St Petersburg (Russia) – What to do in 4 days

Aaron/ March 9, 2016/ Russia, Singapore to Europe Overland/ 5 comments

St Petersburg, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to. Here’s how to spend 4 amazing days in this stunning city without breaking the bank.

 

Having heard much from other travellers along the way, I had been looking forward to the Hermitage Museum and the Peterhof Palace in Saint Petersburg, but soon after I arrived, it became clear that there was so much more this city could offer. In the end, four days were barely enough to get a complete experience of the city- the amazing sights, the illustrious history, and the colourful culture. It is a necessary extension/ detour for anyone travelling the Trans-Siberian Railway, as a trip to Russia will not be complete without checking out St Petersburg.

St Petersburg 4 day itinerary- things to see and things to do in this amazingly beautiful Russian city.

Palace Square, St Petersburg.

 

Day 1: Peter and Paul Fortress, Vasilievsky Island, Nevsky Prospekt

I continued my Russian/ Trans-Siberian adventure from Yekaterinburg with a one and a half day train ride to the cultural capital of Russia, St Petersburg.

 

Nevsky Prospekt. St Petersburg, Russia.

First looks in the city, along Nevsky Prospekt. Western media often paints Russia as some crazy place from another universe, but looking at this, if the haters are right, then London is probably in Andromeda. And yes, that’s Starbucks right in front (even Milan won’t get one till 2017).

 

I had some trouble finding the hostel, as it had shifted a couple of streets away but the address on the booking site was the old one. Rummaged through my emails and found one of them stating a different address. Didn’t have much of a choice but to give it a shot and glad I did. Left my bags at the hostel and I was ready to take on the city of St Petersburg!

 

Standard fare at a "stolovaya", or Russian style canteen.

After days of instant noodles/ canned food, first proper meal at a “stolovaya”, or Russian style canteen. ₽173.

 

Had a quick breakfast and decided to spend the rest of the day exploring the city on foot, first crossing the Neva river to the Peter and Paul Fortress, then over to the Vasilievsky Island, before looping back to the main island. Lots of interesting stuff to see, like real Egyptian sphinxes, to real submarines, spread around the city. Not to mention grand looking and well preserved architecture.

 

Architecture in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

I like the styles in the city.

 

Peter and Paul Fortress was probably one of the earliest part of St Petersburg, established by Peter the Great in 1703.

Entrance to the Peter and Paul Fortress. St Petersburg, Russia.

Across the moat, the the Peter and Paul Fortress.

 

The Peter and Paul Cathedral has a stunning 123m tall bell tower, too tall to fit into my photos.

Peter and Paul Cathedral. St Petersburg, Russia.

Cathedral where many Tsars are buried, within the fortress. Too tall to fit in the photo. Enchanting melodies flitting across the square.

 

I spent some time wandering around the fortress, immersing in the magical atmosphere (Occasionally broken by hordes of tourists from a country famous for disruptive tourists. Fortunately, they disappeared as quickly as they descended.).

Military museum beside the Peter and Paul Fortress. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Some military museum with cool looking instruments.

 

After the Peter and Paul Fortress, I crossed a bridge to get to Vasilievsky Island, which forms a large part of the historic center of St Petersburg.

Rostral columns at Vasilyevsky Island. St Petersburg, Russia.

Crossing over to Vasilyevsky Island, couldn’t miss these impressive rostral columns.

 

It was nice walking along the Neva River, with pretty sights on both sides of the river.

Looking across the Neva River.

 

3,500 year old artefacts from ancient Egypt on permanent public display. Not sure how they keep them in pristine condition though.

Theban Sphinxes on Vasilyevsky Island. St Petersburg, Russia.

3,500 year old Egyptian (Thebes) Sphinxes, just like, sitting around. Used to sit outside some temple in Egypt, but probably opted for a change of environment around 200 years ago.

 

Continued wandering around the neighbourhood.

Vasilevsky Island. St Petersburg, Russia.

Some sort of character in the architecture.

 

Back along the waterfront. There were many other historic and grand buildings on the island, including old churches and smaller palaces (not covered here).

Along the Neva River. St Petersburg, Russia.

Nice church with a black statue standing in front.

 

From 3,500 years ago to something slightly more recent- Russian submarines from the Cold War era. The C-189 is actually a museum you can visit.

