Enjoy and Uncover Gorky Park Moscow, Russian capital’s main weekend hang-out

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General information and where is Gorky Park situated

If hunting for a bit of peace and fun after the hubbub of Moscow, head straight to the huge 126 ha. Gorky Park, tucked beside the meandering Moskva, by Oktyabarskaya Metro Station. The large public garden, created in early 1920s to the design of Konstantin Melnikov, is known as the Central Park of Culture and Leisure, and indeed it literally oozes culture and leisure of all kinds and sorts.

Gorky Park in Moscow
Gorky Park in Moscow

For decades the area has been a spot beloved by the merry Moscovites and become one of the most appealing places to visit in Moscow. Recently transformed into a modern hipster paradise, it epitomizes the Musovites’ new lifestyle with people enjoying omnipresent sports and arts facilities by day and gathering for a dance or a cheery get-together right at the water edge by night.

What can you see and do

Huge Ice Rink
Huge Ice Rink in Gorky Park

If a sports fan, inside you can go rollerblading, cycling; play volleyball, tennis and even petanque, or even take a free yoga class. In winter the park turns into a huge ice-rink with its paths covered in very zippy ice. You don’t have to bring your own sports equipment, almost everything on wheels or blades is on hire.

If an art buff, go to some of the city’s most a-la-mode art venues, strewn all round. Don’t loose out on the Garage Museum with its open lectures, film screenings and exhibitions. Gorky Park another tourist attraction is theatre district, comprised of Stas Namin and open-air Green Theatres . Also worth a look is Andreevskiy monastery, hidden at the far end of the riverside prom, at Andreevskaya naberzhnaya, 2.

The Gorky Park is an expanse of greenery in Moscow’s city center. Along with Kolomenskoe Park and VDNH, Moscow’s two other major leafy or snowy weekend rendezvous, Gorky Park is a spot beloved by the locals for it’s splendid walking areas and picturesque landscape. It is at the heart of urban life both in Summer and Winter.

Front Entrance to the Gorky Park
Grand Gorky Park Entrance

What else is on offer

You will certainly be distracted from your bit of art-gazing by the mouth-watering smell of food cooking in many eateries around the park, some of which ladle out in Gorky Park Food Row. Just don’t go to the park’s spooky rollercosters after you’ve had your fill.

To get even more art head over Sadovoe Koltso to a bit of green around Central House of Artists, the place is also known as Krymskaya Naberezhnaya.

This area has been recently incorporated into Gorky Park and offers a splendid opportunity to look at the country’s past in a contemporary urban setting. It boasts a park-in-park known as Muzeon or Park of Fallen Idols, Russia’s largest open-air sculpture museum where Soviet-era monuments show you what the Soviet pantheon was like. It also features Central House of Artists, a place where you can enjoy some of the country’s most prominent works of art and open-air art market. The New Tretyakov Art Gallery is also there and shares the premises with the Central House of Artists. The two parts of the park are linked by the riverside prom fitted out with cozy benches passing under a bridge, and an underground passage with good quality paintings on sale.

To sum-up

In any weather Gorky caters to those interested in art, sports, photography, Russian history or just sightseeing. Its remnants of Soviet past, sports facilities and choice art spots make it one of the most energetic and interesting places in Russia and one of the most popular Moscow tours.

Note that…

Note that the park is quite spacious, and often to find everything worth finding it is best to hire a private guide in Moscow to show your around. Pradiz tours has a professional team of expert tour guides always ready to assist you in your journey.

Other pieces of useful info:

  • for the Stas Namin Theatre website follow: Stas Namin;
  • to get an update on the Garage Museum schedule visit: https://garagemca.org/en
  • Gorky Park Working hours: 24 hours 7 days a week
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