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An interactive exhibition "Secrets of Leonardo Da Vinci" is open from June 26, 2017 to February 26, 2018 at the Exhibition Center of the Union of St. Petersburg Artists Leonardo da Vinci is a striking example of homo universalis, a "universal human being."

His work was not limited to a certain area of knowledge: the genius of the Renaissance has achieved success in painting, medicine, optics, mechanics, military and naval affairs. Interactive exhibition "Secrets of Leonardo Da Vinci" invites you to get acquainted with his impressive scientific and technical discoveries.

A lot ahead of his time, Leonardo da Vinci left behind more than 6,000 pages of manuscripts containing the results of his research in the field of mechanics, optics, medicine, Naval and military affairs, ballistics, aerodynamics. At the exhibition you can see some models created on the basis of his drawings and records. Almost all these designs can be set in motion.

MASLENITSA - Welcoming Spring

Perhaps the most cheerful holiday in Russia is the Pancake week (Shrovetide). This holiday is considered to come from pre-Christian times, when the Slavs were still pagans. In the old days Maslenitsa was for remembrance of the dead. So the burning of the figure of Maslenitsa means her funeral, and blini (pancakes) – coliphia. But with time the Russians longing for fun and entertainment turned the sad holiday into jolly Maslenitsa with blini - round, yellow and hot as the sun, sledding and horse sleigh riding, fistfights and mother-in-law chatting. The rituals of Maslenitsa are very unusual and interesting because they combine the end of the winter holiday rituals and the opening of new spring festivals and ceremonies, which were to promote a rich harvest.

Maslenitsa is celebrated during the week preceding the Lent. Every day of Maslenitsa was devoted to special rituals.

Monday, Maslenitsa

On Monday Maslenitsa was welcomed. On that day people made the straw-stuffed figure of Winter, dressed it in old women’s clothing and singing carried it on sleigh around the village. Then the figure was put onto snow-covered slope that people used for tobogganing, which was considered not just fun, but the ancient rite, because it was thought that the one who came down the hill more than once was likely to have tall flax in summer.

Tuesday, Maslenitsa

Tuesday was called “zaigrysh” (game day). From that day on the whole village started all sorts of activities: sleigh riding, folk festivals, skomorokh (traveling actors) and puppet shows. The streets were full of people in carnival costumes and masks, who visited homes of their neighbors and organized impromptu concerts. Large companies rode troikas and simple sleighs.

Pancake Week in 18th century Moscow was hard to imagine without bear shows. Bear fun was very popular among all classes of the population of towns and cities, towns, and villages. Trained bears amused the audience, imitating girls putting makeup are in front of the mirror or women baking pancakes.

Wednesday, Maslenitsa

Wednesday - gourmand – opened feasts in houses with blini and other dishes. Each household had tables with delicious food, baked pancakes, and brewed beer. Tents selling all kinds of food appeared everywhere. They sold hot sbiten (drinks from water, honey and spices), nuts, honey gingerbreads and poured tea from boiling samovars.

Thursday, Maslenitsa

On Thursday – revelry – came the climax of games and fun. It was then that the hottest fistfights took place.

Friday, Maslenitsa

If on Wednesday sons-in-law were treated with pancakes in their mothers-in-law homes, on Friday it was their turn to arrange evenings with blini. On the day before mothers-in-law had to send to their sons-in-law homes everything necessary for blini making: pans, ladles etc., and fathers-in-law sent a bag of buckwheat and some butter. The disrespect of the tradition from the part of a son-in-law was considered dishonor and insult; it was a reason for life-long enmity.

A special attention during Maslenitsa was paid to conjugal relations: the couples, married the previous were honored and celebrated. The newlyweds were put on the spot in villages: they were forced to each other in public, thrown at with old bast shoes and straw and sometimes could come to the home of newlyweds and kiss the young wife. Tradition required that they dress smartly and go to public places in painted sleigh, pay a call to all who had visited their wedding, and go down icy slope under accompaniment of a solemn song. Maslenitsa was the time of mutual visits of families, which recently became related.

Saturday, Maslenitsa

Saturday was devoted to the visits of relatives paid to young wives.

Sunday, Maslenitsa

Sunday was named “forgiveness”. On that day people asked each other for forgiveness for all grievances and troubles; in the evening people went to cemeteries and “bid farewell” to the dead. On the last day of Maslenitsa comes the most interesting event – saying goodbye to Maslenitsa - a solemn burning of the stuffed figure of winter. People threw the remnants of pancakes and food to the huge bonfire explaining their children that all the nourishing food disappeared in fire to prepare them for the Lent.

The end of Maslenitsa

Maslenitsa ended with the first day of the Lent – Clean Monday, which was considered the day of purification from sin and fast forbidden food. On Clean Monday people usually washed in a bath; women washed dishes, cleaning them from grease and remains of forbidden food.

Peterhof's Ensembles


The Olgin Pavilion and Tsaritsyn Pavilion are amazing ensembles located on two islands in Petergof.

The Tsaritsyn Pavilion was built for the wife of Nicolay I - Alexandra. And the Olgin Pavilion for his daughter - Olga. Both of pavilions are fashionable and have elements of different architectural concepts.

The interiors are completely different. So, the style for every building is unique!

The visit of both pavilions will give you a chance to compare them.

To sum up, the Tsaritsyn Pavilion looks as the Roman shadow in Russia, and the Olgin Pavilion is a discreet residence which has something common with other Emperor’s buildings in Saint-Petersburg. 

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Saint Petersburg is the Best City in Europe!

The Northern Venice has become the best city for the third time in a row. High season ended on a positive note for Saint Petersburg. An award ceremony of the "Oscar in tourism" was held in Russia for the first time, and the Northern Capital of Russia was awarded as the Europe's Best Tourist Destination. Distinguished guests from all around the world, from such cities as New York, Dubai etc. visited the main event in the field of tourism.

The Governor of the City of Saint Petersburg, Georgy Poltavchenko, World Travel Awards President and Founder, Graham Cooke, St. Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development with its Chairman, Andrey Muskarev, and Deputy Chairman Nana Gvichiya, as well as the world's leading hoteliers, tour operators, representatives of Aeroflot airlines, media partners took part in the festive ceremony. Such a glittering and large-scale international event was opened by the Governor of Saint Petersburg, Georgy Poltavchenko. In his speech, he described the jury's assessment as well-deserved and very high: "Tourism is an excellent mean of communication between countries and people, thanks to this area, our world is becoming much brighter and kinder.We believe that this is a well-deserved reward for the potential of the Northern Capital.We are proud that this prestigious award ceremony is being held for the first time in Russia, and it is Saint Petersburg!"

The Chairman of St. Petersburg Committee for Tourism Development, Andrey Muskarev noted that the main competitors of the City on Neva river were Rome and Vienna, which had become the finalists of the competition. Among the other nominees were declared Amsterdam, Oslo, Barcelona, London and Paris. The criteria for the World Travel Awards 2017 were the city security, the developed infrastructure and the hotel network.

A new design of FAN ID has been presented



Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation reported on approval of the FAN ID, which will be applied during the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia™ to identify the spectators of football tournament.

A new design of the FAN ID has been developed specially for this event. Deputy Director of the Department for Implementation of Strategic Projects of the Ministry of Communications Andrey Romankov said: "To visit the FIFA World Cup 2018 the viewers will be required to issue a new fan passport. They will be able to apply and receive FAN ID after purchasing tickets for the tournament".

For the first time in the history of FIFA tournaments, the fan passport (FAN ID, personalized card of the viewer) was used during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. Those who bought the match tickets could obtain it. FAN ID is a laminated letterhead containing personal information and a photograph of the viewer. It can be issued free of charge and is valid for all the matches of 2018 FIFA World Cup. Together with the ticket for the match, it entitles you to free travel in additional trains between the host cities of the FIFA 2018 World Cup and the in public transport of the host cities in days of the matches. Spectators of the football tournament will be able to order a FAN ID on the official website and receive it directly from one of the issuing centers that will be opened later. The delivery of FAN ID to some of the post offices will also be arranged.

Foreign fans will be able to use service for delivery abroad. For foreign citizens and stateless persons a fan passport will give the right of non-visa stay on the territory of Russia. It will be available to viewers in the period beginning 10 days before the date of the first match of the FIFA 2018 World Cup and ending no later than 10 days after the date of the last match.

As reported in Minkomsvyaz, FAN ID registration start date will be announced later.

Amphibian touring bus will appear in Petersburg

A project of launching a unique kind of tourist transport is being considered at the Saint Petersburg City Administration.

The intended landing spot of tourists aboard the amphibious bus is Kazanskaya Street, at the area of the Monument to Barclay de Tolly. Place where the tours will begin is located at the very centre of attractions. Nonstop deployment is expected to be on Serny Island.

Aero-lift will lift tourists over St. Petersburg

This November everyone would be able to go up to the sky with the aero-lift on a height of 1200 meters and admire the beautiful views of the Northern Capital of Russia.

Aero-lift will be located next to the cruiser Aurora. The balloon will be mounted on the ground with a rope and lifted in the air. The testing of the airlift was completed on Saturday. The technicians have checked all the systems and knots.100 meters is just the height of the Colonnade of St Isaac's Cathedral. It is expected that the new entertainment will be in demand among tourists.

Sound Space Project

The Saint-Petersburg Contemporary Music Center announces the Sound Space Project, taking place from 18th October to 15th December 2017 The project will be held in distinguished venues around the city, including the New Stage of Alexandrinsky Theatre, Gallery of Design «Bulthaup», Masterskaya M. K. Anikushina, and the St. Petersburg State Conservatory.

The purpose of the project is to support a new generation of composers, highlighting new musical trends in classical contemporary music from France, Switzerland and Russia. The idea of the project is represented by several blocks, each of which is aimed at certain creative and experimental tasks.

The concert programs included both already known scenes and new names. The Sound Space Project offers various musical concepts that facilitate the learning and understanding of a new, unique musical language of numerous dialects created by late 20th century and 21st century composers.

The Sound Space Project is supported by the Government of St. Petersburg, the Institut français, the Embassy of Switzerland in Russia, and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.


RUSSIAN MUSIC SEASONS is a unique classical music concert in the magnificent historical palaces of St. Petersburg!

We invite all admirers of chamber classical music to visit “Russian Music Seasons” in one of the most magnificent ancient buildings of St. Petersburg – in the Palace of Grand Duke Vladimir. This monumental building is a masterpiece of architecture – majestic and elegant, made in the best traditions of the great Renaissance. We are glad to meet you with a glass of champagne and show the main rooms and halls, which have retained their original form.

Therefore, you can take a favorable view of their pomp and majesty. The concert program includes classical works by famous Russian composers of the late 19th – early 20th century. The mastery of the famous artists of the Mariinsky theatre will impress you! You will be happy to plunge into the magical atmosphere of the concert of chamber orchestra in St. Petersburg. The amazing classical chamber orchestra music sounds there; listening to it is a pleasure. A nice gift, reminding of this wonderful evening, will be the silhouette of your profile, carved by the artist.

