ceiling, stroll along its galleries and staircases, and don’t forget to have a cup of coffee in one of the cafés.

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10:30 am – Moscow Kremlin Museums

After a bite to eat, we’re ready to head for the Kremlin! Our main objective being to see Moscow’s top attractions, we absolutely cannot miss a tour of the Kremlin and Sobornaya Square!

Diamond Fund

One of Moscow’s most celebrated museums, the Diamond Fund

One of Moscow’s most celebrated museums, the Diamond Fund boasts a fascinating collection of unique jewellery, awards and imperial regalia, natural diamonds as well as gold and silver nuggets. Just have a look at the Great Imperial Crown embellished with 5,000 diamonds that once belonged to Catherine the Great!

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Ivan the Great Bell Tower

Moscow’s tallest landmark

For many centuries, the 81-meter-high Ivan the Great Bell Tower was Moscow’s tallest landmark. Today it houses a museum, and you can also climb up to the observation deck to take in the stunning views of the historical centre of Moscow.

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Dormition Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin

The Dormition Cathedral Moscow attractions

The Dormition Cathedral was the main Orthodox church of the Russian state between the 15th and 19th centuries where all the emperors of the Romanov dynasty were coronated. The cathedral was also the burial place for the Metropolitans and, later, for the Patriarchs of Moscow. 17th-century frescoes and precious icons of breathtaking beauty have survived to this day.

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1:30 pm – Lunch

Taras Bulba Tavern

This is a popular catering facility serving Ukrainian dishes. Don’t miss the signature borsch and kholodets! If you feel you’re behind schedule or if you just prefer fast food, you can always grab a bite at the nearby Burger King.

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2:30 pm – Alexander Garden

Александровский сад - главные достопримечательности Москвы

Alexander Garden by the Kremlin Wall is a perfect place to relax and stroll, which makes it highly popular among both locals and tourists. You can just have a pleasant stroll here in between sightseeing. If the weather gets bad, you can have a look at the Manege Exhibition Hall, one of Russia’s first monuments to the Russian victory in the Patriotic War of 1812. For over a century, military parades took place there. Today they have been replaced by trendy exhibitions.

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3:00 pm – Armoury

The Armoury Chamber of the Moscow Kremlin attraction

The Armoury Chamber of the Moscow Kremlin is an amazing museum displaying a rich collection unique items which were preserved for centuries in the imperial treasury. These include personal effects of Russian tsars, valuable gifts from foreign embassies as well as household and decorative items. One of the highlights of the Armoury’s collection is a selection of ten internationally renowned Fabergé Easter eggs.

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Now we leave the Kremlin and walk along Mokhovaya Street and, further on, along Volkhonka Street, we get to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

4:40 pm – Pashkov House

a must see attraction – Pashkov House

Just opposite the Kremlin’s Borovitskaya Tower, along the road to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, is one of Moscow’s most astonishing mansions and a must see attractionPashkov House. Built in 1786, this Classic architectural masterpiece once belonged to Pyotr Pashkov, the son of Peter the Great’s servant and Russia’s first “vodka king”. Pashkov was a highly vain person, as can be seen from the magnificence of his dwelling.

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4:50 pm – Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour Moscow attraction

The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the largest Orthodox church in Russia, was erected on the bank of the Moskva River opposite the Kremlin to thank God for saving Russia from Napoleon’s invasion. In Stalin’s time, the cathedral was demolished but later (in the 1990s) restored to its original design, funded by voluntary donations. We’ll come back here tomorrow to get up to the Cathedral’s viewing platform. For now, let’s admire this attraction from outside, and then we’ll turn to Gogolevsky Boulevard in the direction of Arbat Street.

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5:00 pm – Gogolevsky Boulevard

Zamyatin-Tretyakov’s Estate attractions in Moscow

Gogolevsky Boulevard starts on Prechistenskie Vorota Square. In the past, on this spot stood the gate of the medieval White Town, Prechistenka Street connecting the latter with the Novodevichy Convent.

Among buildings along Gogolevsky Boulevard there are many exciting attractions such as Obolenskys-Nekrasovs’ Estate (no. 4/3), built in the late 18th century. The façade’s white “casings” convey a more cohesive look to the two-storey building. Nearby is the 18th-century Zamyatin-Tretyakov’s Estate (no. 6/7) built in the Russian Byzantine style. The estate once belonged to Sergey Tretyakov, one of the founders of the eponym museum, and used to house the collection of Russian paintings that would later lay a foundation for the world-famous collection of the State Tretyakov Gallery.

