Which highlights and hangouts in the Russian capital will up the ante on your social media accounts? We suggest this selection of photo-worthy spots including historical landmarks, art clusters, cutting-edge museums and areas offering great city views.
This gargantuan cobblestone plaza – just next to the Kremlin – is surrounded by beautiful buildings, historical monuments and grand cathedrals. Don’t miss Lenin’s Mausoleum, GUM State Department Store and St Basil’s Cathedral (above), which lies at the southern end of the square. One of the most famous architectural sites in the world, it looks like a castle made from candy that’s covered in colours and crazy patterns.
Arguably one of Russia’s greatest architectural ensembles – and perhaps even the world – the Kremlin is an imposing, and striking landmark. It’s not only the official residence of the President, but it’s also a treasure trove containing hundreds of artworks and impressive relics. Photographing the artefacts inside the Armory Chamber and the Crown Jewels may use up all your phone’s memory.
Winzavod Centre for Contemporary Art
This former 1800s wine-bottling factory has been transformed into a cluster of spaces that house exhibitions as well as stores selling innovative design objects, jewellery and fashion. It’s a good place to begin exploring Russia’s contemporary art scene – especially in the vaults of a former cellar, three floors below the ground. Look out for the eye-catching murals too.