Duration of the show: 2 hours (welcome tour with drink + actual show) A welcome drink is served in one of the palace halls during the short tour. Seats are unassigned, so feel free to take the one you like best. The evening will immerse you into the unforgettable atmosphere of the time of the Russian aristocracy!

Dress code – cocktail Duration time —19:15 - 21:30 Ticket cost — VIP – 4200 roubles, entrance ticket – 3200 roubles, children's ticket – 1600 roubles (up to 12 years)

The smallest monument

The Chizhyk-Pyzhik on Fontanka is the smallest monument in the city.

It has 11 centimeters in height and 5 kilograms in weight.


Have you been to Saint-Petersburg? Are you dreaming about visiting of the beautiful city on the territory of Russia? What are you waiting for? Book the trip right now! We have a big variety of different tours in this city. You can visit whatever you want and spend unforgettable days in Russia.
There is a good quote which is must be remembered by everyone!
“And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.” Randy Comisar
That’s why don’t put you wishes on a waiting list. Travel around the world with you close friends or lovely relatives. Life is one and let’s spend it with bright colors!

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Folklore show "Feel yourself Russian!"

Professional folk show "Feel Yourself Russian" in the Nicholas Palace gives you the opportunity to enjoy high-performance skill: at the same time the Russians feel a surge of national pride, and foreign guests admire the "mysterious Russian soul". The services we offer are interesting and Russian citizens and foreign tourists.

Feel yourself Russian show! A unique tourist attraction that allows you to feel the history and soul of Russia in one night! Presentation lasts 1 hour 50 minutes, including the interval (30 minutes). Seating capacity - 350 beds. On the front stairs of the palace you will meet an ensemble of historical and everyday dance "Reverence." Beauties in crinolines and the elegant gentleman to the accompaniment of a string quartet "Classic" will make you forget that the court of the beginning of the XXI century.

In a Programme

Russian folk songs, church songs in the academic performance , "Peters Quartet" . The repertoire of the Cossack band "Maidan" dancing Stavropol, Don, Volgograd, the Kuban Cossacks and Cossack songs of different regions.

Dances of different peoples of Russia in the ensemble "Stars of St. Petersburg" : lyrical dances of the Russian North, incendiary dances Voronezh and the Don Cossacks, subtle humor choreographic miniatures of the Urals and Siberia, and of course the delightful tricks performed by our artists.

During the break, it offered buffet table, which includes: canape with red caviar, сanapes with ham, сanapes with cheese, canape with salami, a glass of vodka, glass of wine, a glass of champagne, juices in assortment, mineral water, tea and coffee, fruit.


How do all tourists feel like during the first visit of another country? Certainly, they are a bit afraid of the whole process. It happens because every country has a specific behavior, mentality, rules and laws ...
To feel confident you have to connect with our company and we will help you to work up with all possible misunderstandings! One important thing which is able to be used to is an airport pickup.
What does it mean? When you arrive to Russia, our car will take you to the hotel. Link that all cars are comfortable and the drivers are careful and friendly!
Why should you use this function? The price for taxi is higher than for our car. Moreover, our drivers are unique in their speciality!
Use this function with pleasure!

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Passage is an elite department store on Nevsky prospekt.

"Passage" today is not only a part of St.Petersburg's historical heritage, but also a prosperous contemporary business enterprise. More than 10,000 customers visit "Passage" daily, and during the holiday season, the customers flow triples. Currently, Joint-Stock Company "Passage" is the largest center of boutique trade with an established professional team of likeminded people who value traditions and the reputation of the firm.

Customer service has been steadily growing, collections are updated, and product lines of goods are expanding. In the future, a multi-functional shopping complex is planned to be built on the area adjacent to "Passage" on Italianskaya Street. 17.


The beautiful city is located near Saint-Petersburg and the Gulf of Finland. The name for this city is Petergof.
It was founded in 1710 as an Emperor’s residence. Petergof is famous for its big amount of fountains, parks, palaces. Moreover, they are really fascinating!
Have you ever heard about Grand Petergof’s Palace, High Garden, Monplesir, the Gothic Capella, etc. ? We believe that you have to visit them! Different kinds of architecture are mixed in the beautiful place!
A lot of tourists come all over the world in the way to see the unique sights. And this is not by chance!
Our goal is to show you the most popular and amazing places on the territory of Russia. Petergof is not an exception.
To be honest, you will not be able to visit all tourist attractions in one day. That’s better to come to Petergof for some days.
Let’s book a tour with visiting of the Russian historical dream - Petergof !

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Exhibition “The Hermitage Encyclopaedia of Textiles. History”

From 29 July, the exhibition “The Hermitage Encyclopaedia of Textiles. History” in the Winter Palace will be presenting for the first time the Hermitage’s textile collections in all their great variety, from prehistoric examples to 20th-century fabrics, from Antiquity and the Orient to present-day Europe.

The Hermitage possesses one of the world’s richest collections of fabrics, carpets, costumes, embroidery and lace. In its diversity, the museum’s textile collection can lay claim to encyclopaedic coverage of both historical periods and geographical areas, where fabrics were produced at any time. The St George Hall of the Winter Palace presents the finest pieces from the State Hermitage’s textile stocks: tapestries, carpets, embroideries, lace, fabrics and clothing from Western European, Russia and the East. Here visitors can see the Fairy Godmother Gobelins tapestry that was presented personally to Nicholas II by the French President Félix Faure and has never left the Winter Palace. Among other valuable gifts to the Russian ruling house are tapestries that Peter I brought back from Paris exactly 300 years ago. One rarity is a complete set of robes for a knight of the British Order of the Garter presented to Alexander II by Queen Victoria, while the unique exhibits include a set of clothes worn by Eugene Beauharnais, Napoleon’s stepson, that came to Russia in 1839, following the marriage of his son, Maximilian, to Nicholas I’s daughter, Maria.

Also on display are examples of ceremonial outfits, military and court uniforms: dresses worn by Catherine II, Alexander III’s wife Maria Feodorovna, and the last Russian empress Alexandra Feodorovna that were made by gifted Russian and foreign craftspeople and by leading fashion houses in Europe and Russia between the 18th and early 20th centuries. Besides military uniforms, the exhibition also features striking examples from the splendid collection of banners.


An important historical object was founded in 1777. Firstly the fortress was built here and it was a part of Novgorod land.
One of the well-known tourist attraction is Pavlovsk Palace. This is also an Emperor’s residence. The Greek Hall, State Bedroom, the Cabinet of Maria Fedorovna, Throne Room are famous for its interior which is specific in every room.
Near the palace you can see the Pavlovsk Garden. It is really beautiful! It was created as a classic English landscape garden.
Next to the garden was a statue of the Three Graces. (In mythology grace is the goddess of beauty and nature).
That’s a true pleasure to walk in the such amazing place. It helps to Feel the Russian spirit!

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How to get to Saint Petersburg Stadium?

Saint Petersburg Metropolitan has released a new original metro map, on which is clearly indicated in Russian and English, how to how to reach the Confederations Cup matches from any part of the city.

On this "football map" there are special shuttle bus routes operating free for fans (with a FanID and a ticket for the match), as well as the points of our city, where the fan zones with large screens are located.

Winter Palace

The Winter Palace is a former imperial palace, at present is a part of the Main Museum Complex of the Hermitage.

The elegant, monumental palace is a striking monument of the Baroque style in mid-18th-century Russian art. The palace is a brilliant example of the synthesis of architecture and decorative plastic art. All the facades are embellished by a two-tier colonnade. Forming a complex rhythm of verticals, the columns soar upwards, and this motion embraces the numerous statues and vases on the roof. The abundance of moulded decoration - fanciful cornices and window architraves, mascarons, cartouches, rocailles, and a variety of pediments - creates an extremely rich play of light and shade that invest the building's appearance with magnificence. Developing upon one and the same architectural motif, Rastrelli gave each of the four facades of the palace a different structural rhythm.

The southern facade, overlooking the square, has a formal grandeur. Here the architect pierced the building with three arches to create a grand entrance into the courtyard and accentuated it with the vertical elements of paired columns. The majestic northern facade, giving the impression of an endless colonnade, faces the broad expanse of the Neva. The western facade, across from the Admiralty, is reminiscent of the composition of a countryside palace with a small courtyard. The monumental eastern facade with its massive side blocks forming a large cour d'honneur is turned to Millionnaya Street, where the mansions of the nobility stood.

For 150 years the palace served as an imperial residence. In November 1917, after the October Revolution, it was declared a museum. The exhibition placed in the palace includes grand halls and chambers, collections of the antiquities of Eurasia and the East, as well as collections of European and Eastern paintings, sculptures, and decorative art works.

Interactive exhibition "Secrets of Leonardo Da Vinci"

An interactive exhibition "Secrets of Leonardo Da Vinci" is open from June 26, 2017 to February 26, 2018 at the Exhibition Center of the Union of St. Petersburg Artists Leonardo da Vinci is a striking example of homo universalis, a "universal human being."

His work was not limited to a certain area of knowledge: the genius of the Renaissance has achieved success in painting, medicine, optics, mechanics, military and naval affairs. Interactive exhibition "Secrets of Leonardo Da Vinci" invites you to get acquainted with his impressive scientific and technical discoveries.

A lot ahead of his time, Leonardo da Vinci left behind more than 6,000 pages of manuscripts containing the results of his research in the field of mechanics, optics, medicine, Naval and military affairs, ballistics, aerodynamics. At the exhibition you can see some models created on the basis of his drawings and records. Almost all these designs can be set in motion.

Exhibition “My city”

Exhibition of contemporary Petersburg artists dedicated to the urban landscapeExhibition of contemporary Petersburg artists dedicated to the urban landscape. Museum and Exhibition Center "Saint Petersburg Artist" represents the project "My city", in which contemporary artists took part.

The exhibition sums up the results of the contest named after Viktor Korovin (1936-1991), which was held this spring and is dedicated to the genre of the city landscape in which the master loved to work. At the exhibition for the first time along with works from the fund, the museum presents works by contemporary authors. Of the many creative works sent to the contest (More than 300), the paintings of 47 artists was selected. Among them, Boris Semenov, Nikita Tsytsin, Oleg Tenyaev,Sergei Bakin, Sergei Usik, Valery Filippov, Nikolay Chiratyev, Alexey Alekhin, Natalya Maltseva, Zaza Kharabadze, Art group "Aurora", Svetlana Brezitskaya, Alexander Znamensky and other masters who develop the genre of the urban landscape.

Exhibition “Nefertari and the Valley of the Queens"

From 16 June 2016 to 10 January 2017, the Manege of the Small Hermitage will be the setting for the exhibition “Nefertari and the Valley of the Queens. From the Museo Egizio, Turin” that has been organized by the State Hermitage and the Museo Egizio – the Egyptian Museum – in Turin with the support of the Lavazza company.

The exhibition is taking place within the framework of the Hermitage–Italy Foundation projects through the agency of Villaggio Globale International. The Museo Egizio is known for having one of the most important collections of Egyptian antiquities outside of Egypt itself. The display is made up of five sections and includes 255 artefacts and photographs taken in the field that make it possible for visitors to picture the opening of the tomb of Queen Nefertari. The formation of the collection of the Museo Egizio in Turin was the result of two events: the acquisition of the first Drovetti in 1824 by Charles Felix, Duke of Savoy and King of Sardinia, and the excavations conducted by the museum’s director, Ernesto Schiaparelli, in the early 20th century.

