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Moscow: Private Visit of Bunker 42 (Cold War Museum)

1. Moscow: Private Visit of Bunker 42 (Cold War Museum)

While in Moscow take the opportunity to discover the most secret and secured Bunker of the USSR, Bunker 42. This former military communication center is now a museum off the beaten track and well worth a visit. An interactive museum, the Taganka Bunker 42 is an essential visit for those curious or passionate about the Soviet era and the Cold War. The Taganka Bunker, also called the Bunker 42, a historic USSR military communication center located deep below the streets of the city. Since the collapse of the USSR, it has become a museum dedicated to the cold war. Made up of four interconnected blocks, the bunker forms a labyrinth with a unique atmosphere. Explore this labyrinth of the cold war where the atmosphere has not changed and feel like you are back in the Soviet era.  Enter one of the most secured bunkers of the USSR with your guide and let them immerse you in the intense atmosphere of the Cold War contained within the bunker. Your guide will tell you about the plans of the Soviet Union to protect against a nuclear attack inside this facility that allowed its personnel to survive for several months. You will learn more about the water supply and air renewal systems, the command and communication posts, declassified weapons and much more. You will also see retrospectives on the Cold War as experienced by the Soviet authorities or Stalin himself.

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Moscow CityPass 1-5 Day Option

2. Moscow CityPass 1-5 Day Option

The Moscow CityPass is your key to the city, offering great value and convenience with free entry to more than 40 top attractions, a 1-day hop-on-hop-off bus tour, river cruise, observation deck, and walking tour. Enjoy free entrance to more than 40 attractions in Moscow and observe the city from different perspectives with 7 free excursions by land or water. Save your time with the skip-the-line option at such top attractions like Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral and other. Head out to the Kremlin Museums or board the Radisson Royal River Cruise, and then enjoy the special offers at various restaurants to get the full experience of Moscow. Plan your trip using a free guidebook and city map (metro map included). Moscow CityPass is your smart way to travel. The tour operator has already chosen the most interesting attractions for you. Just open your guidebook and decide where you will go at first. The City Pass is much cheaper than buying tickets separately and helps to save your time with skip-the-line entrances. The Pass activates at the moment of your first visit to the museum, bus tour or river cruise. Moscow CityPass is valid for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days. Free Entry: Museums: • The Moscow Kremlin • State Historical Museum (main building) • Museum of the Patriotic War of 1812 • State Tretyakov Gallery • State Tretyakov Gallery on Krymsky Val • St. Basil’s Cathedral (Pokrovsky Cathedral) • Underground Museum in the park “Zaryadye” • Shilov Art Gallery • Artcentre. Moscow • Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography • Schusev State Museum of Architecture • Mosquarium (VDNH) • Historical Park “Russia — my history” (VDNH) • House-museum of Pushkin on Staraya Basmannaya • Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center • Bunker-42 (The Cold War Museum) • Moscow Transport Museum • State Pushkin Museum • Pushkin Memorial Apartment on Arbat Street • Memorial Apartment of Andrey Bely • Mikhail Bulgakov Museum • Bulgakov's House Museum-Theatre • Liublino Estate • Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve • Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve • Palace of the Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich in Kolomenskoye • Izmailovo Estate • Vodka History Museum (The Kremlin in Izmailovo) • Museum of Bread (The Kremlin in Izmailovo) • Weapons Museum (The Kremlin in Izmailovo) • The Living Museum of Folk Arts (The Kremlin in Izmailovo) • World History in plasticine (The Kremlin in Izmailovo) • Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines • Experimentanium Science Museum • Paleontological Museum • Museum of Contemporary History of Russia • “Presnya” • Museum of Underground Printing Press (1905-1906) • Institute of Russian Realist Art • Museum of Russian Icon Excursions: • Radisson Royal Flotilla river-cruise • Moscow City sightseeing bus trip • Observation Deck of the hotel Ukraine • “Zaryadye” sightseeing tour • Walking tour with Moscow free tour • Skating ring mega ice

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Moscow: Metro & Bunker-42 Guided Tour

3. Moscow: Metro & Bunker-42 Guided Tour

Explore Moscow’s famous underground stations and the Bunker-42 Cold War Museum. Start with the best Moscow metro stations of the Soviet period, designed and built between 1934 and 1960. Compare different architectural styles and the beauty of the underground on this 30 to 50-minute tour. Next, visit Bunker-42, a once-secret military complex, bunker, and communication center with an area of 7,000 square meters at a depth of 65 meters.  During the Cold War, approximately 600 people could live and work in the complex for 30 days without assistance from the outside world, thanks to stores of food and medicine, an air recycling system, and diesel generators. Workers would commute to the facility by way of the Taganskaya metro station, on special trains that ran at night. Even the entrance is hidden, disguised as an old building.

