Immediately outside the Kremlin’s northeastern wall is the celebrated Red Square, the 400m by 150m area of cobblestones that is at the very heart of Moscow. Commanding the square from the southern end is St Basil’s Cathedral. This panorama never fails to send the heart aflutter, especially at night.
The word krasny in the name means red now, but in old Russian it meant ‘beautiful’ and Krasnaya Ploshchad lives up to this epithet. Further, it evokes an incredible sense of import to stroll across the place where so much of Russian history has unfolded. Note that the square is often closed for various celebrations or their rehearsals, so go there first thing after arriving in Moscow to make sure you don’t miss it later.