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Patriarch's Pond

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Address: Mal. Bronnaya Ulitsa, Moscow, Russia
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This green space in central Moscow is great for people-watching and an...

This green space in central Moscow is great for people-watching and an ideal spot for some rest and relaxation. The park’s pond also serves as an ice rink in the winter and is home to swans in the summer.

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for Bulgakov fans and middle-aged hipsters

This district will give you a feel of what central Moscow was like until it was rebuilt by Stalin. This place is a must see with Bulgakov fans. However other visitors will enjoy... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This district will give you a feel of what central Moscow was like until it was rebuilt by Stalin. This place is a must see with Bulgakov fans. However other visitors will enjoy the quiet atmosphere of this central block, Summer lake views and various relaxed upscale restaurants and shops in the vicinity. The district is very popular with Moscow's... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

usual park situated in the center, some expensive cafes in the middle, ice skating in winter, a bit historical place, if you read deeper about it in internet, but it seems to be boring, even if you like nature.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Patriarch's pond is a unique place in Moscow that allows you to get out and walk and just relax. Not extremely picturesque, but offers some nice shops to stop in and also some interesting cafes.

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I love this place, it is so cute, little, cosy and romantic. The pond was like a fairytale illuminated in october with coloured lighted flowers. It is good for a stroll around it and in the neighborhood.

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Presov, Slovakia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

I went to this place many times during my studet years in Moscow. I liked very much atmosphere. It was a calm place, with awesome location in the city center. I went there for a walks, for photo sessions and so on. Take an oportunity and go there for sure. Your mind will calm down and you will fill fresh... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

The Patriarch’s neighborhood, is the area loved by former party leaders, expats, spies, poets, ministers, the nouveau riche and readers of Master and Margaret (soviet satire novel by M. Bulgakov if you skipped my previous post). It was here at the Patriarch Ponds (actually there is just one) where the Devil allegedly appeared on May 1st, 1929. It was here... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

If you know the quote than you will love this spot where the famous novel Master and Margarita starts ;-) Stroll to the nearby Bulgakov house.

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Tbilisi, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

nice small pond to stroll around and have a coffee. Nothing spectaculair but very pleasant. Nice shade and a hip crowd

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

I found this to be a great place to walk around and clear my head. It was never full of people but there were usually a lot of families and couples strolling around together. A nice place for a relaxing afternoon.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

If you've heard of Krylov, or, God forbid, read Bulgakov, the place will be much more meaningful. Otherwise, a nice pond to walk around, and some nice restaurants in the area.

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Patriarch Ponds
When you need to hide from the city’s noise and traffic but don’t want to stroll too far, Patriarch Ponds is the place to be. Calm water, friendly swans and ducks with beautiful early 20th century architecture in the background make this neighborhood a place you’ll never want to leave. Besides stylish bars and restaurants scattered in the streets around the pond, you’ll be able to enjoy museum life from modern art to a former private apartment of Mikhail Bulgakov. As most of the businesses are open late, stop for a cocktail and then stroll by the pond to rent a boat and row yourself to the middle of the “bowl” as the locals call it.
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