The collection assembled by Bernardino Michele Maria Drovetti was the source of most of the largest objects (statues and sarcophagi), as well as a large number of stelas, grave goods and an extremely rich range of papyruses, mainly from the region of Thebes. The basis of the exhibition “Nefertari and the Valley of the Queens. From the Museo Egizio, Turin” is Theban materials acquired by Drovetti and Schiaparelli. 


Mariinsky Concert Hall

The opening of the Concert Hall has proved yet another historic date in Russian theatre history. It is the only theatre and concert venue of its kind in Russia, designed according to the very latest developments in construction and purpose-built to host concert programmes. With regard to technology and acoustics the new hall ranks alongside the world’s finest concert venues, such as the concert halls in Lucerne, Sapporo and Birmingham, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus and the Disney Hall in Los Angeles. In the new hall, the stage can be transformed for the desired effect according to the programme for the evening. The controls for the individual blocks of the stage plane-table mean that the positions of orchestral groups can be varied, or an orchestra pit created. The hall can also be used for stage performances of operas and ballets. In spring 2009, reconstruction began of a complex of buildings affiliated to the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, and following reconstruction these will house a restaurant, a café, a music shop and rehearsal studios.

Exhibition “Samovar and Basin from the Military Hospital Named after Tsesarevich Alexei”

A quest-exhibition for the “Storming of the Winter Palace” project. For the 100th anniversary of the revolution in 2017, the Hermitage has prepared a major project under the general title “The Storming of the Winter Palace”. A distinctive feature of this project is to be the quest-exhibition – “pinpoint” displays that will open in various places around the museum over the course of the year. All the displays of the quest-exhibition will be marked with a special logo.

On display in the Fore Hall of the Winter Palace from 6 March 2017 are a samovar and a basin bearing the monograms of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and her son, Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolayevich, both made by Carl Fabergé’s firm. The outbreak of the First World War cut back production, but the firm adapted its workshops to the needs of wartime and began to manufacture items intended for the front – copper and brass field samovars and kettles, saucepans and washstands, lighters and spirits cups, medical syringes and containers in which they could be sterilized, grenades and cartridge cases. The samovar and basin were intended for the Military Hospital named after Tsesarevich Alexei that was opened in the Winter Palace in 1915 and continued to function until 27 October 1917.

The large surgical hospital for lower ranks with 1000 beds was organized by resolution of Emperor Nicholas II and occupied all the state rooms of the Winter Palace apart from the St George Hall. The soldiers’ hospital in the palace was unlike any other. It was housed in the chief imperial residence, was furnished with the latest equipment for the time and used the most advanced methods of treatment. Highly qualified medical personnel were selected to work in the hospital. Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, and her older daughters, Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatiana, served as nurses in the hospital. They assisted during operations, conducted charitable activities and helped the wounded. From 25 October 2017, the Fore Hall will contain part of the exhibition “The Winter Palace and Hermitage in 1917” devoted to the history of the Military Hospital named after Tsesarevich Alexei. The pinpoint exhibition has been opened in memory of the doctors and nurses of the hospital in the Winter Palace who continued to work right up until October 1917. 

Artists of the "Russian Sculptors' Society"

The exhibition will open a fascinating picture of master's creative search, many among them studied in the 1900-10th years in Paris at Auguste Rodin and Antoine Bourdelle.

The "Russian Sculptor's Society" (RSS) is the art association which has arisen on a crest of revolutionary events and new culture construction. The main objective of this society created in 1925 consisted in association of all Russian sculptural forces in search of new plastic expressiveness and maintaining precious traditions of the Russian and European culture in the art connected with spatial perception, with art of squares. Practically all famous Russian sculptors of the first half of the XX century have entered RSS: Anna Golubkina, Serguey Konenkov, Vera Mukhina, Natan Altman, Stepan Erzya and many others.

The exhibition will open a large-scale and fascinating picture of masters’ creative search. A lot of sculptors studied in the 1900-10th years in Paris at Auguste Rodin and Antoine Bourdelle. At the exhibition about 60 works zill be displayed. They will show bright and various picture of life of the Soviet Russia reflected in a creativ mirror of the leading art associations of the 1920.

The Saint Petersburg State Academic Philharmonia




The St. Petersburg Philharmonia the oldest Philharmonia in Russia, is more than two hundred years old.

The building housing the Philharmonia was constructed in 1839 by the architect P. Jacot (the facade designed by C. Rossi) for the St. Petersburg Assembly of the Nobility. The hall with its wonderful acoustics and a seating capacity of over 1500 has been the center of the city's musical life since the 1840s. Numerous renowned musicians of the 19th century performed including F. Lizst, H. Berlioz, R. Wagner, G. Mahler, A. Rubinstein, K. Schumann, P. Viardo, P. Sarasate and many. Many works of such exponents of Russian classical tradition as Borodin, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glazunov were premiered in this historic place. On June 21, 1921 the name was changed to the Petrograd Philharmonia.

The orchestra was conducted by E.Couper, the first Director of the Philharmonia, a talented conductor and brilliant organizer. The concert program was dedicated to P.I.Tchaikovsky's works. In a short period of time the Philharmonia developed diverse concert, educational and publishing activities; the unique Philharmonic Library was instrumental to these endeavors.

The Philharmonic Orchestra (at present the St. Petersburg Philharmonic) became its leading orchestra. In the course of 50 years (1938 - 1988) it was headed by the outstanding Russian conductor E.A. Mravinsky. Since 1988 Yuri Temirkanov, one of the world's leading conductors, has been Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Orchestra. The Grand Hall's total capacity is 1500 seats.

DLT department store

Legendary DLT is a flagship store of TSUM. Built in 1909 the building's architecture mixes modernist and art nouveau influences popular at the turn of century, inside however the influences are much more cutting edge. Five floors of designer shopping promise shoppers a world of luxury goodies from the likes of YSL, Chanel, Versace, Alexander Wang, Gucci, Marc Jacobs and many more. On the top floor there is a restaurant for fashionistas who need to take a break and for the discerning VIP shopper personal stylist services will also be available.

Bikers from 30 countries will visit Harley Days

Geographical coverage of the annual Harley Days Motofestival is impressive: 30 countries and 50 Russian regions will send their bikers to Saint Petersburg. Harley Days Festival will be held in the Nothern Capital of Russia from 3 to 6 August. It was added to an Harley-Davidson International Calender of Events and is being held in the City on the Neva river since 2011.

The visitors are invited to see test rides of new Harley-Davidson models, a children's play town with the study of road traffic rules, a contest of author's motorcycles, a tattoo contest and a beauty zone for motorcycle ladies and much more.

A motor parade will become the highlight of the celebration on Saturday, August 5. More than 3000 participants will start from Dvortsovaya Square at 11 a.m., will pass through Nevsky Prospekt, past St. Isaac's Cathedral and finish at Ostrovskogo Square, which will be the main stage of the Festival.

A famous Harley-Davidson photographer Paul John Bayfield will visit this fest to tell the world about the beauties of St. Petersburg and the bright moments of "St. Petersburg Harley Days 2017 ". And at the official after party, British singer Ken Hensley will perform at the Mad Max restaurant.

«Alexandre Benois remembers...»

Twenty watercolours from the artist's family collection (France) and the State museum Pavlovsk: the picturesque memories of St. Petersburg suburbs, especially Pavlovsk Watercolours from the artist's family collection (France) and the State museum Pavlovsk.

Alexandre Benois (1870, Saint Petersburg – 1960, Paris) – a prominent figure in the art of the Silver Age and man with many talents: he was a painter and a graphic artist, a scenographer and an art historian, an art critic and a memorialist. Benois's creative legacy is vast and diverse, his works are being displayed in the biggest Russian museums: the Hermitage, the Russian Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery as well as in private collections.

Twenty watercolours of the picturesque memories of St. Petersburg suburbs, especially Pavlovsk are being displayed at «Alexandre Benois remembers...» exhibition in the Horse Guards Room of the Pavlovsk Palace. Benois lived in Pavlovsk when he was just a five-year boy, and his father, the architect Nicholas Benois, had been building a wooden theatre building near the Musical railway station. He returned here as a youth, during his period of «romantic» feelings. In the 1920s, during the time of creation of the museum in the Pavlovsk Palace, he visited Pavlovsk as a renowned art historian. Most watercolours were kept in the Benois family archive, in the album gifted by Benois to his wife Anna Karlovna Benois in 1943. Some paintings were drawn by the artist from life in the post-revolutionary years, other were drawn in France during the emigration years, using photographs.

These watercolours were kindly provided for the exhibition by the artist's grandson Dmitry Ivanovich Vyshnegradskii, currently residing in Paris. They are displayed for the first time. Such an exhibition in the Pavlovsk Palace would not have been possible without support from the Examination Cabinet «Honoré d'Urfé» (Cabinet d'expertise Honoré d'Urfé) and Mr. Roch de Coligny himself.


The Peterhof Museum Complex is one of the most popular museums not only in Russia, but in the whole world. Even a few hours here are enough to feel the spirit of history, which still lives on and breathes in this magnificent place.

As a former residence of the Russian monarchs, Peterhof brings together the finest achievements in national and international culture. This unique complex was created by outstanding architects, decorators and sculptors, whose spectacular works of art slot perfectly into the natural beauty of the coastal landscape. Peter the Great planned Peterhof as the residence of a sea king. This was to be his incarnation of Russia as a great European power, with a foothold on the shores of the world's oceans, capable of competing with the finest Western courts — above all, with Versailles.

The history of Peterhof begins back in 1705, when travelling chambers were built for Peter the Great on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland. Soon, not far from this place, work began on the creation of a new imperial residence, which, Peter determined, would one day outshine all the other royal palaces of Europe. The tsar deliberately built his new residence by the sea, as a triumphant symbol of the successful conclusion of Russia's long struggle for an outlet to the Baltic Sea. Peterhof was officially opened in the presence of the tsar and foreign diplomats in August 1723.

Russian Music Seasons

RUSSIAN MUSIC SEASONS is a unique classical music concert in the magnificent historical palaces of St. Petersburg! We invite all admirers of chamber classical music to visit “Russian Music Seasons” in one of the most magnificent ancient buildings of St. Petersburg – in the Palace of Grand Duke Vladimir. This monumental building is a masterpiece of architecture – majestic and elegant, made in the best traditions of the great Renaissance.

We are glad to meet you with a glass of champagne and show the main rooms and halls, which have retained their original form. Therefore, you can take a favorable view of their pomp and majesty. The concert program includes classical works by famous Russian composers of the late 19th – early 20th century.

The mastery of the famous artists of the Mariinsky theatre will impress you! You will be happy to plunge into the magical atmosphere of the concert of chamber orchestra in St. Petersburg. The amazing classical chamber orchestra music sounds there; listening to it is a pleasure. A nice gift, reminding of this wonderful evening, will be the silhouette of your profile, carved by the artist. Duration of the show: 2 hours (welcome tour with drink + actual show) A welcome drink is served in one of the palace halls during the short tour. Seats are unassigned, so feel free to take the one you like best. The evening will immerse you into the unforgettable atmosphere of the time of the Russian aristocracy!

