Gastronomic route around Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is considered to be the most touristic city in Russia, but the journey here cannot be complete if you don’t dare a gastronomic adventure.

Gastronomic route is a specially designed version of a walk tour around Saint Petersburg. While walking through the main attractions of the city, you can also visit the so-called "gastronomic” streets full of restaurants, bars, cafes of various cuisine, which are able to satisfy and surprise even the most demanding gourmets who come not only to admire the beauty of St. Petersburg but also to feel the city taste, find their favorite places and, of course, come back again!

  • temples and cathedrals 4 ,
  • souvenirs 1 ,
  • points of interest 3 ,
  • squares 3 ,
  • streets 6 ,
  • palaces 2 ,
  • museums 4 ,
  • parks 1 ,
  • monuments 3 ,
  • bridges 1 ,
  • military glory 1
12 km, 356 m
Ploshchad Vosstaniya (Vosstaniya square)

Ploshchad Vosstaniya (Vosstaniya square)

Saint Petersburg, ploshchad Vosstaniya

One of the central squares in Saint Petersburg. The square is located on the Nevsky prospect and Ligovsky prospect intersection

Vosstaniya square (translated as Uprising Square) was known as Znamenskaya Square until 1918. The first name translated as Holy Sign Square originated from the Holy Sign Church. The present-day name is in memory of the February Revolution of 1917.

The square was designed by architect N. E. Efimov in the mid-19th century due to the construction of a railroad between St. Petersburg and Moscow. Moskovsky (Moscow) Terminal was erected in 1844-51.

A monument to Emperor Alexander III by sculptor P. P. Trubetskoy was opened in the middle of the square in 1909 but taken down in 1937. The square was redesigned in 1952 with a park set up in the centre.

Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station was opened in place of the demolished Holy Sign Church in 1955. An obelisk, To Leningrad the Hero City, by architects A. I. Alymov and V. M. Ivanov was placed in the centre of the square in 1985 in honour of the 40th anniversary of the Victory of the Great Patriotic War.

Leningrad Hero City Obelisk

Leningrad Hero City Obelisk

Saint Petersburg, ploshchad Vosstaniya

The Leningrad Hero City Obelisk was opened in memory of the 40 anniversary of the Great Victory on May 8, 1985

The monument on Vosstaniya Square was erected on 8 May, 1985 to commemorate the 40 Anniversary of victory in World War II.

The obelisk is a heavy granite monolith weighing 240 tons. It resembles a bayonet, crowned with a golden star. The monument constitutes the panoramic view of Nevsky Prospect, ended with the spilre of Admiralty building. The Hero City Obelisk is pentahedral in shape; its cross section has the shape of a star, similar to its golden star on the top. The monument has the informal name “screwdriver”.

Legendary St. Petersburg "hippopotamus" – a monument to Alexander III was established on the place of the obelisk in the beginning of XX century. After the revolution it was moved to the garden of the Marble Palace.

City’s largest shopping centers are situated around Vosstaniya Square. 

 Nevsky prospect

Nevsky prospect

Saint Petersburg, Nevsky prospect, 114-116

Nevsky prospect is theshowcase of the city, where every building is a unique site. It is the main avenue of St. Petersburg with the length of 4, 5 km

Nowadays Nevsky prospect is a wide representation of all city’s society and every segment has found its own place on the main avenue. For instance, you can often meet street artists in front of Catholic Church of St. Catherine or young party lovers on the area near Gostiny Dvor.

Nevsky prospect is one of the main places for holding various city’s events.

Nevsky prospect is a face of the City  of Saint Petersburg, the first thing in the city that visitors see after arriving at Moskovsky railway station.

It is recommended to choose a walk along the Nevsky procpect as the way of exploring the city since it is the best way to feel the true spirit of St. Petersburg and look into its history and culture. 

546 m
Ulitsa Marata

Ulitsa Marata

Saint Petersburg, ulitsa Marata, 1

While walking down ulitsa Marata, you can learn the history of the city and try the cuisine of St. Petersburg. Almost every building here is either a monument of architecture, or famous historical figures lived there.

A walk along ulitsa Marata is a good combination of exploring the city's history and pleasant and leisurely pastime in one of the restaurants, bars or cafes located here.

