Ostankino TV Tower Visiting Tips
A visit to the functioning Ostankino TV Tower is one of the most unusual Moscow tours. After all, you are going to climb to a height of 337 meters above the ground!
Invented by designer Nikolai Nikitin in just one night, it has an attractive shape: an inverted lily with ten petals on a sturdy stem, weighing 55 tons. This elegant and unusually sturdy construction is a rightful member of the World Federation of Great Towers.
The Moscow TV Tower, while the highest structure in Europe, is a complicated facility with strict security measures. The hour of your stay in flight-like conditions requires you to follow certain rules. Make yourself familiar with them in advance so that your Ostankino Tower Tour will be as comfortable as possible!
- Access to the tower is restricted for children under 7 years old and some groups of people. For more information, please read till the end of this article.
1. Ostankino Tower admissions are best to arrange prior to your visit, as there is a ticket limit outlined for each entry session. The sessions usually start each hour between 10 am and 9 pm. The Tower is open daily except public holidays.
2. Arrive at the tower in advance. Registration of passes for the visitors starts 45 minutes and ends 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the session.
3. Pass the security check like in any modern airport! Any liquids or aerosols will be asked to be left outside, and all the large items will be handed over to the storage room. Photo and video are allowed everywhere, except for the security checkpoint.
4. After the passport control (make sure to have a passport with you on the day of a visit!), get instructed on the visiting rules and follow recommendations of the staff of this think-tank of the Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting. Imagine: from this point, 20 TV channels and 24 radio stations broadcast all over Russia!
5. Get accompanied by the tower staff while at the high-speed elevator. The eye can’t keep up with the rapid change of the figures on the level indicator. In less than a minute, find yourself at the height where birds fly and clouds are born. The earth remains far below, and it feels like even the time has different pace here. The proximity of the sky places all events of life in the right place...
The telescopes and binoculars in sunny weather will allow you to examine up to 360 degrees of each corner of Moscow and the Moscow region for tens of kilometers. Transparent floor made of a glass-crystalline material, as strong as metal, has a three-layer armored (!) structure and creates the illusion of free-floating in the air.
Ostankino Tower restaurant
The legendary Ostankino Tower restaurant "The Seventh Heaven" is undoubtedly one of the best panoramic restaurants in Moscow, located on the third level under the viewing platform at an altitude of 330 meters (one level below the cafeteria and self-service cafes). It hospitably opens the doors for tourists from all over the world. In its elegant halls, one can taste European or Russian cuisine. Located along the circumference of the tower, it rotates around its axis, making a full turn in 40 minutes. This amazing restaurant gets rather busy on certain days, so we recommend that you book a table in advance.
Moscow TV Tower By Night
The Moscow TV tower by night is especially spectacular! Illuminated by the rays of light, streaming to an infinite height, this view fills us with a special romantic feeling. And, now, it seems that you can touch the stars. Only on this excursion, you can get an overwhelming impression from a walk over Moscow at an altitude of several hundred meters!
Being the symbol of Moscow, it becomes a significant event in our life as well, once we have bought a ticket to the Ostankino TV Tower.
Entrance Restrictions at the Ostankino TV Tower
The tower staff, whose major concern is your safety during Ostankino Tower visit, seeks your understanding of access restrictions for the following groups of people:
- Children under 7 years old;
- Women with obvious signs of pregnancy;
- People on prostheses;
- People with impaired vision using a white cane;
- Persons with disabilities requiring additional supports (crutches, sticks);
- Wheelchair users.
People with implants, pacemakers, prosthetic devices, etc., should carry a personal identification card of the patient, confirming the implantation of the medical device.
About the author
Diana Zalenskaya, a travel professional and destination expert for Moscow, Russia.