23 Insanely Scary DIY Haunted House Ideas

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Some people like to decorate their houses for Halloween. Other people like to transform their homes into terrifying haunted houses. A little DIYing can help you get there, whether you want to create a full-blown experience for trick-or-treaters or you're just looking to decorate a little.

The more time you put into decorating for Halloween, the bigger the pay off as far as how memorable your home is to the neighbors. Explore these outrageously spooky haunted house ideas and figure out which makes the most sense for your home this year.

Use Chicken Wire to Make Creepy Ghosts

Wholesale Party Supplies

 You can hang a white sheet and create a ghost, but this idea is sure to be more creepy. By using chicken wire, you can make the ghosts appear more lifelike in form. Also, opt for cheesecloth instead of sheets to make the entire project more spooky.

DIY Chicken Wire Ghosts from  Wholesale Party Supplies

Start With PVC Pipe to Build a Grim Reaper

Print With My Pic

There's nothing quite as scary as the Grim Reaper making an appearance at your haunted house. The important thing is to take your time with this tutorial and use a foam wig stand to help make the shape true to form.

Make Your Own Grim Reaper Prop from  Print With My Pic

Use Old Dolls for a Grotesque Mobile

There's not much creepier than a bunch of ragged, destroyed dolls hanging from the ceiling with weapons and blood galore. Just make sure whichever doll you decide to destroy isn't worth a ton of money first. 

DIY Creepy Doll Mobile from  Epbot

Make Your Home's Exterior Angry


All you need to add some moody ambiance to your house is a wood sheet, sharpies, and some paint. For this project, the teeth have a lip that rests between two of the porch beams, so no nails were needed. 

Make House Come Alive for Halloween from  Craftibilities

Hang Some Halloween Skeletons From Your Roof


If you want to add a touch of creepiness to your home's exterior but don't want to go all out, pick up a bunch of plastic skeletons and dangle them from your roof and windows. 

DIY Climbing Halloween Skeletons from Instructables

Throw Around a Few Body Bags

This project is an inexpensive way to add major creepy vibes to any part of your haunted house. The key is to make the shape of the bags as body-like as possible. To accomplish this, stuff actual clothing with newspaper then put your dressed body inside the trash bags.

Body Bag Halloween Decorations from  Craftibilities

Make This Terrifying Werewolf Head

If you love sculpting with clay , try out this haunted house idea. Werewolves are a classic Halloween staple, but sometimes they can look less than scary. Learn how to make your own and it will surely look ferocious. Hang the finished piece under your front porch or just inside your home's foyer.

DIY Werewolf Head Decor from   Instructables

Float Some Candles Overhead

This haunted house DIY is inspired by Harry Potter , but even non-fans will be spooked when they look up and see the candles magically floating in mid-air.

Harry Potter Floating Candles from  The Sits Girls

Construct This Scary Jack-o'-lantern Archway

Crazi Carlos

While you will need a ton of scary plastic jack-o'-lanterns to make this idea come to life, the end result will be totally worth it. The base of this arch is constructed out of a PVC pipe, so it's easy to customize to your specific entryway.

DIY Pumpkin Archway from Crazi Carlos

Weave This Giant Spider Web

My Untangled Life

No one wants to get caught in a spider web, especially not inside a haunted house. Learn how to weave a simple web and place them around your haunted house perimeter or to block off certain areas you don't want guests.

DIY Giant Spider and Web from My Untangled Life

Turn a Normal Doormat Into a Spiderweb Doormat

Delia Creates

This haunted house idea is more practical than it is scary. If you are inviting guests into your home to get spooked, make sure they wipe off their feet first. You can customize a basic black rug using white fabric paint.

DIY Spiderweb Doormat from Delia Creates

Place Some Skeleton Zombies on the Lawn

Take advantage of your front lawn space when setting up your haunted house. One way to do this is by littering the lawn with zombie skeletons. Craft a form out of PVC pipe, add some stained red clothing, and then put on a foam skeleton head.

DIY Zombies from  Craftibilities

Craft an Archway Using Plastic Skulls and Chains

  My Funhouse Projects

One of the most impressive parts of a haunted house is the entryway, so don't skimp on this first impression. Try to create this giant archway using carved foam boards. Next, add some extra detail using paint, decorative chains, and plastic skulls 

DIY Spooky Archway from My Funhouse Projects

Paint a Spooky Halloween Subway Sign

A Pumpkin and a Princess

Signs are a great way to set the tone of your haunted house. Some haunted houses are downright scary and others might be more suitable for children. This sign works well for a more underage type haunted house. Simply find a canvas or some old boards you can stencil.

DIY Halloween Subway Art Sign from A Pumpkin and a Princess

Learn How to Build This Electric Chair

If you love building things with wood, perhaps this is the perfect haunted house idea for you to try this year. The devil is in the detail on this one, so don't expect to complete this project in one sitting.

DIY Electric Chair from  Haunt 31

Add Some Silhouetted Figures to Your Windows

To add instant haunted curb appeal to your house, make a bunch of silhouetted figures using cardboard. If you aren't good at drawing freehand, the original creator included some downloadable templates. This haunted house idea is perfect if you want to make a big impact on a very small budget.

Haunted House Silhouettes from  Make:

Don't Forget About Your Home's Interior

Flamingo Toes

If you plan on having your haunted house party or tour inside your home, make sure that virtually everything that is on display is creepy in one way or another. You can do this in an obviously gory way, or you can opt for a more elegant yet gothic approach with these candlesticks.

Spooky Crystal Ball Candlesticks from  Flamingo Toes

DIY an Eek Marquee Sign

This is another more lighthearted haunted house idea that would work well for young children. You want to have the haunted house be whimsical, a little creepy, but not downright scary. This sign is made out of paper mache letters, paint, and a string of lights

DIY Eek Marquee from Lolly Jane

Label Everything With Creepy Words

Lia Griffith

No detail is too small when it comes to creating an absolutely unforgettable haunted house. Visitor's senses will be heightened and they will take in all sorts of creepy characteristics. If your haunted house is indoors, create a vignette of poisons and other bizarre potions using these apothocary labels.

Printable Apothecary Labels for Halloween from  Lia Griffith

Create a Gallery of Ghost-like Faces

Seeing anything other than your face in a mirror can be a creepy experience. To recreate that concept in your haunted house, take some silver mirror spray paint and coat the inside of a glass frame to 60% opacity. Next, add in a photo of a creepy ghost or face behind the glass.

Hitch Hiking Ghost Mirrors from  Anniemated

Scatter Glowing Spooky Eyes Around Your House

Dream a Little Bigger

Hide these DIY glowing spooky eyes in bushes, trees, or in windows to make it look like a monster is lurking around your home. To make your own, use a cardboard tube (like a toilet paper roll) and a glow stick.

DIY Glowing Spooky Eyes from Dream a Little Bigger

Put Some Writing on the Wall

From House to Home

In many cases, writing scary words on the wall in a red blood-like paint will work well. However, if you want to have a darkly lit haunted house, using glow in the dark paint is a much better option.

Glow in the Dark Party Ideas for Halloween from  From House to Home

Pose Skeletons in Creative Ways

Helpful Homemade

If you're short on ideas on how to make a kid-friendly haunted house, consider ways to make the creepy seem more fun and human. For instance, pose some skeletons in creative ways doing everyday things. 

DIY Skeleton Lawn Decor from  Helpful Homemade

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Make A Miniature Haunted House

Make A Miniature Haunted House

What you need

1. Cardstock- black and yellow, 2. Pencil and ruler, 3. Scissors, 4. Glue, 5. Template- collect from the internet.


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Step-1: You can draw a template of your own or simply collect and print one from the internet. Trace the template on a black cardstock and simply cut the pattern out from the cardstock using a scissor.

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Step-2: Cut out the windows and the door using an x-acto knife.

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Step-3: Cut out some small square pieces from a yellow cardstock. Glue them on the back side of the pattern and cover all the windows and the door.

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Step-4: All parts are ready now, time to attach them and complete the house! Fold the pattern and join the side by gluing the extra part with the main pattern. Glue the roof neatly.

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Step-5: Now finally glue the small roofs of the top windows. You may add more details and make a background for the house.

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How to Make a Haunted House

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Making a haunted house is the perfect way to celebrate Halloween and spook your guests. Transforming your ordinary home into a blood-curdling haunted house takes some creativity, hard work, and planning. Your effort will pay off, however, when your guests are screaming with both laughter and fright.

Concocting a Haunted Plan

Step 1 Set a date.

  • If you do want your haunted house to be on Halloween, make sure to start preparations a few weeks before Halloween.

Step 2 Plan details that are age-appropriate for your expected guests.

  • You could give out a little prize at the end for children, like some candy, goody bag, or some other Halloween treat.

Step 3 Plan your haunted path.

  • It's also an option to create a maze in your home out of supplies such as painted boxes and cloth.

Step 4 Plan the tone of your haunted house.

  • For a lighter, funnier tone, have an actor play a “mad scientist” that acts silly as he works around his lab. Or, have typical scary monsters, like Frankenstein, bump into things and joke around as they try to “haunt” your guests.
  • For a scarier tone, have jump scares in every room, have an actor scream or bang on something when it gets quiet, and tone down the lighting to make the setting spookier.

Step 5 Come up with a theme.

  • If you really want your haunted house to be authentic, come up with a story for why the house is haunted. For example, the house could be haunted by a family that was brutally murdered in the basement. You can tell your guests the haunted story as they enter the haunted house.
  • For an unexpected twist, have a setting that look cute and cheery, but reveal sinister details, like “dead” bodies or spooky noises, as the guests travel through the house.

Step 6 Enlist the help of your spooky friends.

  • Your friends can dress up as ghosts or goblins and grab, shout at, or make noise around your guests when they least expect it.
  • They can help "guide" the guests through the different haunted rooms, and can be in charge of different activities or games.
  • If you don't have any friends who want to participate, consider hiring actors.

Creating an Eerie Atmosphere

Step 1 Create an eerie effect through lighting.

  • Consider putting your guests in a very dark room and giving them flashlights to try to find the way out.
  • Replace your lamps with dim, green bulbs around the house.
  • Drape traditional lamps with cobwebs and tape rubber bats to the insides.
  • Light a spotlight under a spider web or fake creepy insect to create a spooky shadow.

Step 2 Use special effects like strobe lights and a fog machine.

  • You can find fog machines for around $30 at a party or Halloween store.
  • Put strobe lights in a room to create a dramatic effect.

Step 3 Create spooky noises.

  • Have a recording of a different spooky sound in every room. One room can have the sound of a chainsaw, while another can have the sound of a woman screaming.
  • Your volunteers can scamper from one side of an empty room to another to create a scary sound.
  • Put on a soundtrack made up of soft, creepy music.
  • Use silence to your advantage. Pick some key moments to keep the house silent so your guests will be even more startled by the next sound.

Step 4 Create a maze for your guests.

  • Make sure the way out of the maze is clear to guests.

Step 5 Decorate based on your chosen tone and theme.

Using Props and Actors

Step 1 Scare your guests with your volunteers.

  • After a bout of silence, a spooky ghost can jump out and scare your guests. Try having the ghost pop out of a closet.
  • Have a volunteer grip guests' shoulders. Have them do this slowly so the guest thinks it's just another guest at first.
  • Bring your guests in a dark room. Have your volunteer turn on a flashlight under his face and laugh maniacally.
  • Have one of your volunteers get in line behind a pack of guests, and wait for them to slowly realize that he is there.
  • Have one of your guests dress up like a famous horror film character, such as Jason, or Freddy.

Step 2 Add some gore.

  • Have a tub of cold water with fake snakes slithering in them. Place some coins on the bottom. Tell your guests they can't move on until they reach down and find a coin.
  • Instead of bobbing for apples, carve apples to look like skulls and play bobbing for skulls!
  • Peel the skin off a bunch of grapes and put them in a bowl. Cover the bowl and tell your guests to put their hands inside and tell you what they feel. Correct answer: eyeballs!

Step 4 Try the mirror trick.

  • You can also have characters jump out during certain sections of the house as the visitors walk through.
  • If your guests will be older, have an “actor” chase them with a chainsaw that no longer has a chain.

Step 6 Set up a few fake dummies throughout the haunted house.

  • You can make a dummy by stuffing clothes with newspaper, and putting a mask over a balloon.