C-189 submarine museum in St Petersburg, Russia.

And a (not yellow) submarine. (C-189)

 

Another long bridge later, back on the main part of St Petersburg.

Marlinsky Theatre. St Petersburg, Russia.

The historic Marlinsky Theatre, well known for opera and ballet. Would have been cool to catch a performance. Didn’t, anyway.

 

Wandered into a chill park in the city.

 

After a day of walking, I was famished, and started looking around for something interesting. Found this shawarma shop on the way back, slightly off the tourist track in a slightly run down place. I think it’s along Sadovaya Street, at the Apraksin Dvor (facing the road).

Shawarma stand in St Petersburg, Russia. Sadovaya St.

Was glad to finally find someone who could speak English, the friendly Pakistani guy taking orders.

 

t was really good, stuffed full with meat, with a cup of tea, for ₽100 (about S$2.50 then). Ended up having my next few dinners at St Peteresburg here. For the great food, great price, and the friendly Pakistani guy.

The awesome shawarma. St Petersburg, Russia.

The awesome shawarma. Writing about it is making me hungry.

 

It was a good dinner. And then it was back to directed wandering around St Petersburg, this time towards some historic churches closer to the hostel.

Busker along Nevsky Prospekt. St Petersburg, Russia.

There was this guy busking along Nevsky Prospekt every evening I was there, going at classic after classic after classic, from Michael Jackson to the Eagles to ZZ Top and so much more. Kept me rooted for awhile. Realised he was playing the exact same set the next day (and the next), as it was near the hostel, but enjoyed it nonetheless.

 

I was in St Petersburg during the White Nights- a month in the middle of summer where the sun never seems to set, hence its name. The city was abuzz with life. I didn’t notice any special festivities for the season, but streets were packed as people seemed to be hanging around till late in the ‘night’, as it still seemed like it was during the day.

Nevsky Prospekt on a midsummer night. St Petersburg, Russia.

Nevsky Prospekt on a midsummer night. Quite different from when I arrived in the morning. Crowded but not overbearing.

 

One of the last few stops of the day, the magnificent Kazan Cathedral, with elements inspired by St Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the Baptistry in Florence.

The Kazan Cathedral. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The Kazan Cathedral.

 

And finally, the last attraction of the day, and one of the highlights of the city, the stunning Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. Tsar Nicholas II(who was himself assassinated)’s grandfather (Tsar Alexander II) was assassinated on these sacred grounds. The church also goes by many other names.

Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. St Petersburg, Russia.

Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. Life as a Tsar is dangerous business.

 

Honestly it wasn’t that dark then by my camera was struggling. Time for a camera upgrade maybe. But anyway, it was getting late (on the watch, not in the sky), and I headed back to the hostel. A couple more historic looking buildings on the way back, some of them here.

St Petersburg, Russia.

Spot the horseman.

 

Streets of St Petersburg (Russia)

And finally, the slight sunset (probably past 10pm). Didn’t get much darker through the night.

 

Day 2: The Hermitage Museum

Spent the day exploring the Winter Palace, the main building of the Hermitage Museum. Spectacular art collection in an equally if not more spectacular palace.

Breakfast at a stolovaya, a Russian style canteen.

Exactly same place, entirely different breakfast. I love the choices available at affordable prices at stolovayas. ₽154.

 

Street market along Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg.

Artists’ (or tourists’?) market.

 

St Petersburg, Russia.

Trippy.

 

 

Canals in St Petersburg, Russia.

One of the canals weaving through the city.

 

Palace Square. St Petersburg, Russia.

Palace Square, in front of the Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum. Historically and culturally significant square, with an imposing granite column almost 50m tall right in the center of the square.

 

Emblem of the Russian Empire. In front of the Winter Palace, St Petersburg, Russia.

Emblem of the Russian Empire.

 

Triumphal arch at the Palace Square, St Petersburg, Russia.

The triumphal arch joining the General Staff Building, a monument to Russia’s victory over French troops in 1812.

 

Facade of the Winter Palace. St Petersburg, Russia.

The facade was a little humble in comparison to the lavish interiors.

 

Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum. St Petersburg, Russia.

Facade of the Winter Palace.

 

Inside the Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum. St Petersburg, Russia.

Finally in the Winter Palace!

