The Russian public baths of Krasnopresnenskaya (in Russian: Краснопреснские бани) are part of the classics of the Moscow landscape.
A restaurant is available as well as 4 “VIP” rooms for more privacy from 4 to 15 people.
We go for the price that is correct, and that includes access to the pool. Do not expect a sophisticated place but rather a “Soviet fitness center.”
That said, you will get what you are looking for. It is part of our top 5 banyas in Moscow.
To save money, you can bring your own bathrobe, towel, slippers, soap, and venik because the slightest request will be charged.
Address: Stolyarniy Pereulok 7/1, Moscow.
Open from 8 AM to 11 PM
Prices: from 1500 to 2100 RUB for a session of 3h.
Krasnopresnenskaya banya under the Russian Empire
At the beginning of the 19th century, a folk festival garden and ponds were located on the shores of the river. City baths are built nearby.
They were acquired half a century later by a merchant, Pyotr Fyodorovich Biryoukov. This merchant engaged in the sale of saddlery (harness, flanges, whips, and saddles). He joined the Merchant Guild and became the owner of many buildings in Moscow, including several baths. He was even quickly the owner of the famous Sanduny baths.
Biryukov was the largest baths owner of the city, nicknamed the “king of bath”. Presnya’s baths were known as Biryoukovski.
The entrance of the baths under the Empire was at 48 Krasnaya Presnaya street before the building was destroyed in the USSR.
Biryoukov hired the architect Ivan Mashkov for construction in 1903 of a new Art Nouveau building, dressed with molded stucco, forged and carved.
The main entrance was adorned with a horse-shaped symbol above the door. In the new saunas, the “Noble” department was organized for an exquisite audience and “Narodnoye” for all. A buffet, a tea room, a billiard room, and a library were available in conjunction with the small winter garden.
The king of the baths that had lived nearly 80 years was respected by the businessmen of Moscow. After his death, the management was entrusted to his wife, Claudia Pavlovna.
During the days of the December uprising, the Biryoukovski baths of Presnya were transformed into a hospital before being severely damaged by the bombings of government troops. They were restored in 1908 by the same architect Ivan Mashkov.
During the USSR
After the October Revolution, the owners were expropriated, and the thermal baths of Presnya were renamed Krasnopresnensky, while maintaining their former popularity.
The people of the region continued to call them Biryukovsky. In the Soviet era, the building was looted, the Vroubel panel had disappeared and, when Krasnaya Presnya was enlarged on the eve of the 1980 Summer Olympics, the building was demolished and replaced by a shopping center.
After this sad turnout, a new bathing project lives today thanks to architects Andrei Taranov, Vladimir Ginzburg, and Mikhail Filippov. That’s what you can see today.
Krasnopresnenskaya Banya nowadays
In the 1990s, the baths of Krasnopresnenskaya became notorious as a place for murders of several criminal organizations.
In 1994, the murderer of the Criminal Organization Medvedkovskaya, Aleksey Sherstobitov, known as Lesha the Soldier, shot down Otari Kvantishvili. In 2000, Andrei Milovanov, nicknamed “Green”, killed the last Criminal Group of Volgovskaya, Evgeny Sovkov, and his wife Lyudmila Matytsina.
Today this iconic “brutal” style building built with the famous red bricks called “Kremlin” has regained its calm.
What does the krasnopresnenskaya banya offer?
In the men’s room, you can choose between comfortable cabins for 4 to 6 people or separate VIP rooms for 4 to 8 people with comfortable furnishings and a TV.
You also have a Russian Banya, a Finnish sauna, a steam room, a pool, a frozen water fountain, and a Sharko shower.
• Open every day from 9 AM to 11 PM
• Price: 1800 Rub – 2100 RUB. Preferential rates for the elderly, young people, and students. Free for children.