According to the legend the Sparrow (Vorobyovy) Hills got their name after priest Vorobey who owned these territories and granted them to Duchess Sophia the Great. Starting from this moment and until 19th centuries the Sparrow Hills were the favorite place for Muscovites tsars and dukes rest. During the Soviet Union time the Hills were not left without the attention as well, first renaming them as Lenin’s Hills and then choosing them for construction of the first university in the country.
It is better to start your walk along the Sparrow Hills from the Moscow State University (10 minutes of walking from metro station University or 3 minutes by bus). After walking down along the scientist’s alley you will come up to the observation platform where Karamzin, Lermontov, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Gorky, Blok, Bulgakov were admiring the view. And though the writers of the past saw totally different city in front of them the pleasure you’ll get will be no less. Skyscrapers and domes will be in front of you, as well as picturesque Moscow river and Luzhniki Stadium located at the opposite bank. If you arrive here during the night you will feel like the heroes of Bulgakov novel ‘The Master and Margarita’, since this is from here that they started their mysterious trip.