Kuzminki Park is another of Moscow’s wonderful and well used parks, located in the Kuzminki Estate, which traces its history as far back as 1702. Muscovites even call the Kuzminki Estate the “Russian Versailles”. This wonderful architectural ensemble was created by celebrated architects Matvey Kozakov, Vasily Bazhenov and the Gilyardi family.
The park is a little more run down than Gorky Park, but nevertheless it is still regarded by many of the locals as an ‘oasis in a sea of concrete’ and is extremely popular, especially during the weekends and holidays. Many tourists head for it via the aptly named Kuzminki Metro station but this is misleading. For the quickest route, head for the Volzhskaya Metro on the light green line as it is much nearer.
Like many of the parks in Moscow, Kuzminki Park has year round events that keep the crowds of all ages coming, as well as the seasonal events that make the parks so popular. It has an ex-nobleman’s house (now a museum), which exhibits an interesting history of the house and the park. It hosts regular festivals for children and often during the Christmas period, the house is turned into a charming residence for Ded Moroz, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus – hugely popular with children and families alike.
Russian parks are wonderful and anyone visiting the city should make it a priority to visit as many as possible, but one thing that caught my eye while I was at Kuzminki Park and made it really stand out from other parks was the Husky Club. If you are a dog-lover, enjoy the outdoor lifestyle and fancy trying something new then this club could be for you. You can visit the huskies in their kennels, have your photo taken with them, take them for ‘walkies’ and if you really are feeling adventurous and the weather is right, you can go sledding with your very own husky team.