 

London has the British Museum, Paris the Louvre, and Saint Petersburg the Hermitage. (and Singapore the National Gallery?).

The Winter Palace of the Hermitage Museum is an exquisitely decorated and well preserved palace, with lavish interiors and grand halls. “Beautiful” would indeed be insufficient to describe its beauty. The audioguide (450 rubles) was really helpful in understanding the vast and rich collection of artwork (including pieces from Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt- lots of it, and more) and the story behind the elaborate decoration in each of the grand halls.

 

Hallway in the Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum. St Petersburg, Russia.

The entrance hallway.

The Jordan Staircase. Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum.

The Jordan Staircase.

 

Small throne room. Winter Palace, the Hermitage.

Small throne room.

 

The Armorial Hall. Winter Palace, the Hermitage.

The Armorial Hall.

 

The Military Gallery. Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum.

The Military Gallery, with portraits of generals in the Great Patriotic War in 1812.

 

The St George's Hall. Winter Palace, the Hermitage.

The St George’s Hall.

 

The Pavilion Hall. Winter Palace, the Hermitage.

The Pavilion Hall, with the famous Peacock Clock.

 

The Pavilion Hall. Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum.

The Pavilion Hall is probably one of the most intricate rooms at the Hermitage.

 

The Leonardo da Vinci room. Winter Palace, the Hermitage.

The Leonardo da Vinci room, with 2 works by da Vinci. Probably explains the crowd, but it wasn’t as bad as the crowd around the Mona Lisa in the Louvre.

 

The Raphael Loggias. Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum. St Petersburg, Russia.

The Raphael Loggias, modelled after the Vatican Loggias by Raphael.

 

Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum.

Room with Italian stuff.

 

Crouching Boy, by Michelangelo at the Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Crouching Boy, by Michelangelo. Everyone wants a shot of him, no wonder he’s shy.

 

Gallery of the History of Ancient Painting. Winter Palace, the Hermitage.

Gallery of the History of Ancient Painting.

 

Rembrandt Room, Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum.

The Rembrandt Room, probably the most crowded spot in the museum. Serious collection of Rembrandt’s works here.

 

The Main Staircase. Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum.

The Main Staircase.

 

Palace Square, as viewed from the Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum.

Some ceremony going on on the Palace Square, as viewed from the museum.

 

The Library of Nicholas II. Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The Library of Nicholas II.

 

Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum.

Not sure what it’s supposed to mean, but translates to “criminal”.

 

After almost a full day in the museum, back out to the Palace Square for fresh air.

After almost a full day in the museum, back out to the Palace Square for fresh air.

 

I was famished by then (in the late afternoon/ evening, close to closing time), and immediately went looking for food.

Dinner in St Petersburg, at a Russian canteen.

Lunch/ Dinner, with no idea of what I was ordering again. ₽278.

 

With my stomach satisfied, and with many more daylight hours to go, I went exploring the area near the Winter Palace. There were a couple of interesting buildings in the vicinity, such as The Admiralty and the St Isaac’s Cathedral.

St Isaac's Cathedral. St Petersburg, Russia.

St Isaac’s Cathedral, one of the largest in the world.

 

Monument to Nicholas I. St Petersburg, Russia.

Monument to Nicholas I.

 

Had a nice walk along Nevsky Prospekt back to the hostel to end off the day, people watching along the way.

Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, as viewed from Nevsky Prospekt. St Petersburg, Russia.

Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, as viewed from Nevsky Prospekt.

 

One of the four horse tamers adorning the Anichkov Bridge, along Nevsky Prospekt. St Petersburg, Russia.

One of the four horse tamers adorning the Anichkov Bridge, along Nevsky Prospekt.

 

Nevsky Prospekt, outside Ploshchad Vosstaniya. St Petersburg, Russia.

Nevsky Prospekt, outside Ploshchad Vosstaniya.

 

Day 3: Art districts, Metro stations

Spent the day exploring some hipster art districts and the famed St Petersburg Metro.

Breakfast at a Stolovaya. St Petersburg, Russia.

Started the day with a different spread again. ₽221.

 

Streets of St Petersburg, Russia.

Back on the road.

 

Shopping mall in St Petersburg, Russia.

Found an appropriate Singaporean thing to do, checking out malls along the way.

 

It was interesting just walking along the streets. Then again, it’s interesting walking the streets of almost any foreign land. Here, looks like someone just bashed his/her way through the back to the main street.

