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Prospekt Andropova Dom 39
Tel: 7 499 615 2768
Ulitsa Yunosti Dom 2
Tel: 7 495 370 0160
Pervaya Ostankinskaya Ulitsa Dom 5
Tel: 7 495 683 4645
Ulitsa Dolskaya Dom 1
Tel: 7 495 321 0743
Concierge.com's insider take:
St. Petersburg may be where palace lovers flock, but Moscow has a few royal residences worth visiting as well. When the czars still lived in Moscow, Kolomenskoye was their country estate, and they continued to use it once they moved to St. Petersburg (Catherine the Great was known to pop by). Now Moscow has grown up around it, so it's no longer on the outskirts but surrounded by a neighborhood of unattractive housing blocs. But it has become a favorite of Yuri Luzhkov, Moscow's pasha-like mayor, so the buildings and grounds are very well maintained. It includes a 16th-century church, a lovely park, and an outdoor museum of wooden buildings transported here from around Russia, among them a house Peter the Great used in Arkhangelsk. Luzhkov also took a liking to Tsaritsyno, a palace complex commissioned by Catherine the Great but never completed. Muscovites loved the Moorish-Gothic ruins as they were, but Luzhkov decided Tsaritsyno's palaces and buildingsmany of which never had roofsneeded to be "finished." The project has turned out to be a big hit among Muscovites, but the bane of preservationists. Also worth a visit are Kuskovo and Ostankino, estates on opposite ends of Moscow that once belonged to the noble Sheremetyev family; the pink confections now host chamber concerts.
Tsaritsyno is open Wednesdays through Fridays 11 am to 5 pm and Saturdays and Sundays 11 am to 7 pm, November 1 through April 3; Wednesdays through Fridays 11 am to 6 pm and Saturdays and Sundays 11 am to 7 pm, April 4 through October 31. Ticket sales end 30 minutes before museum closes.
Kuskovo is open Wednesdays through Sundays 10 am to 4 pm (ticket office until 3 pm), November through March; Wednesdays through Sundays 10 am to 6 pm (ticket office until 5 pm), April through October. Closed the last Wednesday of every month.
Ostankino is open Wednesdays through Sundays 11 am to 7 pm, mid-May through late September, except when humidity exceeds 80 percent. (Guided tours only from noon to 4:30 pm; individuals may enter 4:30 to 7 pm.)