Baltschug Kempinski Hotel

The Baltschug Kempinski Hotel is located across the Moskva River from Moscow's most famous and popular downtown attractions - Red Square and the Kremlin - both of which can be reached in around 15 minutes on foot. To the south of the hotel, the Zamoskvorechye district is a historic area of the city that was once home to Moscow's wealthy merchant class, and is famous for its many old churches and for the State Tretyakov Gallery, the superb collection of national art that can be reached from the Baltschug Kempinski Hotel in around ten minutes on foot.

In the immediate vicinity of the hotel, the most striking building is the Sofievskaya Bell Tower, about 400 m west along the embankment. Part of the Church of St. Sophia in Srednye Sadovniki, this magnificent Russian Revival structure is painted a distinctive pale mauve color, and was completed in 1868 on the site of a wooden church dating back to the 15th century.

Just behind the Baltschug Kempinski, the Church of St. George is a beautiful 17th century church in traditional Muscovite style, with a rich history and its own pretty bell tower from the 19th century. Next to the hotel, the Bolshoy Moskvoretskiy Bridge, which crosses the river to the southern end of Red Square, is unremarkable in itself, but is a popular spot for photographing St. Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin and is also notable as the place where 18-year-old German aviator Matthias Rust landed his Cessna 172 to international bemusement in May, 1987.

Major attractions

Moscow Kremlin

Distance:1 kilometer
On Foot:Although the walls of the Kremlin are clearly visible opposite the front entrance of the Baltschug Kempinski, it is about a 15-minute walk from the hotel to the main visitor entrance on the west side of the citadel. Cross the Bolshoy Moskvoretskiy Bridge, just west of the Baltschug Kempinski, and turn left along the embankment beneath the Kremlin walls. Follow the walls, turning right away from the river, and bear half right onto Mokhovaya Ulitsa on the far side of the Alexander Garden. Continue along the street about 300 m before turning right into the main visitor entrance to the Kremlin in the Kutafya Tower. Show walking route

Red Square

Distance:500 meters
On Foot:It takes just over five minutes to reach the southern end of Red Square on foot. Cross the street in front of the main entrance and use the stairs to access Bolshoy Moskvoretskiy Bridge. Turn right across the bridge and keep walking straight on until you reach St. Basil's Cathedral, with Red Square beyond it. Show walking route

Bolshoi Theatre

Distance:1.7 kilometers
On Foot:If you prefer to walk, cross the Bolshoy Moskvoretskiy Bridge and head north. Pass St. Basil's Cathedral and continue straight across Red Square. Leaving the square via the Resurrection Gate, bear right across Ploshchad Revolyutsii until you see the Bolshoi Theatre to your left on the other side of Teatralnaya Ploshchad (Theatre Square). Show walking route
Taxi:10 minutes Show driving route
Public transport:Head to Zamoskvoretskaya Metro Station (about 800 m from the hotel) and travel one stop north on the dark-green line to Teatralnaya, which is a few steps from the Bolshoi Theatre. Show transit route