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Some useful information about having a wonderful time in Russia

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

    Instagram

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/
 day
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.

Busy time with 2-day Petersburg Card. Off season weekend

In this article I am offering you, my friends a very eventful 2-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 and Sunday. 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.

Saturday

 morning
 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.

 day
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.

Sunday

  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.

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 Saturday and Sunday, if you want to use the card during other 2 consecutive 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.

 

logo of petersburg card

Saint Petersburg. Petersburg Card, City Tour Pass

Petersburg Card

– a card specially created for an easy exploration of St. Petersburg.  With it’s help active tourists all over the world can have their stay full of exciting activities and positive memories. Also this card offers the discounts for the guided tours, souvenirs, restaurants and hotels. Here is the link to official website.

If you or your co- travelers do not have discounts for visiting the museums, you do not stay in the city during the days of free entrance to museums, this card will be your first and best choice.

Advice: check the schedule of the museums in advance (the booklet of Petersburg Card can help you with that, the link is above). Some of the museum complexes offer quick access for the card holders (Peter&Paul Fortress, Isaac’s Cathedral, Russian museum), which helps with visiting museums during weekends and holidays. Make your route in advance so that you will visit as much as planned. Please, remember that free visit to Hermitage is not included into the price.

One great extra feature of the card is being an e-purse. You just need to put some money on the card and it will be your safe electronic wallet for public transport.

Also Petersburg Card offers free all-day ride on HOP-ON HOP-OFF  City Tour bus. I would not recommend buying the bus tickets separately from any multi-purpose tourist card as it’s price is unreasonably high. For the same amount of money you can have a guided tour visiting more places of interest and having more information from a guide. in comparison with other European cities (Rome, Barcelona, Sintra, London, etc) all the main sightseeing places are located within 5 km, you can easily cover that walking on foot or using cheaper public transportation.

city-tour-bus-petersburg-2015

It is reasonable to use the bus during a bad weather/ combining with river cruises or in case you do not want to hear your tour in English, Russian or French (regular guided tours have the options of these languages, the request for another language should be made in advance).

City Tour Pass

City Tour bus is included into another tourist combo card, City Tour Pass, which offers the coupons for visiting Hermitage, Peterhof, other amazing places of St. Petersburg.

To my mind the options provided by Petersburg Card include bigger variety of places of interest and activities, also it seems cheaper.

traditional-russian-rostov-finift

Items made of traditional Russian materials

Items made of birch bark

Soft, velvety surface of birch bark is very beautiful and nice to touch, moreover, it has healing properties. In birch bark were stored, such as milk, which could not turn sour two weeks, as well as fish, meat, mushrooms, that too long remained fresh. The natural properties of of birch bark allow  maintain the freshness of the bread for a longer time.  cereals and flour stored in birch bark box would never have insects, besides birch bark could  take the excess moisture of these products.

In Russia you can purchase the following articles made of birch bark: boxes, breadbaskets, mirrors, combs, hairpins, cases, flasks, napkin holders, coasters for hot food, sets for spices.

Semikarakorskaya ceramics

Semikarakorsk Russian folk art craft is located in Semikarakorsk city of Rostov region on the right bank of the Don River, near the estuary of Sal river.

The original artistic direction is characterized by swipe underglaze painting with the use of metal salts with a bouquet-floral ornament, with a focus on the larger central flower, narrative compositions in the style of Russian splint images using Cossack folk motifs, stylized Don landscapes.

Kazakovskaya filigree work

Filigree is one of the oldest forms of artistic metalworking. Feature of Kazakovsky products is the independent meaning of filigree, Kazakovsky products are entirely openwork.kazakovskaya-filigran-podstakannik

Kazakovsky products are primarily characterized  by white color of silvered copper wire, which may be associated with Russian winter. Kazakovsky plant produces a wide variety of art works: decorative vases and bowls, boxes with music, coasters, vases, candy, women’s jewelry, teaspoons, cups, medals, badges, medals and decals.

Filigree is a hand-made item. Each product is unique.

Glassworks, crystal glass (Goose-Crystal city)my-gus-chrystalniy-bell

Since building the plant in Gus Crystal city they started making products of simple and colored glass with flower painting and gilding. All the products made of crystal  were known for their diamond (brilliant) faces, decorated with engraving. The city was also well-known for it’s vases.

After studying the work of Czech factories that manufactured Bohemian glass, the Russian industrialist Maltsev, who was specializing in manufacturing glassware,  purchased samples of  Czech factories’ production, acquired recipes for products. Thus, the plant  mastered the technology of manufacturing Bohemian products as well.