In 1739 the street was called Preobrazhenskaya Polkovaya, because not far from this street the Preobrazhensky regiment was located.

In the XVIII century there were the courtiers: the servants, grooms, cooks, tailors, waiters who lived between the modern ulitsa Marata and Vladimirskiy prospect.

In the end of the XVIII century this street got the name Gryaznaya (Dirty), because of its location on the outskirts of St.Petersburg. The sister of A.S. Pushkin lived in the house №25, where she shared the flat with Pushkin’s babysitter Arina Radionovna.

After the death of Nicholas I in October 1856, the street was renamed Nikolaevskaya. The reason for the renaming of this street gave the proximity of Nicholas station (the current Moscow station), which was built at the time of Nicholas I.

In 1917, a special Commission of the interim Government wished to rename Nikolaevskaya ulitsa as prospect of the Twenty-Seventh of February. However, she did not have time to carry out her plan. In 1918, the street was named for a French revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat. 

257 m
Ulitsa Rubinshteyna

Ulitsa Rubinshteyna

Saint Petersburg, ulitsa Rubinshteyna, 1

Ulitsa Rubinshteyna is the main restaurant and bar street in St. Petersburg, known far beyond its borders. In 2015, ulitsa Rubinshteyna was included in the Top main restaurant streets in Europe according to the Washington Post.

Ulitsa Rubinshteyna begins at Nevsky prospekt and ends with the famous intersection "Five corners", which is a very remarkable building of the entire architectural ensemble — a house with a turret, decorated with miniature figures of caryatids (more than 40) and garlands.

Along the street there are forty houses and more than fifty cafes, bars and restaurants for every taste and wallet. But if after a delicious lunch you decide to walk down ulitsa Rubinshteyna, you will find that even such a small street has something to boast about, as a significant number of houses here have a rich history. 

For example, in the house number 7 there was one of the first communes of Leningrad, and in the building of the current theater  "Zazerkalye" ("Looking glass"), placed in the house number 13, previously the famous Leningrad rock club existed, where began their career such musicians as Boris Grebenschikov and Victor Tsoi.

591 m
Anichkov Bridge

Anichkov Bridge

Saint Petersburg, Anichkov most

The Anichkov Bridge is the first and most famous bridge across the Fontanka River in Saint Petersburg

The current bridge, built in 1841-42 and reconstructed in 1906-08, combines a simple form with some spectacular decorations. As well as its four famous horse sculptures (1849–50), the bridge has some of the most celebrated ornate iron railings in Saint Petersburg. The structure is mentioned in the works of Pushkin, Gogol, and Dostoevsky.

During the siege of Leningrad bridge was damaged by artillery attack. Were damaged granite parapets and railing sections. Crossing became blockade monument: on granite pedestal horses  intentionally decided not to restore the trail from German artillery shell fragments.

167 m
Ulitsa Belinskogo

Ulitsa Belinskogo

Saint Petersburg, ulitsa Belinskogo, 1

A short ulitsa Belinskogo lurkes between the Fontanka embankment and Liteyniy prospekt.

A short ulitsa Belinskogo lurks between the Fontanka embankment and Liteyniy prospekt.

Wonderful view from Liteyny prospekt to the Fontanka river and the building of the Circus became one of the most popular postcard views of the city. It is considered that on ulitsa Belinskogo there is the biggest concentration of bars in Northern capital. For only along 235 meters you will find the most iconic establishments which are the favorite places of both residents and tourists.

In 1734, on this street by order of Anna Ioannovna, the stone Church of saints Simeon and Anna was erected. Very soon near the church a new street called Simeonovskaya appeared, where only in 1833 the first house was built. 

In October 1923, the street was renamed in honor of the outstanding Russian publicist, philosopher and critic Belinsky Vissarion Grigorievich. Despite the fact that the Church of saints Simeon and Anna is very old building, it looks perfectly even this day, it is the dominant building on ulitsa Belinskogo. 

Sophistication in everything: architecture, interior decoration, inimitable confectionary.