“PushkinFest” - dedicated to Great Russian Poet Alexander Pushkin

First Museum Fest dedicated to memory of Great Russian Poet Alexander Pushkin

First Museum Fest dedicated to memory of Great Russian Poet Alexander Pushkin You will discover Pushkin’s own magnificent Saint Petersburg and learn why he is an indispensable part of Russia’s identity and is regarded as Russia’s Shakespeare.

You will visit Tsarskoye Selo, Saint Petersburg’s most beautiful suburb, where the Imperial Lyceum and Pushkin’s Country House are located. The Festival will introduce you to Russian culture of the early 19th century brought to life in the permanent exhibits of the museums. You will encounter original works by brilliant Russian artists, household objects from 19th century interiors, along with other artefacts of that era and modern multi-media art presentations based on the collections in the museums. You will embark on an unforgettable journey from the time of Empress Anna to the present. Buy the Museum Passport- a special comprehensive ticket for entrance to the museum festival and feel like a Saint Petersburg native instead of a stranger.

Visit 10 exhibitions in five museums at a half price.

Exhibition “Commemorating the Abdication Manifesto and the Establishment of the Provisional Government”

From 15 March 2017 to 31 December 2017, in the Great Church and the Church Vestibule of the Winter Palace, a “pinpoint” exhibition opened commemorating the anniversary of Nicholas II’s abdication and the establishment of the Provisional Government.

The display features items connected with those events, including paper money issued by the Provisional Government and the 2 March 1917 edition of the magazine Satirikon announcing the abolition of censorship. In the Great Church visitors can study the text of the act of abdication signed by Nicholas II (the original is in the State Archive of the Russian Federation).

The exhibition is the first of the events devoted to key occurrences of the revolutionary period that will be taking place in the State Hermitage throughout 2017. Each small exhibition represents one element of the forthcoming exhibition “The Winter Palace and Hermitage in 1917” that will open in October in the museum’s state rooms. All the displays of the quest-exhibition will be marked with a special logo.

Ballet "Swan Lake"

St. Petersburg State Academic Theater of Leonid Yakobson Ballet presents an updated version of "Swan Lake" ballet choreographed by Marius Petipa and Ieo Ivanov.

"Swan Lake" - one of the most fantastic, perfect and famous works of ballet. It’s choreography has long been considered a recognized masterpiece of the world ballet, one of the great achievements of Russian national culture.

The history of "Swan Lake" began in 1875, when commissioned by the Bolshoi Theater of young but already famous composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composed the music for the ballet. Tchaikovsky did not set out the revolutionary tasks. He carefully studied ballet scores and sought to satisfy their musical basis of high richness. The choreography by Marius Petipa, who contrasted the "White Queen of the swans" Odette its "black double" - Odile, and his assistant Lev Ivanov, the author of the famous "swan scenes", for the first time felt the innovation ballet music by Tchaikovsky, and its ability to embody the characters in their interaction and development .

Symphonic ballet as new form of ballet was created. Specifically for Ballet Theater Jacobson brilliant theatrical artist Vyacheslav Okunev carried out a new colorful design and composed exquisite set design of the play. Ticket cost — 600-6000 roubles

Anselm Kiefir to Velimir Chlebnikov Exhibition

The exhibiton at the State Hermitage Museum wil last from May 31, 2017 till September 3, 2017. In May 2017, the first personal exhibition of German artist Anselm Kiefer will open in the Hermitage.

Anselm Kiefer is an artist inclined to a profound and multifaceted intellectual reflection. In his works he addresses the themes of history, religion, literature, philosophy, images of memory, and heritage. In 2016, Anselm Kiefer, inspired by a visit to St. Petersburg, created a new exhibition project specially for the Hermitage. In the three-part space of the grandiose Nikolaevsky Hall, equipped for the exhibition, Kiefer plans to place paintings dedicated to the Russian futurist poet, the experimentalist of word creation Velimir Khlebnikov (1885-1922).

The Anselm Kiefer to Velimir Khlebnikov exhibition is a picturesque ode to the sad beauty of rusting ships, once filling people with fear, and now abandoned by their creators on the very edge of the earth.

Stars of the White Nights International Festival

Festival will be held on May 26 till July 23, 2017 at Mariinsky Theater.

Stars of the White Nights festival is the largest international music forum in Russia, inspired by the outstanding musician of modern times Valery Gergiev.

Famous directors, conductors, dancers, and performers of classical music will gather in St. Petersburg. 200 unforgettable events with participation of the stars, world premieres, night concerts, creative meetings await the guests.

International Sand Sculpture Festival




Sand Sculptures International Festival lasts from May 1 till September 30, 2017 at Peter and Paul Fortress (Zayachy Island, St. Petersburg).

Various sculptural compositions will be placed on the beach of the Peter and Paul Fortress from Naryshkin to the Trubetskoi Bastion.

Right on the spot sculptors from Belgium, Germany, Canada, China, Taiwan, France will create unique works of art which will gather vast crowds of those wishing to admire them. For children there are special workshops where you will be able to learn about the basic principles of work over sand sculptures and, together with the masters, create figures from sand.

Ticket price — 300-250 roubles.

Exhibition at the Marble Palace - “Hunt Slonem”

Marble Palace

OPENED: from 26 May 2017 to 26 June 2017.

Pictures in the stylistics combining elements of pop art and a figurative expressionism are displayed on the exhibition. Hunt Slonem is one of the most remarkable representatives of American neo-expressionism. His formation as an artist was mostly completed during his education at the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. In 1973 he moved to Manhattan, where he currently works and lives.

His first individual exhibition opened in 1977 and since then he organizes several shows a year all over the world; his works can be found in the collections of the most prominent world museums and galleries. Among art collectors who possess Hunt Slonem’s works are Hollywood stars such as Sharon Stone, Brooke Shields, Julianne Moore. A Manhattan resident, Slonem remains a lover of exotic life since the time of his childhood and youth. The Russian Museum exhibition will present the artworks from the major cycles: butterflies, birds, flowers, rabbits, performed in the stylistics that combines features of the pop-art and figurative expressionism.

Ticket cost — 300 rubles; privilege ticket — 150 rubles.

XIX Open Look International Contemporary Dance Festival

Kannon dance Saint Petersburg Dance House and New Stage of Alexandrinsky Theatre , with the support of St. Petersburg Committee for Culture present:

XIX Open Look International Contemporary Dance Festival (Saint Petersburg) will be held from June, 29 to July, 9 2017 on the New Stage of Alexandrinsky Theatre.


XII International Musical Collection Festival

Amid the White Nights the Academic Philharmonic named after Dmitry Shostakovich invites music lovers to the festival concerts, in which world stars of classical music, renowned soloists, and conductors will take part.

On May 21 at 20.00 the Great Hall of the Philharmonic (Mikhailovskaya ulitsa, 2) will feature the opening of the XII International Musical Collection Festival.

The Festival will start with a piano evening of Nikolai Lugansky. The program will include the Seasons and twelve characteristic pictures by Tchaikovsky; the Polonaise-Fantasy, Four Mazurkas, the Barcarol, and the Ballad No. 4 by Chopin.

Ticket price — 500-3500 roubles.

Exhibition “Matilda Kshesinskaya: Fouettes of Fate”

Museum of Political History of Russia

OPENED:15 JUNE 2017 to 01 January 2018.

An exhibition "Matilda Kshesinskaya: Fouettes of Fate" is designed to provide a full overview of the personal and creative biography of the famous ballerina of the Silver Age who left a significant footprint in Russian art.

Matilda F. Kshesinskaya is not only a synonym of Russian ballet at the turn of the 20th century, but also was a significant personality in the life of high society and culture of St.Petersburg in the last decades of the Russian Empire. Today, she is of interest to us as a one-of-a-kind phenomenon encompassing many significant events in the cultural and political history of Russia. Her affair with the future Emperor Nicholas II, and love and business relationships with the Grand Dukes Sergei Mikhailovich and Andrei Vladimirovich caused a lot of innuendo, spawning the most fantastic rumors and gossip. There are still controversial opinions not only about the personality of Matilda Kshesinskaya, but also about the sources of her huge wealth — before 1917, Kshesinskaya was one of the richest women in Russia.

This is not the first time that the Museum of Political History of Russia pays attention to Matilda Kshesinskaya. What is distinguishing about the new exhibition is that it aims to show her personal and creative life as much as possible freed from myths and secrets, and uses a large number of new archive sources, including those being exhibited for the first time. The exhibition reveals different dimensions of the multi-faceted personality of Matilda Kshesinskaya, showing her as an outstanding ballerina, socialite, mother, wife, lady and businesswoman.

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is in the top 10 best temples in the world

The St. Petersburg Cathedral, with its unique architecture, ranked sixth in the popular service TripAdvisor.

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is in the top 10 best temples in the world Feedbacks of the tourists on World Heritage Sites were taken into account in the preparation of the list.

The Church, which was built on the site of the assassination of Tsar Alexander II, was the only attraction in our country to rank in the top ten.

The largest number of reviews of the travelers gathered Cambodian religious building of Angkor Wat, followed by modern Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in the United Arab Emirates, built in 2007 year, and the Great Mosque of Cordoba, best known as the Mezquita. Tourists also received great impressions from St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican Cathedral of St. Peter and the Indian mausoleum Taj Mahal. A section of the Great Wall of China called Mutianyu, the high-altitude ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu, the Plaza of Spain in Seville and the Duomo Cathedral in Milan round out the top-10.

IX International Kronstadt ecological art festival “Kronfest-2017”

Annual project combining Art and Еcology.

The festival presents artistic approach to the protection of the environment and gathers the creative forces working within environmental projects.

The festival program: Symposium on the creation of art-objects from garbage, exhibitions, open air events, performances, master classes. The Museum of history of Kronstadt is base of the festival.

Some events take place at forts.

OPENED: from 01 June 2017 to 30 June 2017

Free admission.

Mariinsky Theatre

One of the biggest and most famous opera and ballet theatres in Russia and all over the world.

Mariinsky theatre of opera and ballet was opened in 1860, it became the preeminent music theatre of late 19th century Russia, where many of the stage masterpieces of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov received their premieres. When, in 1859, the Circus Theatre was destroyed by fire, a new theatre was built on the same site, once again by Alberto Cavos. It was named the Mariinsky in honour of Empress Maria Alexandrovna, wife of Alexander II. The first theatre season in the new building opened on 2 October 1860 with A Life for the Tsar by Glinka under the baton of the Russian Opera Company’s conductor Konstantin Lyadov, father of the renowned composer Anatoly Lyadov. The name of Empress Maria Alexandrovna was immortalized not only in the name of the theatre but also in its emblem - the stage curtain by A. Golovin.

This main theater attribute was desined as the train of the Empress's dress.

