Moscow is an exciting mix of culture, history, architecture, nature and all things contemporary. It’s definitely possible to explore this city with the help of its existing public transport network. However, renting a car will make it easier to tread off the beaten path and take stock of the equally picturesque, famous, and quaint neighbourhood attractions. Discover the things to do in Moscow with a car:
Peredelkino – An Artist’s Paradise
For poets, writers and literature enthusiasts visiting Moscow, Boris Pasternak’s Peredelkino dacha definitely figures high on the travel itinerary.
Pasternak’s Peredelkino Dacha:
Peredelkino is the place to closely explore the living spaces once habited by prominent literary figures of the erstwhile Soviet Russia, such as Boris Pasternak, Nobel Prize winner and author of the renowned book “Dr.Zhivago;” Bulat Okudzhava, a romantic poet and composer of the ‘60s; Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russia’s famed writer, poet, actor and film director, etc. These are just some of the brilliant minds who lived and created their masterpieces right here. Museum homes of Pasternak and Chukovsky are among the attractions located here, just about half an hour’s ride from Moscow.
Owned by famous writer Sergey Aksakov, this estate, once home to a school and carpentry workshop, is also known to have hosted amateur theatre performances.
Located just about an hour’s travel from Moscow (60 kilometres), this 18th century estate lies close to Sergiev Posad, right on the banks of the Vorya River. The estate, purchased by Sergey Aksakov in 1843, has served as a source of inspiration and probably as a setting to some of his masterpieces, notably autobiographical pieces and musings on hunting and angling. Abramtsevo reportedly has also played host to other celebrity writers, including Ivan Turgenev and Nikolay Gogol. Stanislavski and Chaliapin were also known to have performed at the estate. The estate museum today is a treasure trove of valuable collections preserved in a scenic setting.
Sergiyev Posad, on the Golden Ring of cities to the Northeast of Moscow, enables visitors to experience the grand architecture of the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius in all its glory. The 15th-century settlement is believed to have flourished around this monastery, which still remains the focal point of the city. Located roughly about 70 kilometres from the Russian capital, on the road leading to Yaroslavl, Sergiyev Posad makes for an ideal getaway and is definitely one of the things to do in Moscow by car.
The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is an architectural masterpiece that offers respite from the bustle of the daily life. When visiting Moscow, it is but obligatory to make this trip.
Exploring Russia’s Golden Ring of the seven cities – Sergiyev Posad, Rostov Velikiy, Pereslavl-Zalesskiy, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Ivanovo, Vladimir, Suzdal – at leisure is worth the effort and expense when visiting Moscow, but the trip can get quite tiring when not adequately planned. There is definitely no dearth of things to do in Moscow by car; however, renting a car well in advance can help beat the holiday crowd!