The Moscow That Never Was

Using VR/AR (virtual and augmented reality) technology, we transport you to a parallel universe, where history has taken a completely different path. You’ll witness the streets and squares of Moscow give birth to the most utopian architectural projects of the twentieth century, and see the wildest dreams of Russian architectural genius fulfilled.

Schedule and prices

What you’ll see:

The Palace of the Soviets on the site of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. It would long have remained one of the tallest buildings on Earth, with a hundred-metre-high statue of Lenin at its apex.
Stalin’s eighth skyscraper on the site of Zaryadye Park. It was to have been the tallest of the ‘sisters’, towering above even the main building of Moscow State University.
The headquarters of the People's Commissariat of Heavy Industry on the site of GUM. You’ll see how Red Square would have looked with three glass skyscrapers and sixteen-storey grand staircases.
The Palace of Labour on the site of the Moskva Hotel. Herd of mammoths or Constructivist manifesto?
You’ll also see an alternative Lenin’s Mausoleum, a skyscraper for the Izvestia printing house, and much more besides.

Schedule and prices

Regular tour

up to 20 people
1400 RUB
Start: 17:3019:30
Duration: 2 - 2.5 hours
Discounts for students and children under 9 years old!

Group-tour

from 5 people
Discounts for large groups!
1400 RUB
Start: by agreement from 11:00 to 19:00
Duration: 2 - 2.5 hours
The final cost is discussed with the manager
Technology. Equipment. Content
Arvizio. VR world ARound us

Arvizio is an innovative company creating its own ecosystem of VR content and immersive technologies.

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Other Arvizio projects

A series of virtual 360 tours of the monuments from the UNESCO World Heritage list

VR tours of Moscow, Suzdal and Pompeii archeological park

VR/AR mobile apps for tourists visiting Pompeii

VARmix - virtual content library and synchronization system for viewing content in VR

Documental 360 CG movies

Our Team

Nikolay
Vasilyev

Architectural historian, PhD in art history.

Author of books and articles on the history of modern architecture, urban development, and design.

Architectural historian, PhD in art history.

Author of books and articles on the history of modern architecture, urban development, and design.

Alexander
Ermolin

Graduate of the ‘Moscow through the Eyes of an Engineer’ Guide School, admirer of the oeuvre of architect Ivan Leonidov, and passionate about academic minimalism.
In the course of my tours I engage in dialogue with a wide variety of people – I share my knowledge with them and they share theirs with me. Generally speaking there’s one thing that we all have in common: a desire to understand how the world around us is put together, and a sincere love of Moscow.

Graduate of the ‘Moscow through the Eyes of an Engineer’ Guide School, admirer of the oeuvre of architect Ivan Leonidov, and passionate about academic minimalism.
In the course of my tours I engage in dialogue with a wide variety of people – I share my knowledge with them and they share theirs with me. Generally speaking there’s one thing that we all have in common: a desire to understand how the world around us is put together, and a sincere love of Moscow.

Arseny
Aredov

Engineer, permanent member of cultural and educational initiatives of the All-Russian Exhibition Centre (VDNH), experienced traveller in Russia.

Engineer, permanent member of cultural and educational initiatives of the All-Russian Exhibition Centre (VDNH), experienced traveller in Russia.

Daria
Parshina

I am a student at the History Faculty, studying the history of art. I was previously certain that I’d make painting my speciality, but over the last year a lot of people have encouraged me to develop an interest in architecture – so much so that it’s all I’m studying now.

I am a student at the History Faculty, studying the history of art. I was previously certain that I’d make painting my speciality, but over the last year a lot of people have encouraged me to develop an interest in architecture – so much so that it’s all I’m studying now.

Andrey
Tutushkin

Graduate structural engineer, accredited tour guide, and passionate about walking around Moscow.

 

Graduate structural engineer, accredited tour guide, and passionate about walking around Moscow.

 

Ekaterina
Zadiroko

By education I’m a philologist, but now I’m studying again to become a historian. I also teach literature, so for me, tours of Moscow are an attempt to combine all of my passions in a new way: the search for new insights, live communication with the past, and sharing information and experience with other people.

By education I’m a philologist, but now I’m studying again to become a historian. I also teach literature, so for me, tours of Moscow are an attempt to combine all of my passions in a new way: the search for new insights, live communication with the past, and sharing information and experience with other people.

Daria
Sorokina

The most important thing about being a guide is being real. In the Internet age, when you can find practically any information with a couple of clicks, a guide can and should bring something to the tale that moves you, highlight the key information, and present the essential facts in an interesting way.

The most important thing about being a guide is being real. In the Internet age, when you can find practically any information with a couple of clicks, a guide can and should bring something to the tale that moves you, highlight the key information, and present the essential facts in an interesting way.

Frequently asked questions

A tour normally lasts 2–2.5 hours. The meeting and end points for the tour are agreed in advance.
No special training in the use of VR equipment is required. Participants don’t need to do anything to control the equipment or software. Everything is operated by the guide and their assistant.
There aren’t any fundamental restrictions or contraindications on participating in VR tours, especially if you’ve already had even the slightest experience of VR technology.
We recommend our tours for children aged 8–10 and older.
In winter and the cooler days of spring and autumn we only run bus tours. As, in this case, you will still need to spend short periods (a few intervals of 10–15 minutes) in the fresh air, warm clothing certainly wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Ask them to us on the phone +7.985.255.5501 or write: info@refutur.com

Tour bookings

You can only book group tours via this website. We will provide you with full details by telephone.

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