River cruising has always been popular in Russia and now, Trans Siberian enthusiasts have a newly restored classic Stalinist Style building to add to their architectural sightseeing in Moscow. For the foodies there are also restaurants serving a range of local cuisines from the regions you can visit by river. You can add a river section to a Trans Siberian journey. The easiest section is to travel between Moscow and St Petersburg by ship.
Here is a translation from a Moscow media outlet. Then follows a link to view some aerial photos of the restored terminal.
The first ship set off on a two-day cruise from the pier of the Northern River Station in Moscow. This was reported by the press service of the Moscow Department of Transport.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin opened the park of the Northern River Station and inspected the restoration work of the station building. Historic fountains and sculptures have been recreated and restored in the park of the Northern River Station. On the square in front of the station building, a dry dynamic light fountain began to work. There are 11 playgrounds and sports grounds for visitors’ recreation and entertainment.
At the same time, 2.5 thousand people will be able to walk along a comfortable embankment with a length of about 1.4 km. A small summer cinema will open in the northern part of the park next season. In addition, by the next summer season, a recreation area with three heated pools will be open to visitors in the southern part of the embankment.
Experts have restored the historical facade and interior decoration of the premises, interior elements, including a clock tower from the 18th-19th centuries, porcelain medallions at the main entrance, a large gilded star with a sickle and a hammer that adorned the station spire since 1937.
The building will house a restaurant, an observation deck overlooking the Khimki Reservoir, a historical waiting room and an exhibition of the Moscow Transport Museum, a historical zone “Special Purpose Hall”, a souvenir shop and a bookstore.
Link to photos.