➤ Guided tour to the Monino Air Force museum
➤ Guided tour to Poklonnaya Hill including Victory Park and visit to WWII Museum
Victory Park is a memorial complex dedicated to Russia’s victory over Nazi Germany. It is located in the historic area of Moscow known as Poklonnaya Hill, which means "Bow Hill". It's one of the highest spots in Moscow - in old times travellers approaching the capital from the west used to climb onto the hill to get a beautiful panoramic view of the city, and would bow to Moscow. The hill did not attract only peaceful travellers. In 1812, it was the spot where Napoleon foolishly expected the keys to the Kremlin to be brought to him by Russians. This part of Moscow is connected to the country's military history. This is why after the end of the Second World War, Victory Park was laid out here.
The Victory Museum is the main military-historical museum of Russia dedicated to the Great Patriotic War and World War II and one of the largest military-historical museums in the world. The idea to create a majestic memorial and museum complex to commemorate the Victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War was first expressed by the legendary Soviet commander Georgy Zhukov. Large-scale construction began in 1985. In 1986, on the basis of Order No. 86 of the Ministry of Culture of the USSR, the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945 was opened. The first director of the institution was a veteran of the Great Patriotic War, Major General L.K. Kotlyar. Among the employees were 53 veterans of World War II. The team monitored the quality of the work performed, maintained comprehensive relations with veterans and search teams, conducted the scientific development of the future exposition and organized the collection of museum objects. The official opening took place on May 9, 1995 with officials from 55 countries in attendance.