Let's say you've done the main sights in Moscow and you have a couple of hours to kill before you hit the nightlife again. You don't want to hit a boring as hell museum. What are the best unusual things to do in Moscow?
Good thing that I put together a list of the Top 10 Unusual Things To Do in Moscow. This list isn't extensive and I am sure you can find other cool unusual things to do in Moscow. I tried to find the coolest, most unusual and, where possible, unique to Moscow attractions there are.
Each of them has a personal rating and I will keep the list updated over time.
Unusual Moscow Attraction #1:
Shooting a Kalashnikov
What do you associate with Russia? Vodka, sexy Russian women and Kalashnikovs of course. So how about shooting a Kalashnikov in Moscow?
One of the biggest shooting ranges in the city belongs to the Municipal Moscow Sports and Shooting Range. It's the only one with a 100 meter range. They have a ton of weapons to choose from and many professional instructors that can show greenhorns the ropes. For even more details go to their website.
I have not been to a shooting range in Moscow yet but friends have praised how much fun it is. Definitely recommended.
Unusual Moscow Attraction #2:
The Bunker Museum and Restaurant
Maybe you're not so much into guns but a history buff. Good, then you should go and visit the Bunker 42 in Moscow. It's an old Cold War bunker that will take you back to a completely different era.
They offer different tours around where you can learn a ton of stuff about the bunker, its use and how tense things were back in the days. The tour caps off with a simulation of an American nuclear attack on Soviet Russia, which is a cool gimmick. You can even stick around after the tour for the restaurant, I didn't visit that though.
The tour is cool, even if I found it a bit short (60mins). You do learn some interesting stuff but you're not overloaded with information. The simulation in the end is definitely the highlight. Overall, I'd recommend this one.
Unusual Moscow Attraction #3:
Riding a tank
Yet another war and weapons-themed attraction is a tank ride out of town. You can start with a regular ride with the tank for 50 bucks, or get the VIP version where you can book a bunch of stuff, including driving over a car, a tank fight, shooting guns and more. Their website is unfortunately only in Russian and Chinese.
I haven't been but I cannot see how this would not be fun. Definitely on my to-do list.
Unusual Moscow Attraction #4:
The Soviet Arcade Games Museum
A quite different type of fun is the Soviet Arcade Games Museum. In there, you can play with old pinball machines, foosball tables and arcade games. The machines are really old, so if you're the type of person who can't go two minutes without checking his phone, you'll get bored quickly. Everyone else can spend an hour feeling like a Russian teenager in the 50s and 60s.
The machines are really old and the games super antique, even by "oldies" standards. It's not as good as the pinball museum in Budapest but you can spend a good hour or so in there.
Unusual Moscow Attraction #5:
This isn't an attraction that is totally unique to Moscow but it's very popular nonetheless. There are tons of differently themed quests all around the city. These are little escape games where you have to solve a few puzzles to progress through the story and escape the room you're locked into.
There are lots of different difficulties and themes like Saw, Terminator, other movies and even funny quests like escaping from the room your drunk office collagues left you in. Some also involve actors. Best played in a group of two to four people.
I'm really not much of a puzzle person so this isn't my favorite activity at all. Objectively though these quests are pretty cool and well-made and if you're into this type of thing, you're going to have a hell of a time.
Unusual Moscow Attraction #6:
The G-Spot Museum
You wouldn't be reading Moscownightguide if we didn't come across sex at some point, am I right?
You might have been to sex museums in other cities but Moscow's G-Spot Museum is the biggest in the world (how else could it be). There are tons of little toys and gimmicks from ancient and modern times. It definitely never hurts to learn something about sex, especially in Moscow.
The museum is quite big indeed although I still think the one in Prague is bigger. I recommend joining the free tour even though it's in Russian (they will translate the most important stuff, ha).
Unusual Moscow Attraction #7: Restaurant V Temnote (In the darkness)
For people that love to eat (like I do) this attraction is really unusual. In this restaurant you're served by blind waiters in a pitch black room where you cannot see your food.
In the beginning you pick a menu but not the exact dishes. You just know whether it's fish-based or meaty or something different. Then they lead you to a room that is totally dark, and I mean so dark that you cannot see anything.
Not to take everything away but they did a good job of experiencing how it is to be blind for about 75 minutes. I'm not sure if this restaurant is unique to Moscow but it is definitely highly unusual.
The food is pretty ordinary to be honest and it's fairly expensive for the quality. The experience is still worth it. It took me personally a while to get used to the darkness but in the end it started to feel quite natural. Would recommend this as a unique experience.
Unusual Moscow Attraction #8:
Riding a Quad
Riding a quad isn't maybe the most unusual thing to do but you can take it up a notch and ride a quad in the Russian winter!
There's a compound outside of Moscow where you can do just that and ride a quad through the woods. If you, like me, have never done that, it's already a cool experience. It's even cooler if you do it in harsh conditions. They have instructors that know exactly what they're doing and will take good care of you, even if you're a total noob. Their website is crap but contact me and I'll put you in touch with the right guys.
If I'm totally honest, I took the tour at -5 Celsius, which is barely winter in Russia. Dress super warm and take heavy leather gloves and you'll experience an extremely cool ride through the Russian woods. Recommended at any time of the year.
Unusual Moscow Attraction #9:
Tour of Moscow's Rooftops
A good unusual thing to do in Moscow, especially if you need a date idea, is a tour of Moscow's rooftops. It's a great opportunity to get a bird's eye view of Moscow and to take a couple of unique photos (cause you can get the view without a tour too). You pick an area of Moscow and the guide takes you up two or three different rooftops. There's also the option of booking the evening for a date and have some privacy and a great view.
Best done with a sexy date on your hands and a good opportunity to get away from all the people and see a different perspective of Moscow.
Unusual Moscow Attraction #10:
Zombieland Action Quest
There's quests and then there's Zombieland (only in Russian). It's a mixture of a quest and an action/laser tag game, where you're caught in a zombie apocalypse scenario on a shit and have to fight and shoot your way out of it.
It's much more action-based than the normal escape games and great for people (like me) who like the atmosphere but not the "solving puzzles" part. They even hire actors to play the zombies. This one's a bit out of town since it plays on a real ship.
This is a quest that I definitely will hit up in the future because the videos and pictures look amazing. The reviews are praising it as well.