Location & Directions

Volynskoe Congress Park Hotel

Nearest metro: Slavyansky bulvar

The Volysnkoe Congress Park Hotel is only 7km from the Kremlin, but is located in 25 hectares of parkland in an area which became the preferred site for the country houses of the highest figures in the Soviet government, including Josef Stalin, who lived and died in a dacha only 1km from the hotel.

The nearest metro station, Slavyanskiy Bulvar, is just under 2km from the Volynskoe Congress Park. The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle service to the metro in the mornings (8am, 8.30am, 9am and 9.30am) and back in the evening (6pm, 6.30pm, and 7pm). Slavyanskiy Bulvar is on the dark-blue line, and only 15 minutes' journey time from Ploshchad Revolyutsii, right next to Red Square.

The closest mainline station to the hotel is Kievskiy, about 6km from the hotel, which can be reached by taxi in around 20 minutes. Moscow's other mainline stations are all within 40 minutes' drive from the Volynskoe Congress Park.

Vnukovo is the closest airport to the Volynskoe Congress Park. Less than 28km from the hotel, it can be reached in 40-50 minutes. Domodedovo and Sheremetyevo are both further afield, and guests should allow at least 70 minutes for the journey to/from the hotel.

Local Sightseeing

The most intriguing building in the immediate surroundings of the Volynskoe Congress Park is sadly not accessible to the public. The house - known simply as the "nearer dacha" - where Stalin lived from 1933 until his death is located less than 1km from the hotel in the same area of parkland. Photographs show that the house has been preserved exactly as it was when the dictator died, but access to this "museum" was only ever to a privileged few, and rumours abound about the presence or absence of a war bunker and a secret metro line directly to the Kremlin (the latter almost certainly false).

The park in which the Volynskoe is situated is almost an extension of Victory Park (Park Pobedy), which was laid out in 1961 as a memorial to the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany. This highly formal park features monumental statues and an avenue of 1418 fountains, one for each day of the Soviet participation in the war. On 9 May, when Russians celebrate Victory Day, it becomes the site of a huge range of commemorative events.

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