By Carissa Hickok
The city of the Romanovs, Leo Tolstoy, the Kremlin…Moscow is well-known all around the world. It features attractions like the Bolshoi Ballet, The Conservatory, the Tretyakov Gallery and the Pushkin State Museum, to name just a few monumental locations. However, know that there is another side of Moscow that few outsiders have experienced. If you really want to enjoy Moscow, you need to consider these places. Here are the five attractions that will make your Moscow trip unforgettable. You will have so many things to remember and to tell your family about when you get back.
GUM and TSUM
The largest of the Moscow malls, GUM and TSUM are a place to visit if you get the chance to visit the city. These over-the-top shopping malls are full of stunning architecture and the most prestigious brands in the world. GUM is right next to the Red Square, while TSUM is across the street, so you can visit both in one day without any hassle.
The Patriarshy Prudiy
If you want to get a glimpse of Stalinist Russia and experience the surrealism that is still present in many parts of Russia, you need to visit Patriarshy Prudiy (which translates to Patriarch’s Pond). The pond is surrounded by apartments from the Stalinist era. There is also a restaurant built in the neoclassical style – it’s one of the best in the city. Amongst the attractions, one will find a sculpture garden. Although most tourists oversee this attraction, it is cherished by everyone in the area.
This is one of the most well-known cinemas in Moscow. Even though it doesn’t have stadium seating or even surround sound, it is full of history and beauty. They run many foreign films until late into the night. And yes, they also run American films. Discover more here
This park is the best place to take a walk and enjoy ice cream. It is set along the Moscow River, so it is as beautiful as it gets. Locals often have picnics, drink vodka, and sing until late in the evening. You’ll get a feel of the Russian lifestyle that you can’t find in other places. You can purchase red wine, delectable dishes and green tea. There are also lounges (both indoor and outdoor) where patrons can enjoy the traditional houka (a large pipe). You can get amazing views of Moscow city from the park as well.
St. Basil’s Cathedral
The cathedral is located on the opposite side of the Red Square and was built in the 1550s. The legend goes that the Tsar ordered the architect who built the St. Basil’s Cathedral to be blinded as to never be able to build such an amazing structure ever again. And in all truth, the cathedral is an architectural masterpiece. This is a must-see for every tourist who visits Moscow. An interesting fact is that this structure has no less than 9 altars all on one single foundation.
Moscow is a marvelous place – check it out!
Carissa enjoys traveling so much that she left the corporate world to work as a freelancer, which allows her to up and go on a regular basis. She lives with her dachshund, Daphne in central Florida.
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