Community Q&A

Community Answer

  • If you're going for the "abandoned" haunted house look, drape your furniture in white and tape fake "boards" to your windows to make it look like it's boarded up. Thanks Helpful 4 Not Helpful 0
  • Create a bloody effect by putting some fake blood over mirrors, or dripping red candle wax over mirrors or white candles. Thanks Helpful 4 Not Helpful 1
  • Before buying props or decorations from major Halloween stores, check out your local grocery store to get some affordable and high-quality props and decorations. Thanks Helpful 3 Not Helpful 1

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  • Avoid having real candles in your haunted home. Remember that part of a haunted house is the element of surprise, and if your guests are truly surprised, they can run into or bump into a candle and set your haunted house on fire. Thanks Helpful 152 Not Helpful 13
  • Avoid having pregnant women, elderly people, very young children, people with heart conditions, or people who are claustrophobic or easily scared in your haunted house. Your haunted house should ultimately be fun and shouldn't make anyone panic or feel truly ill. Thanks Helpful 143 Not Helpful 23
  • Be sure that your neighborhood or apartment complex is okay with you having a haunted house if it will be noisy. Thanks Helpful 25 Not Helpful 3

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To make a haunted house, try replacing all of the lights with green bulbs or covering lamps with cobwebs or drapes so it's dark inside. You can also set up strobe lights, black lights, or a fog machine to make your haunted house eerie and hard to see in. Once you've figured out the lighting, play some spooky sound effects using a haunted house soundtrack online. Also, set up some decorations throughout your haunted house, like hanging bats, ghosts, skulls, or monsters. If you have friends that can help you out, have them dress up and hide behind corners so they can jump out and scare people. To learn how to come up with a theme for your haunted house, keep reading! Did this summary help you? Yes No

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Miniature Light-up Tabletop Haunted House


Introduction: Miniature Light-up Tabletop Haunted House

Miniature Light-up Tabletop Haunted House

These are instructions on how to build a small tabletop haunted house as a decoration in your home around the autumn/halloween time of year. I was inspired to build one of these after walking into a local store and seeing a very small one (priced rather absurdly high) lit up in the corner. To build your small haunted house, you will require the following materials:

1) Lots and lots of cardboard. If you can find cardboard boxes already in the basic shape of the house you want to build, use them.

2) Hot glue gun.

3) Black duck tape.

4) Some paper plates.

5) Scissors

6) Straight edge

8) String lights (white or orange)

9) Beige/cream-colored paper

10) Assorted acrylic paint

11) Black spray paint

12) Small faux pumpkins

13) Small stones and white stuffing (optional)

Step 1: Draw Upon Existing Architectures to Build Your Creation!

Draw Upon Existing Architectures to Build Your Creation!

I found an ad for this old mansion that was being sold in upstate New York and I was immediately inspired. Taking the basic shape of the house, I decided to build my own rendition of it. If you want, you can draw your own creation if you think it will help you to plan for the materials you will need. I knew what the basic shape of mine would be so I did not draw a picture.

To build the round victorian tower attached to the house, I decided to use a can of bread crumbs.

Step 2: Get Your Cardboard Together and Begin Designing With Your Pencil.

Get Your Cardboard Together and Begin Designing With Your Pencil.

At this point, you can be as creative as you want. Your home will need two peaks (front and back) depending upon your design. If you're going for the victorian round tower design like me, you'll need some type of food can to work with. I found the breadcrumb container to be perfect size. After ripping off the paper, there was simply cardboard underneath.

Step 3: Start Cutting Out the Windows...carefully.

Start Cutting Out the Windows...carefully.

After designing your windows onto the cardboard, cut them out using your straight edge. Do this carefully because straight edges are very very sharp! For my house, I made windows of all types of shapes and sizes.

Step 4: My Wrap-around Porch.

My Wrap-around Porch.

To make it easier to build my wrap-around porch on the first floor of the house with supportive columns, I cut into the bottom of a box and made large doorways all the way around. I then created another separate wall, made windows and moveable doors, then inserted it behind the columns to create my "porch."

Step 5: Begin the Process of Spookifying Your Home!

Begin the Process of Spookifying Your Home!

My friend and I got together and begin adding little details to bring the house to life. She created all the shutters for the home, in addition to random boards covering the windows. These were randomly glued down to make it look as though the house had been sitting vacant for years. Be as creative as you want - imagine your all time favorite haunted house and what it would look like on the outside! Make it look like that.

Step 6: Get Your Black Spray Paint and Other Paints Ready.

Get Your Black Spray Paint and Other Paints Ready.

I sprayed my entire house with a base coat of black spray paint. On top of that, using my assorted paints, I was able to go back over the wooden boards with brown, the shutters and columns with gray, and paint the deck brown to make it look like wood. Taking a tiny little bit of gray paint, I was even able to make some nails on the boards.

I loved the whole "old" victorian feel of the home, and I went back onto the columns with some black and made some small swirls. Again, you can be as simple or creative as you want, depending upon the home you're building.

Step 7: Cover All Your Windows With Beige Paper.

Cover All Your Windows With Beige Paper.

Using some textured beige paper I bought from Michaels (for 14 cents....yeah!, really nice paper too), I cut and glued the paper behind every window in the entire house. I didn't want people to be able to look into the house - just wanted the glow of the lights to emanate from the windows. Do this to every window.

Step 8: Wire Your Home With Lights.

Wire Your Home With Lights.

Be sure to have a hole in the back of your house (where no one will see) for the male end of the cord to come out. Using the black duck tape and my friend for help, we proceeded to feed the lights through the house and tape the lights around the windows. This was tricky because you don't want the lights directly in front of the windows. The female end of the lights ended up in the tower, which I just taped down.

Step 9: Assemble and Paint All Remaining Roofs.

Assemble and Paint All Remaining Roofs.

I found the roof to be my favorite part. I added it to the front porch, to the side, and to the main peak of the home. Again, cut this all from cardboard. For the roof of the round tower, I used a paper plate (cut through the plate until you get to the middle) and made it into a cone. I glued the cone together and sat it on top of the tower. I left a small section in the back open just in case I needed to get into the house and adjust the lights.

As for the roof color, I wanted a nice contrasting color (again, I wanted to draw upon that classic victorian age). I went with a burgundy (made from red, blue and tiny bit of black) and painted the roof. I went back afterwards with some brown and black and dry brushed it onto the roof to make it look really really old.

Step 10: Here's a Little Sneak Peak...

Here's a Little Sneak Peak...

I decided to test out the lights to see how they looked with the beige paper....they looked awesome! Really excited for the entire thing to be finished.

Step 11: Chimney Time!

Chimney Time!

No house is complete without a chimney. Use whatever box shaped object you can find, like spaghetti or foil wrap. I measured it onto the roof, cut it diagonally and affixed it using hot glue. Using a mixture of black and gray paint, paint the chimney completely (inside and out!). This will be your mortar.

Using some small stones out in our yard, I decided to make the chimney a "stone" chimney. This will be a little time consuming (not to mention painful if you get glue on your fingers!), but it's well worth the outcome! My chimney came out AWESOME and very realistic. Even though the house is "abandoned," I may add some stuffing coming out of the chimney to make it look like smoke.

Step 12: And....it's DONE!

And....it's DONE!

My little haunted house is done! It looks awesome on the corner table during the day, and even more awesome at nighttime when plugged in! You'll notice I added some fake little foam pumpkins to the front porch - I think that adds a nice finishing touch!

All in all, I spent 14 cents on the paper for the windows, $3.99 for lights and $2.99 on the pumpkins, and all of it at Michaels. All the other materials (paint, cardboard, hot glue, etc.) were things I had laying around the house. It's amazing what you can make with a little bit of time and some random materials.

I really hope you try it! Thank you for viewing my post. Happy Halloween!

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Miniature tutorial: how to make your own spooky dollhouse (or just dress it up for halloween).

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An easy add that can really give an eerie ambiance to any scene are the variously lit lamps and lighting kits from the Lemax Spooky Town series, found every year at Michael’s Arts and Crafts. Piles of skulls with glowing eyes, street lamps shaped like witches’ hats, or the basic purple or strobe light kits for about $8 to $12 look really great. I usually steer clear of mass produced items in my own collection but Lemax has nice basic lighting sets that don’t require copper tape and boxes to be affixed to your structure. You just pop the battery in the little power box and hide it behind the couch. These are the Lemax lights I use:

how to make a miniature haunted house

If you are ready to take the plunge into a fully haunted miniature mansion or castle, there is quite a bit of variety in the actual architecture to achieve an eerie feel. Do you want a quirky brightly colored holiday house, an abandoned home with tattered curtains, peeling paint, and shutters askew, or an elegant gothic mansion with iron gates and ornate interiors?

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These are so awesome!

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I love this! I'm really inspired now. I've never had a dollhouse but I've always wanted one. Now you've got me looking for one :)

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Love this blog, Grim. Very inspiring and informative! Cia

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From choosing a chilling theme to adding spine-tingling special effects, there are numerous steps to take in bringing your miniature haunted house to life.

But fear not, for we have compiled a comprehensive guide to help you navigate through each eerie stage of this crafty endeavor.

So, if you're ready to transform a plain dollhouse into a petrifying abode, join us as we unearth the secrets to crafting a hair-raising miniature haunted house that will leave guests spellbound.

Key Takeaways

  • Choose a haunting theme that aligns with the desired aesthetic and incorporates elements like cobwebs, flickering lights, and eerie decor.
  • Gather materials and tools such as black construction paper, cardboard, and a hot glue gun to create a dark and eerie setting.
  • Design the layout strategically, incorporating lighting effects, decor elements, and sound effects to create an immersive and chilling experience.
  • Construct the miniature haunted house using craft sticks, glue, and cardboard boxes, and enhance it with DIY haunted elements, Halloween-themed decorations, and creepy lighting effects.

Choose a Haunting Theme

Let's choose a haunting theme for our DIY haunted house miniature. When selecting a theme, we aim to create a spooky atmosphere that captures the essence of a haunted house. One idea is to focus on a specific era or style, such as a Victorian mansion with eerie decor or a dilapidated old farmhouse with ghostly inhabitants. The theme could also revolve around a particular haunting story, like a cursed dollhouse or a possessed hotel.

By choosing a theme, we can guide our decor choices and ensure a cohesive and chilling end result.

To create a spooky atmosphere, we'll need to carefully consider our decor choices. Haunting elements such as cobwebs, flickering lights, and creaky floorboards can add an air of mystery and suspense. Additionally, incorporating ghostly apparitions, eerie portraits, and creepy dolls can enhance the haunted ambiance.

The theme we choose will influence our decor ideas, so it's crucial to select a theme that resonates with the haunted house aesthetic we want to achieve in our miniature DIY project.

Gather Materials and Tools

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We will gather the materials and tools needed for this DIY haunted house miniature project. When selecting materials, it's important to consider the theme and atmosphere of the haunted house. For a spooky effect, materials like black construction paper, cardboard, and popsicle sticks can be used to create a dark and eerie setting. Additionally, tools such as a hot glue gun, craft knife, and scissors are essential for precision and detail in the construction process.

When working with DIY tools, it's important to take safety precautions to prevent accidents. Additionally, mastering DIY techniques such as precise cutting and meticulous painting will enhance the quality of the haunted house miniature.

Design the Layout

Let's start by considering the room arrangement and how the layout can create a sense of suspense and mystery.

We'll also look at designing the pathway and strategically placing exits for an immersive and engaging experience.

These key points will help us craft a chilling and captivating haunted house miniature.

Room Arrangement

Arranging the rooms in your DIY haunted house miniature is crucial for creating an immersive and chilling experience. When it comes to furniture arrangement, consider the flow of the space and strategically place pieces to create a sense of eeriness.

Use lighting effects to cast creepy shadows and highlight key elements, such as eerie wall decor or spooky figures. Room decor plays a significant role in setting the tone. Incorporate cobwebs, aged wallpaper, and distressed furniture to enhance the haunted ambiance.

Additionally, the sound atmosphere is essential for creating a spine-tingling experience. Utilize sound effects like creaking doors, distant whispers, and eerie music to immerse your audience in a truly haunting environment.

Pathway and Exits

After considering the furniture arrangement and room decor to create an eerie atmosphere, it's crucial to now focus on designing the layout of pathways and exits in your DIY haunted house miniature.

Pathway design plays a pivotal role in guiding the viewers through the spooky scenes, so consider using winding paths and hidden corners to create a sense of mystery and suspense.

When determining exit placement, ensure that they're strategically located for easy access while maintaining the overall aesthetic. Additionally, safety considerations are paramount, so incorporate emergency exits that are easily accessible in case of any mishaps.

Remember that while creating a spine-chilling experience is essential, ensuring the safety of your audience should always be a priority.

Construct the Miniature House

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We carefully assembled the miniature haunted house using a combination of craft sticks, glue, and small cardboard boxes. Here's how we constructed the spooky abode:

  • Miniature Landscaping : We started by creating a hauntingly beautiful exterior for our miniature haunted house. We used fake moss, tiny pebbles, and some black paint to give the surroundings an eerie, overgrown look. The addition of a miniature wrought iron fence and a gnarled tree completed the sinister atmosphere.
  • DIY Haunted Crafts : To add an extra layer of spookiness, we crafted small tombstones, creepy cobwebs, and bats out of black construction paper. These DIY haunted crafts were strategically placed around the exterior of the house to enhance the haunted ambiance.
  • Halloween Decorations : We adorned the miniature haunted house with Halloween-themed decorations such as tiny jack-o'-lanterns, miniature witches' brooms, and spooky lanterns made from LED tea lights and small jars. These details brought the house to life and made it the perfect centerpiece for a Halloween display.

