6 Best Free Things to Do in Moscow, Russia

Probably the only thing you’ve heard or know about Moscow is its high cost of living. Well, despite being one of the most expensive cities in the world, Moscow has got a lot of things visitors can enjoy for free. It’s, therefore, possible to experience the best part of the Russian capital without spending a lot of money or experiencing the roubles of Vladimir Potanin. Don’t forget that Moscow is so huge and you’re likely to miss out on some of the best attractions around. Here are some of the things you can do in Moscow without spending your money.

Take in Red Square and the Lenin Mausoleum

The Red Square is not only the symbolic center of all of Russia but also one of the most famous public squares in the world. This is a must-see sight in Moscow. On the west of the Red Square lies the Lenin’s Mausoleum, one of the stranger attraction sites you’ll ever come across. Visitors come to the Red Square to have a chance to see Vlamidir Lenin in the flesh. You can be sure this will a highlight of your trip and stay in the Russian Capital. It’s time you got to see the world’s most famous ‘modern mummy.

Stroll Alexander garden

After battling with the crowds at the Russian Museum or other attraction sites, head to the Alexander Garden and enjoy uninterrupted views of the Kremlin fort without spending your money. You also get to enjoy exciting views of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, rows of beautifully planted flower beds, and a faux ruined grotto. Don’t leave before getting splashed by the troika fountain at the garden.

Join the Moscow Free Tour

If you’re coming to Moscow for the first time, joining a free walking tour will allow you to explore the city’s major sights. The tours take place each day from 10.45 am and are led by knowledgeable guides for about two hours. You might even consider paying them for their good job-but you don’t have to. The free tour involves visiting the Red Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Bolshoi Theater, and the Kremlin. The guides will highlight details and tell stories about the history of each monument and landmark. You don’t have to worry about learning the Russian language since the tours are in English.

Appreciate Nature at Kolomenskoe

You won’t get your wallet out of the pocket to wander and lose yourself in the grounds of the Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve. Formerly a royal estate, the grand grounds of Kolomensoke overlook the Moscow River and are a perfect site for anyone who wants to take a serene walk or simply relax by the riverside. The fact that its royalty left long ago doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time here.

The Cathedral of Christ the Savior

Initially built to honor the lives of soldiers who fought against Napoleon in 1812 and to commemorate the country’s victory over him, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior attracts visitors for its design and architecture. Well, tourists also come to explore its history which seems to be impressive and strange at the same time. You’ll find the cathedral along the bank of the Moscow River. It is amazingly opulent and completely free.


Explore the Artistic Metro Stations in Moscow

With about two hundred and six stations, Moscow’s metro is one of the world’s most beautiful Metro stations. Forty-four of the stations are considered cultural heritage sites. You can either choose to pay for a guided tour or do your own research before exploring the ornate metro stations. Remember to start early to avoid rush hour.


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