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Petrograd Side

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The Petrograd Side is a borough in Saint Petersburg consisting of the islands of the northern part of the Neva delta.

Mostly residential, it is also home to several smaller universities, stadiums of FC Zenit and the tallest structure of the city, 326 m high TV tower. It includes the Peter and Paul Fortress and the site where Saint Petersburg was founded. In the beginning the city grew around Troitskaya Square, but within a few decades the city center shifted to the opposite bank of the Neva, and until the 1890s this borough, dominated by the fortifications of the Peter and Paul Fortress, remained peripheral. In the late 19th-early 20th century it was quickly built over, centering along Bolshoy Prospekt and Kamennoostrovsky Prospekt. The architecture of that period has remained mostly intact. The islands in the northwestern part of the borough, across the Malaya Nevka, have been a recreational area covered mostly by parks, mansions and sports facilities.

Get in[edit]

The Rozenshtein-Belogrud House on Kamennoostrovsky Prospekt

By metro[edit]

The borough is served by five Metro (subway) stations:

Spb metro line2.svg: Gorkovskaya (Горьковская). Transfer to Bus icon SPB.svg: № 2M, 2Mб, 46, 46а, 180. Tram icon SPB.svg: № 6, 40. Share taxi icon SPB.svg: № К-30, К-46, К-76, К-183, К-223.

Spb metro line2.svg: Petrogradskaya (Петроградская). Transfer to Bus icon SPB.svg: № 1, 2М, 2Мб, 10, 25, 46, 128, 191. Tram icon SPB.svg: № 40. Share taxi icon SPB.svg: № К-10, К-46, К-76, К-120, К-127, К-131, К-136, К-141, К-149, К-160, К-175А, К-183, К-209, К-223, К-252, К-298, К-346, К-369, К-690. Trolley icon SPB.svg: № 31, 34

Spb metro line5.svg:Chkalovskaya (Чкаловская). Transfer to Bus icon SPB.svg: № 1, 5М, 5Ма, 14, 25, 191, 180. Share taxi icon SPB.svg: № К-98, К-120, К-131, К-321.

Spb metro line5.svg:Krestovsky Ostrov (Крестовский остров). Transfer to Bus icon SPB.svg: № 10, 25, 25А

Spb metro line5.svg:Sportivnaya (Спортивная). Transfer to Bus icon SPB.svg: № 1, 5М, 5Ма, 10, 128, 135а, 191, 492. Share taxi icon SPB.svg: № К-10, К-30, К-32, К-120, К-127, К-141, К-149, К-175, К-183, К-209, К-252, К-298, К-346, К-690. Tram icon SPB.svg: № 6, 40. Trolley icon SPB.svg: № 1, 7, 9, 31.

By bus[edit]

Buses (Bus icon SPB.svg), trolleybuses (Trolley icon SPB.svg), trams (Tram icon SPB.svg) and marshrutkas (Share taxi icon SPB.svg) cover the main streets, though they can be crowded and caught in traffic jams during peak hours, as these streets are major commuting routes linking the North to the Vasilievsky Island and Center. Note that Bolshoy Prospekt is a one-way street (southbound) for most of its length, the traffic in the opposite direction follows Bolshaya Pushkarskaya Street.

Get around[edit]

Don't confuse Bolshoy Prospekt and Maly Prospekt with the streets of the same name on Vasilievsky Island.


Zayachy Island[edit]

Map of Saint Petersburg/Petrograd Side

  • 1 Peter and Paul Fortress (Петропа́вловская кре́пость, Petropavlovskaya Krepost), Zayachi Island (Spb metro line2.svg: Gorkovskaya (Горьковская)), +7 812 230-6431. 10:00-18:00. The Fortress, occupying the entire island, is the original citadel of Saint Petersburg, built during the first half of the 18th century, now a museum. It is dominated by the Peter and Paul Cathedral (1712-1732) with its 123 m (404 ft) high spire. Regular guided tours to the belltower and the viewing platform are provided from May to September. Free. To enter cathedral and exhibitions, 280 руб, students 150 руб. Peter and Paul Fortress (Q38646) on Wikidata Peter and Paul Fortress on Wikipedia

Petrogradsky Island[edit]

By far the largest island, served by four of the five metro stations.

Quarters of well-preserved and often beautiful houses from the 1890s-1910s along Bolshoy Prospekt and Kamennoostrovsky Prospekt are off the beaten path and worth exploring.

