|Monument in front of our hotel|
It was Saturday when I realized and decided that I want to make a journey to St. Petersburg. Actually it was the 1st day of my vacation and before that moment I didn’t even have an idea of going anywhere. It suddenly came to my head in a talk with my sister when she was trying to make me go with her to our grandparents. I’ve counted my money - it was 50,000 rubles/$1,666 and thought that it would be quite enough for a week in St. Petersburg for me and my sister.
Train - Day 1
|Ekaterinburg at night|
Train - Day 2
|View from our room|
|Business center nearby|
|Business center where we had a lunch|
- cafeteria “La Canteen” (450R/$15, 3 times);
- sushi-bar “Fujiyama” (1200R/$40);
- café “By Avrora” (1400R/$47);
- McDonald’s (450R/$15, 2 times);
- café, “Teremok” (480R/$16);
- dinner on a bench in Peterhof (450R/$15).
Places of interest
|In front of the Hermitage|
- Peterhof(with tour),
- Kronstadt (with tour),
- Go to their site, find what you like and get the directions. Otherwise you can get lost inside.
- Don’t miss the map. Somewhere near the entrance in the main building you can get it. We didn’t find it at the right time and were missing it a lot.
- Get to the right queue.
Line to get inside
Queues for locals (Russian citizens) are gigantic. If you are Russian you can get the ticket for 100R/$3.3 but you have to pass through a big queue in the yard. We have spent 1 hour in it. But if you are foreigner you can buy only full ticket for 400R/$13.3 and it can be bought at the automated machine (kiosk) before the inner yard.
- You can take photos inside only if you have bought a ticket for photo for 200R/$6.6. But I didn’t meet anyone who was checking whether you have it or not. So my recommendation – don’t buy it.
|Some palace in Peterhof|
- Buy/find a compass. It is one the most important thing in unknown city/place. GPS is also good but compass is a bit faster to use.
- Price for a ticket is about 200R/$3.3 (maybe more for a foreigner).
- There is a park called Alexandria next to Peterhof parks.
It’s just a park with a cottage house of some emperor. You can visit it for separate price.
Fountains are started at 11 a.m.
Main fountain line
- Some fountains are really impressive.
Main fountain (forget the name)
- Gulf of Finland is vast.
Gulf of Finland in Peterhof
You can find it in the southern part of the park.
- Public toilets are well hidden. There are some signs showing directions, but you cannot always find it the way you think. Keep trying.
- You can find free Wi-Fi around the park. It’s convenient.
- Visit the light house at the port.
Light house in Kronstadt
- Take a picture of the fountain.
Sit in the park eating ice-cream and taking photos of pigeons.
Pigeon in Kronstadt
See the Gulf of Finland during the ride.
Some building floating in Kronstadt
|Not my picture (don't know what it is)|
- 450R/$15 for a ticket.
- Photo is for money only. Don’t try to do it without photo ticket. Keepers are everywhere and are watching you.
- The whole thing isn’t that big that I thought. We spent about 40 minutes.
- Seals are very funny.
Not my seal
- Giant fish is gigantic.
|Not my Kunstkamera|
- 200R/$6.6 for entrance;
- Foto is free. But forbidden at the hall with human freaks.
- It won’t take more than an hour.
|Not my Zoo|
- 300R/$10 for entrance.
- Prepare to spend here at least 4 hours. It’s worth it.
Geese in the Zoo
- If you are tired - find a bench in the shadow of the park and buy an ice-cream.
- Squirrels are the funniest animals here.
Video is somewhere here.
- There is special time when some animals are fed. Don’t miss.
Real lion in the Zoo
- Don’t feed the animals. Even squirrels.
- 300R/$10 for entrance.
- It’s very outdated and soviet.
- The special effects are also soviet.
- During it we were even watching two cuts from some BBC documentary with very bad dubbed sound.
|Hotel St. Petersburg in the back|