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Things to do in St. Petersburg-Russia

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A January 2007 trip to St. Petersburg by erikm

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Things to do in St. Petersburg-Russia

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Hermitage Museum—the biggest, most beautiful, and impressive museum.A boat trip on the Neva River and the canals. When all the ice disappears you'll see boats everywhere. Just go to one and buy a ticket (if possible); if not, bargain the price. :)Wander around the city during the White Nights (in June).Visit Pavlovsk, 40 minutes outside Petersburg, and my favorite palace and park. Great for a picnic. (Peterhof is actually best known of all parks and palaces, and is also referred to as the Russian Versailles).Quick Tips: Look out for pickpockets in the metro, gypsy look-alikes on Nevsky (the main avenue), and drunk Russian guys/policmen/soldiers.Best Way To Get Arou...Read More

Grad Petrov

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Trendy beer restaurant for some good sausages and German sauerkraut. But the beer they brew here themselves is the main point of getting in here. Great start actually for one of those long nights!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 24, 2007

Grad Petrov
Universitetskaya nab.2
St. Petersburg, Russia
+7 812 326 01 37

Terra Cotta

Restaurant

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Great place! I got invited by my friends' parents and that was good, because it was a bit above my budget. The food though—wow! Supposedly there's a Belgian cook working here.

The atmosphere was great, because it has the feeling of a bar or pub, but gives you this food—anyway, try it. I ended up at the bar, flirting with the waitresses.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 24, 2007

Terra Cotta
Gagarinskaya Ul 6/1
St. Petersburg
+7 (812) 336-3014

Datscha

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Fun in Dacha Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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This is simply the best. You'll meet lots of foreigners here, but even more talkative Russians. Once in here, try to get out! Impossible. Although it's only for those who like a little grungy place, very small and no coat check! Cheap. Check out Fidel right next door, just a little cleaner.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 24, 2007

Krestovsky Island

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Krestovsky Island Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Well, I don't really have addresses, but it's so easy. Just pick up one of these guides—St. Petersburg In Your Pocket is probably the best there is in this city—and check out what's going on in summer. In 2006 these beach clubs were just crowded with beautiful young people. The fact that in June the sun stays out late (the so-called white nights) means that partying goes on all night. During the day, you can be sure to find a clean beach and good service. Swimming, though, is not the best idea in the somewhat polluted Finnish Gulf.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 24, 2007

Krestovsky Island
Krestovsky Island
St. Petersburg

Other Side Gastro Bar & Refuge (The)

Attraction | "The Other Side"

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This bar was not here when I visited St. Petersburg last year. It's a good little new place to visit though. I think the owners are American, but there's lots of great Russians who like to hang out here. I actually met 2 guys I got to know last summer here. I've been coming here a lot since I arrived, because it also serves OK food for good prices.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 24, 2007

Other Side Gastro Bar & Refuge (The)
Bolshaya Konyushennaya 1
St. Petersburg
+7 (812) 312-9554

Ice-fishing

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The tradition of ice fishing is for many Russians a way to survive winter, selling the caught fish on markets and along highways. Want some catching of you own, here’s what you do. Buy an iron hand drill, a wire and some bait and some vodka, put on your warmest clothes, and head out on the Neva River, the Ladoga Lake or the Finnish Gulf and look for the other fishermen. It’s a men’s game, for women are said to bring bad luck.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 31, 2007

Ice-racing

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With the Finnish Gulf frozen, the St. Petersburg Off Road and 4x4 Club organizes it’s traditional yearly ice-racing. Professionals as well as amateurs can race behind the Pribaltiiskaya Hotel on Vasilevsky Island. If you don’t have a car, just ask some Russian if you can join him for a ride. Most fun you will have of course driving a car with adjusted tires, but slipping away while turning your steer every possible way is also a lot of fun. Wear warm clothes and bring your photo camera!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 31, 2007

Kazachie Banya Kazachy

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Attraction | "Russian Banya"

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We were a little nervous. Cautiously my friend and I entered this unknown land of Russian tradition, to be confronted by naked men and ladies...lots of them. Having paid 50Rbl to use the banya, reputedly frequented by Rasputin in its younger days, we reluctantly stripped off, gradually realizing as we looked around us that we had none of the necessary provisions: no towels, soap, or slippers. Returning approximately six times to the charming, yet bemused, banya assistant to hire the necessary items, we noted the sign crossly informing that underwear is "categorically prohibited", dropped our towels, and entered the main bathroom. The banya is more than just a "bathhouse" to...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 7, 2007

Kazachie Banya Kazachy
11, M Pushkinskaya
St. Petersburg, Russia

Red Lake

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Put on your brightest clothes, take your sunglasses and a wallet with rubles. Skiing in Russia is hot and many places are crowded with cool Russians wearing the latest winter fashion. The gear you can rent is of good quality, but taking your own is also possible. Don’t expect Swiss mountains, it’s all quite innocent, but the atmosphere around these places is great. For many it’s a day out of the city; first there is the exercise, and then there is the sauna with lots of drinks. Most parks feature ‘baby lifts’, instructors, snowboard rental, and cross-country skiing possibilities. Hiking through the forest in a real troika (horse drawn carriage) is also great fun. Enjoy!Own Transp...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 10, 2007

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To practice my Russian I translated some article I found—it's quite fun, actually. Hope you like it.Fifteen peculiarities about Petersburg1 St. Petersburg is located at 651 kilometers from Moscow and 159 from the Finnish border at 59-56’ altitude and 30-18’ longitude. Petersburg is the most northern of the big cities and the biggest of the northern cities. The 60 degree parallel, on which Petersburg is situated, goes through Chukotka, Alaska, Greenland, Magadan and Oslo. More northern than Petersburg are Reykjavik, Moermansk, Petrozavodsk, Archangeldsk, Vokruta, Norilsk, Yakutsk, Ankoridge, Helsinki. Nearby the 30 degree line are Kiev, Odessa, Cairo, Chartum and Pretoria....Read More

Jewish Petersburg

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Synagogue Photo, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Jewish life in St. Petersburg is as old (or young) as the city itself. Many Jews came to the north with tsar Peter the Great, when he founded the city in 1703. The history is one of repression, relative freedom, and again repression. The synagogue though, one of the biggest in Europe, kept on working during the city's hardest days, those of the blockade during World War II. A big Jewish cemetery is located in the south of St. Petersburg, and the Russian Museum owns works of one of Russia’s most famous Jews, Marc Chagall.SynagogueThe Jewish Synagogue in St. Petersburg is one of the biggest in Europe and has just been beautifully restored. In 1869 the Russian authorities gave permission to b...Read More
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That Russians love holidays is a known fact for many. But the least beloved holiday must be the day of the Tax Police of the Russian Federation, celebrated on the 18th of March. On that day in 1992 this state organ was founded and Russian people learned a new word: ‘taxes’ (nalogi). It was only in 2000 though that President Putin made this day an official holiday. How the staff of the Tax Police celebrates its own anniversary is a mystery to me...