Nowadays the plant still amazes by it’s assortment.  Bells with the images of goose are particularly popular among tourists as good fine souvenirs.

Finift

- production of works of art using a glassy powder, enamel, on a metal substrate, type of applied art. Glass coating is long-lived and does not fade over time, and products of enamel are remarkable for their special bright and clean colors.
russian-traditional-vologda-finift

Vologda (Usolye) enamel – traditional painting on white enamel. Initially, the main motive was floral composition inflicted on a copper base: masters were making on a white enamel flower ornaments, birds, animals, including mythological using a variety of colors. However, at the beginning of the XVIII century the art of multicolored enamel was lost, it began to oust monophonic enamel (white, blue and green).

traditional-russian-rostov-finift

Rostov enamel -There from the XVIII century in the city of Rostov (Yaroslavl region). The thumbnail images are performed on enamel by transparent fire-resistant paints, invented in 1632 by French jeweler Jean Tooten.

Kholmogory bone carvingrussian-traditional-kholomogorskaya-reznaya-rospis

-One of the types of Russian bone carving, art craft, now centered in the village Lomonosov of Kholmogory District of the Arkhangelsk region. Items made in this technique, are known from the 17th century. The basic techniques of thread developed in the heyday of the craft in the 18th century (combination of openwork ornament with the topical relief images, color engraving, the lining under openwork carving colored foil, coloring bones’ plates); the combs, snuff boxes, chests and furniture were very popular as well as glasses and other decorative crafts, lined with plates of bones.

russian-khokhloma-traditional-dishes-and-utensils

Traditional Russian painting techniques

Khokhloma

- an original Russian folk craft, formed in the province of Nizhny Novgorod. The main feature of Khokhloma craft is production of gilded wooden utensils without the use of a precious metal and an original special floral and herb painting.

Lacquer Miniatures (Palekh, Kholuy, Fedoskino, Mstera)

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Palekh miniature – is an original folk craft, formed and maintained in a settlement of Palekh, Ivanovo region. All Palekh lacquer miniature drawings  are based on the iconographic painting, its traditions and techniques.

From the very beginning Palekh artists widely used folk motifs and poetry of Pushkin, Lermontov and others. Range of Palekh miniatures products was very broad: brooches, jars, boxes, cigarette cases, snuff boxes, panels and so on.

Overall Palekh lacquer miniature has a special recognizable style. Conditional colors and architectural forms, subtle, elongated proportions of the figures, which stand out in gold on a black background, are typical distinguishing features of Palekh miniatures.

Kholuy miniature. The main difference is the use of painting Kholui bluish-green and brown-orange tones. Kholuy miniatures are not only more realistic compared to Palekh miniatures and Mstera, but also more decorative than those of Fedoskino.

School Fedoskino – lacquer miniature, executed with oil paints and covered with several layers of lacquer. Russian realistic painting had a significant impact on Fedoskino style. Favorite subjects of that time were drinking tea, scenes from of rural life, round dances and skating in troikas (oldtime Russian team of three horses). Exceptionally attractive caskets and panels, brooches and boxes of various shapes and sizes with miniature paintings and gold ornaments.

Mstiora miniature – kind of traditional Russian miniature painting by tempera paint on paper mache, formed in the village Mstera on the basis of the local icon painting by the beginning of the 1930s. After the beginning of the 20th century, preserving the principles of iconic letters Mstiora miniaturists turned to themes of peasant life, of Russian folk songs and fairy folklore.

Unlike other Russian lacquer miniatures based on the old Russian icon painting tradition (Palekh and Kholuy) landscape plays a special role in Mstiora miniature. It is written by small patterned strokes on the background of a radiant blue sky. Space is constructed by several picturesque parts and has depth. Usually a composition on the surface of the box is framed by thin elegant gilded ornament, floral painting often covers the side faces of caskets and boxes.

Attention: Be aware that cheap souvenirs are not hand made, they just have a colorful print. If you want to buy a good present, check the item several times so you get sure that it doesn’t look bad at another light.

If you want to buy a genuine lacquer miniature, check the name of the artist and the place of drawing on the irem you are going to get.

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Traditional Zhostovo trays

Their production started in the early XIX century. Zhostovo trays or Zhostovo painting on trays is a genre of Russian painting, craft, they are no longer used in everyday life. Now they are a separate independent decorative element of the room.

The most common motive of this painting is often multicolored bouquet on a dark background. This bouquet is necessarily alternated by large garden flowers and small field flowers. Sides of the tray are painted by gold ornaments and everything is covered with a special varnish that gives the tray a characteristic luster.

