Moscow Hermitage Garden

This small park, planted in the centre of Moscow in 1894, is a conveniently located walking spot with benches, fancy lampposts, terraced cafés, a brass band on holidays, and an outdoor stage, where Feodor Chaliapin once sang, Sergei Rachmaninoff played, and Sarah Bernhardt acted. In summer, all kinds of festivals and organized picnics and tastings are held on the lawns. In winter, the park becomes a skating rink straight from an old film: children all dressed up, and their parents enjoying their grog in the café on the ice. Theme festivals are staged in the Hermitage Garden all year, most notably the Christmas Fair, summer jazz festival, and Middle Eastern Food Fest.