Category Archives: Suburbs of Petersburg

kronshtadt-picture

Kronshtadt

Kronshtadt isa port city in Russia, located on Kotlin Island, its surrounding  smaller islands of the Gulf of Finland and the dam.

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Taken from www.peterburg.ru
Construction of the city-fortress of Kronshtadt began in 1703 with the laying in the shallows near the island of Fort Kronshlot (translation – Crown Castle).
The purpose of the construction of the fortress was to close waterway that lead to the mouth of the Neva. In June 1704 the Swedish squadron of ships tried to break past Kronshlot, but it had no success.
In 1709, by order of Peter I the construction of marinas, harbors and warehouses for the fleet was launched. The first harbor was completed in 1714. In 1723 the construction of the main fortress began. The city itself was built according to the plans of the most successful architects of that time who were also working on the architecture of St. Petersburg.
In 1990 the historical center of the city was included into the list of  UNESCO World Heritage objects. In 2009 the city got the title of Hero-City (City of Military glory) as it’s citizens contributed a lot during the the National War 1941-1945.

kronshtadt-picture
Taken from fyodor-photo.livejournal.com

I hope the information above and the nice photos below will be a good reason to check all the places on your own.

Important information

Be aware that the city is surrounded by water, so it may be cold and windy during your walk. Take warm clothes and boots. Also, keep in mind that it is hard to find a product shop with a big range of products in historical center, so in addition to hot tea in thermos take some food.

Attractions:

kronshtadt-photo
Taken from www.visit-saint-petersburg.ru
    • Monument of admiral Makarov
    • Naval Cathedral
    • Chapel of the Epiphany
    • Cathedral of Our Lady of Vladimir
    • Museum of the history of Kronstadt
    • Museum of Kronstadt Fortress

    Websites

    There you can find some historical notes about the places that you are going to visit, the photos, some plans of the places of interest and, of course, information about fees and schedules. All the information can be saved and/or printed.

    Kronshtadt: how to get there

    By regular bus

  • from subway station «Chornaya Rechka» russia-petersburg-subway-2-line № К-405.
  • from subway station «Prospect Prosvesheniya»russia-petersburg-subway-2-line № К-407.
  • 300 meters away from subway station “Staraya Derevnya” you can catch a bus № 101. You should exit at “Grazhdanskaya St”, it will be the 6th stop.

By tourist bus

  • You could buy the tour tickets to Kronstadt near the tourist stands which are located near the mall Gostiniy Dvor, on Nevsky prospect.

    Photos

    You can see the photos of this wonderful place in Instagram by searching #kronstadt, #кронштадт

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Busy time with 5-day Petersburg Card. Off season

In this article I am offering you, my friends a very eventful 3-day vacation in St. Petersburg with the help of Petersburg Card.

I have already reviewed the combo-cards for the travelers which allow to save a lot of money during city exploration. If you buy the cards online and plan your vacation ahead this card will also save your time (when you buy Petersburg Card, you can choose your hotel as a delivery place. The card will be delivered there and given you upon arrival).

Here are the options for an amazing Saturday, Sunday and Monday. You can move between the sights with the help of your Petersburg card that works like e-purse.

During the National holidays the museums are likely to be closed.

If you stay in the city for more than two days I would highly recommend you to see a play in the theater. Russia is famous for amazing voices of it’s opera singers (Dmitry Khvorostovskiy, Anna Netrebko) as well as incredible ballet performances.

Saturday

 morning
 HOP ON HOP OFF bus

– good offer for seeing the city for the first time. The bus provides the headphones with a variety of language.

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

Peter & Paul fortress

petersburg-petropavlovskaya-fortress-night-view

I recommend a morning visit, because if you manage to visit the museums on its territory before noon, you will experience the cannon shot at 12pm and keep exploring the city. petersburg-petropavlovskaya-birds-view

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

 day
Cabin of Peter 1 Cabin-of-Peter-the-great

the wooden house made specially for Peter the Great during just 3 days! That was the first house  in the future city St. Petersburg.