Gzhel

russian-gzhel-Saharnitsa-sugar-bowl

Since the second half of the 20-s of the XIX century, many ceramic and porcelain products were painted only in blue paint. Gzhel has its own style – dark blue and blue patterns and colors and decorations on white background. The paintings are made with cobalt, which acquires typical Gzhel color during the process.

Traditional Gzhel drawings are folk life stories of the past – sleigh rides,  shrovetide, genre scenes, fairy tale characters, floral and geometric designs. Patterns are unique, because each dish or tray is painted by hand, in a single copy.

Modern masters were able to recreate a multi-color painting, as well as drawings of gold and platinum.

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Gorodets painting

- Russian folk art craft. Exists from middle of the XIX century in the town of Gorodets. Bright, concise Gorodets painting was on distaffs, furniture, shutters, doors. The usual drawing were genre scenes, figurines of horses, roosters, floral patterns, made by loose strokes with white and black graphic outlines.

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Just-photo-of-honey

Russian honey

Russia is a big country with different delicious and tasty food. Real Russian honey is a tasty and useful gift for guests of Russia.

Bee honey (МЁД) – is a food, actually, a nectar which is partially digested in the jowl of the honey bee. Honey contains 13-20% water, 75-80% of carbohydrates (glucose, fructose, sucrose), vitamins B1, B2, B6, E, K, C, carotene, provitamin A, folic acid. A special taste and aroma of honey, along with its usefulness, are the main reasons why many people prefer honey to all other sweeteners.

Color of honey depends on the type of plants from which the bees collected nectar. By color, there are three groups of honey: light, moderately colored and dark. The most valuable are lighter honeys (made of acacia, linden and etc.). The exception is of buckwheat, which is very valuable to the body. At the same time,  dark types of honey are more rich in minerals.

Nutritional and therapeutic properties of honey are reduced when it is heated. The temperature that is above 50 ° C makes the greatest harm to it. Honey thus loses the bactericidal properties and flavor. The more intense and lasting is the influence of heat, the more deteriorated is the quality of honey.

 Polyfloral honey

According to the landscape basis honey can be divided into these groups:  forest, meadow, prairie, taiga, field and mountain.

Field (Полевой) honey has various colors ranging from light amber to brown, it crystallizes quickly. It is usually of high quality, with a strong flavor and good taste. This honey is produced from coriander, sainfoin, lavender, bittercress, sow-thistle, phacelia and cultivated plants – sunflower, colza, buckwheat, alfalfa, mustard.

Meadow (Луговой) honey has many shades from light yellow to light brown, has a very fragrant bouquet and pleasant taste. It is produced from the nectar of meadow flowers: dandelion, thyme, white clover, sow-thistle, wild mallow, hypericum, cow-parsnip, sweet clover, meadow cornflower, sage, chicory, motherwort, thistle and many  other honey plants growing in meadows.

It is characterized by high nutritional and medicinal qualities.

Forest (Лесной) honey also has a lot of different shades, from light yellow to dark brown. Compared with the meadow and field it is always darker. It is not worse the meadow or field honey in taste.

Bees produce it from wild honey plants: wild fruit trees – wild rose, hawthorn, Tatarian maple, viburnum, willow, linden and other plants – raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, fireweed, heather. The most demanded forest honey is produced from spring honey plants (rowan, willow, fruit trees, acacia, raspberry, blueberry).

Prairie (Степной) honey – honey that is collected in the prairie plains of the Altai Territory. This type of honey is considered to be  a classic Russian honey. It is collected by bees from various plants, mostly plants that bloom in the prairie – sage, clover, sweet clover, fireweed, sow thistle, thistle, dandelion, bittercress, motherwort, buckwheat, cornflower and many other honey plants. Has an unusually rich, reddish-amber color. Taste is rich, herbal, there is a little bitterness.

Taiga (Таёжный) honey – honey that is collected from wild honey plants of  taiga-forest zone. Spring honey plants are:  Lungwort, coltsfoot, yellow acacia, etc. Summer honey plants are: oregano, fireweed, sow thistle forest, motherwort, strawberries steppe, etc.

Taiga honey has a specific, distinct taste and strong medicinal properties. This honey is considered to be one of the most high-quality varieties. Has a dark brown color and an amazing rich aroma of taiga expanses.

Mountain (Горный) honey. According to various information sources, mountain honey that is collected in alpine meadows at an altitude of over 1,000 meters is considered to be the most valuable  among  polyfloral types of honey.

