If you think you know Moscow, it still doesn’t mean you know Russia. This country is about the great outdoors and surprisingly a part of this wilderness can be found very close to the capital! Whether you are looking for something that will get your pulse racing or you just want to escape from stuffy and overcrowded Moscow for a couple of days, here are top 5 things you can do if you want to have a weekend to remember.
Paddling along picturesque meadows and small villages, exploring small sandy beaches and hidden groves - all of this can be experienced just a couple of hours drive from Moscow. Imagine enjoying dinner under starry skies to the accompaniment of campfire songs and the strumming of a guitar,waking up to the singing of birds, fishing your next meal or even picking berries and mushrooms. Such trips are a must if you want or need a change from yet another weekend in the concrete jungle of Moscow.
Quad biking and jeep riding
Feel like having an active weekend off the beaten path? Then quad biking and jeep riding is what you need to unwind after a long week. Go off road and try to overcome deep mud and swamps with your quad or jeep on rough terrains in Moscow’s regional forests and fields - you won't believe how stunning the Russian outdoorscan be just about 50 km away from Moscow! A huge adrenaline boost is the reward you will get from this exciting getaway.
Horse riding can give you much more than a ride across magnificent fields and forests. This a chance to be in harmony with nature while feeding and communicating with horses. Go for a weekend stroll across forest paths and hills and enjoy the stunning nature, some legendary historical sights or abandoned villages and mysterious lonely churches on your way, have lunch on one of the local farms and even visit a real Russian banya. Take your kids, they will surely love spending time with the horses!
Cycling in the fields not far away from Moscow or, for example, in Vladimir region (about 250 km away) is not only about the beautiful scenery. It is also about admiring the contrasts, which Russia is so famous for. Sunflower fields are mixed here with ancient churches, picturesque Russian villages, deep forests and even geysers. Imagine how good it feels to ride a bicycle all day and then to try the famous Russian invigorating ritual with birch branches at the banya of a small village in the middle of nowhere - this is definitely the best way to recharge your batteries in Russian style.
Did you know that you can find beautiful pine forests and waterfalls not further than 1 hour drive from Moscow? The forest next to the “Rainbow” waterfall (on the border between Moscow and Kaluga regions) looks especially stunning during sunrise and the Shatura area is known for its wild mixture of pine forests, lakes and rivers. This is just a small example of places to discover while hiking in Moscow region. A long walk amidst amazing nature, lots of fresh air, big campfire and a hearty barbecue washed down with a glass of wine - that’s what makes a perfect weekend!
Evgeniya Budrina @EvgeniaBud