Link to the Petersburg Card offer. 

Russian museum yulia s russian museum

The building is located in a grand Mikhailovsky Palace,  opened to public as the Russian Museum  since 1898. It contains paintings and sculptures by the world-famous Russian artists, sculptors.   Be sure to visit it!

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

 evening
Museum of Faberge

You can read the following information about museum on the website: “Fabergé museum is located in an elegant Neo-classical palace with unique historical interiors and holds a fabulous collection of more than 4000 artworks, including world’s largest collection of Fabergé Easter Eggs. Museum collection covers all areas of Fabergé activities”.

The free entrance for Petersburg card holders is only from 6pm to 9pm.

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

Sunday

  morning I would recommend you to visit another city, Pushkin= Tsarskoye Selo , where you can see one more Palace and world-famous Amber room. pushkin suburb. amber roomWith Petersburg Card Palace and Garden are free for you during off season time.Self-made tour will take 2-3 hours, the way to the place takes about 30 min.https://petersburgcard.com/en/what-is-included/petersburg-museums/in-the-suburbs/tsarskoye-selo/
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Church Savior on Blood 

– the jewel of the cathedrals.

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Amazing Savior-on-Blood

You will be surprised to know that the mosaic exposition of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the largest collections in Europe, its area is 7065 square meters.

petersburg-mosaics-interior-Savior-on-Blood

Breathtaking view from one of the most fabulous Churches!

Be sure to find time to go to the cathedral, explore it from the outside and see the stunning interior.

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

You can visit  Isaak Cathedral+  colonnade.

This is the biggest Orthodox cathedral in St. Petersburg. petersburg-st-isaacs-cathedral

This is the handiwork of architect Montferrand, for whom creation of the cathedral became a matter of life and lasted for as much as 40 years! The cathedral is surrounded by 112 monolithic columns, each of which could be hoisted into place in less than 10 minutes by the engineers of the 19th century. How? You can find information about this in museum.

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

Menshikov PalaceMenchikov-palace-interior

the first building in St.Petersburg made of Menchikov-palacestone by the friend- comrade of Peter the Great. You can find there a lot of historical information both in Russian and English as well as amazing interiors.

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

  evening
 Erarta

(works till 10pm) – is situated not far away from Menshikov palace.

Erarta-display Erarta-picture

In this museum you can find a variety of works of contemporary art, unexpected exhibitions and displays.

Erarta-picture-red-men-in-MoscowErarta-picture-yuliagtmy

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

 

Monday

  morning
 History of Religion Museum
history-of-religion-picture

– an absolutely stunning museum. Before you decide to visit it check if you can get there for free.

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

 day
St. Michael’s Castle imzhenerniy-mikhailovsky-castle

– the castle that has an interesting history. Right now it is a part of Russian museum, so you can see the variety of works of art inside. imzhenerniy-mikhailovsky-zamok

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

  evening
Aquatorium of Peter the Great

- an interactive scale model of Saint Petersburg in the XVIII century with real water space.

The interactive museum works daily till 10 pm.

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

Tuesday

  morning  Gatchina Palace and Park
 day Priory Castle in Gatchina
  evening A.Kuindzhi if you are going to get there before 4 pm

Museum of Music in Sheremetev Palace

 

Wednesday

  morning  Academy of Fine Arts
 day Stroganov Palace

Zoological museums

  evening A.Kuindzhi if you are going to get there before 4 pmMuseum of Music in Sheremetev Palace

 

I am offering you this exact schedule based on the days off of museums. Of course, you can change the sequence of your visits, be sure to check the schedule of the places of interest in advance.

Regardless the amount of days you have you need to save 3 hours of your morning for going to the Hermitage – one of the best museums and palaces in the world.

Be attentive, this schedule is made solely for consecutive Saturday,  Sunday and Monday, if you want to use the card during other 3 days, you need to check the working hours of each museum.

Even though Hermitage is not included into the Petersburg Pass, I would highly recommend you to visit this amazing palace-museum.

