You are lucky if you live on Tverskaya St. or in the neighborhood. This is a central Moscow street as well as one of the oldest ones, it is mentioned in ancient papers of the 12th century. Russian Monarchs entered Moscow through this street. It is hard to believe today but Moscow started where Tverskaya Street did. When a tsar decided to close the city, it meant that the gates at the end of Tverskaya St. must be shut.
Let’s begin walking down Tverskaya St. from Red Square, where it starts. If you are more interested in architecture – choose the odd side. In case you prefer visiting boutiques and books shop the even side is yours. Tverskaya St. starts near The State Duma (the lower house of the Federal Assembly, the parliament of the Russian Federation). On the opposite side (odd side) you can see the famous Hotel National, built in 1902. Before 1917, guests at the National included members of royal families, foreign diplomats and politicians. Continue moving, pass Ritz Carlton Hotel, and a number of small houses and pay attention on monumental Central Telegraph building.
Tverskaya Street - bilding face
On the opposite side from the Telegraph Kamergersky lane runs away from Tverskaya St. This is a pedestrian zone, a very quiet and cozy island in the seething center of Moscow. The Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre is located here. Enjoy little cafes and restaurants. Visit Ketamo, a Chinese restaurant, if your walk can be defined as romantic one. It is located in the end of Kamergersky lane, on its right side. This place is very mysterious and is not widely-known. Find a huge white door and enter inside. Darkness runs here. You will enjoy time in Ketamo, sitting on the floor or lying on a low sofa. You can pay extra for renting a private zone. The balcony is open is summer. Enjoy tasty hookah, relaxing music and each other of course. Coming back to Tverskaya St., don’t miss building №9 on the opposite side. Its 1st floor was decorated by Finnish granite, which was captured of fascists in 1941 as a trophy. Building №13 is of special interest as well (created by an architect M. Kazakov in 1782).
Tverskaya Street - night