Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg

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Saint Petersburg's main artery, Nevsky Prospekt cuts through the city's historical center and provides easy access to a string of tourist attractions, including churches, museums, shops, and restaurants. Planned by Peter the Great as the beginning of a major road to Novgorod and named after Alexander Nevsky, a 13th-century national hero credited with victories over both Swedish and German invading armies, this thoroughfare offers you a chance to discover a blend of architectural styles. Start at the Empire-style naval headquarters in the north, and proceed southeast all the way to the avenue's conclusion at the Neoclassical cathedral and cemetery containing the ornate tombs of Dostoevsky and Tchaikovsky. By using our St. Petersburg itinerary builder site, you can arrange your visit to Nevsky Prospekt and other attractions in St. Petersburg.
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  • Nevsky prospekt is the main and longest street of Russian Imperial capital. It runs from the Admiralty by the Palace square to the Moscow railway station going over several canals. It's a main...  more »
  • Old city center is noisy, too many cars but still charming. Lot's of coffee shops and restaurants, some malls here and there and beautiful historical buildings.  more »
  • Not flexible for their talking skills; they only talk russian. would not reccomend for tourists as the hotels suck here And people often steal here. But the city has free WiFi though so that deserves 3 stars.
  • Nevsky Prospekt is the most famous street in St. Petersburg. Originally planned by Peter the Great as a road linking St. Petersburg to Novgorod and eventually onward to Moscow, this is a nice place to spend time sightseeing and dining. These days you will find important sightseeing along (or near) Nevsky Prospekt including the Hermitage and Kazan Cathedral as well as delightful early 20th century Art Nouveau buildings such as the Singer Building and the Yeliseyev Food Hall building. There are a number of smaller church buildings along Nevsky Prospekt and side streets leading to other impressive sightseeing such as the Russian Museum and the iconic Saviour of the Spilled Blood church. Along Nevsky Prospekt you will also find interesting and impressive monuments as well as plenty of souvenir shopping, eateries, coffee shops and bars. During our visit in early July, we enjoyed going out very early in the morning (2.30-3.00am) to walk along Nevsky Prospekt. Taking advantage of the White Nights and lack of crowds in the early hours of the day, we enjoyed taking unobstructed photographs of the monumental buildings. In the end, there is a good chance you'll end up on Nevsky Prospekt at some point during your visit to St. Petersburg. With a bit of research on what is available to do/see in the area, you can easily enjoy a few hours to a half day here.
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