Busy time with 3-day Petersburg Card. Off season weekend

In this article I am offering you, my friends a very eventful 3-day vacation in St. Petersburg with the help of Petersburg Card.

I have already reviewed the combo-cards for the travelers which allow to save a lot of money during city exploration. If you buy the cards online and plan your vacation ahead this card will also save your time (when you buy Petersburg Card, you can choose your hotel as a delivery place. The card will be delivered there and given you upon arrival).

Here are the options for an amazing Saturday, Sunday and Monday. You can move between the sights with the help of your Petersburg card that works like e-purse.

During the National holidays the museums are likely to be closed.

If you stay in the city for more than two days I would highly recommend you to see a play in the theater. Russia is famous for amazing voices of it’s opera singers (Dmitry Khvorostovskiy, Anna Netrebko) as well as incredible ballet performances.

Saturday

 morning
 HOP ON HOP OFF bus

– good offer for seeing the city for the first time. The bus provides the headphones with a variety of language.

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

Peter & Paul fortress

petersburg-petropavlovskaya-fortress-night-view

I recommend a morning visit, because if you manage to visit the museums on its territory before noon, you will experience the cannon shot at 12pm and keep exploring the city. petersburg-petropavlovskaya-birds-view

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

 day
Cabin of Peter 1 Cabin-of-Peter-the-great

the wooden house made specially for Peter the Great during just 3 days! That was the first house  in the future city St. Petersburg.

Link to the Petersburg Card offer. 

Russian museum yulia s russian museum

The building is located in a grand Mikhailovsky Palace,  opened to public as the Russian Museum  since 1898. It contains paintings and sculptures by the world-famous Russian artists, sculptors.   Be sure to visit it!

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

 evening
Museum of Faberge

You can read the following information about museum on the website: “Fabergé museum is located in an elegant Neo-classical palace with unique historical interiors and holds a fabulous collection of more than 4000 artworks, including world’s largest collection of Fabergé Easter Eggs. Museum collection covers all areas of Fabergé activities”.

The free entrance for Petersburg card holders is only from 6pm to 9pm.

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

Sunday

  morning I would recommend you to visit another city, Pushkin= Tsarskoye Selo , where you can see one more Palace and world-famous Amber room. pushkin suburb. amber room

With Petersburg Card Palace and Garden are free for you during off season time.

Self-made tour will take 2-3 hours, the way to the place takes about 30 min.

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

 day
Church Savior on Blood 

– the jewel of the cathedrals.

russia-petersburg-cathedral-museum-Savior-on-Blood-2
Amazing Savior-on-Blood

You will be surprised to know that the mosaic exposition of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the largest collections in Europe, its area is 7065 square meters.

petersburg-mosaics-interior-Savior-on-Blood

Breathtaking view from one of the most fabulous Churches!

Be sure to find time to go to the cathedral, explore it from the outside and see the stunning interior.

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

You can visit  Isaak Cathedral+  colonnade.

This is the biggest Orthodox cathedral in St. Petersburg. petersburg-st-isaacs-cathedral

This is the handiwork of architect Montferrand, for whom creation of the cathedral became a matter of life and lasted for as much as 40 years! The cathedral is surrounded by 112 monolithic columns, each of which could be hoisted into place in less than 10 minutes by the engineers of the 19th century. How? You can find information about this in museum.

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

Menshikov PalaceMenchikov-palace-interior

the first building in St.Petersburg made of Menchikov-palacestone by the friend- comrade of Peter the Great. You can find there a lot of historical information both in Russian and English as well as amazing interiors.

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

  evening
 Erarta

(works till 10pm) – is situated not far away from Menshikov palace.

Erarta-display Erarta-picture

In this museum you can find a variety of works of contemporary art, unexpected exhibitions and displays.

Erarta-picture-red-men-in-MoscowErarta-picture-yuliagtmy

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

 

Monday

  morning
 History of Religion Museum
history-of-religion-picture

– an absolutely stunning museum. Before you decide to visit it check if you can get there for free.