 Single-flora honey

Single-flora honey tend to have the smell of the plants from which they are collected and have a refined, subtle, spicy flavors. The pure single-flora honeys actually do not exist, so you can only talk about the prevalence of a specific component.

Acacia (Акациевый) honey. Stands among the best varieties. It is widely popular because of its taste, and it is also widely used in folk medicine. Honey of white acacia is characterized by delicate aroma and pleasant taste. Fresh honey has a light transparent color. It crystallizes very slowly getting milky-white color; honey can remain long as a syrup. It is the most liquid among  all types of honey .

Barberry (Барбарисовый) honey. Has a golden – yellow color, pleasant aroma and delicate sweetness.

Cornflower (Васильковый) honey. Honey bees collect it from blue or field cornflower. This honey has a pleasant taste with a slightly bitter aftertaste, it is of is greenish – yellow color. Its smell can remind you almonds. It has not only good taste, but also healing properties.

Buckwheat (Гречишный) honey. Has a high content of proteins, minerals, very strong specific pleasant aroma and taste. Its color  is light – brown with a reddish tinge. Excellent food and medical product.

Sweet Clover (Донниковый) honey. It possesses high gustatory qualities. Its color is different from light amber to white with a greenish tint. Has a specific taste, sometimes slightly bitter, and specific aroma reminiscent of the smell of vanilla. Crystallizes to a form of grained solid mass .

Chestnut (Каштановый) honey. It is collected by bees from flowers of horse and edible chestnut. Honey that is collected from horse chestnut, is colorless, watery, the one that is collected from edible chestnut  is dark, very liquid. In general, any type of  chestnut honey has a slight scent of chestnut and bitter taste. It crystallizes slowly gaining the look of of oil, after that the crystals  appear. Has valuable antimicrobial properties.

According to its properties belongs to the category of low-grade honey.

Clover (Клеверный) honey. Colorless, almost transparent, with a high gustatory quality, one of the best among light honeys. At crystallization turns into a fine-grained solid white mass. Is characterized by low natural diastaznym number (less than 10 units Gotha).

Linden (Липовый) honey – the most high quality type of honey. It has a pleasant aroma of linden, pale – yellow color. Quickly crystallizes into small crystals, has  white afterwards. Has a high specific taste.

Honey from bee plant burdock (Лопуховый). Has a high pleasant scent, very malleable, fragrant and delicious. He has a light – yellow with a dark – olive hue.

Alfalfa (Люцерновый) honey. Bees collect it from the purple or violet alfalfa flowers. Honey that is freshly pumped out has various shades – from pale light to amber, it crystallizes quickly getting white color and consistency of heavy cream. This honey has a pleasant aroma and specific taste.

Raspberry (Малиновый) honey. This honey is collected from forest clearings, covered with raspberries. Raspberry honey is light in color, has very pleasant aroma, tastes wonderful.

Mint (Мятный) honey. Bees make it from the nectar of flowers of spicy plants – peppermint, so honey has such a pleasant aroma. Peppermint is widely cultivated and gives plentiful gathering of qualitative honey. Mint honey is of amber color, contains large amounts of vitamin C. It crystallizes with fine grains of light – yellow color.

Dandelion (Одуванчиковый) honey. Has a golden – yellow color. It is a very thick, viscous, fast crystallizing honey with a strong smell and strong taste. Bees make it from the nectar of the well-known and widespread dandelion.

Sunflower (Подсолнечниковый) honey. Has a distinctive taste, but a subtle aroma. When has a liquid form its color is light – brown. Crystallizes very quickly, its crystals are large, has a yellow color afterwards.

Honey made of the motherwort flowers (Пустырниковый). Bees collect it from the pale – purple flowers of motherwort, or cardiac herbs grown on wasteland. Honey has a light – golden, straw color, with a light aroma and specific good taste.

Rowanberry (Рябиновый) honey. Rowanberry honey has a reddish color, strong flavor and good taste. Bees make honey from the nectar of the blossoming rowan.

Beeswax – the second most important product of beekeeping. Natural wax which composes honeycombs possesses therapeutic properties on its own. And in combination with honey all these valuable properties are dehiscing even more. Such type of a honey should be eaten by small pieces, with long and carefully chewing  (as chewing gum).