Exposition "Victor Borisov-Musatov and the “Blue Rose” Society"

Saint Michael's (Engineer's) Castle

OPENED: from 02 March 2017 to 07 July 2017

In the Russian Museum are presented works of symbolist artists: V.Borisov-Musatov, P.Kuznetsov, S.Sudeikin, N.Sapunov, M. Saryan.

The art of Victor Borisov-Musatov (1870-1905), one of the leading masters of Russian symbolism, will be presented in St.Michael’s Castle in context of his activity in the artistic society “Blue Rose”, the first exhibition of which dates back to 1907, 110 years ago. The variety of symbolist articulation in the oevre of Borisov-Musatov and artists of this unique group will be presented such fully for the first time.

The exhibition will comprise the works by Borisov-Musatov himself and the ones by Pavel Kuznetsov, Nikolai Krymov, Sergei Sudeikin, Nikolai Sapunov, Martiros Saryan, Pyotr Bromirsky, Pyotr Utkin, Milioti brothers and other participants of the “Blue Rose”. Along with these prominent masters who became classics of art of the previous century, the artists less known by the wide public but of no smaller gift will be on display (I. Knabe, N.Feofilaktov, N. Ryabushinsky). The exhibition will include around 80 paintings and graphic works from the Russian museum, State Tretyakov gallery and private collections of St.Petersburg.

Ticket cost — 300 roubles – full ticket price,150 roubles – reduced price (for schoolchildren, students, persons of retirement age).

Petersburg is now nearer to tourists from Iran and Taiwan

Saint Petersburg information agencies are expanding the geography of their work. «Visit Petersburg» offices are now open in Taiwan and Iran. Foreign tourists intended to visit Petersburg can get information about Petersburg, its hotels, showplaces and the most convenient voyage routes in these offices. Petersburg is now nearer to tourists from Iran and Taiwan.

The «Visit Petersburg» office in Taipei is located in a «A» class business center in a popular tourist area. Visitors of the information agency can plan their journey to Petersburg and find information about all kinds of entertainment. For example, the FIFA World Cup that takes place in Saint Petersburg in 2018. You can also receive detailed information about visiting Petersburg in the «Nadia Parvaz» office, an Iranian tour operator. The «Visit Petersburg» office, which is located in the center of Tehran, provides potential tourists with information about the culture of Petersburg and its interesting places of educational, sport and restaurant entertainment. The staff is always ready to answer any questions and even help to create a touristic route.

Moreover, the «Tehran International Book Fair», an annual international middle eastern event, which is held from May 3 to May 13, represents literature for people who are going to visit Petersburg.

The first «Visit Petersburg» agency in Europe was opened in Paris due to the agreement signed in February 2017. The office is located in the Elysian Fields area and has already become a tourist business development platform. Any French operator can visit the visa centre in which the «Visit Petersburg» office is located to find new Russian partners in the tourist industry.

This year is going to see the opening of 10 other «Visit Petersburg» offices all over the world, including India and Spain. Before getting down to work, the staff of our foreign information offices is obliged to study at special courses to be able to provide Petersburg visitors with quality help.

Exhibition “Structures”

OPENED: from 06 April 2017 to 01 July 2017

The profound “discussion on formalism” will be carried out in the exhibition spaces of the Marble palace.

The project that includes art pieces from 1960s to present time is aimed to investigate the concept of the structure (from Latin structura ‎- a fitting together, adjustment, building). Seen as characteristics of the form it acquires pure philosophical meaning. The large-scale and profound “discussion on formalism” will be carried out in the exhibition spaces of the Marble palace.

The exhibition will underline the relevance of the art of “pure” forms and present the models and matrix of the structures that were widely used in the art of previous and present centuries and became its key motifs (grid, crystal, chain, spiral etc.)

It will comprise works from the collection of the Russian museum, Novy museum (St.Petersburg), Museum of Organic Culture (Kolomna), private collections and artist’s workshops.

Ticket cost — 450 rubles; privilege ticket — 200 rubles.


OPENED: from 20 April 2017 to 10 December 2017

Central Naval Museum

To the 100th anniversary of the Revolution of 1917 An exhibit dedicated to the politics of the leaders of the Soviet government’s relation to the country’s navy.

This exhibit will tell about how the military capabilities of the naval forces were restored after catastrophic losses during the Revolution and the Civil War.

Central Naval Museum - one of the oldest museums in Russia The whole history of the Russian fleet is reflected in the extensive collection of the museum. During the three centuries of its existence, the museum has become an integral part of the Navy, and the history of the museum - part of naval history.

Romantic Saint-Petersburg

St Petersburg is a city where a great number of important events in the history of the country have happened over three centuries: government reforms, coups, intrigues, twists and turns of ordinary people’s fates, the most important scientific discoveries and inventions Houses, gardens, cobbled streets, parks, embankments - all these keep the memory of the past centuries.

St Petersburg has won recognition from the modern travellers as well.

For instance, according to the Russian tourist portal the Northern Capital is the best city for a romantic trip, and the American magazine Travel + Leisure included the city in their top 50 of the most romantic places in the world.

Theatre Garden under the Gatchina sky

From June 17 to June 19 Saint Petersburg will see the first in Russia theatre-musical festival under the open sky.

In these days on the Silver meadow in front of the Gatchina Palace the «Wedding in Malinovka» and «Mister X» operettas will be performed to guests and residents of Petersburg. The «Operetta Park» festival revives traditions of Petersburg park plays, which existed before the Revolution 1917. In the pre-revolution times, music theatres called by people «theatre gardens» used to give their performances in the shade of urban gardens and parks.

Every day several thousand spectators gathered together to see the plays by such theatre gardens as «Hermitage», «Orpheum», «Cross Garden», «Luna Park», «Aquarium», «Arcadia» and «The Summer Buff».

In the Gatchina Palace park spectators are going to see performances by actors, dancers and jugglers; stuntmen and horsemen are going to show magnificent battle scenes. Even Gatchina rabbits, hens and goats are going to participate in the performance. The festival will be finished with a spectacular operetta song gala show.

Exhibition “Undressed”

Erarta Museum and Galleries of Contemporary Art

OPENED: from 29 April 2017 to 30 July 2017

Exhibition about the history of underwear from the Victoria and Albert Museum (London)

The great retrospective exhibition of underwear design from the 18th century to the present day, which was carefully prepared by the curators of V&A, will reside in Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art in St. Petersburg for a few months. T

hrough elegant corsets, crinolines, boxer shorts, bras, hosiery, lingerie and loungewear the exhibition will tell the detailed history of underwear, exploring the "intimate" relationship between underwear and fashion, the role of underwear in formation of male and female images.

Highlights will include floral embroidered stockings worn by Queen Alexandra; a sheer dress by Liza Bruce famously worn by Kate Moss; an exquisite negligée by Carine Gilson, like that worn by actress Bérénice Marlohe in the film Skyfall; and Antonio Beradi’s monochrome dress, worn by Gwyneth Paltrow, featuring a trompe l’oeil corset which reveals the underwear worn beneath.

The Night of Museums

20 MAY, Saturday, 18:00  

OPENED: from 20 May 2017 to 21 May 2017

The night of Museums is an annual campaign dedicated to International Day of Museums.

Small and big Petersburg museums traditionally open their doors for visitors at night and organise special programmes: an exhibition of one day, concerts, performances, specially designed excursions, and historic reconstructions.

Fountain Show in Peterhof “Journey to the Land of Don Quixote”


20 MAY, Saturday, 14:00

On May 20th, 2017 the Annual Fountain Show at the Grand Cascade will mark again the beginning of the summer season 2017 at the Peterhof State Museum-Reserve.

The show will become a concluding chord for the bilateral year of tourism in Russia and Spain. The Show starts at 2 p.m. Immerse yourself into the authentic Spanish extravaganza with the dance, sing and music show at the Grand Cascade as part of the “Journey to the Land of Don Quixote” As part of the theatrical performance entitled "Journey to the Land of Don Quixote" you’ll see the brightest pages of the Spanish history, like dancing to the flamenco rhythm, brave toreros, animated heroes from the paintings by El Greco and Velasquez, surreal world of Salvador Dali, and Don Quixote fighting again with windmills.

The lively opening ceremony of the Peterhof summer season will be completed by the fireworks illuminating the sky with the colors of the Spanish flag. Spring Fountain Show 2017 is conducted with the support from the Ministry for Culture of Russia.

Duration time — 1 hour.

Admission to the show will be available by the tickets to the Lower Park. Pre-book the tickets online and avoid the queues.

Now you can buy a theatre ticket even at night

One of the oldest box offices in Petersburg has started working 24/7. Now you can look through the repertoire and buy tickets at any time.

Now you can buy a theatre ticket even at night Since May 1, the Box Office №1, which is situated on the Nevsky Prospect 42, is open even at nights. Guests and residents of Saint Petersburg can purchase theatre, musical performance and touristic excursion tickets there.

It was 2015 when we started selling tickets 24/7 for the first time.

According to the statistics, most tickets are purchased from 10 pm to 1 am and from 7 am to 9 am. The «box office management» says that guests and residents of Saint Petersburg can visit more than 4.500 events ever day.

In spite of the possibility to order tickets online, box offices are still popular.

A boat trip under the drawbridges





This year Dvorzovy Most (Palace Bridge) and Troitsky Most (Troitsky Bridge) will be raised a quarter of an hour earlier. This will allow the tourist boats to pass under the raised wings of the main bridges of Saint Petersburg.

According to the Deputy Director of "Mostotrest" company Andrey Kochin, a year ago travel boats could not carry out river walks, while the bridges were opened.

This year the city authorities decided to make an exception for tourists.

Excursion boats will have 15 minutes to let the tourists see this sights from an unusual angle. It will be possible to see how the wings of the Palace and Troitsky bridges are straightened out at 1:10 and 1:20 am.


Concert in the context “THE CITY DAY – DAY OF ST. PETERSBURG FOUNDATION” On May 27, St. Petersburg, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, celebrates its birthday.

Festivities continue for several days and take place in the entire historical center of the city, inviting St. Petersburg citizens and guests to visit the music programs in concert halls, parks, and squares, as well as the best museum exhibitions and theater performances.

The highlights of celebration a gala concert “Classic at the Palace Square” with the participation of world opera stars.

Organizer: “Dance Open” International Ballet Festival

The Art of Novgorod the Great in the Time of Prelate Macarius

27 april—1 august 2017 in Benois Wing of Russian Museum

The XVI century in Novgorod’s art history is a time of true rise but it still never had been an object of a special exhibition project and shown as a whole artistic phenomenon.

The goal of the exhibition is to gather art pieces of the epoch of prelate Macarius, archbishop of Novgorod (1526-1542), metropolitan of Russia (1542-1563), a key spiritual figure of the time of Ivan IV (the Terrible). The most significant political, cultural and ecclesiastical events were connected with his name, and also a large number of real masterpieces of Old Russian art appeared at that time – hand-written books, unique icons, metal, sewed and woodcarving liturgical utensils.

The collection of the Russian Museum contains one of the most significant art objects of Novgorod dating back from the XVI century - the carved gilded Ambo from St. Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod created by an initiative of archbishop Macarius in 1533.