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

 day
St. Michael’s Castle imzhenerniy-mikhailovsky-castle

– the castle that has an interesting history. Right now it is a part of Russian museum, so you can see the variety of works of art inside. imzhenerniy-mikhailovsky-zamok

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

  evening
Aquatorium of Peter the Great

- an interactive scale model of Saint Petersburg in the XVIII century with real water space.

The interactive museum works daily till 10 pm.

Link to the Petersburg Card offer.

Be attentive, this schedule is made solely for consecutive Saturday,  Sunday and Monday, if you want to use the card during other 3 days, you need to check the working hours of each museum.

Even though Hermitage is not included into the Petersburg Pass, I would highly recommend you to visit this amazing palace-museum.

Russia--Vyborg-sculpture-Torkel- Knutson

Vyborg

History of Vyborg starts from the XI century with an arisen settlement of the Karelians. In 1293  Torkel Knutson, the ruler of Sweden, leading a large army invaded Karelia and built there a stone castle. And in 1323 the  Russian-Swedish border was established according to a Peace agreement between the countries.

After foundation of St. Petersburg Peter the Ist conquered the Karelian Isthmus and Vyborg in 1721.

In 1811 Vyborg province was administratively attached to the Grand Duchy of Finland as part of Russia. In 1918 Finland obtained independance, so Vyborg became a Finnish city. After the Russian-Finnish war in 1939, Vyborg became part of the Soviet Union.

Such an intense history leads to a mix of cultures and architectures revealing all the best in one place, Vyborg.

I hope the information above and the nice photos below will be a good reason to check all the places on your own.

Important information

Be aware that the city is surrounded by water, so it may be cold and windy during your walk. Take warm clothes and boots. Also, keep in mind that the food in historic center is quite expensive and it is hard to find a product shop with a big range of products, so in addition to hot tea in thermos take some food.

Attractions:

  • Vyborgskiy castle with
  • Round Tower
  • The mid-16th century parts of the Medieval Vyborg town wall
  • The Viipuri Library by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto
  • Monuments to Peter the Great (1910) and Torkel Knutsson
  • Park Mon Repos.

Websites

There you can find some historical notes about the places that you are going to visit, the photos, some plans of the places of interest and, of course, information about fees and schedules. All the information can be saved and/or printed.

Vyborg: how to get there

By bus

The buses departing  from the bus terminal near subway station russia-petersburg-subway-2-line“Parnas” and station russia-petersburg-subway-1-line“Devyatkino”. The busesgo every 40-60 minutes. The whole way takes 2 hours. The bus arrives to the bus terminal that is close to historic center of the city and it’s attractions.

By train

Trains depart from Finlyandskiy train station. If you choose not an “Allegro” train, which goes to Helsinki through Vyborg, you will have a lot of stops on your way to the final destination, so you will spend the same time as going by bus.

Keep in mind that you can ride a  bus only if you have a ticket with a seat, but i you go by train the space is unlimited, which means that during rush hours there may be too many people. Also it may be too cold or too hot in the trains unless you are traveling by “Allegro”.

Photos

You can see the photos of this wonderful place in Instagram by searching #Vyborg, #Выборг

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pushkin suburb. amber room

Pushkin (suburb)

 I hope these nice photos will be a good reason to check all the places on your own.

4749_yantarnaya-komnataIMG_3696-2DSC01337Pushkin-view

Pushkin-view2Girl with a pitcher fountain

 This city was named in a honour of a great russian poet and writer Aleksand Pushkin. The museum complex consists of 2 palaces, one of which is famous for an amber room (Catherine’s palace), and an amazing garden with picturesque views.

Important information

Be aware of the days off of the palaces (check the official website below), try to come to Catherine’s palace as early as possible to skip the huge lines which are always there.

If you want to see Catherine’s palace AND the park, you can buy a combo-ticket which costs less than 2 separate ones.

