The sightseeing route around Saint Petersburg’s city center

It’s impossible to check out all the interesting places in Saint Petersburg in one day, the Hermitage museum alone, will probably take years to explore. But seeing the main landmarks if you’re on a short trip to Northern Venice is doable! Just take a map and mark the points of our ready-made route around the city center!

The Nevsky Prospect

Our walk starts at one of the exits of the Gostiny Dvor metro station towards the Nevsky Prospect. This is the main artery of Saint Petersburg; more than 2 million people walk it every single day! It is one of the longest roads in Russia and the most modern one: this is where central lighting was first installed in Russia. Strangely, this is the warmest place in the city: the temperature in comparison to the suburbs is higher by 2-3°C in summer and 10-12°C in winter!

 

Посмотреть эту публикацию в Instagram

 

Публикация от Olga Rogozina (@budyonovka)

The Kazan Cathedral

Being the architectural pearl of the Nevsky Prospect, this cathedral is intriguing due to the fact that construction was done using only Russian materials and masters. It’s sometimes called “the museum of natural stone”, because it’s decorated with such noble materials as marble, jasper, pink granite. Pillars in the colonnade weigh more than 30 tn each! One of the most important relics, the Kazan Madonna, is displayed inside. Many people believe she’ll grant your heart’s wish, if you pray sincerely.

Address: 25 Nevsky Prospect
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 AM – 8 PM, Saturday-Sunday 6:30 AM – 8 PM

 

Посмотреть эту публикацию в Instagram

 

Публикация от Jonaid Abdullah (@jonaidbd)

The Zinger House

This majestic building is a prime example of the northern art nouveau style and was once the head office of a prosperous producer of sewing machines. According to the initial plans, it was meant to be the first skyscraper in the city, just like the ones in New York! Unfortunately, the laws at the time didn’t allow the construction of buildings higher than the Winter Palace. But the result is impressive anyway! Now, it is home to the city’s main bookstore, and there’s no better place to buy postcards of the city.

 

Посмотреть эту публикацию в Instagram

 

Публикация от Экскурсии по СПб и пригородам (@victoriaspb.ru)

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

This bright and beautiful building was constructed under dramatic circumstances:  Emperor Alexander II had survived six assassination attempts before, unfortunately, the seventh and eighth, which took place on the same day were successful. His successor, Alexander III, ordered this church to be built in memory of the ruler, and inside you will find a part of the pavement where the tragedy happened. By the way, one of the icons is made from mosaic and is definitely a must see! Locals say that there is also a special icon in the church, which predicts the most important dates in Russian history: you can clearly see 1917 (the October Revolution), 1941 (the Great Patriotic War), 1953 (Stalin’s death). One date still remains unreadable, as it belongs to the future.

Address: 2B Naberezhnaya Kanala Griboedova
Hours: 10:30 AM – 6 PM, during the high season 10:30 AM – 10:30 PM, Wednesday is day-off

Admission price: ≈$4 until 6 PM, ≈$7 from 6 PM to 10:30 PM

 

Посмотреть эту публикацию в Instagram

 

Публикация от Tatiana (@tan9svetlova)

The Admiralty

The spire of the golden Admiralty building is the ending point of the Nevsky Prospect. The founder of the city, Peter the Great, wanted to build a strong army, and the Admiralty became the shipyard, producing dozens of ships for this purpose. The tsar also took an active part in the process, as he was trained as a shipmaster. If you look up, you will see a ship silhouette adorning the spire. Although, it’s not the ship, but the globe under it which hides the mystery: it contains data about all the previous repairs, but the legends say that a personal jewel-box of the tsar might be kept there.

Address: 2 Admiralteiskaya Naberezhnaya

 

Посмотреть эту публикацию в Instagram

 

Публикация от Полина Волкова (@polina_volk0_0)

The Palace Square

The Palace Square ensemble – the heart of Petersburg is made up of the imperial Winter Palace (aka Hermitage museum), the General Staff Building with a fabulous triumphal arch, and the Alexander Column in the center. The last one is probably the most unique construction belonging to the complex: despite its size, the column stands only by means of its own enormous weight of 600 tons. It’s said that at first the citizens were quite concerned about it eventually falling. The architect Montferrand had no other choice but to walk around the column every day, showing that it’s safe. The square is the background for all the city’s major celebrations, concerts and parades.

 

Посмотреть эту публикацию в Instagram

 

Публикация от Дарья Бобровская (@daria_bobrenok)

Gosti (Guests)

For an energy boost, grab a bite in the two-storey Gosti restaurant, with European classic dishes. It’s designed to look like a cozy apartment with plaid sofas, bookshelves and cute handmade things all over the walls – you’ll never get tired of looking over all these little details. The restaurant occupies the 2nd floor, and the 1st floor is designated to the confectionary made by professional chefs from Serbia: you can’t go wrong with their Pear mille-feuille cake!

Address: 13 Malaya Morskaya Ulitsa
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 AM – 11:30 PM, Saturday-Sunday 9 AM – 11:30 PM

Menu preview: Pear mille-feuille – ≈$6

Beef Stroganoff with mashed potato – ≈$12

Greek salad with baked Serbian cheese – ≈$7

 

Посмотреть эту публикацию в Instagram

 

Публикация от Ресторан “Гости”, Петербург (@gosti_rest)

If you still have time to burn, combine this tour, with our walking route along the Moika River, starting at the Admiralteiskaya metro station to continue sightseeing in Saint Petersburg!

Top 6 round-the-clock restaurants in Moscow
  • Top 6 round-the-clock restaurants in Moscow
  • Best breakfasts in Kazan
  • Mini Routes Saint Petersburg