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Guide to Moscow Outdoors

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Quite surprisingly, perhaps, Moscow has lots of public parks and suburban estates — some of which date back to the 18th century, and are in various states of renovation. To experience the best of Moscow outdoors, combine an exploration of old Russian mansions with modern public parks — this guide will tell you where to start.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Thrifty Traveler
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

9 Places

4 City Tips

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9 Places

Muzeon Art Park

Specialty Museums

Gorkiy Central Park of Culture and Recreation

Parks

The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh)

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings

Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory)

Parks

Sokolniki Park

Parks

Luzhniki Stadium

Arenas & Stadiums

Hermitage Garden

Parks

Victory Park

Parks

Arkhangelskoye Estate and Museum

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Parks

Masha K's City Tips

  • Most public parks have a great variety of street food stalls and/or restaurants in their pavilions.
  • Moscow's metro is convenient, fast and cheap.
  • Cafes in suburban estates normally specialize in Russian cuisine, making them a great choice for a traditional meal.
  • Avoid peak hours if you travel by taxi to destinations outside of the city; otherwise the journey will be pricey and it could take several hours to get back.
  • Muzeon Art Park
    Specialty Museums
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    Masha K Says:

    This park, located near to the Treatyakov Gallery (20th century art) and the Central House of Artists, is famous for its collection of outdoor Soviet sculptures, which are pleasant to walk around. The park's embankment also offers a beautiful wooden terrace to sit out on, a number of cafes, and a long, open-air pavilion where local artists sell their works.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Combine a visit here with the Treatyakov Gallery, and then rest for a while on the embankment.
    • The park is 5 minutes away from Gorkiy Central Park and other city-center sights.
    • It's not big, so you won't need too long to explore the grounds here.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 2,889 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely place to hide from hectic city 06/07/2019
    • Nice tour 05/29/2019
    • Muzeon Art Park
    Address:
    Krymskiy Val, 2
    Moscow 119049
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 985 382-27-32
    Other:
  • Gorkiy Central Park of Culture and Recreation
    Parks
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    Masha K Says:

    Truly a park to be proud of, this centrally-located park was designed as a leisure space for workers, and today is one of the hippest places in the city. Featuring lots of cafes, street food spots, the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, cycle paths, boats for hire, and even a beach on the bank of the Moscow River — there's plenty to explore here!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Can be really crowded during the summer season.
    • Public WiFi here is unreliable.
    • Come here to ice-skate during winter, when the outdoor rink is illuminated from under the ice!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 2,889 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Relaxing place. 07/21/2019
    • Vacation 07/16/2019
    • Gorkiy Central Park of Culture and Recreation
    Address:
    Krymskiy Val St., 9
    Moscow 119049
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 495 995-00-20
    Other:
  • The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh)
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings
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    Masha K Says:

    This center used to be entirely dedicated to glorifying the Soviet Republic's achievements in various different areas of production and agriculture. The vast grounds are designed around a central axis which stretches to the Fountain of Republics — a large golden monument glorifying the Soviet people. There are numerous pavilions of great architectural value to admire here, and the more recently-added Polytechnic Museum holds frequent exhibitions that may be worth a look, too.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The grounds are gigantic, so either get ready for a long walk, or think of alternative means of transportation - bus, bike or Segway.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #73 of 2,889 things to do in Moscow
    • Amazing park and exhibition 07/17/2019
    • Amazing Park to visit, especially on a nice sunny day 06/27/2019
    • The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh)
    Address:
    Mira Ave., 119
    Moscow 129223
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 495 544-34-00
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory)
    Parks
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    Masha K Says:

    You can enjoy a great panoramic view of the entire city — day or night — from the top of this area (the highest point in Moscow), plus it's situated next to Moscow University, a great example of Stalin's architecture which they say was built to survive a nuclear bomb attack. To explore inside the University, book a tour in the Museum of Soil which is on the 16th floor of the University Tower — you will never forget it!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The best way to explore this site is by bike — rentals can be found in Gorkiy Park.
    • Gorkiy Park is a 20-minute walk from here.
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 2,889 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • See Moscow from the highest hill 07/17/2019
    • Night tour 07/07/2019
    • Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory)
  • Sokolniki Park
    Parks
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    Masha K Says:

    All the traditional park activities can be enjoyed here. Plus, the Path of Health — which runs for 6km, and is designed only for pedestrians — is a great place for a slow and relaxing walk.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check the website to find out if any special activities are scheduled on the day you plan to visit.
    • This park is not located in the center, so plan your day accordingly.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 2,889 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A lot of activities ! 06/03/2019
    • Park 05/26/2019
    • Sokolniki Park
    Address:
    Sokol'nicheskiy Val, 1/1
    Moscow 107014
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 499 393-92-22
    Other:
  • Luzhniki Stadium
    Arenas & Stadiums
    Masha K Says:

    Located on the opposite side of the river to Gorkiy Park, this area is packed full of sports sites, and most famous of all is the Luzhniki Sports Palace. Needless to say, everything dates back to the Soviet times, thus the architecture of the palace itself is really interesting. Among other things, you'll find an open-air swimming pool and tennis courts here, plus it's home to the Russian Olympic Committee.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Rent a bike and explore the area!
    • You won't find lots of cafes here, so either bring something with you or plan a proper dinner somewhere nearby (e.g. Golubka Restaurant).
    From the community
    Ranked #93 of 2,889 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • World Cup Semi-Final 03/13/2019
    • Great venue for football 02/23/2019
    • Luzhniki Stadium
    Address:
    Luzhniki st., 24
    Metro Sportivnaya
    Moscow 119270
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 495 780-08-08
    Other:
  • Hermitage Garden
    Parks
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    Masha K Says:

    A hidden gem in the center of the city, the cozy Hermitage Garden dates back to the 19th century, when the park was a favorite haunt of actors and artistic circles. Although small in size, today it's home to three theaters — Sphere, Hermitage and New Opera — plus a concert hall and a cafe.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Look for a street food truck called "Gifts of Nature," which is often parked here — the food is delicious!
    • Lots of music festivals take place here over the summer. Check online for details.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 2,889 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So much fun 06/30/2019
    • Not for children. Unless you like dog$#%*! 10/13/2018
    • Hermitage Garden
    Address:
    Karetny Ryad St., 3
    Moscow 127006
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 495 699-15-95
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Victory Park
    Parks
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    Masha K Says:

    A monument to Russian military glory, built during World War II, this park features lots of noteworthy monuments, as well as a military museum with tanks and other machines displayed on a peaceful green grass background.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Recommended only for passionate fans of military history!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 2,889 things to do in Moscow
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Impressive Museum dedicated to Russian WWII forces and the victory over Germany 07/17/2019
    • I went to the II World War museum 07/04/2019
    • Victory Park
    Address:
    Bratyev Fonchenko st., 7
    Moscow 121170
    Russia
    Phone:
    +7 499 148-83-00
    Other:
  • Arkhangelskoye Estate and Museum
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Parks
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    Masha K Says:

    One of the nicest suburban estates in Moscow, most of the buildings here were constructed in the 18th and 19th centuries by Italian architects, and served as private homes for Princes Sheremetev and Yusupovs.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Best to get here by car. There are public buses, but they can be both unreliable and uncomfortable.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Arkhangelskoye
    • Grand Estate under renovation 07/17/2019
    • museum 05/19/2019
    • Arkhangelskoye Estate and Museum
    Phone:
    +7 495 797-54-58
    Hours:
    Wed - Fri
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Other:
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