With these elements in place, our miniature haunted house came to life, ready to send shivers down anyone's spine.

Add Spooky Details

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Let's amp up the spookiness by adding some eerie details to our haunted house miniature.

We can start by incorporating creepy lighting effects to create a haunting atmosphere.

Then, we can enhance the experience with eerie sound effects to truly immerse our viewers in the haunted ambiance.

Creepy Lighting Effects

To create creepy lighting effects in your DIY haunted house miniature, consider using flickering LED candles and strategically placed black lights to cast eerie shadows and illuminate spooky details. Here are some tips to achieve spine-chilling lighting:

  • DIY Candle Flicker : Incorporate flickering LED candles to create an eerie, realistic candlelight effect. Place them strategically around the haunted house to add an ominous ambiance that will send shivers down your spine.
  • Spooky Shadow Play : Utilize strategically placed black lights to cast haunting shadows throughout the miniature haunted house. Shadows can add depth and an element of mystery, enhancing the overall spooky atmosphere.
  • Eerie Illumination : Use dim lighting to highlight specific eerie details in your haunted house, such as ghostly silhouettes, eerie portraits, and creepy decor, creating an unsettling visual experience for viewers.

Eerie Sound Atmosphere

Consider adding an eerie sound atmosphere to your DIY haunted house miniature to complement the creepy lighting effects and enhance the spine-chilling experience for viewers.

Sound design is crucial for creating a haunted ambiance. Utilize creaking floorboards, ghostly whispers, and other supernatural sounds to immerse your audience in the chilling atmosphere. You can achieve this by using small speakers strategically placed within your miniature haunted house.

Create an eerie ambiance by incorporating subtle, unsettling background music or sound effects. Experiment with eerie wind or distant howling to add an extra layer of spookiness.

Incorporating these elements will elevate the overall haunted experience and captivate the audience, making your miniature haunted house truly memorable.

Ghostly Decor Accents

We can create an eerie and chilling atmosphere in our DIY haunted house miniature by adding ghostly decor accents that include spooky details such as floating specters, cobweb-covered furniture, and flickering candles to enhance the overall haunting experience.

To bring our miniature haunted house to life, we can incorporate the following ghostly decor accents:

  • Floating Specters : Utilize transparent materials and fishing line to create ghostly figures that appear to float through the rooms, giving the impression of otherworldly inhabitants.
  • Cobweb-Covered Furniture : Add an extra layer of spookiness by draping miniature furniture with faux cobwebs, creating an abandoned and haunted atmosphere.
  • Flickering Candles : Incorporate small LED candles that flicker intermittently, casting eerie shadows and adding an unsettling ambiance to the rooms.

Create Eerie Lighting

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Using flickering LED candles and dim string lights can help create an eerie atmosphere in the miniature haunted house. Proper lighting placement is crucial for setting the right ambiance.

Position the flickering LED candles strategically around the haunted house to cast haunting shadows and create an unsettling atmosphere. Placing dim string lights near the ceilings or behind furniture can add an element of mystery to the rooms.

To enhance the spooky ambiance, consider using DIY lighting effects and techniques. For instance, placing a small fan near the flickering LED candles can create a subtle flickering effect, adding an extra layer of eeriness to the scene. Another technique involves using colored gels or translucent materials to cover the lights, casting an otherworldly glow throughout the haunted house.

Incorporate Creepy Sound Effects

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Incorporating creepy sound effects enhances the eerie ambiance within the miniature haunted house. To create an immersive and spine-chilling experience, consider the following:

  • DIY Soundtracks: Craft your own spine-tingling soundscapes by mixing eerie music, creaking doors, ghostly whispers, and howling winds. Use audio editing software to layer and manipulate sounds for a customized, hair-raising effect.
  • Sound Effect Gadgets: Utilize sound effect gadgets like motion-activated scream boxes, haunted doorbells, or ghostly moaning devices to surprise and unsettle your audience. These gadgets can be strategically placed throughout the haunted house to create a creepy atmosphere that keeps visitors on edge.
  • Creepy Atmosphere: Incorporate ambient sounds such as distant screams, ominous footsteps, or rattling chains to evoke a sense of dread and foreboding. These subtle yet unsettling noises contribute to the overall spooky ambiance, making the miniature haunted house truly hair-raising.

Set the Scene With Miniature Props

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Let's talk about how to set the scene with miniature props to create a spooky ambiance.

We can use miniature furniture and decor to enhance the haunted house atmosphere.

These props play a crucial role in bringing our miniature haunted house to life.

Props for Spooky Ambiance

To create a spooky ambiance in your DIY haunted house miniature, we can set the scene with miniature props that evoke a sense of eerie mystery and suspense. Here are three essential props to enhance the spooky ambiance:

  • Glowing Jack-o'-lanterns: Place tiny pumpkins with eerie, flickering LED lights to cast an ominous glow in dimly lit corners, adding an unsettling atmosphere to your haunted house.
  • Miniature Coffins and Tombstones: Incorporate tiny coffins and tombstones to create a creepy graveyard scene, complete with miniature skeletons and spider webs, to give your haunted house an authentic and spine-chilling feel.
  • Haunted Dollhouse Furniture: Utilize tiny, aged furniture pieces like rocking chairs, candelabras, and old-fashioned mirrors to add a ghostly and abandoned element, intensifying the haunted house's eerie ambiance.

Miniature Furniture and Decor

We can enhance the ambiance of our DIY haunted house miniature by carefully selecting miniature furniture and decor that evoke a sense of eerie mystery and suspense. When it comes to miniature design, the furniture arrangement is crucial in creating a spooky ambiance. Consider using a 2-column, 5-row table to compare and contrast different miniature furniture options for your haunted house. This can help you decide on the best pieces to set the scene. Additionally, creepy lighting can greatly contribute to the overall atmosphere. Experiment with different lighting angles and colors to achieve the perfect eerie glow. By paying attention to these details, we can ensure that our miniature haunted house is not only visually striking, but also effectively conveys a sense of spookiness.

Enhance With Special Effects

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Enhance your DIY haunted house miniature with eerie lighting, chilling sound effects, and surprising animations to create a truly spooky experience. Here are three budget-friendly and beginner-friendly special effects to take your miniature to the next level:

  • LED Lights: Incorporate small, battery-operated LED lights to create an eerie atmosphere. You can place them strategically around your miniature haunted house to cast ghostly glows through the windows or to illuminate creepy scenes. These lights are cost-effective and easy to use, making them perfect for beginners.
  • Sound Effects Module: Add a sound effects module to your haunted house to create bone-chilling auditory experiences. You can find pre-recorded spooky sounds or create your own. From creaking doors to ghostly whispers, the possibilities are endless. These modules are simple to install and can be activated with the push of a button, making them ideal for DIY enthusiasts.
  • Moving Parts: Introduce surprising animations by incorporating simple moving parts into your miniature. For example, create a ghost that floats back and forth or a zombie that pops up unexpectedly. By using basic motors or simple mechanisms, you can bring your haunted house to life in a way that's both easy and budget-friendly.

Display and Enjoy Your Mini Haunted House

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Once assembled, we can position our DIY haunted house miniature in a prominent location to enjoy its eerie ambiance. Placing the miniature diorama in a well-lit area will highlight its spooky fun, creating an atmosphere that draws attention to its intricate details.

Consider setting it on a mantelpiece or a side table where it can become a conversation starter and a focal point of the room. Adding small LED lights around the haunted dollhouse can enhance its creepy delight, casting eerie shadows and illuminating hidden corners.

By displaying the miniature at a height accessible to viewers, everyone can appreciate the craftsmanship and effort put into its creation. To fully enjoy our mini haunted house, we can gather friends and family for a haunted house party, incorporating the miniature as a centerpiece for the festivities. This way, we can share the thrill and delight of our creation with others, adding to the enjoyment of the spooky season.

With the haunted house on display, it becomes a source of pride and a source of spooky joy for all.

Frequently Asked Questions Can I Use Real Candles for Eerie Lighting in My Miniature Haunted House?

We can use LED lighting as a safer alternative to real candles for eerie lighting in a miniature haunted house. LED lights provide a similar eerie effect without the fire hazard, making them a great choice for creating a spooky atmosphere.

Additionally, LED lights come in various colors and can be easily controlled to achieve the desired level of spookiness in the haunted house setting.

How Can I Incorporate Moving Parts or Animatronics Into My Miniature Haunted House?

We can incorporate moving parts or animatronics into a miniature haunted house by using motorized ghosts, sound-activated skeletons, interactive tombstones, and glowing eyes. These elements can bring a sense of spookiness and interactivity to the haunted house.

By strategically placing these components throughout the house, we can create an immersive and eerie experience for viewers.

With careful planning and creativity, we can bring our haunted house to life with these dynamic features.

Are There Any Safety Concerns I Should Be Aware of When Constructing and Displaying My Mini Haunted House?

Safety precautions are crucial when setting up Halloween decorations. It's important to secure any loose items, use flame-retardant materials, and keep pathways clear to prevent accidents.

When constructing and displaying a mini haunted house, we should be mindful of small parts that could be choking hazards, and ensure that any electronic components are properly insulated and away from moisture.

Taking these precautions will ensure a safe and enjoyable spooky experience for all.

What Are Some Unique and Unexpected Props I Can Use to Set the Scene in My Miniature Haunted House?

When setting the scene in our miniature haunted house, we love using unique props and unexpected decorations to create a spooky atmosphere.

Some ideas we've found effective include using vintage dolls for an eerie touch, incorporating antique mirrors to add mystery, and even adding unexpected items like old keys and vintage books to enhance the haunted house vibe.

These unexpected props can really take the miniature haunted house to the next level.

Is There a Recommended Way to Create a Fog or Mist Effect in My Mini Haunted House?

Creating atmosphere in a miniature haunted house can be challenging. But we've found that using a dry ice effect is a great way to add a spooky fog or mist.

Simply place a small amount of dry ice in a container with warm water. Then, watch as the eerie fog rolls out. This technique adds an extra layer of realism to your haunted house and can really enhance the overall ambiance.

Now that our DIY haunted house miniature is complete, we can't wait to share it with our friends and family.

The creepy details and spooky sound effects really bring the miniature to life, and the special effects add an extra element of fright.

We're as proud as a ghost in a haunted house of our creation and can't wait to see the reactions it gets!

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  • Cultural Exchange : As we cross the vast Pacific, we anticipate the opportunity to engage with diverse cultures, languages, and traditions, fostering a deep appreciation for global diversity.
  • International Exploration : Transpacific voyages open the door to a world of exploration, offering access to remote islands, bustling metropolises, and everything in between, making it an unforgettable journey of discovery.

Prepare to be captivated by the allure of transpacific voyages, where the call of adventure meets the embrace of international discovery.

Frequently Asked Questions What Are the Onboard Entertainment Options for Families With Young Children on These Cruises?

We offer various onboard entertainment options for families with young children, including childcare facilities and kids clubs. These spaces are designed to provide a safe and engaging environment for kids to have fun while parents enjoy other activities.

Additionally, we offer a wide range of entertainment and activities suitable for all ages, ensuring that the whole family can enjoy their time on the cruise.

Are There Any Special Dining Options or Culinary Experiences Available on These Cruises?

We love the culinary workshops and specialty restaurants on these cruises.

The culinary workshops offer a hands-on experience, teaching us new cooking techniques and recipes.

The specialty restaurants provide a diverse array of gourmet dining options, from fine dining to international cuisines.

It's a delightful way to explore different flavors and indulge in unique culinary experiences while sailing the seas.

What Are the Vaccination and Health Requirements for Passengers on These Cruises?

Vaccination requirements and health screenings are essential for passengers on these cruises. It's crucial to ensure all travelers are up to date with their vaccinations and pass health screenings before boarding.

Additionally, having travel insurance is wise, and knowing the availability of medical facilities on the cruise is important for peace of mind.

These measures contribute to a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone on board.

Can Passengers Bring Their Own Alcohol on Board or Is It Available for Purchase?

Yes, passengers are responsible for adhering to the alcohol policy. Most cruises offer the option to purchase alcohol onboard. However, bringing one's own alcohol is generally not allowed due to safety and security reasons.

The onboard facilities usually include bars and lounges where passengers can purchase a variety of alcoholic beverages. It's important to check with the specific cruise line for their purchasing options and policies regarding alcohol consumption.

Are There Any Specific Packing Tips or Dress Code Recommendations for These Cruises?

When it comes to packing for cruises, it's essential to consider the destination and activities. For warm destinations, lightweight clothing, bathing suits, and sunscreen are must-haves.

For cooler climates, layers and a waterproof jacket are essential.

As for dress codes, most cruises have formal nights, so packing a cocktail dress or suit is a good idea. Check the specific cruise line's guidelines to ensure you're prepared for all occasions.

We hope you've enjoyed learning about the best cruises from San Francisco.

