This page presents several places in Moscow which offer panoramic views of the city and provide good opportunities for taking pictures and videos.
Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills) viewing deck is located on the higher bank of the Moskva River and provides a panoramic view, partially spoiled by tall chimneys. The deck is located near Lomonosov University’s main building - the tallest of the skyscrapers built in 1950s. The deck is also a Moscow’s bikers’ meeting point.
To reach the deck, go to the same-name metro station (line 1, red.) Take the northern exit from the station and proceed along the embankment to the ropeway which will take you to the deck for RUR 400 (RUR 500 on weekends). You may also take the southern exit from metro and turn left to find the ascending path which will eventually take you to an alley. Turn right and walk about half kilometre to the deck.
A similar skyline view opens from the terrace near the Academy of Sciences building (32А, Leninsky Prospekt.) The terrace is also located on the higher bank of the Moskva River, not far from Leninsky Prospekt metro station (line 6, orange.)
Bolshoi Kamenny Most (Great Stone Bridge) is a good pace for selfies with the Kremlin on the backdrop. It is close to metro stations Biblioteka Imeni Lenina (line 1, red,) Alexandrovsky Sad (line 4, light blue) and Borovitskaya (line 9, grey.)
The viewing gallery of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour offers glimpses of the central Moscow from the height of 40 metres. Open daily from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. (from 1.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. on Monday.) Guided tours only, fees apply. A free view of the Kremlin also opens from Patriarch's Bridge behind the cathedral. Metro Kropotkinskaya (line 1, red.)
Impressive views of the Red Square and Bolshoi Theatre from Conservatory Lounge & Bar at Ararat Park Hyatt Hotel partially compensate for unreasonably high prices there. Open from 10.00 a.m. to 02.00 a.m. Metro Okhotny Ryad (line 1, red,) Teatralnaya (line 2, green) and Ploshchad Revolyutsii (line 3, navy blue.)
The Central Kid's Store also offers a partial view of the central Moscow from a terrace on the top floor. Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The store is near Lubianka metro station (line 1, red.)
The Federation Tower observation deck offers a panoramic view from the height of the 89th floor. A visit to the tower may be combined with a city tour and other entertainments. Ticket prices start from RUR 600. The nearest metro stations are Delovoe Tsentr (line 8A, yellow or Moscow Central Circle), or Mezhdunarodnaya (line 4, light-blue.)
Ostankino TV tower observation deck is the highest viewing point in Moscow located 337 meters above the ground. To reach the tower from metro station VDNH (line 6, orange) take a bus or a trolleybus to Ulitsa Akademika Korolyova. One-hour tour to the deck cost from RUR 600. The tower is a high-risk site where tight restrictions apply. Have your passport with you. To avoid disappointments, read the operator’s regulations and check weather forecast while planning your visit. Guests are invited to have a lunch or a dinner at the Seventh Heaven restaurant on the rotating deck and see Moscow from different angles.