Moscow remains endlessly beautiful throughout the seasons; however summer is always a special time here. We only have 92 days (if we are lucky) to enjoy good weather, green leaves and blue skies, with a few more in spring and autumn. On one of these blue sky days it is a wonderful experience to see the city from above. We at BigTimeMoscow have investigated the best places from which to enjoy a bird’s eye view.
Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills) Observation Platform
Location: The intersection of Kosygina Street and Universitetsky Prospekt.
Height: 80 m.
Views: The main building of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow City, the headquarters of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Ukraina Hotel, The Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and the Novodevichy Convent.
This is the most picturesque observation deck in the capital, but be aware that you won’t be the only visitor. The main building of the Moscow State Lomonosov University is located to the back of you, in the area where you have the freedom to explore, enjoying a magnificent atmosphere. From the deck you are able to see most of the city center. At night, when all the city’s lights are turned on, the view becomes even more spectacular.
The Ivan the Great Bell Tower
Location: The Red Square.
Height: 25 m.
Views: The Moscow Kremlin and the city center.
This place is definitely worth visiting. As part of the Moscow Kremlin ensemble, the Bell Tower reveals one of the most memorable city views. In ancient times this was the tallest building in the city. Its perfect location – in the very heart of Moscow – offers fascinating views over the Kremlin and the historic center of the capital.
Please note that there is no elevator, only steps.
Location: Akademika Koroleva Street, 15/2, 2nd doorway.
Height: 337 m.
Views: you can see the whole city at a glance; the only possible obstacle is bad weather or urban smog.
The TV tower has two observation platforms: one is open (operates from May till October) and the other is enclosed (operates year-round). You might also like to visit the rotating ‘Seventh Sky’ restaurant.
The Ferris Wheel at VDNKh
Location: All-Russia Exhibition Center.
Height: 73 meters.
Views: The botanical garden, VDNKh, Ostankino TV tower.
The Ferris Wheel was built in celebration of the 850th anniversary of Moscow. It has 40 cars, both open and closed. At the time it was built the Ferris Wheel was the biggest in Eastern Europe. You will enjoy the magnificent scenery of the park, and will have an opportunity to overlook all the pavilions and the famous People’s Friendship fountain. It is worth planning to spend the entire day here: walking around, having fun in the amusement park and finishing off with the breathtaking views from the Ferris Wheel.
The Observation Deck in Moscow City
Location: 6, Presnenskaya Embankment.
Height: 260 meters.
Views: The Moscow city center, Moscow River, Krasnopresnensky District.
This is the newest observation deck in the city, and is located on the 58th floor of the Imperia Tower. Although the system of communication with tourists is still inferior, the views are worth seeing. You might also like to treat yourself to a cocktail at the ‘Sixty’ restaurant and bar, located on the 62nd floor of the Federation Tower.