Moscow’s top 5 most beautiful streets for night walks

September 24
Parks and pedestrian areas

Moscow is among the five best illuminated cities in the world, along with Paris, Tokyo, New York and London. Over the past nine years, the number of sites with architectural and artistic illumination has quadrupled in Moscow, to over 2,000.

The most popular places for walks, with both residents and tourists, are five streets in the city centre – Nikolskaya, Bolshaya Dmitrovka, Kuznetsky Most, Stoleshnikov Pereulok and Kamergersky Pereulok. A few years ago, they were decorated with LED garlands that flickered with thousands of lights creating a festive atmosphere regardless of the weather or season.

Experts inspect the light fixtures daily on all five streets, repair what needs to be repaired, replace bulbs, and adjust the geometry of the garlands.

Butterflies and autumn leaves

All year round, lights hang from cables suspended between the houses across Stoleshnikov Pereulok (Lane). The other four streets sport installations that are part of a bigger Starry Sky project. New items are added depending on the season. For example, winter spheres of varying diameters are installed for the New Year season. In spring, they are replaced with spheres with butterflies. In autumn, residents and guests of the capital enjoy shining spheres decorated with autumn leaves floating above their heads.

Nearly 100 kilometres of garlands on Nikolskaya

The longest LED garland adorns Nikolskaya Street – nearly 92 kilometres of starry sky overhead, it is almost within arm’s reach. The fixture was installed in 2017. In 2018, when Moscow hosted the World Cup, Nikolskaya became the haunt of football fans from all over the world. The fans liked the beautiful installations so much that some of them, standing on each other's shoulders, took the LED bulbs as souvenirs. However, this did not disrupt the festive atmosphere in any way – utility engineers and electricians promptly replaced the lost items with new ones.

Yulia Ivanko,

Stoleshnikov keeps us with trends

More than seven thousand LED lights illuminate the main street of fashion connoisseurs, Stoleshnikov Pereulok, which houses various boutiques. It is a great place to admire the lights and listen to street musicians while sitting on one of the benches along the lane.

Multi-coloured baubles on Kuznetsky Most

Gold LED garlands with purple, red and orange baubles decorate part of one of the oldest streets in Moscow, Kuznetsky Most. From the 18th century up until the 1917 revolution, it was the capital's main shopping area with clothing stores, bookstores and restaurants. Much the same can be said about the modern Kuznetsky Most – the street has preserved its historical traditions and remains a popular place for walks for both Muscovites and tourists.

Glowing jellyfish on Bolshaya Dmitrovka

LED garlands were installed on Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street in 2018. Now the street is decorated with light installations looking like large bright blue jellyfish. The  garland is more than 46 metres long. In the evenings, the jellyfish seem to be floating in the air against the backdrop of the dark sky. In his book Moscow and Muscovites, Vladimir Gilyarovsky says that Bolshaya Dmitrovka was the noisiest street at night in the late 19th - early 20th centuries. It had a theatre as well as clubs, with cab drivers on duty there until morning.

Yulia Ivanko,

The sparkling Kamergersky

For many years, Muscovites have associated Kamergersky Pereulok with one of the main theatres – the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre. In 2016, a 27-kilometre LED installation became an additional landmark. When the sun sets and darkness descends, the alley is transformed – the garlands hanging above flicker with soft light, and the blue and purple baubles create a magical atmosphere. The cobblestones underfoot and the forged lanterns recreated according to the drawings by architect Fyodor Shekhtel, further enhance the mood. By the way, the lane got its name from the state officials who lived there in the 19th century and had the royal court rank of chamberlain (kamerger).


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