On City Day weekend, 10 and 11 September, anyone can take advantage of free city tours. Tour guides will talk about the role that streets and lanes in central Moscow played in the lives of renowned literary figures, how three railway stations were built at Komsomolskaya Square and what will happen to the city’s industrial zones. Most tours will be walking tours but a few will be bus tours, including a tour of Moscow’s Stalinist high-rises. Organised by the Department of Culture, the tours will be free but require advance booking, which opens today, 5 September.
Literary Zamoskvorechye and industrial Krasnaya Presnya districts
A walking tour of Zamoskvorechye will focus on the history of streets and lanes, which were described in the works by Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Anton Chekhov, Mikhail Lermontov and other authors. The tour will describe famous writers and poets like Sergei Yesenin, Alexander Ostrovsky, Apollon Grigoryev, Afanasy Fet and Anna Akhmatova whose lives were closely connected to Zamoskvorechye. The tour group is gathering on 10 September at 1p.m. in the middle of the Novokuznetskaya metro station. Advance booking is available over the phone: +7 (495) 912-17-36 and +7 (495) 911-84-50.
The tour will take you to the Krasnaya Presnya district where guides will travel back in time to show you how Presnya became the largest industrial centre of the 19th century and how the revolution of 1905 affected the area.
The tour will end with a walk to Presnenskaya Embankment and a look into the future of Moscow near the Moscow City Business Centre. The group meets on 10 September at 1 p.m. near the exit of the Ulitsa 1905 Goda metro station. The tour will last 90 minutes. Advance booking is required by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vladimir Vysotsky’s life on Bolshoi Karetny
Fans and admirers of Vladimir Vysotsky’s work will enjoy a walking tour of Strastnoy Boulevard called “Na Bolshom Karetnom.” The guide will talk about Vysotsky himself, the house he lived in with his father and stepmother, his first friends and first songs. The group will meet on Strastnoy Boulevard near the monument to Vysotsky on 10 September at 4pm. Advance booking is required and is available over the phone +7 (495) 915-45-58 or email: email@example.com.
The high-rises, railway stations and industrial zones of Moscow
A bus tour will take you to Moscow’s seven Stalinist high-rises including the residential towers on Kotelnicheskaya Embankment, the Foreign Ministry building at Smolenskaya Square, and the office and residential tower near the Krasnye Vorota metro station. Then the tour will move on to Ukraina and Leningradskaya hotel buildings followed by the Moscow Lomonosov State University in Vorobyovy Gory and the story behind its construction. The tour will end up at VDNKh near the Worker and Kolkhoz Woman monument.
The tour will start at 1pm on 11 September. The group will gather near the exit from the Elektrozavodskaya metro station. Advance booking is required and is available at pogоdinka12@mail.ru.
The tour of Komsomolskaya Square will highlight the history of the three railway stations – Leningradsky, Kazansky and Yaroslavsky – built there. The guides will talk in detail about the architects who designed these buildings: Konstantin Ton (Leningradsky railway station), Alexei Shchusev (Kazansky railway station) and Fyodor Shekhtel (Yaroslavsky railway station). The tour guide will describe the train timetable of 100 years ago and how the first railway link between Moscow and St Petersburg was built. The group will meet near the entrance to the metro in Komsomolskaya Square on 11 September at 11 am. Advance booking is required and is available by telephone: +7 (495) 680-07-50.
Another interesting tour will cover the industrial zones of Moscow called “Industrial Zones of the Capital: Past, Present and Future.” The guides will comment on the current condition of the industrial zones and how the city intends to develop them as it is with the redevelopment projects at ZIL, Serp I Molot, Yuzhny Port and others. The guide’s talk is on 11 September at 4 pm at the Dom Na Brestskoy exhibition centre at 6 2nd Brestskaya Street. The lecture will be also offered on 10 September at 1 pm. Advance booking is required and is available at Dom Na Brestskoy’s website: www.dom6.ru
Monuments to the war of 1812
Another tour will be offered on Poklonnaya Gora memorial hill devoted to the memorable sites of the Patriotic War of 1812. The guides will talk about the history of the Triumph Arch and famous monuments to Bagration, Kutuzov and soldiers killed in the Battle of Borodino, and also the Museum Panorama “Battle of Borodino” where they will focus on the cannons of the time. The tour will then move on to Alexandrovsky Garden to see the stele devoted to the war of 1812, the monument to Alexander I and the Ruins grotto commemorating the victory over Napoleon. The tour will take about 2 hours, including the bus ride. The group will meet near the Triumph Arch on 10 September at 1 pm. Advance booking is available by telephone: +7 (499) 259-56-28.
In all, there will be over 200 free tours for everyone, including 138 bus and walking tours in the city, and also exhibitions and expositions at 88 museums, exhibition halls and estate museums that will be free this weekend. You can attend exhibitions on your own as many museums will offer free admission. The staff at museums will be happy to answer any questions. Most museums have prepared special programmes for City Day.
More details about free tours and other City Day events can be found in the Calendar (Kalendar) section at www.mos.ru