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The Winter Palace is a former imperial palace, at present is a part of the Main Museum Complex of the Hermitage

The elegant, monumental palace is a striking monument of the Baroque style in mid-18th-century Russian art. The palace is a brilliant example of the synthesis of architecture and decorative plastic art. All the facades are embellished by a two-tier colonnade. Forming a complex rhythm of verticals, the columns soar upwards, and this motion embraces the numerous statues and vases on the roof. The abundance of moulded decoration - fanciful cornices and window architraves, mascarons, cartouches, rocailles, and a variety of pediments - creates an extremely rich play of light and shade that invest the building's appearance with magnificence.

Developing upon one and the same architectural motif, Rastrelli gave each of the four facades of the palace a different structural rhythm. The southern facade, overlooking the square, has a formal grandeur. Here the architect pierced the building with three arches to create a grand entrance into the courtyard and accentuated it with the vertical elements of paired columns. The majestic northern facade, giving the impression of an endless colonnade, faces the broad expanse of the Neva. The western facade, across from the Admiralty, is reminiscent of the composition of a countryside palace with a small courtyard. The monumental eastern facade with its massive side blocks forming a large cour d'honneur is turned to Millionnaya Street, where the mansions of the nobility stood.

For 150 years the palace served as an imperial residence. In November 1917, after the October Revolution, it was declared a museum. The exhibition placed in the palace includes grand halls and chambers, collections of the antiquities of Eurasia and the East, as well as collections of European and Eastern paintings, sculptures, and decorative art works.

Ticket price — 600 roubles

Revolutionary St. Petersburg

The most important revolutionary events happened here, in St. Petersburg. This route will guide you through the most memorable sights that hold the memories about the Great Revolution.

3 h

Following the scenery of the «War and Peace»

The route will get you acknowledged with the places in Saint Petersburg that have become the scenery for War&Peace TV show by BBC

4 h

Germans in St. Petersburg

This route will tell you more about the people, that left their homeland in order to put a great effort in building our city.

Night cruise-conсert

• live music on board

• dance hits of the 21st century

• 5 drawbridges on the way

• double-deck boat

• open and closed decks

Saint-Petersburg overnight

Night walk along the rivers and canals of the city along the route Fontanka - the river Neva - r. Fontanka. During the walk, passengers will be able to see the layout of the two bridges and enjoy unforgettable views of the night Petersburg. The route is accompanied by an audio tour.

Anglotourismo

• live English speaking guide

• excursion along rivers and canals

Musical cruise

Evening water tour along the Neva and the Gulf of Finland, accompanied by live music. From the ship there is a beautiful view of the main city center and the expanses of the Gulf of Finland.

The route is carried out on the club ship Element.

2 h

Saint Petersburg – Peterhof (or there and back again)

The fastest and most comfortable way to the famous Kingdom of Fountains is the magnificent Peterhof on the meteor - along the Neva and the Gulf of Finland. One way travel time is 40 minutes.
 

Fireworks on May 9 from Pushkin Memorial Apartment

Unforgettable festival fireworks on the Victory Day from the board of a comfortable single-deck motor ship.

Scarlet Sails Show at the Senate Marina

The Scarlet Sails festival was awarded the European Best Event Awards and is justly called one of the best city events in Europe, which cannot be missed and definitely should be seen from the best angle - from the board of the ship.

City Cruise

The best solution for people travelling around the city! River and canal Hop-on Hop-off excursion with 5 stops next to the main sights and points of interest in the city. 24-hour ticket. Audio-guide in 7 languages.

Fireworks on May 9 from the pier at Kunstkamera

Unforgettable festival fireworks on the Victory Day from the board of a comfortable single-deck motor ship.Departure from Kunstkamera pier (University Embankment, 3) at 09:30 pm.

Express «Sevcable Port-City»

Water transfer from Sevcable Port on Vasilyevsky Island to the very centre of St. Petersburg.

Fireworks on May 9 from Anichkov Bridge and Lomonosov Bridge piers

Unforgettable festival fireworks on the Victory Day from the board of a comfortable single-deck motor ship.Departure from Lomonosov Bridge and Anichkov Bridge piers.

Fireworks on May 9 from Anichkov Bridge and Lomonosov Bridge piers

Unforgettable festival fireworks on the Victory Day from the board of a comfortable single-deck motor ship.Departure from Lomonosov Bridge and Anichkov Bridge piers.

Scarlet Sails Show from the public quay opposite «Okhtinskaya» hotel

Viewing the Scarlet Sails Show from the side of a comfortable double-deck boat from the Liteiny Bridge. Departure and arrival will take place from the public quay opposite “Ohtinskaya” hotel (Sinopskaya embankment, 28) at 11 pm. There is a bar on board, music program on-board.

2 h

Express «City-Sevcable Port»

Water transfer from the centre of St. Petersburg to the modern creative space near the Sea Port on Vasilyevsky Island "Sevcable Port".

Romantic saxophone

Finished until navigation 2019. Romantic night walk on the ship accompanied by live saxophone music along the rivers and canals of the city with an exit to the Neva River to watch the show of drawbridges.

2 h

Northern Venice

• route along the rivers and canal

• Neva, Fontanka, Moika River, Winter groove

• professional guide

• classic boat trip

Boat tour "Parade of warships"

In the centre of festive events on the Neva! Water excursion dedicated to the Day of the Navy. The route passes around warships in the water area of the Neva, from the Annunciation Bridge to the Cruiser Aurora.

Fireworks in honor of the Day of the Navy

The best view from the water on the most striking events of the Navy Day! 4 piers of departure to choose from! July 28, we invite you to view the festive fireworks in honour of the Day of the Navy from the side of the boat!

«Balls, champagne wine, valets, cadets…» (the Russian Empire ball life)

Saint Petersburg was a capital of the Russian Empire. It was the place where all public life was concentrated – policy, culture, entertainments. In this vortex of high society conventionalities balls were their important part – from splendid balls at gorgeous palaces of emperors and nobles to cosy chamber balls at private commoner’s houses.

Actual route invites you to seat in a virtual carriage and visit the most exquisite balls which were saved by a historical memory of XVIII and XIX centuries.

Vintage child’s play asks the question: «Mistress sent a dressing-table. In a dressing-table there is 100 Rubles. Buy what you want, but don’t tell «no», don’t take black and white. In which dress will you go to a ball?» You can go on this child’s play: where could you go to a ball in Saint Petersburg?

The British in Petersburg

We will walk in the places reflecting centuries-old history of Great Britain and Russia's relations

3 h

Emperor Alexander II

The route will guide you through the places that saved memories about the times of Alexander II reign

4 h

Matilda Kshesinskaya in St. Petersburg

The route introduces this intresting woman through the places where she lived and created

3 h

The epoch of Nicolas I

The route will guide you through the times of Nicolas I reign. You can learn more about him by getting acquainted with architectural monument that cherish memories of those times.

3 h

Architect Rastrelli

This route gives you an opportunity to know more not only about  the works of the greatest architect but also about his personal life, to get acquainted with the concept of "Rastrelli baroque".

Women on the Russian Throne

The route gives you a chance to see the most popular places associated with the rule of great Russians Empresses

4 h
  • Address: St. Petersburg, Dvortsovaya pl., 2
  • Site: www.hermitagemuseum.org
  • Working time:
    Monday: Free
    Tuesday: 10:30 - 18:00
    Wednesday: 10:30 - 21:00
    Thursday - Sunday: 10:30 - 18:00
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