This walk explores Red Square, the historic complex in the heart of Moscow that is called "red" because the word originally meant "beautiful" in Russian, not because of the colour of its walls.
In the Soviet Union period, this was the centre of the socialist cult. Today the complex serves as the official residence of the President.
You'll see cathedrals, museums, churches, 20 towers, several monuments, and a mausoleum along the way, as well as the toniest store in Moscow. You'll also see the Moscow Kremlin, one-time official residence of the tsar.
Moscow State Historical Museum, Saint Basil's Cathedral, GUM Department Store
The nearest Moscow Metro stations to Red Square are: Okhotny Ryad and Biblioteka Imeni Lenina (Sokolnicheskaya Line), Arbatskaya (Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line), Alexandrovsky Sad (Filyovskaya Line) and Borovitskaya (Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya Line).
Places to stop along the way:
The State Historical Museum, Kilometer Zero, The Mausoleum, Saint Basil's Cathedral, GUM, Bosco Cafe, Spasskaya tower
Best time of day:
Early morning, from Monday to Friday.
Keep an eye on your belongings, and don't buy any souvenirs here. The traditional items are quite ordinary but the prices here are extremely high. Keep your ID card with you.
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