The exhibition will demonstrate this unique object after the completion of its restoration in Russian Museum as well as other masterpieces of the artistic heritage of this major art center of Old Russia, which largely determined the character of the Russian religious art. The exhibition will comprise unique art pieces from the collection of the Russian Museum and other museum collections as well as multimedia, photographic and video materials.

Petersburg in the top 25 best destinations of the world

 St. Petersburg is the only city in Russia that turned out to be in the rating of the best tourist destinations in the world. In the list, TripAdvisor users also included Rome, Paris and New York. The leader was the island of Bali.

The northern capital took the 14th position out of the 25 best places to rest in 2017. In the list of recommended for viewing attractions - the Savior on Spilled Blood Church, the Hermitage, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Grand Palace in Peterhof.

The creators of TripAdvisor counted 2703 variants of pastime for the guests of the city on the Neva. Also they highlighted the architecture of St. Petersburg, in particular, the Winter Palace and the Kazan Cathedral, as well as the extensive collection of the Hermitage.

In their opinion, St. Petersburg is the "cultural heart" of Russia, and nightlife, cuisine and historical places are enough for a lot of visits. In a similar ranking of European cities, St. Petersburg is on the 8th place, and Moscow closes it.

The ratings of Travelers' Choice are compiled by TripAdvisor experts based on reviews of millions of travelers.

Vasily Vereshchagin. To the 175th Anniversary of the Artist

20 april—24 july 2017 in Benois Wings of Russian Museum

The exhibition is dedicated to the 175-th anniversary of Vasily Vereshchagin, world-known Russian artist famous mainly for his battle pieces. The exhibition will comprise over 220 works from the collection of the Russian museum, State Tretyakov gallery and other museums of Russia. Along with the acclaimed paintings of the Turkestan and Balkan series (1860-1880s) the exhibition will present the less known side of the artist’s oevre such as landscape sketches and ethnographic motifs (portraits and genre scenes).

The large number of graphic works by Vereshchagin will also be on display for the first time. The exhibition will include documentary materials from the Russian museum archive and items of the everyday life from the collection of the Russian Museum of Ethnography connected with the name of Vasily Vereshchagin.

St. Petersburg cyclists open the season!

Spring bicycle ride will block the central streets of the city. On Sunday the lovers of eco-friendly transport will open the season with a mass bicycle ride. It is expected that 5 thousand people will ride in a convoy.

Cyclists will start the ride from Roshchino (an urban-type settlement in Leningrad Oblast) at 10 a.m. The bike convoy will move along Primorskoe shosse through Setroretsk and will reach the Park of the 300 Anniversary of Saint Petersburg. It is expected that there will be held various celebrations in honor of the opening of the bike season. After that at 3 p.m. the sportsmen will ride to the Dvortsovaya Square and cover more than 13 km distance.

At that time, the traffic on ulitsa Savushkina, Primorskoe shosse, Kamennoostrovsky prospekt, Troitsky most and Millionnaya ulitsa will be blocked.

After the finish, the winners will be awarded at the Dvortsovaya Square.



Dynasty of artists who draw inspiration from nature: variety of subjects and techniques, total installation where the general statement does not negate a private one.

They live and work in the “Artist’s Village”, founded by Dmitry 30 years ago in Shuvalovo, a suburb of St. Petersburg. They live and work in the “Artist’s Village”, founded by Dmitry 30 years ago in Shuvalovo, a suburb of St. Petersburg. Most of the works selected for the show were born there, in the peaceful silence between a lake and a forest.

The main materials are wood, stone, bronze, cardboard, paper and wax. These works are no longer crafts from the series “nature and fantasy”. Perhaps these are images of the unconscious, metaphors of the unknown and threats of the future, a philosophical reflection on the transience of life and the eternity of nature.

The show by Dmitry and Daniil Kaminker at Erarta Museum is designed as an installation, where large objects are combined with “minimonumentalism”, and the general statement does not negate the self-sufficiency of each work.

Smelt festival in Saint Petersburg

 On May 13 and 14, citizen and guests of St. Petersburg will not only enjoy their favorite fish but also have fun participating in various contests and competitions. This year the Smelt festival will be celebrated at "Lenexpo".  

Visitors will be greeted by an exhibition of caricature paintings about fish. Guests can taste a "general ukha" сooked by original governor general's recipe. Prominent figures of culture and art will cook fish soup together. All those who wish can try themselves at fishing by hand at the pool full of living smelt. The lucky one, who will catch the fish, will get his catch.

In the "Sport - smelt" cluster there will be races on rubber boats, arm-wrestling, tug-of-war, weight-lifting and other activities. Fishmarket will arrange a sale of smelt at the low sale prices. Souvenir stores will please the tourists with special holiday offers.

This days on the shore of Gulf of Finland fishermen will reveal the most lucky fish catcher.

Russian Art of the First Half of the XIX Century

Permanent exhibition of Russian Museum

The display shows masterpieces representing the variety of trends in Russian art of the time (classicism, romantism, and beginning in the second third of the XIX century realism). The works by academic school masters are also widely represented: the canvases by Karl Brullov (the famous «The Last Days of Pompeii», religious compositions and portraits of the artist’s contemporaries), historical paintings by Grigory Ugryumov, Alexander Ivanov, Alexey Egorov, Fyodor Bruni. The display highlights are landscapes by Sylvestr Schedrin, painted while his stay in Italy, as well as the works by Alexander Ivanov (the studies and the big sketch to the well-known canvas «Christ’s Appearance to the People», storied in the Tretyakov Gallery).

The display also includes canvases by the most prominent romantism diadochos of Russian portraiture Orest Kiprensky, an outstanding marine artist Ivan Aivazovsky, leading genre painters Pavel Fedotov, Alexey Venetsianov and his students (Grigory Soroka, Alexey Tyranov etc). Moreover, the department shows the statues by significant sculptors of the epoch (Ivan Martos, Stepan Pimenov, Nikolai Pimenov, Vasily Demut-Malinovsky, Boris Orlovsky etc). White Hall, an independent part of the first half of the XIX century display, is the only interior of Mikhaiovsky Palace which has preserved its original design and interior objects made according to the sketches by architect Rossi.

Saint Petersburg has been recognized by gourmets

Saint Petersburg has entered the TOP-3 of popular destinations of gastronomic tourism in Russia. This information is provided by "Tourstat" agency while noting also that the rating was compiled basing on the data from "delicious" tours and festivals of 2017.

Petersburg came in second place in popularity, came just second to Moscow, followed by Kolomna (Moscow Region). Russians mostly prefer short gastronomic tours for one or two days, in which you can spend your time "deliciosly" for just a few thousand roubles.

It is noteworthy that the 2nd Saint Petersburg Restaurant Festival, which is being held for the whole April, perfectly fits a trend. Restaurants of the Northern Capital offer their guests special set-menus for 990 and 1990 roubles, as well as breakfasts for 290 roubles per visitor.

Therefore, it is possible that Saint Petersburg will soon have a new brand, along with the smelt, drawbridges and the Hermitage. At the same time, Andrey Mushkarev, the Chairman of Saint Petersburg Committee on Tourism Development named the Restaurant Festival a very relevant event for the low season.

Russian Art of the Second Half of the XIX Century

Permanent exhibition of Russian Museum

Even when it first opened back in 1898, the Russian Museum owned many canvases painted by such masters of the second half of the nineteenth century as Ivan Aivazovsky, Konstantin Makovsky, Ilya Repin, Vasily Polenov and Vasily Surikov. Although the selection of works before the revolution was often hampered by the conservative tastes of museum officialdom, the collection nevertheless grew in breadth thanks to the efforts of Alexander Benois, Albert Benois, Igor Grabar and Pyotr Neradovsky.

Placing great stress on acquiring works by contemporary artists, the Russian Museum often purchased paintings directly from exhibitions. Works were acquired from the posthumous shows of the works of Isaac Levitan (1901) and Vasily Vereschagin (1905). Other sources were the Travelling Art Exhibitions (Stanislaw Zukowski, Nikolai Kasatkin, Isaac Levitan and Vladimir Makovsky), New Union of Artists (Boris Kustodiev and Nikolai Fokin) and artist's studios (Alexander Golovin and Mikhail Nesterov).

In 1918, the Russian Museum inherited the collection of Prince Vladimir Argutinsky-Dolgorukov, including studies by Mikhail Vrubel and paintings by Konstantin Somov. The Yevgeny Tereschenko collection contained many works by fin-de-siecle artists, among them Mikhail Vrubel's Bogatyr and Six-Winged Seraph. The Alexander Korovin collection included paintings by Valentin Serov, Philipp Malyavin, Mikhail Nesterov, Konstantin Korovin and members of the World of Art, Blue Rose and the Jack of Diamonds.

New telecom enclosures appeared on the Orange Line

As press service of the Saint Petersburg Metro reported, special network equipment was installed on the 4th line of the Petersburg subway.

Recently a telecom enclosure has appeared on the station “Ligovsky Prospekt”.

Interestingly, the devices for internet access are made in the same style: light gray internet cabinets are encircled by orange strip.

Besides, each cabinet is equipped with an information stand.

Recall that according to the government plan, before the end of this year all lines of the city subway will be connected to Wi-Fi.

The parade of legendary buses, trolleybuses and cars

On the 21st of May "Passazhiravtotrans" will organize major parade and exhibition of retro-transport in the open air for the third time.

Legendary buses, trolleybuses and cars will participate in the parade, dedicated to Saint-Petersburg's birthday Retro-parade has already become a heart-warming tradition and the most unusual present to Saint-Petersburg's birthday.

Rare buses, trolleybuses, lorries and cars will run on Nevskiy prospekt and then will be exhibited on Inzhenernaya street, where they will open their doors for everyone interested. Retro tramways will join them. Many unique transport exponents are one of a kind.

Technique from private collections and museums of Saint-Petersburg, Moscow, Veliky Novgorod and also from Finland and Estonia will take part in the parade.

Besides the rarities, this year on the exhibition will be presented a driverless Russian bus "MatrЁshka". Citizens and guests of Saint-Petersburg will have an opportunity to appreciate a futuristic design of future transport.

An Ice Breaker Festival in St. Petersburg

An Ice Breaker Festival is to hold in St. Petersburg on 29 and 30th April.

A fest for citizens and tourists is initiated by the Committee for Tourism Development of Saint Petersburg and supported by the St. Petersburg Government, the Marine Board of the Government of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, Maritime Council supported by the Government of St. Petersburg.

The festival is dedicated to the achievements and power of the icebreaking industry of our country, and the idea that St. Petersburg is the sea capital of Russia. Shipbuilding plants and design bureaus, sea and naval universities, Arctic and northern maritime regions, naval museums and libraries, tourism industry representatives, public youth, veteran and environmental organizations will take place in that festival.

The visitors could see a great variety of exhibitions and entertainment performances; a wide range of competitive, cultural and educational programs, film screenings, as well as shows and concerts.


On March 31, 2017 Fabergé Museum will open its exhibition “Salvador Dalí. Surrealist and classicist”.

