What to do in Moscow in 3 days

What To Do in Moscow in 3 Days (if you came for the nightlife)

So you finally decided to get your ass to Moscow. Congratulations! You'll have a hell of a time here and you probably won't want to leave. But besides lots of partying, hot Russian girls and massive hangovers, I recommend you to do some sightseeing in Moscow too. But what to do in Moscow in 3 days?

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Let me digress for just a moment here (you'll see in a second why).

I remember visiting Barcelona a couple of years ago.

Great city. Really beautiful.

Only problem was that I did not actually see jack shit. I spent the days sleeping out my hangovers and getting ready for the nights. Sad!

Now, I'm sure as hell not a professional tour guide. If you want someone to tell you when Czar Alexander the First was born, or who build this and that church, then you got the wrong site and the wrong guy.

But I know what my guests want to see in between debaucherous nights of crazy partying. I give you:

What to Do in Moscow in 3 Days (if you came for the nightlife)

What happened to me in Barcelona will not happen to you, guaranteed.

You'll leave Moscow with the feeling of having seen the most important sights. Having taken it just the right amount of culture. And you will have some photos to show for at home. Cause you better not the ones you made at night...

Here's what you should do if you're in Moscow only for three days:

What to Do in Moscow on Day 1

Red Square

It wouldn't be a trip to Moscow without visiting the Red Square, right? Equally impressive during the day or at night, in winter or in summer. The Red Square is always the first stop on everyone's itinerary. Let's get it over with soon and take some pictures while you're still operating at 100%.

Bonus tip: save yourself going inside the St. Basil's Cathedral on the picture. It's far more impressive from the outside.

GUM

While you're already on the Red Square, you might as well make a quick stop at the GUM. The GUM (translation: main universal store) is a former department store and nowadays a shopping mall for those with deep pockets. It has very impressive architecture and seasonal decorations throughout the year. 

Bonus tip: the Stolovaya on the top floor (sort of a Russian canteen) is a tourist's favorite and has cheap and typical food.

Centralniy Detskiy Mir & Lubyanka

Time to walk a bit. You'll take the exit to Nikolskaya Ulitsa and make your way to Lubyanka, the former KGB building. That's really only a big yellow bulding and there's nothing impressive about it whatsoever.

Much better is the children's toy store that is pictured below right next to it. You're guaranteed to have a flashback to the Home Alone movies. The real reason for coming here though is the view of Moscow from its roof.

Bolshoi Theatre & Alexander Garden

You'll leave the toy store and take a right down the big road by the Bolshoi Theatre. Cross the street and you're back to the Red Square. Alexander Garden is right by it and offers a nice opportunity for a little stroll along the Kremlin walls. You can see the memorial of the unknown soldier and a couple of other historical sights here.

Christ-the-Saviour cathedral

You'll walk till the end of Alexander Garden and then you're almost at the Christ-the-Saviour cathedral. I'm by no means a churchgoer or impressed by churches but this is an absolute must see for everyone. Rarely are you going to see a church that impressive, from the outside and inside. The picture is take from the bridge behind the church, where you can also take great photos of Moscow especially at night.

Bonus tip: across the bridge is one of the nightlife clusters with clubs like Gipsy, Rolling Stone and Icon. In spring/summer Strelka Bar is a terrific place to chill and enjoy the sun and the stunning view of the cathedral.

Moscow Metro

To get to the final destination of Day 1 you'll have to take the metro from Kropotkinskaya station. No problem, since the metro is a sight in itself. Make sure to change at Ploshad Revolutsii, it's one of the stations you must not miss.

Stariy Arbat

Stariy Arbat is a pedestrian zone that is good for a walk, but only in the warmer months. You'll see street artists and plenty of interesting little shops and museums here. 

That's more than enough for the first day. You will have seen some of the most important things already, even if you don't make it out of the hotel room anymore.

What to Do in Moscow on Day 2

Izmailovo Kremlin

On Day 2 you'll most likely feel hungover as hell and sorry for yourself. So be lighter on the walking that day and take the metro or a cab to the Izmailovo Kremlin. Besides the pictureque buildings there's a flea market there, where people sell all kinds of useless and random stuff.

Oh, and don't forget the Vodka Museum of course. It's small but quirky and you get to taste some free booze too (not vodka though).

Patriarch Ponds & Kuznetsky Most via Tverskaya

Make your way back to the city and go visit the Patriarch Ponds. This is an old part of town that is nowadays home to plenty of wealthy people, embassies and the sorts. In summer you'll see people taking their luxury cars and luxury women out for a ride or a walk. At night it's also a lively nightlife area, Klava Bar is the main venue here.

If you're still feeling fresh, walk back to Tverskaya metro station via the Tverskoy Boulevard. You can make your way to the Kuznetsky Most area. There you'll find a ton of bars and cafes to battle your hangover and get ready for Night 2.

What to Do in Moscow on Day 3

Sparrow Hills (Vorobyoviy Gori)

Congrats on making it this far. If by now you still have not surrendered to the alcohol and the beautiful girls, you have a day to relax ahead of you.

The Sparrow Hills area is home to Moscow State University and a quiet area a bit away from the center. Another great panoramic view of Moscow here and some much-needed calm for your head. In 2018 it's also home of the FIFA Fan Fest for the World Cup.

Gorky Park

Leaving the best for last. If you don't make it this far, drop something in favor of Gorky Park because it is the best place in town during the warmer months. A bit like an amusement park with lots of cafes and bars, sports activities to do, places to chill and take pictures. Oh, and of course the numero uno place to meet attractive Russian girls during the day. The perfect spot to end Moscow on a high.

What else?

Maybe this doesn't seem like a lot now but I'd be surprised if you managed to do all of that on a packed nightlife & party schedule. 

You have to make the cut somewhere but some alternatives are:

  • Kremlin from the inside: not bad but really not that impressive either. The Armoury is worth a visit though.
  • Ostankino TV tower: great to see Moscow's from a bird's eye perspective but make sure it's a sunny day.
  • Moscow City: you can visit of the restaurants in the towers, such as Ruski or Insight, for food in the clouds. 
  • WW II museum in Park Pobedy: WW II isn't actually called like that in Russia but there's a big museum on the war with impressive dioramas. A can but not a must.
  • VDNKh: another amusement park and former exhibition center. A bit like Gorky but not as good.
  • Museum of Cosmonautics: had high hopes for this but was disappointed. I was hungover myself though, so take that with a grain of salt.

If this sounds remotely like fun, you should contact me here to arrange a tour for you. Day or night, you can experience both sides of Moscow.

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