Meet your activity leader: Andrey
Hello, my name is Andrey, I'm 22 years old. I was born in Moscow and lived here all my life. I've seen different places of my great and vast hometown. I'm employed part-time at the moment and in the closest future I plan to re-enter university. I'm fond of literature, art, foreign languages, history, healthy lifestyle and travelling. I enjoy speaking to foreigners a lot as well as love showing them Moscow and Russian hospitality. I love to learn about other cultures and places and I appreciate when others want to learn about my culture. I like to explore my city since teens and I have a lot to show and tell.
What to expect
An interesting view of a local, who will show you Moscow the way it's not shown to other tourists with a broad historical background. The story of Moscow in the 20th century is very peculiar: the city has seen 3 different reigns: the Russian Empire, Soviet Union and, of course, contemporary Russian Federation. All these periods left their mark of city's view, that I will reveal to you in a proper order, explaining from the perspective of true historical timeline.
The journey begins from Tverskaya street, where every building has its meaning and story. We'll start from the first 9-storey building built in Russia and continue up the street, where the Empire's old style flows into Stalin's modern. Then we continue to the underground. It's not a secret that Moscow's underground stations are the most beautiful in the world, and there are many monuments and sights to look at.
The underground will bring us to VDNH - great Exhibition place, Ostankino Tower, Mono railway line and Museum of Cosmonautics. This place has key monuments of USSR and socialist regime since 1939 like world-known "Worker and Kolkhoz Woman". After a short walk around we are going to enter the Museum of Cosmonautics. It has a wide display of history of rocket building, cosmonauts, race between USSR and US over cosmos achievements. A short stroll from there will bring us to second biggest tele-tower in the world and the biggest one in Europe - Ostankino Tower with First Channel building close by.
Whether we have time or wish, we may continue to MSU main building - the tallest building in Moscow during Stalin's reign. Also there is a place called Vorobyevi Gory (Sparrow Hills) from which you can view the center of Moscow from a hill. From there you can see different epochs of Russia with a single look: from Medieval to Modern.
This tour will give you an understanding of Moscow's growth in 20th century, where it started, how it enhanced and how it continues to surprise with its variety of time.