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Moscow: Full-Day Bunker 42 & River Cruise with Private Guide

4. Moscow: Full-Day Bunker 42 & River Cruise with Private Guide

Meet your guide and head out on a unique tour to Bunker-42. On your way, hear your guide give a brief survey of the history of the Moscow metro. Visit an anti-nuclear underground facility built in the 50s, 65 meters under Taganka Square. Discover how the design of the bunker is defended from the damaging factors of the nuclear explosion. View astounding engineering objects and feel as though you are a part of this large-scale facility. Understand how close the world was to a nuclear Third World War.  Come back up to ground level and experience Moscow from the water. Get closer to the city’s exciting riverside sights as you cruise goes along famous landmarks, including a symbol of the Russian statehood and one of the most significant architectural symbols in the world, a primary football stadium in Russia, Vorobyovy Gory, Moscow State University, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and more. Appreciate the privilege of being far away from the crowded streets and summer heat of the city. Take a walk on the upper deck and observe fabulous views from every side. As this is a round trip, the boat will return you to the starting point at Kievskiy Vokzal Pier.

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Moscow: 3-Day Guided City Walking Tour with Boat Trip

5. Moscow: 3-Day Guided City Walking Tour with Boat Trip

Join a 3-day guided excursion in Moscow to see the city's scenic locations, museums, and much more. Go back in time as you visit Soviet sites and learn about Moscow's history and rich culture. Begin your discovery of Moscow by walking around the city to see Red Square, GUM, St. Basil's Cathedral, and other popular tourist spots. Head over to the Kremlin and explore the buildings and towers that this fortress houses. Explore the stunning architecture in the historical complex and find out why it is inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. On the second day, visit Moscow's metro stations built during the Soviet era. Then, learn about the history of Russian cosmonautics and space science with a tour of the Museum of Cosmonautics. And as if a space museum is not impressive enough, proceed to Bunker-42, a once-secret military complex and bunker that will give you a glimpse into the Cold War. Immerse yourself in classical Russian art on your third day as you go to the Tretyakov Art Gallery. Marvel at works by Vasnetsov, Repin, Ivanov, Serov, Brulov, and A. Rublev. Lastly, go on a relaxing boat cruise and learn about Moscow's development as a city. Sail along the President's residence, the Russian parliament, Stalin’s skyscrapers, and other iconic sites.

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Moscow: 3-Day Guided Walking & Museum Tours with Boat Trip

6. Moscow: 3-Day Guided Walking & Museum Tours with Boat Trip

Join a 3-day guided excursion in Moscow to see the city's scenic locations, museums, and much more. Go back in time as you visit Soviet sites and learn about Moscow's history and rich culture. Discover Moscow by walking around to see Red Square, GUM, St. Basil's Cathedral, and more sites. Head over to the Kremlin and explore the buildings and towers this fortress houses. See the stunning architecture in the historical complex and find out why it's on UNESCO's World Heritage List. On the second day, visit Moscow's Soviet-era metro stations. Then, learn about the history of Russian cosmonautics and space science with a tour of the Museum of Cosmonautics. Proceed to Bunker-42, a once-secret military complex and bunker that will give you a glimpse into the Cold War. On day three, admire and marvel at Russian classical art at the Tretyakov Art Gallery. Then, go on a relaxing boat cruise and learn about Moscow's development as a city. Sail along the President's residence, the Russian parliament, Stalin’s skyscrapers, and other iconic sites.

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Moscow: 3-Day Tour with 4 Museums, River Cruise, and Lunches

7. Moscow: 3-Day Tour with 4 Museums, River Cruise, and Lunches

See Moscow on a three-day guided tour. Travel in time as you visit Soviet metro stations and Bunker-42. Learn about Moscow's history and rich culture at the Tretyakov Art Gallery and the Museum of Cosmonautics. View Moscow from the water on a river cruise.  Day 1: Take a guided walking tour through the Red Square. Go past the massive GUM department store and St. Basil's Cathedral. Head to the Kremlin to admire architecture in the historical complex and learn why it's on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Day 2: Tour the art and architecture in Moscow's Soviet-era metro stations. Hear about the history of Russian cosmonautics and space science with a tour of the Museum of Cosmonautics. Continue to Bunker-42, a once-secret military complex that was important during the Cold War. Day 3: Marvel at Russian classical art at the Tretyakov Art Gallery before taking a relaxing boat cruise. Sail along the President's residence, the Russian parliament, Stalin’s skyscrapers, and other iconic sites.

