You can't leave Russia without having experienced one of their most important traditions, visiting the banya. Therefore we help you by listing the best banyas in Moscow in this blog. The first time in a public banya might be a bit of shock when you have to undress at the dining table and everyone is sitting naked around you having dinner & drinks. There's a schedule when the banya "steam-makers" splash water on the oven and they will come in dining hall and call everyone to join. Start on the lower shelf and move slowly up if you can handle the heat. And no talking ;)
There are many options, but here we list our favorites. We go there monthly with a group of friends and it's a great way to relax in a social and Russian way!
The most traditional and popular among Russians is Sanduny. It has 2 separate bathing houses, one for men and one for women. The men's bathing house is like a Greek temple, with a large pool and nicely decorated entrance and dining hall. Unfortunately this is only open for women once a year - for a tour. The women's part is more sober but still quite an experience.
Location: Neglinnaya Ulitsa 14/3-7
Metro: Kuznetsky Most, Tsvetnoy Bulvar
This public banya is smaller than Sanduny, but is much more modern, with a nice & bright atmosphere. They have good and very clean facilities like several steam rooms, a small cold pool and a proper dressing room. You can also book spa treatments. The prices are reasonable.
Location: Bolshaya Akademicheskaya Ulitsa 13a
Trekhgornye banya - Tbani
This is a private banya complex not far from Moscow City where you can rent beautiful & spacious banya "lofts" for a very reasonable price. Women groups even get 35% discount! Modern&stylish amenities, banya, hammam, jaccuzi, treatments and good food. The perfect banya to relax with a private group!
Location: Rochdelskaya Ulitsa 15/ 30
Metro: delovoy centr / Ulitsa 1905 Goda
This is a private banya in the North-West of Moscow. Here you can rent a banya per hour with a group of friends. The nice thing is that they have in&outdoor pools and a hot tub. The banya itself is quite small, so with a large group you have to take turns. a Great way to eat, drink & relax with friends.
Location: near Tushkinskaya metro
This Siberian banya is the perfect private banya for a romantic night out. It's located in the eastern side of the of Moscow center. You can book several 2-4 hour programs here and it has a very cozy and pleasant atmosphere. The only downside is that it's quite expensive, +/- 20000 RUB for two people.
Location: Novaya Basmannaya street 16/8
Metro: Krasnye Varota
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