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The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh)

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Address: Mira Ave, 119 | Metro: VDNKh, Moscow 129223, Russia
Phone Number: +7 495 544-34-00
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy is one of the largest...
The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy is one of the largest exhibitions, museums, and recreation complexes in the world. It is one of the most popular public places of the Russian capital. It hosts more than 19 million guests per year. The Exhibition was opened on 1 August 1939. Its name has changed several times, i.e. VSHV ВСХВ, VPV ВПВ, VDNH USSR ВДНХ СССР, ВВЦ VVC. In spring 2014 the Moscow City Government launched a large scale project of the VDNH’s revival commemorated to the 75-year Anniversary of the main exhibition centre of the country. On the initiative of the Mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin, and according to the results of citizens’ electronic voting the VDNH had its famous historical name of “Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy” returned. The name corresponds to VDNH in Russian. Now, the VDNH is combined with the Botanic Gardens and Ostankino Park. Its total area is more than 520 ha. On the territory of VDNH you can see many architectural masterpieces, large and small parks, and unique fountains. Forty-five sites at VDNH are recognized as cultural property sites of federal significance. More than 100 international exhibitions and congresses, dozens of festivals and special events as well as new expositions are held at VDNH yearly. With the revival of the open-air theater that was opened on 1 August 2014, the Exhibition achieved the status of popular outdoor performance stage hosting best world performing musicians from Russia and abroad. Come enjoy the VDNH!
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Lots to see and do, definitely a great way to spend a day.

I enjoyed this a lot, especially because it was summer and sunny out. Great place to wander with a lot of variety of things to do and see, people watch, have a coffee/meal. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed this a lot, especially because it was summer and sunny out. Great place to wander with a lot of variety of things to do and see, people watch, have a coffee/meal. I checked out the Space Museum, which was impressive.

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Vienna, Austria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Recommend renting a bike, it's a somewhat huge parc. Many of the pavillons are closed, up for rennovation, or have exhibitions (fee!) not really associated with the original buidlings (country), eg history of bicycles in one of them. Newly opened aquarium (supposed to be the biggest in Europe) I haven't been in as not opened then. Beware of pickpocketing especially... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This park is always lively and full of people. Often there is also some crazy music playing. All of the pavilions and fountains are quite opulent and they are really working on renovating the pavilions, which seems to be going quite well. Currently there is a robot exhibition going on, which I recommend if you are traveling with robot lovers.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Full of pavilions, gardens, attractions and bars. A cultural Disneyland with a newly added oceanarium. Amazing spot for pictures

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Eagle Pass, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

VDNK has been cleaned up and reflects it's former glory. The first time I went there was in 1997, what a mess. This was a country in turmoil and place that was the pride of the USSR was now a hobo shopping flea market. That was then, this is now! Beautiful buildings, great landscaping, interactive museums, really, really worth every... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Great place, if you are a lover of socialistic art. Unfortunalety capitalism destroyed the great exhibitions with the fall of CCCP, but the buildings still standing and there was a wonderful statue of Lenin. We took great pictures. I just hope, russia will never try to destroy there soviet past, like ukraine did. I also recommend to take a round... More 

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

It's a bit outside the city center, but you will certainly not regret if you decide to give it a couple of hours. Located next to a subway, the area will give you a very nice stroll along incredible pavillions. The park is huge, so consider renting a bike (it'll require you to show your passport), and it has so... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

It is such a HUGE place-below are just highlights if you don't know where to start or don't speak the language. but firstly AVOID TASTING Kyrgys national drink made of wheat!! Forgot what it's called but it is brown, made of grains and will kill you. Nobody is as stong as Kyrgyz people to digest THAT! AN ADVICE-Get a bicycle-it... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

It was a sad, unpleasant, extremely commercial and a bit dangerous place 15 years ago. It has been renovated (mostly everything at this huge space), many interesting attractions have appeared. Better to visit in the morning, mo-fr unless you are a fan of crowds of people:) Strongly recommended to see: it is only one of that sort the World!

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Weymouth, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This was my second visit to VDNKh (вднх) and it's looking much better, there is so much to see and do in the park you can easily loose a full day here! But as is common in Russia English signs are pretty much non existant! And a lot of the displays in the buildings do not display prices! There is... More 

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