Did you know that the Port of San Francisco saw a 10% increase in cruise ship passengers in 2019?

With so many incredible destinations to choose from, there's no better time to set sail from the City by the Bay and embark on an unforgettable adventure at sea.

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Why Is Bunting Called Bunting?

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Have you ever wondered why bunting is called bunting?

It's like peeling back the layers of a mysterious package, each layer revealing a little more about its origins and cultural significance. The evolution of its name is a fascinating journey that takes us through different languages and historical contexts.

But there's more to it than just etymology; bunting holds a unique place in various cultures and has a modern appeal that continues to captivate.

So, let's unravel the mystery and discover the intriguing story behind why bunting is called bunting.

  • The word 'bunting' originated from the Old French word 'bontin' and was initially used for maritime flag communication.
  • Over time, 'bunting' evolved into festive decorations for land-based celebrations.
  • Bunting is deeply ingrained in traditional celebrations worldwide and symbolizes unity, patriotism, and celebration.
  • Bunting is a versatile decorative element that adds nostalgia and whimsy to events and settings.

Origins of Bunting

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The origins of bunting can be traced back to ancient civilizations, where evidence of this decorative practice has been found in archaeological discoveries. The etymology of the word 'bunting' is thought to have originated from the Old French word 'bontin,' meaning 'colorful' or 'painted canvas.'

Historical origins suggest that bunting was initially used as a form of maritime flag communication, with colorful flags being used to send messages between ships. Over time, this practice extended to land-based celebrations and decorations, evolving into the festive bunting we recognize today.

In ancient times, bunting was made from various materials such as cotton, wool, and even silk, and was often adorned with intricate designs and patterns. The use of bunting as a decorative element became widespread during the 17th and 18th centuries, particularly in Europe and the United States, where it was used to embellish public spaces during festive occasions and celebrations.

Understanding the historical roots of bunting provides insight into its cultural significance and enduring appeal as a decorative art form.

Evolution of Bunting's Name

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Tracing the etymology of the word 'bunting' leads us to the Old French term 'bontin,' which originally denoted 'colorful' or 'painted canvas,' providing insight into the evolution of bunting's name. Over time, the term 'bontin' transitioned into 'buntine' in Middle English, referring to a lightweight open fabric used for sieves or nets. This transformation reflects the evolving use of the material, shifting from decorative purposes to more functional applications.

As the English language continued to develop, 'buntine' gradually transformed into 'bunting,' expanding its meaning to encompass various types of loosely woven fabrics, particularly those used for flags and festive decorations. The semantic shift from a specific type of fabric to a broader category reflects the linguistic evolution of the term. This evolution demonstrates how language adapts to accommodate changes in material use and cultural practices.

Understanding the evolution of bunting's name provides valuable insights into the historical contexts in which the term was used and the cultural significance attached to it. Etymological analysis allows us to trace the trajectory of bunting's name, highlighting its journey from a colorful canvas to a diverse category of loosely woven fabrics.

Cultural Significance of Bunting

Exploring the cultural significance of bunting sheds light on its historical and symbolic resonance within various societal contexts. Bunting, with its origins as a maritime signal and festive decoration, has become deeply ingrained in traditional celebrations and symbolic decorations across the world. Its presence in cultural and historical events has made it an enduring symbol of unity, celebration, and national pride.

This enduring tradition of using bunting for decorative and symbolic purposes has made it a beloved and recognizable feature in cultural celebrations. As societies continue to evolve, bunting remains a timeless emblem of joy and unity, connecting people across generations and cultures in moments of celebration and national pride.

Bunting in Different Languages

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In understanding the cultural significance of bunting, it becomes apparent that its presence isn't confined to a single language, as its use and symbolism extend across various linguistic traditions.

Language variations in the use of bunting reveal its historical context and diverse cultural interpretations. In English, the term 'bunting' originally referred to the lightweight woolen cloth used for making flags, and its usage later extended to decorative flags and streamers.

In Spanish, 'banderines' or 'guirnaldas' are terms used for decorative bunting, reflecting the rich tradition of vibrant fiestas and celebrations in Hispanic cultures.

The French refer to bunting as 'fanions' or 'guirlandes,' reflecting their historical use in military and festive contexts.

German and Dutch languages use 'Wimpel' and 'vlaggetjes' respectively to denote bunting, reflecting the cultural significance of decorative flags in these societies.

These language variations highlight the historical context of bunting as a universal symbol of celebration, festivity, and cultural identity, transcending linguistic boundaries.

The Modern Appeal of Bunting

The modern appeal of bunting lies in its versatile use as a decorative element that adds a touch of nostalgia and whimsy to various events and settings. In today's context, bunting has found a place in modern aesthetics, offering a charming and elegant way to enhance the visual appeal of spaces. Its ability to evoke a sense of nostalgia while still feeling fresh and contemporary has contributed to its enduring popularity.

Creative applications of bunting have expanded its appeal, making it a staple in events ranging from intimate gatherings to large-scale festivals. Its ability to transform ordinary spaces into enchanting settings has made it a favorite among event planners and individuals alike. The creative use of colors, patterns, and materials has allowed bunting to adapt to a wide range of themes and styles, from rustic and vintage to modern and eclectic.

Moreover, its association with traditional celebrations and outdoor events has contributed to its modern appeal, as it brings a sense of warmth and conviviality to any setting. The enduring charm of bunting lies in its ability to infuse spaces with a sense of joy and celebration, making it a beloved decorative element in the contemporary world.

Frequently Asked Questions What Are the Different Types of Materials Used to Make Bunting?

Types of materials used to make bunting include fabric, plastic, paper, and felt. These materials offer versatility for creative applications, such as outdoor decorations, party decor, and festive events.

Additionally, bunting materials can be repurposed for alternative uses, such as crafting and DIY projects. Each material brings unique qualities to bunting, allowing for diverse customization and visual appeal in various settings.

Is Bunting Only Used for Decorative Purposes, or Does It Have Other Practical Uses?

Practical uses of bunting extend beyond mere decoration. Its versatility makes it ideal for creative applications. Although often associated with festive occasions, bunting has practical uses in maritime signaling, aviation, and even military contexts.

Its vibrant colors and eye-catching design also make it a valuable tool for advertising and safety markings. The historical evolution of bunting's practical applications showcases its enduring significance in various fields.

Are There Any Specific Traditions or Customs Associated With the Use of Bunting in Different Cultures?

In different cultures, bunting carries significant cultural significance and is often intertwined with historical origins. Various traditions and customs are associated with its use, reflecting the diverse ways it's utilized for celebrations and events.

The historical origins of bunting reveal its evolution and continued relevance in different cultural contexts, shedding light on its enduring importance. Understanding these traditions and historical connections provides insight into the rich tapestry of meanings associated with bunting.

How Has the Popularity of Bunting Changed Over Time?

The evolution of bunting's popularity has been fascinating. Over time, it has transitioned from a traditional decorative element to a symbol of celebration and festivity.

The cultural significance of bunting has grown, becoming a ubiquitous feature at events and gatherings. Its colorful and cheerful nature has made it a beloved adornment, reflecting the joyous spirit of various occasions.

This shift in perception has contributed to the enduring appeal of bunting across different cultures.

Are There Any Superstitions or Beliefs Surrounding the Use of Bunting in Certain Cultures?

Superstitions and cultural significance surrounding bunting vary widely across different cultures. In some societies, bunting is believed to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits when displayed during celebrations and festivals.

Conversely, in other traditions, there are superstitions associated with the colors and patterns of bunting, with specific combinations believed to attract prosperity or protect against misfortune.

Understanding these beliefs adds depth to the history and use of bunting in diverse cultures.

In tracing the origins of bunting and its name, we've uncovered a rich history of cultural significance and evolution. From its humble beginnings to its modern appeal, bunting has woven itself into the fabric of our lives.

Its colorful presence brings joy and celebration, like a fluttering array of flags in the wind, symbolizing unity and festivity across different cultures and languages.

The name 'bunting' may have a simple origin, but its impact is profound and enduring.

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Moscow Boat Tour

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See all the gems of historical and cultural center of the capital in short time and without traffic jams or tiresome walking.

Depending on the itinerary and duration of the Moscow River boat trip, the tour can be 3 or 5 hours.

Highlights of the tour

  • St Basil’s Cathedral;
  • Stalin skyscraper on Kotelnicheskaya (Tinkers) embankment;
  • The Kremlin;
  • “House on the Embankment” Stalin skyscraper;
  • Monument to Peter I;
  • The Central House of Artists;
  • Christ the Savior Cathedral;
  • Gorky Park;
  • Moscow State University;
  • Russian Academy of Sciences;
  • Luzhniki stadium;
  • Novodevichy Monastery;
  • Kiev railway station;
  • Europe Square;
  • Moscow City Hall;
  • Government House;
  • Expocentre Exhibition Complex;
  • and other famous sights.

You will learn about the different epochs of the city from the foundation in 1147 till Soviet times of 20 th  century.

Moscow River

Moskva river has the form of a snake and is the main waterway of Moscow, consisting of a cascade of reservoirs. Within the city, Moskva river is 80 km long, 120 m - 200 m wide and up to 14 m deep. The narrowest part of the river is the Kremlin area in the city center, and the most extensive is around the Luzhniki Stadium in the south. 

Bridges in Moscow

Undoubtedly, bridges and embankments are among the most scenic spots and main attractions of Moscow. Plus, they are so romantic.

  • Bolshoy Kamenny Bridge –  Great Stone Bridge –  is the main bridge of Moscow . The first stone bridge was constructed here in the 17th century.
  • Patriarshy Bridge  is one of the youngest pedestrian bridges, built in 2004. The bridge connects the iconic Christ the Saviour Cathedral with funky Bersenevskaya embankment, extremely popular place among locals for its trendy art galleries, cafes and panoramic views. Patriarshy Bridge used to be a shooting location for ex-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's New Year speech to the nation.
  • Borodinsky Bridge,  erected in honor of the 100th anniversary of the glorious victory in the Battle of Borodino (which every Russian kid knows about), a fierce legendary battle during the Russo-French war of 1812.
  • Bagration Bridge  one of the  pedestrian bridges with most picturesque views of the Moskva River with its numerous upper-level observation platforms. The bridge was erected to celebrate the 850th anniversary of Moscow city in 1997.
  • Krymsky Bridge  used to be in Top 5 Europe’s longest bridges some 100 years ago. The bridge got its name after the ancient Krymsky ford which Crimean Tartars used to invade Moscow in the 16 th  century.

Embankments of Moscow

Moscow river boats 37 embankments, the most popular being Kremlevskaya, Sofiyskaya, Pushkinskaya, Vorobyovskaya and Kolomenskaya.

You can get the most spectacular views of the Kremlin from  Kremlevskaya and Sofiyskaya embankments.

  • Pushkinkaya embankment  is the most romantic in Moscow. It meanders along Gorky Park and Neskuchnyi garden and is rich for all kinds of entertainment as well as cozy nooks, including Olivkovy beach, the famous Zeleny theater as well as a pier for river cruisers.
  • Vorobyevskaya embankment  is part of Sparrow Hills nature reserve. This place opens a beautiful panorama of the river and city from the observation deck and is considered to be the place for taking serious decisions in life.
  • Embankment in Kolomenskoye  Museum-Reserve has a special charm due to its peculiar geographical relief. The boat trip around Kolomenskoye would be the most peaceful in your life.
  • Taras Shevchenko embankment  is popular among photographers for its modern Moscow City skyscrapers. Highly recommended for your night boat trip.
  • Embankments of Moscow are the pride of the capital. A distinctive feature of each of the promenades is its architecture and beautiful views. In addition, almost all the embankments of Moscow have a rich history and a lot of notable buildings.

Different epochs

Taking a walk along the Moskva River by boat, you will witness the architecture of Moscow from different eras and styles. Archaeological studies indicate that already in the XI century there stood a fortified settlement on Borovitsky hill, which is now called the Kremlin. Little fortress could not accommodate all the residents of the rapidly growing city, and the Grand Duke ordered the construction of a new Kremlin, larger than the former.

Boat trip around Kolomenskoe Park

Moscow river boat trip starts from the pier Klenovy (Maple) Boulevard and provides reat views of Nicholas Perervinsky monastery.

Nicholas Perervinsky monastery was founded at the time of the Battle of Kulikov (1380). The monastery, got its name from the surrounding area – “Pererva”, which can be translated like “tear off” and because of the location –  here it abruptly changed its course, turning to Kolomna, standing on the opposite bank.

Nowadays Kolomenskoye is State Art, Historical, Architectural and Natural Landscape Museum-Reserve, which doors are open to everyone who wants to get in touch with the ancient history of Russia.

Take a break from the big city hustle in the shady parks and gardens of the Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve. Don’t miss a wonderful Church of the Ascension and Tsar Alexey’s Palace in Kolomenskoye!

