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Maestro

Moscow is such a fascinating city if you visit it like a local. This summer is interesting for outdoors enthusiasts who like music as they can embark on the Maestro to admire the summer panoramas of the Moscow River and to enjoy concerts under the naked skies.

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Moscow is a fascinating city, with enough to see and do to keep you busy for years. Besides the attractions heavily advertised by travel guides, like the Kremlin, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the Red Square, the fantastic Tretyakov Gallery, the Bolshoi Theatre, the Novodevichy Convent, and
Gorky Park to mention a few, there are newer attractions to enjoy this summer.

The Moskvarium is an oceanography and marine biology center, the largest of its kind in Europe. The massive landmark, which opened in 2015, is already among the top things to see with children. It has a 2300-seat auditorium, which offers water shows with three-dimensional projections of whales, dolphins, and other fascinating creatures. You can also visit the Moskvarium to swim with the dolphins.

Another fun attraction to see with children is the Roller Family, a roller skates school with indoor spaces at the Luzhniki Olympic Complex, perfect to practice year round. The school offers both group and private lessons for adults and children.

Europe’s largest indoor water park, Kva-Kva Park, offers a wonderful playground for children, large pools, jacuzzi, lagoon and a special “Children’s Town” area with pools heated at 34°C to offer a pleasant environment for little guests to play. The sauna complex of the park includes four saunas, spa pools, Turkish bath, and a cooling zone.

Equestrian center and sports complex KSK Bitsa is a wonderful choice for horseback riding tours. The complex also features a well-equipped fitness center, archery training facilities and classes for all skill levels, a swimming pool with six lanes, and a shooting range.

Spa by Algotherm at Mamaison Hotel Pokrovka is an urban oasis, with excellent natural algotherapy treatments for face and body, thalassotherapy, hammam, Russian sauna, and even a Moroccan Rhassoul steam room, alongside 8 treatment rooms and other facilities. Spa by Algotherm brings mind, body and spirit into balance with natural European and Asian spa treatments, luxurious pampering packages, and even natural beauty treatments for your hair. All spa treatments are designed by expert therapists, with a better you in mind.

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St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish national holiday with universal appeal. It is celebrated in countries and cities all over the world. If you happen to be in Moscow on March 17 and the weekend following the date, you will have plenty to do to mark the festival.

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Russian photographer Kristina Makeeva shows you Moscow like you’ve never seen it before! The talented photographer shares fresh images on Instagram every day to show the world how beautiful the Russian capital can be any time of the year.

Her work got media attention after the photographer shared some of her spellbinding images on Bored Panda. Some of her most shared pictures on Instagram include the Red Square, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the Bolshoi Theatre, and other important landmarks, as well as everyday people enjoying the atmosphere.

“In Moscow, winters are cold, of course, but this time of the year is the most beautiful, in my opinion,” she wrote. “In our city, there are a lot of lights that are often lit up all night, so those nights in Moscow, when it is snowing, the atmosphere is really fabulous.”

The following images illustrate the talent of the photographer and the magic of Moscow. A city beautiful every season, Moscow is at its most inviting in winter. So plan your Valentine’s Day with us. Check out the special offers at Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka Moscow for more winter magic. For example, our Winter Wonders package allows you to save up to 20 % on your accommodation for bookings made directly on our site until March 31, 2017. We leave you with the photographic art of Kristina Makeeva for inspiration.

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Radio City

For travelers in Moscow during the Rio Olympics, there are many great places to take in broadcasts from Brazil, but none so chic and thoughtful as RADIO CITY (РАDИО СИТИ). This classy restaurant/bar is centrally located at 5 Bolshaya Sadovaya Street, just a pole vault from the Mayakovsky monument in the old hotel “Beijing”. For atmosphere and big screen sports joy, this is the best place in Moscow to wine and dine during your favorite sporting events.

With 4 huge screens, 22 plasmas, and ten sumptuous house beers to choose from, guest can take in synchronized broadcasts or individual events from boxing to volleyball and everything in between.

14 minutes from All Suites Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka, this sports arena of sports bars is also a good place to cheer with the locals. It’s been a popular icon of Moscow for some time, mainly famous with the locals for the beer, burgers (voted among the best in Moscow), and pizza, and European football of course. Newcomers like the retro surrounds and the big discounts on promotion.

