Skip and Go Naked: Moscow’s Naturist Beach

When Moscow’s summer humidity has you wanting to shed every shred of clothing, there’s one place to go where you can do just that. Serebryany Bor Beach No. 3 has 2,500 feet of nudist-friendly sandy shoreline tucked into the treeline, located near many Moscow hotels. The beach is one of several that lie along the Moskva River as it winds its way around the Serebryany Bor forest, but it’s the only one where clothing is optional. Learn more about how to get to this beloved beach and what you can do once you arrive below.

Kassado Plaza Hotel

Where to Stay When You Go

You’ll be a 15-minute bus ride east of Serebryany Bor at the Kassado Plaza Hotel in Polezhaevskaya, so book a room there if you want your beach commute to be simple and short. The hotel’s central Moscow location also puts you within a mile of the Megasports Arena, and within a 10-minute ride to the Expocenter Krasnaya Presnya, which means you can visit the beach and do more of the fun stuff Moscow has to offer in one day. The hotel has upscale amenities that include deep soaking tubs in each room and on-site sauna and fitness room. A free shuttle operates within a 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) of the hotel. Continue reading “Skip and Go Naked: Moscow’s Naturist Beach”

The Longest Continuous Rail Line On Earth

The Trans-Siberian

Legendary Trans Siberian is the longest continuous rail line on Earth, that runs an epic journey of almost six thousand miles between Moscow and Pacific port of Vladivostok (from where one can take a boat to Japan) and just under 5000 miles between Moscow and Beijing, passing through Yaroslavl on the Volga, Yekaterinburg in the Urals, Irkutsk near scenic Lake Baikal’s southern extremity, then passes over the edge of the Gobi Desert and runs beside the Shilka River to reach Beijing.

Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian
Photo: Train Chartering & Private Rail Cars

Ever since the rail service was established here at the turn of the century, foreign travelers and adventurists have been drawn to experience Trans-Siberian journey. Most of the early travelers crossed Siberia in the comfort of the carriages of the Belgian Wagon Lits company, which were as luxurious as those of Orient Express of today. Things changed sometimes after the Russian Revolution in 1917 and it became increasingly complicated for foreigners to obtain permits for Siberia. In the early 1980s, travel restrictions for foreigners visiting China eased and since then many foreigners have found the Trans-Siberian an interesting and cheap way to get to and from both the Middle Kingdom and Mongolia.
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