Where to have a picnic in Moscow

Without Gorky Park and VDNKh: we chose the most beautiful (and not the most common) places in Moscow and the Moscow region for a picnic.

One of the first examples of holiday homes in Russia belonged to the Sheremetevs for more than three hundred years. The central front of the 18th century has been almost completely preserved – the palace, the Hermitage, the Great Stone Greenhouse have been restored and opened. Artificial ponds with bypass canals have reached our days. There are kiosks and barbecue facilities. Admission to the area is paid – 50 rubles. The park is open from 10:00 until 20:00, but you can get there until 19:30.

A large park overlooking the Moskva River, with ravines, archeological sites and artificial slopes. There are many species of mammals, birds, amphibians and fish. In some places it resembles a steppe with plants from the Red Book. It is best to have a picnic on the top of the East Hill – from here you can enjoy a great view of the arch of the Graphic Bridge, the Church of the Nativity of the Virgin and the sports complex.

Park of the 50th anniversary of October

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An impressive park, densely planted with trees. Lilac, jasmine, chestnut, rare birds bloom on one hundred hectares here. Great place for a picnic: you can safely go here with a large group and not worry about an unpleasant neighborhood – there is enough space for everyone. There are many intricately constructed playgrounds, a river in which ducks and ducklings swim, as well as reedbeds in which a cake is hidden – an unprecedented luxury for the city. There are no attractions, the works of landscape designers are almost invisible, which is good.

Mozhaisk Orchard

A natural attraction that miraculously survived between two major arteries of the city – Kutuzovsky Avenue and the Belarussian Railway. About a thousand apple trees were planted here in the first decade after World War II, when Muscovites were in dire need of vitamins. Then the city ended behind Poklonnaya Gora and car traffic was much calmer. Since then, the garden has shrunk in size due to knots and other construction work, but in spring the horizon is still white with blooming branches and in autumn the smell of fallen apples is clear.

Sparrow Hills

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At the foot of the Sparrow Hills, on the border of Neskuchny Garden and Vorobyovy Gory Park, are Andreevsky Lakes. This is a convenient place for a picnic: not far from the metro, with a nice playground, kiosks and places to make fires. Ducks and swans swim in the ponds and from the shores you can see the Moscow River and the Monastery of St. Andrew. A little further down the pier on the Andreevskaya embankment there is a toilet.

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Good news for those who miss the dunes of Riga Beach, the dancing forest at Curonian Spit and the trees of Lake Baikal: similar landscapes can be found just an hour and a half drive from the Moscow ring road along the Simferopol highway ( you can only walk from Stupino – the road is blocked).

The left bank of the Oka River descends into the water on terraces. It is difficult to see this in the Prioksko-Terrasny shelter: guests are only welcome in the bison nursery and the rest of the area is closed for scientific research. But if you drive further and leave the car in the village of Priluki, you will find yourself at the foot of a huge sandy hill. On the map, it is labeled “Drunk Hilllock”: it is said that barge carriers once valued the landscape. You can have a picnic just below one of the dancing pines.

Mill in Yuryatino

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An impressive five-story mill appeared on the banks of the Protva in the late 19th century and belonged to the Bobrov merchants. Here they ground flour, carded wool and felt, there were even banquet halls. Things were going well with the Bobrovs – they were bringing grain from all over Tarusa. After the revolution, the Bolshevik commune began to reject the building.

At the beginning of the war, the mill was on the front line: it was occupied by German and Soviet troops in turn. When the Germans set up headquarters here, the building had to be occupied by the storm. After the war, the ruins were turned into a hydroelectric station, but it was soon abandoned.

Near the ruined building there is a wide field at the turn of Protva, for a picnic you can choose a place closer to the mill or the river. You can get here from Protvino or Yuryatino: there is a bridge to Protva. In any case, part of the path must be covered on foot.

village Zolevo

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The Big Sister Upstream Nature Reserve is basically a beautiful swamp. But there is a place where it is easy to go down to the protected river: behind the village of Zolevo there is a field and behind it is the turn of Big Sister. The steep sandy shores offer a great backdrop for a picnic. A trip here can be combined with a visit to the Moscow Raceway or Volokolamsk.

Village Ubory

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The village on the left bank of the Moskva River is the ancient heritage of the Sheremetevs. It is worth coming here to admire the baroque masterpiece Naryshkin. The late 17th-century Spassky Church was designed by the architect of the fortress, Yakov Bukhvostov, the author of the Church of the Gate in New Jerusalem, and the Cathedral of the Assumption in the Ryazan Kremlin. The red and white church fits perfectly into the landscape: in front of it there are water meadows, behind them there is a small beach. The area is guarded, so you can not fry kebabs, but you can, of course, have a picnic without fire. Getting there is easy: 26 km from the Moscow ring road along the Rublevo-Uspenskoye motorway or you can get there from Kuntsevskaya by bus 452.

Vasilyevskoye Manor

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The Victorian castle on the Moskva River was built by Prince Alexander Shcherbatov, president of the Moscow Agricultural Society and a traveler. Roe deer and chamois roamed the English lawns, tropical plants sprouting in greenhouses – souvenirs from trips to Singapore, Syria, India and Ceylon. There is now a sanatorium, but the area is open for walking.

The estate is not the only attraction in Vasilyevsky: you can have a picnic near the 120-meter-long suspension bridge over the Moscow River. And then take a walk in the Polushkinsky quarries, where limestone was mined for the first edition of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

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