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Purchase of honey

I advise you to buy honey in specialized stores. As for me, I do not buy honey at all (I have no particular desire), but for foreignchain-of-beekeepers-pchelkin-myod friends and acquaintances I buy Medovukha (=mead, a product of honey) in the Beekeepers’ chain shops called “Пчёлкин мёд”. Based on the information of the references you can buy there the most popular and famous  Russian  honey according to honey bee plant species (check the list below):

  • Acacia honey (акациевый)
  • buckwheat honey (гречишный)
  • Sweet Clover honey (донниковый)
  • willow honey (ивовый)
  • chestnut honey (каштановый)
  • fireweed honey (кипрейный)
  • maple honey (клёновый)
  • cranberry honey (клюквенный)
  • coriander honey (кориандровый)
  • linden honey (липовый)
  • burdock honey (лопуховый)
  • alfalfa honey (люцерновый)
  • honey of camel thorn (с верблюжьей колючки)
  • Euphorbiaceae honey (молочайный)
  • carrot honey (морковный)
  • mint honey (мятный)
  • cucumber honey (огуречный)
  • dandelion honey (одуванчиковый)
  • sow-thistle honey (осотовый)
  • honey from valleys  (падевый)
  • Sunflower honey (подсолнечниковый)
  • motherwort honey (пустырниковый)
  • rapeseed honey (рапсовый)
  • Resedaceae honey (резедовый)
  • rowanberry honey (рябиновый)
  • honey of bittercress (сурепковый)

and other types. russian-honey-souvenir

By the way, you can buy a stylized jar of honey (usually the shops offer chkockloma styled jars or made of beresta). Once i bought such a jar as a present, its recipient loved both the package and the honey.

 Advice on buying real honey:
  • The best way to buy honey is to go to a specialised shop. If you are at the trade fair (a usual situation in St. Petersburg), you can follow my advice written below;
  • If you are going to buy specific type of honey, you should read some information about it in advance. Any specific type of honey has its own flavour and color;
  • If honey is very pale, close to white, it may me not natural, made of sugar. If the flavor is not clear enough and you feel a taste of caramel, it is one of the signs of fake honey;
  • Also pay attention to the consistency of honey – it must match the density of the class, at a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius is enveloped around the spoon, like a ribbon, sweet threads, interrupted at some point;
  • Beware acquiring honey from apiaries located along road routes with heavy traffic. This honey may have an increased amount of lead compounds and other substances that fall on the flowers with car exhaust fumes. With nectar and pollen lead gets into the honey, and it is dangerous to the health of those who eat it.
How can you determine the quality of honey?

 1) By color

  • Each variety of honey has its own certain color. Flower honey is usually of light yellow color, linden – of amber color, Ashenvale – transparent as water, buckwheat has different shades of brown. Pure honey (without impurities) is usually transparent, whatever  the color  may be.
  • Honey, having in its composition additives (sugar, starch, and other impurities), is unclear, and if you look closely, it is possible to find sediment.

2) By flavor

  • Honey is usually characterized by fragrant aroma. Honey with an admixture of sugar has no flavor, and the taste is close to the taste of sugar water.
 How else can you distinguish a fake?
  • Over time, the honey becomes turbid and gets denser (candied) – that is a sure sign of good quality. Some may mistakenly believe that honey is spoiled.
  • Sometimes during storage honey is split into two layers: it gets denser from below and remains liquid from above. This indicates that the honey is verdant and therefore it should be eaten as soon as possible – it may be stored for a few months.

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 Медовуха (Medovukha=Russian mead)

Медовуха – a special drink of honey, water, hops or yeast, which also may have additional ingredients such as spices, berries.

May be as low alcohol beverage (without addition of ethanol. Mead Strength – from 5 to 16%.) as well as strongly alcoholic (with addition of ethanol).

The most famous traditions of making this drink are preserved in Suzdal and Novgorod the Great. Beverage is characterized by an expressing honey flavor and aroma, lightness and sweetness of taste (because of the high content of fructose and glucose in honey and  a large amount of honey in the drink).

 When I want to treat foreign guests with this Russian beverage (with low alcohol amount), I buy Медовуха in the apiculture chain «Пчёлкин мёд». Recently I have tried the beverage in a Russian fast-food chain «Теремке» -the taste was right.

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Train tickets. F.A.Q.

In this article you can see some of the most frequently asked questions about train-ticket purchase and answers to them (in order to refresh your memory with the benefits of Russian travel you should read the relevant article).

a.      How do I receive my train tickets?

 There are a number of ways this can happen depending on the type of ticket you have ordered.

