The Top 10 Unusual Things to Do in Moscow


1. Go down to the Bunker-42

Bunker-42 is an unique Stalin’s anti-nuclear bunker of The Cold War times situated 65 meters under the ground! This bunker was build in 1962 (our "CrazyBu" car was designed at the same time), so it should be very authentic journey. What our toursits love? Maybe the feeling of being 65 meters underground. Maybe the funny board game "Press button to fire a nuclear missile to America"

2. Explore the Local Life

It's not easy but it's the most interesting thing in every new country! Do you want to know how all these Russians spend their normal Wednesday? There's several options! It would be great if you find someone who will invite you on evening. However, you can learn a lot even without local people. How? Just dig deep into the city at least 30 minutes from Kremlin. You will see sleeping disctricts, local schools, ordinary people within small quiet streets or skyscrappers of new appartment complexes. Our non-touristy Moscow tour may help you, too

3. Crawl in the wild catacombs of Moscow

Do you want to wander along in the ramified network of underground caves. It is even more adventurous than visiting famous Paris catacombs, and what is more important, there will be no crowds of people and cameras! Easy. Just find them using coordinates or join our tour.

4. Ride the Soviet style car

For Siberian part of Russia, off-roading is just a part of their everyday routine or everyday survival (depending on the season). But you will hardly experience the challenges of everyday life staying in a Moscow hotel... Just join us and go. Combined with four-wheel drive, our UAZ 452 van was born to endure any off-road condition!

This is a private historical interactive museum that keeps a collection of arcade machines that were produced in the USSR since the mid-1970s. You can actually play with them and it is very fun!

6. Eat traditional food at the «Danilovsky» marketplace

It's more or less modern marketplace with traces of Soviet era. A lot of people still goes there for shopping... only 20 years ago it was a main place to buy the food! It still hasa very special atmosphere. What's more? It is surrounded by typical 5-block houses, so you can see the local life just walking to the Shabolovskaya metro station. I also love a very strange house of the Soviet era. It looks awful but very authentic.

7. Drink as in USSR in a very authentic cafe

Just imagine! Soviet times, food deficit, no money and no food. A lot of boring work. Cold War. People wanted to drink, but restaurants were unaffordable. What to do? Proletarians went to the place like this (hundreds of them) to have a drink, eat a «cheburek», spend almost no money and time on it and go home. No waiters, no nice decorations, no chairs near high tables, nothing unnecessary. Just you and your thoughts. Cheap and Robust. Place to take your last drop. Small shard of the country that does not exist anymore. Cheers.

8. Local garages

Oh, I have one there. A lot of people have them! They attract local "rednecks", especially in the summer – they repair their cars drinking beer and making a barbecue 50 meters from dirty and noisy railways. Creepy places… Very local and very authentic!

9. Explore the Rusty Belt of Moscow

Usually, Metro stations are located underground. However, The Central Circle was build recently from the industrial railways. So it is located above the ground and goes through the rusty belt of Moscow (industrial areas near the center of the city). So riding the train, you can easily see non touristy Moscow... sleeping districts, strange houses, factories and so on. The real Rusty Belt of Moscow! Everything we love so much being scared of coming too close! We even have a tour there...

10. Visit the last traditional village of Moscow

This Local village located at the edge of the sleeping district… People still have no central water supply there, so they need to bring water from standpipes several times a day. All my tourists are always surprised to see such a previous era life just 40 km from Kremlin!

#1 Blog Posts about the Real Russia­­

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Life in Russian Village</span>
Life in Russian Village

What is daily life in rural Russia? How the traditional Russian village still looks like? This is a very popular question among  foreign travelers.

This August we visited a small Russian village located in the middle of nowhere that is just 250 km from Moscow.

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Amazing Arctic, at the edge</span><br>
Amazing Arctic, at the edge

Our 4x4 Journey to Rybachy and Solovki Islands.

Very emotional and existential article about Russia Arctic, its abandoned settlements and severe nature. Amazing if you have time for philosophical thoughts.

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Adventures in Moscow!</span><br>
Adventures in Moscow!

Spend four hours off-roading through the mud and then climbing underground to walk 15-km wild catacombs in Moscow? EASY!

This kind of weekend is quite typical for some Russians (who loves adventures, of course). A couple of journalists joined Tony to see how his Adventure tour really looks!


You may also like other Real Russia Tours:

<span style="font-weight: bold;">Vladimir and Suzdal tour<br></span>
Vladimir and Suzdal tour

Perhaps you already know, but there is a great difference between Moscow, St. Petersburg, and all other towns and cities in Russia. Visiting the countryside is a great opportunity to travel the real Russia and to see the common life of ordinary people. The best choice for a one-day Russian countryside experience is the Vladimir and Suzdal tour.

Vladimir and Suzdal are small towns that are famous worldwide because of their great history and picturesque architecture with numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the 12th century. Aside from golden cupolas of stunning churches and monasteries, you will experience a very rural real Russian outlook with bubbling streams and grassy meadows, chickens and livestock, and interesting and authentic local residents. All are a common sight on the streets, some of which remain unpaved. Be ready for a full-day trip and many unforgettable experiences during your Russian holidays!

Duration: 14-16 hours
Transportation: Soviet van or VW Multivan
<span style="font-weight: bold;">From Moscow to St. Petersburg for 5 days<br></span>
From Moscow to St. Petersburg for 5 days

•Road-tripping from Moscow to St. Petersburg

•Ecotour along the Volga River with visiting limestone quarries

•Real Russian countryside

•One day in a traditional Russian village

There is a great difference between Moscow, St. Petersburg, and all other Russia... The concept of this tour is to show you the real Russia with numerous small towns, pristine nature, abandoned churches and the life of people.

This tour does not include Golden Ring towns! Instead, you will see Staritsa town and Novgorod the Great, beautiful places to visit in Russia!

We will also visit an elderly couple living in a traditional Russia village. We will help them with their daily work - plowing the land (not by tractors, but by horses), caring for the livestock and cooking food in a traditional Russian oven… And surely we will taste some real fresh milk and eggs while they will be telling us about their common life, their habits, and the households.

The itinerary is perfect for those who are going to St. Petersburg. It takes only 4 hours to get there from Novgorod by a cheap local train.