Red SquareThe most visited and iconic place in the heart of Moscow. The square is surrounded by Kremlin, Lenin’s Mausoleum, GUM Department Store, and St. Basil’s Cathedral. During day and night, the area around Red Square is extremely safe. At least as safe as in Washington DC, US. The only problem could be numerous pickpockets who are constantly in search for distracted tourists.
KremlinBuilt in the 15th century it has red brick walls and 18 towers. Spasskaya Tower is the main symbol and the official entrance to the Kremlin. The safest place in Moscow, as the president V. Putin governs just few hundred meters away.
St. Basil’s CathedralIt was built in the 1550s, by Ivan the Terrible (Groznyi) in honor of conquering the city of Kazan. The wonderful architectural structure which locates on the Red Square. St. Basil’s Cathedral is a spiritual symbol and sacred place, thus there is not any criminal activity inside or closely around.
GUM Department StoreExists since Tsar’s times and is supposed to be the most famous department store in Russia. Considered as a safe place, except the pickpockets, sticking around in a search of preys.
Lenin’s MausoleumA tomb of a famous Soviet leader. His body has been on a public display since 1924. Pickpockets target people who are staying in the entrance queue.
Old Arbat (Stary Arbat)Originally it was a place where different traders arrived to sell their oversea goods. Afterward, in the 18th century, the Moscow’s community of artists and intellectuals often strolled along the boulevard enjoying the astonishing mansions. Such famous people like Pushkin, Tolstoy were lived there. It’s famous for its nightlife, numerous restaurants with local food and gift shops. When it’s crowded, worth to pay attention to your belongings as there have been numerous reports of pickpocketing. While withdrawing money from the ATM machine, highly recommended typing your pin code discreetly. As well as if you paying somewhere by card, try to observe the payment process and don’t lose your bank card from the sight. Usually, scammers, who often work as waiters can steal credentials of your credit card.
Tverskaya StreetOne of the main and most famous radial streets in Moscow. It exists as early as from 12th century. The area is intensively attracting pickpockets and scammers. Sometimes thievery is committed by children. Lot’s of unofficial taxis propose their services, which are not always safe. So, more safety is to use well-known taxi services like Yandex Taxi, Uber or Gett Taxi.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Moscow is an overall safe city with a rating of 49.4, it is ranked 70th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
As a one of the top touristic destination with a huge flow of tourists, Moscow has a high pickpocket risk. Simple precautions will almost eliminate chances of being robbed.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
Abductions took place in the past. Nowadays, the situation improved significantly, but the probability of kidnapping exists. So, more likely is to be kidnapped in a taxi, thus we highly recommend to use the official taxi services like Uber.
SCAMS RISK : HIGH
As in any other big city, the risk of a scam is high. Be aware of street gambling games and never allow anybody to help you with the luggage.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM
Be aware of pickpockets in a public transport. Use only official taxi services through the mobile application, it will be significantly cheaper, as private taxi drivers used to fool tourists billing them 2-3 times high rates.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
There are no natural risks in Moscow. Possibly with the exception of severe winters, when the temperature could go below -30°C.
TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM
Due to recent terrorist attack in the subway in St. Petersburg the probability of the repetitive situation in Moscow is very high.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM