Updated: Apr 9, 2019
Please take it as spices to the main course. For the first time visitors we will recommend to start from the main attractions of the city: the biggest museum in the country - Hermitage, famous fountains of Peterhof, Catherine palace with amazing Amber room, gorgeous Spilled Blood church of Russian style. At the same time there are some hidden treasures “off the beaten tracks”.
1. Winter palace of Peter the Great. These rooms were found occasionally during the restoration works at the Hermitage theatre. It is a true mode of life of 18th century with private belongings of the Russian Tsar. It is a unique discover and one of departments of the Hermitage complex.
2. You can unite the trip to Peterhof with the visit of a small watch factory still running since 1930s. It has a great history starting from Peterhof stone carving factory in time of Catherine the Great. It is known by famous brands as “Raketa”, “Kommandiskie”, “Zvezda” etc.
3. Chinese palace which is located in Oranienbaum. It wasn’t touched during the WW2 like all other suburban residences. It was the favorite “dacha” of Catherine the Great full of art masterpieces like Meisson porcelain, Spangle-work cabinet, original Chinese works of art etc. It’s opened only during the summer season and if it’s not raining (Irina can predict weather really well, so ask her when to go there).
4. Flea market is the best place if you are looking for ingenious gift. You can find here antic bronze, old coins, vintage postcards and cameras, certainly stamps and badges. It is located on Udelnaya subway station, works everyday but best time to come is Saturday & Sunday.
5. Family dinner is a very rare chance to see the interior of pre-revolutionary apartment. Any big place was turned to “Kommunalka” after 1917 with several families sharing the same kitchen and bathroom. Some people prefer to leave in communal apartments still.
6. We highly recommend you very new local residence #sevkabel where you can try any cuisine - panazia, Italian, kosher, street food. Here you can get to the disco on Friday or Saturday evening, and in the afternoon buy local food and things at the fair. Or just hang out with the locals admiring the sea.
7. Mosaic yard is unusual and not very well known even by locals! Have you seen works by Gaudi? We have here a small art studio working under their court yard. It’s on Chaikovskogo street 2. Take a sandwich for the luch by the fountain.
Certainly me or other guides of Muse Tours would be happy to show you these attractions. Just keep in mind that we need your request in advance to customize the private tour.