Monasteries and temples

  • Novospassky Monastery
  • Founded in the 13th century on the site where now is located the Danilovsky monastery. After a few decades, in 1330, Ivan Kalita moved the monastery onto the Borovitskii hill of the Kremlin. However, in the 15th century, Spassky Monastery again moved, this time to a more spacious place on Krasnoholmskaya waterfront.
  • Church of St. Nicholas in Zayaitskom
  • Erected in the middle of the XVIII century in baroque style. The building survived after the 1812 fire, but the utensils were destoyed. Parishioners collected donations and restored the temple on their own. In Soviet times, it was closed and re-opened only in 1992.
  • Cathedral of Christ the Savior
  • The church was originally erected in honor of the victory over Napoleon and was being under construction for long 44 years. Notoriously demolished in 1937 to be a giant swimming pool under open sky. The current building was constructed in 1990s. It is the tallest and one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world.
  • The temple was built in 1679-82, during the reign of Tsar Fedor Alekseevich, in late Muscovite Baroque style and can be characterized as bonfire temple. Each gable is a symbol of a heavenly fire.
  • Novodevichy Convent
  • The most famous concent and monastery in Moscow, presumably founded in 1524. Novodevichy’s status has always been high among other monasteries, it was in this monastery where the women of the royal blood, the wives of Tsars and local rulers of Moscow were kept in prison as nuns.
  • St. Andrew’s church  (male acts as Compound Patriarch of Moscow)
  • St. Andrew’s church stands right on the slopes of the Sparrow Hills, on the way down to the Moskva River, on the territory of the Nature Reserve “Sparrow Hills”. The monastery is small in size but is very cozy. It’s situated in a quiet courtyard surrounded by temples, fruit trees and flowers.

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  • + A photo session amongst spectacular Moscow scenery that can be treasured for a lifetime.
  • + Good value for souvenirs, taxis, and hotels.
  • + Expert advice on what to do, where to go, and how to make the most of your time in Moscow.

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5 Haunted Places In Russia Will Definitely Scare the hell out of you

5 Haunted Places In Russia

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Being the biggest nation by territory over the globe, Russia fuses a tremendous range of landforms and spans a sum of 11 time zones. It share land borders with nations like Estonia, Finland, Norway, and Poland and so forth and is known for covering more than 1/8th of Earth’s occupied land. Aside from the antiquated museums and lovely Russians, what makes this astonishing nation a mysterious riddle are some abandoned and creepy spots that will scare you deeply. At long last, it is the ideal opportunity for you to remember each one of those great scary minutes from your favorite movie. From Stalin’s nation house to the Diamond mine in Yakutia, there are such a significant number of haunted places in Russia that you will remember forever. Below is the list of 5 most haunted places in Russia .

5 Haunted Places In Russia

There is no denying the fact that Russia is an incredibly wonderful country with beautiful churches and delicious cuisine but when it comes to horror, it takes you to a next level. that you will definitely end up having goosebumps on your next visit.

1. The Maternity Hospital

The Maternity Hospital

It was built on a region of the hospital constructed for the members of the devoted war that occurred in 1812. After turning into the maternity hospital in the second half of twentieth century, it was shut because of reconstruction in the year 2009. In spite of the way that this structure has been deserted for many years, it is very shocking to observe that the hospital still has the central heating which is spotless. There is a reason behind why it goes under the classification of the most haunted places in Russia as the spot resembles as a torture chamber from a horror movie.

The Maternity clinic has been the real vacation spot for quite a while and a ton of excited bloggers frequently come here all the time to explore this place. What adds to the irregularity of this spot is the way that a great deal of pregnant Russian ladies want to deliver their child in this specific medical clinic. This is the ideal spot for the individuals who love chills and spookiness of scary places and its creepy corridors.

2. The Kusovnikov House in Moscow

The Kusovnikov House in Moscow

Located on the Myasnitskaya Street in the Central Moscow, this nineteenth century House No.17 was used to be the home of of Pyotr and Sofya who were very greedy. They were likewise suspicious about whether their cash is sheltered or not and that is the reason they used to conceal it in various and irregular spots. They embraced this trap with the goal that none can take their cash yet what they didn’t know was that one day, it would be the purpose behind their very own annihilation.

It is said that one awful night, the caretaker unintentionally burned their hidden cash in the chimney and they passed on the spot because of the shock. Since that day, many individuals have seen the ghost of an old bumped man, considered by them as Pyotr Kusovnikov on the adjacent road who grieves the loss of his cash. Thus, on the off chance that you are wanting to go for a night stroll on this road, make a point to reconsider before you end up finding him.

3. Mirny Diamond Mine

Mirny Diamond Mine

If you are fascinated by places like Bermuda traingle then visit the Mirny Diamond Mine in at least once in your lifetime to observe something remarkable. Once a source of employments and income for the Russians, this spot was prior known for delivering the most valuable Russian diamonds. The city that encompassed this immense mine was full used to be a bustling one with a great deal of upbeat and bright residents. Although this deserted mine is closed till now, there has been not been any reasonable logical clarification of why each helicopter that hovered over this opening got sucked into it. Abnormal for a precious stone mine, isn’t it? All things considered, if you wish to visit the popular haunted places in Russia , remember to visit here and investigate the puzzle of this spot.

4. Northern Crown – The Stranded 5-Star Hotel

Northern Crown – The Stranded 5-Star Hotel

In the year 1988, this brilliant 247 room’s hotel was commissioned by the Soviet Union to overlook the Karpovki River in the city of St. Petersburg. But destiny had some different plans since its construction was nearly finished when the undertaking was suddenly halted because of the absence of cash. At that point what happened was the devastation of this magnificent hotel as it in the long run turned into a deserted spot and never had the chance to have any guest. A lot of local people additionally trust that this disastrous occasion is related with the demise of Metropolitan Ioann of St. Pete. He passed in Northern Crown amid a reception in the respect of the 5oth birthday celebration of Bank St. Petersburg. Indeed, even today, the rooms look as rich as ever however the structure can’t get fixed at this point.

5. Mikhailovsky Castle

Mikhailovsky Castle

This splendid yet creepy castle must be in the list of top haunted places in Russia as the minute you step into it, there is a different and creepy aura that you can feel at each corner. This is the main castle of St. Petersburg however this isn’t the main reason behind why it is the source of fascination among the nearby just as global travelers. The reason is that it is a permanent resident of the most famous ghost of the city which is tsar Pavel I.

He started the construction of this place which turned into its shelter after the procedure was finished. He suffered a a trageic death while being murdered by the drunken soldier’s crowd that simply expected to arrest him so as to make his child the new ruler. You can at present watch him playing his favorite instrument, violin through a particular window in the fort. This should be more frightening than fascinating.

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72 Fun & Unusual Things to Do in Moscow

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Sure, Moscow is the Russian political capital and the nation’s most populous city, but describing it as such couldn’t be any further from the truth. More accurately, Moscow is a city of contrasts.

It exudes history — its Kremlin dates back centuries, nodding to royalty and leadership old and now, while the famed Red Square, the poster child of the city, blends striking color with ancient tradition and religion.

On the other hand, it’s a city of modern pop culture and towering skyscrapers; a place where you’ll come across new-age museums, arts centers, manmade parks, and an efficient transportation system that’s one of the most beautiful in Europe.

It’s a city of longstanding culture — the Bolshoi Theater is an international symbol for excellence in classical dance, while Russia’s National Ballet Company remains renowned worldwide — as well as upbeat nightlife, with some of the world’s most celebrated rooftop bars and nightclubs.

While it’s a city filled with opposites, there remains no shortage of things to do in Moscow for all types of travelers — from those who want cultural immersion to those looking for an epic night out, you’ll be spoiled for choice. And if you’re not sure where to start, here’s a list of suggestions!

The Moscow Kremlin

If there’s any particular district begging to be the first place you visit on your trip, it’s the Kremlin.

Built in the 16th century by Ivan the Terrible, the UNESCO-listed area has since become the heart of Russia’s capital city, where you’ll find several churches, palaces, and other noteworthy buildings.

We’ll dive into each of its main attractions in a second, but regardless of what you visit, try to make it to the Kremlin in time for sunset — because seeing its golden domes glinting in the late-afternoon light makes for one spectacular tourist photo!

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1 – Admire the abundance of Kremlin towers | the Kremlin

Kremlin towers, Moscow

As your eyes dart down the towering red-brick Kremlin wall, the first thing you’ll notice is its large towers of all different styles and sizes.

With a whopping 20 separate minarets towering above the historic area, each with its own name, colors, features and history, a guided tour to learn each of their fascinating stories is a must.

To give you a little taste, the Konstantin-Yeleninskaya Tower once housed a torture chamber. Saviour’s Tower at the main entrance boasts a famous chiming clock, the Secret Tower houses a secret escape tunnel, and the Trinity Tower is the tallest of them all.

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2 – Visit the enormous Grand Kremlin Palace | the Kremlin

Grand Kremlin Palace, Moscow

A remarkable attraction in terms of both beauty and history, the Grand Kremlin Palace is an ornate rococo-style building that was commissioned during the reign of Nicholas I, and today acts as the official residence of none other than the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

Perched atop Borovitsky Hill, its 125-meter-long facade is unmissable, making for impressive photos.

Take note: guided tours are few and far between, so you’ll have to book a few weeks in advance if you want to check out the decorated inner sanctum.

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3 – People-watch in Cathedral Square | the Kremlin

Cathedral Square, Moscow

One of the most popular areas in all of Moscow (sometimes called Sobornaya Square), with multiple massive churches at its heart, Cathedral Square is flanked by several historic buildings and is never shy of a tourist crowd.

The three main churches — each spectacular works of architecture in their own right — are the Cathedral of the Assumption (the oldest and the biggest of all Kremlin churches), the 16th-century Cathedral of the Archangel Michael (known for its beautiful Corinthian gables and turrets), and the golden-domed Cathedral of the Annunciation (which connects to the Grand Kremlin Palace’s main building).

Throw in the 60-meter-high Ivan the Great Bell Tower, the lesser-known Church of the Twelve Apostles , the Church of the Deposition of the Virgin’s Robe (underrated yet famous for its marvelous stained-glass windows), and the medieval residence-turned-museum that is The Patriarch’s Palace, and you can see why this square is regularly number one on any visitor’s list of things to do in Moscow.

4 – See a show at the State Kremlin Palace | the Kremlin

State Kremlin Palace, Moscow

Just like the Grand Kremlin Palace , this theater and prestigious concert hall — with its grandiose facade and multiple sculptures — is another ornate building that’s worth admiring.

A popular place to hold conferences, the State Kremlin Palace was originally built as part of a larger complex for Communist Party meetings, but today hosts some of the biggest events in Moscow — we’re talkin’ sold-old ballet performances, world-famous concerts, opera shows, and festivals.

Check the website to see what’s on the calendar for your visit!

5 – See centuries worth of national treasures at the Armoury Chamber | the Kremlin

Armoury Chamber, Moscow

For anyone with an interest in historical weaponry and armor, this museum — which dates back to the early 1500s when it was created as the royal armory — is a must-see.

The Armoury Chamber (as well as the Diamond Fund Exhibition) is home to some of the most valuable objects that were originally owned by Russian monarchs — from jeweled heirlooms and intricate boxes to ornately decorated pistols and swords — many of which are centuries old.

Within the armoury chamber, you’ll also find the Russian historical regalia, a collection of artifacts that belonged to Russian tsars and emperors between the 13th and 20th centuries, highlighted by the Ivory Throne and the Monomakh’s Cap.

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6 – Step inside the Palace of the Facets | the Kremlin

Palace of the Facets, Moscow

The Palace of the Facets is one of the most underrated buildings in all of Moscow, largely because it’s not as widely promoted or photographed even though its exterior adorns some postcards.

From the outside, it blends in with the crowd. But step inside and you’ll discover a world of beauty and wonder — its frescoes, golden columns and enormous rooms are a sight to behold

The Palace of the Facets is not only a piece of art (literally, with painted walls), dating back over 500 years, but also acted as the dining hall for the Tsars.

7 – Feel small next to the Tsar Bell | the Kremlin

Tsar Bell, Moscow

Making Philadelphia’s famous Liberty Bell look diminutive in size, this monument , which never actually functioned as a bell due to its immense size (at 205 tons and standing 20.1 feet high!), has found fame in recent years for being the heaviest attraction inside The Kremlin.

With the bronze landmark’s claim to fame of being the biggest bell in the world, it presents as a great, quick photo op when roaming through the Kremlin.

8 – Check out the Senate Palace | the Kremlin

Senate Palace, Moscow

Another architectural masterpiece that’s tucked away within the Kremlin, this palace is famous for being one of Moscow’s most beautiful buildings — its yellow façade curves around to face inward and truly engulf anyone who stands near it.

Built back in the late 1700s, today it houses the Russian presidential administration and, unfortunately for us, is off limits to the general public.

Still, admiring it from outside, with the nearby Tsar Cannon, is certainly good enough.

