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There are a wide variety of sports and recreation opportunities in Moscow, especially if you speak Russian.You can play rugby, football hockey and cricket, go horse-riding, join a health club, get out and about in the summer playing golf, fishing or sailing, or make the most of the Russian winter and the excellent facilities around Moscow for skiing, snowboarding and skating. Below are some useful links:

Rugby The Russian Rugby League
Football Over 30's Expat Football League. Email nrees@antal.com
Golf You can join the Golf Club at the Moscow Country Club
Winter Sports Volen is one of the many resorts geared towards winter sports
Gyms Planet Fitness and World Class are two of the largest chains in Moscow. You often have to pay the total membership for a year at the time of joining.
Sports in Moscow. Expats. At the golf club
Sports in Moscow. Expats. At the golf club. A women's rugby game in Moscow Sports in Moscow. Expats. At the golf club. Fishing
A women's rugby game in Moscow The end of a quiet day's fishing At the golf club

For those who prefer watching sport rather than taking part, there's plenty of options, whether it's watching Wimbledon on TV at home, getting tickets to see your favourite football team play in Moscow or heading to a sports bar which show major sporting events on large screens. www.expat.ru has a sports calendar showing what's on in the coming weeks, as well as listings for all the sports clubs.


21 Novy Arbat (M. Arbatskaya)
24 hours

Doug & Marty's Boarhouse

26 Zemlyanoi Val (M. Kurskaya)
24 hours

Other Activities

The Banya

You can't live in Moscow and not experience a banya - a traditional pastime in Russia for washing, relaxation, and socializing with friends. Normally there are separate mens and womens sections and facilities usually include a steam room, sauna, hot and cold baths and you can arrange to be beaten with the traditional birch branches (yes, really!) or be pampered with a massage. A popular place, and one of the oldest in Moscow is Sandunovsky Banya in the city centre.

Sandunovsky Banya

Neglinnaya st, 14/3-7
Metro: Kuznetsky Most


Yoga is becoming more and more popular in Moscow and most of the large gyms offer classes, although there are now several dedicated yoga centers in the city, which hold classes throughout the week for all levels and some classes are held in English.

Moscow B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Center

Addresses: Pyatnitskaya St., #43 / 5 (same entrance as Restaurant "Iosif"),
Metro: Tretyakovskaya, Novokuznetskaya,