Moscow Free Tours is a Moscow-based tour guide company which offers daily free walking tours of Moscow's main attractions, led by their friendly and knowledgeable guides. This is one of the very few tour guide companies in Moscow which provides 5 tours at 4 different time slots (10:45a, 2p, 4p, 6:30p) in a day regardless of group size and weather conditions. If none of the free tour timings fit into your schedule, you can always book a paid private tour.
Pavel Tretiakov, collector of some the best work of contemporary artists in Moscow and St. Petersburg, founded this gallery in 1856. His brother Sergei collected French and Dutch masters, and in 1872 they combined their collections and opened this extremely popular museum named as The State Tretyakov Gallery (Tret'iakovskaia Galereia). In 1892 it was donated to the city of Moscow, and lives on with works by famous Russian painters such as Vasilii Perov, Ivan Kramskoi and Ilia Repin.
This world-famous fortress was the political and religious focal point for much of Russia's history and remains at the heart of the nation's government as the official residence of the president. The walls of the Kremlin were originally constructed out of white stone and were later rebuilt in the 15th Century with the now distinctive red brick. An amalgamation of architectural styles, around every corner of the Kremlin await gleaming domes, stately facades and generously ornamented turrets. The fort comprises historic religious sites like the Cathedral of the Assumption (Uspenskii Sobor), Archangel's Cathedral (Arkhangelskii Sobor), and Patriarch's Palace (Patriarshii Dvorets). Also onsite are other palaces, museums, towers and monuments, each a defining piece of Russia's rich architectural heritage and cultural legacy. Entry to all attractions is gained via the Kutafia Tower (Kutaf'ia Bashnia) on the southern side of the Kremlin.
A theatre located very near the heart of the city in one of the most beautiful and oldest buildings in Moscow. At the beginning of the 20th century, the building was occupied by noble families, before later becoming a cinema and somewhat later a theatre. Here the great practitioner of theatrical art, Konstantin Stanislavskii, taught young actors. In 1998 the theatre celebrated its 50th anniversary, and continues to maintain Stanislavskii's exacting theatrical standards. The repertoire includes not only classical Russian plays, but also a selection of Western classics, some experimental efforts and a few plays for children.
The Alexander Gardens were developed between 1820 and 1823 and run along the west wall of the Kremlin. The gardens occupy an area of about 865 meters (2838 feet). In his attempt to make the gardens as distinctive as possible, Osip Bove combined an orderly plan with the free arrangement of trees plus elements of romantic-style gardens. The gardens are bordered by decorative iron railings. Locals and foreign tourists often come to the gardens to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Being a popular public spot, the garden is open throughout the year.
Gorky Park (referred to as Park Kul'tury i Otdykha or Park of Culture and Recreation) stretches along three kilometers of the Moskva river to the southwest of the city center. The park became known to the Western public thanks to a blockbuster movie based on Martin Cruz Smith's (Cold War) best-selling book, Gorky Park, and the Scorpions' famous song. Laid down in 1928, the original ornamental gardens are now accompanied by an entertainment zone, hosting everything from science lectures to rock concerts in its auditorium.