about 1 hour (at a calm pace, without visiting museums)
Do you know that one of the most beautiful views of the center of St. Petersburg opens from the Vyborg side? We suggest you take a trip along the four tourist quays, admire the panorama of the Neva and the many sights of its two shores, get acquainted with different periods of the history of our city and country.
And if you find yourself here during the white nights, you can see for yourself an unforgettable sight - the opening of the Neva bridges.
The journey begins from the Finland Station, from which trains leave to the shores of the Gulf of Finland, and which played an important role in the history of our country: after all, it was here in April 1917 that V.I. Ulyanov-Lenin began preparations for the revolution.
On the square in front of the station you will see a monument to the “leader of the world proletariat” itself, and in the summer you can admire the vivid show of the Light and Music Fountains.
Passing the historical buildings of the Military Medical Academy, where many prominent Russian doctors worked, you will come to the St. Petersburg Hotel. Here, on Pirogovskaya embankment, one of the most magnificent views of the Neva and the city center opens.
We cross Bolshaya Nevka along the Sampsonievsky bridge and turn to Petrovskaya embankment, which sights will remind you of different historical eras and events. You will see the museum-cruiser Aurora and the City School House (Nakhimov Naval School), the first imperial residence - the house of Peter I and the mysterious Chinese lions Shih Tzu, guarding the descent to the Neva River, the graceful palace of Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich. The House of Political Prisoners and the Solovetsky Stone will remind of the terrible period of Stalinist repressions.
Leaving the Peter and Paul Fortress on the right, turn left onto Troitsky Bridge, built at the beginning of the 20th century according to the design of the French company Batignol and nicknamed “Parisian Beauty” for its grace. By the way, from the top point of Trinity you will see seven more bridges! (In bad weather, the bridge can be crossed by tram number 3)
... On the left bank of the Neva, you will see Suvorovskaya Square with a monument to an outstanding Russian commander, and your path lies along the Palace Embankment, towards the Summer Garden and further along the Kutuzov Embankment, to the Liteiny Bridge. On the way you will meet two stone "humpbacked" bridges that have retained their historical appearance from the end of the 18th century. You will see the famous Felten’s fence of the Summer Garden and the garden itself, the Summer Palace of Peter I and a number of historical buildings: from Saltykov’s house, where Pushkin vused to be a guest, to Count Sheremetev’s mansion, where Soviet writers, including famous ones, gathered in the 20th century.
Your long and busy route along the two banks of the Neva ends at Liteiny Bridge. This place is surrounded by legends, often very gloomy, but if you are lucky enough to be on Liteiny Prospekt when the bridge is being open, you will find a mystical sight that you will never forget.