Gorky Park – Moscow
From time to time, you may have heard us reference the wonderful Gorky Park in Moscow, a unique and natural space in the dense urban city centre of Russia’s capital. It’s certainly no secret that in recent years, Gorky Park has re-established itself as a popular hangout for locals and a perfect place for travellers on the road to kick back, relax and get involved in the ample activities that are on offer.
Brimming with extensive gardens and green, leafy paths, Gorky Park extends beyond three kilometres along the Moscow River, a beautiful scenic bike ride, run or walk for the athletically inclined! The park is just a short walk across the Krymskiy Bridge from Park Kultury Metro Station with boldy coloured flags marking it’s entrance.
Officially, the ‘Park Kultury’ (Park of Culture), it was named after Maxim Gorky, a Bolshevik writer and political activist who was well known for revolutionary pursuits. In the Post-Soviet era the park became a centre for entertainment, rides were installed including a Ferris wheel and a mock-up spaceship from the Buran Space Shuttle Program.
Many of these older rides have been removed in the past two years when it was decided that Gorky Park would undergo a cultural and social overhaul. This development saw the introduction of sports activities such as aerobics, yoga, dancing and even zumba with trained instructors employed to facilitate classes on the grounds. Gorky Park has since become home to a number of restaurants, bars, theatres, skate-parks, dancing stages, cafes, open air cinemas, beautiful green lawns with huge beanbag chairs, contemporary public art projects, festivals, design fairs and perhaps most importantly, free wi-fi!
Gorky Park is also host to the city’s first beach, which offers volleyball and colourful beach umbrellas to sit under and relax. The contemporary transformation of this public space has seen Gorky Park evolve into one of the most lively urban recreational spaces in the global sphere, with many locals now referring to the park as an ‘oasis’ in the centre of their bustling city.
During the winter months, Gorky Park transforms into a spectacular winter wonderland, encouraging its locals to get outside and enjoy an array of winter activities. The river freezes over allowing ice-skaters to enjoy gliding through the park. An 18,000 square meter ice rink is created and separate zones are allocated for children, hockey players, figure-skating and general skating.
Whilst Gorky Park may seem like an excitable theme-park with a hefty price tag, you will be pleased to learn that entry into these gardens is absolutely free, making Gorky Park is a ‘budget-friendly’ must see for anyone travelling through the city.
Getting to/from Gorky Park:
Gorky Park (or Park Kultury) is generally very accessible from most parts of Moscow as you can access the gardens from two metro stations. Be sure to ask your hotel/hostel for specific directions from where you’re staying.
Metro Stations: Park Kultury or Oktyabrskaya Metro Stations.
Opening hours: Daily from 10:00 to 22:00 (most of the rides are closed in the winter).
Visit Gorky Park on one of our Vodkatrain Group Journeys!
If travelling with like-minded individuals between the ages of 18-35 sounds like your cup of tea, why not jump on board one of our group journeys? You can explore Gorky Park and the rest of Moscow with the help of your Honcho on any of our Trans Siberian/Mongolian journeys.
Please be aware that most nationalities will require a Russian tourist visa to visit the country and the conditions of visa application may vary between nationalities. Be sure to arrange a visa prior to your intended travels into Russia.