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Red Square

Visit the most iconic square in Russia, which is bordered by many of the city’s most famous landmarks.

Red Square immediately comes to mind when you think of Russia. Its cathedrals, the Kremlin Wall and Lenin’s Mausoleum are just some of the hugely popular attractions you will find here. Explore Russian history and admire the city’s grand religious, political and imperial buildings.

Although known for its grandeur, Red Square was once in disrepute. It sprang up beside the fortified Kremlin and was home to various unseemly individuals in the beginning. Ivan III tried to reclaim the square in 15th century, but it took hundreds of years for it to shake its troublesome reputation. The square became a key parade venue in the 20th century and the Russian military frequently marched here. Walk through these grounds you may have seen countless times on television and in films.

While many think its name relates to Russia’s Communist past, it actually comes from the word for beautiful, which can also be translated as “red” in modern Russian. It is easy to understand why Muscovites chose this name when you see St. Basil’s Cathedral, an emblematic Russian landmark. Investigate its vividly colored and patterned towers and domes, which are known throughout the world. Go inside St. Basil’s to see an awe-inspiring collection of religious art.

Stop at the Kremlin Wall to pay your respects to prominent Russians. Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and writer Maksim Gorky are buried here, as well as many other well-regarded Soviet era individuals. Lenin’s Mausoleum is also on Red Square. Enter to see the first Communist leader’s corpse on display, over 90 years after he died.

Shop in the GUM mall, Russia’s most famous shopping area. This building is so grand you might mistake it for a palace. During its long history, it hosted 1,200 shops in 1917 and soon became a favorite shopping spot for well-to-do Soviets. It now offers an extensive selection of designer goods for discerning shoppers.

Red Square has many other things to see and do, so be prepared to spend several hours at the site. Take the metro to Ploshchad Revolyutsii to get here. Some of the attractions have admission fees.


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Marriott Moscow Royal Aurora Hotel £139
Marriott Moscow Royal Aurora Hotel

Marriott Moscow Royal Aurora Hotel

11 Petrovka Street, Moscow
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Moscow City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of TsUM — Central Universal Department Store and Bolshoi Theatre. Moscow Kremlin and Red Square are also within 1 mile (2 km). Kuznetsky Bridge Station is 7 minutes by foot and Teatral'naya Station is 8 minutes.

    Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow £278
    Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow

    Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow

    Neglinnaya Street No 4, Moscow
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Moscow hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Maly Theatre and Bolshoi Theatre. Moscow Kremlin and Red Square are also within 15 minutes. Kuznetsky Bridge Station and Teatral'naya Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow £140
      Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow

      Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow

      Ul. Balchug 1, Moscow
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Moscow City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zaryadye Park, Moscow Kremlin, and St. Basil's Cathedral. Red Square and Lenin's Mausoleum are also within 15 minutes. Novokuznetskaya Station is 8 minutes by foot and Tretyakovskaya Station is 10 minutes.

        Hotel Metropol Moscow £175
        Hotel Metropol Moscow

        Hotel Metropol Moscow

        2 Teatralny Proezd, Moscow
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Moscow City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Maly Theatre and Bolshoi Theatre. TsUM — Central Universal Department Store and Revolution Square are also within 10 minutes. Teatral'naya Station is 6 minutes by foot and Lubyanka Station is 6 minutes.

          Four Seasons Hotel Moscow £442
          Four Seasons Hotel Moscow

          Four Seasons Hotel Moscow

          2 Okhotny Ryad Street, Moscow
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Moscow City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of State Historical Museum and Bolshoi Theatre. Lenin's Mausoleum and Red Square are also within 10 minutes. Okhotny Ryad Station is only a 2-minute walk and Teatral'naya Station is 2 minutes.

            Hotel National, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Moscow £144
            Hotel National, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Moscow

            Hotel National, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Moscow

            15/1 Mokhovaya Street, bld. 1, Moscow
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Moscow City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of State Historical Museum, Lenin's Mausoleum and Bolshoi Theatre. Red Square and Kremlin Armoury Museum are also within 15 minutes. Biblioteka Imeni Lenina Station is 7 minutes by foot and Okhotny Ryad Station is 8 minutes.

              People Red Square Hotel £41
              People Red Square Hotel

              People Red Square Hotel

              Sofiyskaya Naberezhnaya, 30/1, Moscow
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Moscow City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Zaryadye Park, Moscow Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral. Red Square and Lenin's Mausoleum are also within 15 minutes. Novokuznetskaya Station is 12 minutes by foot and Tretyakovskaya Station is 13 minutes.

                Veliy Hotel Mokhovaya Moscow £28
                Veliy Hotel Mokhovaya Moscow

                Veliy Hotel Mokhovaya Moscow

                Mokhovaya St., 10/1, Moscow
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Moscow City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cathedral of the Archangel and Moscow Kremlin. Red Square and Kremlin Armoury Museum are also within 15 minutes. Biblioteka Imeni Lenina Station is only a 4-minute walk and Alexandrovsky Sad Station is 8 minutes.