By the Hermitage

42 Moyka River Embankment, St. Petersburg, North-West Russia, 191186, Russia
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Central, clean, good value

by robine about Petro Palase, St Petersburg

Comfortable 3* (though it claims to be 4*), only about 400 m from the Hermitage. Very good value (at least in winter months - we paid less than 100 euros for a standard double). Good buffet breakfast.

Apartment: Try apartment stays for real local feel

by kleomania about Sennaya Ploschad apartment

Very convenient and comfortable stay! Convenient and close to everything.
Sennaya Ploschad has 24 hour services and two Metro stations.
Walk to the Marinsky theater in one direction, or walk along the Gribeodova Canal or Sadovaya to Nevsky Prospect and Hermitage or Admiralty.
Cathedrals, museums, shopping, architecture, entartainments-- you wake up in the middle of it everyday.

Best location, friendly staff and good prices

by svetik2000 about '5 minutes to Hermitage' hostel

We stayed in the hostel '5 minutes' for two nights, and as it was in the high season, we booked previously by phoning them. The one thing that surprised us is that you have to come to there office first and pay them there and then they direct you to your place. We were horrified at first at the thought of having to drag our bags to some office at 8am, but it turned out to be in the same street as the hostel, and the lady welcomed us and gave all the info necessary, free maps (which doesn't happen very often in Russia) and was generally very helpful and reassuring.
The place itself was a bit difficult to locate as you have to go under some arch into the inner 'wells' as the inner yards are called here. Still, we were pleasantly surprised at how clean and bright the hostel was (especially compared to the state the whole street was in) Well, the facilities were quite good, by all standarts, and the manager was always ready to help and give some directions as regards transport, excursions, etc. The breaksfasts were ok, though there is no lounge where people could get together, they only have the kitchen but no sofas or anything, so we had to eat in our room. Which was very cosy, IKEA furnished, warm, even if a bit on the small side.
However, the BEST thing - it's not expensive, you get value for money - and the location is just as good as you can hope for - it virtually IS 5 MINUTES to all the main sites - which is nice, and I was kind of surprised they didn't charge more, because the hostel is on the street right off the Nevskij Prospekt, the main avenue leading to the Hermitage. If you plan to go out in the evenings, and more importantly, watch the bridges at night, you can't find a better place as you can be back in your warm room after all the walking from the Neva river in about 10-15 minutes. And you can have a bite or a drink in one of the numerous cafes in this area.

Outstanding accommodation service

by brazwhazz about Russian Adventure

When looking for budget accommodation in Saint-Petersburg, we came across the Russian Adventure website. Not only does it provide much information for travelling in Saint-Petersburg, but it also offers a list of accommodations -- some in apartments, others in B&Bs -- around the city.

Because the woman behind Russian Adventure, Tatiana, is also a travel agent and guide, we chose to stay at her apartment in Saint-Petersburg. We were very happy with our decision, as not only was Tatiana's apartment building conveniently located a few minutes away from Park Pobedy metro station (blue line), but our host was a goldmine of information. She told us the best ways to reach and explore all the attractions we wanted to visit and helped us get into the Hermitage Museum.

Inside the apartment we had a clean and relatively large private room. If we felt like relaxing outside the apartment, there was a vast public park -- Park Pobedy, which shares its name to the metro station -- just across the street.

Apricot Hostel, Nevsky Prospect on budget

by sennaya about Abricos (Apricot) Hostel

As Nevsky Prospekt becomes more crowded with 5-star hotels it is nice to know there are still some more affordable accommodations in St. Petersburg. The Apricot Hostel has 13 rooms with a common kitchen and 4 shared toilets and showers. Single rooms do not have their own toilet.
Between the 13 rooms a student group of up to 30 can be accommodated.
It is a new clean renovation, one of the better hostels for looks. A good option if you don't mind neighbors and need a budget accommodation. The location is convenient near Moskovsky Railroad station and Metro and Mayakovsky Metro station, It is about 25 minutes walk down to Palace Square and the Hermitage.