9 – Grab a photo in front of the Tsar Cannon | the Kremlin

Tsar Cannon, Moscow

One of Moscow’s most iconic symbols, Tsar Cannon (or Royal Cannon) is a cannon that was manufactured in 1586 and resides — yep, you guessed it — within The Kremlin.

Following the theme of the enormous Tsar Bell, it weighs a whopping 39 tons — making it one of the world’s largest cannons even though it has never been shot.

And while its size may be impressive on its own, what makes this cannon so special is that it’s adorned with intricate carvings, ornaments, inscriptions, and a figure of a horse-riding Tsar Feodor the Bellringer.

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10 – Join a tour of the Terem Palace | the Kremlin

Terem Palace, Moscow

A stunning, fairytale-like palace that’s steeped in history and detail, the five-story Terem Palace is one of the most underrated attractions within The Kremlin. However, as part of the official residence of the Russian President, much of it is off-limits to snap-happy tourists.

That said, there’s still plenty to be seen in the accessible areas by joining a group tour: a beautiful white-stone carved staircase; curved, decorated, and painted ceilings; and an enchanting low-vaulted Antechamber with lancet windows.

The Red Square

As we move away from the Kremlin, our next stop is the most photographed, picturesque public area in the country.

Flanked by gorgeous, colorful towers and buildings, the Red Square is the most famous square in all of Russia — and one that’s steeped in history, patriotism, and communist symbolism.

Home to some of Moscow’s greatest landmarks including St Basil’s Cathedral (featuring its iconic onion domes), Lenin Mausoleum, GUM department store (an architectural masterpiece that is the most famous shopping mall in Russia), The State History Museum, and more, it’s not just a sight to see in Moscow but also one that has been seen by hundreds of millions from around the world.

11 – Make your way inside St. Basil’s Cathedral | Red Square

St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow

Built back in the early 1500s, this quirky-looking, 65-meter-tall Orthodox church is so unique and detailed that it’s earned its place as one of 16 UNESCO cultural sites in Russia — and, thanks to many Hollywood productions like Bond: Skyfall (2012), has only continued to increase in fame.

Its exterior boasts multi-colored domes crowned with golden onion top spires. Meanwhile, inside, you’ll find nine small, separate chapels, and plenty of decorated walls and windows — all best viewed as part of a walking tour of Red Square.

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12 – Visit the State Historical Museum | Red Square

State Historical Museum, Moscow

One of seven museums that can be found around the expansive Red Square, the State Historical Museum is one of Moscow’s most revered.

Housed in a neoclassical building (the same as GUM), it features more than 4 million items relating to Russian history — making it so vast and incredible that you’ll need at least two hours inside to see just a fraction.

While you’re in the area, be sure to check out the Marshal Georgy Zhukov Monument, a towering horse-riding statue of arguably the most famous and heroic Soviet military commander of WWII, which can be found in front of the museum.

13 – Shop till you drop at GUM | Red Square

GUM department store, Moscow

The official state department store of Russia, having opened in 1893 and become one of Moscow’s most iconic attractions for shopaholics over the years, is known for its gorgeous architecture that looks more like a palace than anything else.

Entering through its massive golden doors, you’ll be surprised to find an extensive shopping center with more than 100 luxury and world-renowned brands of clothing and accessories for men, women, and youngsters.

Even if you don’t plan on buying anything, stop into the Gastronom №1 for a bite to eat or take a stroll through its corridors to appreciate the building’s history and beauty.

14 – Visit Lenin’s Mausoleum | Red Square

Lenin's Mausoleum, Moscow

Another iconic Red Square attraction is Lenin’s Mausoleum, a small yet foreboding building that houses the embalmed corpse of Communist leader Vladimir Lenin (who led Russia through the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917).

Opened in 1930 after his death and standing at more than 12 meters tall, it presents as both a unique and macabre site — and, considering the life-like nature of the body, certainly isn’t for the faint of heart.

Note: Entrance is free of charge, but expect to be searched by security before being allowed in.

15 – Ride the Moscow Metro, enjoying the beautiful stations along the way

Moscow Metro, Russia

As we leave the Red Square, the next cab off the rank is Moscow’s unbelievable artistic Metro network (rivaled only in beauty by that of Stockholm). Constructed between the 1930s and 1950s, its stations were built by hand with a wide range of artistic themes — from socialist realist to Slavic pagan.

Tips: The best way to experience them is as part of a Moscow Metro tour, which can be booked online. However, if you prefer exploring solo, then make sure to visit the Mayakovskaya Metro Station which is known for its seemingly endless archways.

You may also check out Dostoyevskaya, named after a famous writer with murals depicting his stories. The Ploshchad Revolutsii Metro Station is another option where a handful of Socialist statues provide a wonderful contrast to the red marble arches.

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16 – Spend the afternoon exploring the State Tretyakov Gallery

State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

Boasting the reputation of being one of the world’s leading art museums, the State Tretyakov Gallery is home to a stunning collection that features well over 100,000 works from Russia and around the globe.

Featuring everything from ancient Russian icons to Soviet-era artifacts and contemporary pieces, the museum also houses a charming green garden perfect for recharging.

Visitors are advised to allocate at least three hours inside to properly appreciate everything on show — or consider booking a private VIP tour to skip the lines and focus on the best sections.

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17 – Get out of town to the Tsaritsyno Museum & Nature Reserve

Tsaritsyno Museum & Nature Reserve, Moscow

Located a short drive from the hustle and bustle of the Red Square, this incredible attraction is both a palatial museum and cultural center, with an enchanting open-air garden to boot — spread across 405 hectares altogether.

Boasting beautiful 18th-century baroque architecture, it was originally built as a country retreat for Catherine the Great. However, it has since been transformed into an outdoor museum with several museums inside — including exhibits dedicated to Russian history and culture.

18 – Tick off the main haunts with a hop-on hop-off bus ride

bus tours in Moscow

Short on time or just can’t be bothered walking around anymore? Then make sure to check out the double-decker Hop-on-Hop-off Bus, a convenient and cheap way of seeing all the main attractions in one go.

With unlimited-ride tickets lasting between 24 and 72 hours, there’s plenty of flexibility to soak in must-see areas like Red Square, the Kremlin, Arbatskaya Square, Theatre Square, and the Red October neighborhood — and with a free audio tour (in English) throughout the ride, you’re sure to learn a thing or two as well.

Busses usually run every 15 minutes, with the full city loop taking roughly an hour — of course, you can disembark and reboard to your heart’s content.

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19 – Learn about military history on Poklonnaya Hill

Poklonnaya Hill, Moscow

For an up-close and personal experience with the past, make sure to check out Poklonnaya Hill — a UNESCO World Heritage Site about 20 minutes out from the city center that’s home to several relics from Russia’s pre-revolutionary era.

It has everything from Great Patriotic War memorials dedicated to fallen soldiers of the Russian military forces, to the Eternal Flame and the Museum of Great Patriotic War. This is an unmissable opportunity for history buffs.

Hot tip: While you’re in the area, be sure to stop into the Victory Museum (the nation’s biggest military history museum) and check out the gold-tipped Church of St. George the Victorious .

20 – Get artsy at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts

Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

Home to one of the finest and most significant art collections in Russia, the highly-regarded Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts showcases everything from medieval icons and paintings. With over 500,000 pieces of works by renowned artists like Rembrandt, Renoir, Picasso, Matisse, Karl Bryullov and Rubens, the museum is undeniably one of the best things to do in Moscow for art lovers.

The museum also houses impressive exhibits dedicated to ancient Greece, archaeological collections, decorative arts and a 200,000-item Numismatic library.

21 – Take a charming stroll down Arbat Street

Arbat Street, Moscow

Boasting everything from galleries and craft stores to souvenir shops, cafes, and some of Russia’s finest restaurants and hotels — as well as top-notch street performers (like jugglers and caricaturists) — Arbat Street is one of Moscow’s most famous pedestrian hubs for good reason.

The entire walkway, flanked by colorful buildings, stretches about a kilometer through the historic district, making it the perfect start to any day of inner-city exploring.

22 – Lounge around at the Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure

Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure, Moscow

One of Moscow’s biggest and most beloved green spaces, Gorky Central Park is a must-visit for anyone looking to soak in some fresh air.

The park boasts 45 hectares of picturesque grassland, forests, Golitsinsky Ponds (home to squirrels and ducks), walking trails, fountains and the Neskuchny Garden. This place is also home to the wooden Olivkovy beach, a hot spot for photographers looking to appreciate the Moskva river.

Plenty of cafes line the well-manicured park, likewise public art projects and picnic spots and an open-air cinema in the summertime!

While a relaxing day in the gardens is never a bad idea, if you’re looking for something a little more interactive, there’s the 18-meter-tall Observation Platform and a handful of museums on site. The Gorky Park Museum , Muzeon Park of Arts , Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and New Tretyakov Gallery are all noteworthy stops within walking distance.

23 – Stare at the ceiling of the Christ the Savior Cathedral

Christ the Savior Cathedral, Moscow

On an easy stroll from the southwest side of the Kremlin, you’ll find a majestic memorial cathedral doused in history: the 5-golden-domed Christ the Savior Cathedral .

With a beautiful color-contrasting exterior that still falls short of the intricately painted inner walls and ceiling, this underrated (due to not being in Red Square with the other main cathedrals) attraction is a must for the bucket list.

24 – Zoom around town in a Soviet van

Soviet van tours in Moscow

If a hop-on-hop-off bus screams of cliche tourism, why not get a little more cultured by skirting around the city’s main haunts in a real, war-era soviet van?

Undeniably one of Russia’s most emblematic vehicles as both a symbol of a Soviet past and a comical cultural nod to its boring exterior (dubbed the “loaf of bread”), the UAZ-452 vans are iconic.

So whether you opt for a pub crawl, landmark sightseeing tour, or day of adventure with wintertime off-roading, be sure to ride shotgun in one of the loaves of bread at some stage!

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25 – See sharks up close at the Moskvarium

Moskvarium, Moscow

The mightiest aquarium in Europe (by size), the Moskvarium is an impressive modern space dedicated to the beauty and diversity of aquatic life.

Located right on the outskirts of Moscow’s city center (about 20 minutes drive from Red Square), this huge complex encompasses over 70 interactive exhibits. These include live shows, and the chance to go swimming with dolphins — that are sure to impress the whole family.

26 – Go underground at the Bunker 42 Cold War Museum

Bunker 42 Cold War Museum, Moscow

In the depths of Moscow’s shadow-strewn streets, hidden 65 meters beneath the tourist crowds are a Cold War-era bunker and former secret communications center.

Bunker 42 was built in 1955 as a nuclear-proof hideaway, but today you can book tours that reveal its secrets and stories — a must for the common history buff.

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27 – Immserve yourself in the soviet culture at the VDNKh theme park and exhibition space

VDNKh, Moscow

Sprawling across the Ostankinsky District, VDNKh is a massive open-air museum and theme park paying homage to Russian industry and Soviet values.

The enormous complex is decked out with several gold-clad statues and palatial pavilions, each uniquely designed to represent different Soviet interests and endeavors, such as geology and the space race.

Hot tip: For a wonderful view of the Moscow skyline, be sure to jump on the Ferris wheel after riding the small roller coasters and merry-go-round.

28 – Take a trip to the Kolomenskoye Palace

Kolomenskoye Palace, Moscow

Overlooking the sparkling Moskva River about 20 kiometers south of central Moscow, the postcard-worthy Kolomenskoye Palace is a former royal estate. It’s now open to the public as an extensive park with carefully-kept gardens, including one of Russia’s oldest white stone churches (the tent-looking UNESCO-listed Ascension Church ).

It has walking trails through peaceful wooded areas and gorgeous views out over the region from its high hilltop location. The park has long been considered one of the hidden gems when it comes to things to do in Moscow.

29 – Enjoy the view from the Ostankino TV Tower

Ostankino TV Tower. Moscow

With the coveted claim to fame of being the tallest free-standing structure in Europe (and 11th tallest in the world) — standing above the Empire State Building, for reference — the 540.1-meter-tall Ostankino Tower is picturesquely located next to Park Dubovaya Roshcha, not too far from VDNH, the Moskvarium, and the widespread Park Ostankind.

So long as you’re not left lighthearted by heights, the 337-meter-high observation deck is the go-to spot for panoramic views.

30 – Blast off at the Museum of Cosmonautics

Museum of Cosmonautics, Moscow

One for the space nerds and future astronauts, the Museum of Cosmonautics is dedicated to the history, present-day relevance, and future possibilities of space exploration. It provides a spectacular insight into the Soviet perspective of the 1960s space race.

Located on a lovely green site in one corner of VDNKh, the museum features an outdoor planetarium, interactive displays for children, as well as inside exhibits that showcase original spacecraft parts.

For the best experience, consider a pre-arranged tour that includes access to both the Museum and VDNKh.

31 – Complete your Moscow culinary experience with a food tour

food tours in Moscow

Foodies, listen up! Moscow has gained a reputation for being one of the finest cities in Europe for foodies, with an excellent range of restaurants and bars.

