The FIFA World Cup has begun! Sport enthusiasts have already booked their flights to the host country, Russia. The venues include Saint Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Volgograd and Yekaterinburg. The final will take place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on 15th July.
Moscow is known for its amazing architecture, cultural landmarks, interesting museums and historical sights. Take a look at some of the best places that you can explore on your holiday in Moscow.
A 300-acre amusement park, the Gorky Park is one of the popular attractions in Moscow. Rides include the Twister Coaster, Gorky Park Roller Coaster, Wacky Worm, Jet Star 2, Fiesta Express, Alpenblitz and Silber Mine. There are cafes, lounge chairs, dance and yoga classes and an outdoor cinema. This park is also featured in the famous crime novel ‘Gorky Park’ by American novelist, Martin Cruz Smith; it is set in the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Nestled in Red Square, near the Kremlin Wall - this mausoleum is home to the embalmed body of Vladimir Lenin, the communist revolutionary. This place is open from 10 am to 1 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The entrance is free. Photography is prohibited inside the mausoleum.
For all you art lovers, the Tretyakov Gallery is a must-visit. Treat your eyes to more than 1,300 works of Russian fine art. The works span from the 11th century to the early 20th century. This art gallery is open on all days except Mondays. Popular attractions include: ‘The Appearance of Christ to the People’ by Alexander Ivanov and ‘Trinity’ by Andrei Rublev.
With the backdrop of the fortified complex of Kremlin, the Moskva River looks breathtaking, isn’t it? To experience this beautiful sight, make your way to the Moskva River and enjoy a leisure stroll. You can also take a river cruise and catch a glimpse of the splendid Moscow city.
Saint Basil's Cathedral
Saint Basil's Cathedral aka Pokrovsky Cathedral is part of the Moscow Kremlin and Red Square UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built between 1555–1561 by Ivan IV, the first Tsar of Russia to celebrate the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan. Situated in Red Square, this beautifully coloured cathedral is now a museum. The cathedral also hosts a service in honor of the Day of Intercession every year in October.
Designed by architect Joseph Bové, this magnificent theatre hosts ballet and opera performances. With more than 200 dancers, this is the world's biggest ballet company. On your visit, admire the Neoclassical architecture of this historic theatre. You can also take the one-hour theatre tour either on Monday, Wednesday or Friday for an unforgettable experience.
How to reach here
By flight: Nearest airport, Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow.
Author : Vijaylaxmi Thakur