Rivers and Canals, Saint Petersburg
Many bridges have amazing statues and ornaments on its ends. One of the remarkable bridges is the Bank Bridge. This footbridge was built between 1825-1826 and spans Griboedov Canal. Main eye-catcher are the four decorative griffins.
There are several ways of cruising on the Neva ranging from almost nothing to lots of cash.
Our first cruise in 2003 was with our tour group. It cost us $25 per person for a group of about 30 and our guide was the narrator so I think we chartered the boat for a couple of hours.
Our second cruise we picked up at Peter and Paul Fortress. For 100 rubles each, they gave us a 40 minute cruise, taking us past the Church of the Spilled Blood and dropped us off close to the Hermitage. For 100 rubles I would have paid just not to have to walk all the way back! I think there was also a round trip option for slightly more.
Directions: You can find boat trips at Peter and Paul Fortress or at many other locations along the canals and Nevsky Prospect.Add to your Trip Planner
Modelled after a Roman tradition, each column is decorated with prows of boats representing Russian victories at sea (rostrum is Latin for ship bow).
At the base of each column are two seated stone statues ~ these represent the routes that Russia relied on most heavily for trade (the rivers Neva, Volkhov, Dnieper and Volga).
The statues and prows aren't as artistically impressive indivually as the look of the whole Strelka, but we found ourselves catching sight of the columns from different vantage points in the city and it's a very appealing grouping.
Address: Vasilievsky Island
The Rostral Columns (there are two ~ one on either side of the island point) were originally functional lighthouses, used to guide ships into port near the Stock Exchange and storage houses. Each column measures 32 metres high and they were erected in 1810.
Today, they are apparently only lit for certain holidays ~ accompanied by fireworks over the Neva, which must be an amazing sight.
Address: Vasilievskiy Island
The Strelka, also known as the Spit, is located at the eastern point of Vasilievsky Island. It's a popular area to visit due to its view across the Neva to the Hermitage and to Peter & Paul Fortress.
Aside from being a viewpoint, there are also quite a few buildings in and around the Strelka that merit some attention. The point itself is exceptionally attractive ~ the ploshchad/park is bordered by two striking red columns and the former Stock Exchange.
There were a number of guides, souvenir salespeople, and a few beggars when we visited this area (the second time). . .but not enough to be a deterrent.
Address: Vasilievsky Island
This is really a must to everybody. I really recomend to take cruis on the canals as from ther you get to see all the interesting places at one time. It is a good thing to do on yopur first day ther as that way you can choos what places you want to vistte deffenetly.
St. Petersbourg, as Brugge in Belgium, is also called 'Northern Venise' because of its numerous channels. Just take a boat and observe them,,, the feeling like in parisian Bateau-mouch,,, nice views and relaxing atmosphere.
Cruising along from St. Michaels Castle to Belinskogo street, we passed by many beautiful Art Nouveau buildings. This area is more upmarket, and by the buildings, it certainly showed that!
Why there is no photo of a city at night?
And it beautiful here look at quay at night
I have put this photo to myself as prompt on the laptop
Another way to see parts of St Petersburg are via a canal boat trip. It was a great way to see St Petersburg from a different perspective!
Don't stand up when going under the bridges!
Directions: St Petersburg canals
Whenever we visit a new city, if available, we try and take a river cruise. It gives you a different perspective of a city, and St Petersburg is no different.
Address: City Center
Boats leave from many places on the canals, i took one at Nevskiy Prospekt. The trip took 1 and quarter hours and cost 500 RUR. A good way to see the colourful buildings of St Petersburg.
The Neva river is lined with palaces, museums and various other sites. It is a large river and is used by large ships as well as by rapid enclosed boats to the suburbs.
One of the city's most remarkable features is the network of canals. Hundreds of those small canals are cutting through the city, crossed by an uncountable number of bridges.
Taking a tour around the city in a boat is something you should not miss. The tour takes about 1h and gives you a nice impression, why Saint Petersburg is called Venice of the North