  • E-Ticket – These will be emailed from Real Russia to you within two working days of payment. This voucher will then need to be printed, and exchanged at a rail ticket office within Russiafor a paper ticket, before boarding your train. The identification used to book the ticket will need to be presented; this will usually be your passport.
  • E-Registration – This will be emailed from Real Russia to you within two working days of payment. This voucher can then be printed and used to board the train. The identification used to book the ticket will need to be presented; this will usually be your passport.
  • Paper Ticket – There are a number of options with regards to paper tickets.
      • For tickets departing from a station within Russia, you can have your tickets delivered by courier worldwide, or, if you are beginning your journey in Moscow, they can be delivered to a hotel or collected from the Real Russia offices. Courier prices will vary dependent on location.
      • For tickets departing from a station in China or Mongolia, you can collect them from one of Real Russia partner offices, or have them delivered to a hotel within the relevant city. Further details will be made available on booking.

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b.      There is a mistake on my ticket, what do I do?

Contact Real Russia travel experts for advice in this instance (you can do it in the form of response to a letter with your tickets).

As a rule, you will be allowed to board the train with up to three mistakes on your ticket. Missing out a letter in your name, or a mistype of a letter in your name would each count as one mistake. Beyond three mistakes a new ticket would need to be issued.

Issuing a new ticket would involve cancelling the current ticket and purchasing a new ticket at the current price; which may be more expensive than the price paid originally.

For this reason Real Russia specialists recommend checking all the details on any tickets booked immediately upon receipt of them.

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c.       Can I cancel tickets that I have already purchased and get a refund?

Yes, you can.

Contact Real Russia travel experts for advice in this instance (you can do it in the form of response to a letter with your tickets).

Refunds are calculated by the ticket issuer on a sliding scale that differs for domestic, and international, train tickets from country to country. Generally speaking, the amount of refund you will be eligible for will depend on how many days remain before your date of departure. The nearer to your date of departure, the smaller the available refund.

If physical tickets have been issued, such as those issued for an international journey, departing from Russia, then  Real Russia partner company  will need the tickets in their possession to process the cancellation and refund. If the tickets are already in your possession you will need to send the tickets to Real Russia’s Moscow office at your own expense.

If you have international tickets, and are travelling within Russia already, then returning them to Real Russia partner  may be difficult. In this instance you can go to the ticket counter in your closest station and cancel them there. You will be given a cancellation receipt and your unused ticket, but no immediate refund. You will need to send this cancellation receipt, and your unused ticket, to Real Russia’s Moscow office, at your own cost, who will then be able to process the refund. Your cancellation must be made before the departure date and time on the ticket. You will then have up to four months from the date of cancellation in which to claim your refund.

If your booking is an e-ticket, and you have yet to exchange your voucher for a paper ticket at a station within Russia, or your booking is e-registration, Real Russia travel specialists will be able to process your cancellation.  All requests received will be processed on the next working day. During peak times, such as during the summer, processing may not take place until 48 hours after receipt of your request. All refunds will be calculated based on when Real Russia travel specialists are able to process your request.

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d.      Are prices reduced for children?

Children are eligible for reduced ticket prices.

Within Russia, children under 5 can travel for free with one paying adult provided they share one place. If the child requires their own space, or is between the age of 5 and 10, they will need to pay, but at a reduced rate of around 40 % – 50% of the regular ticket price.

Children’s prices to, from, and within other countries may vary, in both price and what ages are considered to be children; though, generally, prices will be around 40% – 50% cheaper than adult tickets.

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e.      When can I book my tickets?

While Russian Railways and other ticket issuers will not allow the booking/issuing of tickets more than a few weeks before the date of departure, Real Russia booking system can take your details at any time in preparation for booking when the ticket issuers allow.

As it stands, these are the rules that the following issuers use when issuing tickets:

  • Russian Railways issue tickets 45 days in advance for domestic travel and 60 days in advance for international travel.
  • Mongolian Railways issue tickets around two weeks in advance for all travel; this can fluctuate depending on demand and public holidays.
  • Chinese Railways issue tickets around 10 – 12 days in advance of travel; this can fluctuate depending on demand and public holidays.

If you would like to start your journey within these dates Real Russia travel specialists will book and, where possible (such as when E-Tickets/E-Registration are selected), issue your tickets within two working days.

If you would like to start your journey on dates further in advance than these rules allow, Real Russia booking system will save your booking enquiry so that on the first day that booking is available your ticket will be booked and, where possible (such as when E-Tickets/E-Registration are selected), issued within two working days. Payment will be required before booking takes place; one of Real Russia travel experts will be in touch to confirm these details in advance of confirming the booking.

