5 things you should do in Moscow this fall

Dancing, eating, drinking, boating, breathing: 5 great ways to spend your fall weekends in Russia's capital

Dancing, eating, drinking, boating, breathing: 5 great ways to spend your fall weekends in Russia's capital

Tasting original medovukha, dancing on the embankment, making selfies in crowns of leaves and other ways to spend your time in Moscow this fall.

Fall is one of the best seasons to go to Moscow – the heat recedes, the world becomes a multicolored spectacle and the air becomes easier to breathe – all allowing you to enjoy Russia’s capital in comfort. RBTH offers up some universal ideas for recreation in Moscow this fall.

1. Enjoy fall colors

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Moscow parks and estates are ideal places for those looking for inspiration, wanting to see nature undergo its seasonal transformation and catch summer’s last smile. Hurry to Gorky Park for the best selfie, go to the red and white Tsaritsyno Museum and Park for an epic photo session and if you feel like some thoughtful contemplation – head to the Japanese Garden.


2. Drink medovukha and taste seasonal farmers' products at the honey fair held in Kolomenskoye Park in fall. Medovukha is an old Russian light alcohol drink prepared on the basis of honey. People love it for its sweetness and light flavor and it is often spiced with juniper, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and chili pepper. The alcohol content of medovukha varies from 5 to 16 percent.

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The cost for a liter of medovukha at the fair is 350 rubles. You can consume small portions of the drink at the fair stalls, however, be advised that drinking in public (i.e. in other parts of the park and elsewhere) is against the law.


3. Dance on the embankment

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Every evening people from all over Moscow gather on the embankment in Gorky Park to dance waltz, tango, the hustle and other moves. Anyone can join in the fun and even take a free dancing class. But don’t hesitate – with the first frosts these gatherings end and you will have to wait until next spring.


4. Have a picnic

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Another outdoor option is to celebrate the change of seasons with an outdoor barbecue or a simple picnic in the park. Take some bread, cheese and a soft blanket, pick a spot in one of Moscow's parks and enjoy the soft fall sunshine.


5. Take a riverboat trip

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River navigation season in Moscow continues until the end of October. Get on a riverboat and set off on a voyage along the Moscow River. The boarding area is at the pier near Novspassky Bridge and the boat sets out in the direction of Kievsky railway station. On the way you will see such iconic Moscow sights as the Kremlin, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior,Krasny Oktyabr (a former chocolate factory that has been refashioned as an art and design space), the monument to Peter the GreatKrymsky BridgeGorky Park's embankment, the Academy of SciencesMoscow State University and Novodevichy Convent

It is possible to buy a daily ticket (800 rubles for adults and 400 rubles for children) and go ashore at different stops to see the sights and then continue your journey on the next boat. Tickets can be bought on the day of the trip at the ticket office on the piers.


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