622 m
Simeon and Anna Church

Simeon and Anna Church

Saint Petersburg, Mohovaya ul., 48

One of the finest examples of early baroque architecture in the city

The first wooden church was built on this site on the orders of Peter the Great in 1714, to celebrate the birth of his daughter Anna. Closed by the Bolsheviks in the 1930s, the church was initially turned into a warehouse, and then handed over to the Meteorological Museum. Returned to the Orthodox Church in the 1990s, the church has still not recovered its main relics, including the Icon of the Three-Handed Mother of God, which is still housed in the St. Nicholas Maritime Cathedral. The interior has been restored in a plain, attractive style, and  now it is a fully functioning church.

104 m
Eliseevy Merchants' Shop

Eliseevy Merchants' Shop

Saint Petersburg, Malaya Sadovaya ulitsa, 8

Refinement in everything: an elegant combination of stylish architecture, interiors and inimitably amazing confectionery

On Christmas Eve 1812, a diligent gardener named Peter Eliseev, Count Sheremetev's serf, delivered fresh raspberries for his master's guests. The astonished Count asked his serf how to thank him for such a treat. Peter didn`t hesitate and asked for freedom. Sheremetev kept his promise and set Eliseev and his wife free awarding them with a small fortune. It turned out that the former serf possessed an extraordinary aptitude for commerce. Peter Eliseev became famous all over St. Petersburg, thanks to his ability to surprise the most demanding customers. That is where the story of the Eliseevy Merchants' Shop began. A few decades later, Peter`s descendants would open the Eliseev Emporium in St. Petersburg, the most opulent food hall in the Russian Empire, which is still open for customers. From the very first moment of its history this store is not just a food store: it also includes fine dining restaurants and in some cases can serve as a grand hall for celebrations.

Here you can find different delicious souvenirs and gifts of St. Petersburg, as well as fish and meat delicacies, rarefied alcohol, spices, natural oils and sauces, chef French desserts, hand-made chocolate and fresh pastries from the bakery at the store.

1 km, 15 m


Saint Petersburg, ul. Sadovaya, 3

Sadovaya Street is one of the central streets of St. Petersburg

It passes through the historical center of the city from the first Garden Bridge across the Moika River, near the Field of Mars to the junction of the Griboedov canal and Fontanka river, along the territory of two islands of the Neva river delta: Spassky island (from the Moika River to the Kryukov canal) and Pokrovsky island (from the Kryukov canal to the junction of the Griboedov canal and Fontanka river). In the alignment of the street across the Kryukov canal is located the Old Nikolsky Bridge. The section from Moika River to Gorokhovaya Street refers to the Central district of the city, the rest part – to the Admiralteysky district. The length of the street is 4376 m (comparable in length to the Nevsky Prospekt, which it crosses), the width of the roadway is about 8 metres, and the distance between the houses is 18 metres.

The street has a great cultural and historical significance – many historical and architectural monuments of the XVIII-XX centuries, including the Mikhailovsky castle, the Vorontsov Palace, the Gostiny Dvor, the Yusupov Palace are situated here. In addition, this street has important transportation functions, linking the central districts of the city with each other.

513 m
Bolshoy Gostiny Dvor

Bolshoy Gostiny Dvor

Saint Petersburg, Nevsky pr., 35

Bolshoy Gostiny Dvor is a vast department store on Nevsky prospekt

This Gostiny Dvor is not only the city's oldest shopping centre, but also one of the first shopping arcades in the world. Sprawling at the intersection of Nevsky prospekt and Sadovaya street for over one kilometer and embracing the area of 53,000 m2 (570,000 sq ft), the indoor complex of more than 100 shops took twenty-eight years to construct. Building works commenced in 1757 to an elaborate design by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, but that subsequently was discarded in favour of a less expensive and more functional Neoclassical design submitted by Jean-Baptiste Vallin de la Mothe (1729–1800).

Throughout the following century, Gostiny Dvor was continuously augmented, resulting in ten indoor streets and as many as 178 shops by the 20th century. By that time, the Gostiny Dvor had lost its popularity to the more fashionable Passage and New Passage, situated on the Nevsky prospekt nearby. During the post-World War II reconstructions, its inner walls were demolished and a huge shopping mall came into being. This massive 18th-century structure got a face-lift recently and entered the 21st century as one of the most fashionable shopping centres in Eastern Europe. A nearby station of Saint Petersburg metro takes its name from Gostiny Dvor.

