09 Sep The most popular Moscow parks
Moscow is one of the biggest cities in the world, known for its political, economical and cultural significance. Not many realize that Moscow is also one of the greenest capitals in the world, and offers unlimited opportunities for outdoor activities and relaxation in the fresh air. You can choose from more than 100 Moscow parks, countless gardens and boulevards to find the best place for a summer walk, Sunday with kids or a romantic evening in beautiful green scenery.
Here’s the list of the 5 most popular Moscow parks. But we’re pretty sure you’ll discover your favorite one pretty soon!
It’s the biggest and also one of the most favorite parks among Muscovites and guests of Moscow. In Sokolniki you won’t be bored, even in winter. There are stages, where concerts and performances take place, an amusement park, a swimming pool, billiard club, cafes and restaurants, even a library. There’s also Museum of Calligraphy and different seasonal events like ice sculpture and sand sculptures exhibitions. Nature lovers will appreciate rich and diverse flora of the park, including linden, birch, oak, and pine trees.
Location: Sokolnicheskiy Cal 1, metro Sokolniki/ Rizhskaya
One of the oldest amusement parks, Gorky Park, was established on the banks of the Moskva River in 1928. A few years ago, Gorky Park was thoroughly reconstructed, which made it one of the most trendiest and hippest spots in Moscow. It’s one of the best spaces in Moscow for outdoor activities, with different recreational areas, spaces for dancing, sports and other outdoor games. There’s also free wifi, an open-air cinema, and of course, many cafes and restaurants. Gorky Park hosts numerous cultural events throughout the year, artistic performances, exhibitions and anything else you can imagine.
Location: Krymskiy Val 9, metro Park Kultury or Oktyabrskaya
Tsaritsyno is not just a park, it’s a historical-architectural complex and, the biggest in Moscow, nature reserve in one. Its protected territory hides the only European set of palaces from the 19th century built in the Russian Gothic style. In the park you can swim with a boat or ride a horse, while your kids participate in different educational workshops. Not far from the manor houses of Tsaritsyno, there are two other green zones Bahrushinka and Orehovaya.
Park Pobedy (Victory Park)
Park Pobedy is located on the Poklonnaya Gora and thanks to its numerous attractions of kids and youth, it’s a popular weekend spot among Moscow families. Victory Park is home to a museum and a memorial complex, which commemorates Russian Great Patriotic War (1941-1945). In the evenings, park seduces with beautifully illuminated fountains.
Location: Poklonnaya Gora, Bratev Fonchenko 11
VDNkH still serves as All-Russia-Exhibition-Centre but it is the huge park area and lots of attractions that make thousands of Muscovites visit VDNkH all year long. There’s an amusement park with a ferry wheel, you can ride a bike, roller skates or skateboard, and a few other small vehicles, which make your stay in VDNkH enjoyable. If you are fond of astronautics, visit The Monument to the Conquerors of Space and Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics, located inside the base of the monument. The most remarkable spot on the territory of VDNkH is the “Friendship of Nations” fountain, in which youngsters swim (but we don’t recommend doing it, it’s rather dirty!) and girls pose in front to take the best photo shoot. The fountain, which represents all former soviet republics perfectly fits into the Soviet style of the whole area.
Location: Prospekt Mira, metro VDNkH
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