Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club

Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club (Moscow Region, Dmitrov District, Tseleevo / 42 km from MKAD Dmitrov highway) — Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club is a stunning forest layout situated in a picturesque forest area just in 42 km north from Moscow in Dmitrovsky region, Tseleevo village. Its 18-hole course was designed by Jack Nicklaus (carved out of mature forestland which adds character to the shape of all the holes combined with natural looking water features which compliment this majestic course.).

Tseleevo is a world of luxury where everything meets the highest demands of Excellence level: there is a unique Golf Club, Ski resort and Polo Club. Both professionals and sports lovers can become Club members, Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club with its spectacular facilities is perfect for leisure pursuits. Along with golf, there are also polo grounds, ski slopes, and even cottages available for rental. See the Tseleevo Golf Club website for more details:

Summer Gardens

Summer Gardens (Letnii Sad, St. Petersburg) – this large park is located on an island between the Fontanka, Moika and the Swan Canal in St. Petersburg. With the Summer garden going through renovations in recent times, four fountains are now situated on the main alley, as they were during the era of Peter the Great, when the gardens were first laid out. Another three fountains are located inside the boskets, and an eighth does not work, but is covered with a glass box set to show the development of the technology behind fountains throughout several centuries.


State Kremlin Palace

State Kremlin Palace (1, ulitsa Vosdvizhenka, Moscow) – this building, built in 1961, was a more modern extension of the Kremlin (as a venue for governmental, diplomatic, and Communist Party gatherings). This 6,000 seat venue was also a second stage for the Bolshoi.

Nowadays, along with ballets and opera productions, various pop and rock concerts are held here. Among the international pop & rock artists who have performed here are Whitney Houston, Luciano Pavarotti, Joe Cocker, George Benson, Toni Braxton, Lara Fabian, Cesaria Evora, Bryan Adams, Vanessa Mae, James Brown, Gipsy Kings, George Benson, Liza Minnelli, Mariah Carey, Patricia Kaas, Plácido Domingo, Rod Stewart, Julio Iglesias, Charles Aznavour, Elton John, Eric Clapton and many other legendary artists. See the Palace’s website for info on upcoming events & tickets:

Seven Sisters

Seven Sisters (various points – central Moscow) – this is a group of seven skyscrapers that were built from 1947 to 1953 in the Stalinist style (a combination of Russian Baroque and Gothic styles. Those building are: Hotel Ukraina (now known as the Radisson Royal Hotel), Kotelnicheskaya Embankment Apartments, the Kudrinskaya Square Building, the Hotel Leningradskaya, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the main building of Moscow State University, and the Red Gates Administrative Building. Such buildings were built by Stalin as a symbol of Soviet power during the early days of the Cold War (late 1940s – 1950s). These monumental skyscrapers surround the centre of the city like a fortress wall, and themselves resemble fortresses. All follow a similar style: a dominating central tower that narrows in stages to the top, flanked in a more or less strict order by wings.

Russian Cruiser Aurora

Russian Cruiser Aurora (Petrogradskaya Naberezhnaya, St. Petersburg) – the Russian military’s legendary cruiser, the Aurora, marked its 110th birthday in 2010. The Aurora took part in the Russo-Japanese war, in WWI and in the Russian Civil War of 1917-1921. On 25 October 1917, a blank shot from her forecastle gun marked the beginning of the assault on the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg (then Petrograd), which started the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. The Aurora became a museum in 1950, and has stayed afloat ever since. Free admission. Hours: 10 am – 4 pm (Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday & Sunday) (closed on Monday & Friday).

Petrovsky Stadium

Petrovsky Stadium (Petrovsky Ostrov, St. Petersburg) – this is not just a stadium, but a sports complex that consists of a number of buildings (located on a small island in the delta of the River Neva). The main structure, Grand Sport Arena (whose capacity is 21,405 spectators), is the home of the FC Zenit football team. Another arena within the grounds (Minor Sport Arena) – hosts games by other football teams, such as FC Dynamo Saint Petersburg, FC Zenit-2 Saint Petersburg, and FC Sever Murmansk. Along with sports, a number of pop and rock concerts are occasionally held here, too. See Zenit’s website for info on upcoming games: The following website is for the main arena:


Moscow Zoo

Moscow Zoo (B.Gruzinskaya, 1 Moscow) – this is one of the oldest zoos in Europe (opening in 1864 – when it was known as the Zoological Park). The Zoo has since gone through the Communist revolution, and was even open during the height of World War II (1941) – when it generated a million visitors. At this time, it maintains over 8,000 of animals belonging to more than 1,000 species of world fauna. One of the main attractions is the big cats section (which includes several Siberian tigers). With renovations completed after the fall of Communism, the zoo’s entrance was made to look like a fairy-tale castle with towers and a waterfall. Admission: RUB 300 (adult), free for children under 18 years, students, seniors and the disabled. Hours: 10 am – 5 pm (daily/winter), 10 am – 8 pm (daily/summer)(closed on Mondays).


Moscow Raceway

Moscow Raceway – is this an FIA-approved auto racing venue, which opened in 2012. It is located in the Volokolamsky District of Moscow Oblast (close to the villages of Sheludkovo and Fedyukovo — 97 km. from Moscow). Various auto races are held here, including motorcycle competitions like the Superbike World Championship race. See the Raceway’s website for info on upcoming events:

Moscow International House of Music

Moscow International House of Music (Kosmodamianskaya Emb., 52-8, Moscow) – inaugurated in 2002, this unique concert complex is the first “Palace of Music” built in Russia within more than 100 years. It is one of the largest in Europe and can be compared with the world most famous music halls. The Moscow House of Music comprises a symphony hall with more than 1800 seats, a chamber hall and a multipurpose hall with an overall capacity of more than 3000 seats. The National Philharmonic of Russia performs here frequently. See its website for upcoming events and other information:


Moscú Hermitage Garden

Moscow Hermitage Garden (Karetny Ryad Street, Moscow) – this is a park in the central part of the Russian capital. Opened in 1894, it is known for its cultural attractions and nearby theaters. Operas, ballet productions and concerts are typically held here. During the winter months, there’s also a skating rink (Admission: RUB 250 / weekend, RUB 150 / weekday; Skate rental: RUB 150 / hour (adult), RUB 100 / hour (children).

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