3 free observation decks in Moscow

Sometimes you just want to explore the city without dealing with merchants and annoying tourist places, that just want to get your money. Nowadays, even the spots on “high ground” are not free and you need to pay a hefty fee. We’ve chosen 3 places (well, four) for you to explore Moscow from above.

The RAS observation deck

The first one to visit is the RAS observation deck, that is situated near the Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills) and it’s open 24/7. From there you can observe the MSU main building, the Sparrow Hills in their entirety, the Yuri Gagarin monument, the historical Center of Moscow, Moscow City, and the Luzhniki sports facility that is surrounded by famous residential homes, such as “Sparrow Hills”, “Edelweiss”, “House on Mosfilmovskaya” etc. It’s close proximity to the Sparrow Hills may be the reason why it has remained obscure, even to the locals, but that is good news for those looking for some alone time, away from the crowds. You can reach the RAS observation deck by foot from the “Leninsky Prospekt” metro station of the Kaluzhsky-Rizhskaya line. And, obviously, it is free.

Adress: 32A, stroyeniye 1 Leninskiy prospekt

 

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Central Kids Store

The second observation deck worth visiting is located in the Central Kids Store on Lubyanka. Located on the 8th floor, the observation deck is divided into two parts, and offers you a great view of parts of the Nikolskaya Ulitsa (Nikolskaya Street) and Teatralny Proezd (Theatre Driveway), Kremlin, Lubyanskaya Ploshad (Lubyanka Square), Novaya Ploshad (New Square) that leads to Kitay Gorod (Chinatown). On your way up, you can visit the “Childhood Museum”, that holds a collection of Soviet toys.

Adress: 5 Teatral’nyy proyezd

 

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Patriarchal and Big Moskvoretsky Bridges

 

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If you decide to visit the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Most (Big Moskvoretsky Bridge), you’ll get a chance to find one of the most impressive views of the Kremlin and Moscow’s Historical Center. On the other side you’ll see the Paryashy Most (Hovering Bridge) in Zaryadye. The Hovering Bridge, a part of the hi-tech park called Zaryadye, is U-shaped and it hovers over the Moscow riverwalk, hence the name. It can hold up to 4 000 people and is truly a futuristic sight to behold.

 

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The Patriarshy Most (Patriarchal Bridge) on the other hand is an old-fashioned bridge, that goes from Prechistenskaya Naberezhnaya (Prechistenskaya Riverwalk) to Bersenevskaya Naberezhnaya (Bersenevskaya Riverwalk). Based on the project of Zurab Tsereteli, this bridge is known to be the most beautiful bridge in Moscow. It’s design and the placement of lanterns create a romantic atmosphere for romantic evening walks.

The introvert's perfect day-off in Moscow
Art, cosy shops, some tea time and a scenic walk through the street of old Moscow
The introvert's perfect day-off in Moscow
Art, cosy shops, some tea time and a scenic walk through the street of old Moscow
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