Things to do

Parks and green areas in Moscow

by Olga on July 17, 2015

question of the day:

Hello, Olga! We have lived in Moscow now for 1 1/2 year. We have seen Gorky Park, VDNKh park, Kolomenskoe park etc. But this weekend we would like to explore other green areas of Moscow. Do you have a recommandation for us? We like long walks, along the river or through forest (like Kolomenskoe Park).

My list of parks and green areas, that immediately come to mind:
Tsaritsyno, Novodevichy convent, Moscow university area (Sparrow hills), Boulvard ring, park Museon, country estate Arkhangelskoe (not far from Moscow, easy to get), 3 botanical gardens - of MSU on Sparrow hills (only with excursions),  of Russian Academy of Sciences, and Aptekarsky ogorod.


VDNKh ice rink

by Olga on January 8, 2015

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From the Metro to the observation platform

by Olga on February 13, 2013

I've got a question:

- Olga, can you tell me how to walk from the Metro station to the observation platform?

It's my pleasure to answer:

1. I recommend to leave subway station "Universitet" by escalator, which is close to the last carriage if you come from the city center.
2. Outside look around. You will find at some distance a spire of the main MSU building. It will help you to orient yourself.
3. Cross the road and go to the left along Lomonosovsky prospect as if to the main building (you can see the spire).
4. Turn right at the first crossing. Very soon the main building will be on your left, go forward, pass the building and  turn left.
5. Now you are at the opposite side of the main MSU building. Turn right and keep going in this direction up to the observation platform. If you pass the fountain (does not work in winter :) ), you are on the right way.

MSU observation platform


“Exit to the city” (Vihod v gorod)

by Olga on November 24, 2012

“Exit to the city” (Vihod v gorod) offers free lectures and thematic tours of Moscow, guided walking, bus, and bike excursions.



7 tips for visitors to the Kremlin

by Olga on April 7, 2012

Independent travelers sometimes complain that it is difficult to find the entrance to the Kremlin museums. It’s quite easy.

Kutafya tower, KremlinThe main entrance is through the Kutafya tower.

1. First of all, please, do not try to enter the Kremlin from Red square. It is useless and even unsafe if you insist.

2. Look at the map. There are two entrances for us (shown by red arrows), both are located on the side of Alexandrovsky gardens (Alexandrovsky Sad in Russian). The main one is through the Kutafya tower (1). To visit the Armoury chamber and the Diamond Fund go to the end of the Gardens along the Kremlin wall to the Borovitskaya Tower (2).

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Kant Sports Club, Moscow

by Olga on February 17, 2012

An excellent place for skiing and snowboarding within the city limits, Kant sport club is located just 150m from the metro station Nagornaya and offers outdoor activities of guaranteed pleasure. The ski rental will supply you with all the equipment you need. So, you can expect a full day of winter fun with your family or friends.

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“Snowshow” by Slava Polunin

by Olga on January 27, 2012

“Snowshow” by Slava Polunin is in Moscow again.
I recommend you don't miss it!
He is a magician. He will turn you into children.
“Snowshow” by Slava Polunin


Ice skating in Gorky Park

by Olga on January 3, 2012

Few activities are as magical as ice skating in winter holiday season.
Ice skating rink in Gorky Park (9 Krymskiy Val St., metro st. Oktyabrskaya) has become popular again.
Be ready to see a long line to get in when you come at 5pm.

Opening times: 10am-3pm, 5pm-11pm
Weekdays 10am – 3pm 150 rub
Weekdays 5pm – 11pm 300 rub
Weekends and Holidays 10am – 3pm 300 rub
Weekends and Holidays 5pm – 11pm 400 rub
under 7 – free, 7-12 - 100 rub

Skate hire deposit - 1500 rub

Gorky park

Gorky park

Gorky park

Gorky park

Gorky park

Gorky park


Gorky park. Photo by E.Evzerikhin. 1938


Tours in Russian

by Olga on October 21, 2011

Starting Tuesday, October 25, Moscow Department of Cultural Heritage organizes 25 free of charge excursions, dedicated to historical and cultural monuments of the capital.

List of excursions

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Urban heritage

by Olga on September 23, 2011

Interesting tour (in Russian)