Sankt-Petersburg souvenir

If you want to present a good souvenir from a trip for your friends or find something really special for yourself, we could help you to make a choice.  Say “No!” to a standard fridge magnet.

Tin soldiers

оловянные Do you know that the best tin soldiers are made in St. Petersburg? Collectors from all over the world arrive to St. Petersburg in desire to find smth really precious. There are several workshops where tin soldiers are created. Everything is handmade – from design, casting to painting of details. It is a very long and laborious process. A master spends more than a month on a creation of one metal soldier!!
Do you want to see how they do it? It is easy! We will organize it for you. Masters will open some of their secrets for you and show different stages of their work. You also can buy some pieces if you like them – it will be cheaper than in a souvenir shop. Read more…

Politically active statues

Politically active statues

The Soviet Union is going far and far in a history from year to year. It could be clearly seen in Petersburg’s monuments. They started to disappear like in detective stories! St.Petersburg celebrated its 290th birthday in 1993 by replacing a phallic Lenin bust in the Moscow Train Station with a statue of Peter the Great, and it was not too long before the other Lenins were moved to museums or melted down to make metro tokens. The famous armoured car from which Lenin made his speech near Finland railway station departed to the Artillery museum left its owner freezing n a square alone. The Warsaw railway station was remade as a department store in 2006. That year one more Lenin’s statue sank into oblivion. Instead it a pretty young customer with numerous bags and packets is smiling from a niche. O tempora, o mores! Changes are striking but there are still some places, which preserved the peculiar atmosphere of soviet epoch.
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Historical background

Saint-Petersburg is fairly considered to be one of the most magnificent European cities. It  was founded on the Neva River delta during a very stormy period of Russian history at the beginning of the 18th century. The Neva River had always been a very important waterway. It was part of the “Great Route” – from the Varangian lands to Greece, from Scandinavia to the Black Sea.. Russians from Novgorod began to settle on the lands in the north western part of Russia at the turn of the 11th century.

Having celebrated its 300th anniversary and often being referred to as “northern capital of Russia”, this city is not only a museum under the open sky, but is also an embodiment of the last 300 years of Russian history. Having witnessed 12 Emperors, dozens of floods, numerous revolutions, 900 days of Siege and a financial reform, this city is able to surprise even the most sophisticated tourist. Read more…

The Basics

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Area: Russia is the biggest country in the world, covering an area of more than 17 million square kilometres, of which 13% is developed and 51% is virgin territory. St. Petersburg is in Russia’s North-West Federal Region, and is seen as Russia’s window to the West.

Local Time: Russia has 11 time zones, and St. Petersburg is in the same zone as Moscow: UTC/GMT +3. So, when it’s 12:00 in St. Petersburg, it’s 04:00 in New York, 09:00 in London, 10:00 in Berlin and 20:00 in Sydney. Population: Russia: 144 million, St. Petersburg: 4.6 million.

Ethnic groups in Russia: 81.5% Russian, 3.8% Tatar, 3% Ukrainian, 1.2% Chuvash, Bashkir 0.9%, Belarusian 0.8%, Moldavian 0.7%, other 8.1%.

Borders: With borders stretching from Europe to Asia, Russia has many neighbours. Norway and Finland border the north-west. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the Ukraine lie to the west. The south borders Georgia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, and to the south-east, lie China, Mongolia and the Korean People’s Democratic Republic. In the Far East, Alaska lies across the Bering Strait, and Japan, across the Sea of Japan.

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Tips

Hotel prices and itineraries of many tour programs change depending on the season. Peak season is from May to September. Alternatives are to come in spring (1 April-15 May) or fall (1 September-31 October) when prices are lower and the city less crowded. The summer White Nights in St Petersburg are spectacular but, at the same time, summer may be humid. An Indian summer in the fall is lovely. If you do not mind the cold and snow, the winter season is cheapest and accommodation most readily available. There are some of the events that annually take place in the city in winter season: "Christmas musical meetings in the Northern Palmyra", "Art Square" winter festival, international jazz festivals, sport tournaments, international cinema festivals and theatre first nights.

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