The hostel has 13 rooms, from single rooms for $50 ( 1200 rubles) to a dorm with up to 6 others for $24 (600 rubles) a night. (6-bed male and 6-bed female dorms, 3-bed mixed rooms, singles and doubles)

The staff stay on the premises 24 hours and are helpful.
Free luggage room and high speed internet!
Nice view of Nevsky Prospect without a long climb of stairs to get there, they have an elevator!

It is a bit tight on floorplan, walls not soundproof and mixed Russian and foreigner guests. Some of staff speak english enough to be helpful.

Apartment for real local feel

by sennaya about Apartment Flat in St. Petersburg Center

Live next to the house where
Dostoevsky lived!

There are a number of cottage businesses offering stays in local apartments in the center of Saint Petersburg.
Generally, they are upgraded housing from Soviet flats in the old buidlings in Saint Petersburg center. We have stayed at several.
I feel more like a local resident passing through the arches into the coutyard and into my tourist apartment.
Get local groceries, sit in the local cake and coffee shops and breathe the air :)
A search on the web for "Saint Petersburg Russia Apartment" will bring some ideas. I liked staying near Sennaya Ploschad. Close to Nevsky, close to the Mariinsky, close to Metro. It is the old Hay Maket that Dostoevsky made famous in his works. Now most has been renovated and it has some of the nicest shopping and restaurants, not to mention a 24-hour cinema near, better exchange rates than Nevsky and great transportation options.

Unique Qualities: Convenient and close to everything.
Sennaya Ploschad has 24 hour services and two Metro stations.
Walk to the Marinsky theater in one direction, or walk along the Gribeodova Canal to the Spilt Blood Cathedral or Sadovaya to Nevsky Prospect and Summer Garden.
Cathedrals, museums, shopping, architecture-- you wake up in the middle of it everyday.
The relaxing part of an apartment is that you will not be disturbed by maids or hotel clerks, you are in your own little spot. So you make your own bed, cook your own food, if you like. (But why? find the good cheap eateries within 1 block there will be plenty.) Cheerful modern renovation.
It is one-bedroom and sleeps for 1-4 persons, one queen bed and one large divan.
It is completely euro renovation and fully furnished with light-color wood furniture, with hot water, washing machine, cable TV, DVD, music center, ironing board, dishes and so on. Just bring some clothes. See pictures for details.
Local phone and utilities are included.
It is a very convenient location in the center, near metro Sadovaya/Sennaya, between the Mariinsky Theatre and Nevsky Prospect. Metro station is a 2-minute walk.
It is a 15-minute walk to Palace Square and the Hermitage.

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by Perugia

"Monet. Waterloo Bridge"

The Hermitage collection provides a good overview of the impressionism.


Portrait of the Actress Jeanne Samary


Boulevard Monmartre in Paris

"Van Gogh"

The Lilac Bush


The Smoker


The Dance


The Music


The Hermitage

by sophiebeans

The Hermitage used to be the winter palace of the Russian royal family. It is now home to some of the world's most important artwork! It is the second largest art museum in the world. Walk through these gates to have a peek at some of the incredible things I saw inside!

Besides the pieces on display, each room in the Hermitage is a work of art in itself!

This hallway in the Hermitage was designed to resemble the frescoes in the Vatican. Can you imagine having something like this in the hallways of your house?

Even the floors in the Hermitage are works of art!

This is the throne room where the czar used to hold court.

This is a painting by Vincent Van Gogh, one of my favorite artists. You can take pictures of the paintings in the Hermitage, as long as you buy a permit to do so - (buy it at the admissions booth) - and don't use flash photography!

This is a picture of Palace Square that I took while looking out one of the windows of the Hermitage.

This is statue, I believe, is by Rodin. Just another one of the outstanding pieces to see at the Hermitage!

The Hermitage

by tvdm

"Beauty unrivalled"

Admittedly I didn't take these beautiful pictures myself, but I would like to encourage each and everyone of you to surf to and let yourself be blown away by what's arguably the most beautiful museum in the world!

Rather than giving an overview of the museum's collection, I'd like to point out the stunning architecture from inside and outside. Starting with two picture from the main Winter Palace building, as seen from the Neva river and the Palace Square.