For those looking for a complete Moscow culinary experience that includes some of the best hidden gems and experiences, food tours are an ideal way to go.

Depending on your tour of choice, expect to sample a few Pelmeni (dumplings), Blini (wafer-thin pancakes), and world-famous Ponchiki doughnuts. Then wash it all down with some locally-distilled vodka or Nalivka (a sweet berry-infused liquor).

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32 – Smell the flowers at the Main Botanical Garden — the largest botanical garden in Europe

Main Botanical Garden of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

Constructed in 1945, the Main Botanical Garden of the Russian Academy of Sciences is a 340-hectare space of plant collections and lakeside walkways to explore.

It’s one of those places that gets better as you make your way around it on foot (or even rollerblades). There are many well-kept gardens, beautiful ponds filled with turtles and waterfowl, a charming Japanese Garden and some very rare trees.

33 – Wander around the Novodevichy Monastery

Novodevichy Monastery, Moscow

The Novodevichy Convent and surrounding Kremlin-style walls combine to be one of Moscow’s most picturesque sites — a UNESCO-listed complex that was founded in the 1500s and includes an interweaving of churches, cathedrals, bell towers and a cemetery.

After admiring the buildings, check out the monastery which is surrounded by green spaces perfect for a stroll and a snack.

To learn all about its architecture and history, opt for a guided tour as recommended by most travelers.

34 – Ride the coasters at Family Park SKAZKA

Family Park SKAZKA, Moscow

If you’re traveling with youngsters who seem to never be able to burn off their energy then make a beeline for the Krylatskoye District neighborhood, home to the popular SKAZKA adventure park.

Kids can enjoy everything from bumper cars to the petting zoo, while parents might want to pop into one of the cafes or restaurants.

Even if you don’t have kids in tow, the adrenaline-pumping roller coasters invite thrill-seekers of all ages.

35 – Understand the deeper meanings of “Soviet Jew” at the Jewish Museum & Centre of Tolerance

Jewish Museum & Centre of Tolerance, Moscow

Opened in 2012, the Jewish Museum and Centre of Tolerance is a fascinating institution dedicated to exploring and honoring the diverse complex Russian-Jewish history and culture.

Explore every facet of the role of Russian Jewry throughout the centuries — including food, artifacts, religious beliefs and cultural traditions. Visitors can also see an array of exhibits made from testimonial footage, as well as a large collection of works of Jewish artists.

For history buffs, the museum dives into the intriguing role that Jewish soldiers played during World War II.

36 – Cruise down the Moscow River!

boat tours in Moscow

For those looking for a unique perspective on the city, there are stacks of tours (romantic, sightseeing, luxury-themed or party-vibed) that explore Moscow from its riverfront.

Take in some of the most iconic landmarks around the Kremlin and Gorky Park on a boat. Cruises can also take you underneath bridges, entertain you with live music and offer insights into the landmarks that pass by with live audio narration.

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37 – Grab a table at Café Pushkin

Café Pushkin, Moscow

A favorite of many Muscovites, Cafe Pushkin on Tverskoy Boulevard is an intimate spot to enjoy some authentic Russian dishes.

It’s hand-picked by locals for its traditional décor resembling a nobleman’s house and charming atmosphere (thanks largely to the rustic bookshelves). You’ll find that the menu consists mainly of classic European cuisine mixed with a few local favorites. It’s complemented by a wooden bar with a fine collection of vintage wines and regular live music.

38 – Spend the day at the Karibiya Aquapark

Karibiya Aquapark, Moscow

After a hard day exploring the city, why not spend some time out to relax and unwind at one of Moscow’s largest water parks?

Karibiya has a handful of pools (including a heated salt-water spa) and fun but not too wild slides, plus a bowling alley for the kids, a fitness center and bar for the adults. There’s something to keep everyone entertained.

39 – Take a day trip to Sergiev Posad

Sergiev Posad day trips from Moscow

A photographer’s dream with blue-and-gold cupolas contrasted by snow-white walls, the ancient town of Sergiev Posad (just over an hour’s drive from Moscow) is a quaint tourist favorite. It’s famous for being home to one of Russia’s most important and sacred monasteries — the free-to-visit Trinity Lavra St. Sergius monastery complex.

Founded in 1340 AD by Saint Sergius, today it serves as an active monastery where visitors are free to attend daily services. Admire its truly remarkable artworks and historic museum collections.

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40 – Spot starfish (and monkeys?) at the Crocus City Oceanarium

Crocus City Oceanarium, Moscow

One of the latest attractions in Moscow, Crocus City Mall’s iceberg-shaped  Oceanarium is a vast three-floor aquarium. It has more than 5,000 species swimming gracefully under one roof — not to mention the reptiles, birds, and monkeys that also call this place home.

Since the mall also boasts shopping centers, a pair of concert halls and a skating rink, there’s no shortage of activities on offer to whisk away a rainy day.

41 – Button-mash at the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines

Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines, Moscow

Where are the gamers at?

For anyone curious about the video games and technology of Russia’s yesteryear, there’s no better place to visit than this retro museum (complete with Soviet-era soda).

Filled with an impressive collection of more than 100 vintage arcade machines dating back as far as the late 1970s (like ”Pull the Turnip”), it’s sure to take you on a trip down memory lane.

42 – Take a walk through the Alexander Garden

Alexander Garden, Moscow

While the majority of Moscow’s other top attractions require a ticket or entry fee, there is at least one gem that doesn’t. It happens to be right on your doorstep if you’re staying anywhere near the Kremlin.

Alexander Garden (also known as Alexandrovsky Sad) is an expansive park that stretches the entire western wall of the Kremlin (nearly 1km in length). It’s filled to the brim with colorful flower beds, winding walkways and calming fountains.

Don’t miss the tomb of the Unknown Soldier while you’re there.

43 – Sign up for a dog sledding adventure!

dog sledding in Moscow

Cliche? Sure, maybe a little. Seriously fun? You better believe it!

Winter is coming, and that means it’s time to get out there and experience Russia the way only locals can — by dog sledding.

Typically lasting seven or eight hours, these outdoor adventures (which include hotel pick up and drop off) are a wonderful way to experience nature and immerse yourself in ancient Russian traditions — and hang out with a handful of adorable huskies, of course!

Seriously though, this is one of those things you’re going to want photos (and videos) for when you get back home because, really, words just wouldn’t do it justice.

44 – Walk beneath the Iberian Gate and Chapel

Iberian Gate and Chapel, Moscow

Facing away from the Red Square and linking Manezhnaya Square, the Iberian Gate and Chapel (sometimes called the Resurrection Gate) is overflowing with history. It acts as the spiritual entrance to the Red Square and the home of the wooden chapel that houses icons of the Iberian Virgin.

Many believe it is customary to kiss the Iberian icon before entering the gate and for boys to take off their hats. For an insight into the local culture, join a walking tour and learn more about the gate’s significance to religion and history.

To add to the importance, the gate is also the location of ‘Kilometer Zero’ — the official central point of Moscow.

45 – Play all day at the Dream Island theme park

Dream Island, Moscow

After opening its gates early in 2020, Dream Island earned itself the coveted title of being the largest indoor theme park in Europe (yep, that means it’s even open in the harsh winter).

It’s a delight for kids and adults alike. Throughout the park you’ll find an array of rides themed around classic cartoons like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pinocchio, the Smurfs, Hotel Transylvania and Hello Kitty. It also has charming and well-arranged streets that transport you to bustling cities like London and Barcelona!

Throw in live performances, plenty of eateries, a cinema and a hotel, and you can see why it’s become all the rage recently.

46 – Race against the clock in an escape room

escape rooms in Moscow

An unmissable and quick activity for any budding Sherlock Holmes out there, escape rooms challenge your mind and require wit, teamwork, and logic. Figure out the puzzles and escape from each room before time runs up.

Moscow’s escape room games usually last around 60 minutes and cover a range of themes (like a USSR Nuclear Bunker or even an outdoor, app-led scavenger game) — perfect for the whole family.

47 – Chill out by the Patriarch’s Ponds

Patriarch's Ponds, Moscow

Surrounded by residential buildings in the fancy downtown Presnensky District, the enormous (9,900 square meters, to be exact) the Patriarshiye Prudy is a beautiful oasis. It’s frequented by dog walkers, picnickers, artists and musicians alike.

In summertime, you’ll find people picnicking on the grassy banks or sunbathing by the ponds. In the winter, it transforms into a magical wonderland of snow and ice, morphing into a popular public skating rink.

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48 – Go behind the scenes at Luzhniki Stadium

Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Moscow’s Lujniki Stadium is one of Europe’s biggest soccer complexes, capable of hosting some 80,000 fans with an electric-like atmosphere — as we saw during its phase as the main stadium of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Besides being the current home ground of Russia’s National Football Team, it also hosts concerts by some of the biggest international acts and was also the focal point of the 1980 Olympic Games.

If your trip doesn’t line up with any sellout matches, you can still join a backstage stadium tour that explores the dressing rooms, press conference room and the field.

49 – Head to Suzdal and Vladimir for a day

Suzdal and Vladimir day trips from Moscow

A fantastic option for anyone who wants to get out of the chaos of Moscow for a minute, these two towns are parts of the Golden Ring of ancient Russian cities. They present as perfect day trips, thanks to their rich history, diverse culture and white-drenched architecture.

In Suzdal , the Kremlin fortress is the main event, with the Cathedral of the Nativity (and its 13th-century Golden Doors) captivating visitors year after year. In Vladimir , the awe-inspiring Assumption Cathedral (Dormition Cathedral) teaks center stage, with its five golden domes making for a wonderful photo backdrop

Don’t feel like hiring a car? Take the hassle out of your getaway and book a pre-arranged tour that visits both ancient towns on the same day.

50 – Escape the crowds at the Botanic Gardens of Moscow State University

Botanic Gardens of Moscow State University, Moscow

Wielding the title of Russia’s oldest botanic garden, the Botanic Gardens of Moscow State University (founded in 1706) is a fantastic place to escape the city and learn about Russia’s rich flora.

The beautifully arranged garden boasts more than 6,000 plant species that span various climates across the world, allowing visitors to see everything from roses and tulips to cacti and bamboo trees!

51 – Climb inside a tank at the Kubinka Tank Museum

Kubinka Tank Museum, Moscow

A must-see for any military history buff, the Kubinka Tank Museum showcases dozens of tanks and armored vehicles from across the globe, with a particularly heavy focus on Soviet Union models (to be expected, right?).

The collection includes everything from Polish TKS tankettes to the only remaining Panzer VIII Maus, a captured WWI British Mark V and the Object 172 — as well as plenty of cannons, weapons and missiles.

Serving traditional Russian military meals and national staples, even the cafe-restaurant is military-themed!

52 – Sit front row at the Moscow International House of Music

Moscow International House of Music

A world-renowned performance complex on the picturesque Kosmodamianskaya Embankment, this state-of-the-art venue is best known for hosting Vladimir Spivakov’s Virtuosi of Moscow Chamber Orchestra. It showcases everything from classical concerts to jazz, folk music and more!

The venue’s three magnificent concert halls welcome an array of local and international performers. Check the website to see who’s taking center stage during your visit!

53 – Drift through fresh powder on a snowmobile!

snowmobiling in Moscow

While it’s not always winter (though if you want to make the most of your snowy trip, come between December and March), as soon as that first snowfall hits, it’s time for snowmobile tours. Make for a fantastic way to explore the out-of-the-way locations and magical forests beyond Moscow’s city limits.

Even if you’ve never ridden a ski-doo or snowmobile before, the friendly expert instructors will be with you every step of the way, with safety and enjoyment always priorities.

54 – Crank your head skywards in Moscow City

Moscow International Business Center, Moscow

A stark contrast to the ancient and colorful onion domes in the Red Square, Moscow City’s skyscape (aka the Moscow International Business Center ) is full of towering, modern glass-heavy (even twisting) skyscrapers. Many of which are vying at the top of the list of Europe’s tallest buildings.

At 374 meters tall and with 95 floors — and a wonderful restaurant on its 60th floor — the Moscow Federation Tower is a popular choice for tourists. Meanwhile, the 85th and 86th floor of the OKO Towers play host to a Russian restaurant and skating rink respectively.

Be sure to walk through the modern Bagration Bridge and, for the shopaholics, check out the stores and IMAX theater inside AFIMALL City.

55 – Check out Zaryadye Park

Zaryadye Park, Moscow

Within arm’s reach of the famed Red Square, the peaceful slice of greenery that is Zaryadye Park is a breath of beautiful and natural air amidst the concrete jungle. It’s the first new city park to be opened in Moscow for more than half a century.

At various points around the 10-hectare park, you’ll find a few restaurant pavilions, a media center, a museum and a botanical collection housing over a million plants. It also houses the two-stage Zaryadye Concert Hall where thousands of passersby take a seat on the steps every day.

