Roofs for walking: Which buildings are best to see the panorama of Moscow from?

September 2
Tourism and travels

Roof walks are popular throughout the world. Walkers can see a city from a different angle, from above, while the lack of glass and walls make it possible to have a unique 360-degree view.  

Moscow has several roofs where visitors are legally invited to admire city views, and it is not always necessary to climb to these heights — there are viewing platforms on small buildings as well. They offer impressive urban landscapes thanks to their good locations.

Moscow has some record high and giant viewpoints. Others attract music, sports or science fans. Simply choose what interests you and go forward, or rather upward.

Gorky Park Arch

9 Krymsky Val Street

Open every day except Monday from 11am to 10 pm.

Maxim Denisov, Mos.ru

Those who go to the roof of Gorky Park’s main entrance arch, can see Vorobyovy Gory, the Shukhov and Ostankino towers, the Foreign Ministry Stalinist skyscraper, the Moscow-City Business Centre high-rises, the First City Hospital, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour,  Stalin-style skyscrapers and the Krymsky Bridge. During the day it is possible to see the details of Gorky Park’s alleys. The arch’s left wing offers a museum on the legendary Park of Culture and Recreation. The sightseeing platform is 17 metres high. A lift is available if you buy a museum ticket.

The park was founded in 1928, and the arch in the Stalin Empire style was built at the entrance in 1955. Architects Georgy Shchuko and Assen Spasov were given the task of designing an arch of triumph to symbolise the USSR’s victory in the Great Patriotic War.   The architects were inspired by European monuments, including the Brandenburg Gate in central Berlin.

Worker and Collective Farm Woman Pavilion at the VDNKh

1236 Prospekt Mira

The schedule of Concerts of Knowledge. VDNKh educational programme and the Roof Music project until September 13.

Yulia Ivanko, Mos.ru

Another unusual sightseeing platform was opened on the roof of the Worker and Collective Farm Woman Pavilion near VDNKh in 2018. The legendary 24 metre high sculpture that became a symbol of an era was created for the international exhibition in Paris in 1937. In 2003–2009, it was restored and installed on the exhibition pavilion. This VDNKh lecture hall offers lectures, workshops and seminars.

In warm weather, jazz musicians and fans of techno-music, indie rock, rhythm-n-blues and hip hop music gather on the pavilion’s roof at the monument’s pedestal. Concerts in the Roof Music series, and events of the Knowledge. VDNKh educational programme have been held there for three seasons. From the 35 metre height, visitors can see the huge Vera Mukhina sculpture up close and admire the view of Moscow.

Central Children’s Store on Lubyanka

5/1 Teatralny Proyezd

Open every day from 10 am to 9.30 pm.

Yulia Ivanko, Mos.ru

A viewing balcony on the national children’s department store was opened in 2015 when the famous building on Lubyanka Square was restored. Visitors can see the renowned arch of Tretyakovsky Proyezd, the gothic facades of the Ferrein pharmacy, the Kremlin, the Polytechnic Museum, Lubyanka Square and the spire of Lomonosov Moscow State University. Telescopes are available.

Access is through the hall of the Childhood Museum on the upper floor of the building. The museum displays toys and children’s goods of the 1950s-1980s. The collection consists of about a thousand items. All of them were sold in the legendary children’s store.

Luzhniki Stadium

24 Luzhniki Street

The schedule is published on the Luzhniki Sports Complex website (to see it, click the Buy a Ticket button).

A viewing platform was installed around the roof of the circular Grand Sports Arena at Luzhniki. It is 57 metres high along the stadium’s perimeter and is almost one km long. With its great location, the platform offers a breathtaking view of the city centre, Novodevichy Convent, the skyscrapers at the Moscow-City, Moscow State University and the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The observation deck at Luzhniki is unique because visitors can see a great city view as well as walk to the football field. Guides describe interesting facts about the country’s main stadium, which has hosted the 1980 Olympics, the World Festival of Youth and Students, UEFA and World Cup finals, as well as concerts by Viktor Tsoi, The Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson.

Walks on the roof are organised for groups of up to ten people. One excursion lasts 1.5-2 hours. The safety of every visitor is ensured by a special system that is similar to that of mountaineers. On weekends, excursions start every two hours.

Moscow Planetarium

Building 1, 5 Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya Street

Open every day from 10 am to 9 pm except Tuesday.

A viewing platform was installed around the roof of the circular Grand Sports Arena at Luzhniki. It is 57 metres high along the stadium’s perimeter and is almost one km long. With its great location, the platform offers a breathtaking view of the city centre, Novodevichy Convent, the skyscrapers at the Moscow-City, Moscow State University and the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The observation deck at Luzhniki is unique because visitors can see a great city view as well as walk to the football field. Guides describe interesting facts about the country’s main stadium, which has hosted the 1980 Olympics, the World Festival of Youth and Students, UEFA and World Cup finals, as well as concerts by Viktor Tsoi, The Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson.

Walks on the roof are organised for groups of up to ten people. One excursion lasts 1.5-2 hours. The safety of every visitor is ensured by a special system that is similar to that of mountaineers. On weekends, excursions start every two hours.

Moscow Planetarium

Building 1, 5 Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya Street

Open every day from 10 am to 9 pm except Tuesday.

Maxim Denisov, Mos.ru

Those who want to see everything at once are invited to go to the roof of the Oko skyscraper. Europe’s highest viewing deck is 354 metres above the ground (Ostankino Tower observation deck is 337 metres and the Eiffel Tower deck is about 300 metres up). The viewing platform is outside and offers a 360-degree view.

To allow visitors to see details and take pictures of Moscow sights, binoculars, a photo robot and a 600x telescope have been installed on the platform. During excursions, guides tell visitors about the construction of the Moscow-City skyscrapers, what’s inside and who is using them; also, Moscow’s main landmarks are pointed out.

 

Source: mos.ru

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