629 m
Ploshchad Iskusstv (Arts Square)

Ploshchad Iskusstv (Arts Square)

Saint Petersburg, Ploshchad Iskusstv

Arts Square of Saint Petersburg was included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites

Arts Square is home to the Russian Museum, the Mikhaylovsky Theatre, the Large Concert Hall (Bolshoi Zal) of the St. Petersburg Philarmonic, the Pushkin monument.

It is located not far from the Church of the Savior on a Spilled Blood.

555 m
State Russian Museum

State Russian Museum

Saint Petersburg, Ingenernaya street, 4

An excellent sample of High Classicism in Russian architecture

The principal collections of the Russian Museum are located in the Mikhailovsky Palace. It was constructed for one of the emperor Paul I’s sons, the grand duke Mikhail Pavlovich, upon the project of the architect C. Rossi.  From the very beginning of its existence, the palace was recognized as an architectural masterpiece not only on the territory of Russia, but also in all Europe. The receptions given in this palace were frequented by the most famous Russian poets and writers, such as Alexander Pushkin. The palace was also famous for its musical salon, where the best European singers, musicians, and composers came to. It was a place where the residents of St. Petersburg could listen to such celebrities as Liszt, Berlioz, Schuman, Wagner, and many others.

At the end of 19 century, the palace which is partially reconstructed in three years for the museum purposes and accepted collections of Winter Palace, Gatchina and Aleksandrovsky Palaces, the Hermitage and the Museum of  the Academy of Arts, and also  private collections donated to the museum. Now the collection of the Russian Museum contains more than 400 000 exhibits and covers all historical periods and tendencies of the history of the Russian art through more than 1000 years (from the XI till the XXI century), and the variety of all its principal types and genres, directions and schools.

And also the museum contains a rich collection of folk and applied arts, including different objects representing national crafts, embroideries, fabrics, fragments of the Russian log huts, women's suits of different Russian regions.

95 m
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Saint Petersburg, naberezhnaya kanala Griboedova, 2, lit. B

This church was built on the site where tsar Alexander II was assassinated

This Church was built on the site where Emperor Alexander II was severely wounded and died in March 1881. The church was built from 1883 till 1907. The construction was funded by the imperial family.

Architecturally, the Cathedral differs from St. Petersburg's other structures. The Church contains over 7500 square meters of mosaics—according to its restorers, more than any other church in the world. The walls and ceilings inside the Church are completely covered in intricately detailed mosaics — the main pictures being biblical scenes or figures — but with very fine patterned borders setting off each picture.

551 m
Kazan Cathedral

Kazan Cathedral

Saint Petersburg, Nevsky Prospect, 25

Cathedral is dedicated to Our Lady of Kazan, probably the most venerated icon in Russia

Kazan Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in Saint Petersburg. It was built in 1801-1811 by the architect Andrey Voronikhin by order of Emperor Paul I who wanted the cathedral to resemble St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. The cathedral is the monument to glory of Russian arms. The famous Russian Field Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov, who won the most important campaign of 1812, was buried inside the Kazan Cathedral. In 1932-1991 it housed the Museum of the History of Religion and Atheism. The sacred thing of the cathedral is a copy of an icon of Our Lady of Kazan.

Kazan Cathedral is remarkable for its plan. Half-round colonnade decorates the side façade of the cathedral, not the main one. According to church canons the altar was to face eastwards, the main entrance - westwards.

958 m
Stroganov palace

Stroganov palace

Saint Petersburg, Nevsky pr., 17

Late Baroque palace at the intersection of the Moika River and Nevsky Prospect

One of the best samples of the Russian baroque, the only residential building of the XVIII century on Nevsky Prospect, Stroganov Palace up to 1917 belonged to the most ancient family of industrialists Stroganov. Constructed in the shortest terms upon the project of one of the most demanded architects of the period, F. B. Rastrelli, it stroked contemporaries with its luxury of decor, magnificence of balls of high society and lunches. In the first half of 19 century Stroganovs started to collect large scientific and art collections.

