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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.


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.


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.

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Wedding Bliss at Mamaison Pokrovka Moscow

Coming up throughout February in Moscow, Winter in Russia’s capital never was so entertaining. Visitors will find a remarkable variety of seasonal and traditional events and attractions to enjoy during this month. Here’s a few from the iconic bucket list, and some unexpected ones too.


Gorky Park: Where the Magic Happens

No Winter trip to Moscow could ever seem complete without at least being a spectator at the Skating Rink at Gorky Park. One of the symbols of the season in Moscow, the bright, impressive, and beautiful spectacle here is amazing. For 2016, the theme is “Imagine!”, a colorful light spectacle young and old will never forget. There’s a children#s rink, plenty of skate rentals, and a ton of food spots to refuel. DJ’s also perform, and if you can’t skate, don’t worry, instructors can’t wait to show you how Moscow moves on ice. The rink operates until February 29th.

Aivazovsky and Marinistes (art exhibition)

This exhibition presents the significant works of renowned artist, Ivan Aivazovsky. A multimedia and immersive exhibition, the event organizers have enhanced the magic of these artworks via a vivid projection system, using huge screens and accompanied by gripping sound effects. The exhibition runs through February 28th at Lumiere Brothers Gallery , Bolotnaya emb. 3, bld.1, Moscow.


Pristine Russia: Nature Fest

The 3rd rendition of the Primitive Russia Fest is focused on the mighty Volga River, Russia’s symbol of freedom, strength, and wild spirit. Scientists and organizers have compiled a stunning revelation about this fantastic river for onlookers. Exhibition visitors get to explore the fast natural beauty of this amazing ecosystem. 20 specialists from different fields including; naturalists, geologists, cultural experts, cameramen, photographers and artists created collectively a presentation that is visually stunning. Twenty-four hours a day, in any weather, without interruption for a second, professional video cameras on Board recorded the life of the river and all that was happening on the Volga. The end result is a capture in time, one of the world’s great river systems. Masters classes and special children’s programs are also in store. For more information contact the organizers via the links provided, or visit: Moscow, Central,The Artist’s House, Krimsky Val, 10.

Lingerie and Swim Expo Moscow

For a little unexpected fashion, if you are in town February 23rd through 26th, you may want to take in the Mode Lingerie and Swim Moscow trade show. The event features this year’s trendiest swim and lingerie fashions and offers from local swimwear industry professionals. Organized for boutiques, regional chains, and distributors, the show features mid to high priced fashion. The event will feature 104 brands from 18 countries. For more information please visit the official website of CPM here.


Anna Dvorzhetskaya (Faye), Yanina Sokolovskaya (Alice). “Flowers for Algernon”

Flowers for Algernon

The classic by Daniel Keyes is on the bill at the Russian Academic Youth Theatre. The science fiction masterpiece comes to life on the big stage at one of Moscow’s finest, if somewhat more obscure theaters. Director Yury Grymov had this to say about “Flowers”: “A Sensory experience in the field of human relations, this story is not related to science. I walked away from that saw it as alive and human, it is absolutely biblical, all about the people and totally out of time“. So too your visit to Moscow can be a bit “out of time” by checking out the lesser touristic venues. For tickets or more information on this or other plays At the Russian Academic Youth Theatre, please visit their website.

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ice skating

Moscow can be easily described as the outdoor ice skating rink capital of the world, considering that there are hundreds of such venues scattered around the city. In fact, ice skating is a favorite winter pastime for the Muscovites. And, because there are so many rinks at every turn, it is hard to list them all. Instead, we would like to recommend some of our favorites, where you can skate for free, or for a symbolic fee. Don’t worry if you haven’t brought your skates with you: most of these rinks have rental facilities, where you will find what you need, at affordable prices.

Beginning with the iconic Gorky Park, to peaceful retreats like Catherine Park, Moscow will satisfy both pros and amateurs with its extensive offer of rinks. At Gorky Park you will find the most popular outdoor ice rink in Moscow, and one of the largest in Europe. It is also one of the most beautiful you will ever see, with enough room to skate for hours. This year the ice rink was divided into four zones: for adults, children, dancing and hockey. You can even skate on the paths of the park. Hot tea and snacks are available at several vendors and cafes. Plus: there’s also free live entertainment. Although you have to pay an entrance fee to skate here, you will certainly enjoy the atmosphere. On the downside, if you don’t enjoy large tourist crowds, this is probably not the place for you.

Tagansky Park converted its soccer (football) field into an ice rink this season. The positive aspect about this rink is that children under 6 years can skate free of charge. This is mainly a family rink, with many young skating aficionados on the ice, and parents watching them carefully from the stands that surround the rink.

Sokolniki Park has an excellent ice rink: but when the weather is too warm, this remains closed. However, there is an indoor eco-skating rink with artificial ice you can use if the outdoor rink is not available. There are also 12 ski runs this year in the park, so there’s plenty to do for lovers of winter sports.

At the VDNKh trade show and amusement park you will find the main ice rink of Russia, and the largest in Europe. They have an impressive light effects show under the ice every evening, and offer figure skating classes, an ice rink for children, a hokey rink and many other surprises.

The Bauman Garden in Moscow is already famous for its architectural lighting design, which also enhances the ice rink this year. Bring your children to experience the magic of Christmas every day here. There’s also a cafe selling hot beverages and snacks by the rink.

The Hermitage Garden has two fabulous outdoor ice rinks, one with natural ice and one with artificial ice. Beginners can practice assisted by skating mobile units shaped like teddy bears and penguins. This is another place where you can attend figure skating classes.

The Chistye Prudy pond is an ice rink too, with two skating zones for children and adults, and one for hokey. It’s free to skate here, and the atmosphere is quiet, very different from the popular central, touristy rinks.

Finally, the ice rink at Catherine Park (B.Ekaterininskaya, d. 27) is the most spartan rink in Moscow: if you like peace and quiet, far from the crowds, this is the place for you. The ice surface is excellent, and what’s best… there’s no cover charge.