Learn about the history and hardships of the Soviet Union on this walking tour of Moscow. Led by a knowledgeable guide, stroll around the buildings and squares that testify to Moscow’s time under Soviet rule during the 20th century. See a memorial to Soviet labor camp prisoners; visit Revolution Square, scene of the 1917 Russian Revolution; and view the former KGB building and other key sites as your guide describes life under Soviet rule.
Learn about the city’s political history, from the revolution to end of the Cold War
Walk past monuments, memorials and museums from Lubyanka Square
See Revolution Square and the former headquarters of the KGB
Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience
Begin your small-group tour near the Solovetsky Stone, a memorial situated in Lubyanka Square in central Moscow.
Learn how the plain slab of stone stands in honor of the millions of victims of political persecution during the time of the Soviet Union. The massive boulder was brought here in 1990 from Solovki, one of the many labor camps run by the Stalinist regime of the 1930s.
As you stand here, gaze out at the building that once served as the headquarters of the Soviet KGB, and hear how it now houses a branch of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB), Russia’s current security agency.
Next, follow your guide to Revolution Square, the scene of hard-fought battles during the 1917 Russian Revolution. Feel the sense of history here, and learn about other chapters of the Soviet past, including Stalin’s Great Purges between 1934 and 1939, the KGB prisons, the tense stand-off of the Cold War and the Soviet Movement for Freedom.
In between walking and talking, view a string of important buildings such as the Bolshoi Theater, the Revolution Museum and the Gulag Museum, whose exhibitions chronicle the terrifying labor camps known as ‘gulags’ that were run by Stalin’s iron-fisted regime and where more than 14 million prisoners were confined between 1929 and 1953.
Stroll along bustling Tverskaya Street, the city’s main thoroughfare, and see the Sluzhebny Vhod café and Eliseevsky Gastronum grocery store — both throwbacks to the days of communism.
Your tour ends at Pushkinskaya Square.
Reviews by Viator travelers
Great walking tour of communist Moscow
, Oct 2019
Anna, our guide was great, interesting and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this tour, especially with Anna.
In two hours, which passed very quickly, Helena provided a clear insight into the history of Russia from Tzar Nicholas through to post USSR. Interesting to learn the role of the Metropol Hotel and Bolshoi Theatre in the Revolution and to discover more about Moscow today.
Elena - The best guide we had in our month in Europe! and a TIP re: meeting location.
, Aug 2019
Elena is enthusiastic and articulate. One of the best tours we have taken. She represented multiple points of view of the Communist era, so you learn why people still miss communism and why it failed, and differing perceptions of pros and cons of former leaders. The meeting place is in the big plaza at the end of Nikolskaya street (which has overhead hanging lights) where it meets Lubyanka Sq. Across the street from the Children's department store building. Toured July 31, 2019. California.
Great tour guide who had lots of knowledge and enthusiasm. This tour was full of historical facts, and how the past affects modern day Russia. It was really interesting and one of the best tours I took in Russia. Highly recommend!
A terrific tour that was both informative and enjoyable, and really added to my understanding of the city and its history. The guide was obviously very knowledgeable and put over the facts and figures in a very entertaining way. I'd thoroughly recommend the tour.
Our guide wove the history of the Soviet Union beautifully with this tour which covers only a short walking distance. We explored a bit of the city relevant to various political events starting opposite the Lubyanka, to Revolution Square, to the Bolshoi and Metropole Hotel (for Gentleman in Moscow fans) to Stalin having buildings moved to widen avenues, ending in Pushkin Square where the protests take place, in front of Izvestia offices Outstanding for history buffs.
We had booked the walking tour a couple of months prior. We waited at the designated point in Lubyanka Square from 15 mins before the time indicated for nearly an hour but no-one showed up for the tour. Very disappointing.
A very interesting tour of Moscow's different periods of time, starting from the transition from Tsarist rule to the Soviet regime and until the present days of capitalism.
The tour emphasizes the contrasts, sometimes absurd, of the use of certain areas and buildings in central Moscow, throughout different times.
What makes the tour particularly fascinating was the passion of our sharp and delightful guide, Irina, to her hometown and her sharing of her and her family's personal experiences in the extreme changing realities of life in Moscow.
The tour is highly recommended for anyone visiting Moscow!