5 Secret Places in Moscow Only Locals Know About

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Yulia S.

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It’s not an easy feat to discover the hidden gems of a city as large as Moscow, especially if you’re travelling to Russia for the first time. If you have some spare time, we highly recommend you check out this list of hidden gems you won’t read about in any touristic guide.

Stalin's Bunker


Stalin’s Bunker

Located in the Izmaylovo district of Moscow, a bit far from the city centre, Stalin’s bunker is a true historical and hidden gem of the city, especially since no one even knew about its existence until a few years ago. Now it’s a historical museum with a conference room, two halls, three offices and a dining room.

Sovetskaya Street 80, Moscow, Russia


Sherlock Holmes & Doctor Watson Monument

Sherlock Holmes & Doctor Watson Monument

Established by the British Embassy of Moscow, this monument of legendary British detectives is located right in the heart of Moscow at Smolenskaya metro station. Legend claims that if someone sits in-between them and makes a wish, he or she will be lucky forever. This monument of Conan Doyle’s greatest detectives isn’t found anywhere else in the world and it’s open to public daily.

Smolenskaya Naberezhnaya 10, Moscow, Russia.

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The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary


The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary is considered to be one of the largest and most beautiful catholic cathedrals in Russia, yet it opens its doors to visitors every weekend for an organ music concert. You may check all the public events and openings on their official website and Facebook page.

Dominion Office Building by Zaha Hadid


Located in the business neighbourhood of Dubrovka, Moscow, Dominion is the only business centre designed by the famous British architect Zaha Hadid. The concept and design of the building is absolutely outstanding. It is so unique that it attracts visitors from all over the city.

The Museum of Cosmonautics


Moscow’s Museum of Cosmonautics is the only museum in Russia dedicated to the history of space study and cosmic exploration. Located in Moscow’s old space base, this place is truly unique to Europe. Here you can discover the story of Sputnik and the space capsule used by Yuri Gagarin, the first man in outer space.
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