Menshikov Hotel

12 Ural'skaya ulitsa, St. Petersburg, 199155, Russia
Menshikov Hotel
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Forum Posts

Night Train to Petrazavodsk to visit Kizhi

by Anuska82

Hello, Im travelling to st petersburg, and Im really interested in going to Kizhi. I was thinking in getting the night train and spend one day there, getting another night train back. I have a russian friend that can get the tickets for me but she says i may not find many english speakers and have trouble finding my way to the pier and get the boat...So I dont know if its a good idea to do this trip alone. Im dont want go on a tour as they are much tooo expensive!
Just wanted to know if anyone suggests anything or has done this trip!

Re: Night Train to Petrazavodsk to visit Kizhi

by dustmon

Hola Ana--Kizhi is a lovely spot---we got to see it 2 years ago from our cruise ship---the easy way! I would think that a taxi from the train station to the pier would not be too hard to find, even not knowing much Russian--- and once you get there, you could definitely walk the grounds by yourself, but you would miss out on the information about the different houses, and the church. The Church was under scaffolding when we went so missed the insides....

Re: Night Train to Petrazavodsk to visit Kizhi

by Masha_M

Just take a phrase book with you and with it you can communicate with the people. Russians are normally very nice and helpful and Kizhi is very impressive!

Re: Night Train to Petrazavodsk to visit Kizhi

by dustmon

When I was there, there was a woman selling fresh smoked fish right on the pier for about $1 each----really nice with our evening cocktail hour! Hope she is there when you go!

Travel Tips for Saint Petersburg

For Frustrated architects, craftlovers

by jumpingnorman

I always wanted to be an architect, but I was more suited for Medicine. So, I discovered I liked doing little model projects like the great Church of Spilt Blood in St. Petersburg. In the church itself, they do sell (for only about $20) a cardboard model kit for making a three-dimensional colorful model of this beautiful orthodox Russian church. While completing the structure, you do remember certain areas of the church. The finished product looked good on top of my kitchen cabinets and the twins enjoyed the project! Church of Spilt Blood

Nevsky Prospekt


I spent almost a whole day sightseeing along St. Petersburg's main avenue Nevsky Prospekt.

It leads from the Admirality in the west via Moskow Railway Station to the Aleksandr Nevsky Monastery in the east.

Some interesting buildings along Nevsky Prospekt are:

School building with memorial (no. 14), Lutheran Petri Church (No. 22-24), Kazan Cathedral (opposite No. 28), Catholic Church of St. Catherine (No. 32-34), Armenian Church (No. 40-42), department store Passage (No. 48) and the former Delicatessen Jeslissejew (No. 56).

Marriage parties

by hat53

If you get married you go out with a big party of people. Visiting important places in Russian history to take pictures and drink Champaign. This is best done in an extra large car so the whole family fits.
Most likely day to see brides and grooms are Friday and Saturday. You will see dozens of them.

Some Simple Items to Bring Along

by chuddy1999

A Lockable Bag is a good idea
with good strong straps and carry handles Comfortable shoes
Warm Fleeces (autumn & winter)
Wear Layers (winter time) Toothbrush and paste (buy bottled Water to rinse mouth out).
Always have Toilet Roll (seems to be national shortage)
Toilets cost 6-10pyb to use (so have plenty of change) Keep it in its bag until you need to use it
Dont Flaunt it about either
All films and services are available with ease. Mains adaptor (3pin to 2pin Round,if you are from UK)
Photocopies of all documents,
Don't Loose your Immigration Card (Big problems if You do!)
Hand and Face Cream (Skin dries out really quickly).
If cooking yourself...
Can Opener (i could not get hang of russian ones :))))


by Klod5

Le visiteur est impressionné par l'omniprésence de l'eau à St-Pétersbourg, "Venise du Nord". Le fleuve si large, ses multiples ramifications, les canaux (Moïka, Fontanka, canal Griboïédov, ou encore canal latéral) constituent autant de percées qui aèrent la ville, de telle sorte qu'on n'a jamais l'impression d'étouffer à Pétersbourg, d'autant plus que de la Baltique souffle en permanence un vent humide et vivifiant. Ainsi, on ne se lasse jamais d'arpenter les kilomètres de quai de la ville, bordés de bijoux architecturaux, qui connaissent en ce moment de nombreuses et permanentes rénovations, même si l'argent manque. Brodski ne s'y trompe pas:
"Marcher sous ce ciel, le long de ces quais de granit brun bordant l'immense fleuve gris, c'est déjà étendre le champ de l'existence et apprendre à voir loin. La texture granuleuse des pavés de granit voisinant avec cette eau qui coule, qui s'en va toujours, contient quelque chose qui inhibe les semelles d'un désir quasi sensuel de marcher. Le vent de la mer qui souffle de face et qui sent l'algue marine a guéri ici bien des cœurs accablés de mensonge de désespoir, et d'impuissance."

The visitor is impressed by the ubiquity of water in St-Petersbourg, "Northen Venice". The stream so large, his multiple ramifications, the channels (Moïka, Fontanka, Griboïédov channel, or lateral channel) constitute as many breakthroughs that airs the city, so that one never has the impression to choke in Pete, especially as some Baltic blows a humid and bracing wind permanently. Thus, one never gets tired of surveying the kilometers of embankment of the city, edged of architectural jewelries, that know numerous and permanent renovations at the moment, even though money misses. Brodski doesn't deceive itself of it...


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