(700 meters, 8 minutes)
A beautiful pond with swans surrounded by the garden square is a favorite place for walks and romantic dates of Muscovites and the guests of the capital. There were several ponds until the beginning of the 20th century, but then they were actively overbuilt. The Patriarch Hermogenes once chose this picturesque place for his residence. This is what gave the name to the place glorified by Bulgakov in his novel “The Master and Margarita.” It is still rumored that Voland appeared here for the first time not incidentally. They say that the evil spirits that had lived on the moor continued intriguing the inhabitants of the Patriarchiye settlement even after the Patriarch Joachim failed to cast the spirits out. Curiously enough, but there isn’t any Bulgakov’s monument on Patriarshiye Ponds, but there is a sculpture dedicated to Krylov and his fables. Now Patriarshiye Ponds is a cultural heritage site and protected by the state.
☛ Address: Bolshoy Patriarshy lane, 7/1.
☛ How to get from Peking Hotel: turn right from the main entrance. Cross the road through the underpass at Bolshaya Sadovaya Str., and move ahead against the traffic. Turn left onto Malaya Bronnaya Str.
✔The Aquarium Garden
370 meters, 4 minutes
The history of the Aquarium began in 1893 when this cozy garden was opened in the possession of a large Moscow homeowner M. S. Malkiel. The main attraction here is sculptural fountains: Apollon, Stream and Satyr, which are a perfect place for hiding from summer heat. In 2001, on the initiative of the Moscow government the Garden was substantially reconstructed. Besides the fountains, one can enjoy the views of elegant arches in the Park, visit a stone grotto. There is a playground for children; benches for relaxing are installed in the shadow alleys of the Park. The Park is open around the clock, so decorative illumination of fountains creates a fairytale atmosphere in the evenings and at nights.
☛ Address: Bolshaya Sadovaya Str., 16
☛ The Aquarium Garden is located on the opposite side of the hotel, near the Satire Theater.
✔The Moscow Planetarium
900 meters, 15 minutes on foot
It is one of the biggest in the world and the oldest planetarium in Russia. At the opening (1929), the Moscow Planetarium was the only one in the country and the thirteenth in the world.
In 1997, the Mosproject-4 Creative Workshop started developing its reconstruction. It took nearly three years to approve the project and to start the preliminary works. In 2000, the project got the prize and was awarded a first-degree diploma of the Union of Architects of Russia.
Thanks to uncommon technical and creative solutions, it became possible to increase the total area of the building 6 times and to organize a museum, an exhibition hall, a science department, a cafe, an underground parking and other technical rooms in the building, while keeping the original image of the architectural monument.
Nowadays the Moscow Planetarium offers its visitors a wonderful world of stars, scientific achievements and advanced technologies. Here you can learn a lot about the history of astronomy and space explorations, set scientific experiments in the interactive museum, the Lunarium, see some of the oldest astronomical instruments in the Museum of Urania and even touch real meteorites!
The renovated Planetarium will also offer its visitors a 4D movie theater, the Small Star Hall equipped with special seats and, of course, the Sky Planetarium – a big cupola screen where you can see bright and dynamic pictures of the starry sky.
☛ Address: 5 Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya Str., bld. 1
☛ How to get from Peking Hotel: leave the hotel and proceed along Bolshaya Sadovaya Str. (in the direction of the traffic). Near house No. 7 at Sadovo-Kudrinskaya Str. you can see the Moscow Planetarium.
✔FOUNTAIN “ALEXANDER AND NATALIE”
1590 meters, 17 minute-walk
To the 200th anniversary of the great Russian poet A.S. Pushkin (June 6, 1999), a rotunda fountain was built on the square near the Nikitsky Gate. The place for the installation of the fountain named “Alexander and Natalie” was not chosen by chance: its forms are harmoniously combined with the architecture of the legendary “Great Ascension” church, which is located nearby. It was there that Alexander Pushkin and Natalia Goncharova got married.
The dome of the rotunda was made with the participation of employees of the experimental production of the Institute of High Energy Physics. As conceived by the architect, the dome of the rotunda with a diameter of three meters at the base is a hemisphere made of 2,400 petals covered with a composition imitating gold. For the strength and durability of the structure, the weight of which in the end amounted to more than a ton, a special load-bearing truss was made. The calculations were made by specialists from an aircraft plant that manufactures world-famous MiG fighters.
☛FEW PEOPLE KNOW: “Alexander and Natalie” is the only fountain in Moscow equipped with a tap with drinking water purified with carbon filters to a spring state. There is a belief that lovers who drink water from a fountain will certainly find happiness together.
☛ Address: intersection of Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street and Tverskoy Boulevard.
☛ How to get from the Peking hotel: leaving the central exit, go through Triumphal Square, leaving it on the right. Walk along Tverskaya Street towards the center (about 700 m), turn right onto Tverskaya Boulevard and walk straight until the intersection with Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street (about 900 m).
✔8 facts about «Pushkinskaya» square
944 meters, 10 minutes walk
1-historical name is “Strastnaya square” (Strastnoy Monastery), otherwise «Tverskikh vorot» square .
2- A.S. Pushkin monument appeared on Tverskoy Boulevard in 1880. Dostoevsky and Turgenev made speech at the opening of the monument. Subsequently, the monument was moved to «Pushkinskaya» square.
3-Square is decorated with lights from different times. Those that can you can seen on the photo, were moved along with the monument from «Tverskoy» Boulevard.
4-Square was renamed “Pushkinskaya” only in 1931.
5- Cinema theatre “Russia” (now “Pushkinskiy”) was built in 1961 on the place of demolished «Strastnoy» Monastery.
6- In the late of 19th century there were trade hay and firewood on this square.
7-The fountain appeared as a part of the reconstruction of the square in 1950.
8- «Pushkinskaya» square was a center of social life during the “perestroika”: fresh newspapers were hung on the stands of the “Moscow news” building. People gathered around them, read the news and had hot discussions.
☛ How to get from Peking Hotel: from the Central exit, walk through the «Triumphal» square to the crosswalk. Cross Tverskaya street. Go in toward the Center (about 700 m), you will see Pushkin square and the monument to the great Russian poet on the left side.