The Best of Moscow
This city is huge and exciting. Moscow is known for its beautiful architecture, amazing food and lovely climate. Many people have the wrong idea that Moscow experiences cold weather throughout the year which is not true. The city experiences a temperate climate and it is generally advised that people shouldn't travel to the city in winters when the temperature is freezing, otherwise Moscow is blessed with a lovely climate.
The Kremlin was built-in the 14th century by Prince of Moscow, Ivan Klaita. Almost 50 years later, his grandson Dmitry Donskoy raised walls made of white stone around the fortress and construction was completed in the beginning of the 16th century. The whole area of the Kremlin houses a number of unique buildings such as Museum of Moscow Kremlin, Armory, Cathedrals of Assumption, St. Michael the Archangel and Ordination Church.
Ice Sculpture Gallery
It is a special kind of museum which only houses beautiful looking ice sculptures. It serves as a year around attraction and is one of the best places to visit in Moscow with kids and family. The frozen architecture masterpieces puts every visitor in great wonder and the chilly atmosphere is accompanied with great music and amazing lights. This museum is managed by a private firm and visitors are provided with special vests to keep them warm as the temperature is below -10°F.
The Diamond Fund
It's a place where visitors can find diamonds, precious stones and jewelry which is priceless. This fund was founded in 1922 and initially it belonged to the Tzar of Russia but it has been open for public viewing since 1967. It stores important historic relics of the Russian history such as the State Regalia (precious crown), Orloff Diamond (189.62 carats), Shah Diamond (88.7 carats) and the world's largest cut sapphire (258.8 carats) among others.
Among the many cool things to do in Moscow, people can also visit the world-famous Red Square. The venue derives its name from the term 'Krasnaya' which means beautiful and red. The Red Square houses many ancient architectural marvels of the XVI and XX century as well as the recently created Voskresensk Gates, the Church of the Icon of the Mother of God of Kazan and Iberia Chapel.
As the name goes, Armory was specially founded to store weapons and imperial arms for the Russian military. Later the Armory also housed Jewelle, Icon Frames and Embroidery. The Armory also housed some important beautiful pieces of jewelry, handicrafts of the time when Peter the Great ruled the Russian land. During recent years, the Armory has undergone lot of changes but still it holds the distinction of being one of the most artistic places in Moscow.
One of the best things to do in Moscow is take a trip to the Izmailovo Park. The park is very popular among foreign tourists and they can buy various items from its open air market which houses ancient Russian art, antiques and cold war memorabilia. People who are not interested in street shopping can just walk to the Izamailovo Royal Estate which was considered as the play area for Peter the Great.
People who plan to go to Moscow should definitely make a trip to the 'Seven Sisters'. The Seven Sisters is living proof of Russian architectural excellence and all these seven structures were built on the orders given by Joseph Stalin after the World War II and each of these buildings were especially designed according to inputs provided by Stalin. This term Seven Sisters consists of Hotel Ukrania, Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Apartments, the Kudrinskaya Square Building, the Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya Hotel, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the main building of the Moscow State University, and the Red Gates Administrative Building.
This amazing structure stands 206 meters tall with 34 floors. It was designed by Arkadi Mordvinow and Vyacheslav Oltarzhevsky and on its completion in 1957 it was Europe's largest hotel with a capacity of 1,630 people. In 2004, a new deck was opened in the hotel and it is said that the entire skyline of the city can be seen from it. The hotel was closed in 2007 for renovations and was opened again in the late 2010.
Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Apartments
This property is the most famous commercial and residential complex of the country. It was designed by Dmitri Chechvlin and Andrei Rostkovsky and the building is 176 meters high. It has 32 floors of which 26 are for residences and the remaining are commercial spaces. Many meteorological experiments are also conducted from this building.
The Kudrinskaya Square Building
This building stands tall on various controversial stories surrounding it. It was originally designed for housing various Russian leaders but due to the collapse of Soviet Union in 1991 this 22 floor amazing structure was not given any attention and it started losing its grace and shine. Today various renovation works are being carried on this 160 meter high masterpiece to make sure that it regains its old charm.
The Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya Hotel
Originally known as the Leningradskaya Hotel, this 136 meter high tower was built by Leonid Polyakov. Critics say that the inside of the hotel was done with no details and this inaccurate detailing increased the building cost and a lot of controversies. After a very expensive renovation which ended in 2008, this hotel reopened as the Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya Hotel.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
It is still the most important building in Russian politics. The building has 27 levels and it currently houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and small branches of Ministry of Trade. The most impressive feature of this building is its huge Soviet crest which measures 144 square meters.
Moscow State University
The biggest sister in all the seven options, this university stands 240 meters tall and has 36 floors. The building can house more than 30,000 students and was inaugurated in 1936. A large number of World War 2 prisoners were used for the construction of this magnificent building. Today the central tower of the university houses various classrooms and student quarters, administrative offices, museums, a salon and post office.
Hope this article on things to do in Moscow was a fun read. People who are traveling to Russia for the first time should at least learn some basic common Russian phrases or know someone who speaks Russian to make the trip more easy and interesting.