Later the palace became a place of representation of the large collections of books, the West European and Russian painting, numismatics and minerals, and for this purpose were built Mineral and Physical studies, and also Library and Art gallery, where the count A.Stroganov, during the time he was the president of Academy of Arts were placed, gave an opportunity to students (future illustrious Russian painters) to copy works from his collection.

Today the visit to Stroganov Palace becomes a fascinating trip through the pages of its architectural history – from the baroque Rastrelli’s Big hall to the magnificent samples of classicism in Sadovnikov and Voronikhin's interiors. After the renovation and restoration of its architectural decor Stroganov Palace is again filled with works of painting, sculpture and applied arts from the storage of the Russian Museum.

308 m
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

Saint Isaac's Cathedral

Saint Petersburg, Isaakiyevskaya ploshchad, 4

The largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city

Saint Isaac's Cathedral or Isaakievskiy Sobor in Saint Petersburg is the largest orthodox chuch and the fourth largest cathedral in the world. It is dedicated to Saint Isaac of Dalmatia, a patron saint of Peter the Great, who had been born on the feast day of that saint.

The church on St Isaac's Square was ordered by Tsar Alexander I, to replace an earlier Rinaldiesque structure, and was the fourth consecutive church standing at this place.

The neoclassical exterior expresses the traditional Russian-Byzantine formula of a Greek-cross ground plan with a large central dome and four subsidiary domes. It is similar to Andrea Palladio's Villa La Rotonda, with a full dome on a high drum substituted for the Villa's low central saucer dome. The design of the cathedral in general and the dome in particular later influenced the design of the Lutheran Cathedral in Helsinki.

The exterior is faced with gray and pink stone, and features a total of 112 red granite columns with Corinthian capitals, each hewn and erected as a single block: 48 at ground level, 24 on the rotunda of the uppermost dome, 8 on each of four side domes, and 2 framing each of four windows. The rotunda is encircled by a walkway accessible to tourists. 24 statues stand on the roof, and another 24 on top of the rotunda.

The cathedral's main dome rises 101.5 metres (333 ft) and is plated with pure gold. The dome is decorated with twelve statues of angels by Josef Hermann. These angels were likely the first large sculptures produced by the then novel process of electrotyping, which was an alternative to traditional bronze casting of sculptures. Montferrand's design of the dome is based on a supporting cast iron structure. It was the third historical instance of cast iron cupola after the Leaning Tower of Nevyansk (1732) and Mainz Cathedral (1826).

923 m
Monument to Peter I on Senate Square (Bronze Horseman)

Monument to Peter I on Senate Square (Bronze Horseman)

Saint Petersburg, Senatskaya ploshchad

Monument to the founder of St.Petersburg

Commissioned by Catherine the Great, the monument was created by the French sculptor Étienne Maurice Falconet in 1782. The second name (the Bronze Horseman) comes from the same name poem written by Aleksander Pushkin (1833). The monument symbolizes the Russian victory over Sweden in the Northern War (1700-1721): the snake symbolizes a defeated enemy, the horse symbolizes Russia. The pedestal of this monument is a huge so-called "thunder-stone", which was delivered to Senate Square from a borough Lakhta.

There is a legend that one can find the name of Étienne Falconet on a fold of Peter the Great's cloak.

477 m
Aleksandrovsky Sad (Alexander Garden)

Aleksandrovsky Sad (Alexander Garden)

Saint Petersburg, Aleksandrovsky Sad

The garden was opened in 1874. It is called in honor of the emperor Alexander II

The garden is situated in the very center of St.Petersburg nearby its landmarks: the Winter palace, the Admiralty, St.Isaac's Cathedral and the Bronze Horseman monument. It is named after the emperor Alexander II famous for the abolition of serfdom in Russia, who ruled the country in the days when the garden was opened to public. The territory would once be occupied by fortifications defending the Admiralty, years after that the Admiralty meadow was set up to be later on divided into three squares: Admiralteyskaya, Isaakiyevskaya and Senatskaya. In 1874 the Alexander garden was opened with more than 5 thousand trees, more than 12,5 thousand bushes of 52 kinds having been planted. The landmarks that call the public attention are, firstly, the Bronze Horseman – the monument to Peter the Great, secondly, a part of the rail tracks of the first line of the tramway launched in St.Petersburg, marked by a memorial stone, and thirdly, by a great fountain surrounded by the statues of Russian poets and composers. 

