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There's nowhere like St.Petersburg

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A May 2004 trip to St. Petersburg by marif

The Winter palace Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia More Photos
Quote: Venetian-style water canals, Russian church architecture, world famous museums, splendid imperial palaces, opera and ballet theatres and parks adorned with outstanding fountains distinguish St.Petersburg from other big European cities. Charming white summer nights, huge bridges spanning the Neva and majestic boulevards complete the picture.

There's nowhere like St.Petersburg

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The Winter palace Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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1. Dotted with splendid palaces, bridges, metro stations, and shops, Nevsky prospekt is a 4km avenue stretching from the Admiralty to ploschad Aleksandra Nevskogo. A stroll along the west end of Nevsky prospect, from the Admiralty to Moscow station, is one reason for visiting the city. Don't miss the polluted colonnaded Kazan Cathedral, the Gostiny Dvor department store, the park with the huge statue of Catherine the Great on ploschad Ostrovskogo, the Anichkov bridge over the Fontanka river, and the splendid Beloselsky-Belozersky palace. 2. Vast Dvortsovaya ploschad is flanked from the river side by the green, white, and gold Winter Palace, a former residence of Tsars and now occupied by on...Read More

Hotel Radisson SAS Royal

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Hotel

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Located on Nevsky prospekt corner with Vladimirsky prospekt, Hotel Radisson is a 5-star luxury hotel that caters mostly for high-class tourists and businessmen. A taxi from the airport to the hotel takes less than 30 minutes. The nearest metro station is Mayakovskaya located about 400 metres east of the hotel. Bus 1 and Bus 22 both ply along Nevsky prospekt with a stop right in front of Hotel Radisson's main entrance. This 164-room hotel occupies a neoclassical building which was renovated in 2001 after being taken over by the Radisson chain. No expense was spared in restoring the building, which was opened with much fanfare in July 2001. Even before getting inside, you are greeted by the ...Read More

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Hotel Radisson SAS Royal
Nevsky Prospekt 49/2
St. Petersburg
+7 (812) 322-5000

Restaurant Favourite

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Favourite is the restaurant you should head for after a day of sightseeing and walking along the avenues and paths of Petrodvorets park and gardens. From Sankt Peterburgsky prospekt, the main road that borders the upper garden of the park-palace complex, take a bus that continues further west to Lomonosov (formerly called Oranienbaum). Sankt Peterburgsky prospekt opens into Sankt Peterburgskoe shosse and turns north towards the coast. Get off at the first stop after the bend and you'll soon see the restaurant-bar Favourite on your left. Half hidden by century-old trees and bushes, it is located within a picturesque area of the Znamenka country estate, formerly belonging to Alexander Danilovi...Read More

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Restaurant Favourite
Sankt Petersburgsky Shosse 115/8
St. Petersburg, Russia
78124275658

La Strada

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Restaurant | "Restaurant La Strada"

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The ambience inside Restaurant La Strada is typical of a medium-sized eatery in Florence. Constructed to represent an Italian side street, this restaurant has a splendid dome-like glass ceiling through which natural light penetrates and reaches all corners. To add to the atmosphere, a stairway leads from the ground floor to a surrounding Italian-style balcony. The ground floor passage between table rows is decorated with street lamps standing on wrought iron poles, typical of an Italian piazza. The well-manicured trees on the sides and the paintings on the walls representing village house doors add to the Italian ambience. This restaurant has a very good location, just a couple of minutes ...Read More

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La Strada
Bolshaia Koniushennaia, 27
St. Petersburg, Russia 190000
+7 812 314 0347

Outstanding palace, impressive exhibits

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The Winter palace Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Magnificent architectural styles, priceless artistic treasures, huge halls displaying the best collections of paintings in Europe and a variety and wealth of artistic decorations contribute in making the State Hermitage museum one of the world's top attractions. More than three million visitors a year wander inside its vast interior which consists of five adjoining palaces, the largest being the Winter palace, built by architect F.Rastrelli between 1756 and 1762 as an official royal residence for the Russian Imperial family. Both the Little Hermitage and the Old Hermitage were built for Catherine the Great to hold numerous artistic works and paintings which she added to the huge art collection star...Read More

Day trips out of St.Petersburg - Pushkin

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Catherine's palace Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Pushkin park is a vast area of ponds, canals, bridges, terraces, pavilions and buildings exquisitely designed by architect Rastrelli for Empress Elizabeth. The park's most distinguished building is unquestionably the blue, white and gold multi-domed Catherine's palace, a huge Russian Baroque edifice constructed between 1744 and 1796 and named after Empress Elizabeth's mother. Enlarged and modified by architect Charles Cameron for Catherine the Great, it was used by Russia's Tsars up to 1917. The town of Pushkin, 24kms south of St.Petersburg was renamed after Russia's most distinguished poet in 1937; it was originally called Tsarskoe Selo but for political reasons, this was changed to Detskoe Selo a...Read More
The Grand cascade Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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The most impressive of St. Petersburg's suburban parks, Petrodvorets, or Peterhof, is a spectacular park-palace complex with a unique array of fountains, gilded statues, wooden bridges, and well-manicured gardens. The best time to visit is in summer, when all the fountains are in operation and live bands perform daily in front of the Grand Palace. The park is quite large, and the scattered attractions can only be reached on foot, so be prepared with adequate cover in case it rains. In summer, it often does. Suburban trains to Petrodvorets leave from St. Petersburg's Baltic Station. Do not expect comfort, since pre-war carriages with wooden benches more suitable to shift industrial products ...Read More

Petrogradskaya Storona

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The statue of Peter the Great Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Petrogradskaya Storona is the Russian name for the Petrograd side of St. Petersburg. Consisting of five islands joined by numerous bridges, this is St. Petersburg's oldest and most treasured historical area. The best way to come here is to take line 2 of the metro to Gorkovskaya Station, from where you can reach the main sights in a couple of minutes. For a good orientation of your whereabouts, take Bus 46 which crosses the Neva over the Troitsky Bridge and continues along Kamennoostrovsky prospekt. Gorkovskaya adjoins Alexandrovsky Park, a medium-sized green area of walkways and streams shaded by old trees. If you walk west from the station, you'll reach the Planetarium and the Wax Museum;...Read More