Off the Beaten Path St. Petersburg



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St. Petersburg is a city rich with museums, parks, and historical artifacts, ensuring that there are plenty of places that are off the regular tourist circuits. The city is cut up into a series of islands and canals, providing a unique and fascinating cityscape.

Author: JennyMM


Day 1 - St. Petersburg, St Petersburg


Start out the day north of downtown in the Summer Garden, a pristine and romantic place to spend the morning wandering along its many paths. After, walk through downtown to grab a blini at Teremok, and visit the Grand Choral Synagogue, which has had massive reconstruction done in the past 10 years, and is beautifully painted. Then take a stroll down Nevskii Prospekt, which has been the city's main thoroughfare for hundreds of years, to view the amazing architecture (and for some people-watching). End up at Nevskii for a traditional Russian dinner. The Pushka Inn is not devoid of tourists, but is small, comfortable, quaint, and perfectly located. Breakfast is good, so you can fill up before venturing out to explore the city.


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Letnyi Sad (Summer Gardens)

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Letnii Sad
Entrance from Kutuzov Embankment (Naberezhnya Kutuzova) or Panteleimon Bridge (Panteleimonovsky Most)
191186 St. Petersburg, Russia

Contact:

tel: +7 812 314 0374


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Teremok

Location:

Vladimirsky Pr. 5
Metro Vladimirskaya or Dostoevskaya
St. Petersburg, Russia

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Edmond J Safra Grand Choral Synagogue (The)

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Location:

Lermontovskii Prospekt 2
(formerly Bol'shaia Masterskaia Ulitsa)
190068 St. Petersburg, Russia

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tel: 812/714-1153


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Nevskii Prospekt

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Location:

Nevsky Prospekt
St Petersburg, Russian Federation

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Nevskii

Location:

Nevskii Prospekt, 71
St. Petersburg, Russia

Contact:

tel: 7 812 311 3093


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Pushka Inn

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Location:

14 MOIKA RIVER EMBANKMENT
191186 St. Petersburg, RU

Contact:

tel: 7 812 312 0913 / 7 812 312 0957
fax: 7 812 312 0913
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Day 2 - St Petersburg


Take the train west out of town for the day to Lomonosov. Much of the palace complex has been repaired and reconstructed in the past two years, and the Chinese palace alone is reason enough to journey out to this beautiful location.


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Oranienbaum / Lomonosov

Location:

Prospekt Iunovo Lenina 48
(Lomonosov)
189510 St Petersburg, Russia

Contact:

tel: +7 812 422 4796


Day 3 - St Petersburg, St. Petersburg


Start out your morning with a trip to the Museum of Ethnography to see the Siberian exhibit, a look at a different and older part of Russian history. Then, take a tour of the Cruiser Aurora, the oldest commissioned ship in the Russian Navy. Spend the rest of your afternoon wandering the Kuznechy Market to the east, full of dazzling sights, smells, and free samples. Dinner may not be necessary after this, but in case it is, spicy curries from Tandoor (downtown) would provide a tasty end to the day.


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Etnograficheskii Muzei (Museum of Ethnography)

Location:

Inzhenernaia Ulitsa 4/1
St Petersburg, Russia

Contact:

tel: +7 812 576 6094
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Kreiser Avrora (Cruiser Aurora)

Location:

Petrogradskaia Naberezhnaia, 4
197046 St Petersburg, Russia

Contact:

tel: +7 812 230 8440
fax: +7 812 328 2701
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Kuznechny Market

Location:

Kuznechny Per. 3
Metro Dostoevskaya or Vladimirskaya
191002 St. Petersburg, Russia

Contact:

tel: +7 812 312 4161
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Tandoor

Location:

Voznesenskii pereulok 2
190000 St. Petersburg, Russia

Contact:

tel: 7 812 319 9133


Day 4 - St Petersburg, St. Petersburg


A beautiful place to spend a morning, the Botanical Garden is the oldest and one of the largest in Russia. In the afternoon, take a train out to Pavlovsk to explore the majestic palace and grounds, which have largely been historically preserved. Back in town, enjoy a modern Russian dinner at Restoran to end the day.


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Botanicheskii Sad (Botanical Garden)

Location:

Ulitsa Professora Popova 2
197376 St Petersburg, Russian Federation

Contact:

tel: +7 812 234 1764


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Pavlovsk

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Location:

Ulitsa Revoliutsii 20
(Tsarskoe Selo)
189000 St Petersburg, Russia

Contact:

tel: +7 812 470 6536
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Restoran

Location:

Tamozhennyi pereulok, 2
St. Petersburg, Russia

Contact:

tel: 7 812 327 8979


Day 5 - St Petersburg, St. Petersburg


Head northeast of downtown to visit an important piece of recent Russian history, the somber yet beautiful Piskarevskoe Cemetery, which memorialized those who died during the Siege of Leningrad and the rest of World War II. There is an eternal flame burning near the entrance and two exhibits of documents and pictures related to the siege. Come back into downtown to grab a fast yet delicious Russian lunch at Laima Bistro, then walk a bit north to explore the Fields of Mars, a huge park that was previously the site of military drills and parades. There is also an eternal flame burning here, to commemorate the people killed during the 1917 February Revolution.


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Piskarevskoe Kladbishche (Piskarevskoe Cemetery)

Location:

Nepokorennih Prospect 74
199999 St Petersburg, Russia

Contact:

tel: +7 812 576 6094


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Laima Bistro

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Location:

Kanal Griboedova, 30/16
191011 St. Petersburg, Russia

Contact:

tel: 7 812 315 5545
fax: 7 812 449 1870


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Marsovo Pole (Fields of Mars, The)

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Location:

Dvortsovaya Emb. and Sadovaya Ul
190000 St Petersburg, Russia

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tel: +7 812 576 6094


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