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5:20 pm – Old Arbat

Arbat Street is one of Moscow’s top attractions.

Renowned for its rich history and full of atmosphere, Arbat Street is one of Moscow’s top attractions. There are few streets in the world where so many outstanding artists and other cultural figures have lived. Today this cozy, 1.5-kilometer pedestrian street is full of small boutiques and restaurants.

Now we offer you two options to choose from:

Pleasant evening in Moscow, good food and splendid views:

White Rabbit on Smolenskaya Square

The glass-vaulted restaurant is located under on the 16th floor of the Smolensky Passage Shopping Centre, within walking distance from Old Arbat Street. This world-class Russian restaurant serves original, intricate and modern dishes.

RUSKI Restaurant at the Moscow International Business Centre

This restaurant, located on the 85th floor of the OKO Tower, offers Russian cuisine, a real Russian stove, an ice bar and a breathtaking view from an altitude of 354m. You can reach the Moscow International Business Centre from Smolenskaya Square either by metro or by taxi.

Evening in Moscow for party people

If peaceful contemplation of Moscow’s views is not your cup of tea, we suggest you have a bite at a decent chain restaurant on Arbat Street, such as Mu-Mu or Shokoladnitsa, or visit one of Moscow’s night clubs (for more information see our Night Life and Bars section).

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Just go easy on it: tomorrow you’ll have to get up early! 😉

2. Day 2: Moscow Attractions – Art and Parks

Top Moscow Attractions Map 2

First thing today: come to Kropotkinskaya Metro Station.

Weather permitting, we suggest you take a casual stroll along Ostozhenka Street and Prechistenskaya Embankent and discover some great Russian Art Nouveau buildings, which you probably will not find in any list of top Moscow attractions.

9:10 am – Merchant Filatov’s Tenement House

Merchant Filatov’s Tenement House

The building is also known as “the house under the wineglass”. Legend has it that the owner of the building almost drank his entire fortune away, but he managed to stop. In memory of this, he had the architect install on the building’s roof a wineglass turned upside down.

9:20 am – Lev Kekushev’s House

 Lev Kekushev’s House Moscow Attractions

Architect Lev Kekushev built this Gothic mansion for his family. This is an impotant Moscow attraction for Mikhail Bulgakov’s admirers, as they call it “Margarita’s mansion”. The lion had mysteriously disappeared from the building’s roof after the Russian Revolution and was reinstalled there as late as 2017.

9:25 am – Loskov’s Tenement House

 Loskov’s Tenement House mOSCOW aTTRACTIONS

This Northern Art Nouveau castle-like house located in Mansurovski Lane was once the home of Brusilov, a Russian general known for his prominent role during WWI. It now houses the Embassy of Syria.

Moving further along Khilkov Lane, we’ll head for Prechistenskaya Embankment and then walk back towards the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour while taking in the gorgeous views of the city.

9:40 am – Tsvetkov’s Mansion

Tsvetkov’s Mansion Moscow Attractions

The mansion of the Russian patron of the arts and collector Ivan Tsvetkov, built in the Old Russian style on Prechistenskaya Embankment, was intended to house a private collection of paintings and graphic artwork. The building was designed by architects Boris Shnauvert and Vasily Bashkirov, and Viktor Vasnetsov undertook its artistic design.

9:45 am – Pertsova’s House

Pertsova’s House

Erected in 1907, this neo-Russian building belonged to Z. A. Pertsova, the wife of the chief railway engineer P. N. Pertsov. A prominent patron of the arts, Pyotr Pertsov came up with the idea of having an unusual tenement house built for painters and artists. It is so elegant and beautiful, that the house become one of the main Moscow attractions.

After a good breath of fresh air and a pleasant stroll, let’s head for the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts.

10:00 am – Pushkin Museum

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts Moscow Attractions

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts is one of the most exciting places in Moscow. Here you can visit Moscow’s largest and Russia’s second largest (after the Hermitage) international art collection, an ultimate Moscow attraction!

