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

War and Peace is a British-American historical period drama television serial first broadcast on BBC One on 3 January 2016. It is a six-part adaptation of War and Peace by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy, written by Andrew Davies and directed by Tom Harper. The serial stars Paul Dano, Lily James and James Norton in the leading roles.

Countless Eastern European locations were used for shooting, including palaces, museums and even a university, with 750 actors and extras heading to opulent and historic buildings bring the 1,300-page tome to life. A lot of scenes were shot in Saint Petersburg.

The route was rewarded Grand Prix in the nomination «The best idea of a route» in the final of all-russian tourist contest «The route of the year» in November 2016.

  • temples and cathedrals 1 ,
  • points of interest 1 ,
  • palaces 5 ,
  • museums 2 ,
  • parks 1 ,
  • bridges 3
Malo-Konushenny Bridge

Malo-Konushenny Bridge

St. Petersburg, Malo-Konushenny Bridge

From the first minutes of the serial the viewers are brought to streets of St. Petersburg as they watch Pierre Bezukhov heading to the salon of Anna Pavlovna Scherer. The scene was shot at naberezhnaya reki Moiki (river Moika emb.) with Malo-Konyushenny most (Malo-Konyushenny bridge) and Adamini house at the opposite side of the river. In fact, both the bridge and the house were built in 1820-30s, which was 20 years later than the scene of the beginning of the novel was laid.

Hermitage Bridge

Hermitage Bridge

St. Petersburg, Ermitazhny most

Zimnyaya Kanavka (Winter Canal) is a canal connecting river Bolshaya Neva river with Moika river in the vicinity of Winter Palace.

The canal is spanned with the oldest stone bridge in the city – Ermitazhny most (Hermitage bridge).

Andrei Bolkonsky and Pierre Bezukhov take their time walking along Zimnyaya Kanavka reflecting on their lives and future.

Krasnogvardeysky Bridge

Krasnogvardeysky Bridge

St.Petersburg, Krasnogvardeysky most

Krasnogvardeysky most (Krasnogvardeysky bridge) connects Kazansky and Spassky islands, divided by kanal Griboyedova (Griboedov canal).

The bridge where Pierre comes to a decision to head to Anatole Kuragin's is one of the «7 bridges» («semimostye») which is a place where one may observe 7 bridges at the same time. This is a very place to make a wish.

The domes of Nikolsky sobor (Nikolsky Naval cathedral) may be seen over the roofs of the houses. The cathedral is considered one of the most beautiful in St. Petersburg.

Catherine Palace

Catherine Palace

St. Petersburg, Pushkin, ul. Sadovaya, 7

The celebrated ball scene - complete with glittering mirrors for the dance spectacular - was filmed at Catherine Palace, to the South of St. Petersburg.

The Grotto pavilion

The Grotto pavilion

The scene with Pierre Bezukhov and Hélène Kuragina skating was filmed at Bolshoy pond in front of the pavillion «Grotto» in Catherine park of Tsarskoye selo. 


Krestovy most and Bolshoy Kitaysky most (Big Chinese bridge) span over Krestovy canal in Aleksandrovsky park (Alexander park) in Tsarskoye selo.

Alexander park was the backdrop for happy and enamoured Andrei Bolkonsky and Natasha Rostova strolling in the second episode of the serial.

Gatchina Palace

Gatchina Palace

St. Petersburg, Gatchina, Krasnoarmeysky pr.,1

Gatchina palace and estate museum – a suburban royal residence to the South of St. Petersburg. Gatchina palace portrayed the residences of Pierre Bezukhov and Andrei Bolkonsky in BBC drama.

The palace-and-park ensemble is one of the best samples of Russian classicism. The Palace is analogous to English castles. The main sights of Gatchina are park pavilions, greenhouses, bridges and the Palace.

Assumption of Our Lady Church in the Saint Petersburg Metochion of the stavropegic friary Svyato-Vvedenskaya Optina Pustyn

Assumption of Our Lady Church in the Saint Petersburg Metochion of the stavropegic friary Svyato-Vvedenskaya Optina Pustyn

Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin turned into the set for one night. This is where Pierre Bezukhov and Hélène Kuragina were wed and where a funeral service was performed for count Ilya Rostov.

Yusupov palace

Yusupov palace

Saint-Petersburg, ul. Dekabristov, 21, lit. A

The stunning Yusupov Palace on the Moika River is one of two surviving residences of the Yusupov family. The palace is known to be the place where infamous Grigory Rasputin was assassinated.

It is one of the few aristocratic houses in the city that is still decorated with its original interior, making it a perfect backdrop for the BBC drama. 

The home theatre of the Yusupov princely family was chosen to be the shooting location of the scene in the opera when Anatole Kuragin was introduced to Natasha Rostova.

State Russian Museum

State Russian Museum

Saint Petersburg, Ingenernaya street, 4

The famous façade of the Russian Museum appears on the screen in the scene when Boris Drubetskoy comes with a visit to married Hélène Kuragina.

 Winter Palace

Winter Palace

St. Petersburg, Dvortsovaya pl., 2

The Winter Palace, founded in 1764, is famous for the richest collection of the world biggest art museum of the State Hermitage Museum, that is housed in the palace since 1852.

Pierre Bezukhov and Hélène Kuragina ride along the façade of the palace across Dvortsovaya ploshchad (Palace Square).

Saint Michael's (Engineer's) Castle

Saint Michael's (Engineer's) Castle

St. Petersburg, ul. Sadovaya, 2

Mikhailovsky (Inzhenerny) castle, that was chosen to be the backdrop for the secret freemason’s lodge gatherings, is located in the very centre of St. Petersburg. The story of the place is curious and unusual. The castle was commissioned by Paul I, the Grand Master, tragically assassinated here, within the walls of his beloved castle.

The Derzhavin museum

The Derzhavin museum

St. Petersburg, Fontanka river embankment, 118

The only estate that remained within the borders of St. Petersburg turned on the screen into the house of the Rostovs in St. Petersburg. Here Natasha spends a heart-pounding night before her first ball and here she later on longs for her beloved Andrei to come.

The building houses the memorial estate of a Russian writer Gavrila Derzhavin.