On 14th February 2004 at about 7:30pm, the massive glass roof covering the Transvaal Aquapark collapsed. There were over 300 people in the complex at the time and at the time of updating this tip, 24 people were confirmed dead with over 60 injured.
Although there will be a full enquiry, it appears that a structural fault was badly exposed with the huge weight of snow on the roof.
I had been here 3 times during 2003 and always enjoyed myself. I was in Moscow when I saw this news break and I was totally shocked. My condolences go to all the victims friends and families.
If you are here in winter and need a fix for some winter sports fun, head over to gorky park and rent a pair of skates. There are several places to do it, some better skates and some worse. The deposit will be from 1000-2000 rubles per pair, depending on which place you rent them from. But you will get the deposit back, the actual cost is only about 100 rubles per hours. The skating is pretty cool because it isn't just around in circles lke so many places, but they actually freeze all the walk ways in the park and use them as skating trails! Pretty cool! AND you can even get a beer if you like to keep you cooled down as you work up a sweat!
Dynamo Stadium is the largest and most famous stadium in Mosco. It was built during the 1930's and was modified for the 1980 Summer Olympics. It was state of the art at that time. It is now a dingy, run down building that houses the local Soccer club and a flea market.
It is sad. I was looking forward to visiting this place and was very dissapointed by it's condition.
Almost sports find in Moskwa a club or society. Football, enjoying a growing popularity, offers a real event en now Russia has taken the European Championship 2008 into it's borders, the sport will only grow in intrest by many.
Moskwa itself has three first league footballteams that compete in heavy rivalry. Spartak, Dynamo and Lokomotiv have many Moskovians as well as other supporters.
Moscow region has hundreds of accessible lakes, ponds, rivers and reservoirs, but local health officials have so far approved for swimming only a few within the city limits.
The city's sanitation and epidemiological service has found that only nine areas safe for swimming in the entire capital at the start of the 2005 summer season (17.06.05).
At Serebryany Bor in northwestern Moscow, which is arguably the most popular swimming location in Moscow, beaches No. 2 and No. 3 made the cut, as did the Khimki-2 beach, also in northwestern Moscow. In western Moscow, the Meshcherskoye Ozero and the Rublyovo beaches on the shores of the Rublyovsky reservoir were declared safe to swim at. Beloye Ozero, in the eastern part of the city, and Akademicheskiye Prudy, in the north, were both approved.
Inspectors found dangerously high quantities of harmful bacteria at Borisovskiye Prudy in southern Moscow they have labeled the zone unfit for swimming.
In the Moscow region, samples from the perennially polluted Moscow River in the Voskresensk district contained unsafe levels of bacterial content, and levels in samples from the Ozerskoi district and from the Oka River also failed to meet safety standards.
Health inspectors will continue to inspect swimming spots across Moscow daily. For more information, interested tourists should check their webpage at
A lot of places in Moscow and nearby for snowboarding. 1 - Vorobievi gori , I think the most dangerous, then Tourist. Yahroma and many, many others. Trains to Tourist are normally full of kids with snowboards, whether you like it or not. Actually, I do.
Home to Spartak, Torpedo. 80,600 all seater stadium.
My second visit to this stadium was on 21 May 2008 for the UEFA Champions League Final. Manchester United v Chelsea. Fortunately for me United won 6-5 on penalties!
An excellent all seater stadium. Easy to get to via the metro and good views of the pitch. The only draw back would be the running track, which takes you a bit further away from the picth than I would like.
Good memories for me from a good stadium.
Just visit a match of Lokomotiv Moscow in their stadium in the NorthEast of Moscow. Near the stadium is a marketplace where they sale cheap clothes; they're not of bad quality!
Equipment: The Russian footballcompetition is running during the summer
Luzhniki. Olympic Stadium - Russia' s largest sports arena world.
85 000 seats Ideal lighting and acoustics
Press Box and Press Center meeting most conservative international requirements
Just few days ago I found this hourse. His name is Crisler:)
Close to my house there a small farm, even not a farm, but small palce for few hourses.
You can ride a hourse for 300 RUR per 1 hour.
Carting is more and more popular in Moscow. New carting centers are opening one by one.
Here is one near AvtoZavodskaya metro station.
Equipment: All equipment will be in place ;-)