This weekend, we went to Melikhovo, which is Chekhov’s estate near the town of Chekhov (clearly, it was called something else before). I am posting about this in part because there is not a good place on the internet to get good directions to Melikhovo, and partially because I like it and I like Chekhov and this is a literary blog.
First, how to get there:
From Moscow, take the Metro (or another form of transport) to Kurskaya station (Курская). You need to go to the electrichka (electrical train) station going to the suburbs. This is in the basement of the Kurskiy railway station (Курский вокзал). You need to find the till for the trains going to Chekhov (Чехов), which is in the Kurskoe direction (Курское направление). You buy a ticket. It takes somewhere between 1:11 and 1:40ish to get there (depending on the train), and it cost us about 250 rubles (about GBP 5).
The schedule for the trains going to Chekhov from Kurskiy is here.
The schedule for the trains going from Chekhov back to Moscow is here.
When you get out at Chekhov, you need to get the number 25 bus or marshrutka (a small mini-bus). They take interchangeable routes, but probably the bus is easier to buy a ticket on if you don’t speak any Russian. If you take the marshrutka, you can just climb in if there are seat. You’ll need to tell the driver where you are going (Melikhovo or Ме́лихово), and then pay the driver. Our tickets were I think 49 rubles, or about GBP 1. That’s it. Then you basically just reverse this to get back to Moscow.
It is a little confusing, particularly at the train station, but if you know what direction you are going and that you need to buy tickets in the basement, that should hopefully help you.
Second, here are my pictures. I took pictures at basically every station on the line to Chekhov, which I think shows an interesting picture of Moscow/the suburbs of Moscow.
That’s the Kurskaya Metro station (next to the railway station).
The platform at Kurskiy Vokzal.
Inside the train (these are all the minute details you might want, I guess.)
Leaving the station.
The first stop we passed – Tekstilshchiki.
Some picturesque vistas from the train.
A bridge (clearly).
Tsaritsyno station (a very busy one).
Krasnyy Stroitel’ station (Red Builder)
Butovo station (which had what looked like a good fruit and veg market on the bridge).
Random graffiti/track-side buildings
Old trains at Chekhov station
Arriving into Chekhov station
[Sadly, I don’t have photos of the marshrutka.]
A green lake next to Chekhov’s house (we sat near here to eat a snack before going in).
Entrance to the museum
Mushrooms in the windowsill of the medical centre that Chekhov built on his estate. I just like the way they look.
Me and Anton
Chekhov’s kitchen building (it is separate from his house)
A picture I took, in violation of the rules, in the kitchen. It was really cozy.
Chekhov’s house – there was a room for him, his parents (separate rooms), his sister, and a couple of living and dining rooms.
When Chekhov started getting too many visitors, he built this little cottage to write in. He wrote The Seagull there.
This tree knew Chekhov. The sign says it is being treated by a tree doctor and not to bother it. It’s 120 years old.
This is the sort of place where locks are still sealed with actual wax.
Me reading at the bus stop, waiting for the marshrutka back.