In fact, every building has its very own story. It's like traveling back in time and no other city displays Russia's history better than Moscow. Let us take you on a little tour and show you the wonders of an amazing city...
THE KREMLIN AND RED SQUARE
There is no way around the Red Square and the bordering Kremlin. The center of Russia's capital is a magnet for tourists and one of the most iconic squares in the world.
As many people assume, the name Red Square does not originate from the pigment of the surrounding bricks nor from the link between the color red and communism. The Russian word "Krasnaya" (The name of the square is Krasnaya Ploshchad) can be translated to either "beautiful" or "red".
SAINT BASIL'S CATHEDRAL
The first thing you'll probably notice after entering the Red Square is the beautifully coloured onion domes of the Basil Cathedral, and a magical view of one of the most famous landmarks in Russia.
But it's interesting to know that the bright colours were only added 200 years later to its exterior walls. Another funny note is that the former dictator Josef Stalin wasn't really happy about how the location of the church blocked the entrance to the Red Square for his mass demonstrations, so he considered demolishing the cathedral. Luckily someone made him change his mind...
Should Lenin finally be buried or not? That is a very common question, as Lenin's embalmed body has been on public display for almost 90 years. During the Second World War his body was brought to Siberia when it appeared that Moscow might be in danger of invasion by Nazi Germany.
For a while he was even joined by Josef Stalin. The mausoleum opens its gates every day from 10:00 to 13:00 excluding holidays. Try to pay Lenin a visit before he disappears for good...
CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR
The Saviour Church has a very special story to tell. After Napoleon retreated from Moscow the idea was introduced to honour Christ with a church for saving Russia. The church took more than 40 years to be built, only to be blown up in 1931 by the order of Josef Stalin.
The demolition was supposed to make way for a 400 meter tall palace with a massive Lenin Statue on the top. While the project never went beyond its fundamental plans and was later withdrawn, the Russian people decided to rebuild the church in 1995.
Stalin used to call them the 'palaces of the people', and the Moscow Metro station truly does seem like a palace. Every ride on the Moscow Metro is a majestic journey. You will be amazed by the fancy chandeliers, the beautiful wall adornments and the marble abutments. Every station tells you a different story about Russia's history.
Another exciting highlight are the escalators that take you up or down the stations. Sometimes you aren't even able to see the end, especially at the Park Podeby Station where you can find the longest escalator in the world, measuring 126 meters. Nine million people use the Moscow Metro every day.
PETER THE GREAT STATUE
This monument is one of the tallest in the world according to several votes. The statue is located in the Moskva River just a hundred meters south of the Kremlin.
The sail overlooks most of the city center and catches a lot of attention. Peter the Great established the Russian Navy and to honour him the whole structure was erected in the center of Russia's capital. The funny thing about it? The great Pete was actually the man who loathed Moscow and moved the capital to St. Petersburg...
MONUMENT TO THE CONQUERORS OF SPACE
This very unique monument was built to honour the Russian Space program, was erected in 1964 and is 110 meters tall. It's fully made out of titanium and pretty much symbolises a rocket on its way to space. Inside the base of the monument you will find the National Space Museum which was just recently re-opened to the public after three years of renovation. It's very close to the VDNK Park where you can find more interesting sights and spaceships. Simply rent a bike for a dollar (just next to the entrance) and explore the the entertaining park and its amazing fountain.