Please note:

Owing to the fact that the ticket issuers are based in various time zones around the world, the time at which Real Russia travel specialists are able to book/issue your tickets may vary.

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f.        Is Russian train travel safe?

Millions of people, both Russian locals and tourists, travel safely on Russian trains every year. In many ways they are the safest trains to travel on.

  • Each carriage is looked after 24 hours a day by at least one or two conductors.
  • Each passenger must show their ticket upon entry and present with it an official identification document; for foreign visitors this will usually be a passport.
  • At every stop the train will be checked to ensure there is no damage.

With regards to remaining safe and secure, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has the following to say:

    • If you are travelling by overnight train in a sleeping compartment, store valuables in the container under the bed or seat. Don’t leave your sleeping compartment unoccupied as some compartments only have a simple lock on the sliding door. On some trains there may be an additional security device, which can be attached to the fitted handle/lock unit. There may also be a steel switch at head-height on the door panel which, when pulled down, prevents the closed door from being slid open.
    • Don’t agree to look after the luggage of a fellow traveller or allow it to be stored in your compartment.

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 g.      What are ‘gender specific’ cabins?

 On the many trains travelling the Russian rail network it is possible to select to travel in a male, or female only cabin. This may be of interest to lone female travellers who may feel awkward, or unsafe, sharing a room, exclusively, with men they do not know.

You can only mark a cabin for single gender use if it is currently empty. If there are any bookings at all this will not be possible. Once a cabin has been selected for single gender use it is not possible to change it back again. Please bear this in mind if you are travelling with, or potentially travelling with, a member of the opposite sex.

Real Russia travel specialists cannot guarantee that single gender cabins will be available. The earlier you book the more likely it is that you will be successful in creating a single gender cabin.

Not all countries that have connections with the Russian rail network operate single gender cabins. So if you travel outside of Russia in a single gender cabin, you may find that the cabin becomes open to all again.

You will find gender specific cabins in the booking system by looking for tickets marked with sign-gender-specific-cabins.

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The best Russian chocolate

As for the author of this article, she is a sweet tooth, loves chocolates, tasty (!) cakes, candies and etc. that is why she knows everything about this theme.

Concerning the topics on the website I can proudly say that Russian chocolate is one of the Russian well-recognized brand, loved not only by the natives but also by the foreigners. Russian sweets are not less popular among travelers, but not very discussed in a non-Russian speaking social community.

That is why I decided to share some information for those who want to have a great gastronomic impression while being in Russia and also to bring a great tasty souvenir and present to their nearest and dearest.

This article contains personal advice, it is your decision what to buy/try.

I do have a lot of foreign friends so while buying them chocolate as a Russian present, I always choose these 3 brands:

• «Фабрика им. Н.К. Крупской» – is the leader of confectionery market in the North-West region. Also it is a famous brand brand-griffon-Krypskaya-russian-chocolate-factoryof St. Petersburg (its logo shows Griffin of St. Petersburg Bank Bridge proudly looking forward). In addition to amazing taste of the merits of these confections you can include a great number of gift packages and exclusive art decorations of the products;

• «Вдохновение» –  famous Russian chocolate brand, which recipe was created in 1976. The new product quickly gained the love and acceptance of millions of consumers not only for its high quality and special taste, but also for the original format – within a 100-gram package there were are ten chocolate sticks, each of which was wrapped in foil;

• “Бабаевский” - the company offers a high-quality dark chocolate made of selected cocoa beans and cocoa butter. The history of the “Babaev” brand began over 200 years ago with a small confectionery shop founded in 1804. The factory received its formal status with a management of Alexei Ivanovich Abrikosov – Moscow merchant of the first guild (a summary of the chocolate is taken from the official site http://www.uniconf.ru/assortment/catalog/).

Russia is well known for its bitter chocolate – well, it is really tasty there! For the bitter chocolate I prefer buying “Бабаевский” brand (attention, the first two chocolates are really bitter, others contain about 50-55% of cocoa – you can read it from the label): the-best-russian-babayevskiy-chocolate

  • Бабаевский горький (Classic dark chocolate)
  • Бабаевский Элитный 75% (Elite sort of dark chocolate, contains 75% cocoa. It received the diploma of the 1st degree and a gold medal “For high quality products”, it was the winner of the contest “The Best 100 Goods of Russia 2011″, also it was a best-seller, as it was mentioned on the official website)
  • Бабаевский фирменный (Branded  dessert chocolate made according to a special recipe with the addition of brandy, grated almonds and tea extract, according to the description on the official site)
  • Бабаевский Люкс (Dark chocolate. Produced according to the original recipe 1939.)
  • Бабаевский с цельным миндалём (Dark chocolate with whole almonds. Was the winner of the “Best 100 Goods of Russia 2011″)
  • Бабаевский с цельным фундуком (Dark chocolate with whole hazelnuts.)

