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The Grand maket of Russia

Grand maket – a miniature copy of Russia The Grand Maket of Russia is one of the newest and the most popular museums in St Petersburg. It is a 800 m2 model that represents typical features of different regions of the country. One would expect to see miniature models of the most beautiful buildings of […]

Imperial porcelain factory museum

St Petersburg is really famous for its porcelain produced by  Imperial Porcelain factory. Founded in 1744, the plant is still operating in our days. In my personal opinion, a porcelain piece  is the best present you can ever bring from St Petersburg: it’s locally made and the quality is so high that you can see […]

Museum of political history in St Petersburg

Political history museum overview Situated not far from the  Peter and Paul fortress, St Petersburg museum of political history may be interesting for those who want to feel what life in USSR was like and see documents and even some personal belongings of the leaders of Russia and USSR. Its collections cover a time span […]

Hermitage treasuries: Gold and Diamond room

Many people who come to the  Hermitage museum are also interested in visiting its treasuries – so called Gold and Diamond rooms. Actually it’s rather hard to do as the number of visitors and consequently number of  tickets is strictly limited – you can visit Hermitage Gold and Diamond rooms  only with a guided tour. […]

Off the beaten track one-day trips from St Petersburg

Here are some ideas  for off the beaten track full-day trips  from St Petersburg  I’ll write more detailed posts dedicated to each one of these  places . Some of these one-day trips are easy ( Kronstadt), others take longer but are no less interesting. In my opinion, Kronstadt and Vyborg look more interesting during the […]

The smallest monument in St Petersburg

Chijik-Pyjik, the smallest monument in St Petersburg, measures only 11 sm and weights about 5 kilos. It is a bird sitting on an embankment of Fontanka river close to the Engineeer’s castle and the Summer garden. The monument was installed in 1994 and quickly became one of the tourist attractions in our city. We have […]

What to eat in St Petersburg

What to eat when you come to St Petersburg if you want to try Russian food? Here are some ideas, let’s start with salads. Olivie salad is the most typical of Russian salads, no celebration will go without it (it’s funny that the most “Russian”  salad is called after a French cook who invented it). […]

Pyshki – russian “donuts”

Russian donuts are called pyshki. (well, their taste is different from donuts though). They are cheap and loved by everyone. There is a cafe that serves pyshki in St Petersburg that has been around since 1960-s! It’s situated on Bolshaya Konyushennaya street, 25 in the very center of the city. They still use soviet time […]

Metro in St Petersburg

How to use metro in St Petersburg Metro is the most popular means of public transport in St Petersburg as almost half of the citizens are using it daily. Currently we have 5 metro lines our city  that connect residential and central parts of the city. Although different stations have different opening and closing time, […]

Sapsan train from Moscow to St Petersburg

Sapsan is a high-speed train running between St Petersburg and Moscow. As a trip between the two capitals takes only from 3,5 to 4,5  hours, Sapsans became popular very quickly. The train  runs between the  Moscow railway station in St Petersburg and Leningrad railway station in Moscow. Prices for Sapsan train tickets depend on the […]