Living in the Kolomna area I noticed that Yusopov garden is the biggest park in the neighborhood if not the only one. It attracts all kinds of people that live nearby: retirees, moms with kids, joggers, couples, etc.
This garden dates back to 1724 – the year when Peter the Great decided to reward his courtier (not for the first time I assume) by giving him the piece of land between today’s Sadovaya street and Fontanka river. Yusupov’s family adjusted this land to their needs and desires and so it took on a kind of current look.
Once you enter you’ll see an intricate shaped pond with ducks and three small islands on it, connected to the main land with the help of iron bridges. A palace stands at the background. The garden was made accessible to the public only in the middle of the 19th century and since then became famous for the ice-skating championships held there – even the 1903 world cup! Today no sports equipment remains on the territory but wintertime turns the small hill there into the best kids attraction – an iced slide.
Yusupov garden is seriously good for a walk in any season boasting the title of “scenery park”. A rare example of open space, a mere 5 minutes walk south from Sennaya square.
Yusupov Garden | Relaxing | Free
Sadovaya str., h. 50/A
07:00 – 23:00 daily