Birth of St. Petersburg

Start

Petrovskaya emb., 6

Travel time

about 1 hour (at a calm pace, without visiting museums)

Length

2,3kn

Finish

Alexander Park

sightseeing routes

What is this route?

How did the Northern capital begin, and in whose honor did the city get its name? Where was the first residence of the first Russian emperor, and how was the Peter and Paul Fortress built? Where did they build the first St. Petersburg bridge, and who put the hare on a pile?

What is kurtina, poterna, kronverk? At what height does an angel fly on the spire of the Peter and Paul Cathedral? Is it possible to sit on the lap of Peter I himself and go around the whole center of St. Petersburg in five minutes?

You will find answers to these and other questions on our route “Birth of St. Petersburg”.

How did the Northern capital begin, and in whose honor did the city get its name? Where was the first residence of the first Russian emperor, and how was the Peter and Paul Fortress built? Where did they build the first St. Petersburg bridge, and who put the hare on a pile?

What is kurtina, poterna, kronverk? At what height does an angel fly on the spire of the Peter and Paul Cathedral? Is it possible to sit on the lap of Peter I himself and go around the whole center of St. Petersburg in five minutes? 

You will find answers to these and other questions on our route “Birth of St. Petersburg”.

What will you see?

Historical Museums

Peter the Great's House

Embankments

Petrovskaya Embankment

Open City Project

The Nikolaevsky Palace

Churches

Memorial sign in honor of the Trinity-Petrovsky Cathedral

Bridges

Ioannovsky Bridge

Unusual monuments

Bunny saved from flooding

Historical Museums

Peter and Paul Fortress

Churches

The Peter and Paul Cathedral

Panoramic viewpoints

Panoramic platforms of Peter and Paul Fortress

Unusual museums

Stern of the Sovereign of the Bastion

Monuments

Monument to Peter the Great in the Peter and Paul Fortress

Bridges

Kronverksky Bridge

Embankments

Kronverkskaya Embankment

Historical Museums

Museum of Artillery

Parks and gardens

Alexander Park on the Petrograd Side

Coffee and tea

Bolshe kofe! (More coffee)

Famous buildings

Hearty market

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What can you expect?

Starting from the Peter the Great’s House Museum, the first imperial residence in Russia, you will walk along Petrovskaya Embankment. Admire the Summer Garden and the Summer Palace of Peter I on the opposite bank of the Neva. Then you cross over the very first St. Petersburg bridge - Ioannovsky and for good luck throw a coin to Hare, who, according to legend, gave the island its name. 

You will visit the Peter and Paul Fortress: go up to the viewing platforms, go down to the mysterious underground passage - Poterna of the Sovereign Bastion, visit the Peter and Paul Cathedral, where Russian monarchs are buried, say hello to the bronze Peter by Mikhail Shemyakin.

Having crossed the Kronverksky Strait along the bridge of the same name, take a walk along the eponymous promenade past the Artillery Museum, which history dates back to the Petrine era. If you are tired, you can return to Petrogradsky Island through the same St. John’s Bridge.

Along the alleys of the Alexander Park, you will reach St. Petersburg in miniature - the Mini City model and complete your route at the Gorkovskaya metro station.