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Berlin to St. Petersburg xx

by gingerbadger

Howdy all,

can anyone advise me on the most efficient way to get from Berlin to St. Petersburg please also on a
tight budget if that narrows it down a wee bit........ thanks..xx

Re: Berlin to St. Petersburg xx

by Maxus

Fly, otherwise it depends on what you mean by ‘efficient’ you may get there slightly cheaper overland but it’s going to take you a while.

If you have the best part of two days to spare there is a direct train, which is maybe the most interesting (if not efficient) way to travel (

You may get a bus ticket for around $100 one way (that’s a guess, try but it would be an ordeal and if you went direct you would need to pass through Belorussia so you would need a transit visa, maybe better to go from Berlin to Tallinn or Riga and then on to St. Petersburg

Re: Berlin to St. Petersburg xx

by kammie

Flying is also an option. I just checked and I found that Air Berlin flies that route and had flights for as low as 136 euro in late August/early September (one way). I don't know when you're planning to travel though, and July looks like of pricy.

Re: Berlin to St. Petersburg xx

by lifeisatrip

St. Petersburg and tight budget do not go together. I just got back from St. P last week and I tell you, it is so far the most expensive European city I have visited. If you don't have a pressing business in St. P, I recommend you go someplace else to best stretch your funds. Krakow, Budapest, Prague? Although they, too, are now getting expensive, but still not as exepnsive as St. Petersburg.

Good luck!

Re: Berlin to St. Petersburg xx

by Natalya2006

Use the flight to Helsinki or Tampere and then to St.Petersburg.

and then a train from Helsinki - 50 euros.

A very budget way of transportation is a bus from Berlin to St.Petersburg but not good if you have a back ache :-) 2 nights in a bus!!. but only in Russian. The price is 5663 roubles (here and back), 1 euro=37 roubles.
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Picnic in Peterhof

by cheekymarieh

Picnic in Peterhof on the day the fountains were turned on. I have never seen such an amazing site as the Kirov Ballet giving an outside performance surrounded by the fountains. Vodka drinking with Russians - you have to drink it down in one! I became quite an expert at keeping up with them in the end! We had a picnic in Peterhof and I couldn't believe it when a small bottle of vodka was produced to accompany it. Vodka seems to be drunk anywhere and anytime as long as there is food to accompany it.


by Canadienne

The canals of St. Petersburg are worthy of a Must-See tip, but their importance is much broader than that. . .the city was founded on its network of waterways and the maritime connection has never lessened in importance. A boat ride on the canals is the best way of appreciating them ~ and it's a fantastic way to get a new look at bridges and embankments.

We picked this boat in the photo based on its size ~ there are many larger ones, some of which can't enter smaller canals.

Friendly police

by sennaya

Generally everyone stays clear of police unless they have a problem, because it is possible for them to ask for money if they find anything amiss.
But they are just people too, paid way too little and respected even less at times. Here a couple in uniform steal a kiss as the tour boat goes under the bridge.

The spring air brings love to all.

Hidden courts and passages

by markrabinovich

A typical late 19th centure neighbourhood of SPb comprises of so-called "profit" homes, built especially for rental. Such builkdings sometimes have nice facades, but their backyards may be not less interesting. Each one of them has an inside court (sometimes referrenced as a "well-court" because of its relatively small size and high walls so that you see the sky as from inside a well) , with one gateway to the main street and, sometimes, one or more gateways to the neighbouring courts. So that a block of "profit" homes has, sometimes. a network of courts and gateways. This is called "passage court(s)" (PROHODNYE DVORY in plural). No plesant view there, but a plenty of the history.

Such court is a typical scena of any Dostoevsky's novel. While pure Dostoevsky's places (Okt'ab'ski area) have plenty of such courts I would recommend starting form a more central location which is, imho, the biggest court system in SPb. The aura there is much the same as in at the Roskolnikov's home and the buildings are from the same epoch.

Start on the Nevski Ave moving from the Moskovski train station towards city centre (in the descending direction of street numbers). Take the right side of Nevski and enter the 3rd or the 4th gateway. Then continue on your own from court to court until you either exit to another street or get lost:) This block is bordered by 1) Nevski, 2) Mayakovskaya 3) Zhukovskogo and 4) Vosstaniya. You can even enjoy finding very strangly looking passages and hidden doors.

Since I am not living in Russia anymore.I cant supply a map of the area. It would be nice if one of locals will continue this theme, adding more places and more details.

Btw, such a neighbourhood is a must attribute for a Russian poilice movie especially when it comes to a pursuit.

CAUTION: may be unsafe aftare a dark. Use your common sense.

Fall: Mushroom Hunting

by sennaya

Mushroom hunting is almost a national pastime in Russia. Every fall they pop up in the forest and are sought after. Many kinds are edible, but go with experienced gatherers. It is a nice walk in the forest and a chance for a picnic.
Mushrooms and potatoes are delicious after a day in the forest.

A cautionary article about mushroom hunting:

Here are a few clips mushroom hunting in St. Petersburg:


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