You can choose an exhibition to your liking and spend a couple of hours visiting the Main Building which displays priceless masterpieces from different periods ranging from Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and Rome to the Renaissance and early 19th-century Europe. Alternatively, you can visit the New Western Art Building and enjoy numerous 19th– and early 20th-century canvasses, including those by internationally known Impressionist and post-Impressionist painters.

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12:30 pm – Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is a major Moscow attraction and the largest Orthodox church in Moscow. You should definitely see its rich interior decoration and get up to the 40-metre-high viewing platform that gives lovely views of the Kremlin and Zamoskvorechye District.

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After visiting the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, take some nice pictures at the Partriarshy Bridge and then walk further on to the Strelka Bar on Bersenevskaya Embankment.

1:30 pm – Lunch

Strelka Bar at the Krasny Oktyabr Business Centre

Strelka Bar is more than just a catering facility: it’s an urban space for informal socializing affiliated with the Strelka Institute of Design. It has varied cocktail and international menus based on seasonal and local products. In summertime, the bar offers an open-air terrace boasting spectacular views of the Moskva River, and there is a street food vending cart in the courtyard.

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Noodle Mama in the Muzeon Park of Arts

Noodle Mama in the Muzeon Park of Arts

Budget travelers may be interesting in having a bite at the cozy noodle bar at the Muzeon Park.

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2:30 pm – Muzeon Park of Arts

Muzeon Park of Arts Top Moscow Attractions

The garden renowned for its spectacular views of the embankments, attractiions and a monument to Peter the Great is well worth a visit as a break from museums. What is special about the Muzeon Park of Arts – besides its stylish landscape design – is that it’s one of the world’s largest open-air museums displaying both monuments from the Soviet era and present-day sculptural groups. The Museum’s 24-hectare area is home to over 700 works by renowned sculptors.

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3:30 pm – Krymsky Bridge

Krymsky Bridge Moscow Attractions

Krymsky Bridge separates the Muzeon Park of Arts from Gorky Park, another top Moscow attraction. From time immemorial, there was a ford over the Moskva River on this site. This path was called “Krymsky” (Crimean) because it was mainly used by Crimean Tatars.

The present-day bridge was opened in 1938. Its construction required some 10,000 tons of metal, or about 1 ton per square metre of its surface! Krymsky Bridge is the world’s only bridge having this density of steel.

3:30 pm – Gorky Park

 Gorky Park top Moscow Attractions

Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure is Moscow’s central and most popular park. It offers many recreational activities ranging from leisurely outdoor strolls to modern art exhibition and beach volleyball. The 45-hectare Park stretches along a scenic embankment of the Moskva River.

In summertime, you can go paddle boating on the pond and, in winter, you’re welcome to do some ice skating at one of Europe’s largest ice rinks. On the roof of the Main Entrance to the Park is a viewing platform, and Moscow’s biggest playground, Salut, is located near the Komsomolsky Pond.

If you have some strength and time left for another “portion” of art, don’t miss the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, located in Gorky Park. This Museum always prepares something unconventional and worthy of attention for each new exhibition season.

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7:00 pm – Evening To-Do List

For a relaxed evening with great Georgian food

Moscow has a wide selection of Georgian food that is definitely worth a try. This is the very thing you need after walking through so many attractions! We suggest you choose one of the following three trendy Georgian restaurants: you won’t leave them hungry, that’s for sure.

Tinatin Restaurant (near Devichye Pole Public Garden)

Tinatin Restaurant

It’ll take you about half an hour (2.3 km) to walk there from Gorky Park and across Krymsky Bridge. If the weather is bad, you’d better take a taxi because the nearest metro stations are far enough.

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U Pirosmani Restaurant (Novodevichy Driveway)

A 4-kilometre walk from Gorky Park may be a bit problematic, so going there by metro or by taxi is a better idea. Get ready to enjoy excellent dishes in the immediate vicinity of Novodevichy Convent, one of Moscow’ main attractions.

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Genatsvale Restaurant (Ostozhenka Street)

It’s about a 2-kilometer and 25-minute walk to the restaurant. This chain restaurant decorated in the Georgian rustic style is renowned for its generous servings. Importantly, it’s located near the historic centre of Moscow, so you can have a pleasant stroll there after the meal.

