Weekend Breaks to St. Petersburg
Planning a short break to St. Petersburg? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in St. Petersburg. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to St. Petersburg. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.
Top 10 Things in St. Petersburg on a Short Break
This is St. Petersburgs main thoroughfare and the most famous street in Russia, which offers historic squares, bridges, buildings, shopping, cafes, and even the occasional scam artist and black marketer.
Nevsky Prospekt is in the heart of the city and stretches from the Alexander Nevsky monastery to the Admiralty. There are usually thousands of people wondering around Nevsky Prospekt and even more cars. Just remember dont buy anything from anyone who starts a conversation with Pssst.........
For more information visit - www.nevsky-prospekt.com
Steam and Stalin is an outdoor museum hidden behind the dilapidated Varshavsky station and has one of Russias finest collections of Soviet stream trains, which have been restored by loving volunteers. When you walk down the platforms looking at the locomotives, its like walking through Soviet history. There is a L-2298 locomotive with Lenin and Stalin on its nose and a SO-2413 locomotive with the slogan Onwards towards communism! The admission fee for foreigners is about $3,50 whereas for locals, the admission fee is only about 70 cents. Guided tours in English can also be arranged. The museum is open from 10:00 to 17:00 and is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
More extra info visit www.nevsky-prospekt.com/warsaw.html
This church is one of the citys most beautiful landmarks. It got its name because it was built on the spot where Tsar Alexander II was murdered in 1881. The church has rich colours on its domes and the locals call it the mosaic church.
More extra info visit www.thesoutherncross.co.za/rensburg/st_petersburg.htm
The Samoilov Memorial Museum is housed in the Corinthia Nevskij Palace Hotel. Vassily Samoilov lived here from 1869 to 1887; he was a renowned dramatic actor of the Imperial Alexandrinsky theatre. He and 12 other representatives of this famous dynasty played principal parts in the destiny of Russian theatre. The museum showcases not only exhibitions about the Samoilovs as actors, but also the Imperial Theatres with their many myths and legends. Musical festivals, competitions, chamber orchestra concerts and recitals also take place here. This museum is located on the most famous street in St Petersburg, the Nevsky Prospekt.
For more information: www.corinthia.ru/eng/vt/index.php?f=2
At the State Hermitage Museum there are over three million works of art and treasures housed in five connected buildings along the Neva. The building itself could do with a face-lift, but whats inside is truly remarkable. The best thing of all is that you dont have to know about art to enjoy the beauty of the exhibits.
For more information: www.hermitagemuseum.org
The Corinthia Nevskij Palace offers modern rooms and excellent facilities. There is an innovative approach to cuisine and is a definite must, even if you dont stay at the hotel. The Landskrona on the eighth floor has one of the most beautiful views in the city. The hotel is a result of the renovation of two historic 19th century buildings. The buildings are a neo-classical mansion built by Arthur Lange in 1861 and the former home of the Samoilov family. The hotel is located at Nevxky pr. 57.
Please see www.corinthia.ru/
This is one of St Petersburgs biggest shopping centers and has dozens of shops and tiny stalls. The shopping center is a kilometer long, so it is best that you know where you are heading so that you do not get lost. The center opens from 10:00 to 22:00 and is located at the Nevsky pr 35.
Please visit www.bgd.ru
This is the place where the tsars buried their horses when they died. The cemetery is located on the northern part of the Alexander Park in Pushkin. The graves of Bashkir, Hawk and LAmi can be found here. These are the horses that Alexander I rode to Paris on after Napoleons defeat. The Pet Cemetery has been partially restored, but there is still a lot that needs to be done. The nearest stop is either the park or Gostiny-Dvor stop.
The Smolny Cathedral is located on Ploschad Rastrelli and is one of the most beautiful churches in St Petersburg. The cupolas and baroque style architecture rises majestically above the banks of the Neva River. The cathedral is the shape of a cross. The building is a richly decorated sculpture and the windows above the entrances are round with a half-circular pediment placed over them, which adds the grandeur of the building. There are three thrones in the cathedral. The alter steps are decorated with balustrade cut from crystals. The Pulpit and steps leading to it are made from marble and the columns and walls of the cathedral are finished in white marble coated with sculpted images and the Ark of the Covenant is made from 180 pounds of silver. Unfortunately the church was looted of most of its valuables in 1922 with the revolution and in 1923 the church was closed. For many years there was no heating and water, which lead to the gradual decay of the building.
For more info please go to www.saint-petersburg.com/cathedrals/smolny-cathedral.asp
The Peter and Paul Fortress are located across the Neva from the Winter Palace on a small island. This fortress was built to secure the hold Russia had on the Neva delta. The fortification of the Peter and Paul Fortress was used as a political prison until the 1920s, and the conditions inflicted on the prisoners were ghastly.
Peter the Greats son, Alexei was tortured to death in the confines of the fortress, and Dostoryevsky was one of the many prisoners incarcerated here. Construction of the fortress lasted for seven months and by the time the fortress was completed the fighting had left the area, so the fortress was never used to defend the Neva delta.
The Peter and Paul Fortress is a city in itself and is dominated by the Peter and Paul Cathedral where you will find the tombs of Peter the Great and most of his successors, where the gilded spire is the tallest point in the city.
The fortress is permanently open and there is no admission fee charged, whereas the Cathedral and museums are open from 11am to 6pm and have an admission fee of about $10.
Details found at www.saint-petersburg.com/museums/peter-paul-fortress.asp
Souvenir Store - Shopping
You should definetely visit one of the Saint-Petersburg's souvenir stores. They're just gorgeous. Unique hand-painted lacquer boxes, paintings, sculptures etc. And don't forget to buy one of traditional russian nesting dolls. The store I would recommend to you is Onegin Art.
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