Another lesser-known sightseeing gem, Park of Sculptures is a must-see for anyone with an interest in Soviet history. After the fall of Communism, many of the unwanted relics of the Soviet era were laid here to rest.
And the park almost has the eerie feeling of a graveyard. One of the first sights you will see is the statue of Felix Dzerzhinsky, founder of the KGB’s predecessor the Vecheka, which stood for many years on Lubyanka square outside the KGB headquarters but was toppled in 1991. In the park you’ll also find an array of Lenins, a few Marxs, a couple of Brezhnevs and Stalins, quite a few authors and an assortment of other Soviet-era monuments. One of the most striking statues is of Stalin in front of a wall filled with heads, which is meant to represent his purge victims. The park also features a number of new works of sculpture, a small cafe and has a great view of the Peter the Great monument. The equivalent park in Budapest is smaller and less interesting but attracts more tourists because it is heavily advertised. The Moscow park is a real treat but doesn’t attract the same crowds. Entrance costs 100 rubles ($3.70) or 20 rubles ($0.70) if you can pass yourself off as Russian.
Directions: Park of Sculptures is located directly across the street from the entrance to Gorky Park and behind the New Tretyakov Gallery. From Metro Oktyabrskaya (circle line or orange line) walk straight down Ulitsa Krymsky Val and the park is on your right hand side.