Visiting Moscow? Get yourself a metro card and explore Moscow’s beautiful metro stations. Moscow’s world famous metro system is efficient and a great way to get from A to B. But there is more to it; Soviet mosaic decorations, exuberant halls with chandeliers, colourful paintings and immense statues. Moscow’s metro is an attraction itself, so take half a day and dive into Moscow’s underground!
The best thing to do is to get on the brown circle (number 5) line since the most beautiful metro stations are situated on this line. One exception is metro stop Mayakovskaya which is one the green line (number 2). My suggestion is to get a map, just mark these metro stops on there and hop on the metro. It helps to get an English – Russian map to better understand the names of the stops. At some of the metro stops, the microphone voice speaks Russian and English so it’s not difficult at all. Take the escalator and explore the other corridors for the real deal!
These are my favourite metro stations in Moscow, in order of my personal preference:
The metro station of Mayakovskaya looks like a ballroom! Wide arches, huge domes with lamps and mosaic works make your exit of the metro overwhelming. Look up and you will see the many colourful mosaics with typical Soviet pictures. Mayakovskaya is my personal favourite and is the only stop not on the brown line.
Komsomolskaya metro station is famous for its yellow ceiling. An average museum is nothing compared to this stop. Splendour all over the place, black and gold, mosaic – again – and enormous chandeliers that made my lamp at home look like a toy.
The pillars in the main hall of Novoslobodskaya metro station have the most colourful stained glass decorations. The golden arches make the drama complete.
If only for the hysterical golden mosaic with a naked lady holding a baby in front of the Soviet hammer and sickle.
Prestigious arches, octagonal shapes of Socialistic Soviet Republic mosaics. The eyecatcher of Belorusskaya metro station, however is the enormous statue of three men with long coats, holding guns and a flag.
The metro station of Kiyevskaya is a bit more romantic than Belorusskaya and Prospect Mira. Beautiful paintings with classical decorations.
At the main hall Taganskaya metro station you will find triangle light blue and white decorations that are an ode to various Russians that – I assume – are important for Russian history and victory. There is no need to explore others halls of Taganskaya, this is it.
Another and most definitely the less beautiful outrageous huge golden mosaic covers one of the walls of Paveletskaya. I would recommend taking the escalator to the exit upstairs to admire the turquoise dome and a painting of the St Basil’s Cathedral in a wooden frame.
Travelling with Moscow’s metro is inexpensive. You can have a lot of joy for just a few Rubbles.
- 1 single journey: RMB 50 – € 0,70
- 1 day ticket: RMB 210 – € 2,95