This newly renovated park is just four metro stops from the very heart of Moscow. Founded in the 18th century, in the 19th century this intimate garden was home to famous philosopher Chaadaev. These days, it is a popular refuge from the bustling city. The garden features several federal monuments, including a grotto and a mansion dating back to the 18th century. It also contains volleyball and basketball courts, an open-air theater that hosts a range of cultural events and other facilities. Lilac, chestnut and apple trees line the main pathways, dropping soft petals on passing visitors.