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For party people and culture lovers

We’d suggest you spend this evening going to a pre-booked theatre show or concert. If you have no advance tickets, it might be a good idea to head for one of Moscow’s numerous night clubs. For example, you can choose Rhythm&Blues Café with its nice jazz evening program or Leningrad Club with a retro disco featuring hit songs from the 1980s and 1990s.

See our section on nightlife and bars for more information about Moscow’s nightclubs.

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3. Day 3: Moscow attractions – Novodevichy Convent and shopping

Sportivnaya Metro Station.

9:00 am – Novodevichy Convent

Novodevichy Convent top Moscow Attracrtions

One of Moscow’s top attractions, Novodevichy Convent is a unique architectural masterpiece dating from the 16th-18th centuries and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A major outpost on the far southwest side of Moscow, the convent used to be actively engaged in Russia’s political life. It served as the official residence of Tsaritsa Irina Godunova and, later, Sophia Alexeyevna.

The scenic fortress reflecting in the water of the pond is an ideal place for taking lovely pictures. You can visit the Convent’s museums and historical cemetery if you have the time or the inclination to do that. Among well-known people whose final resting place is Novodevichye Cemetery are Gogol, Bulgakov, Prokofiev, Mayakovski, Chekhov and many others.

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11:00 am – Moscow Metro, an underground attraction

Now that we’ve come to the oldest – Sokolnicheskaya – line of Moscow Metro, there’s no way we can miss this outstanding Moscow attraction.

Park Kultury Metro Station

Park Kultury Metro Station Moscow Attractions

This is one of the first three terminal stations of Moscow Metro opened in 1935, the other two being Sokolniki and Smolenskaya Stations.

At this station, you’ll have to change to the Koltsevaya Line: get ready to get off the train three times (in the direction of Belorusskaya Metro Station).

Kiyevskaya Metro Station (Koltsevaya Line #5)

Kiyevskaya Metro Station (Koltsevaya Line) Moscow Attractions

Kiyevskaya Station was opened in 1954 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the Russia-Ukraine unification. The station was being built when Nikita Khrushchev came to power in the Soviet Union. He wanted to honour his homeland, and the project’s authors did an excellent job in conveying his idea: the station’s design revolves around Russian-Ukrainian friendship and the union of two Soviet peoples.

Krasnopresnenskaya Metro Station

Krasnopresnenskaya Metro Station Moscow Attractions

Opened in 1954, Krasnopresnenskaya Station is known for its pylons coated in light- and dark-red marble, its tunnel walls in light marble and its flooring in red, grey and black granite. The station’s design draws from the Russian Revolutions of 1905 and 1917.

Belorusskaya Metro Station (Koltsevaya Line #5)

Belorusskaya Metro Station (Koltsevaya Line) Moscow Attractions

The artistic design of this station, open in 1938, is the agriculture and culture of Belarus. The ceiling is embellished with stucco ornamentation representing garlands and ears of wheat. Along the axis of the main hall’s vault are 12 mosaic panels showing the life of the Belarusians.

At this point, we switch to the Zamoskvoretski Line #2.

Belorusskaya Station (Zamoskvoretskaya Line #2)

Belorusskaya Station (Zamoskvoretskaya Line) Moscow top attractions

One of the most remarkable (in our view) Moscow Metro stations, Belorusskaya Station is faced with three different kinds of marble. The architects’ idea was to create the impression of an underground palace using combinations of differently coloured marble. In order to visually lighten the station’s heavy structure, pylon niches decorated with bronze floor lamps were installed on either side of the central hall.

Here we take the metro to Mayakovskaya Station.

Mayakovskaya Station

Mayakovskaya Station top Moscow Attractions

This station is special for many reasons. It was Moscow’s first deep column station, and the project was awarded two Grand Prix at Paris and New York World Expos in 1937 and 1939 respectively. When asked which Moscow Metro Station is the most beautiful, many point to Mayakovskaya Station, so it`s definitely a must see Moscow attraction!

Our short tour of the Moscow Metro ends at this station, and we go up to Triumfalnaya Square.

12:00 pm – Tverskaya Street

Top Moscow Attractions Map 3

Tverskaya Street is Moscow’s main thoroughfare. It connects Red Square to Triumfalnaya Square and abounds in historical buildings dating from the 19th and 20th centuries. Of special importance are neo-Classical buildings erected in Stalin’s era. Tverskaya Street and adjoining lanes are lined with numerous attractions, museums, theatres, shops, restaurants and cozy public gardens.

