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As Europe’s largest city, you’ll have a full plate when it comes to activities during your stay. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors have made things a bit easier by narrowing down the best things to see and do in Moscow:
1. Red Square. Whether you visit during the day or in the evening, the scene on the most iconic of Russian settings is without a doubt unforgettable. Stand in the center of the cobblestoned square and marvel at the 360-degree view of hundreds of years of Russian history. For an equally interesting and eerie experience, head to Lenin’s Mausoleum, where you can observe the preserved body of the infamous Bolshevik leader.
2. Bolshoi Theatre. Russia’s best-known arts venue recently completed a full makeover to preserve many of its historic facets while improving its technological capabilities, and catching a ballet or opera here is well worth the energy of finding a ticket. The eye-catching columned building is truly a sight to be seen, with its shimmering chandeliers, dramatic main stage and crimson-colored seating.
3. The Kremlin. The red brick walls are the passageways into Russia’s rich history; there’s no denying the fortress’s powerful presence in the city. Filled with churches, palaces and even an armory, this is the site many of the country’s famous leaders have called home. The Armory Palace museum with its Fabergé eggs is not to be missed.
4. Ride the Metro. Amazingly efficient, the Moscow Metro is estimated to whisk nearly 7 million passengers around the city each day. But it’s the intricate interiors of the Metro that will impress you most. Make a stop at Komsomolskaya, Ploshchad Revolutsii and Mayakovskaya stations for a glimpse of classic Soviet architecture, including marble columns, chandeliers and mosaics.
5. Relax in a banya. Dive into Russian culture by getting sweaty with the locals at a traditional banya, or Russian bathhouse. Sandunovskiye Bani in central Moscow is one of the city’s oldest banya houses. The baths are divided by gender, and you can also grab a meal at the onsite restaurant or book a nail appointment in the salon during your visit. In terms of the actual bathhouse treatments, you’ve really gone native if you let a local beat you with a birch branch as the sweat rolls off you, which the staff will assure you is good for improving circulation.