Moscow for free
If you find yourself on a short visit of the beautiful Russian capital you are going to have to make the hard choices of things to do. Moscow is a big metropolis with multitude of attractions to offer but some of them just may cost you a penny. However, before you empty your pockets, have a look at my selection of 5 things to do in Moscow for free.
1. Free walking tours
Like many European Capitals, Moscow too offers a free daily walking tour that takes you around the must-see attractions of the city. The duration of the tour is 2,5 hours so be prepared to walk! These tours often have a more alternative perspective on the city compared to the traditional excursions, the guides will have urban legends and jokes prepared for you. Book your place in advance and you’ll be expected at the meeting point at 10:45. There is no fee for the Moscow free tour but the guides will appreciate your applause and tips at the end of the walk. This tour is given in English but there is also an alternative for the Russian-speakers.
The project MossStreets offers a vast variety of excursions around Moscow for free. You may find the tour schedule here, and make sure you book your place in advance. The meeting place is communicated to you upon your reservation. The web page provides a detailed description of each walking tour, including the itinerary and the attractions you will see. Whether you are interested by Russian history, architecture, theater or literature, you will surely find your cup of tea among the various excursions on offer!
2. Cultural Events of Moscow
Moscow is rightfully considered to be a cultural capital and there is no wonder : there are hundreds of theater plays and musical concerts given weekly in this city. While personally I am a big lover of theater, Russian language can be an obstacle for the foreign guests. However, the language of music is international! Moscow Conservatory offers daily concerts including free of charge performances. Just check out the concert calendar to choose a perfect one for you. Their web page has both Russian and English versions, nonetheless the English page is less detailed and does not display the full calendar of events. Do not despair , after all you can always use Google translate to see the details through the Russian page.
Address : Bolshaya Nikitinskaya street 13/6
Getting there : Metro Ohotnyy Ryad
3. Panoramic Viewpoint of Moscow
Children’s World Department Store (Detskiy Mir) was once the largest toy store in Europe and today is still a true fairytale for the kids, but trust me, the adults may just love it as much! The 7 story building is filled up with shops, restaurants, has a cinema, museums, interactive games, performances and animation for the little ones while the parents are out shopping. The building itself is a landmark and will have things to catch your eye! You will be impressed by the beautiful stained glass windows and the worlds largest mechanical clock composed of 5 thousand pieces which takes it’s rightful place in the central atrium. However, I bet you will love the most the 7th floor viewpoint with a panoramic view onto the Russian capital.
Address : Teatralnyy pr-d 5/1
Getting there : Metro Lubyanka
Opening Hours : 10am – 10pm Daily
4. The sound of Music in Moscow
Do you like Blues or Jazz? How about Salsa or Step? What about Brunch? If any of those answers are Yes, you will fall in love with the “Jam club”. The great interior design provides a perfect setting for the atmospheric concerts some of which are free of charge, just check out the calendar! Going out for a weekend brunch, why not enjoy it with some live music! Just for you the Jam club introduced Saturday Blues and Sunday Ragtime brunches, try them both to pick your favorite. Monday evenings Salsa lovers gather here to spin around to the beats of Cuban music while on Tuesdays the floor is given to the happy feet of step dancers tapping along to live music.
Address : Moscow, Sretenka street 11
Getting there : Metro Sukharevskaya
5. Museum in Moscow
Gorky Memorial Museum also known as Ryabushinsky Mansion is a beautiful example of art-nouveau architecture, a real fantasy house. Stained glass windows, decorated parquet floors, ornamented ceilings and the curved staircase will not leave you indifferent. If you like this architectural style, it is a must-see landmark and the entrance is free.
Address : Moscow, Malaya Nikitskaya street 6/2
Getting there : Metro Pushkinskaya
Opening Hours : 11am – 5:30pm Wed-Sun
Those are my 5 picks of free things to do in Moscow but do not forget to stroll down the Arbat street, walk around the Red Square, enter the amazing orthodox churches, step out at the most beautiful metro stations and spend a few hours in the park of VDNH (Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva – a permanent Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy and an amusement park).
Thank you for reading this! Did you find this information useful? Have you already visited some of the suggested attractions? Leave a comment, let me know what you think!
Kremlin of Moscow
Russian Orthodox church
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