Gorky Park, named after Maxim Gorky, is one of the world’s most famous parks and, to the Westerner, synonymous with literature and cinema. Stretching for 3km along the Moscow River the park draws huge numbers of visitors, both foreign and domestic tourists as well as residents, looking for a good place to escape from the hubbub of city life.
rnThere is something for everybody here, such as an amusement park with a large Ferris wheel, from the top of which you’ll find some terrific views, over the park, river and surrounding area.There is also the Soviet space shuttle Buran, which never entered space – it looks a bit neglected and you can pay 100 roubles to sit inside.
rnConcerts and shows are performed in the various venues, which include a 10,000-seater outdoor theatre – in winter this is flooded and becomes an ice-rink, along with the paths and lakes. Take a walk through the woodland or stop at one of the ‘reading houses’ – quiet places for undisturbed reading.
rnChaihona No. 1 (see Snack) is a good place to stop for lunch or, for the complete day out, the Gorky Park Beach Club has a small swimming pool and sun-loungers (entry is free).A nominal charge of 20 roubles is required to enter the park on Fridays and weekends.