Attractions:

  • Catherine’s palace- Amber room
  • Cathrine’s park
  • Alexander palace
  • Alexander park
  • Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum which is now a part of a Russian Pushkin Museum (a good place to visit if you want to know more about a great poet Pushkin and Russian history of that time)

Official website

 http://eng.tzar.ru

There you can find some historical notes about the places that you are going to visit, the photos, some plans of the places of interest and, of course, information about fees and schedule. All the information can be saved and/or printed.

Pushkin: how to get there

The Tsarskoye Selo State Museum
7 Sadovaya Street, Pushkin, St Petersburg, 196601
(25 kilometres south of St Petersburg downtown) –  if you are going there by a public transport (bus or a minibus), you will have a stop at “Оранжерейная улица” (Oranzhereinaya ulitza), there you will need to keep walking to an intersection with Садовая улица (Sadovaya ulitza). You will need to turn to the right. In the end of the street you will see a church – go straight and you will see ticket booths. When you are going back to the city, go the same route in the opposite direction, skip Оранжерейная улица, keep walking to a Конюшенная улица (it will be next). On the right side you will see the bus station.

going to Pushkin

The information below is taken from the official website  http://eng.tzar.ru

Getting here from Vitebsky Railway Terminal or Kupchino Railway Station of St Petersburg:
Suburban train to Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) railway station, then bus 371, 382 or minibus taxi 371, 377, 382 to the Catherine Palace and Park. If you want to go by train, you can also check information on this resourse.

Getting here from Moskovskaya Metro Station of St Petersburg:
Minibus taxi 342, 545 to the Catherine Palace and Park;
Or, bus 187 or minibus taxi 286, 287, 347 to Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) railway station, then bus 371, 382 or minibus taxi 371, 377, 382 to the Catherine Palace and Park

Getting here from Zvezdnaya and Kupchino Metro Stations of St Petersburg:
Bus 186 to the Catherine Palace and Park

Photos

You can see the photos of that amazing place in Instagram by searching #Pushkin, #Пушкин

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Peterhof

In order to get acquainted with that amazing place online, you can check the panoramic view there.

peterhof

Important information

The fountains are open from the middle of May to the beginning of October, keep that in mind if you want to visit the suburb at another time. Usually, the oficial ceremony of closing the fountains is held in the middle of September, it is announced in advance.

Below you can watch the video of closing the fountains

Attractions:

  • The central fountains, of course;
  • the trick fountains with secret (which pour the water under special circumstances);
  • the upper garden and the lower park.

I do not consider visiting the Grand Palace an essential thing as it always has huge crouds, the price for the tickets is high and it is not as impressing as Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin or Hermitage.

Official website

http://peterhofmuseum.ru/?lang=eng

There you can find some historical notes about the places that you are going to visit, the photos and some virtual panoramic views.

Peterhof: how to get there

The State Peterhof Museum Complex is located at 2 Razvodnaya Street
You can travel to the museum by public transport:

Bus

From Metro “Avtovo” : Buses 200, 210

The buses and minibuses go from the place mentioned in the picture  Avtovo2

Usually it takes longer to go by bus than minibus. When you get to the bus or minibus, say “Avtovo” – that will help you to get at the needed stop (as it is not the last one on the route).

Minibus 

  • From Metro “Avtovo” Minibuses 224, 300, 424, 424-A
  • From Metro “Leninskiy Prospekt” Minibuses 103 (K-224), 420
  • From Metro“Prospekt Veteranov” : Minibuses 343, 639 –б
  • From Metro“Baltiyskaya” : Minibus 404

Hydrofoils (water transport):

The docks are situated from left and right side of Dvortsoviy bridge. Here is one of the companies that has an English version of the website http://www.peterhof-express.com/price/  (English). Their price is not the cheapest, but at least you can know some peculiarities of such a trip. 

None of the mentioned above means of transport sell you the entrance ticket to the parks of Peterhof – that will be an additional expense.

Photos

You can see the photos of that amazing place in Instagram by searching #Peterhof, #Петергоф

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