#Innsider’s guide: things to do in Moscow
Moscow is one of Europe’s most vibrant and non-stop cities. Brimming with modern culture and fascinating history, spring or autumn are the best times to visit, when the crowds aren’t quite so big and the temperatures not too freezing. After ticking off the Red Square and Lenin’s Mausoleum, refer to our #Innsider’s guide to Moscow to discover the variety the city can offer.
Those looking for a good photo opportunity should take a trip to the upside down house at VVTs All-Russia Exhibition Center near Ostankino Park. Its appearance from the outside is striking, but venture inside and you will find the house fully furnished, complete with upside down inhabitants.
The attention to detail is impressive, with dinner served up and half-empty glasses on the coffee table. There’s even an upside down Mini parked up on the drive!
A short stroll from the busy Gorky Park is the Graveyard of Fallen Monuments. After the collapse of the USSR, there were hundreds of Soviet statues and monuments to remove and this is where they were put.
© Chelsea Marie Hicks (photoshop from original)
Statues of Stalin, Brezhnev and other leaders are easy to spot and the ‘wall of heads’ is particularly spooky. The park is free to wander around offers a great insight into Soviet history.
When the time comes to refuel after a busy day, head to Didu on Myasnitskaya Street. Popular with locals and tourists alike, the first thing you’ll notice about the café is the unusual selection of furniture inside. However, it’s Didu’s walls that are the main attraction, lined with colorful plasticine models that visitors have made over the years.
Didu is open late throughout the week, and even later at weekends, so just find a table with a big box of plasticine and see who can get the most creative!
A Russian puzzle
Like a challenge? Book in an hour at this special puzzle house and get ready to put your logic to the test. Each of the three rooms at Cubiculum is home to a different challenge but there are no instructions on how to play, the plot or the final goal – that all needs to be figured out by your team.
Each game lasts an hour and it’s the perfect opportunity to get the whole family involved. Helpful staff are on hand if you get really stuck. Think you’ve got what it takes? Book an hour session in advance and give it your best shot.
When the time comes to pick up some souvenirs, spend a couple of hours at Izmailovo Market. There’s a great selection of art, antiques and Soviet relics to browse through, and of course, plenty of those famous babushka dolls.
The flea market is open seven days a week, but there’s a lot more on offer at the weekends. Some traders won’t drop their prices by much but don’t be afraid to negotiate to get the best deals.
A place to stay
For leisure travellers, our Park Inn by Radisson Sadu is ideally located to see all of Moscow’s top attractions, including the Kremlin and the Tretyakov Gallery. Guests can dine at Café SADU and taste the best Russian specialties and a variety of international dishes.
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