Walking in Moscow Parks. Part 2

1 Sep

Though it has been raining in Moscow for the whole weekend weather forecasts promise that the next week will be warmer and sunnier. And we continue our walks in Moscow parks. Last time we had a look at Alexander Garden, Gorky Park and Kolomenskoye. Our today’s program is not less interesting!

Tsaritsyno Park

Tsaritsyno — as well as Kolomenskoye — used to be a residence of Russian monarchs. The architectural complex and the park itself were constructed by prominent Russian architects Vasili Bazhenov and Matvey Kazakov following the order of Catherine the Great.

Царицыно

The Grand Palace and a number of pavilions, decorative bridges and artificial grottos were constructed in Neo-Gothic style in late 18th — early 19th centuries.

Царицыно. Дворец

What is definitely worth seeing in Tsaritsyno — are breathtaking colour music fountains! In the evening they look especially great — just have a look at them on Youtube.

Царицыно. Фонтан

Izmaylovsky Park

Take a train to Izmaylovskaya Metro Station and you’ll find yourself at the very heart of a wonderful park. Izmaylovo used to be a rural residence of Russian tzar Alexey Mikhailovich — we have already met him when walking in Kolomenskoye. Peter the Great spent his childhood in the neighbouring village of Izmaylovo.

Измайловский парк. Метро

Stalin‘s rule saw the Izmaylovo flourishing when it became one of the most popular Moscow parks. Today the park is known for its quiet atmsphere, 17 ponds and lakes and its wildlife reserve.

Измайловский парк. Пруд

Should you come to Izmaylovo don’t miss the chance to visit the Izmaylovo Kremlin located just a few hundred metres to the north from the park. It was built in 1998 — 2007 in old Russian architectural traditions and hosts a wide range of exhibitions and souvenir shops.

Измайловский парк. Кремль

Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills)

Vorobyovy Gory, quite a strange name for an English speaker, literally means Sparrow Hills. It is one of the highest points in Moscow on the right bank of the Moscow River. The Luzhniki Metro Bridge is one of the local landmarks.

Воробьевы горы. Метромост

Vorobyovy Gory is a nice place to start a small boat trip along the Moscow River. Boats leave every 20 — 30 minutes from April till October. One adult ticket costs $10 — 20 (300 — 600 RUR) depending on the type of boat and the operator.

Воробьевы горы. Причал

If you climb up the hill, you’ll reach a nice viewing point. On the one side you’ll find the main campus of Moscow State University, a Stalinist skyscraper 240 m tall. On the other side, over the Moscow river, there is the Luzhniki stadium, the Russia’s biggest sports stadium and the chief venue for 1980 Olympics.

Воробьевы горы. МГУ

Losiny Ostrov National Park

Losiny Ostrov National Park is not famous cultural or historical sites, but it is worth visiting for nature enthusiasts. It is the Europe’s largest city park with the total area of more than 100 km²

Лосиный остров

Losiny Ostrov (literally — Moose Island) is probably the only place where one can easily touch wildlife without leaving the agglomeration with over 12 million inhabitants.

Лосиный остров. Лось

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One Response to “Walking in Moscow Parks. Part 2”

  1. Mona September 1, 2013 at 8:17 AM #

    splendid view………..

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