Concerning chocolate and sweets of «Вдохновение» factory – I like everything they produce. Their classic chocolate bar is called “Классический”, contains crushed roasted hazelnuts. It is produced according to the original recipe since 1976. the-best-russian-chocolate-vdokhnoveniye

You can see the whole variety of flavors on the official website of a holding http://www.uniconf.ru/assortment/catalog/ by clicking on the 5th brand picture of the slide show (it has a blue color). You can translate the page with Google translator or Word Lens app that is mentioned everywhere on my website ;-)

Another favorite brand is “Фабрика им.Н.К.Крупской” – I love practically all their products and buy those for my friends (as you have already read above, in addition to great taste the production has attractive wrapping).
They have the following categories of chocolate:

Вернисаж” – chocolate, decorated with well-known Russian pictures – there you can find bitter chocolate, aerated bitter chocolate and aerated milk chocolate with whole hazelnuts and raisins. The wrapping of the bars have different background color with a picture of a person in the middle – you will not miss such a chocolate! I do not include the photos there, because the wrappings of it are always different (to my mind).

Особый” – dark chocolate with salt. The wrapping has brown and red color and a lot of dots. I prefer the chocolate with a wrap of dark brown color (plain chocolate with salt) and of red color (with salt and crushed hazelnuts) russian-best-chocolate-osobiy

Тройка” – they have bitter (горький= gor’kiy) best-russian-chocolate-troykaand milk (молочный=molochniy) chocolate. Everything is very tasty.

Классический” (classic) – I like these three types:

  1. “Горький 70%” – bitter 70% russian-best-chocolate-krypskaya-Premium_Gorky
  2. “Летний сад” (горький) – also bitter russian-best-chocolate-krypskaya-Letny-sad
  3. “Санкт-Петербург” –  Dark chocolate with crushed almonds russian-best-chocolate-krypskaya-Sankt-Peterburgbest-russian-chocolate-krypskaya-mishka-na-severe-ris

Мишка на Севере” – a special type of milk chocolate with air rice, you can try it if it sounds interesting (although it is not a de lux type)

Boxes of Sweets of “Фабрика им.Н.К.Крупской” are absolutely great – you can buy any and get the best quality and taste.

They also offer sweets sold by weightbest-russian-chocolate-krypskaya-Mishka_na_severe –praline sweets stand out among all. I recommend “Мишка на Севере”  and “Сказки Перро”- Конфеты, глазированные шоколадной глазурью, best-russian-chocolate-krypskaya-Skazki_Perroс начинкой между слоями вафель – those are the candies with chocolate coating, that have a filling between the layers of wafers – they are so tasty!

In the brand shops of “Фабрика им.Н.К.Крупской” you can buy the sweets decorated with St. Petersburg best-russian-chocolate-krypskaya-konfety-Leningadskieviews – they are called “Ленинградские”= “Leningradskiye” (of Leningrad)  – Candies with chocolate coating. They have whipped egg-white mass with the addition of milk grated nuts, alcohol and with the scent of punch (if they say the truth on the official website).

If you like chocolate wafer cakes – you chocolate_princeshould definitely try “Шоколадный принц”(“Chocolate prince”) or “Балтийский” (“Baltiyskiy”)chocolate-wafer-cake-baltiyskiy of “ПЕКАРЬ” brand. They are the best in their category.

To my mind Russian aerated chocolate of “Русский шоколад” brand it is not better than the ones mentioned above or the foreign analogues. russian-aerated-chocolate

As far as I know, there is a variety of Russian-stylized chocolates and sweets which seem to be a good present. tasty-russian-stylized-chocolate4 I haven’t tried them all, so I can recommend you to read the wrapping carefully. tasty-russian-stylized-chocolate DO NOT buy the chocolates where you see the phrasestasty-russian-stylized-chocolate3  “пальмовое масло” (it means palm butter, I think you know that it is not very good for your health) or “шоколадная глазурь” instead of “шоколад”(chocolate) “какао-бобов” (cocoa) – it will mean that you get not chocolate but simply chocolate glaze, which has nothing in common with famous Russian chocolate (I haven’t checked any of the chocolates on the 3 photos above).

Enjoy your trip, enjoy your purchases!
Yulia