Working hours: 24 /7
Entrance fee: Free
Address: Prospect Mira, 119 (Проспект Мира, 119)
Metro stations: VDNKh metro station
VDNKh Park is a very special place in Moscow. In Russian the abbreviation means "Exhibition of National Economy Achievements", so originally this public space was actually not designed as a typical park. In 1935 Soviet government started the construction of various pavilions for the Agricultural Exhibition of the USSR. This was the time when communists wanted to impress the rest of the world with their power and might thus designing very grand and vast structures attempting to demonstrate USSR's glory and technological achievements of the state. As a result, we have 235 hectares of authentic architectural masterpieces, buildings from the Soviet Stalinist era which today function as museums, cultural exhibitions, theaters, restaurants, etc.
Among top attractions are Cosmonautics and Aviation Center, Moskvarium - the largest oceanarium in Europe, and Pavilion # 75 with giant model of Moscow. You can easily spend the whole day here, walking from one pavilion to another, watching performances, spectacular fountains, colorful flower beds and sculptures of the Soviet past. In summer it's a great place for a pleasant walk while in the winter a large part of the park is covered with a huge ice skating course with food options ranging from small stands selling one item (like pies, corn, ice-cream) to family restaurants. VDNKh has something for everyone and it is a great place to visit any time of the year. To explore all the attractions in detail we recommend taking the Museum of Cosmonautics and VDNKh Tour
to learn all the intricacies of the Cold War and the Soviet Union.