Advice 1: Where to go in St. Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is an incredibly popular Russian tourist destination. Our citizens, unlike abroad, usually come here on their own. Some sights are impossible to see in the winter or in bad weather, for example, Peterhof. But still there are several places in which the tourist is simply obliged to visit, visiting the Northern capital.
Where to go in St. Petersburg



Walk in the center of St. Petersburg

We should start from the metro station "Nevsky Prospekt" or "Gostiniy Dvor". Need to move on the map in the direction indicated sites. To buy a map in many bookstores or order in the online store. Below is a sample itinerary that covers the main attractions of the Northern capital: m. "Nevsky Prospekt" or "Gostiniy Dvor" - Palace square - St Isaac's square and St. Isaac's Cathedral, bronze horseman - the Palace bridge - the spit of Vasilevsky island - Peter and Paul fortress Avrora - Trinity bridge - Summer garden - the Church of the Savior-on-Blood - m. "Nevsky Prospekt" or "Gostiniy Dvor". The walk can take from 5-6 hours to 1 day.

If in St. Petersburg there are acquaintances, friends or relatives, you should ask them to give you a little tour. Surely they will not refuse and will gladly show you around the city.

St. Isaac's Cathedral

St. Isaac's Cathedral is a unique monument of religion and architecture, breathtaking in its size, beauty and richness of the decoration. In order to enter the Church and to get to the observation deck, you need to buy 2 tickets:
- in the Cathedral itself (for everyone who purchased a ticket, conducted tour);
on the colonnade (hence, "bird's eye" views of the centre of Saint Petersburg, but you should bear in mind that in bad weather, especially in winter and late autumn, much is spoiled).

The Hermitage

These tend to fall practically all tourists arriving in the city of white nights. In order to get around all the halls and see all the exhibitions of the Winter Palace, will take several days. Mostly travel groups are on the route: St George's hall - the Grand staircase of the New Hermitage - "Madonna and child" - the knights ' hall - the Peacock clock. Remember to be sure to visit this landmark, it is better to arrive early in the morning. Otherwise there is a risk of losing a lot of time or not to get inside.

Peterhof or Petrodvorets

Russian Versailles, the capital of fountains - not only as Peterhof. In the summer the Palace and Park ensemble is a must-see destination for tourists, because the fountains work from early may to September. Another time to visit Peterhof is inappropriate, since the impression of it will be incomplete. In order to avoid all fountains of Peterhof will take several hours. But apart from them there are museums and landscaped parks.

Tsarskoye Selo (Detskoe Selo, Pushkin)

This Palace and Park ensemble, the summer residence of the Russian emperors. Tourists are advised to visit the Alexander Palace, Alexander Park, Catherine Park and Catherine Palace, which houses the famous amber room. It rightly called one of the wonders of the world.

Peter and Paul fortress

The main point for all travellers - Peter and Paul Cathedral. Its spire with the angel beneath the cross is recognized as one of the symbols of St. Petersburg. But in order to see this sight, it is not necessary to go into the Cathedral, remarkable for the tombs of the Russian emperors (from Peter). The interior of the Cathedral is ambiguous and represents something average between the Catholic Cathedral and Orthodox Church. In the rest of the fortress is a Museum of history of St. Petersburg and the mint. There today are printing rubles. Exhibitions of greatest interest to tourists is the prison of Trubetskoy Bastion and the medieval instruments of torture.

White nights and the bridges

To enjoy this action, you need in June or July, around 01.30 arrive at the Admiralty and the Palace embankment. At this time there are going to be crowds of tourists. In the middle of the Neva river built up the many pleasure boats which are passing under the bridge at the moment when the flaps are raised. You can buy a ticket and ride along the river when the bridge will divorce.


Advice 2: Where to go in St. Petersburg a child?

The Northern capital offers its residents and guests a huge variety of entertainment that will be equally interesting for adults and children. It remains only to choose what more will appeal to your child.
Where to go in St. Petersburg a child?
Saint Petersburg is a city where entertainment there everyone, both for the kids and their parents.

Animal lovers to attend the Leningrad zoo, where in winter you can admire the polar bears, and if you are afraid to freeze, the zoo has a covered pavilion and temporary exhibitions. For example, the exhibition of beetles or butterflies. A visit to another zoo can be combined with a tour of the city, namely in Zelenogorsk, where there is a mini zoo "rainbow". Here you can see deer, rabbits, and various Pets.

To get in touch with marine fauna, you can go to the Aquarium that is located on the street Marat. Amazing underwater Museum will introduce your child to marine wildlife and gives plenty of magical emotions and impressions. While walking on a special glass corridor, you will swim over the real sharks and the carnivorous eels.
Older children will be interested to visit Saint-Petersburg Dolphinarium on Krestovsky island. You can watch exciting shows with dolphins or even swim in the pool with them.


The parents of inquisitive children have to take their children to the St. Petersburg Planetarium where you can see the moon and other distant celestial body or head in a very exciting space journey.

Theatrical performances for children



Saint Petersburg is a world cultural capital-here you will find many theatres, even for the youngest viewers. You can go to the Bolshoi theatre of dolls Nekrasov street, where all year round there are performances for children of any age, and during the winter holiday show special holiday performance, this year, for example, you can watch the "Mystery Christmas tree". No less interesting performances can be seen in the first Russian professional puppet theatre - St. Petersburg marionette theatre named after E. S. demmeni or "Music hall", where there are musicals and children's performances, "Masha and the Bear New year saved".
Choosing a Museum to visit with children should pay attention to Zoological, the toy Museum, the cruiser "Aurora" or the Museum of water.


A great alternative to theatrical productions may be a visit to the circus, namely the oldest Bolshoi Saint Petersburg state circus on Fontanka. During the new year holidays in the circus traditionally is not a conventional view, but a fairy tale, this year the choice fell on Cinderella. In the Northern capital on tour often comes the famous Cirque Du Soleil, the show which will be held at the ice Palace on January 22.

Active holidays with children



For fans of active pastime with children it is recommended to visit one of St. Petersburg's parks "Waterville" or "Rodeo Drive", where adults and children can vdvol to roll with slides and swimming pool with artificial waves.

If the weather allows, you can have fun in the amusement Park Divo-Ostrov on Krestovsky, Gagarin Park in the Central district or the Park of fairy tales in the Park imeni Babushkina.

But those who are not afraid of winter cold, you can safely go on the ski base for the city. Perfect "Tuutari Park", "Golden valley" or "Snow", where you can ride all day with high hills on skis, snowboard or cheesecakes, and then warm up with hot tea at a café nearby.
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