Sparrow Hills (or – in Russian – Vorobyovy Gory) is a great place for relaxing, especially in summer. Many locals adore just lying on the grass near The Moscow River (or The Moskva River) and doing nothing. Others roller-skate or ride a bike along a stretch of the river.
Moreover, there are three ecological paths. They are not as straight and convenient as the roads along the river, but it is enjoyable to take a stroll amongst the big green trees to feel true nature which is all around you during the walk.
When it is too hot, many people swim in the river, but it is prohibited: the river is not clean enough for swimming. So, I wouldn’t advise you to follow in some of the locals’ tracks. Nevertheless, sitting near The Moscow River, sunbathing and enjoying the views is great even without an opportunity to take an actual dip.
Another wonderful thing about Sparrow Hills is the observation platform, which gives an admirable panoramic view of the city. It is situated on a steep bank above the river.
Also, you can rent a boat and sail along the coast, admiring the wonderful views.
If you are interested in The Luzhniki Stadium (the opening and closing ceremony of the 1980 Summer Olympics took place there), you can see it, when you walk on Sparrow Hills.
The main Moscow University – the Moscow State University – is situated on Sparrow Hills, too. But you’ll have to walk for a while to reach its main building.