Having only 2 days in Moscow, I went about exploring immediately after checking-in to my hostel. I got on the metro to Okhotny Ryad, where most of the places to visit are located a short walk away from each other from here.
The Monument to Marshal Zhukov.
The Manezhnaya Square in front of it.
In front of the Moscow Manege.
GUM Department Store on Red Square.
The State Historical Museum.
St. Basil’s Cathedral.
Monument to Minin and Pozharsky.
The Kremlin Wall.
The Moskva River.
Shops along Nikolskaya Street.
The Space Museum.
The view of Moscow city from Vorobyovy Gory.
The Moscow State University.
The Moscow International Business Center.
Overall, Moscow was somewhat exceeding my expectations. I expected to see the typical tourist destinations with a feeling of the Soviet era, but I certainly wasn’t expecting the Moscow International Business Center to be what it is. Even the GUM Department Store was very modern on the inside.
I actually wouldn’t recommend a long stay in Moscow though. I covered all these areas across two days, returning to my hostel before the sun even set as I was tired due to the lack of sleep the previous night in the train. I believe Russia has plenty to offer, except that I didn’t have the time to go elsewhere in the huge country, not even St. Petersburg.
Moscow is also my final stopover in Europe. After this, the Trans-Mongolian will take me back to continental Asia.