"The Palace Square"

"The main Throne Room"

"The 1812 War Gallery Room"

"The Malachite Room"

"The small (Peter I) Throne Room"

"The Armorial Room"

"The Pavillion Room"

Hermitage - 2

by filipdebont

ceiling of the White Hall

White Hall

Big Vase (dates from the late 18th century) - White hall

The Alexander Hall

The Golden Drawing Room

Ceiling of the Golden Drawing Room

Ceiling of the Malachite Room


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Forum Posts

Tour of Hermitage

by poreilly

Can anyone recommend a great guide with good art background to give us a tour of the Hermitage? I'd like a great one day tour.

Also any need for a guide to get around in St. Petersburg since I do not speak any russian? I generally would not hire a guide on other trips, but what do you recommend.

Also, what is the weather in St Petersburg the last two weeks of July?
Weather In Moscow?
Is it too hot in Moscow then?


Re: Tour of Hermitage

by globetrott

Hi !

Try to contact VT-member "julia1961" , if you need a guide in St.Petersburg.
There is a link on her VT-homepage !

In fact, if you do not know any Russian at all, and are not able to read cyrillic, it will be really hard to do anything on your own.
I met an american desperately searching for the exit of the Moscow-metro ( with plenty of confusing corridors leading to other platforms ), he was really totally lost there.
Taxi-drivers, ticket-counters of museums, policemen etc. will mostly speak only russian.
Moscow in july was very hot in 2002.

Good luck !

Re: Tour of Hermitage

by atc

I agree with globtrot Michael. I try to get u some names. Don't guarantee anything though.


Re: Re: Tour of Hermitage

by poreilly

Thanks. I will be in Moscow for 4-5 days and St Petersberg just 3 days. Would like a guide for one day in Hermitage with professional art knowledge. Will pay.

Re: Re: Tour of Hermitage

by globetrott

This is exactely, what Julia offers, according to her web-page.
She seems to have the qualification as an official guide and be able to make such tours without beeing forced to queue up at the Hermitage.
She will take 10 Euros an hour.

Re: Re: Tour of Hermitage

by poreilly

Thanks I will contact her.

Re: Re: Tour of Hermitage

by HalUSA

I sent you private e-mail, so check there.

Re: Tour of Hermitage

by EugeniaS

You can contact Anna (, who is a very experienced guide in both the Hermitage Museum tours and St. Petersburg city tours.

Catherine's Palace and Hermitage

by jettman1

Do they allow photos to be taken at Catherine's Palace and at the Hermitage Museum? Any idea on how much RUR they charge for this? I usually buy DVD's as well of the places that I visit,does anyone know if they sell these at the gift shop? Any idea how much RUR? I'm also wondering if these are playable in the US. Can anyone help with info? Thanks.

RE: Catherine's Palace and Hermitage

by Natalya2006

See info about Catherina Palace at

RE: RE: Catherine's Palace and Hermitage

by Natalya2006

Hermitage Museum
Photo-ticket - 100 RUR, video - 350RUR.

RE: RE: Catherine's Palace and Hermitage

by yumyum

In Catherine's palace everyone takes pictures without permit. It might be included in the entrance price of 500 Roubles which is the stiffest for all the palaces. Anyway, nobody is allowed to take pictures in the Amber Room but there are plenty of books and other things to be bought in the souvenir shop at the end of the tour downstairs.

Inside the Hermitage etc

by jettman1

When you visit Hermitage, Catherine's Palace at Pushkin, and Peterhof, do they allow knapsacks, bags, purses or jackets inside or do you have to check this in at the entrance? Is there a fee for this? How much in Rubles? Just wondering so we'll know what we can only bring when we go to these sights. Thank you for any advice.

RE: Inside the Hermitage etc

by nevik

I've been to there twice and had no problems bring in "small" bags. However the Kremlin is another matter, they will search everything before letting you in and they could refuse you entry.

RE: Inside the Hermitage etc

by Natalya2006

If your bag is too big you can keep it in the cloak-room (free). No problem with small and medium size bags.


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