7 Crazy & Unusual Things to Do in Moscow, Russia – Written by a Local

Last Updated on June 2, 2021 by haveclotheswilltravel

I’m sharing 7 of the craziest and most unusual things you can do in Moscow in this post. If you’re looking for a list of the top tourist attractions in Moscow (Red Square, the Bolshoi, the Kremlin, yada yada) – this isn’t the list for you! (But if that’s the list you’re looking for, then click here.) 

Now, some of these things I have done myself while living in Moscow and can recommend them. Some are completely out of my price range, but I still think it’s cool that they’re an option and will be sharing them.

Without further ado, here are 7 crazy and unusual things you can do in Moscow. 

7 Crazy & Unusual Things to Do in Moscow, Russia

1.) Visit Bunker-42 Cold War Museum (It’s 200+ Feet Underground!)

Bunker 42
Going inside Bunker 42!

Bunker-42 was once a top-secret, Soviet military complex. Stalin had commissioned it to be made after the United States created a nuclear bomb. 65 meters (or about 213 feet) underground, was the desired depth to protect Russia’s top officials from a nuclear attack.

It became operational in 1954. Fortunately, it was never needed for its true purpose and was instead used as the command center of strategic bombers for nearly 30 years in Moscow. Now, it is a museum dedicated to the Cold War. It is a truly unique experience!

Bunker-42 restaurant

You can tour Bunker-42 with a guide or you can simply eat/grab a drink at its underground restaurant. (I, personally, recommend doing the tour and just grabbing a drink here – in my experience, the food has been pretty bad.) 

2.) Ride a Real Soviet Tank

7 Crazy & Unusual Things to Do in Moscow, Russia
A T-34 Tank – You can actually ride this!

There are several different tour operators in Moscow that will take you just outside the city… where you can ride in or on real soviet tanks. I, personally, did the T-34 tank ride which also included shooting 10 blanks shots from the Soviet gun of your choice… along with taking shots of vodka. Only in Russia!

7 Crazy & Unusual Things to Do in Moscow, Russia

3.) Shoot an AK-47

If shooting blanks from an AK-47 during the tank experience sounded disappointing to you – fret not! You can shoot real ammunition from any gun of your choice (including the AK-47) at Labyrith Shooting Range. They also have an archery range and knife and ax throwing. 

I recommend calling ahead to book the time you want to go – the underground range is not the friendliest place to sit and wait for your shooting time. (Although, there are many nice restaurants and bars nearby.)

Must be over the age of 18 and bring your passport too! No photos are allowed during the shooting – but you get to keep your target as a souvenir. 

4.) Take a MiG 29 Edge of Space Flight… and See the Curvature of the Earth!

Care to take a ride on a MiG 29, break the sound barrier and see the curvature of the earth? You can honest-to-god do just that in Moscow. Check out the experience in the video above, Granted, it costs a fortune (17,500 Euros!). But hey, if you have the money and can handle the G force – this would be quite the bucket list adventure! 

5.) Visit Star City – Take a Zero Gravity Flight or a Spin in the Centrifuge!

Now, if you’ve been reading my blog, you’ve heard me talk about Star City – which is the facility where the cosmonauts train. Until the early 90s, it was a top-secret location, but now, you can tour it. That is cool in and of itself (in my opinion) but the fun doesn’t stop there! 

Did you know you can also pay to take a Zero Gravity Flight from here?! Or how about taking a spin in the world’s largest centrifuge while here?! Or try on a real cosmonaut suit? Granted, all of these things are insanely expensive too, and I would have had to sell both kidneys to afford to do them – but, if you have the money, how cool would that be?

6.) See the First Space Dogs 

The Museum of Cosmonautics - Is it Worth Adding to Your Moscow Itinerary?
The Museum of Cosmonautics

If you’re interested in space exploration but a more budget-friendly option – head over to the Museum of Cosmonautics. Here, you can see a museum dedicated to space exploration that charts the history of the Russian space race and famous Russian astronauts and has an impressive variety of space equipment, suits, lets you sample space food…and even see some famous taxidermied dogs.

Oh yes, likely the first exhibits you’ll notice when walking in the museum will feature two taxidermied dogs. These are “Strelka” & “Belka’ and they are the first dogs to ever go to space and return. Strelka went on to have 6 puppies, one of which was given to President John F. Kennedy. This dog ended up having puppies with the Kennedy’s dog, Charlie. JFK jokingly called the pups “pupniks.” (I thought that was funny, personally!)

Monument to the Conquerors of Space
Monument to the Conquerors of Space

The museum itself is also located at the base of the monument “To the Conquerors of Space,” which is a 100-meter titanium obelisk erected in 1964 to celebrate the achievements of the Soviet people in space exploration. (Pictured above.)

  • Click here for more info on visiting the Museum of Cosmonautics. 

7.) Lenin’s Mausoleum

lenin-mausoleum

Welp, and while we’re on the subject of preserving dead historical figures… you might as well head over to see Lenin’s perfectly preserved body!

Lenin's Mausoleum in Red Square - one of many crazy things to do in Moscow, Russia

Lenin’s Mausoleum, also known as Lenin’s Tomb, is located in Red Square. It’s a mausoleum that currently serves as the resting place of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin. His preserved body has been on public display there since shortly after his death in 1924.

Photos are not permitted (that one of his body above is an embed from Flickr, and not mine), and the guards will keep you moving at a quick pace through the tomb. Lenin resembles more of a wax figure than a well-preserved body. 

The tomb is free to visit, but it’s only open from 10 am – 1 pm, Tuesday – Saturday. 

a gentleman in moscow book

Bonus: A few normal yet unique things I also recommend you do in Moscow:

  • Do “A Gentleman in Moscow” Tour of the Metropol Hotel – click here for more info. 
  • Visit Izmailvosky Market – click here for more info. 
  • Experience a Public Banya – click here for more info. 
Izmailovsky Market
Izmailovsky Market

I’m curious, which of these weird and wacky things to do in Moscow sounds the most appealing to you? Let me know in the comments! I’m also happy to answer any questions you have about visiting Moscow in the comments too. 

Travel Insurance

It’s a good idea, no matter where your adventure takes you, to have travel insurance. You never know what might happen! Whether you get sick before your trip and can’t go, or you become sick or injured while on your adventure – being covered with travel insurance is a must. Some credit card companies do provide this service (check with yours), or you can get a free quote from travel insurance companies such as RoamRight. Get your free quote by clicking here

Visa Requirements

To check if your country requires a Visa for traveling to Russia, click here.

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7 Comments

  1. Although I’m not sue I’m brave enough to ride in a tank it would be pretty cool! I like that the bunker is a museum now too, what a fun sight to see! 🙂

    Hope that you are having a great weekend 🙂 We took the kids to see the new Frozen movie today and then out for lunch.

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