Streets of St Petersburg, Russia.

‘shadows settle on the place that you left, our minds are troubled by the emptiness

 

First stop, Loft Project ETAGI – a multifunctional art space at an old bakery building in the heart of St Petersburg.

Loft Project ETAGI - multifunctional art space at an old bakery building in the heart of St Petersburg, Russia.

In the yard.

 

Five stories of art and exhibition space at the Loft Project ETAGI, mostly contemporary stuff, a nice contrast to the collection at the Hermitage on the previous day.

Five stories of art and exhibition space, mostly contemporary stuff, a nice contrast to the collection at the Hermitage on the previous day.

 

Loft Project ETAGI.

I guess that’s something I have to learn in creating stuff, having a story, or at least making it seem like there’s one.

 

Different exhibitions at different floors. Loft Project ETAGI.

Different exhibitions at different floors. Most of the exhibitions can be accessed for a small fee.

 

Loft Project ETAGI.

There was some sort of escape room game at the basement. The guy manning the area was enthusiastic in telling me all about the games, even though I was alone and clearly not really interested.

 

Hipster cafe on the roof. Loft Project ETAGI. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Hipster cafe on the roof of the former bakery.

 

Slightly further down Ligovsky Prospekt, Pushkinskaya 10, another art space. Most of the stuff would only open later in the afternoon so I had a quick look round the place and left.

Pushkinskaya 10 Art Center. St Petersburg, Russia.

Pushkinskaya 10 Art Center.

 

Pushkinskaya 10 Art Center. St Petersburg, Russia.

Performance arts space.

 

Pushkinskaya 10 Art Center. St Petersburg, Russia.

The art center weaved around residential spaces, and I wasn’t sure which parts were the art center and which were the residences.

 

Pushkinskaya 10 Art Center. St Petersburg, Russia.

Everybody loves the Beatles.

 

The morning spent at the art areas gave a me refreshing take on St Petersburg, a different perspective from the St Petersburg I had experienced in the previous 2 days and read about in the months leading up to the trip.

In the later part of the day, I headed off for a self guided tour of the St Petersburg metro. Metro stations in St Petersburg are known to be among the most beautiful in the world, so I had to check them out for myself, since I’m already here.

 

Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station. St Petersburg, Russia.

Here’s the entrance of Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station, one of the first stations of the system to open, in Nov 1955.

 

The St Petersburg metro is one of the deepest in the world, and escalators take several minutes to get from one level to another. Not really ideal for claustrophobics, as escalator tunnels are narrow and the openings only come into sight near the ends.

Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station. St Petersburg, Russia.

The long way down.

 

Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station. St Petersburg, Russia.

At the bottom of the escalator, this amazing sight greeted me. The Soviet era had left behind couple of really beautiful things, such as the metro system. The metro stations were the closest to anything out of this world I had seen in St Petersburg.

 

Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station. St Petersburg, Russia.

Old but reliable trains serving the line.

 

Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station. St Petersburg, Russia.

Hustling.

 

Vladimirskaya metro station. St Petersburg, Russia.

Vladimirskaya metro station.

 

Vladimirskaya metro station. St Petersburg, Russia.

Probably the cleanest metros I’ve seen in Europe.

 

Many stations were adorned with art. Murals such as the one below can be found at many of the older stations, featuring similar themes from the Soviet era.

Baltiyskaya metro station. St Petersburg, Russia.

Mural at Baltiyskaya metro station.

 

Baltiyskaya metro station. St Petersburg, Russia.

After 60 years, still looking amazing.

 

At Narvskaya, I took a detour to explore surface level sights between Narvskaya and Avtovo.

Narvskaya metro station. St Petersburg, Russia.

Took a little detour back on the surface.

 

Narvskaya metro station. St Petersburg, Russia.

Narvskaya metro station. Once named after Stalin, now named after the Narva Triumphal Arch found outside the station.

 

Narvskie Vorota (Narva Triumphal Arch). St Petersburg, Russia.

Narvskie Vorota (Narva Triumphal Arch), built to welcome the triumphant troops from the Great Patriotic War of 1812, on the Narva highway. Narva is located in present day Estonia, near the Russian border.

