Vorobyovy Gory

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Vorobyovy Gory, or Sparrow Hills, is a steep wooded slope on the right bank of the Moskva River. The view of the city from the top of the hill is truly breathtaking, no wonder the spot is usually crowded. It is customary for newlyweds to come here after church. It was here that Alexander Herzen and Nikolay Ogarev once made a vow to fight tsarism. Russia's first Bird Day was held here. They say that Vladimir Mayakovsky was among the activists hanging birdhouses on trees that day. There is a famous ski jump at Vorobyovy Gory. Beyond the observation deck lies an amazing nature preserve with hidden paths, rare birds and lots of squirrels. Locals and visitors alike love to stroll here. There is enough room for everyone. You can always escape the crowded walkways, taking a secret path to seclusion. At the foot of Vorobyovy Gory, between the preserve and Neskuchny Garden, lies Saint Andrew's Monastery. There are tracks along the river, specially appointed for running, roller-skating and other active sports. River trams make a stop here on their way up or down the Moskva River.