Where to go on weekends and holidays in the suburbs
Mad rhythm of life in the metropolis imposes imprint on health. Tired of the noise of the “big anthill”, many Muscovites dream of being in a different, more relaxed and secluded atmosphere. However, to escape from the whirlwind and go on a long journey is not always possible — interfere with household worries, busy work schedule, lack of finance. A way out of this situation could be a weekend trip to the Moscow region.
Sights of the Moscow region
Since the rise of Moscow, the land surrounding it has been in the thick of historical events. In the area there are many unique cities with ancient architecture and estates, where famous people lived. In any of these corners organized bus excursion tours for one day.
You can get to the places of interest by yourself by car, getting, for example, on New Year or May holidays.
One of the possible routes is from Moscow through Zvenigorod, Volokolamsk, Klin, Dmitrov to Sergiev Posad. From there you can go to Orekhovo-Zuyevo, Kolomna, Serpukhov, Vereya, and then go back to the capital.
Where to go on a weekend in the suburbs? Take a look at the museum-estate «Arkhangelsk». This is near Moscow, to get here quickly. Sightseeing tour here lasts an hour, but in summer, in good weather, you can spend an entire day in such a beautiful place. Arkhangelskoe is a magnificent palace and park complex of the 18th and 19th centuries. Antique sculptures, rare books, paintings by Western European artists, and Yusupov porcelain are exhibited inside the Grand Palace.
Another place worth visiting by art lovers is Serednikovo. The estate is located 1.5 hours drive to the north-west side of Moscow. Not only the refined architectural ensemble in the style of Russian classicism, but also the connection with Mikhail Lermontov gives fame to the picturesque corner. In his youth, the poet came here to stay with his grandmother. Later, in the 60s of the 19th century, another famous figure, the reformer Peter Stolypin, spent his childhood in Serednikovo.
And in the capital itself, and in the suburbs, the mass of Orthodox shrines, but the Church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God in Talezhe is of greatest interest to believers. The village stands on the Smorodinka River, located near the town of Chekhov. People come to Talezh to drink holy water from the spring of Venitsa, to plunge into the healing font. Escaping from the rush of the palace, in this village Catherine II retired. Later, these properties belonged to Count Vladimir Orlov. The inspiration in Talezhe drew writer Anton Chekhov.
Interesting natural places
Where to go to the suburbs of nature lovers? To escape from the stone jungle, it is not necessary to go far from the center. Immediately after the Garden Ring, Elk Island National Park begins — a taiga corner of 116 square meters. km In tsarist times there were hunting grounds. Now it is a protected area, within which wild boars, deer, moose, foxes and hares freely walk. Some sites of the Elk Island have the status of a specially protected area. All other lands are available for free to visit. Having a rest on Losiny island can carelessly spend 1 day in close contact with nature. Walking and horseback excursions are held on the territory of the park, the Russian Life, an environmental education center, and an elk biostation are operating.
Zavidovsky Reserve is located 160 km north-west of Moscow. It is located on the lands of two regions — Moscow and Tver. Clean, heady air, fabulous forests, scenic views of numerous lakes and rivers — all this makes you fall in love with these places at first sight. The national park is known for its rich fauna. On the territory of Zavidovo live:
Within the free to visit zone there are 90 settlements, where you can come to stay for the night.
How to get to the park? By car, you must drive along the Leningrad highway, and in the area of the village of Mokshino or Spas-Zaulok turn left. The second option is to go by train to Zavidovo or Chernichnaya, and then travel either on foot or by bike.
In the east of the Moscow region, near the border with the Vladimir region, is Cherusta forest.
The territory of the reserve is concentrated marsh and forest ecosystems Meschёry.
The heart of the reserve is the Tugolesia Forest. In May, people come here to admire a carpet of lilies of the valley, in the fall — to pick up cranberries in high bogs, mushrooms. The Cherusta forest is remembered by the gray cranes living everywhere.
Best holiday homes in the Moscow region
Where to go to relax with the whole family? Among the inhabitants of megacities green tourism is especially popular. Taking advantage of the offer of a boarding house near Moscow or a holiday home, you can spend your time with your close friends. Leisure of this kind is suitable for corporate events, a romantic weekend for two. Such “forays” in the bosom of nature make it possible to briefly plunge into the atmosphere of rural life, live in the woods on the banks of a river or a lake.
Although in these places and quiet, but not boring. In the warm season it is possible to arrange picnics and competitions in the open air, to make boat trips on the boat, to drive off-road on a quad bike. In the summer, lakes and rivers stop to swim and sunbathe. On New Year’s holidays, lovers of a real winter, frosty and snowy, come to rest in the Moscow region. A special pleasure in the cold to relax in the hot Russian bath!
Where to go for a walk in the suburbs on holidays and weekends? According to TripAdvisor, the top ten best holiday homes, guest houses and hotels in the Moscow region include:
- Provence Hotel Four Seasons, Serpukhov.
- Eco-hotel «Lepota» (80 km from Moscow Ring Road, the bank of the river Dubna).
- Art-estate «Veret’evo», near the railway station «Dubna».
- Sports Park «Drakino» Serpukhov.
- Recreation complex «Klyazma», village Povedniki.
- Pension «Forest gave», Odintsovo.
- Country Club «Fox Hole», Ignatovo.
- Hostel «Fox House», Sergiev Posad.
- Country hotel «Pine River», Prioksko-Terrasny reserve.
- Guest house on Malaya Zaprudnaya, Kolomna.
Moscow ski resorts
In winter, avid skiers are interested in the question of where to go to actively relax in the suburbs. On the territory of the capital and the Moscow region there are two dozen ski resorts hosting half a million holidaymakers. These trails are far from alpine, but for beginners and skiers they are quite suitable.
Good ski resorts are located in the Dmitrovsky district, which is popularly called «Switzerland near Moscow.»
The high concentration of tourists in the local resorts is explained not only by the landscape suitable for skiing, but also by the modern infrastructure. Nearly half a century near the mountain Yakhroma operates a school of Olympic reserve.
If we talk about the best ski resorts, the first place should take «Volen». This well-promoted complex is ideal for a family holiday. For small children (up to 3 years old) the “BoBo” club operates here. There is a huge tubing track. For the night you can stay in a cottage or a chalet «Alpine» village. 5 km from «Volen» there is another resort belonging to the same owner, «Stepanovo». In infrastructure terms, it is less equipped, but more interesting for experienced skiers.
In 2 km from the village Ilyinskoye the resort «Sorochany» is located. Go for a ride on the local tracks can both beginners and pros. The resort has chair lifts, operates the most modern and major rental equipment. There is a training track, many instructors. You can ride not only skiing, but also snowmobiles, «cheesecakes», horses. Nearby there is an air fleet, from which you can fly to the sky in a balloon or airplane. At one resort there are four difficult, so-called black, tracks.
Not so much a ride as you can have fun in the park «Yakhroma». Newbies here are mastering the track «Frog». Others who came just to stare, can comfortably sit on the observation deck. When «Yakhroma» operates a sports school. The attraction «Crazy Toboggan» makes the park attractive for children. Adults here, in addition to skis, are attracted by unsportsmanlike entertainment: sittings at the Troll grill house and a bathhouse.