 

Soviet emblems and architectural styles are more evident further from the city center in St Petersburg, in contrast to Moscow, where Soviet emblems and architectural styles are loud and clear within the city center.

Administratsiya Kirovskogo Rayona (District Council). St Petersburg, Russia.

Administratsiya Kirovskogo Rayona (District Council).

 

Further down the road, passed Komsomolskaya Ploshchad, a historic square that is also a huge roundabout surrounded by distinctive Stalinist style buildings.

Komsomolskaya Ploshchad. St Petersburg, Russia.

Residential complexes of Stalinist architecture at the Komsomolskaya Ploshchad.

 

Komsomolskaya Ploshchad. St Petersburg, Russia.

“Hi.”

 

Then arrived at Avtovo, to head back underground.

Avtovo Metro Station entrance. St Petersburg, Russia.

Avtovo Metro Station entrance vestibule.

 

Avtovo metro station entrance vestibule. Saintt Petersburg, Russia.

Inside the vestibule. A surprise awaited at the end of the escalator.

 

Ok, not that much of a surprise since I had been reading about it. Nonetheless, still gasped upon seeing it in real life. It was mind blowing. See it (in real life) to believe it.

Avtovo metro station. St Petersburg, Russia.

Avtovo, the most magnificent of the magnificent St Petersburg Metro, topped with chandeliers, finished with ornamental glass and marble, still stunning at 60 (at time of photograph).

 

Don’t know why they built it like that, or if anyone else will ever do the same, but the walk through the station was simply jaw dropping. Even the ventilation grilles are stunning.

Ventilation grilles at Avtovo metro station. Saintt Petersburg, Russia.

No detail was spared at Avtovo metro station.

 

Inside a St Petersburg metro train. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

A peek into these little pieces of history (the train, not the people).

 

The following stop, Kirovsky Zavod metro station.

Kirovsky Zavod metro station. St Petersburg, Russia.

Kirovsky Zavod, another very beautiful station.

 

And back to Narvskaya station.

Narvskaya metro station. St Petersburg, Russia.

Reliefs on columns along the platform of Narvskaya station.

 

Chyornaya Rechka station. One of the the slightly newer stations (but still older than Singapore’s oldest line). I thought it’s quite amazing how they make huge underground structures like that without lots of support columns, so many years ago.

Chyornaya Rechka metro station. St Petersburg, Russia.

Chyornaya Rechka metro station.

 

Ended my metro tour at Sennaya Ploshchad. This square used to be a bustling market years and years ago. Now the market’s gone, but the square’s still bustling.

Sennaya Ploshchad. St Petersburg, Russia.

Sennaya Ploshchad.

 

Further down the road along Sadovaya Street, a historic market that’s still around (kind of). The stuff being sold at Apraksin Dvor wasn’t that interesting, but that it was hidden away from the main road made the place a little interesting to explore. Also, along the road on the outside, the shawarma that’s really good value that I had on the first day. I’ve had to have it again.

Apraksin Dvor. St Petersburg, Russia.

Apraksin Dvor.

 

Made a turn at Nevsky Prospekt to head back to the hostel, this time crossing the Anichkov bridge on the other side, with a different sculpture on this side.

Another of the four horse tamers adorning the Anichkov Bridge, along Nevsky Prospekt.

Another of the four horse tamers adorning the Anichkov Bridge, along Nevsky Prospekt.

 

Another shot down Nevsky Prospekt, with the Admiralty Building at the western end of the avenue.

Another shot down Nevsky Prospekt, with the Admiralty Building at the western end of the avenue.

 

Houses along canals in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Where the river flows (and the cold wind blows).

 

Day 4: Peterhof Palace

Took a day trip out of the city on my last day in St Petersburg to Peterhof (appears to be pronounced Petergof) Palace.

Breakfast in St Petersburg. Standard stolovaya fare.

Simple breakfast for another great day ahead. ₽196.

 

Made a trip to Vitebsky Railway Station, slightly unfortunately, as it was the wrong railway station for trains to Peterhof. The rail terminal was an interesting building though, the first railway station to be built in the whole of Russia, and now preserving a very retro look after careful restoration. Would have been great for photoshoots.

Vitebsky Rail Terminal. St Petersburg, Russia.

A nice old train station, unfortunately the wrong one. Happens sometimes.

