As every big city, Moscow is full of magical places. We picked out 5 places to make a wish in Moscow. There is no guarantee that the magical sculptures, bridges, and walls will fulfill all your dreams. But at least one will definitely come true – you will have a great time in Moscow!
#1 MAKE A WISH AND THROW MONEY
Just at the entrance to the Red Square near the Iverskaya Chapel, you may notice a group of people who are eager to make their wishes come true. Take a look down and you will see a little bronze circle, Kilometre Zero. It’s believed that the icon of the Iviron Theotokos that had been kept in the chapel gifted this place a miraculous power. To make your dreams come true, step in the circle, close your eyes, formulate your wish and throw a coin over your shoulder.
Adress: Voskresenskiye Vorota Drive, 1A (Okhotny Ryad metro station)
#2 MAKE A WISH AND RUB
RUB ON THE SUBWAY
Moscow metro station Ploschad Revolyutsii is full of magic and powerful sculptures. 76 figures of soldiers, sailors, students, farmers and athletes, to be precise. All you need to make is to rub a certain part of a bronze figure. Each of them has its own duty and is responsible for fulfilling particular wishes.
How? – Just follow golden shining spots.
If you have a date, touch the end of a girl’s shoe. If you are aiming to pass exams successfully, approach the bronze border guard and stroke the dog’s nose. By the way, almost every statue has a copy and sometimes more than one. That’s why feel free to polish the noses of all four dogs!
Be careful not to touch the cock nor his beak. That brings bad luck
Adress: Ploschad Revolyutsii metro station
RUB IN THE PARK
We are supposed to “dream big”, to wish happiness, peace or let alone good health. A little bit of money, though, never hurt anybody. They say that a monkey in the Patriarshye Ponds can make you rich and lucky. You will find her just at the park entrance from the side of Yermolayevskiy Lane. Give a high-five to a Rascal-Monkey with shining little hands and be ready to buy a bigger wallet. If you go further you will meet more hoofed and fluffy characters of Russian best-known fabulist Ivan Krylov. In his fables, Krylov satirized the society by representing his contemporaries as animals.
Adress: Patriarshye Ponds, Yermolayevskiy Lane, 3 (Mayakovskaya metro station)
#3 MAKE A WISH AND VISIT A DEVIL’S FLAT
If you like the idea of digging deeper into Russian literature, visit the Bulgakov museum on your way to the Patriarshye Ponds. Mikhail Bulgakov is one of the most famous Russian writers of the 20th century. Bulgakov museum is not only a writer’s house but also a prototype of the Odd Flat from his world-known masterpiece “The Master and Margarita”. There the devil named Voland and his entourage settled up.
Every visitor can drop a note with the most desperate desires into a special mailbox. Every last Saturday of August the museum celebrates the Day of Wishes by releasing all the papers tied to balloons in the sky. You can be sure the skies will hear you.
Adress: Bolshaya Sadovoya St., 10 (Mayakovskaya metro station)
#4 MAKE A WISH AND LOVE
When you’re in a romantic mood take your partner’s hand and make up your love-story in Moscow. Buy an ice-cream in the Gorky Park, rent a bike or a kick scooter or just stroll through the park to the Neskuchny Garden. Near the Pushkinskaya Embankment and the Stas Namin Theatre (Krymskiy Val St., 9 Bld. 33) you will find a brick bridge that was built in the 19th century. Two lovers that have passed through the bridge will be inseparable forever.
Make your way back to the city center through the Pushkinskaya embankment and reach the Luzhkov Bridge. You will see an alley of metal trees with millions of padlock with lovers’ names on it. This is a brand new tradition for all just married in Moscow and you’re welcomed to be a part of it too.
Take the Bolshoi Moskvoretskiy Bridge to go deeper into the center of Moscow. Admire the views of the Red Square or take a peaceful walk in the Alexander Garden. Have a light lunch at a rooftop restaurant Schastye (Bolshoi Putinkovskiy Per., 5). Come over to the Hermitage Garden with its magical huge heart that makes lovers’ wishes come true. Pass through it thinking about your dearest dreams. Here also takes place Moscow kissing competition. On the 14th of February, of course.
To complete your romantic night, have a dinner in White Rabbit with breathtaking views of the capital (Smolenskaya Square, 3, 16 floor; book in advance). Afterward, walk across the Bogdana Khmelnizkogo Bridge. They believe that one kiss upper there will turn you both into the eternal lovers.
Neskuchny Garden (Shabolovskaya metro station)
Luzhkov Bridge (Novokuznetskya metro station)
Hermitage Garden (Pushkinskaya metro station)
Bogdana Khmelnizkogo Bridge (Kievskaya metro station line 5)
#5 MAKE A WISH AND SPEAK RUSSIAN
When you’re in Moscow don’t miss a chance to ask Mr. Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson to fulfill your dreams. World-famous detectives are waiting for you on the bench right next to the English Embassy on Smolenskaya Embankment. You shouldn’t expect to see Cumberbatch and Freeman, because the figures look like Russian actors Livanov and Solomin. Don’t worry if you haven’t heard about them: Netflix didn’t exist, when the Russian version of Sherlock was shoot.
To make your dreams come true, sit on the bank and exclaim “Elementarno, Watson”. Of course, you can always say “Elementary, my dear Watson” or even “Elemental, mi querido Watson”.
Just in case Mr. Holmes is to deep in his thought, rub his pipe
Adress: Smolenskaya Emb., 10 (Smolenskaya metro station)