While strolling along Tverskaya Street, you can combine sightseeing and leisurely shopping. So start with the odd-numbered side of Tverskaya Street (it’s the right side when facing the direction of the Kremlin).

12:10 pm –Natura Siberica Shop

Personal care products made from Siberian plants are a great gift and souvenir from Russia.

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12:40 pm – State Central Museum of Contemporary Russian History

State Central Museum of Contemporary Russian History Moscow Attractions

The old Classic mansion housing the Museum of Contemporary Russian History was built by L. Razumovski in 1780 and flanked by two wings in 1811. Since 1831, it was home to the aristocratic English Club frequented by Alexander Pushkin, Leo Tolstoy, Ivan Krylov and many other celebrities.

The repositories and collections of the Museum of Contemporary Russian History contain historical items dating from the 17th century to the present day.

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12:50 pm – Nirnzee House

Nirnzee House Top Moscow Attractions

Leave Tverskaya Street for a while and turn to Gnezdikovski Lane to see Moscow’s first “high-rise” – Nirnzee House. Not every travel guide mentions this attraction. Built in 1913, it was Moscow’s highest residential building of the time. Vertical red lines divide rows of window openings and ornaments, such as flowerpots and garlands, embellish the upper storey. The façade is topped with a mosaic panel by artist Alexander Golovin. Up to 700 people lived in this building before the Revolution.

1:30pm – Lunch

We offer you three restaurants that differ in concept and price range. What is certain is that all of them will serve you up a delicious lunch!

Café Pushkin

Come here to have lunch in the ambience of 19th-century aristocratic Moscow. Established by caterer Andrey Dellos in 1999, the restaurant specializes in Russian aristocratic cuisine and the interior in the historical style features numerous antiques reminiscent of the 19th century. One of the restaurant’s attractions is its extensive library. In terms of price, this is one of Moscow’s priciest catering facilities.

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Armenia Restaurant

The menu of this classical restaurant and wine bar on Tverskaya Street offers Russian, Caucasian and European dishes. A summer veranda is open to visitors during the warmer months.

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Varenichnaya No. 1 Café

This chain café serves reasonably priced Russian homemade cuisine. The interior design is inspired by Soviet flats, which is sure to make the older generation feel nostalgic and to immerse in an unusual but warm atmosphere those who have not lived in the good old times.

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2:30 pm – Pushkin Square

The monument to Alexander Pushkin was erected in 1880 with public donations, an initiative launched by graduates from the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum, an educational institution where Alexander Pushkin had studied. The White City’s Tverskiye Gate, through which there used to pass the Moscow-Tver road, stood on the site of the present-day square until 1720. In the 18th century, the fortification wall of the White City was dismantled, giving place to Tverskoy Boulevard that immediately gained popularity among wealthy city-dwellers as a great place to stroll.

When on Pushkin Square, move to the even-numbered side of the street and keep exploring the highlights of Tverskaya Street.

2:40 pm – Eliseyev Food Hall

Eliseyev Food Hall Top Moscow Attractions

This is arguably the best-known grocery store in Moscow. Established by Petersburg merchant Grigory Eliseyev in 1901, the store targeted wealthy customers and became widely known for its lavish interior, rare wines and an abundance of exotic products. In Soviet times, its location and a bewildering variety of products made it the most famous grocery store in the USSR.

3:10 pm – Tverskaya Square

On Tverskaya Square stands the monument to Prince Yuri Dolgorukiy, best known as the founder of Moscow. The monument was put up in 1947 to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the founding of Moscow.

Moscow City Government

Moscow City Government attractions

Built in the late 18th century, the impressive building of Moscow City Government (the former home of Governor Generals of Moscow) initially had three storeys. In the 1940s, two more storeys were added to it, separated from the historical building with a massive cornice. The original building’s heating system included 182 Dutch furnaces, 52 Russian stoves, 17 ovens, 4 fireplaces and 12 hearths.