This will be the first time Saint Petersburg has hosted such a large exhibition of Dalí’s art, which will include more than 150 of the artist’s paintings and graphic works, provided by the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation in Figueres (Catalonia, Spain) and other museum and private collections.

The exhibition follows the artist’s creative journey, beginning with the surrealist works of the 1930s that made him famous and concluding with his turn to themes of classical European art in the 1980s. The exhibition particularly emphasizes Dalí’s conceptualizations of the legacy of Italian Renaissance geniuses Michelangelo and Cellini and of Dante’s Divine Comedy. 

Tickets to the exhibition for dates from April 1 through May 15, 2017 are currently on sale on the museum’s website. Tickets for May 16 through July 2, 2017 will be available for purchase online starting April 10.

Alexander Nevsky Lavra tells about the life of monks

New tours for tourists will be launched in the Alexander Nevsky Lavra. In summer, visitors will be able to see restored churches, climb the bell tower, and also look at the life of monks and eat in the refectory.New tours for tourists will be launched in the Alexander Nevsky Lavra.

In summer, visitors will be able to see restored churches, climb the bell tower, and also look at the life of monks and eat in the refectory. Alexander Nevsky Lavra tells about the life of monks.

For now pilgrims and tourists can only bow to the relics of St. Alexander Nevsky, but soon the route along the Lavra will be expanded. All those who wish can climb to the 30-meter bell tower of the monastery, see the treasury of the Lavra, in which the chamber of the remand prison of Soviet times will be reconstructed.

In Lavra they are sure that the most impressive for visitors will be the chance to see the restored churches: the small Nikolskaya, as well as the baptismal temple (crypt) of the Holy Trinity Cathedral. In addition to spiritual food, the Lavra will provide an opportunity to taste the food and enjoy the delicious bread baked according to the ancient monastic recipe.

Travel cards of the two Russian capitals soon will be combined

In the run up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia everyone will be able to pay for a trip in the Moscow subway by "Podorozhnik" travel pass, and to ride in the Saint Petersburg subway using "Troika" travel pass.

Travel cards of the two Russian capitals soon will be combined According to the St. Petersburg Committee on Transport, this will be done for the convenience of fans. Besides, it will be possible to use "Podorozhnik" travel pass to pay for travel by train in Leningrad region this year in May.

As we have informed, the Confederations Cup matches will start on June 17, and the World football Championship will take place in Russia in June and July 2018.

Russian Art of the XVIII Century

Permanent exhibition of Russian Museum

The exposition of Russian art of XVIII century is chronologically organized and presents the main stages and trends of Russian art of this time. One part of the display is dedicated to the time of Peter I and focuses mainly on the names of Ivan Nikitin and Andrei Matveyev, the greatest portraitists and leaders of the secular Russian art of this time. Genre of portrait of the middle and second part of XVIII century is presented by such artists as Ivan Vishyakov, Alexey Antropov, Ivan Argunov, Fyodor Rokotov (Portrait of Grand Duke Paul Petrovich in childhood, Portrait of countess Yelizaveta Santi etc.), Dmitry Levitsky (the “Smolyanki” series of seven portraits of students of the Educational Society of the Noble Maidens attached to the Smolny Institute), Vladimir Borovikovsky (Portrait of Yekaterina Arsenieva, Portrait of Olga Filippova, Catherine II Promenading in the Tsarskoye Selo Park).

Of great interest are the works by Anton Losenko, who established the genre of historical painting in Russian art (Abraham’s sacrifice, Vladimir and Rogneda etc.) The exposition of XVIII century also includes works of art by the greatest sculptors of this period – Carlo Bartolomeo Rastrelli, Feodosy Schedrin, Ivan Prokofiev, Mikhail Kozlovsky, Fedot Shubin. Specific place is given to the examples of Russian decorative and applied art of this epoch – furniture, chandeliers with rock crystal, mosaics from Lomonosov’s workshop, tapestries of St Petersburg manufacture etc.

Pulkovo: Best Russia's airport

Accordig to theresults of voting, passengers recognized the airport of St. Petersburg the best one among the largest airports of Russia.

Rewarding of winners took place on February 8, 2017 in Moscow within the National exhibition of infrastructure of the civil aviation of NAIS.

Pulkovo is the fourth airport in Russia on passenger traffic amount. Since 2010 the "Northern Capital Gateway" (NCG) company is the main airline operator and carries out the project of its reconstruction and development in terms of public-private partnership without the employment of budgetary funds.



14.04.2017 — 12.06.2017

Images of abandoned monuments and decaying buildings, the romance of decline, transformation of fragments of industrial architecture into compositionally verified pictures.

When we were kids we used to love “discovering” cluttered yards, empty houses, abandoned factories and hotels. This feeling is not strange to the grown-up city dwellers, which romanticize the ruins and find attractive the atmosphere of decline. Along with the roofers, they have formed the international movement of “urban explorers”. The routes of these romanticists are often dangerous. But sensibility to time and history, and possibility to touch the past, tune them for a special perception of reality. The urban explorers are not interested in smooth and polished surfaces of modern buildings; they are thrilled about the cracked stucco, dusty windows, falling ceilings and crashing arches.

Brand of St. Petersburg in Paris

First "Visit Petersburg office" will be opened in Paris.

Committee for Tourism Development of St. Petersburg conducts large-scale activities with the aim of attracting tourists at the international tourism market. Every year the city takes an active part in the largest international tourist exhibitions worldwide. The grand opening of the first Visit Petersburg office in Europe will be held in Paris at the premises of the visa center. The aim of the representative office is to inform French travelers about tourism opportunities in the Northern Capital. Here travelers can get information about the most interesting routes and about oncoming tourist events in our city. What is more, the office will provide them with a detailed information about scheduled matches to be held in St. Petersburg within the framework of FIFA World Cup in 2018.

Inbound tourist flow is increasing steadily with each season. Thus, over the past year about 7 million people visited St. Petersburg, what significantly exceeds figures of the previous years. Traditionally, the Northern Capital is popular with tourists from France. The City Tourist Information Bureau has prepared brochures about the city in French especially for them, which greatly simplifies tourists’ stay in St. Petersburg. Petersburg enjoys high popularity due to the large number of "French" places. And one of the most popular spots is the Main Headquarters of the Hermitage Museum, which houses one of the richest collections of French Impressionism paintings in the world.

Folk Art of the XVII-XXI Centuries

Permanent exhibition of Russian Museum

Permanent exhibition of Russian Folk art of XVII-XXIth centuries includes some 1,500 exhibits. Arranged chronologically, they show history of development of peasant art and of local centres of artistic crafts, all their main kinds and genres.

Festival of Light will decorate the stadium "St. Petersburg Arena"

The third Festival of Light will be April 22 in St. Petersburg on Krestovsky Island . Organizers promise a unique beauty laser show. The canvas for the projection 3D-mapping will be the most grandiose sports facility of the city - the stadium "St. Petersburg Arena" and the pedestrian zone in front of its central entrance.

The place for the 3D-mapping will be the biggest sports object of the city - the stadium "St. Petersburg Arena" and the pedestrian zone in front of its central entrance.

The plot of the performance will tell about the history of Petersburg, about how football was born in the Northern capital. In addition to the presentation with a light show with three-dimensional laser projections, the organizers promise a pyrotechnic show with music. The Festival of Light will begin at 22:00 and will consist of four blocks.

The event will be held by the initiative of the Committee for the Tourism Development of St. Petersburg and the support of the Government of St. Petersburg. Last fall the Festival of Light was held in historic St. Petersburg. It collected a huge number of guests - more than 400 thousand people.

Summer palace will be reopen again

At the end of this year, the Summer Palace of Peter I in Summer Garden will be reopen to visitors.

Restoration of the Summer Palace of Peter I continues, it is expected that the work will be completed by 2020.

However, it became known that it will be possible to visit the museum in late 2017 - early 2018.

The building was built in St. Petersburg in the early eighteenth century, the author of the project - the famous architect Domenico Trezzini.

It is remarkable that Summer Palace gave its name to Garden, which at first was called "the king's garden."

Decorative and Applied Arts in Russia. ХХ century

Permanent exhibition in Benois Wings of Russian Museum

The permanent display «Decorative and Applied Arts in Russia. ХХ century» involves over four hundred items of porcelain, glass, majolica, as well as furniture pieces and textile from the Russian Museum collection. The pre-revolutionary period is shown with the works by Mikhail Vrubel, Valentin Serov, Victor Borisov-Musatov, Konstantin Somov, Alexander Golovin and the artists of Imperial Porcelain and Glass factories, «Abramtsevo group» of Savva Mamontov and «Talashkino workshop» of princess Tenisheva from near the town of Smolensk.

The department dedicated to the 1920-s shows us different examples of agitation porcelain by Sergey Chekhonin, Natalia Danko, Alexandra Schekhotikhina-Pototskaya, Nathan Altman etc.) The highlight of this collection is suprematic porcelain by Kazimir Malevich, Nikolai Suetin, Ilya Chashnik. The porcelain of 1940-1990-s is represented with the works by the artists of Leningrad Porcelain factory of Lomonosov (now «Imperial porcelain factory»): Anna Leporskaya, Eduard Krimmer , I.Akvilonova, V.Gorodetsky, T.Afanasyeva etc. Technological and stylistic improvement in glassware production, which occurred in the soviet period, is shown in the works by Vera Mukhina, Alexey Uspensky, Boris Smirnov, Adolf Ostroumov , Leida Jurgen etc. Decorative textile is represented with the samples of «agitation fabrics» decorated with soviet symbolis and drawings dedicated to the youngsters, sport, peasants’ labor mechanization (end of the 1920-s - beginning of 1930-s).

The works by soviet masters of textile-making of the 1960-s are represented with decorative fabrics by Moscow artists Sulamif Zaslavskaya («Horsies») and Т.Armand («ПRectangles»). The department display is crowned with the textile pannoes by T. Novikov. While the display was getting ready, a range of unique items was donated to the museum, for example, a decorative vessel «Rooster» by Alexander Golovin, a majolica plaque by Peter Vaulin’s factory in Kikerino etc. This is the first time the visitors can see these items.

Free Wi-Fi

Central, Vasileostrovsky and Petrogradsky districts opened a free Wi-Fi network for all the users.

The total network coverage is more than three square kilometers.

It is displayed on a mobile device as a "SPb Free Wi-Fi". When connecting the user automatically gets to the login page where they need to enter a phone number.

The devise will receive an SMS with the code that you need to specify the login page, and then open Internet access.



Works by the famous photographer who collaborated with SONY, Disney, MTV and other world-known companies: - Masterpieces that have been created for months - Many-sided images that combine reality and fiction - Mix of the best traditions of feature films and documentary photography.

Dean West’s complex and multilevel works have already won love of numerous prestigious competitions juries and millions of photography lovers all around the world. And now it’s time to capture the imagination of residents and guests of St. Petersburg. The exhibition will include several series, such as Church, In Pieces, Fabricate, Olympia and various advertising projects.

Starting from 17 February you will have the chance to experience the dream world of Dean West’s photography! The author will come to St. Petersburg to build up the exhibition and to open his first show in St. Petersburg.