During the Siege of Leningrad none of the trees were felled to make logs for the fire.

During the rule of the empress Anna Ioannovna in the 18th century the Admiralty meadow was the place to host public feasts accompanied with bonfires, fountains of wine and «amusement palaces» made of ice being constructed.

There is a camel somewhere in the park.

82 m
Building of the Main Admiralty

Building of the Main Admiralty

Saint Petersburg, Admiralteysky proezd, 1

The first building on the left bank of the Neva River

It is one of the most important sight of St. Petersurg. Firstly having been constructed as a shipyard, at present the Admiralty building is the Headquarters of the Russian Navy.Three central streets of St. Petersburg split off from the Admiralty Spire as three rays.: Nevsky Avenue, Gorokhovaya Street and Voznesensky Avenue. On the top of the 72,5 meter spire one can see the symbol of St. Petersburg - a gilded weather vane in the form of a ship.

According to the legend, the silhouette of the weather vane repeats a contour of the first ship which came into the port of St. Petersburg soon after the foundation of the city.

Find the Admiralty spire from Gorokhovaya Street, Voznesensky and Nesky Avenue. Just because of this interesting possibility - one can see the spire from these 3 streets -  in the 19th century the Admiralty was jestingly called  a "Pole Star" or "Nevsky trident".

309 m
 The First Saint Petersburg Tramline Monument

The First Saint Petersburg Tramline Monument

Saint Petersburg, Admiralteysky Prospect / Gorokhovaya ul.

The monument is a commemorative plaque on the former site of St. Petersburg first tram line

This is a rail track 30 meters long, mounted on the sidewalk at Admiralteysky Prospekt. Here at the beginning of the last century the first St. Petersburg classic tram line was appeared. The total length of the line was 2.14 km – extending from the Alexander Garden on Konnogvardeisky Boulevard, then along the Nikolayevsky Bridge to Vasilievsky Island and further along the 8th line to Bolshoy Prospekt. The designer of this line was engineer Heinrich Osipovich Graftio, who himself conducted the first tram on line on September 29 (September 16 in the old calendar) in 1907.

During the celebration of the first tramway 100th Anniversary on September 29, 2007 here was established the memorial plaque. The memorable rail track itself had appeared two years earlier in 2005.

140 m
Gorokhovaya Street

Gorokhovaya Street

Saint Petersburg, Gorokhovaya ul., 2

Gorokhovaya Street first appeared on St. Petersburg plans in the 1710-s

Perhaps the most famous building is number 2, also known as the Vietinghoff house, built in 1801 by architect Giacomo Quarenghi. In 1828-1829 Nicolay Gogol also lived on Gorokhovaya Street.

The street officially received its present name Gorokhovaya (literally Pea Street) in 1848. In the second half of the XIX century, it gradually assumed the look of a typical capitalistic highway. It was built up by Revenue houses with well-yards. The first floors of new buildings were often entirely sold for sale.

The first public transport routes passed through Gorokhovaya Street. Besides, the street served as a way from the city center to Vitebsky (former Tsarskoye Selo) station, which means that it was also a government road. The bus route from the Alexander Garden to the station was started here in 1907.

Gorokhovaya Street was primarily merchant. But along with the rich entrepreneurs there lived nobles, masters of art and cultural figures. From 1914 to 1916 Gorokhovaya was a street there Grigoriy Rasputin lived on. At the beginning of the XX century, some buildings here were rebuilt for large trading firms, insurance companies, banks.

Since 1918 the street has become known as the Komissarskaya. The name connected with the house number 2, where All-Russian Extraordinary Commission (Cheka) was situated. In 1927 the street was renamed Dzerzhinsky Street after «Cheka» leader Felix Dzerzhinsky. During the Soviet era former Revenue houses remained residential, but the Soviet «kommunalka» or communal apartments have appeared. Some of the buildings became occupied by various state organizations.

In 1991, the historical name Gorokhovaya Street was returned. Due to the large traffic load, a one-way system was organized along the part of the street from the Admiralty building to the Fontanka River.