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Moscow: Guided Museum Tours with Boat Ride and Lunch

8. Moscow: Guided Museum Tours with Boat Ride and Lunch

Join this 2-day guided tour to see Moscow's metro stations, museums, and the Tretyakov Art Gallery that boasts a collection of classical Russian art. Embark on a relaxing cruise along the Moscow River and see the newest city park, Peter the Great Statue, parliament, and much more. Start your discovery of Moscow by seeing the beauty and architectural designs of metro stations built from 1934 to 1960. Then, head over to the Museum of Cosmonautics and hear about how the Soviet Union won the space race. Dive into the history of space science and see models of the first sputniks, space station, and miniature spaceship. Recharge by having a fulfilling lunch (included) before following your guide to Bunker-42, a museum 65 meters below ground that is dedicated to the Cold War. Find out how 600 people can live in this bunker for 30 days without intervention from the outside world. On the second day, visit the State Tretyakov Art Gallery where you can marvel at masterpieces by Vasnetsov, Repin, Ivanov, Serov, and Brulov. Next, enjoy your lunch (included), followed by a boat trip on the Moscow River. Sail past the working residence of the president, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Stalin’s skyscrapers, and many other sights that will make your jaw drop.

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Moscow: Bunker-42, Dinner, and Moscow Metro Guided Tour

9. Moscow: Bunker-42, Dinner, and Moscow Metro Guided Tour

Discover Russia's underground wonders on this exciting evening tour of Bunker-42 and the Moscow Metro. Enjoy a unique Cold-War dining experience. Enjoy convenient pick-up from your hotel in Moscow and dive into Cold War story in one of the most secure places in the USSR: Bunker-42. Enjoy a traditional Russian dinner and fortify yourself with a shot of vodka before exploring. After dinner, follow your guide as you learn what life was like 65 meters below the surface in this bunker that could house up to 2000 people. Learn about Soviet plans in case of nuclear attack. Dive into the marvelous Moscow Metro after your bunker tour and see why it was nicknamed "Stalin's Palace for the People." Take in the richness of the world's most beautiful metro before being dropped off back at your hotel.

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Moscow: City Sights, Metro, and Bunker-42 Tour with Lunch

10. Moscow: City Sights, Metro, and Bunker-42 Tour with Lunch

Follow your local guide on a walking tour of Moscow. See highlights like the Red Square, GUM, and St. Basil's Cathedral. Explore some of Moscow's metro stations from the Soviet period. Head to Bunker-42 to learn more about the Cold War. Stroll to the famed Red Square, the massive GUM department store, and the imposing St. Basil's Cathedral. Find out where Lenin was laid to rest at Lenin's Tomb. Head to Alexander Garden, the Grave of the Unknown Soldier, and the Bolshoi Theatre. Ride the metro to different Soviet-era metro stations. Appreciate the art and architecture in these stunning public spaces. Visit the underground Cold War bunker at Bunker-42. View the hidden entrance and find out more about Moscow's past.

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What people are saying about Bunker 42

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 327 reviews

Katia is a guide passionate about the history of her country and knew how to convey her interest to us during the visit. She was kind to us and took the time to detail all the important points to know. In addition, she has a perfect command of the French language. The visit to the bunker is very interesting due to its authenticity as well as its uniqueness. This visit represents a real interest during a trip to Moscow.

Very interesting and enjoyable visit. Very expressive Russian guide Alexei. The best our guide in Spanish María, accompanied us at all times, translating and making the experience even more interesting.

my guide Maria was so professional and funny. She was very knowledgeable and tailored the tour around what I wanted to see and know. the bunker is a fascinating place to visit.

The bunker is literally a unique experience only found in Moscow, highly recommend visiting it and go through a time machine to USSR Red Army with Mariya the amazing guide!

It’s a real banker, keep in your mind that You have to go down 18 floors, it’s interesting to see Such a secret place like this, also They have air conditioning