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by lifeisatrip

Hello! I just got done browsing through the St. Petersburg Forum. I have some questions that were not answered in the forums.

Where can we catch the fast boat to Peterhof? We will be staying in Birzhevoi Pereulok. How much does it cost for the boat and the entrance fee to the gardens? Shall we plan to spend the whole day for this? We only have three full days.


Re: Peterhof

by alexanderrrr

You can take a boat at one of the two terminals in front of the Hermitage. It is some 10-15 min walk from your place at Birjevoi over the Dvortsovyi (Palace) bridge. Apparently, there are two companies running these boats, so prices may vary, but I would expect at least around 20 euro one-way. Read on one Russian forums some complaints about one of these companies, Russian Cruises, for not following their own schedule when the boat was half-full. Such delays might kill one of the main advantages of these boats - there is no other way to get from the center to Peterhof in 30-40 minutes. On a side note - with your choice of location - make sure you are on the right side of the river when bridges will go up at night :)

Re: Peterhof

by manuna

This boat is worth on your way to Peterhoff. Besides it's quick you arrive to the embankment as it was planned originaly and get the right view etc. On your way back you can take a "marshrutka" (a shuttle-minivan) It's always full and you won't have to wait.

Re: Peterhof

by lifeisatrip

Thank you, folks, for your input. Alexanderrr, what time does the bridge go up at night? Is there no other way to get back to the hotel once the bridge is up? We have tickets to a ballet performance in Mariinsky at 7:00 p.m. Will we be stuck on the wrong side for the remainder of the night?

Re: Peterhof

by alexanderrrr

The bridges are lifted sometime between 1.30 and 5.30 am, usually with one or two 15 min breaks to get people to the other side. So it is only a problem after serious clubbing, not after theater and dinner. The view of the river with lifted bridges is certainly on of the St.Pete`s trademarks found on numerous postcards,etc. From your location you can have a great view of 4 bridges lifted at the same time from "Strelka" of Vasilievski Island - a square near two Rostral columns opposite to the Hermitage (you will not miss it)

Peterhof on fast boat

by sennaya

The high speed boats are the fastest and prettiest way to go to Peterhof from the city center. You hae nice views of the scenery and Finland Gulf along the way.
The main terminal is on the Neva River on the north side of the Hermitage. ( to the right of Nevsky Prospekt) Boats are leaving all day long.
About bridges to cross the city by car or foot-- they are all on slightly different schedules, but cross before 1 am is usually safe. They open in the middle of the night for 15 minutes also on varying schedules.
During White Nights of summer it is easy to be walking late. You can also hire a prive boat for an expensive $100 an hour to cross the rivers when the bridges are up.

Travel Tips for Saint Petersburg

See the sunset at the Neva

by CptKangaroo

When the summer sun sets over the river Neva, all the gold-covered roofs of churchtowers around the city start to glow and the maginificent architecture along the riverside becomes even more spectacular.
Away from the big prospects the city gets quiet and the atmosphere is just great!

To see The Statue of the...

by Perugia

To see The Statue of the Bronze Horseman, it is the monument to Peter the Great (sculptor Falconet) . The Bronze Horseman is the name given to the monument by A. Pushkin.

St Isaac's Cathedral is the beautiful example of architecture nearby. It is the 4th largest cupola construction in the world.

There is weeding in the picture.

Russian Middle-Aged Women – "Zhenshchiny" –

by Klod5

Middle aged women are very different in Russia. Some of them are very intellegent and well educated and have a nice life and a strong family, some are very miserable and poor.

During the period of big changes in Russia in the 90s, people had to adapt to a new way of life. The generation that was born in the 50s or 60s faced the biggest challenge perhaps. There was one kind of life before and suddenly they had to change... it was like having two completely different lives.
Middle aged women don't seem as provoking as the young women are, even though they also wear outstanding clothes, transparent tops, short dresses. There is a contrast between the women who follow the latest western fashion and the ones still wearing clothes as in the eighties.
For example, the ladies working in Sheremetyevo international airport in Moscow, wearing khaki uniforms are particularly funny as they didn't change them since Soviet times.

A Walk by the Canals

by divandrea

We did a lot of walking in St. Petersburg. One reason is that many of the sights are just within walking distance from another. Another is that taking a bus with signs you don't understand is kind of tricky. And the third, probably the main reason why we did so much walking is just because St. Petersburg is so beautiful. Just walk along one of the many canals. Everywhere you see wonderful palaces, some back at their glory, some not. That's a big part of St. Petersburg's charm.

Unona Market, Bargains for the Brave

by sennaya

Thje Unona outdoor market south of the center is one of the interesting spots to see where locals in the suburbs sometimes shop.
Prices are cheaper outside the center, but it takes over an hour to get there and you need to take Metro to Avtovo then bus to the market.
It was awful cold in this day in October.
This is the 2nd hand flea market outside the greater market. Tools, household repair items, garage sale items , potpourri can be found here. Continuing on you come to the greater market which has every kind of new merchandise. From computers to mittens. CDs, software, DVD, electronics of all kinds. You must haggle a bit on price on most things and it does not help to be a foreigner. You never know what you will see there. Foreigners are rare here.


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