After visiting Moscow, it’s best to relax in one of the many interesting parks which are scattered around the city. Moscow parks are not only the places where you can relax, there you can also find many nice viewpoints and outdoor galleries.
Excellent views of the Kremlin, the Cathedral of Vasil the Blessed and the Moscow river can be seen from the special platform platform in Zaryadye park.
The amazing Panorama of Moscow can be seen from the Sparrow Hills, which you can access by the cable car from the Luzhniki Stadium. The hills are 721 ft high what makes them the highest point in Moscow. The visit can be combined with a walk to the University of Moscow – the highest of Seven Stalin sisters, which I wrote about here.
A good view, especially on the business part of Moscow, is from Park Pobedy – Victory Park. It was founded in 1995, on the 50th anniversary of the victory of the Great Patriotic War (World War II). Here you can visit the Museum of the Great Patriotic War, which I wrote about here.
In addition, while parks in other cities are adorned with flowerbeds, fountains or palaces, Moscow offers other attractions. The Russians went all the way, placing in one park: Vostok Rocket, SU-27 or Yak-42 😉
Such attractions can be seen in the Vdnkh Centre. The Centre was created in 1935 by Stalin’s decree as an agricultural exhibition. Then in 1959 the Exhibition of the Achievements of the National Economy of the USSR was created there. Only in 1992 The Centre was given the current name.
During the USSR times, there were numerous, richly decorated pavilions in which numerous exhibitions were presented, showing the culture of the Soviet Republics. You can now look here to buy products and souvenirs. There are also some museums in the park: like the famous Museum of Cosmonautics or the Museum of Illusion.
There’s also no shortage of fountains and monuments. At the entrance every visitor is welcomed by comrade Lenin and the modern monument to the Conquerors of Space. Certainly, very impressive is the Fountain of Friendship, surrounded by 16 gilded figures, dressed in national outfits representing the former Soviet Republic.
There is another fountain decorated with figures of birds and fruits or mosaics made of semiprecious stones from the Ural.
It is also worth taking a look at the iconic Gorky Park, the most popular meeting place.
Gorky park borders with the Muzeon Park, where you can visit a Garden of Fallen Monuments removed from the streets of Moscow. More about this place here.
In a small Bolotnaya Square there’s a controversial monument called: Children of Victims of Adult Vices. It consists of 13 figures that represent the adults’ sins such as alcoholism, drug addiction, prostitution, ignorance, poverty or war. While in the center it presents two children and the sculpture symbolising “indifference”.
The best way to finish your trip is an evening walk in the fabulously lit park located near the metro station Chistyye Prudy.