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In St. Petersburg - walk: a walking route through the Northern capital

Contrary to the prevailing stereotype, most tourists come to the cultural center just to walk, enjoy European architecture and historical monuments. It is difficult to fit all the sights of St. Petersburg into one walking route for a day, because in order to get around only the Hermitage and stay for a couple of minutes at each exhibit, you will need about 13 years. Therefore, as the basis for our ideal active day in the Northern capital, we took 11 places and the hypothesis that the best fitness is walking, and the best walk is travel. And now we are on Nevsky, turn on the fitness tracker and set off to explore the center of St. Petersburg.

Starting point - Anichkov bridge
Final point - Colonnade of St. Isaac's Cathedral

Anichkov bridge

In St. Petersburg - walk: a walking route through the Northern capital

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Historical background : the official name of the Nevsky bridge did not catch on. The name Anichkov came from the name of Lieutenant Colonel-Engineer Mikhail Anichkov, whose working battalion rebuilt a settlement located nearby. He also took part in the construction of the bridge. The stories that erect the name of the bridge to a certain Anichka, or Anya, are just urban legends.

Lifehack : remember this place if you decide to ride around St. Petersburg on a river tram and look at the city from the water. It is here on Fontanka that most of the tourist berths are located.

Nevsky Prospekt

In St. Petersburg - walk: a walking route through the Northern capital

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Historical background : Nevsky Prospect is undoubtedly the most important, the most important, the most historical artery of the city. Literally every house on Nevsky has its own legend; there are even separate guides exclusively for this street. Nevsky is now and then mentioned in the works of Russian classics, and they would probably be glad to know that the current appearance of the great avenue has not been desecrated by almost a single modern building. Independent travelers who first arrived in St. Petersburg should definitely start exploring the city from here: from the Nevsky one way or another you can go to many of the most famous city sights.

Monument to Catherine II on Nevsky

In St. Petersburg - walk: a walking route through the Northern capital

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Historical background : the monument to Catherine II is located on Ostrovsky Square, next to the Alexandrinsky Theater and the building of the Public Library. The idea to erect a monument to Catherine II first appeared in the early years of her reign. However, the empress herself was against this.

The reason for the implementation of such an idea was the 100th anniversary of the accession to the throne - in 1862. Then a competition was announced for the design of the monument, which they originally wanted to install in Tsarskoye Selo, in the courtyard of the Tsarskoye Selo palace. The sculptor Mikhail Mikeshin became the winner of the competition. He made a modspruce of the Rococo Monument to Catherine II, which received an honorary medal at the World Exhibition in London. According to the monument to Catherine, the square in front of the theater is commonly called the Catherine's Garden, or simply the Katkin Garden.

Summer cafe-veranda

St. Petersburg weather is very capricious and changeable. And if you are lucky enough to catch the escaping rays of the sun in the northern capital, make the most of it: take a walk around the city, stopping at the summer verandas.

Our choice: refresh yourself with a cool non-alcoholic beer Baltika 0, because there is still a whole day of discoveries and new impressions ahead.
In St. Petersburg - walk: a walking route through the Northern capital

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Lifehack : turn off the noisy Nevsky and walk along the embankment of the Griboyedov Canal along the Kazan Cathedral. This stretch of about 200 m consists of summer verandas, cafes and cozy bars.

Kazan Cathedral

In St. Petersburg - walk: a walking route through the Northern capital

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Historical background: Kazan Cathedral is one of the largest religious buildings in St. Petersburg. It was built in 1801-1811 on the site of a small and already dilapidated church.

Singer

In St. Petersburg - walk: a walking route through the Northern capital

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Historical background : the building of the Singer house on the corner of Nevsky and the Griboyedov Canal is known to all Petersburgers and many guests of our city as the House of Books - a famous bookstore, one of the centers cultural and intellectual life of the city.

Lifehack : the best postcards at the most affordable price can be bought here, and sent right across the street - at the post office near the Kazan Cathedral. And of course, do not forget to go up to the second floor and admire the panoramic view of the cathedral and the seething Nevsky.

Savior on Spilled Blood

In St. Petersburg - walk: a walking route through the Northern capital

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Historical background : The Cathedral of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the main attractions of St. Petersburg. The cathedral was not designed for mass visits. This influenced its interior decoration, striking in its beauty. The cathedral's mosaic collection is one of the largest in Europe.

Palace Square

In St. Petersburg - walk: a walking route through the Northern capital

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Historical background : Palace Square is the main square of St. Petersburg, the architectural ensemble of which was formed in the second half of the XVIII - the first half of the XIX century. The name of the square was given by the Winter Palace, which overlooks the square with its southern facade.

Lifehack : there are four obligatory photo angles on the Palace Square. Check if all of them are included in your photo gallery?

Winter Palace
Guards Corps
Alexander Column
General Staff Building.

Bolshaya Neva

In St. Petersburg - walk: a walking route through the Northern capital

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Historical background : conditionally Neva is divided into Small and Big. Big is the part of the river that runs from the Palace Bridge to the Neva Bay.

Lifehack: we meet in the same place at 01:15 and look at the famous bridges.

St. Isaac's Cathedral

In St. Petersburg - walk: a walking route through the Northern capital

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Historical background : the largest Orthodox church in St. Petersburg today and one of the tallest domed structures in the world. The height of the cathedral is 101.5 m, it can simultaneously accommodate 12,000 people. However, the architect Montferrand himself believed that the cathedral was designed for 7,000 people, taking into account the fluffy skirts of the ladies, each of which needs at least 1 sq. m of space.

Lifehack : the ideal place for a selfie near St. Isaac's Cathedral, contrary to all expectations, is located on the opposite side of the main passage. Here you can sit down on the green lawn and even capture the dome of the cathedral.

Colonnade of St. Isaac's Cathedral

In St. Petersburg - walk: a walking route through the Northern capital

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Deserves special attention: this is the most famous observation deck in St. Petersburg. From a height of 43 m, views of the Neva and the central areas of the city open. It is especially beautiful here in the white nights - there is something mystical in this ghostly light. You can climb the colonnade only on foot along the spiral staircase.

250 steps up. Excursion and simulator in one bottle. Regular walking up the stairs will help you feel better, strengthen your thighs, buttocks, and calf muscles. Climbing and climbing stairs is the same physical activity as exercising or jogging.

Historical background : construction of the colonnade began in 1837, immediately after the dome was erected ... The temple was built using technologies of the early 19th century, granite monolithic blocks were delivered from the Gulf of Finland, and a special mechanism was built to raise them to a height. Basically, the construction was carried out by hand by serfs.

Lifehack : the price of the issue is only 300 rubles, but if you have a student or additional documents confirming your rights to benefits, then a ticket to the main viewing point of St. Petersburg will cost you much cheaper.

Length of the entire route - 7.5 km / 10 312 steps
Travel time - 3.5 hours
Calories burned - 1228 kcal

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