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Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad), Moscow

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Located at the heart of Moscow, Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad) offers easy access to most of the city's major attractions. Surrounded by landmark buildings representative of Moscow's rich architectural heritage, the vast square is the first destination for most visitors to the city. Its name comes not from the color of the cobbles or its link to communist history, but from one interpretation of the Russian word "krasniy," meaning "beautiful." Most of the city's major streets originate from this square, but the majority of tourists come to this World Heritage Site to take pictures and visit the surrounding buildings, including a mausoleum housing the embalmed body of Vladimir Lenin. To visit Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad) and get the most from your holiday in Moscow, create itinerary details personal to you using our Moscow itinerary planner.
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  • Exactly what I imagined Russia would be - seriously such a special moment arriving & standing in this square realising history upon you.  more »
  • Walk within the square at night and be amazed. All the structures around are just awesome. A place to click photos that represents Moscow.  more »
  • Very nice, well maintained. And its free to go there. Maybe visit the shopping mall as well, upstairs the coffee and food isnt too expensive  more »
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  • This place is amazing!! Many open space, many beautiful architectures, many cathedrals, and lots of museums. I visit Moscow in summer and temperature around 12 - 14 celcius and a very strong wind (recommend you to bring something comfy and wind breaker). The downside is the number of toilet and restaurant (so better if you bring snacks together with you). Entrance to Kremlin is around 500Rub per-person but with a limited entrance. The other attraction will cost you around 750Rub and I recommed you to buy in advance via website because of limited ticket only. Enjoy this place so much and be back in the future..
  • Awesome place any time of the year. Get your wallet warmed up to dish out some money though. Red square is surrounded by great restaurants and many things to see and visit within the vicinity.
  • A lot less threatening than than Tienamen Square, the equivalent in China. Heavily policed but somehow friendlier...perhaps due to the magnificent GUM Department store that takes up almost all of the side opposite Lenin's Mausoleum. Although cold the square was filled with happy tourists snapping selfies.
  • If you go to Moscow, this is likely the reason why. The square is large, full of beautiful architectures, and tourists trying to take pictures. If you're lucky with the weather, its a visit of a lifetime.
  • This place is so historic and amazing. It's a great location to take a stroll and people watch.