  • 2 [dead link] Military-Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineer and Signal Corps (Артиллерийский музей, Кронверк), Aleksandrovskiy Park 7 (Spb metro line2.svg: Gorkovskaya (Горьковская)). Open Wed-Su. Closed the last Thursday of the month. Housed in the crownwork (an external fortification) of the Peter and Paul Fortress and surrounded by a moat, it shows a huge collection of weapons of various ages and countries, from missiles to knives. Labels in Russian only. Military Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineers and Signal Corps (Q2388030) on Wikidata Military Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineers and Signal Corps on Wikipedia
  • 3 1911 memorial to the crew of the torpedo boat Steregushchy (In the park right next to the Spb metro line2.svg: Gorkovskaya (Горьковская), facing Kamennoostrovsky Prospekt). Believed to have been scuttled by the remaining sailors after the lost battle with the Japanese off Port Arthur in March 1904 to avoid her capture by the enemy.
  • 4 Leningrad Zoo (Зоопарк), Aleksandrovsky Park (Александровский парк), 1 (Spb metro line2.svg: Gorkovskaya (Горьковская), Tram icon SPB.svg: 6 or 40 to stop 'Сытный рынок'), +7 812 232-8260, fax: +7 (812) 232-8250. 10:00—19:00 (winter until 18:00). A rather mediocre one due to chronic underfunding. Visitors may be disappointed by the conditions in which the animals are held. 350 руб. Leningrad Zoo (Q1149264) on Wikidata Leningrad Zoo on Wikipedia
The Mosque
  • 5 Saint Petersburg Mosque (Главная Санкт-Петербургская Соборная мечеть, المنزل مسجد سانت بطرسبرغ), Kronverkskiy prospekt (Кронверкский пр.), 7 (Less than 300 m from Spb metro line2.svg: Gorkovskaya (Горьковская), not far from the Peter and Paul Fortress. - Tram icon SPB.svg: 6 or 40 to stop 'Станция метро Горьковская'), +7 812 233-9819. Opened in 1913, huge and ornate. The interiors are unavailable to non-Muslims, except for guided visits arranged through the State Museum of the History of Religion, but it is worth seeing from the outside. Three storey building, for 3000 pilgrims. Saint Petersburg Mosque (Q281900) on Wikidata Saint Petersburg Mosque on Wikipedia
  • 6 State Museum of the Political History of Russia (Gosudarstvennyy Muzey Politicheskoy Istorii Rossii,), Kuibysheva St (ул. Куйбышева), 2-4 (Right next to the mosque, near the Spb metro line2.svg: Gorkovskaya (Горьковская), From metro Petrogradskaya Share taxi icon SPB.svg: 46, 76, From metro Sportivnaya Share taxi icon SPB.svg: 183, From Finlyandsky Railway Station (Bus icon SPB.svg: 49 or Share taxi icon SPB.svg: 183, 30), +7 812 233-7052, . Closed every Thursday and last Monday of each month. Hosted in two remarkable former mansions built in the beginning of the 20th century, the museum exhibits various items related to the Russian politics since the 18th century. Museum of Political History of Russia (Q15097244) on Wikidata Museum of Political History of Russia (St. Petersburg) on Wikipedia
  • 7 Troitsky Bridge (Троицкий мост), Kamennoostrovskiy prospekt (Spb metro line2.svg: Gorkovskaya (Горьковская)). 24/7. The third permanent bridge across the Neva and the first connecting this borough with the opposite bank. It opened in 1903. One of the most beautiful bridges in the city, it is a particularly spectacular sight during the white nights when it is drawn up to allow ships to pass. Free. Trinity Bridge (Q2060757) on Wikidata Trinity Bridge, Saint Petersburg on Wikipedia
  • 8 The Cabin of Peter the Great (Домик Петра I), Petrovskaya naberezhnaya (Петровская наб.), 6 (Spb metro line2.svg: Gorkovskaya (Горьковская)), +7 812 314-0374. We-M 10:00–18:00, Closed last Monday of each month. The wooden summer house of the Russian tsar dating from 1703. Enclosed within a more recent protective brick pavilion (so what one sees from the outside is not the original construction), it is the oldest building in the city, hosting a small museum. The quay in front of the cabin is decorated with two authentic Chinese stone lions brought from Jilin City in 1907. Cabin of Peter the Great (Q3661730) on Wikidata Cabin of Peter the Great on Wikipedia
  • 9 Aurora (Крейсер «Аврора»), Petrogradskaya Embankment (Петроградская наб.) 2 (1.5 km (1 mi) from Spb metro line2.svg: Gorkovskaya (Горьковская), you can also use Tram icon SPB.svg: 6 and bus 46 or 49), +7 812 230-8440. M-F 10:30-16:00 only for groups. Early 20th century protected cruiser (extensively repaired after WWII and in the 1980s), most famous for her symbolic role in the Russian Revolution of November 1917. It took part in the Russo-Japanese war in 1905. It has long been a museum ship open to the public, moored in front of the Nakhimov Naval School. Adults – 300 руб, Students – 100 руб, Photo 50 руб, Video filming 100 руб. Russian cruiser Aurora (Q168713) on Wikidata Russian cruiser Aurora on Wikipedia
  • 10 Kirov Museum, Benua House (Музей С. М. Кирова, дом Бенуа), Kamennoostrovsky Prospekt (Каменноостровский пр.), 26/28 (Between Spb metro line2.svg: Gorkovskaya (Горьковская) and Spb metro line2.svg: Petrogradskaya (Петроградская), Bus 46, Share taxi icon SPB.svg: К30, К46, К76, К183, К223), +7 812 346-0217. Th-Tu 11:00-18:00. Features the apartment of the city's communist boss from 1926-1934. 100 руб.
  • 11 Tuchkov Buyan (Near the Tuchkov Bridge, Spb metro line5.svg:Sportivnaya (Спортивная) station. - Share taxi icon SPB.svg: К10, К30, К32, К120, К175A, К183, К346, К690). Palace-like warehouses built on the bank of the Malaya Neva by Antonio Rinaldi in 1763-1772. It is better viewed from the opposite bank, i.e. from the Vasilievsky Island. Tuchkov Buyan (Q17333545) on Wikidata
  • 12 St Vladimir's Cathedral (Князь-Владимирский собор), Blokhina St (ул. Блохина,) 26 (Spb metro line5.svg:Sportivnaya (Спортивная) station, Troliley 1, 9, 31 or Share taxi icon SPB.svg: К10, К30, К32, К127, К149, К175A, К183, К209, К252, К298, К346), +7 812 233-6865, fax: +7 812 372-54-39. Russian orthodox cathedral built in 1766-1789 St. Vladimir's Cathedral (Q2630263) on Wikidata St. Vladimir's Cathedral (St. Petersburg) on Wikipedia

