A Weekend in Moscow
After a healthy breakfast at the Hotel’s Bystro, stroll through Manezhnaya Square. The easy walk from the Hotel takes you past fountains designed by the famous Russian architect Zurab Tsereteli. Turn left to enter Alexander Garden, where you may witness the ceremonial changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Afterwards, enter Red Square through the Resurrection Gate and prepare to be dazzled by the beauty of the magnificent Saint Basil’s Church. Continue down to the Kremlevskaya Embankment and walk to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour – the tallest Orthodox church in the world. Then turn right onto Gogolevsky Boulevard and stroll down to the famous Arbat Street. This old pedestrian street is full of artists, musicians and souvenir shops. Follow it to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, one of the Seven Sisters skyscraper buildings, built by Stalin as a symbol of triumph during the Soviet era.
Ask the Concierge to have a limo pick you up for lunch at Café Pushkin.
The best way to spend your time after lunch is to take a cruise down the Moskva River on a comfortable, modern boat. The boat will slowly pass many Moscow icons, including Lomonosov Moscow State University, Gorky Park, Novodevichy Convent, Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and the Red October art-cluster. The views are stunning.
Dine on a meal at the luxurious restaurant on the lower deck, or simply enjoy the breeze and views with a cocktail on the upper open deck. The trip takes approximately three hours, but you are free to disembark at one of the three stops during the journey. For directions, tickets and other requests, simply ask the Concierge.
Ask the Concierge for recommendations on the best theatres, concerts and other entertainment in Moscow. There is something for every taste in entertainment. End the day with dinner at one of the best restaurants with panoramic views. Our Concierge will arrange reservations for you.
A good way to begin day two is to combine exploration with a healthy start. Rent a bicycle and head out for Moscow’s best sights near Red Square. Start from Kamergersky pereulok, the closest place to the Hotel where you can pick up a bike from an automatic rental point. Head southwest along Tverskaya Street; after 15 minutes, you will reach the embankment of the Moskva River. Continue past the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and through the territory of the former Red October factory to the southern riverside.
Stop for a break at Muzeon Art Park (Fallen Monument Park), where forgotten and demolished monuments from the city’s past have found shelter. Continue to Gorky Park, which is rapidly becoming a symbol of modern Moscow.
In the case of inclement weather, visit the Chaika Swimming Pool, an all-season facility for water sports. Whether you spend the morning on wheels or practicing your butterfly stroke, follow it up with a refresh at Gorky Park. Grab a coffee at one of the cafés and explore the grounds on foot.
If you still have time before afternoon activities, you may cross the river through a pedestrian bridge and walk to Novodevichy Convent, or head to the Sparrow Hills cableway for a ride up to the observation point in front of Moscow State University.
The afternoon is a good time to relax. Find several quiet spots at Gorky Park and the nearby Neskuchny Garden. It’s hard not to fall in love with a small pond just up the hill between the riverbank and Leninsky Prospekt, where you will find out that Moscow can be quiet.
Alternatively, or if your day has started in the afternoon, visit the Botanical Gardens in the north of Moscow. Take your time while exploring the Japanese garden, and if you visit in late April or early May, marvel at the blooming sakura (cherry blossoms).
If you prefer an urban experience, head to the Taganka neighbourhood and explore Bunker 42, an active safety bunker from the Cold War. Descend 213 feet (65 metres) underground to find out where Soviet chiefs would hide from a nuclear strike, study secret documents and participate in a nuclear alarm drill. (Please arrange a tour in advance with the Concierge team.)
Back above ground, visit the nearby Spaso-Andronikov Sky Monastery, a splendid architectural assembly that dominates the bank of Yauza River. There, you may also find Central Andrey Rublev Museum of Ancient Russian Culture and Art, the best place to experience the spirit and long history of the Russian Orthodox Church through the collection of various icons.
After a busy day, it’s time to refresh. The best traditional banya, or Russian bath, is arguably Sanduny, a 10-minute walk from the Hotel. In addition to the standard services, you may receive extra spa services, have a meal at the restaurant or simply enjoy the gorgeous interiors over a glass of cold beer after intense broom steaming.
After you’re rested, it’s time to refuel with a reservation at one of Moscow’s most interesting restaurants, Expedition. While many restaurants offer standard Russian cuisine, Expedition takes it further – to Siberia. The food here is all about the Russian North, and combined with a visit to Sanduny, you’re sure to feel like a adventurous Siberian explorer.
Finish your perfect weekend in Moscow with a glass of fine wine or a visit to an exciting nightlife location. It can be at Europe’s highest-placed restaurant Sixty, the dazzling Manon, the casual Ugolëk, or at the Hotel’s chic cocktail bar, Moskovsky Bar.