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9. Gorky Park
Part ornamental park, part fun fair, Gorky Park is one of the most festive places in Moscow - a perfect way to escape the hubbub of the city. Officially the Park Kultury (Park of Culture), it is named after Maxim Gorky. The park stretches almost 3km along the river, upstream of Krymsky most. You can not miss the showy entrance, marked by colourful flags waving in the wind, and the happy sounds of an old-fashioned carousel.

Inside, Gorky Park has a small Western-style amusement park, which features two roller coasters and almost a dozen other terror-inducing attractions (that is, aside from the view of the Peter the Great statue). Space buffs can shed a tear for the Buran, the Soviet space shuttle that never carried anyone into space. In winter the ponds are flooded for skating and tracks are made for cross-country skiing.

10. Moscow Museum of Modern Art
A pet project of the ubiquitous Zurab Tsereteli, this museum is housed in a classical 18th-Century merchant's home, originally designed by Matvei Kazakov (architect of the Kremlin Senate). It is the perfect light-filled setting for an impressive collection of 20th-Century paintings, sculptures and graphics, which includes both Russian and foreign artists. The highlight is the collection of avant-garde art, with works by Chagall, Kandinsky and Malevich. Unique to this museum is its exhibit of "nonconformist" artists from the 1950s and '60s - those whose work was not acceptable to the Soviet regime. Be sure not to bypass the whimsical sculpture garden in the courtyard.

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