This time we offer you a journey around Fili Park - a huge verdant area, partially forest. The park is not far from the famous market of pirated audio and video merchandise, known as Gorbushka. The park suffered strongly from the summer storm of 1998 many trees were knocked down and not all of them were removed. But nature licks its wounds alleviating consequences of the disaster, and what used to be ugly rubble has become a picturesque site for picnics.
Our starting point is metro station Bagrationovskaya. Take the last carriage from the center, turn to the left after exiting the carriage and again to the left after exiting the metro and you will find yourself quite close to the park's main entrance. (You could also get there from the metro station Filyovsky Park.)
The Metro exit is a 10 minute walk from the park's entrance. After you cross a wide, heavy trafficked street, you will see the arched gates of the park's entrance.
Go down the picturesque alley which begins right from the entrance and it will lead you to the park's central alley a wide asphalt-coated broadway' branching into narrow ground paths. If you take one of these paths you will find yourself among trees and shrubs and see groups of people relaxing on the grass or having a picnic.
If you walk straight down the central alley you will reach a big round pedestal surrounded with benches. You can choose a seat under the shade or in the sun.
Fairground attractions are mainly for children and are located within 200 meters of the main entrance. If you happen to come on a weekend, you have a better chance to find them working.
One of the park's bonuses is its proximity to the river. The photo shows a path descending to the riverbank. The path lies to the right of the central alley, behind the pedestal. The park's eastern segment borders on the steep riverbank and if you walk along it you will soon find a stairway.
The embankment, though not as magnificent as the St. Petersburg's Nevsky Prospekt, is quite scenic. Moscow's most devoted fishing fans manage to fish here.
This small beach is not included in the official swimming guides, however people come here to bask in the sun and swim.
If you don't feel like climbing down to the river, you can choose to go on strolling around the park. If you could read Russian, don't ignore the signs. They are very helpful for orientation in the park.
As we may dare guess, you should have developed a good appetite by then and this cafe is housed in an exotic log cabin that will be of much help. When the weather is good, they prepare shashlyks outdoors.
Nooks like this are usually loved by children.
To exit the park you can choose the central alley and central entrance or you may go through the whole park toward metro station Filyovsky Park, but we would not recommend that. First, it will take at least 45 minutes. Second, you risk getting lost. Third, if you happen to take a wrong path you will have to trail a good part of the way along a dusty road.