The Izmailovsky Kremlin in Moscow

Did you know that there’s more than one Kremlin in Moscow? So take a detour from the regular tourist route and visit the Izmailovsky Kremlin located in the northeastern part of the city. Basically, it’s a huge and colorful entertainment park built recently to resemble the Kremlins of old!

Walk around the Kremlin

The word ‘Kremlin’ means “fortress” in Russian. But there was no fortress at this place whatsoever. The complex was built in 2000s as an open-air museum. History wise, it has little to offer, but without a doubt, this Kremlin is an ambitious architectural fantasy worth exploring. It’s a popular place for Russian national celebrations, such as Maslenitsa, fairs, folk music and dance concerts and even wedding photo shoots (as there’s a Wedding Palace on the premises). The territory is so big it can accommodate 5000 people at once! Enjoy the outdoor attractions first: take a selfie at the central square of the Russian Compound, post it on Instagram while taking a break by the miniature pond. Take a look at the highest wooden church in the country, the Church of St. Nicholas, or make a short visit to the rich Tsar’s Palace. Climb up the Bell Tower for amazing views (by appointment only). Find the Tree of Happiness and put a special lock on its branch, so your love will be eternal, according to the Russian tradition.

Address: 73Zh, Izmailovskoe Shosse
Hours: 10 AM – 8 PM

Admission price: free

 

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Visit one of the museums

Numerous museums are located on the territory; moreover, they’re not boring at all! Curious to learn more about the Russians’ drinking habits? Welcome to the Russian Vodka Museum, which talks about the long and interesting history of this beverage! Learn something new after ordering one of the Vodka-based cocktails, and don’t forget to take a commemorative photo with Lenin. Have you ever wondered why Russia has two popular types of bread – white and black? Then visit the Museum of Bread and get to know all about that and more.  And if you are a sweet tooth, then you’ll definitely be interested in the exhibitions dedicated to the production of chocolate and the Russian marshmallow known as “pastila”.

 

The Russian Vodka Museum

Hours: 10 AM – 8 PM

Admission price: ≈$4

 

The Museum of Bread

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10 AM – 6 PM, Monday, Tuesday – day-off

Admission price: free (guided tours are paid)

 

The Chocolate Museum

Hours: 10 AM – 8 PM

Admission price: free (guided tours are paid)

 

The Marshmallow Museum

Hours: 10 AM – 8 PM

Admission price: ≈$6

 

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Shop for souvenirs or sign up for a workshop

If you’re looking for interesting and authentic souvenirs from Russia, then Vernissage is a must-visit! This is an exhibition of the traditional decorative arts from different Russian regions – each one has its own unique style, for example, there are cute and colorful Dymkovo clay toys, blue pottery Gzhel, black, red and gold-colored elegant Khokhloma. The Vernissage has a flea market too, with toys, books, furniture and accessories made in the Soviet times. Don’t feel like giving yet another souvenir as a present? Then make something with your own hands! The Kremlin museums offer a variety of workshops, from gingerbread decoration to ceramic ware production.

The Vernissage

Hours: Saturday-Sunday 9 AM – 5 PM

Admission price: free

 

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Try the Russian dishes

Russians love entertaining guests, and you can be sure you’ll never leave hungry! There are quite a few restaurants and cafes at the Izmailovsky Kremlin, where you can enjoy dinner or a cup of tea with traditional sweets. At the end of your day we suggest visiting “Traktir” (Tavern) with painted walls, huge tables and long benches for everyone to sit together. The restaurant offers traditional meat and vegetable dishes, borscht, pies, pickles accompanied with a shot of vodka. You can also try the homemade liqueurs, mead or honey wine, as well as non-alcoholic drinks made from raspberry, blueberry and cranberry.

Hours: Monday-Friday 11 AM – 8 PM, Saturday-Sunday 10 AM – 9 PM

Menu preview: pancakes with mushrooms – ≈$4, pickled cucumber and a glass of vodka – ≈$4

 

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