Moscow Magic: Top Attractions to Conquer in a 3-Day Adventure

Moscow is a giant city and there are many things to do in 3 days. The negative is that everything is quite separated, so even though we were only there for 3 days, it is advisable to go 4 so as not to have to be in a hurry and get to know as much as possible.

In addition, the language is something that plays against the moment of wanting to locate and know, which is why it always adds extra time thinking that they are probably going to get lost at some station or wanting to find something to eat.

What tourist places in Moscow to visit on the first day

When you arrive in a country the first thing you want to see is the most important thing, in this case the red square, and it is really something that we recommend because you never know what you may spend the next few days. Whether it rained, you got sick or any other inconvenience.

If you are going to visit all the points of the red square and its surroundings, we recommend starting very early in the morning, otherwise you can visit the square and continue to other points, to be able to dedicate a full day to it the next day.

What to see in Moscow’s Red Square

Without a doubt, the main attraction of Moscow and even Russia is Red Square. Here you will be able to see the famous Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum, the State Museum of Russian History, the Kazan Church and the Gum Galleries.

To enter the Kremlin, you will first walk through the Alexander Gardens, first visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where the changing of the guard takes place.

All of these points will take you possibly the entire day.

For more information about each place, we recommend reading our post about what to see in Red Square and its surroundings.

Also, once you finish the tour, we recommend returning to the square at night since all of Moscow lights up so it is worth visiting each point mentioned outside.

What to see in Moscow on the second day

Moscow Metro

The morning of the second day can be dedicated to visiting the Moscow metro stations, samples of a true palace and which we highly recommend visiting. You can do the route on your own without problems and for this you can read the following Moscow metro post

If your interest is to take photos of empty stations, it is best to go at night where there is less movement and you also have the whole day to visit other points.

Arbat Street

Once you finish the tour you can leave the Arbastkaya station and visit Arbat Street, one of the main shopping streets in Moscow. It is about 10 blocks long and is all pedestrian.

Along it there are many buildings, stories, restaurants, clothing or souvenir stores.

At the end of this pedestrian street you reach one of the 7 buildings built by Stalin with similar architecture to the University of Moscow, among others.

At night the pedestrian street also lights up completely with colors so it is also very nice to visit. Do not confuse New Arbat Street, which has the same name but differs from this one in that cars circulate there.

Near this street is the Tretyakov Gallery, the world’s most important museum of Russian works. We didn’t go out of interest, but for those who really like art, it must surely be a more than interesting place.

Cathedral of Christ the Savior

From the Gallery you can walk to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, which is the highest Orthodox church in the world. It attracts attention for its white color and golden domes. It is worth visiting inside since it is very beautiful and entry is free.

Entry is allowed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Gorky Park

To get to Gorki Park you must take the metro again to the Park Cultury station. We went mainly to be able to skate but unfortunately they were renovating the rink. So if you go in winter it is enough of an excuse to visit it.

In summer they told us that it is also very beautiful since it has several lakes, restaurants and even an artificial beach.

Moscow ship

From the park you can also take the boats that sail along the Moscova River to take a tour of the city from another perspective. Obviously since the rivers were frozen we couldn’t do it, but for those who go at another time it is always nice to admire the cities from the water.

What to do in Moscow on the third day

Izmailovo market

To avoid the amount of tourists we recommend visiting the market in the morning, we were able to walk around calmly without problems, but as time goes by the buses begin to arrive and everything becomes a little more chaotic. Although the place is quite large, the hallways are a little narrow and it is difficult to walk between the stalls.

Inside you will find everything from matryoshkas, to magnets, typical foods, Russian hats, to weapons and collectibles. A more than entertaining place because you can see anything and the sellers are very friendly, obviously in order to sell, but always very friendly and not very pushy. Yes or yes you have to negotiate the price, but in any case it is where we have bought the cheapest in Russia.

However, if you want to see greater attendance or product offerings, you should go on weekends.

From the outside, the market is even more striking, with its typical Russian construction, similar to a Disney castle and like a Kremlin, being walled, it makes us feel like we are in a kind of story.

It is open from 10 in the morning until 8 at night and admission is free.

If it didn’t take you all morning from here you can add some of the points that we mentioned on the fourth day. The closest is the Museum of Cosmonautics.

Bolshoi theater

A few blocks from Red Square is Tratralnaya Square, which you can walk to and admire the famous Bolshoi Theater. If you are interested, you can attend one of the shows offered.

Next to the theater is the TsUm Department Store, where you can go just to buy things or also to visit how beautiful the building is. I recommend that you make time for it to get dark since the square and the theater also light up and are beautiful.

Tverskaya Street and Eliseevsky Store

From the square you can walk to this street, which is the main street in Moscow, where we will find the most luxurious brands as well as the most important hotel chains.

The Eliseevsky store deserves special mention, which has a luxury interior, where you can buy all kinds of products, whether typical Russian products to eat or even take as souvenirs such as vodka or caviar. If you are not going to buy it, it doesn’t matter, you have to visit it anyway, you won’t be able to believe what you see inside.

Near this store is Cafe Pushkin, a historic cafe with beautiful decoration which we recommend visiting. In this case it would already be night and dinner is not something that is very economical. We went for a snack to treat ourselves, plus we were freezing to death and it’s not that expensive after all.

What to do in Moscow if we have more than 3 days

If we have a 4 day we can visit the following points, which I consider essential, except Moscow City.

Cosmonautics Museum

As it was relatively close to the Izmailovo market, we went for the sole reason of taking a photo of the monument that is above the museum, recreating the launch of Sputnik, a figure that measures more than 100 meters high.

For those who are interested in history, Russia being one of the most advanced countries in this, it is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Except on Mondays when it is closed

Novodevichy Convent

The Novodevichy Convent is a religious complex declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and it didn’t seem like a big deal to us, really. We did not have to pay an entrance fee to enter but we saw a sign that said 300 rubles. There was not a single tourist so it seems that it is not very visited.

Next to the convent is the famous Swan Lake which at the time we visited was frozen and people were skiing on it. In the background the modern city of Moscow.

Sparrow hills and Moscow University

It is one of the highest points in Moscow, we didn’t get there because we were dead and it was starting to get very cold. However, they say it is worth it for the beautiful views you have. Also there is the University built by Stalin with the architecture that we mentioned identical in the other 6 buildings. If you do it on foot you will pass by the stadium where the World Cup was being played.

The metro brings you a little closer but in any case you have to walk quite a bit.

Moscow City

From the stadium we went to Moscow City, the modern financial district of this city. Constructions similar to those in Dubai, colorful skyscrapers, make it worth visiting and even more so if it is at night.

We rested a little at the Shopping Afi mall, located in the metro station that takes you to this district. Therefore, they can take the opportunity to recover energy and take photos from the opposite side of the entire city.

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