Get to Know Moscow: five of the most popular city routes

January 4
Tourism and travels

Get to Know Moscow portal offers to get acquainted with the five most popular audio guides. They are a bicycle route along Khodynka, a walk in the Hermitage garden and others. Since the beginning of the year, they were used about 10 thousand times.

"Walking around Moscow, you can study its surroundings on your own or, using a smartphone, take an excursion accompanied by an audio guide on the Get to Know Moscow portal. Users will be told about the history of the most interesting sights in different districts of the capital. In addition to audio guides, each route is supplemented with photos of landmarks on the way, so you can also take a walk online," said the press service of Moscow Department of Information Technologies.

The Khodynka route associated with aviation and sports, was used more than two thousand times since the beginning of the year. It includes 14 locations and introduces users to the sights of the Sokol, Airport and Khoroshevsky Districts. Everyone will see Megasport — the largest indoor sports arena in the capital, a monument to pilot Mikhail Vodopyanov, who participated in the rescue operation of the Chelyuskin steamer crew, the Georgiu-Dej famous fountain, Khodynskoye Polye, Beryozovaya Roshcha parks, as well as the Peschanye Streets block.

Photo by Yevgeny Samarin,

A walk in the Hermitage Garden collected 1958 views. This monument of landscape art in the city center, founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Yakov Shchukin, was opened in 1894. The first Moscow public film screening of the Lumiere brothers took place here. Today, guests can visit the Novaya Opera and Sfera theaters, see monuments to Dante Alighieri, Victor Hugo, and numerous fountains. The route includes eight stops. The walk starts at the Hermitage Theater, where performances based on the works of Yuri Olesha, Isaac Babel, Daniil Kharms were shown.

Photo by Yevgeny Samarin,

The third line is taken by a guide to literary places of the capital, it was used 1940 times. Users will find out a lot of interesting things about Russian classics of the 19th-20th centuries and will look at the city with their heroes’ eyes. The guide will take you through historical squares and boulevards, past buildings mentioned in the works by Alexander Ostrovsky, Leo Tolstoy, Mikhail Bulgakov, Ivan Turgenev and other writers. These are the Sollogubov estate in Povarskaya Street (the prototype of the Rostovs house from the War and Peace novel), the I.S. Turgenev Memorial House in Ostozhenka Street (described in the Mumu story), the A.I. Herzen Memorial House (mentioned in the Twelve Chairs work by Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov).  The walk includes 11 stops.

Photo by Maxim Denisov,

It will be interesting for schoolchildren to use an audio guide that will speak about the places in Moscow associated with Fyodor Dostoevsky childhood and youth. It was used about 1,500 times. Despite the fact that the writer lived most of his life in St. Petersburg, Moscow meant a lot to him too. He was born, grew up, and received education here. The route includes eight locations. Children from five to 16 years old participated in its creation, and taking into account their wishes, the organizers made the guide attractive for these ages.

In addition, the Letters of Love audio tour dedicated to Valentine Day is also popular (about 1400 views). Users read letters of Russian classics, walked along the most romantic places. The guide includes 11 landmark streets and buildings: they are the Botkins’ manor house, Maroseyka Street, Rumyantsev-Zadunaisky’s manor house, the house of the Russian Gazette newspaper, Chertkov’s house and many others.

Get to Know Moscow is a joint project of the Moscow Departments of Information Technology, Culture, Cultural Heritage, Education and Science. The interactive city guide contains photos and descriptions of the most famous buildings, monuments, museums. Here you can find 21 virtual tours and 86 quests. Besides, there are more than 200 thematic routes around various districts of the capital on the Get to Know Moscow portal and in the application. They are available both on the portal and in the mobile application.


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