So, if you can’t get the Rio Olympics off your mind these next two weeks in Moscow, you can book your table directly for the Rio Games telecast any night of the games right here.

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Museum of Russian Impressionism

A new museum has opened last May in the Russian Capital: the Museum of Russian Impressionism (Музей русского импрессионизма) – an outstanding architectural landmark in its own right, in a former flour warehouse, renovated for its new purpose. The new facade of the building housing the museum at Leningradsky Prospect 15 was designed by John McAslan + Partners. Inside, the the light interiors allow viewers to enjoy vivid pictures of Russian impressionists without unnecessary distractions.

Museum of Russian Impressionism

Some 1 300 visitors entered through its doors in the first day of operation on May 28, 2016. The museum features a permanent collection with works by Russian impressionists such as Konstantin Korovin, Valentin Serov, Stanislav Zhukovsky, Igor Grabar, Juon Constantine, Boris Kustodiev, Pyotr Konchalovsky, Alexander Gerasimov, and many others. The permanent body of artworks at the museum came the private collection of billionaire Russian businessman Boris Mints – and this makes the permanent exhibition of the museum, dedicated to the development of Russian impressionism throughout the century, since the 1870s. Temporary exhibitions find their place on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the museum.

Russian impressionism, while less well known than its French counterpart, is no less compelling and awe-inspiring. The drama of Socialist realism, and state sanctioned art in all forms, left an indelible mark on this creative genre. The new museum looks at this and other retrospectives, including the opening project, the work of Ukranian-Jewish Arnold Lakhovsky, of the early 20th century. The world of art interpretation today sees Russian forms as negatively influenced by Bolshevik era interruptions of creative flow, but nothing is further from the truth. The beauty and underlying emotion of these Russian pieces is unique, and reflective of the human spirit underneath, like no other forms anywhere.

From the very first day of existence, the Museum of Russian Impressionism became actively involved in special cultural and educational programs, offering art classes for children, as well as special events for adults.

Museum of Russian Impressionism children

The museum will open its own shop and cafe later this summer.

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This March, Moscow welcomes visitors with a variety of unique events and festivals. Today is tulip day in Vorontsov Park, an occasion for men to celebrate the beautiful half of the human race. There will be a competition for the best declaration of love, and thousands of flowers in cheerful colors, for women: daughters, mothers, grandmothers…

Also today, the fifth Salon du Chocolat closes its gates at the Exhibition Complex “Expocentre.” The program features meetings with famous chocolatiers, a chocolate fashion show, lectures, confectionery shows, and special children’s activities. It is the perfect event to crown an International Women’s Day celebration.

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Don’t miss the light show at the Manege Square, which takes place March 11-13. The show, presented by Aeroflot, celebrates the Carnival with beautiful spring scenes. Any visitor to the “Manege” Central Exhibition Hall has the chance to win a gift certificate to purchase Aeroflot airline tickets.

The Russian “Maslenitsa” (pancake) is celebrated this week all over the country, and we have a special menu at Meat & More to mark the tradition.

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You can also enjoy pancakes in the park, as Sokolniki will be the main stage for a variety of events, including theater, music, games and other surprises. Of course, there are several food stalls selling pancakes too.

On March 12 and 13, at Artplay, don’t miss DUNYASHA! – a market that celebrates the carnival, with live music and shows, plus over 70000 arts, crafts and gifts to choose from. The market brings together more than 200 artists and craftsmen. You can purchase, at fair prices, designer clothing, shoes, jewelry, toys, and all sorts of goods. There will be traditional food as well, and don’t leave without tasting the pancakes.

Another interesting festival takes place March 19-20: ROSKON 2016. Visitors will get to meet some of the best Russian science fiction writers, and can participate in a variety of activities, including board games, quests, debates, duels and more. ROSKON at SPACE MOSCOW will be a fantastic city, with many interactive zones, shows on the main stage, meetings with authors, and interesting discussions with like-minded people.

Last, but not least, do not miss the International Festival of illusion Golden magic of the XXI century, which will be held on March 24th. Ten magic world stars from different countries will demonstrate their fantastic skills at the second international festival of illusion. They will challenge the viewers with a variety of magic tricks, bringing them closer to an incredible universe, where reality and fiction intertwine.