9 places to visit in Saint Petersburg for free

Visiting a new place is always fun, but can be quite strenuous on the wallet. So if you are looking to combine positive experience with budget friendly options, here is a list of places to visit for free.

The Peter and Paul Fortress

This yellow and gold, exceptionally beautiful building is a true symbol of the city. The Peter and Paul Fortress is the original citadel of St. Petersburg, which was founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and built to Domenico Trezzini’s designs from 1706 to 1740 as a star fortress. Today, it has become the most important part of the State Museum of Saint Petersburg History.  It is situated in the center, on the bank of the Neva River, just in front of the Winter Palace. Every tourist that comes to the city has to go on a walk in the city center to admire this amazing Fortress. However, many of those who are on a tight budget do not know that not only can they admire it from the outside, but they can also visit the fortress for free. There are many interesting objects in the inner court of the fortress, so don’t hesitate to visit.

Moreover, every Sunday you can enjoy a free concert of carillon music that starts at 15:00.

Metro station: Admiralteyskaya

 

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The museum of the History of Photography

For those who are interested in photography, it’s definitely a must see. This museum is a private initiative, consisting of a few private collections. This in itself makes the museum very unique. You can join a group excursion, or just enjoy the art on your own.

Address: 23 Professora Popova Street

Metro station: Petrogradskaya

 

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The loft project “Etagi”

This loft is one of the most visited buildings in the city, by locals and guests. Some time ago, it was an abandoned bread factory, which has now been turned into a successful space for artists and creative people. Here you can attend all kind of expositions, for example, of modern Saint-Petersburg artists or of Samoyed dogs. The attendance is usually free or for a small donation.

Address: 74 Ligovsky Prospekt

Metro station: Ligovsky Prospekt

 

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The Chess Court

Saint-Petersburg’s backyards are full of surprises! This particular one was never intentionally meant to be  a tourist attraction. Initially meant to be an unusual and fun playground for kids, it has now become a stopping point for visitors to the city as well.

Here you will find, probably, the biggest chess board you have ever seen. The figures look very esthetically pleasing and are made from metal. This makes them practically unbreakable and bearing an uncanny resemblance to those seen in films like “Harry Potter” or “Alice in Wonderland”.

Address: 23 Zagorodny Prospekt

Metro station: Zvenigorodskaya

 

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The Tree of Love

Saint-Petersburg is a very romantic city. It’s a perfect place to confess to your better half how you feel or to make an unbreakable promise to love each other forever.

If you’re interested, you should come to the Opochinsky Garden, which is situated in the central part of the city. Here a very special metal tree, shaped like a heart was constructed in 2011. Tradition says to put a lock on one of its branches and hide a key in a box under the tree, so that your love may last forever.

Address: Opochinsky Garden

Metro station: Vasileostrovskaya

 

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Saint Kseniya’s Chapel

Another romantic place, frequented by couples is … a cemetery! Saint Kseniya’s Chapel stands in the Smolenskoye Cemetery, which is one of the oldest and biggest cemeteries in Saint-Petersburg, and is literally impossible to miss. According to legend, a young woman named Kseniya who lived many years ago lost her beloved husband. It was more than she could bear, so she sold all of her things and became a pilgrim.

This sad story about true love became known, and people started to come to her grave. There were so many of them, that after a while a chapel was built on the place where her remains lay.

Address: 26 Kamskaya Street

Metro station: Vasileostrovskaya

 

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Annenkirche

Annenkirche is a Lutheran church but nowadays, it’s mostly used as a concert hall. Every Sunday you can visit it to enjoy chamber music in a soothing and mysterious atmosphere of an old church. The entrance is free or for a small donation.

Address: 8B Kirochnaya Street

Metro station: Chernyshevskaya

 

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Art center Pyshkinskayа-10

This unusual art gallery is open to everybody who loves contemporary art or yearns to understand it. Pushkinskaya-10 is against any commercialization or popularization of art, so here you will get a chance to see very original works of art. One part of the exposition is free, the other one costs less than a dollar. Also, in the same building, you can find the one and only church of John Lennon in the world, created by one of his devoted fans.

Address: 10 Pushkinskaya Street

Metro station: Ploshchad Vosstaniya

 

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The Saint Petersburg State University Philology department yard

The Saint-Petersburg State University is the oldest university in Russia, with a lot of partners and friends all over the world. The yard is the work of the architect Arsen Avetisyan, and was meant to start a wonderful initiative of creating a whole park of sculptures and monuments.

Now the yard has a functioning Faculty of Philology, where one can find quite a pretty big collection of monuments. The majority of them are really unusual and are definitely worth seeing. For example, a monument to the nose or to a happy little she-hippopotamus. In order to get in, you’ll need a passport, but the entrance is free of charge.

Address: 9-11 Universitetskaya Street

Metro station: Nevsky Prospekt

 

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