Moscow is famous for its high prices, but if you are aware of the local nooks and crannies there’s a bunch of free stuff for any taste.
They are lovely, some modernized in the recent decades, some still looking antique.
Museon Park. A creative outdoor space on Krymskaya Naberezhnaya with urban sculptures and free yoga and dance lessons.
Go across the river from the Museon and you will reach the popular Gorky Park with beachside dance floors, beach volleyball courts, street music and dancing fountains.
Central Botanical Garden will fill you with much-needed oxygen, and the peaceful Neskuchny Sad will help you concentrate on what to do next.
The newest and most controversial addition is Zaryadie — stop by and see what the hype is all about.
Since you’re outside already, why not get a bird’s-eye view at breathtaking – and absolutely free – observation points at Vorobyevy Gory or by the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Classical music concerts
There are ample opportunities to listen to classical music at the Moscow Conservatory, the Gnesin Academy, and memorial houses of Mikhail Bulgakov, Marina Tsvetaeva, Anton Chekhov, and Fedor Shalyapin.
Seeing Vladimir Lenin, the man behind the October Revolution, in the Mausoleum is a pastime that’s certainly not for everyone. However, if you’re up for a visit while on the Red Square, make a note that it’s open 10 AM – 1 PM Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday. Burial of Lenin’s body has been heavily debated in the recent years, so it may be your last chance to see this peculiar sight.
There are also numerous festivals in and around Moscow every summer, so check for dates and details.