Highest School of Economics is a big research university which has many buildings in different parts of Moscow. The Faculty of Mathematics's address is Vavilova, 7 (in Cyrillics: улица Вавилова, дом 7). The Steklov Institute is situated in 20 minutes of walking (straight along Vavilova street) from Vavilova, 7. The participants of the conference are housed in three separate hotels. One is on the top 3 floors of the building of Faculty of Mathematics (Vavilova, 7), another right in the Steklov Institute (Gubkina, 8), same building with lectures, and the third one is Bolshaya Cheremushkinskaya 17A (Education Center of MFYuA). The breakfast is served at the same hotel as the participants live, from 9:00 till 10:00, and the lunch at the ground level of the Steklov Institute.
Unless you go through Vnukovo, you would lose several hours by going by taxi instead of the train. Vnukovo is situated in the same direction from the center of Moscow as the Steklov and HSE, and it would make more sense to take taxi from here, because you might avoid most traffic jams by not going through the center.
The Aeroexpress (train) timetables are available from their official site: [ Sheremetyevo | Domodedovo | Vnukovo ]. The point of arrival is a rail terminal, which is connected to a subway station: Byelorusskaya for Sheremet'yevo, Paveletskaya for Domodedovo, and Kievskaya for Vnukovo.
The map of Moscow Metro (subway) is found in Wikipedia. You should go to the orange (Kaluzhsko-Rizhskaya) line, if you go from the green line, you change at Tretyakovskaya-Novokuznetskaya, if you go by the brown line, you change at Oktyabr'skaya.
The HSE Faculty of Mathematics (Vavilova, 7) building is about 200 meters from the Leninskiy Prospect metro station, and Steklov Institute is 1300 meters from Akademicheskaya and 1900 meters from Leninskiy Prospekt.
The Vavilova, 7 building is 200 meters from the Leninskiy Prospect metro station. The Laboratory of Algebraic Geometry has a separate page with more maps and directions to the site.
As you go along Vavilova towards Steklov, on your right hand you see a huge building of pink brick; this is your clue that Gubkina street is next and you should turn right and enter the Steklov Institute, after you pass this (very long) building.
For directions to Steklov, please see the maps on the webpage of Steklov Institute. You can take the tram from the Universitet metro station, or walk from Akademicheskaya (about 10 or 15 minutes walk).
Officially, the Steklov guesthouse is not a "hotel" but a "resting room", and the building's guards have declared curfew after 23:00 (or 24:00 if you are lucky). One would imagine that they see this curfew as a way of getting small bribes. It is rumored that 100 roubles - about $3 - would suffice to get into the building after hours, but we were told horror stories about luckless visitors sleeping on the steps after curfew. The day of your arrival and departure is an exception - you will be allowed in (and out) once without such problems.
It is about 2.8 kilometers of walking from the MFYuA hotel to Steklov. If you prefer using public transportation, you may take the bus 119, going from Bolshaya Cheremushkinskaya to the intersection of Vavilova and Dmitriya Ul'yanova; please see the relevant part of its route on this map. It goes every 15-20 minutes. Please don't miss your stop if you are going to use the bus.
Most of it was built in 1950-ies, by German prisoners of war and prisoners of GULAG. The style is known as "stalinist Empire style", because Stalinist architectors of this time tried to model their building after the XIX century Empire style (the neo-classical style which was in fashion in the first half of XIX century). Highlights of this style include the Ploshchad' Gagarina (formerly Kaluzhskaya Zastava) and, of course, Moscow University, both within easy walk from Steklov and HSE (1 | 2). Many Academy institutes on Vavilova street, also build in 1950-ies, are striking specimens of the Stalinist Empire style, embellished with peculiar symbolic images.
Other popular walks include the Observation Platform in Sparrow Hills, situated next to the University, which provides a beautiful view of Moscow from above, and the Novodevichiy convent next to the Moscow river, founded in 1524, Donskoy Monastery, 1591, 20 minutes of walk north from the Vavilova, 7 building, and Danilov Monastery (1303), about 35 minutes east ( 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 )
Most shops in Moscow close up very late in the evening, and many of them work during the night.
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