An afternoon in Gorky Park
Gorky Park is where Muscovites spend their free time. The park stretches 3km along the banks of the Moscow River and offers many activities for everyone. Sports activities such as aerobics, yoga, and salsa dancing taught by educated instructors, a pétanque cafe, beach volleyball courts and even an open-air cinema theatre.
To get there using the metro is very easy. Go to Park Kultury Metro Station and cross the bridge over the Moscow River. In the main entrance, there’s a Brandenburg style gate. There’s no way to get lost. Just follow the crowd.
Gorky Park was opened in 1928. With Russia’s post-Soviet decay the park was forgotten and became decrepit. In 2011 the Gorky Park underwent a major reconstruction and soon became one of the most popular places in Moscow.
If you enjoy modern art go check the New Tretyakov Gallery which is located opposite to the main entrance to Gorky Park. Also, near the Gallery, there is a sculpture garden called “the graveyard of fallen monuments” that displays statues of former the Soviet Union that were relocated. I’m not a big fan of modern art, I went there to see the statues but for my disappointing, they were going through renovation work and I couldn’t come close. I had to see them through the fence but it was worth it.