Saint Petersburg for Lovers

The Northern capital is very popular amoung tourists in the Valentine's Day.

St. Petersburg headed the list of most popular destinations for romantic travel in Valentine's Day.

The second place in the ranking is Moscow, the third - Kazan. Behind them there are: Sochi, Yalta, Yaroslavl, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Veliky Novgorod. The most popular foreign destination in the Valentine's Day is traditionally recognized as Paris.

The rankings are according to experts RoomGuru service hotel booking data to stay together from 13 to 15 February.

Saint Petersburg - Cultural Mecca

Saint Petersburg is a city on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. Established in 1703 by Peter the Great, Saint Petersburg was the capital of Russia for two centuries, and has witnessed some of the most important historical events. The city is often called "Venice of the North" because of its unique architecture. Petersburg is also very famous for its special creative atmosphere that attracts artists, poets, and dreamers.

Petersburg is the best Baltic cruise city

Northern capital was rated as th best Baltic & Scandinavia Destination by Cruise Critic.

All rankings are based on member review ratings for ports from sailings taken August 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016.

Second one in the top-5 is holding by Estonia capital - Tallinn, third went to Stockholm. Also Oslo and kopenghagen are included in this list.

“Only one word to describe the palaces and churches we went - WOW!” - said one of review on the web-site.

Cruise Critic is the biggest site with cruise thematics. There are more them 100 000 cruise reviews written by editors and visitors.

Also it contains information about more then 500 cruise ships and about 300 of ports. Petersburg welcomes thousands of guest annually and thanks to 72 visa-free programm it became more attractive for tourists.

Hidden Jewels in Saint Petersburg - Annenkirche


We are all in a self-isolation period. The city remains closed to tourists as of now.
In this period of time, we want to keep you well entertained and well informed.
In these series of posts, we will get you acquainted with some hidden jewels within the city (Momuments, Locations etc.)

Hidden Jewel: Annenkirche (Kirochnaya street, 8)



Gloomy interior with traces of raging fire seems like a decoration for a post-apocalyptic picture.

The oldest Lutheran church in Saint Petersburg is a place for admirers of rock culture, contemporary art, and the movie "Brother", some episodes of which were filmed in the courtyard of Annenkirche. Among the first church parishioners was Carl Fabergé, a Russian jeweler known for the famous Fabergé eggs. Many years later a popular Russian rock band "Leningrad", notorious for vulgar lyrics, performed here.

St. Anne's Lutheran Church, or Annenkirche, was built in Saint Petersburg in 1779. The name of the street where Annenkirche is located derives from the German word "Kirche" which means "church". Yury Felten, the architect of St. Anne's Church, replaced the wooden building with a stone one and designed the church in a Neoclassical style. The court master who enjoyed the respect of Empress Catherine the Great, is also famous for building the Palace Square, the Small and the Great Hermitage, the interiors of the Winter Palace, the Chesme palace, or the cast-iron railing of the Summer Garden. Felten was not only the author of the temple but also his parishioner. St. Anne's Lutheran Church became a spiritual home for many famous city dwellers, including Carl Fabergé, Peter Lesgaft, or a Russian painter Karl Bryullov whose wedding ceremony was held here.

Today Annenkirche is a creative space where you can find different exhibitions, concerts, and many other events.

Hidden Jewels in Saint Petersburg - The House of Scientists



The House of Scientists




The House of Scientists is the palace formerly owned by Grand Duke Vladimir Aleksandrovich, the son of Emperor Alexander II. Later, in the USSR the Vladimir Palace became the oldest social and cultural club for the scientific intelligentsia. Therefore the scientists were able not only to preserve priceless antiquities and pieces of art but also to defend the building during the years of privatization and preserve the authentic interiors. Today this place is the center of intellectual, cultural, and scientific life of the city, where famous "Alferov Tea Parties" are held every year.





Ancient Art of XIV-XVII Centuries

Collection of Old Russian painting of the Russian Museum - one of the largest and most significant in our country. It includes about six thousand icons. The permanent exhibition housed in the first four halls of Mikhailovsky Palace, represents a part of this collection - the most valuable works of XII - XVII centuries started in the major art centers of Old Russia: Novgorod, Pskov, Vladimir, Suzdal, Moscow and Yaroslavl.

In the first hall of the department exhibited the most ancient icons. Pride of the meeting - the icon of the XII century «Archangel Gabriel» («Angel Golden Hair»), a unique monument of Kievan Rus. Built in the XIII century icon of «Our Lady of Tenderness» (Belozerskaya), belongs to the earliest surviving image of the Virgin. Here is the famous icon of «Boris and Gleb». Fulfilled Moscow master in the middle of the XIV century, it is a rare image of the first all-Russian saints come down to our time.

The second hall section is the product of two large centers of iconography - Novgorod and Pskov. Among them is a monument to the classic painting of the XIV century - the Novgorod icon of «St. George and the Dragon». In the third room of the exhibition - the icons of the Moscow school of painting XIV-XV centuries. The central place is occupied by four icons of the iconostasis of the Assumption Cathedral in Vladimir - «The Apostle Peter», «Paul», «Candlemas» and «Baptism of Christ», which were performed in the studio of the painter's largest late XIV - early XV century Andrei Rublev. Here - a group of icons of the Virgin Nativity Cathedral of the Ferapontov Monastery, written by famous masters of iconography Dionysos and his disciples. Rounding out the exhibition section works XVI-XVII centuries - painters working Yaroslavl, Tver and the Stroganov School. In the same room is a memorial painting of the second half of the XVII century - the icon «The Trinity». Its creator was a famous artist of the Moscow Armory Simon Ushakov.[gallery1683]/0/

Inside of the fountain.

 Probably only in cartoons or even in dreams, perhaps, to visit anywhere. But has anyone ever been inside the fountain, in his heart? If not, you should now pack your baggage, book a ticket for a tour of about 300 - 500 rubles and with a smile on your face to go to a fantastic place - the Great cascade.
      The Grand cascade consists of the upper grotto, two seven-step waterfall stairs and the Lower grotto between them.  The grottoes are lined with tuff, decorated with fountains, marble and gilded sculpture. The facade of the Large grotto is cut by five high arches decorated with gilded mascarons. On top of this grotto, there is a terrace leading to a Small grotto. The border between the grottoes is a marble balustrade with figures of two bronze gilded Tritons. The lower grotto is a large hall with a high ceiling.
  But the most interesting thing is underground – it is the heart of the fountain. Under the ground there are pipes that directly supply water to the fountain "Samson, tearing the lion's mouth." The main pipe is red. What is remarkable, in all fountain complexes, as well as in all other fountains, water moves by gravity, no pumping mechanisms are present. The water doesn’t return to the fountain — goes to the Gulf of Finland. That is why all the fountains of Peterhof are clean, they don’t have mud and odor. The other three pipes feed various decorative figures, which are part of a large fountain. By the way, an interesting fact: in Peter's time for cleaning clogged pipes used small skinny boys who, if necessary, climbed inside the pipe, but now, fortunately, learned to clean the pipe by other methods. 
#Samson, # Saint-Petersburg, #GrottoesoftheGrandCascade.

The best guide

The best guide.
 I really like St. Petersburg for the creative and high soul. Well, everything smells so romantic. What kind of people cannot meet, walking through the streets of such a beautiful city like St. Petersburg! People are one of the main features of the city.
  There is one well very good excursion with one well very good person, Vyacheslav Romanovich Rasner. He isn’t ashamed of his status, he’s homeless. It happened in his life, but he isn’t upset.  A native resident of St. Petersburg works around the clock, conducting tours of St. Petersburg. But, belief, you will never forget this excursion and with Vyacheslav Romanovich.
 What do you learn from "walking with Rasner?". Of course, very much information. You will hear the history of St. Petersburg in all periods of its existence, learn who the Emperor was and when the capital was moved, hear quotes from great people and, perhaps, Vyacheslav Romanovich will read poetry.
 Where to look for a mysterious grandfather? In summer, June, July, August, the meeting will be possible every day in the following hours:
- From Monday to Saturday (all days except Sunday) - at 9.00, 12.00, 15.00. He walks quite slowly so you can catch up with him at the metro station "Admiralteyskaya". The cost of the tour ( 600 rubles) includes an unforgettable experience, a beautiful landscape of St. Petersburg, and a lot of useful information.

The Bridges of Saint Petersburg - Between Time and Eternity.

 Many Russian poets have dedicated their poems to the bridges. The bridge is a symbol of the way, the transition of one world to another, a symbol of the connection between people who sometimes "burn bridges". There are many bridges in Russia. But it is not just "bridges", it is "Bridges", especially in St. Petersburg. Each such Bridge has its own history, name, each is a real work of art. Total bridges in St. Petersburg cannot be counted: in the historical center there are 342, pedestrian – 218, and in the suburbs - 800.
  Creating the project of St. Petersburg, the architects were inspired by the architecture of Amsterdam and Venice. At that time Peter the Great had a task to establish a seaport with a powerful fleet in Russia, so he decided to build a city with canals instead of streets. Because of the intricate network of channels, the city still bears the name "Venice of the North". In addition to the works of the Hermitage, the most popular picture of St. Petersburg is the wiring lifting, especially in the White nights.
  Most fully bridges are revealed during night excursions along the Neva River. Every year on such excursions there are about 400 thousand people, which isn’t surprising. To get to the tour you just need to come to the waterfront and buy a cheap ticket for a small boat. Different tours include different routes and different bridges. . You cannot say which route is better, choose any - you cannot go wrong.
 Here is a list of the 3 most famous bridges, be sure to visit there because "if you hadn't been in the bridges you haven't been in Saint- Petersburg"
• Palace bridge is one of the main symbols of St. Petersburg. This is one of 13 drawbridges. It connects the Central part of the city between the Winter Palace and the Admiralty and the spit of Vasilievsky Island
• Anichkov bridge is the second most popular tourist destination in St. Petersburg. The bridge is famous for four bronze sculptures of Klodt, depicting the taming of the horse. The horses looking at the Admiralty are shod, but the others are not.
• Egyptian bridge – one of the chain bridges of St. Petersburg. It connects the banks of Fontanka. It is guarded by cast-iron sphinxes with gold crowns, and portals and columns are decorated with ornaments of hieroglyphs.
#funnyjourneytoSaint-Petersburg #bridges #Rasner #mycrush

Cheap and fascinating: traveling in groups.

According to the historical facts, the first mention of group tour was in 1841. This tour didn’t have something common with modern tours. It was the traveling by train with tea, buns and orchestra... 

Nowadays group tours include the pack of excursions, which are developed by tour operator, tickets to the flight, accommodation and food.
You have an ability to choose an appropriate program for you. The pack of excursions might be changed: there is a function of adding or removing some objects to be visited.
There is a rule, the more members in group, the cheaper price on tour. That’s why it is beneficial for you to ask your friends and relatives to come!
With this in mind, the idea of the group tour is to make your journey pleasant. Amazing trip for people with the same interests, visiting of popular sights, getting new skills of communication, trying the delicious cuisine... and that’s not all aspects of choosing the group tour.
To sum up, if you want to have a cheap and fascinating trip, the group tour is for you!

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