101 m
Dvortsovaya ploshchad (Palace Square)

Dvortsovaya ploshchad (Palace Square)

Saint Petersburg, Dvortsovaya ploshchad

One of the most beautiful and harmonious ensembles of architecture in the world, Palace Square remains the main public space of St. Petersburg throughout nearly three centuries

Palace Square was laid out in 1819-1829 by Carlo Rossi, a neoclassicist architect of Italian descent who designed a large number of streets and squares in St. Petersburg. The picturesque Baroque Winter Palace (built in 1754-62) stands on the northern side of the square. Across the square, on the southern side, there is a classical yellow-and-white General Staff building (built in 1819-29 by Carlo Rossi). This building encircles the Southern side of the square and through its central arch, designed as a Triumphal Arch of the Classical World, you can reach Nevsky Prospect. On the eastn side the building of the former Royal Guards' General Staff tastefully closes the panorama of Palace Square, while on the West the square borders with the Admiralty and the Admiralty Garden.

Many significant events took place here, including the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1905 and the October Revolution in 1917.

Today the enormous square is more peaceful. Locals often gather here and tourists gaze at the architectural delights or stand in line to get to the Hermitage. Political rallies and official ceremonies still take place here, although today you're more likely to see a concert or festival here.

387 m
The State Hermitage Museum

The State Hermitage Museum

Saint Petersburg, Dvortsovaya ploshchad, 2

The collection of the State Hermitage includes more than three million works of art and artefacts of the world culture

The State Hermitage Museum is one of the largest artistic and cultural and historical museums in Russia and one of the largest in the world.The museum starts its history from collections of works of art which were gained by Russian empress Catherine II in private capacity.

The main expositions of the State Hermitage are placed in the Main Museum Complex, which is situated in the historical centre of Saint Petersburg. It is represented by  the Winter Palace, which is a former emperor's residence, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage and New Hermitage, and also Hermitage Theatre.

In the Main Museum Complex of the State Hermitage are presented the monuments of culture and arts of the ancient world, Europe, Russia, the East, archaeological and numismatic collections. In the  Hermitage collection there are two paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and sculpture by Michelangelo, which can be found nowhere else in Russia, as well as the  largest collection of Rembrandt's paintings outside Netherlands.

The expositions of the State Hermitage Museum are also located in the General Staff, the Winter Palace of Peter I, Menshikov Palace, the Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory, Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre.

Ticket price — 600 roubles

300  roubles – entry ticket to one of the Hermitage branches (Winter Palace of Peter the Great, Menshikov Palace, the Museum of the Imperial Porcelain Factory, Staraya Derevnya Restoration and Storage Centre)

The third Thursday of each month is a day of free entrance to the museum for all individual visitors (with free tickets).

Free entrance: preschool children, school children, students.

233 m
Spit of Vasilievsky Island

Spit of Vasilievsky Island

Saint Petersburg, Birzhevaya ploshchad

Architectural complex “Spit of Vasilyevsky Island” is one of the most beautiful places in St. Petersburg

Rostral Columns (the height of each one reaches 32 meters) and the Exchange building constitute the center of architectural composition. 

The Spit represents a small cape in the southeastern part of Vasilievsky Island, washed by the Big and Little Neva.

A huge water space allows  to see the whole ensemble of the Spit in all it's splendor. For two decades, the Twelve Collegia (1722 - 1742), the Kunstkammer (1718 - 1734), the Novobirzhevoy Gostiny Dvor (1722 - 1735) and the palace of the Tsaritsa Praskovia Fedorovna (the wife of Peter the Great's brother Ivan) and other structures appeared on the Spit of Vasilievsky Island.

