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“An absolute must do but plan your visit carefully”

Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
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3 Hour Kremlin Tour with Local Private Guide
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Private Walking Tour of Moscow Including The Kremlin and Red Square
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Red Square and the Moscow Kremlin
Ranked #6 of 2,451 things to do in Moscow
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Moscow's most famous historical and political landmark, the Kremlin is a walled-in complex of cathedrals, palaces and government offices, with several buildings open to the public, including the Armoury, Patriarch's Palace and the State Kremlin Palace.
Reviewed July 6, 2013

No visit to Moscow is complete without a visit to the Kremlin. Not only is it the modern day seat of power but historically was the home to Russian royalty and religious leaders (who knew there were five churches on the grounds). You can spend most of a day here (as we did) but there are a few things you can do to make your visit more enjoyable.

Mornings are definitely the time to start your visit. We went on a Saturday morning arriving at the ticket booths outside the Alexandrovsky sad metro station around 9:00am. There were already about twenty people in line and the ticket booths opened around 9:15. I would advise getting there earlier around 8:30am and line up outside of ticket booth 1 - there are three ticket windows inside and the line moves much faster than ticket booth 2.

Unlike other reviewers we had no issue dealing with the ticket sellers or finding our way around. You need to buy grounds tickets for the Kremlin (350 Rubles each) which also gives you access to the churches. Getting there early also virtually guarantees that you can get a ticket to the Armoury for the 10:00am timed entrance. This is an absolute must and worth the 700 Rubles entrance fee. As soon as you have your tickets in hand walk down to the Borovitskaya Tower and get in line. Doing so quickly will ensure you miss the large tour groups that start showing up around 9:30am. The line moves slowly into the Kremlin grounds as everyone has to pass through a metal detector.

The entrance to the Armoury is just up on the left after passing through the gate and is signed in English. We were able to walk right in. As you can't take any pictures inside the museum (or any other building on the grounds) it's best to check your camera, cell phone, large bag and umbrella (if you have one) - its free and you'll understand why in a moment.

Also grab a free audio tour guide. All you have to do is leave a piece of ID such as your driver's license. Take your time visiting the Armoury as its by far the best museum on the grounds.

When you're done the Armoury return your audio guide and immediately leave the building turning left at the exit. A little further along the sidewalk you'll see the entrance to the "Diamond Fund". If you have the same experience as us, there will only be a few people in line. Groups are let in four at a time to purchase tickets (you will have walked past the ticket booth as you descend the stairs at the end of the Armoury exhibits). This is not a timed entrance - pay your 500 Rubles and they let you in (as long as you're not carrying any of the forbidden items which I suggested you check earlier during your visit). The Diamond Fund contains some spectacular jewelry, rough and polished diamonds, enormous gold and platinum nuggets and other treasures. Definitely worth a visit.

Once you're done here you can explore the rest of the grounds and the churches at your convenience. If you visit on a Saturday make sure you catch the procession of the President regiment which begins at noon (if you've followed what we did you will get to the square around 11:30am allowing you to grab a spot - your best bet is in front of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower). There is a marching band, horse parade and fabulous demonstration of marching and gun handling by the regiment (be prepared for when they shoot their guns!).

Two last pieces of advice - bring bottled water and snacks with you as it is next to impossible to buy such stuff inside the Kremlin and for a great view of the Kremlin wall walk to the middle of the bridge over the Moscow River - the street it is on is just past the tower where you entered for the Kremlin to take the Armoury tour.

The Kremlin grounds are massive, well preserved and full of rich history. Take your time to explore them as it will make your Moscow visit. One last thing - if the weather is hot feel free to wear shorts - it wil not be a problem.

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Reviewed July 6, 2013

No concession stand selling water either outside or inside the Kremlin so if it's hot, take plenty of water with you. Tickets for the Armoury are timed as is the time for buying them (45 minutes before each slot), but you can buy tickets inside the Armoury itself so don't go back to the main gate.

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

For a kid who grew up in New York City in the 1950's I never imagined that I would actually tour the Kremlin. The Many churches contained inside the Kremlin walls came as a complete surprise. Enjoyed the experience.

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

one of Top Ten site in Moscow not to be missed ! But go early as there is a long queuque to get tickets. You could spend at least half a day there as it is hugh

Thank Sombatbkk
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

The cathedrals are a must but separate entrance fee (350 RUB) from the State Armoury (700 RUB) and the Diamond Fund (500 RUB). taking pictures of these cathedrals from the quadrangle square inside the Kremlin is any photographer's joy and excitement.

The fee is much higher for foreign visitors - which is unfair.
State armoury and diamond fund visits are overpriced. If you like to see a few Faberge eggs and all the bling-bling precious gemstones in just two rooms, then by all means go for it.

yes, please, please leave your backpacks at the baggage storage before lining up to enter with your tickets. I had the nasty experience of lining up not knowing this for about half hour in the hot sun abd was turned away because of the backpack. There are not many instructions in English to warn you about this.

Thank CFC_KL
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