Ostankino Tower is an architectural monument of the grandeur of the Soviet era. It became one of the main symbols of Moscow. Its image is placed on numerous postcards and souvenirs. It was the tallest building in the world between 1967 and 1974.
Address: Academic Korolev street, 15, building 2.
The most convenient way is by metro, leaving at the station "VDNKh".
Opening hours are from 10.00 to 23.00. Tickets are available for purchase from 09.15 to 21.55.
Currently, children under 6 years old and people with limited mobility cannot climb to the observation deck.
Please note that every visitor must present an identity document in order to enter Ostankino tower.
It is believed that the birthday of the Soviet television is December 31, 1938. Starting from this date, a regular broadcast of one (!) program began in Moscow and Moscow Region.
In 1953, a group of specialists came up with an initiative to build a new television center in Moscow with an antenna of at least 500 meters high and a radius of action 120 km. The proposal was approved by the Council of Ministers of the USSR.
Initially a plot for construction was allocated in another place - in the south-west of Moscow in the modern district "Cheryomushki" but in 1959 the site was moved to Ostankino. The legendary Soviet architect Nikolai Vasilyevich Nikitin was appointed the chief designer.
The construction of Ostankino TV tower lasted from 1959 to 1967. Although the tower was commissioned in November 1967, construction work continued for more than a year.
The height of Ostankino TV tower was 540 meters - it was the tallest building in the world at that time.
It occupies 3 floors and is located at an altitude of 328-334 meters which is the level of 110-112 floors. Each floor rotates around its axis in 40 minutes.
There is a restaurant at 328 meters, a cafe at 331 meters and a coffee shop at 334 meters.
Visitors are offered a lift with a high-speed elevator, an overview of the circular panorama (visibility up to 70 km in good weather) from a height of 337 meters; there are sections with a transparent floor on the site.
If you want to see the tower from the inside, choose an excursion with a rise to the technical level (height 85 meters). The tour includes an overview of the inside of the tower, a story about the design of the TV tower as well as a visit to the observation deck at 337 meters.