Despite the fact that Moscow is a huge city, by huge I mean enormous (17 million live there according to some unofficial information, but officially it’s only around 12), you can totally see the main landmarks in Moscow in 2 days. That’s why I decided to create this post about Moscow in 2 days: where to stay, what to see and how to survive.
I don’t recommend you to stay for long in Moscow unless you have friends or business here because there are many amazing places in Russia and it’s better to visit them all, rather than spend a week in Moscow. However, it’s only my opinion and I don’t want to thrust it on you. I visited Moscow 6-7 times and I always spent there from 1 day to a week. I still can’t say that I visited all the landmarks in Moscow – the city is huge and some landmarks aren’t a must-see, so I guess it’s fine.
Let’s get started with Moscow in 2 days:
Where to stay in Moscow?
In Moscow, you need a hotel with a very central location. By central I mean Lubyanka, Tverskaya street, Stary Arbat or anywhere in the city centre. There are plenty of hotels and hostels for different prices.
When I was in Moscow with Pepe, we stayed one night in St. Regis – and honestly, we didn’t want to leave the hotel at all. It was marvellous! And the location was just perfect – less than 8 minutes walking to the Red Square, in a very nice zone. I was in Moscow during all seasons of the year and I can confidently say that Moscow in winter is my favourite – just look at the Christmas Market in Moscow.
So well, if you want a proper posh hotel – you can stay in St. Regis (we loved it! – it was one of the best hotels, we ever visited).
However, you can also consider these fabulous ones: Savoy, Lotte Hotel or the Ritz Carlton Moscow!
What to see in Moscow in 2 days:
1. Red Square & Kremlin Museums
You can’t leave Moscow without visiting the main landmark of Russia – the Red Square with the Kremlin. Actually, if you visit the majority of the landmarks in the Red Square, you will spend almost a day – there are so many great places to visit.
Don’t forget to go inside the “Disneyland Church” or St. Basil’s Cathedral – it’s very impressive. Also, you can go to the Armoury of Kremlin and also visit the Museum of History. If you get inside the Kremlin, you will probably need at least 3-4 hours.
If you’re lucky, you can even visit the Mausoleum, where the famous dictator Lenin was mummified (the museum is open 4 days a week only in the morning/noon).
The shopping mall GUM on the Red Square is also a must – the shop is really iconic and you can also have a lunch there – there are many budget-friendly options as well as some really nice restaurants.
2. The State Tretyakov Gallery
The Tretyakov Gallery is the biggest gallery in Moscow and it has a unique collection on Russian art. It actually has only Russian art, so if you want to see the masterpieces of Russian artists – Tretyakov Gallery is a place to go!
3. Pushkin Museum
Unlike the Tretiakov Gallery, it has also artworks from the artists from all around the world. It doesn’t make sense, to visit so many museums just in two days, so you can choose either of them, but I would definitely recommend you to visit the Tretyakov Gallery over the Pushkin Museum.
4. Walk in the evening at Stary Arbat
Start Arbat is a lovely pedestrian-only street, full of musicians, artists, singers and cafes. It’s a lovely zone to walk around and have dinner.
5. Visit the performance in Bolshoi Theatre
Russian Ballet is world famous and Bolshoi Theatre is one of the best theatres in Russia (constantly competing with Mariinsky Cheater in St. Petersburg). Btw I just published a post about the best places to see ballet in St. Petersburg, so in case you didn’t manage to get to Bolshoi, you can still watch Russian ballet in St. Petersburg.
6. Christ the Saviour Cathedral
Christ the Savior Cathedral is very impressive from both inside and outside and it is also the biggest and the most important cathedral in Russia.
On the second day, you can have lunch in Moscow-City – the skyscraper part of Moscow (yes, Moscow has skyscrapers). There is this amazing restaurant Sixty from Ginza Project – it’s also the tallest restaurants in Eastern Europe. The view is nothing special, but just being so high in the air feels amazing.
8. Have a ride in Moscow Metro
Moscow Metro is definitely among the most beautiful in the world: it’s located deep under the groups and its hall resemble palaces, not public transport halls. It can be very crowded during the peak hours, so it’s better to have a ride in the afternoon – between 12 and 3 pm.
9. Visit the Izmailovo Kremlin
The Izmailovo Kremlin is another Kremlin located in Moscow, and it looks even more toy-like. It also has a huge market – so it’s a great place to buy some souvenirs.
If you manage to visit all these sights, your 2-day itinerary for Moscow will be fully packed. However, if you’re staying in Moscow for longer, consider visiting these places:
– Space Museum
– Tsarytsino Open Museum
– Gorky Park
– Vorobyovi Gory – for the best view over Moscow
– MGU – Moscow State University
– Ostankino TV Tower
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