Metro station - VDNH
Tikcet - for students and kids - 300 RUB, for adults - 650 RUB. Saturday, Sunday - 800 RUB.
You need to book a suitable time for you on their webpage.
You should go 1 houre before excursion. You can take only mobile phone and photo camera with you, passpost of course.
Excursion lasts about 1 - 1,5 houre. You will go up using elevator, go up for 337 meters!
There is an amzing view of whole Moscow!
!!!!! And GLASS FLOOR! Amazing view! For people who wants to experience unusual sensations.
Visiting Moscow TV tower in Ostankino was my dream that came true at last.
It was great to ride the elevator and then to sit in the cafe called The Seventh Heaven and to have a cup of coffee.
The Ostankino TV Tower was opened in 1967.
Originally built to a height of 540 m it was the world's tallest free standing structure until 1975 when the Canadian CN Tower (553 m) was built.
In August 2000 a fire broke out near the top of the tower and at least 4 people died.
At the end of 2003 a new broadcast antenna was installed, which increased the total height to 577 m.
Nowadays the Ostankino TV Tower is again the tallest free standing structure in the world.
Unfortunately, the observation deck wasn't open when I visited the Tower in July 2005.
Ostankino TV Tower, Akademika Korolyova 15, Moscow
The Ostankino TV Tower is located north of the city centre in the suburb Ostankino. The nearest metro stop is VDNKh (orange line).
There area several impressive estate palaces around Moscow, but the most impressive IMO is Ostankino, the palace of count Sheremetiev built in the XVIII century. I don't have any recent photos, and will take next time I am in Moscow. Just believe me that it is very beautiful, with exquisite parquet floors and even a theater.
The count fell in love with an actress who performed in the theater, married her, but she died shortly after birth of their son. In memory of his love he founded the modern Sklifosovsky hospital (which is another tip below).
This structure, built in 1967 is still the tallest structure in Eurasia (both Europe and Asia). Several years ago it suffered a devastating fire, but survived and has since been repaired.
It serves as a TV tower, radio and telephone antenna, meteorological station. There is also a rotating restaurant for those who are not scared of heights.
The construction of the tower lasted for 4 years. More then 40 design and research institutes, tens of construction organizations, nonstandard equipment manufacturing plants of different ministries and offices of the country have participated in it's creation.
November 5, 1967, on the eve of 50th anniversary of a Great October socialist revolution, the Act of State Commission was signed about the commissioning of the first part of tower construction. The Ostankino tower started the transmission of four TV- and three radio broadcasting programs.
The construction of the tower prolonged till December 26, 1968 until the Act of State Commission was signed, about the commissioning of the second part of tower construction.
In August 2000, a short circuit caused a devastating fire, killing three and impairing federal TV stations broadcasting for several days. It has destroyed the most inner part of the tower.
The tower is under reconstruction and closed for visitors.
The tower is about 560 m high. Its weight is 51,400 tons.
Built between 1963 and 1967 it was the tallest freestanding structure in the world until the CN Tower was built. Rebuilding after a fire in the upper levels in 2000 is now complete unfortunately the observation deck and restaurant are not yet open to the public.
It is visible from most of the northern districts of Moscow and gives a very good navigation point.
The Moscow TV Tower; in 2001 or 2002 there was a fire in the tower. Nowadays the tower is not accessible for tourists.
In the summer of 2003, the Russian people who supervised the tower couldn't tell me in English WHY I wasn't allowed to go in. On our way we saw journalists entering the tower..
The total height of the Ostankino Tower is 540 meters. Currently, it is the highest freestanding building in Europe and Asia. At one time, the Ostankino TV Tower was the highest construction in the world, a distinction it held for almost 10 years. When one takes into account its public solemnity and striking design, its functional and technical importance in providing Moscow with high-quality radio & TV communication, one can say without hesitation that the Ostankino Tower has no equal in the world.
This grandiose construction has 45 levels, tens of ring decks and balconies, more than 70 000 cubical meters of the total effective volume of space located inside the lower conical basis, ferro-concrete trunk and high-altitude rigging used for equipment and other needs. The effective area of all facilities exceeds 15 000 square meters.
For the further details go to "History of Foundation of MRC. Past ,Present, Future." or refer to the book "The Highest Television Tower in Europe".
MRC is a founder of many joint-stock companies and associations which provide Muscovites with various kinds of telecommunication services and information.
OSTANKINO TELEVISION TOWER
Just the tallest structure in Europe! Take an elevator up to the observation deck/restaurant which is 1,105 feet (337 meters) off the ground! There are sections of the floor that are thick plate glass peering down, so you can scare the heck out of yourself and pretend you're floating 1000 feet off the ground!
Check out the associated pic of the entrance ticket. I love the 'retro' graphics! Except in Moscow it's not retro. You will see a lot of stuff in Moscow that looks like it's from the 50's or 60's.
A fire broke out in the tower on August 27, 2000. I was there in May 2000! Argh!!! Those glass floors were scary enough, much less a fire. Wait... actually the service from the waitresses in the blue paper hats was scarier.
Last word - getting tickets for this thing was like going through customs. As I recall, we had to fill out a lengthy form, fortunately our Russian friend was with us, she filled the forms out, otherwise I would have been so lost! They were out of English versions, so we couldn't read the questions. Yet another example of the world-renowned Russian efficiency!
The tallest in Europe. Burned a couple of years ago by accident. Has 3 levels of rotating restaurants with nicest views.