3:20 pm – Savinsky Metochion

Savinsky Metochion moscow attractions

The metochion of the Savino-Storozhevsky Monastery is “hidden” in the courtyard of Building No. 6. It is one of those buildings that were literally moved during the street’s reconstruction in the 20th century. After its relocation, the building was blocked by the façade of a more recent high-rise so that not all Moscow natives are aware of this attraction existence. The Savinsky Metochion, built in the early 20th century to plans by I. Kuznetsov, is one of the finest samples of Moscow Art Nouveau architecture.

3:30 pm – Stoleshnikov Lane

Stoleshnikov Lane Moscow attractions

It is a good idea to start your discovery of one of Moscow’s most poetic districts by taking a stroll along Stoleshnikov Lane. The lane has recently been turned into a pedestrian zone, and old-fashioned street lamps, revamped façades, stone block pavement and flowers return it to a semblance of its historical appearance. The first building we’ll see walking from Tverskaya Street down Stoleshnikov Lane is the Church of Sts. Cosmas and Damian in Shubino, built in 1703. Stoleshnikov Lane is lined with buildings once frequented and inhabited by prominent people of the past. Today you’ll also find here famous brand boutiques and lovely cafés.

4:00 pm – Petrovka Street

Take a leisurely stroll along Stoleshnikov Lane to Petrovka Street. Here you’ll see two major shopping malls, Petrovsky Passage and TsUM, known for their wide selection of international luxury brands, opulence and sky-high prices.

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Turn from Petrovka Street to Kuznetsky Bridge and return to Tverskaya Square walking along Kamergersky Lane..

5:20 pm – Tverskaya Square – Snack Break

Back on the square, don’t forget to have a cup of coffee at Shokoladnitsa Café or at Moscow’s and Russia’s first McDonald’s, which also makes it a place of interest, in a sense.

Take a pleasant walk along Tverskoy Boulevard towards Nikitskie Vorota Square enjoying the views of lovely buildings and mansions with a long history (see the relevant section for more information about them).

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6:00 pm – Nikitskie Vorota

Nikitskie Vorota Top Moscow Attractions

Located on Nikitskie Vorota Square is the Greater Church of the Ascension, an outstanding Empire-style building, constructed in the aftermath of the Patriotic War of 1812. It was here that the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin married Natalya Goncharova on March 2, 1831.

Maxim Gorky’s House

Maxim Gorky’s House Moscow Attractions

Maxim Gorky’s House is located a few steps from the square, on Malaya Nikitskaya Street. It belonged to the rich industrialist family of Ryabushinsky before the Russian Revolution of 1917. Built in 1900-1903 by architect O. Shekhtel, the mansion – an epitome of Moscow Art Nouveau architecture – brought glory to its creator. If you have the opportunity, don’t miss visiting the mansion.

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7:00 pm – Patriarch’s Ponds

 Patriarch’s Ponds Moscow Attractions

Walking from one lane into another, you’ll get to Patriarch’s Ponds. The magic of this place consists in the following: don’t check the map as countless meandering lanes will take you all by themselves to this romantic and quiet place right in the heart of Moscow!

For Muscovites, Patriarch’s Ponds are synonymous with Mikhail Bulgakov’s immortal novel, Master and Margarite, yet this area goes back in history to much earlier times. At the beginning of the 17th century, Patriarch Hermogenes of Moscow had his residence built here, which later developed into Patriarch’s Sloboda with three specially arranged ponds that provided fish for the Patriarch’s household.

Several exciting buildings ans remarkable attractions are located in the nearby lanes (see our article for more information). They are well worth a visit if, of course, you have the time and energy.

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8:00 pm – Dinner

In the vicinity of Patriarch’s Ponds there is a good choice of restaurants that offer you dinner options to your liking. We suggest you head for Malaya Bronnaya Street to eat dinner – you just can’t go wrong here.

Uilliam’s – early booking is highly recommended

Uilliam's Moscow

This restaurant serves signature dishes and its menu changes every two months. In the centre of the hall is an open kitchen. This is, undoubtedly, one of the most significant restaurants on Patriarch’s Ponds, but on the downside, the average bill here is pretty high.

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Kianu Bar

This place is cozy, full of atmosphere and serves excellent seafood that is worth a bite.

This is where our 3-day walk through the main Moscow attractions ends. To make it easier and more comfortable for you to move around the city, we advise you to prepare and install useful mobile applications:

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