Distantly related to the Romanov dynasty, the Sheremetevs were one of Russia’s noblest families. People used to say ‘rich as a Sheremetev’. The Sheremetevs earned their fortune by being courageous and politically astute.
Set amidst the buildings of Stalinist architecture in Prospect Mira, the place between the Museum of Silver Age and the N.V. Sklifosovsky Research Institute of Emergency Care harbors the Apothecary Garden, the first botanical garden in Russia.
Lefortovo is a unique corner of Moscow that has preserved its original appearance since the 18th century. Here you will see not just the old Lefortovo Park with buildings dating back to the times of empresses Elizabeth and Catherine the Great.
The Central Botanical Garden of the Russian Academy of Sciences is one of the largest in Europe. This is a great place to visit both for those interested in rare flora and those who simply want to enjoy a walk in a forest without having to travel outside the city limits.
Alexander Garden (Russian: Aleksandrovsky sad, or Александровский сад) and Manege Square (Russian: Manezhnaya ploshchad, or Манежная площадь) are two symbolic places in central Moscow, highly popular both among residents and tourists as areas for promenading.
“At the sunset hour of one warm spring day two men were to be seen at Patriarch's Ponds” - everyone who knows the works of Mikhail Bulgakov is familiar with this phrase opening “The Master and Margarita” novel.
Tsaritsyno (Russian: Tsaritsyno or Царицыно) is a reserve area in the southern part of Moscow, a unique historical, natural and architectural ensemble with a palace and park complex dating back to the second half of the 18th century as its gem.
Thanks to the state protection and high quality restoration work, this natural reserve has been revived and today pleases its visitors with ancient architecture and landscape art. Preserved you will find here various 18-19th century buildings as well as cascades of ponds, rare plants and ancient oak forests aged at over 100 years old.
The Catherine Park, an outstanding achievement of 18th and 19th-century Russian garden art, is located in the vicinity of Dostoyevskaya Metro Station, at the intersection of Sovetskoy Armii Street, Olimpiysky Avenue and Suvorovskaya Square.
Kolomenskoe is an area in the south of Moscow which served as a residence for Russian grand princes and tsars for many centuries. Today, it is home to Kolomenskoe Historical, Architectural and Natural Landscape Museum Reserve. Its unique collections of treasures, art objects, and authentic household items attract thousands of visitors yearly.
The earliest reliable data on the village located on this site dates back to the 15th century. The beauty of this protected green area can rival with that of the capital’s best parks. Moreover, Izmailovo offers perfect opportunities to relax and get engrossed into the history of Moscow.
The Moscow Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in Europe. Located in the city centre, the zoo is a favourite place for families with children and a popular tourist attraction. The zoo is home to about 1,100 species, being second only to the Berlin Zoological Garden within the European territory.
Moscow parks please Muscovites and tourists more and more with their nature, infrastructure and atmosphere. During a large-scale modernisation, the city acquired dozens of cosy, safe spaces with beautifully designed landscapes and developed infrastructure.
From its very first days, the park became a favourite leisure spot for local residents. The park was a handsome gift presented to Moscow at the end of the 18th century by Prince Mikhail Golitsyn who wished all Muscovites ‘could walk in it freely and at ease’.
Sparrow Hills is one of Moscow’s best-known park zones where students, bikers, newlyweds and tourists enjoy outdoor life. The famous observation platform, which gives a breathtaking view of the city, and the Moscow State University, a fine sample of the Stalinist Empire style, are both located here.
The Hermitage Garden, one of Moscow’ most romantic places, is a small, quiet and cozy park within walking distance from Chekhovskaya Metro Station. Keep walking from the monument to Alexander Pushkin right through a garden square on Strastnoy Boulevard.
The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (Russian: Vystavka dostizheniy narodnogo khozyaystva, or Выставка достижений народного хозяйства), VDNKh for short (Russian: ВДНХ), is a unique place. This ensemble, originally established for an agricultural exhibition, has eventually transformed from a sole-function exhibition venue into a unique architectural complex.