The Must Urban Hike Around Historic Moscow, Russia
So, you have saved all year to visit a faraway place you have only heard about, read about, seen on TV. You have chosen the historic city of Moscow, Russia. Spent thousands of dollars to get there and like any tourist once you adjust to time changes you are ready! Ready to sightsee and experience. You are probably some adventurous type, choosing Russia. But, Moscow is a very modern city and has its own good and bad places to see and to steer away from. Of course, walking around a city can be challenging, especially where a language is very different.
Hiking around the historic section of Moscow is a great way to get exercise and experience it. While you can start from any one point, this guide will start from Moscow's national collection of pre-20th century art located at the Tretyakov Gallery (#2). The gallery is quite amazing. From this point it is not far to the Bolotnaya Ploschad (Marshy Square) which is accessed by a footbridge (#3). Despite its name, it is not a marsh, but a nice park of good size (Moscow has many parks). After a stop, walk towards the main traffic bridge that will take you across the Moscow River. This is a photo op area. Very beautiful despite the busy traffic congestion. Once you are across, you have a decision to make. You can choose to see the Kremlin (#4) and if you continue walking east, you will reach another famous photo op area, St. Basil's Cathedral. Actually, this whole area and walk is a photo op delight. The Kremlin is amazing. Many tourists will make this walk to the end and make a U-turn and walk back to the Alexandrovsky Gardens (#5). Of course, you can not go to St. Basil's, but that is a serious missed opportunity!
Once at the Alexandrovsky Gardens, continue walking until you see a tunnel near a statue of galloping horses (there are many statues in this area) you will be near Red Square. Turn left on Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa to walk to the Moscow State University (#9) and the Music Conservatory. You will come to a large intersection, now turn left again and walk along the green wooded alley-like green belt (#15). There are many little shops and interesting things to see along the path and there are pubs and eateries, as well. Continue walking and eventually you will reach another fantastic photo op-the gold Christ the Savior Cathedral (#16). This is where the Pussy Riot punk band expressed their free speech and Putin put them in jail for it. The cathedral was destroyed in the 1930's by Stalin and was rebuilt in the 90's. Maybe you saw this off in the distance when you were at #3 earlier. Now, continue on across another footbridge across the majestic Moscow River. More photo op areas abound. As you cross, look to your right and you will see in the distance the Peter the Great statue. Once across, continue walking along the river to Gorky Park (#20), a very famous area. The park is akin to New York's Central Park in size.
You have seen the key items most want to see. You have walked a few miles. You have got needed exercise. So, now, relax, have a spice vodka called " yerofeich". You can find it at a nearby restaurant called, Chemodan.