 

Found my way to the right station, Baltiysky Railway Station, not long after. Got my tickets (₽55 rubles each way), but no idea when my train was coming, or where to wait for it. Desperately attempted to ask for help but it’s hard getting around without knowing a word of Russian.

Baltiysky Rail Terminal. St Petersburg, Russia.

The right train station, also a nice old (pretty historic too) station.

 

Can’t remember what happened next exactly, but seemed like it involved following the crowd, getting off the train and on to a bus (₽28), and finding myself at Peterhof (Petrodvorets) eventually. About an hour of travelling.

Fountains and gardens at Peterhof Palace. St Petersburg, Russia.

Fountains and gardens greeting visitors to Peterhof Palace.

 

Statue at Peterhof Palace gardens. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

“I can’t hear you!”

 

Fountains and gardens at Peterhof Palace. St Petersburg, Russia.

A smaller fountain at the side.

 

Paid the entrance fees (₽250 rubles for entrance to gardens) and got into the famed gardens. (The area in the above photos are the free areas.) And wow, it was beyond spectacular. Just take a look.

Peterhof Palace and Gardens. St Petersburg, Russia.

I guess they didn’t call this the Russian Versailles for nothing. I haven’t been to the Versailles though, so I can’t compare, but the fountains were breathtaking, and I’m glad to have been able to see it for myself.

 

Fountains at the Grand Cascade. Peterhof Palace. St Petersburg, Russia.

Look at how they line up perfectly. Okay now I sound like I have OCD.

 

Meticulously maintained gardens. Apart from the main fountains, there were little surprises spread throughout the sprawling gardens of the palace.

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Gardens at Peterhof Palace.

 

Little fountain in the gardens. Peterhof Palace. St Petersburg, Russia.

Little fountain in the gardens.

 

Fountain in the gardens. Peterhof Palace. St Petersburg, Russia.

And slightly larger ones.

 

Beyond the sea wall, the Gulf of Finland. Peterhof Palace. St Petersburg, Russia.

Beyond the sea wall, the Gulf of Finland.

 

Gardens at Peterhof Palace. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

And more gardens with huge fountains.

 

Squirrel at Peterhof Palace gardens. St Petersburg, Russia.

Squirrels are like little monkeys, perhaps a little less scarier.

 

After a couple of hours roaming the sprawling gardens of Peterhof Palace (lots of other nice features/ touches not shown here), took one last shot of the Grand Cascade fountains before leaving.

The Grand Cascade, the Samson Fountain and the sea channel at Peterhof Palace. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The Samson Fountain and sea channel which leads out into the Gulf of Finland.

 

Peterhof Palace. St Petersburg, Russia.

All that glitters … is glaring.

 

Baltiysky Railway Station.

Following a short bus and train ride, back in St Petersburg.

 

Timing was pretty decent. All the remained back in the city was to get dinner, grab my bags, and head to the railway station for the train to Moscow leaving that night.

Baltiyskaya Metro Station. St Petersburg, Russia.

Baltiyskaya Metro Station.

 

Baltiysky Metro Station. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Still found the decorations in the metro stations amazing.

 

Escalator, St Petersburg metro.

Last ride up the deep underground metro.

 

Ploschad Vosstaniya. St Petersburg, Russia.

The Hero-City Obelisk of Leningrad, at Ploshchad Vosstaniya, and on the right the Moskovsky railway station, with train services to Moscow.

 

Ploshchad Vosstaniya. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Something was burning earlier. I saw smoke from all the way down the other end of Nevsky Prospekt.

 

And with that, I left for the final stop of my overland adventure (day 48 so far) from Singapore to Moscow, Moscow!

On to my final stop of this quest, Moscow!

On to my final stop of this quest, Moscow!

 

St Petersburg budget

Actual travel dates: 24 June 2015 – 27 June 2015
Accommodation: ₽1550 (3 nights in a hostel, inclusive of visa registration)
Food: ₽1500 (a little on the budget side)
Attractions: ₽700 (doesn’t include entrance ticket to the Hermitage (₽200 rubles) – free for students, and probably the last time ever I got to use my student pass)
Transport (within St Petersburg and to Peterhof): ₽350
Total St Petersburg expenses: ₽4100 (~S$100/ US$75 at June 2015 rate) 

 

4 days in the beautiful city of St Petersburg, Russia.

 

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