Heading North-East: discover Soviet treasures in the uptown Moscow

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A very specific trait of Moscow as a capital, is that places worth seeing are not all concentrated downtown. You have to think bigger to discover unique locations and sights that you may only find in the grandeur of the Russian capital! This time we will lead you through the North-East of Moscow, the uptown district actively developed in the 60s and 70s.  A trip that can make you decide to add one more day to your Moscow trip.

VDNKh Park and Architectural Complex

Originally, this location was an Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy, now it has became one of architectural monuments of Soviet glory and abundance, as well as a marvelous outdoor culture park. It occupies a total of 2,375,000 square meters: it is greater than the size of the Principality of Monaco! It dazzles the visitor with its impressive architecture, gilded fountains, immense scale and amusing theme park. Do not miss the stunning The Friendship of Nations fountain, Moscow-850 Ferris wheel (the view will leave you speechless!) and the famous Vera Mukhina’s sculpture Worker and Kolkhoz Woman, which was erected specifically for the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris, and afterwards became the symbol of USSR.

During winter, VDNKh invites its guests to visit Skating Rink with a total area of 60,000 square meters (645,835 sq ft) with an ice surface of more than 20,000 square meters (215,278 sq ft). This size makes it the biggest skating rink in Russia and Europe. It can host 4,500 people at the same time!

Ostankino tower

This TV-tower was built to mark the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution in 1967. At that time it was the tallest building in the world.  The tower was the first free-standing structure to exceed 500 m (1,600 ft) height and it has remained the tallest structure in Europe for 49 years. Its measures 540 meters high and a weighs over 55 tons!

The tallest towers in the world

Surprisingly, the tower stands on a very thin base. Taking into account the small height of the building, the towers height is almost as tall as if it was standing on the ground. The tower is very stable thanks to the fact that the weight of its lower part drastically exceeds the weight of its top.

Here you may join a guided tour with a visit to the scenic lookout or book a table for a date in a restaurant “Sky”. You may visit the tour with your children if they are already 7 years old. Official website: www.tvtower.ru

Museum of Cosmonautics

The Museum was opened to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first space  flight. This district of Moscow is very “cosmic” indeed: here stands a 100-meter high monument to the Conquerors of Space, the streets are bearing names of the founders of Cosmonautic science. Here you may find boulevards of the Rocket and the Star, the cinemas are also called “Space” and “Star”.

Monument to Conquerors of Space and Ostankino Tower in the megapolis evening lights

Museum’s visitors feel space atmosphere starting from the vestibule: the ticket office itself represents the Buran spaceship. The most curious exponents of the museums are models of satellites and the first space station, the first space suit for a cosmonaut, stuffed dogs Belka and Strelka that traveled to space.  One of the areas in a museum is devoted to the the life and work of world famous space scientists like Tsiolkovsky, Zander and Korolev. The highlight of the visit is the biggest hall of the Museum that is designed like a space ship. Inside you find the main treasure of the Museum: the prototype of core module of space station “Mir”, the one that was sunk in the Pacific Ocean. A copy is available for examining, so you can truly feel like a conqueror of space and even see a spinning ball of Earth model through a porthole.

One of the most exciting things you can also do in the museum is watching the work on the International Space Station live. Everything that you see on the screen happens right now! Museum visitors absolutely love interactive monitor where they can get detailed information about stars, planets, galaxies and black holes.

Hours of operation: Tue, Wed, Fri-Sun: 10 AM — 7 PM. Thu: 10 AM — 9 PM. Museum is closed on Mondays.

Website www.kosmo-museum.ru

You may also explore Museum of Cosmonautics with our professional guides as part of a custom-made tour. Just drop us an e-mail on when and where else you would like to go and we will send you the quote: tour@goandpack.com

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