Moscow Through Tourists’ Eyes

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Instagram selection shows how foreign guests see Moscow and the kinds of pictures they usually take

Foreign visitors to Moscow may feel overwhelmed by its ceaseless traffic, huge crowds and countless historical sights. For many tourists, a trip to the Russian capital is a real adventure and a chance to better understand the mysterious Russian soul.

The Russian capital has become one of the most attractive destinations for tourists. According to the MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index, Moscow received a total of 4.4 million visitors this past summer, including about 1.8 million foreign nationals. The number of tourists grows with each passing year.

Instagram hashtags are often illustrative of the admiration felt by foreign tourists. Apart from the usual #frommoscowwithlove, #moscowtrip and #flyingtomoscow, many Instagram posts include the flattering hashtags #iminlove or #bestcityever.

The Classics

Moscow’s main attractions, the Kremlin and Red Square, not to mention the grandeur of the surrounding area, are the usual starting points for first-time visitors to the Russian capital. It is hardly surprising that tourists’ Instagram accounts teem with photos of St Basil's Cathedral, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the Bolshoi Theatre.

Matryoshka Dolls

Like fur hats and hand-painted wooden pens, colourful matryoshkas are among the most popular items in Russian souvenir stores and on international Instagram accounts.

City Scenes

Instagram snapshots of Moscow cityscapes taken by foreign tourists provide a fresh look on the breathtaking beauty of none-too-famous sites frequently overlooked by local residents.


If you have a sweet tooth, you can hardly resist sharing pictures of locally manufactured sweets, like the scrumptious chocolate bars made by the Rot Front factory.

The Metro

The Moscow Metro, named among the most spectacular in the world, is another Instagram-worthy place not to be missed. As local residents are rushing around minding their daily business, tourists are at first transfixed by the palatial beauty of the stations before frantically taking pictures of everything they see.

Author: Daria Filatova