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View the most beautiful of Moscow’s Soviet-era metro stations on this 1.5-hour walking tour. With an expert guide, visit five of the Russian capital’s celebrated stations built during the Soviet period as you learn how the lavish, subway Moscow architecture was designed to express a bright, bold new Soviet future. Admire the extravagant décor, chandeliers and sculptures at the stations, including Mayakovskaya, with its iconic mosaics, and hear tales of the sinister Metro-2, a supposed, secret tunnel network parallel to the main system. Moscow metro tours don’t come any better.

Highlights

  • 1.5-hour Moscow metro station tour with an expert local guide
  • Learn about Stalin’s reign and how his visions were reflected in the architecture he commissioned
  • Visit five of the most intriguing Moscow stations: Revolution Square, Novoslobodskaya, Komsomolskaya, Kurskaya and Mayakovskaya
  • Look for the hidden entrance to the Metro-2 – a secret government line that is said to link the Kremlin to KGB outposts
  • See iconic Soviet-era architecture alongside lavish mosaics, sculptures and stained glass

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What You Can Expect

Moscow Metro Tour

Moscow Metro Tour

Meet your guide at the Kremlin to begin your 1.5-hour tour of Moscow’s historical metro stations. Then, set off with your metro ticket to visit five of the most interesting stations, each a lesson in lavish Soviet-period architecture.

As you explore each station, admire the extravagant design and decoration, and hear how Soviet ruler Joseph Stalin created Moscow’s subway to express his power and the might of the Soviet empire.

Learn how some of his successors toned down the architectural indulgence and note the various styles favored during different eras. With luck, you may even come across the entrance to the Metro-2, a purported, secret tunnel network built during Soviet times that runs parallel to the current system, but whose existence has never been confirmed or denied.



Head inside Revolution Square Station (Ploschad Revolyutsii) and view the 72 bronze statues of Soviet workers, including farmers, soldiers and factory operatives that flank the underground arches designed by architect Alexey Pushkin. 

Move on to Novoslobodskaya Station, also designed by Dushkin, to see its stunning stained-glass panels. Then, visit Komsomolskaya Station to admire its baroque-inspired decoration, vaulted ceilings and grand chandeliers.

Next, take in the ostentatious design of Kurskaya Station — one of the first to be built. Hear how its architecture reflected Stalin’s communist ideals and see the socialist slogans inscribed on the walls next to mosaics celebrating Stalin’s ‘victory’ over poverty and starvation.



Lastly, visit Mayakovskaya Station, considered the most beautiful of all. Named after the Russian futurist poet Vladmir Mayakovsky, its Art Déco corridors are crowned by some 30 ceiling mosaics showing Stalin’s vision of a bright-skied Soviet future.

Having explored here, your tour then ends outside Mayakovskaya station when your guide departs.

Customer Reviews

sarians

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour, informative guide Marina, good length of time, we had group of 10. On and off the metro, very interesting history.

Emma M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Guide excellent! We would not be able to travel alone under the incomprehensive language.

Wing Han Jojo C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We enjoyed this metro tour very much and beautiful train stations.

Marilyn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was excellent. The guide not only showed us the beautiful metro stations, she introduced us to the metro system so that we were not afraid to try to use it independently.

Kelly M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Elena is a wonderful guide. The metro is stunningly beautiful and an incredible feat of engineering that all should see. Was a very memorable experience!

Ruth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Loved this tour. We saw perhaps 8 different metro stations - all very different and interesting. It's a fascinating metro.

Rockwell K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great guide! Great art!

sean f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Well structured and well done tour of beautiful Moscow metro. Recommended for first timers in the city.

Delwyn N Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This is a must do tour as it's very hard to navigate the subway but also the history info behind each subway station help make it even more amazingly. Informative guide with a great sense of humour.
Well worth doing...stunning artwork, statues and mosaic stain glass.

Barbara M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us a very good overview of the Metro.

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