Khimki (Химки) is a mid-sized city in North Moscow Oblast, adjacent to Moscow, with a prominent historical role in the Soviet aerospace industry, some very large upscale shopping malls, and fast-growing residential districts for Muscovite commuters.
Khimki is part of the Moscow conurbation, on the banks of the Moscow channel and the Klyazma river, and one of the highest density rate in the region.
Before the city, there were several noble lands, which villages are still exist. During the late 19th century, the site of Khimki station became (and remains) the place of Muscovite dachas. Khimki was granted city status, and the Stariye Khimki development was completed. Since then, development programs have turned the countryside into an important city in the region.
Today, Khimki is not only a residential district, but also an important economic and trade center of the Moscow conurbation.
- Stariye Khimki. The main part of the city with Stalinist architecture.
- Khimki forest area. The quite and remarkable side with classic Russian country houses and dachas.
- Noviye Khimki. The residential district. Not the destination to explore.
Since Khimki is close to Moscow, has very high population density and a lot of development projects, the city is under blockade by Moscow to protect the capital's transport infrastructure from the flood of people and vehicles migrating in and out every day. There are no ways of comfortable and fast way to get the city.
Khimki is accessible by car via Leningradsky Hwy from Moscow. The part of this highway from Moscow till end of Khimki city limits is the busiest road in Russia.
By public transportEdit
By suburban train from Leningradskii station to Khimki station or Levoberegnaya platform (a district on the left bank of Moscow channel).
A lot of buses and marshrutkas run from Rechnoy Vokzal metro station, at the north end of the Green Line. You can also reach Khimki by marshrutka, bus or trolleybus from Planernaya metro station.
The most comfortable way to explore the city is to bike or take a car.
Stariye Khimki is a great example of Stalinist architecture of the 1930s. There are several buildings on ulitsa Moskovskaya.
- 1 Khimki Townhall (Здание администрации г. Химки), Moscovskaya st, 15.
- 2 Moskovskaya 13/1.
- 3 Moskovskaya 28/2.
- 4 Park named after 50th Anniversary of October (Парк им. 50-летия Октября) (between Chapayevskaya st and Kalinina st).
- Khimki Art Gallery (Химкинская картинная галерея), Moskovskaya str. 15 (3rd floor of Khimki Townhall).
- 5 Khimki Business Park, Leningradskaya str. 39 bld. 5 (accessible only from Leningradskaya Hwy). Owned by IKEA, Khimki Business Park is one of the few examples of modern architecture in Russia.
- 6 Castle Klyazma (Крепость Клязьма) (Gorod Naberezhnikh). Built as a castle, this is the first middle class project development with modern urban infrastructure in Russia. Also, it's a gateway to Khimki forest and Klyazma river, and a perfect spot to rest during transit to Sheremetyevo Airport.
- 7 Yakovlevo Park.
- Levsha Flea Market, Saturdays and Sundays 06:00-20:00.