While you’re there, don’t miss the Chambers of the Romanov Boyars, an unusual museum above the northern side of the park.

56 – Stroll around the cozy Hermitage Garden

Hermitage Garden, Moscow

Small yet incredibly charming and found conveniently smack-bang in the middle of the city, the Hermitage Garden is a perfect spot to relax and unwind after a day of learning about Russia’s vast history.

Surrounded by the Sfera Theatre and The Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow , this lovely, leafy garden can be both a relaxing oasis or the prelude to an entertaining evening out.

57 – Treat yourself to a ballet show at the Bolshoi Theatre

Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow

With a reputation that precedes it, the impressive and world-famous Bolshoi Theatre is a must for any theater lover. Its rich history is making it one of the most iconic theaters in Europe.

While there are several performances to choose from throughout the year — from ballet to opera, classic dramas and even acrobatic shows — you can also get your own private backstage tour.

58 – Get artsy, then party at ArtPlay

ArtPlay, Moscow

This old tea factory turned cultural hub of Moscow’s creative arts is heaven on earth for rotating exhibitions by local artists.

Depending on what piques your interest, you can join in on everything from live music to dance classes, art studio workshops, flea markets and film screenings here. However, after the sun goes down, its alter-ego comes out to play.

So, if you’re feeling peckish, stop into the Domozhilov restaurant nearby for a shashlik. Then wash it down at the English pub with a beer before partying it up at Rodnya, a pumping techno club.

59 – Head to the PANORAMA360 Observation Deck

PANORAMA360 Observation Deck, Moscow

A surefire hit for the social media feed, the observation deck at the top of Moscow’s Federation Tower skyscraper — PANORAMA360 — is a must-see selfie stop for its killer views and … ice cream factory.

From the 89th floor, you can soak in the wonder of Moscow old and new from above. It has floor-to-ceiling windows providing 360-degree vistas, a rotating restaurant and mini-cinema to boot.

60 – Throw down a picnic blanket in Sokolniki Park

Sokolniki Park, Moscow

One of the largest green spaces in Moscow, Sokolniki Park is a very popular gathering place for locals and visitors alike.

Spread across the northeastern Sokolniki District, it’s the perfect distance from the city’s main haunts where the crowds remain small but the accessibility stays high.

With its many activities — from sports to live music to festivals — not much beats this park when it comes to outdoor fun!

61 – Catch a traditional Russian dance show

Russian dance shows in Moscow

To get a true sense of the rich and diverse culture in Moscow, you can’t go past one of its many folk dance shows.

While there are several to choose from, “Kostroma” and “The Golden Ring” are two crowd favorite choices. Each is thoroughly unique with traditional music and costumes sure to make for a once-in-a-lifetime night of entertainment.

Of course, due to high popularity, be sure to book in advance.

62 – Book a table at the White Rabbit restaurant bar

White Rabbit restaurant bar, Moscow

Perched above the historical center of Moscow on the 16th floor of the Smolensky Passage building, this lavish restaurant is a must-visit for any foodie-obsessed traveler. Why? Because it continually ranks as one of the top 50 restaurants in the world.

The drool-worthy menu made by fifth-generation chef Vladimir Mukhin consists of creative, beautiful plated meals. The coveted eaterie also boasts 360-degree panoramic views of the city and a fine collection of wines and cocktails.

63 – Have dinner inside the Vysoko-Petrovskiy Monastery

Vysoko-Petrovskiy Monastery, Moscow

Whether you’re an architecture or history buff, while visiting Moscow, it would be a shame to miss out on the rare chance to eat in an actual monastery.

This one is particularly special as it dates back some 700 years. Not only will you get to dig into an authentic Russian menu, but learn about the history of the building and (depending on your booking package) get a guided tour too.

64 – Pass by the ‘Children Are the Victims of Adult Vices’ sculpture

Children Are the Victims of Adult Vices sculpture, Moscow

This free public art installation in Bolotnaya square was created by Mihail Chemaikin in 2001. A somewhat controversial landmark, it depicts how children are influenced by vices — alcohol, theft, ignorance, violence, addiction, poverty and war, to name a few.

The sculpture’s uniqueness and thought-provoking nature makes it an essential stop on any day of wandering around.

65 – Get wild on a pub crawl!

pub crawls in Moscow

You’re on vacation, so it’s time to let your hair down, mingle with some fellow thirsty travelers and party it up Moscow-style!

High-energy pub crawls are a great way to get acquainted with new friends while seeing Moscow’s unique nightlife scene first-hand. Let the locals lead you to hidden gems, tourist hot spots and quirky dive bars.

If you don’t feel like walking, why not join a Soviet minivan crawl instead (where you can drink Soviet champagne onboard!)?

66 – Roll up for the Nikulin Circus!

Nikulin Circus, Moscow

If you haven’t had the chance to see a live circus before — and especially if you’re traveling with kids — why not head over to the Nikulin Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard?

It blends traditional Russian acrobatics with modern-day technology, animals, and the classic circular circus stage. This beloved local entertainment is also considered one of the most enjoyable things to do in Moscow!

67 – Get romantic on a Moskva River dinner cruise

dinner cruises in Moscow

What better way to take in the city’s skyline than from a luxury yacht as you enjoy entertainment, fine dining, and (strong) specialty drinks?

Whether you’re looking for something large that can accommodate groups of friends or something smaller with a bit more VIP style, there are several dinner cruises available to suit any taste and budget.

68 – Explore the wonderful Izmailovo District

Izmailovo District, Moscow

One of the city’s best-kept secrets, Izmailovo ‘s focal point is its Kremlin, a colorful wooden complex. Built in 2007, it has had unique museums and flea markets pop up nearby in the years since.

Throughout the area, you’ll uncover museums dedicated to vodka, break and Russian folk art. The district’s charming open-air flea market has all kinds of crafts and souvenirs are haggled on the daily.

Don’t miss Izmailovo Park , which is an enormous 300-hectare space that plays host to souvenir vendors, forest walking paths and even an ice rink in winter.

With so much to see in the district, savvy travelers typically opt for a guided tour.

  • Izmailovo tours

69 – Sip on a cocktail at the award-winning City Space Bar and Lounge

City Space Bar and Lounge, Moscow

Self-dubbed as one of the world’s top 10 bars, with accolades like Luxury Travel Guide’s Bar of the Year 2018, this iconic and luxurious watering hole doesn’t need much of an introduction.

Perched sky-high on the 34th floor of Swissotel Krasnye Holmy, the circular lounge bar slings signature cocktails and dishes up truly stunning views of the city.

Hot tip: While there’s never a poor time to visit, aim to arrive an hour or so before sunset, that’s when the city will truly sparkle below.

70 – Pamper yourself at the Sanduny Baths

Sanduny Baths, Moscow

If you’re looking for something to ease that throbbing headache after a night of pub crawling, why not try the famous Sanduny Baths , a quintessentially Russian experience?

Famed as one of the world’s most beautiful public bathhouses, Sanduny’s steam rooms and pools are said to be some of the best in Moscow. But for something totally unique, you can’t go past the birch twigs massage (read: beating).

71 – Spruce up your social media feed at some Insta-worthy restaurants

insta-worthy restaurants in Moscow

While a good meal is always part of the restaurant experience, getting a good pic for Instagram is half the fun!

Luckily, there are tons of excellent eateries that combine great food with gorgeous aesthetics.

Big Wine Freaks has a fantastic drink selection (naturally), and its dark, classy rooms full of elegant light fixtures and plush furniture bring to mind a spy’s hideout.

Meanwhile, Sempre adopts more of a naturalistic approach, surrounding diners with ferns and greenery.

And at Black Market Moscow , you can choose between indoor and outdoor spaces, each featuring their own unique designs and dining experiences.

Take a bite and snap some pics!

72 – Unleash your inner party animal at the Night clubs

nightlife in Moscow

When the sun goes down, you’ll get to see a whole new side of Moscow: its amazing nightlife!

Head to Propaganda for a bite or a beverage, then dance to some quality club tunes.

Or get a little wild at Chesterfield , where you can pay a flat fee and drink as much as you want – the perfect recipe for fun!

And at Rock’N’ Roll , there’s a new form of excitement every day, from DJ sets to live bands, all playing a lively mix of rock music from across the decades.

With all this excitement, you won’t want to book anything early the next day!

How to get to Moscow?

Unless you’re feeling up to the challenge of a long train journey, you’ll most likely be flying into Moscow.

Luckily, it has three international airports to choose from: Sheremetyevo, Vnukovo, and Domodedovo.

Once you’ve arrived, you’ll be able to easily reach the city via the Aeroexpress train.

Where to stay in Moscow?

Golden Ring Hotel  will make you feel like you’re on top of the world, whether you’re getting pampered at the beauty salon or enjoying a meal in the rooftop restaurants.

Or check in to Radisson Slavyanskaya Hotel & Business Center , which boasts everything from riverside views and a gym to nearby shopping areas and relaxing Turkish baths.

At AZIMUT Hotel Olympic Moscow , the massages, international cuisine, sauna, and swimming pool will keep you happily occupied in between excursions.

And at sister property AZIMUT Hotel Smolenskaya Moscow , you can savor a nice meal or admire the scenery from the lounge, or stroll over to Gorky Park or roam along Stary Arbat Street.

Meanwhile, Oblaka Hotel blends simple charm and a convenient location, with charming red brick exteriors and easy access to historic sites and a metro station.

  • best hotels in Moscow

Visiting Moscow on a budget?

There’s nothing like seeing a city on foot… especially on a free walking tour !

These excursions aren’t just a way to save money while still learning a lot; they also offer a wonderful opportunity to gain local perspectives, courtesy of your guides.

But despite the name, they do accept tips for a job well done, so bring a bit of money with you!

Where to go next?

If you’re short on time but still want to see the best of Moscow, try some multi-day tours ; they’ll provide all of the coolest sights and experiences in an efficient format.

After that, it’s time to start exploring further afield!

Though it’s a bit of a trek, St. Petersburg is well worth the journey!

With its famously decadent buildings to its lively arts scene, this is the perfect place to soak up some culture; but there are also some more offbeat options, like folk shows, vodka tastings, and even an amusement park!

And from the jaw-dropping designs of the metro stations (yes, you read that correctly) to the glimmer of Faberge eggs, it showcases beauty at every turn.

Ready to go beyond Russia?

Dive into the best places to visit in Europe , a smorgasbord of art and history, nature and architecture, showcasing some of the most beloved cities and countries in the world.

Final thoughts

While Russia’s capital may seem imposing, its dynamic culture, live-wire entertainment scene, and remarkable history make it an unbeatable destination, with unique adventures that will linger in your memory long after you’ve returned home.

You may feel a little overwhelmed by all of the incredible things to do in Moscow… but that’s all the more reason to come back!

If you have any other must-see suggestions, noteworthy day trips or quintessential tours worth booking, feel free to write in the comments!

As always, happy travels!


The Sims 4: How to Build a Haunted House

The Sims 4 has a ton of content , allowing players to explore their wildest fantasies. Be it an alien abduction or designing a spooky mansion for Halloween, there are no limitations.

While The Sims 4 allows players to explore their wildest fantasies, the game does not provide step-by-step instructions on how to do certain things. For instance, the game does not guide players on how to build a haunted house. For players struggling to build the perfect haunted house, here is everything there is to know about building a haunted house along with some helpful tips.

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Building a haunted house in the sims 4.

Players must get The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff pack to build a haunted house. After getting The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff pack, players can change a regular residential lot to a haunted one by following these simple steps:

  • Access the Build Menu.
  • Select Venue Info.
  • Change the lot type to Haunted House Residential.

Players must select Haunted House Residential and not Spooky lot trait, encouraging more spirits to hang around.

Players are not limited to changing residential lots to haunted ones, but changing community lots will cause them to lose their original features.

The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff Pack Features

The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff pack offers some unique features, such as:

  • “Ghostly Assistance” from Guidry the Ghost.
  • “Specters” roam the residential lot at night, ranging from hostile to friendly spirits.
  • Specters can drop “Hidden Treasures,” offering a variety of benefits.
  • “Paranormal Activity” will make Sims notice things that will terrify them and freak them out, especially during the night.
  • “Accursed Objects” can make their way into households with serious repercussions and more.

Tips to Consider while Building a Haunted House in The Sims 4

Building a haunted house is easier said than done, in which case these tips will allow players to build one that meets and exceeds their expectations:

  • Choose what type of haunted house to build, i.e., a mansion or a run-down home.
  • Narrow down the items available from all available expansion packs using the shop’s item filter to find specific options that suit the look of your haunted house.
  • Use dark and dreary colors and dead trees to make the house as scary as possible.
  • To find inspiration, go through the gallery . Here, players will find inspiration from the community to get incredibly creative ideas to come up with their own designs.

Platform(s) PS4, PC, Xbox One

Released 2014-09-02

Developer(s) Maxis

Genre(s) Simulation

The Sims 4: How to Build a Haunted House


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