The seaport firmly established itself on the spit: dozens of ships and boats transported people and cargo in the water area. In 1781 at the Spit of Vasilievsky Island began the construction of the Exchange building under the leadership of J. Quarenghi. However, with its main facade, it faced the Winter Palace, and thus did not fit fully into the ensemble of the square. Therefore, four years later the building was dismantled. The project of the new Exchange building was developed by the French architect J.F. Tom de Tomon. The building, made by the type of temples of Ancient Greece, was built in 1804 -1816. The attic of the facade is decorated with the sculptural group "Neptune with two rivers", and on the opposite side of the Stock Exchange building – the sculptural group "Navigation with Mercury and two rivers". Since 1940, the Central Naval Museum is located here – one of the oldest in St. Petersburg.
In 1826 - 1832, according to the project of the architect I.F. Lukini on both sides of the Stock Exchange building were built southern and northern warehouses – closed storage facilities. Now the Zoological Museum is located in the southern warehouse. Behind the northern exchange warehouse, symmetricallly to the building of the Kunstkammer (in relation to the ensemble of spit) there is a building of the Customs, built also by the architect IF. Lukini in the classical style. Since 1927 the Institute of Russian Literature – Pushkin House is located here. The ensemble of spit also includes the main building of the Academy of Sciences, which is located between the Kunstkammer and the building of the Twelve Colleges.


765 m
Zoology Museum of the Russian Academy of Sciences Zoology Institute

Zoology Museum of the Russian Academy of Sciences Zoology Institute

Saint Petersburg, Universitetskaya naberezhnaya, 1

The Museum of the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences is the largest zoological museum in Russia and one of the largest in the world. Nearly 30 000 specimens of animals from all over the world are displayed in the Museum. The collection was started over 250 years ago, but has only been open to visitors since 1901.

283 m
Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (the Kunstkamera) RAS

Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (the Kunstkamera) RAS

Saint Petersburg, Universitetskaya naberezhnaya, 3

One of the largest ethnographic museums in the world is the successor of the Kunstkamera, museum established by Peter The Great in 1714.

Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography is one of the largest and oldest ethnographic museums in the world. It is the successor to the first Russian state public museum, the famous Kunstkamera, established by Peter The Great in 1714.

The Kunstkamera was dedicated to collecting and researching natural and human curiosities and rarities. Today, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography RAS is not only an academic museum, but also one of the leading research centers of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Here the traditions of the great Russian ethnographers and anthropologists of the XVIII - XX centuries continue. Priceless ethnographic, anthropological and archaeological collections stored in the Museum are considered to be the most complete and interesting in the world. There are over 1.2 million exhibits, reflecting the diversity of cultures of the peoples of the Old and New Worlds, which are part of the cultural heritage of all mankind.

72 m
Vasilievsky Island

Vasilievsky Island

Saint Petersburg, Universitetskaya naberezhnaya, 7

The largest and most famous island of St. Petersburg has retained a unique layout and remarkable architecture of Peter's time

Vasilievsky Island is the largest on the Neva. Peter I, after looking at the idea in Amsterdam, wanted to cut the island with a multitude of canals. But he could not bring the idea to life. Influential people did not allow the island to be shredded, this option was unprofitable. Despite the decrees of the tsar, the people did not migrate to the Vasilievsky Island. The channels fell asleep. This is the only place in the world where each street has two names.

The abundance of architectural monuments, houses of famous historical figures, museums and the amazing panoramic view of the city that opens from the embankment, make a walk along Vasilievsky Island unforgettable and amazing. The locals affectionately and lovingly call the island Vaska.

400 m
Menshikov Palace

Menshikov Palace

Saint Petersburg, Universitetskaya naberezhnaya, 15

Menshikov Palace was the first stone building in the city

Since 1981, it has served as a public museum, a branch of the Hermitage Museum.

The palace was founded in 1710 as a residence of Saint Petersburg Governor General Alexander Menshikov and built by Italian architects Giovanni Maria Fontana, and, later, German architect Gottfried Johann Schädel. It was opened in 1711, but the construction continued until 1727 (assisted by Domenico Trezzini, Bartolomeo Rastrelli, Georg Johann Mattarnovy and Jean-Baptiste Le Blond), when Menshikov with his family was exiled to Siberia and his property was confiscated.

In 1731, Cadet Corps were established and occupied the palace and neighboring buildings. At the end of the 19th century the Menshikov Palace was restored and became the museum of the Corps. In 1924, its collections were moved to the Hermitage and other museums. From 1956-1981 the Menshikov Palace was restored again and finally opened to the public as a branch of the Hermitage Museum with a collection of Russian art of the late 17th-early 18th century.

395 m