The Top 10 Unusual Things to do in Moscow
1. 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
2. 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"
3. Explore 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. «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!