This magnificent park in the north of Moscow features more than 250 Soviet-era palaces and pavilions, arches and fountains, a Vostok rocket, and Soviet aircraft. The Soviet name VDNKh is an acronym meaning "the Exhibition of the Achievements of the National Economy".
The park was built during Stalin's time. Construction started in the 1930s, and in 1954 the exhibition complex acquired the architectural works we see today. Created to be a showcase for the achievements of the Soviet empire, VDNKh had pavilions dedicated to a particular industry or a field (engineering, space, atomic energy, the people's education, Soviet culture, and many others). There are also pavilions representing the various Soviet Republics, with each boasting a unique architectural design. Walking around the people's friendship fountain, visitors could have an imaginary trip around the whole Soviet Empire. One of the most beautiful pavilions is that belonging to Uzbekistan, distinguished by the airy elegance of its eastern architecture.
Seven things to do in VDNKh park
1. Admire the fountains. Don't miss "Friendship of Peoples" with sculptures of 16 girls in national costumes, "Stone Flower," based on the tales of Pavel Bazhov, and also "Golden Ear," located near the Upper Pond.
You may find dozens of bike rentals offering four-seater cyclecars, bicycles with a child seat as well as kick scooters.
Visiting VDNKh park
The guided tour of VDNKh park lasts 1 - 2 hours but you can easily spend here the whole day. If you stay in Moscow for at least a few days, we'll highly recommend including VDNKh in your Moscow tour itinerary. You'll see this attraction during our Moscow in a 4-5-day tour.
The park is very close to such attractions as the Memorial Museum of Space Exploration, Ostankino TV tower, Sergei Korolev House museum. It might be a good idea to plan a theme tour focussing on Soviet history, architecture, and exploration of Space. You'll drive past the park on your way to Sergiev Posad and we can also have a stop to see it on your last day of Moscow in 3-day tour.
The park is open 24 hours a day but you'll need to check the pavilions working hours on the