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“Wow on the immensity of the place!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kremlin Walls and Towers

Kremlin Walls and Towers
Red Square, Moscow, Russia
095 924 55 03
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Small-Group Moscow City Walking Tour
Ranked #11 of 1,745 things to do in Moscow
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Kremlin's redbrick walls and 18 towers were built at the end of the 15th century by the Italian craftsmen Pietro Antonio Solari and Antonio Fryazin. The famous Spasskaya (Saviour) Tower is the main and official entrance to the Kremlin and its symbol.
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“Wow on the immensity of the place!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

If you do a total walk around, you'll clock your day's ideal calorie burn. The place is huge. I enjoyed it closer to dusk when the towers slowly began to light up. Very safe and clean too! Head over a few of the bridges to catch different angles and photo spots.

Visited May 2013
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“"Kremlin" means "fortress"”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

This is basically one big wall that was originally built to protect the city, the rulers and their churches. It is huge and you can see it from many vantage points. Some of the towers are quite beautiful. If you are in Moscow, you will see it.

Visited August 2013
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“Bit intimidated”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Visited in Moscow. Bit intimidating even prior to arrival due to visa requirement, and strict rules, plus didn't understand Russian language.

Arrived to airport and was told not to photograph public buildings by security. Heavens! I'm just a little old fat American woman wanting to record the trip of a lifetime and asked to put my camera away! A bit of damper on the whole time I was in Russia and Belarus. Soldiers everywhere, training in the street; a several red-painted school buses drove up to an empty block and unloaded uniformed military, for show of ???

Soldiers and security guards in Red Square and along the Metro any time of day or night. I went into a pharmacy. There was a pharmacy student, a mentoring nurse, and a security guard sitting next to the counter. Am sure that Russian citizens are not as sobersides as they seemed to be everywhere I saw them, walking on the street, in the Metro, in the Square, etc. Stopped in a midnight pub for fine meal, and the joviality was furnished by non-Russian patrons.

Visited several churches; Catholic and Orthodox. Fascinating.

Mentally ill everywhere, but commonly accepted as well as all manner of people trying to appear the same as everyone else; no crowd standouts. Lots of Russian baboushkas with hands out, and children begging as if just arrived and needing a place to stay. Got impression that not much generous public welfare; welfare for the public, but of a much lower standard than USA.

Had cell phone stolen in Ismaelovsky Market (large and wonderful crafts market with almost any souvenir one could think of from matryoshka -carved even of Purdue basketball team, and NBA, NFL players, chess boards, paisley wool shawls, military decorations, woodwork, birchbark 'paintings', traditional pottery, ... just anything and everything with the smell of grilling barbecue filling up the market.)

Still and all, had to pinch myself that really was in Red Square up close and personal with St. Basil's, a stone's throw from the Moscow Conservatory, not far from the oldest pharmacy school in the world, and close to Russian Ballet, etc. Metro was a delight. So were parks near the Kremlin; Patriarch Pond, Gardens with fairytale statues, as well as monuments to Pushkin and other authors.

Idea of Lenin's Tomb was icky, but a revered tradition for Russians. Long lines filing past the 'preserved' body in a mausoleum in the Red Square. G.U.M. was a fancy mall-like shopping center not unlike something in major US cities, however quite a big deal in Moscow.

Wanted to photograph the Red Square from high up so positioned myself in shops on the third floor of G.U.M. and took shots outside of a fur clothing shop (dusty windows), but good pictures from above; got thrown out of a fancy men's store in G.U.M. because the shop attendant obviously thought we were spies (fat old American tourist wanted to take photos out of the much cleaner windows than the fur coats shop!!).

Definite feeling as if trapped in a 1954 time-warp. Old Soviet-style buildings, in pastel colors of blue, sea green, tan, off white. Lots of reinforced concrete. When went to restaurants and other public buildings, did not seem much accommodation for handicapped, feeble, or children. Bathrooms were pay to use to a little old lady attendant sitting at a table in the foyer to the restroom, not furnished with TP, nor paper towels.

Family member was short-term Moscow resident so took us around area close to 'White' house, government buildings, and did not have to find translator, or a hotel, try to summon taxi from airport or to train station, or negotiate a meal, etc., but truly a foreign land for non-native speakers. Not many public non-pay restrooms, and very few familiar American fast food joints, and familiar vending machines.

Train stations have storage areas attended by guards so can place items at the station while in town, then pick up items before boarding the train. Rode train to Berlin through Belarus and Poland from Moscow. No one on the train spoke English. My pigeon German wasn't even much help. Everyone spoke Russian and that was it. There were guards that came through to check visas several times and had to empty out suitcases one time. Heavens, just an old fat woman traveling with teenage son! Did they think we were toting contraband or smuggling vodka?

We stopped for rail bougie changing along near borders and for an even longer time in Warsaw, Poland. Had no idea of how long we'd be stopped so didn't want to get off and walk around the local station. In the countryside rail stations, old woman brought out home-made pierogies, fruits, cakes, etc., but was a bit 'fraid of radiation from Chernobyl, so went hungry. No food on the car, but piping hot water on the train if brought own packets of powdered tea, or soup, etc.

Each enclosed cabin had its own quaint glass tumblers with metal holders, and a flask for water for the day trip from Moscow to Berlin. There were open cars, too, like a bus, or an American day train, but with younger family members preferred privacy of a two-person cabin.

Thin blanket and bedding furnished for sleeping and the car was oh, so cold in a late winter trip. Had charley-horses that kept me awake all night, even after piling on all the winter gear and clothes had brought! Bring own TP as the train's WC is furnished with rough barely processed wood, not unlike sandpaper not unlike corncobs, and may even include a few splinters!

* Suggestion: bring own fruits, peanut butter packets, fish tins, bread, crackers, etc, and candy bars (to trade and share with other passengers on train, and a hand-cranked radio. No Wi-Fi on this particular train, so a bit boring for an all day trip unless strike up conversations with anyone that can speak an understandable language, or make sure camera is fully charged and easy to use!)

Even the train attendants could not understand English. I wanted to get off in Berlin but didn't know whether to get off at the East German Railway Station or the one further west.

Only 26 hours in Moscow all told, but left quite an impression. Would go again in a heartbeat, and would feel lot less intimidated with better preparations such as hidden camera, handwipes, and bathing supplies, light wool clothing if traveling in early spring, food packets, radio, books, music instrument, etc.

Visited April 2013
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

It was almost a surreal experience to actually be standing or walking beside the Kremlin Walls. Hard to describe how large the whole area is and what is contained within the walls. Quite overwhelming. St. Basil's is just outside in Red Square and is equally impressive.

Visited July 2013
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“Amazing red walls and towers of Kremlin-wow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

No words to explain the beauty of this historical building,which has so many other buildings and well groomed garden.Armory was awesome,Guided tours help you a lot.The view from Moscow river is very good.Red square is full of life and you can spend as much time there as you can.

Visited July 2013
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