Moscow was the capital of former USSR and that is why nowadays it still brilliantly keeps the atmosphere of Soviet times, like no other city in Russia. We have prepared for you a small adventure with various options of museums and galleries, cafes and restaurants, parks and squares, so you could feel the spirit of Soviet Russia. Here are our MUSTs:
SEE STALIN ARCHITECTURE
The downtown is famous for having plenty of Soviet buildings impressing you with massive, huge, elaborate, expressive and remarkable constructions. Every building is different and has its distinctive feature. Bloody historical. And that’s just a start!
TAKE THE SUBWAY
Embrace the Soviet past with a Metro tour. There are 44 stations of the world heritage. From the very first year of its existence it became a laboratory where the best Soviet architects, sculptors and artists experimented with the new Soviet style.
EAT IN KAMCHATKA BAR
An iconic place! Roll into Kamchatka where the front page of your story could be: “First, I had a shot of vodka in Siberia. Right in the center of Moscow”.
It provides you with a unique Soviet atmosphere: Russian vodka, pelmeni and bliny with caviar. What can be more Russian?
VDNKh (or VVC) to Russia is what Central park is to NYC or Golden Gate Park is to San Francisco. What this place lacks in nature and green space, it makes up for in immense historical and cultural heritage.
But, honestly, it has no analogues in the world. The complex includes more than 500 permanent structures. 49 of them are the objects of cultural heritage and pride. Nowadays it is one of the largest exhibition areas in Russia comprising marvelous pieces of Soviet art like a famous Soviet landmark – “Worker and Kolkhoz Woman” monument, a great number of monumental exhibition halls, Friendship of Nations fountain and more.
HOLD YOUR BREATH AT YURI GAGARIN MONUMENT
Yuri Gagarin is a Russian national hero. At a time when the space race was a bellwether of national prestige in the Cold War, 27-year-old Gagarin became the first person in space on 12 April 1961. Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev compared him to Christopher Columbus.
WALK THROUGH MUZEON PARK of ARTS
Do you feel like art, yoga, nature? Hit one of the finest parks of Moscow – Muzeon. The park through the eyes of locals is a creative space that provokes ideas and inspires. Muzeon can be described in 5 words: nature, art, music, chill out and original exhibitions of Soviet leaders and attributes.
READ A BOOK in the RUSSIAN STATE LIBRARY
representing Soviet architecture and being the largest in the country and the fourth largest in the world. It holds a unique collection of national and international documents on 367 different languages, 150 000 maps, 350 000 notes and records, rare books, dissertations and much more.
VIEW SPARROW HILLS OBSERVATION DECK
– a breathtaking view of whole Moscow is in front of you, State Moscow University is behind and admirable park all around. This moment will change your life.
ENJOY GUM Trading House
Located right in the middle of somewhere called Red Square, this place is impossible to miss. Welcome to the whatever-you-want land: authentic Russian food, Soviet style café and stylish modern coffee bars, Russian Matryoshka dolls, classy Russian grocery store, vintage clothing boutiques, historical fountain, glamourous brands, beautiful Russian souvenirs. Three rows and three stories of all types of awesome! Consider staying here forever when you try their very special old-fashioned delicious ice-cream.
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