The tourism industry in Russia is not all about its historical places and architecture; it’s also about its natural resources. If you have plans to visit Moscow, you should know about some of it. One of the main natural attraction of Moscow is The Sparrow Hills.
The Sparrow hills also known as the Vorobyovy Gory, located 10 Kilometers far to the city center, near Novodevichy Cemetery, at the right bank of the Moskva river.
This hill with a height of 200m above the sea is the highest point of the city of Moscow, with this remarkable advantage, it has the most beautiful extraordinary views of the surrounding area and magnificent landscape view of Moscow city.
The Sparrow Hills was named after the village with a similar name at somewhere near the current location. Various poets and writers include The Hills in their works which end with immortalization of the hills in the Russian literature. But apart the sceneries, the background history of the hills has its fame.
In the seventeen century, Andreevsky monastery was built there. Later in the eighteen century, a glass and brick factory was begun to operate. After Napoleon invasion of Russia which ends in Fire of Moscow in 1812, construction rating around the hills increased rapidly. In the early twenty century, for honoring Lenin, leader of Soviet Russia, people unofficially start to call the place, Lenin Hills instead of The Sparrow Hills, although, today, it's called the same name before.
In the second half of the twenty century, The MSU (Moscow State University) was built on the top of the hill by Lenin's order. By the time, the structure was the tallest building around Europe.
Nowadays, the hills become a vast well-known park which attracts lots of tourists from all around the world, that's why many travel agencies include it in their tour to Russia programs. Tourists can use the cable car to go up the hills while appreciating the sceneries.
Now, for another attraction of the hills, we can point to the Luzhniki Stadium which is one of the largest sports complexes of Europe whereas the opening and ending ceremonies of the 1980 summer Olympics were performed there. Concerts and music festivals also take place there from time to time.
The tourism industry in Russia does not limit to historical and artistic attractions, in fact, they care a lot about their parks and natural resources as well. For example, besides Sparrow Hills, there are Gorky Park, Zaryadye Park, All-Russia Exhibition inside Moscow as well as several small parks.
The park inside the Exhibition Center is a combination of the center's outdoor area and Ostankino Park which got its name from the nearby Ostankino Television Tower. If you like natural attractions or parks, we recommend you to visit these parks too.
You can always find more information about traveling to Russia and visiting Russia tourist-target cities in our blog, such as our brief guide about how to Visit Russia.