Advice 1: Where to go in the Leningrad region

Leningrad oblast is an ancient territory, rich in history and amazing nature. It is located in the North-Western part of Russia and borders Estonia and Finland. On this land there are many amazing places to visit.
Where to go in the Leningrad region

Leningrad oblast is one of the unique regions of the country. Among other Russian regions, it stands out in a pronounced peculiarity of the cultural attractions that have national and global significance.

Just an hour drive from St. Petersburg is a tiny but quite interesting city of Shlisselburg. He stands on the left Bank of the Neva, near lake Ladoga. Its main attraction is the Oreshek fortress, built on the same island. It was founded in the 14th century the Novgorodians to protect the Russian lands from the invading Swedes. Here literally everything breathes antiquity. Despite the fact that the fortress is popular with tourists, it nevertheless managed to retain its pristine atmosphere, there are no street stalls of souvenir shops, no cafes. Only the tall walls of the fortress with towers crowned with carved weathervanes and old buildings.

Definitely worth a visit and Vyborg. This city is attractive, first of all, the only medieval castle and an abundance of historical monuments. The castle was built in the 13th century. From the observation deck, the city can be seen at a glance. In addition, Vyborg has a unique Park of mon repos. Its highlight are the intricate piles of granite rocks.

Interesting and Vsevolozhsk, located seven kilometers from St. Petersburg. It is worth visiting the estate "Priyutino", where at one time there were Bryullov, Pushkin and Krylov.

There are places that you must visit at least once in your life. Staraya Ladoga is one of such places. This is a tiny village with a great past. It was built on the trade route "from the Varangians to the Greeks". His land probably still remember the heavy tread of the ancient Scandinavians. Before Staraya Ladoga was one of the ten largest cities of Russia. Among the other highlights of her sat the old fortress, which stands on a steep Bank of the river Volkhov, as well as several ancient churches.

Not to mention the town of Tikhvin, a rich and interesting history which is reflected in the surviving buildings. The main attraction of the city – Uspensky monastery. Crowds of pilgrims flock here to touch the miraculous icon of the Theotokos of Tikhvin.

Advice 2 : Where to go from St. Petersburg

Saint Petersburg – one of the largest transport hubs in Europe. Here start many Hiking trails. From the Northern capital you can not just go on long trips. It makes sense to look at the suburbs of St. Petersburg, some cities of the Leningrad region, to go to the next regional centers, as well as in neighbouring Estonia and Finland.
You will need
  • - train schedules in all stations of St. Petersburg;
  • the flight schedules of the airports "Pulkovo-1" and "Pulkovo-2";
  • - metro map of Saint Petersburg.
The suburbs of St. Petersburg are beautiful. Visit at least one of them, even if you come only for a few days. Many guests of the Northern capital, starting with the suburbs of Peterhof. To get to the "capital of fountains" can be by electric train from the Baltic station. You need the train to Oranienbaum or Kalishche. Go to Peterhof and buses mainly from the metro station "Avtovo". Routes a lot. You are looking at any bus you will see the word "fountains".

Buses and taxis go via Strelna, where too many interesting – Congress Palace, Travel Palace of Peter I, Orlovsky Park. Some buses (№№200, 300, 401) follow through Peterhof to Oranienbaum and on. You can reach the city of Lomonosov and see a beautiful old Park and several palaces. And in the Peterhof museums a lot, so we can restrict ourselves only to the Lower Park.
With Vitebsk station you can go to Pavlovsk and Pushkin. In these suburbs to magnificent parks, palaces, the famous Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum. To get to Pushkin, you need to go to the station "Detskoye Selo". To Pushkin and Pavlovsk can be reached also from the station "Kupchino". It is very convenient because of the subway, you can get to the train platform and ride the train just a few stops. In Pushkin and Pavlovsk and go bus. They are sent from the metro station "Moskovskaya".
Another suburb that is must-see – Kronstadt. Before him is the easiest way to get minibuses or buses from the metro stations "Black small river" or "Old village". In summer, Kronstadt can be accessed on the pleasure boat.
The nearest to St. Petersburg city Leningrad region – Vsevolozhsk. There you can see the ancient estate "Priyutino", the cat Museum and many more. To get the best by train from the Finnish station to station "Vsevolozhskaya" or by bus from the metro station "Ladoga".
From the Baltic railway station go trains to Gatchina. Several parks, the Grand Palace, Priory Palace, and in addition, several historic manor complexes in the area. You need to get on the train to the station "Gatchina-Baltiyskaya" or "meadows". Go to Gatchina and minibuses from metro station "Moskovskaya".
If you like old castles, you should probably use the cities and villages, as Vyborg, Shlisselburg, Priozersk, Koporye and Ivangorod. To Vyborg, Schlisselburg and Priozersk are the train from the Finnish station. In the Vyborg castle and Korela you get without problems, and Shlisselburg fortress is located on the island, a message which even in summer is not always possible. But it is usually possible to hire a boat on the shore.
In Ivangorod can be reached by the suburban train from the Baltic station, Tallinn train. There is also a version with change – to get from the metro station "Moskovskaya" by bus to Kingisepp, then change for the bus to Ivangorod. To get into Koporye, you need to get to the station "Oranienbaum I", go to the bus station, which is located next to the train and get on a minibus or the bus to Koporye.
From St. Petersburg easily accessible to the neighboring regional centers. In Pskov and Novgorod are buses from the bus station on the bypass channel, as well as trains. In Novgorod you can go to the Baltic or Moscow stations in Pskov – the Baltic and Vitebsk.
Pretty quickly you can get from St. Petersburg to the capital of the neighboring Finland and Estonia. A lot of options – plane, train, bus and even ferry. In fact, and in another case a bus or bus is more convenient everything, and cheaper, but sometimes you have to stand for long at the border.

Advice 3 : Petersburg and surroundings: the Sablino natural sanctuary

In 40 km from St. Petersburg in Gatchina district of the Leningrad region, near the village of Ulyanovka is the Sablino natural sanctuary. This is a wonderful place for outdoor enthusiasts. Not remain indifferent and lovers of the beauty of our earth.
Petersburg and surroundings: the Sablino natural sanctuary

The Sablino nature reserve - a unique natural phenomenon in the plains of the Leningrad region, it covers an area of about 220 ha. Many millions of years ago, there raged the ocean. The age of groundwater reservoirs is more than 500 million years.

On its territory there are:

  • two waterfalls – Tosnoand the Sablino
  • the caves are of artificial origin
  • canyons of the rivers Tosnaand Sablinka
  • hills, considered the mounds

Tosno waterfall because of its shape compared to Niagara. Its height of about 2 meters, in some places reaches 2,5 m.

Height Sabinskogo waterfall - about 3 meters. Waterfalls are good any time of the year.

Also within the reserve located several places of historical importance:

  • the Parking lot of Alexander Nevsky before the battle with the Swedes
  • the former estate of A. K. Tolstoy (the farm "the Desert")

Note to fans of the spelunking in Sablinskas reserve has 4 large caves:

  • "Left Bank",
  • "Pearl",
  • "Pants",
  • "Rope"

There are also several caves smaller, only seven pieces. "Three-eyes", "the Beach," "Dream", "Santa Maria", "the Fox Hole" - local names of some of them. All these caves are of artificial origin, in the period from the 18th to the 20th century they mined white quartz Sandstone for glass production.

For tourists year-round open "Levoberezhnaya" cave, but only accompanied by an experienced instructor. Underground always +8°C and dark, so my advice: sweater necessary, and with his lantern much more comfortable.

In this cave you can see three of the underground lake, the tomb of the white caver, cave dwelling of the person and even the hall of the mountain king.

In one of the underground halls of the cave (hall Oath) is located the chapel of St. Nicholas.

The chapel was opened in memory of the fallen travelers – geologists, speleologists, geographers, explorers, mountaineers. Here are services, you can perform the rites of matrimony and baptism. Also in the chapel are held concerts of Russian spiritual music.

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