Aptekarsky Island[edit]

Home to the Botanical Garden, TV tower (inaccessible), the Electrotechnical University and medical research institutes

  • 13 Botanical Garden (Ботанический сад), Aptekarsky Prospekt 1 (in summer) or Professora Popova St (ул. Профессора Попова) 2 (in winter) (Spb metro line2.svg: Petrogradskaya (Петроградская) station, bus 28 to stop Уральская улица/ Наличная улица), +7 812 372-5443, fax: +7 812 372-5439. The greenhouses are open all year round, but are closed on Mondays. The park is open daily from May to October.. With an arboretum, flower garden, botanical museum and a large complex of greenhouses (greenhouses can only be accessed with a guided tour). Saint Petersburg Botanical Garden (Q1990013) on Wikidata Saint Petersburg Botanical Garden on Wikipedia

Kamenny Island[edit]

Its remarkable early 20th-century villas as well as some earlier buildings are well worth seeing.

Yelagin Island[edit]

Villas on Kamenny Island

The island is accessible through footbridges from three sides (Krestovsky Island, Kamenny Island and the mainland to the north). The nearest metro stations are Spb metro line5.svg: 'Krestovsky Ostrov', and Staraya Derevnya.

  • 14 [dead link] Yelagin Palace (Елагинский дворец), Yelagin Island (Елагин остров), 4 (Tram icon SPB.svg: 21, 48 to stop 'ЦПКиО'), +7 812 430-0911. The Yelagin Palace (1785-1790), hosting a museum and surrounded by a landscape park with a network of interconnected ponds, which occupies the entire island. It is possible to rent a boat there. Yelagin Palace (Q2568720) on Wikidata Yelagin Palace on Wikipedia

Krestovsky Island[edit]

Home to the stadium of FC Zenit (a host stadium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup), an amusement park, and recently built residential blocks. It's served to the east by the Krestovsky Ostrov metro station (line M5, purple, towards Komendantskiy Prospect) and to the west, closer to the stadium, by Novokrestovskaya (line M3, green, towards Begovaya).

  • 15 Krestovsky Stadium (стадион «Крестовский»), Futbol'naya Alleya 1. At a cost of $1.1 billion at current exchange rates, it is considered one of the most expensive stadiums ever built. Gazprom Arena (Q722970) on Wikidata Krestovsky Stadium on Wikipedia

Petrovsky Island[edit]

  • 16 Old Stadium of FC Zenit.


The Aurora Cruiser Museum
  • 1 Helicopter Tour from the Fortress helipad, Zayachy Island, from the Fortress helipad (Spb metro line2.svg: Gorkovskaya (Горьковская)), . 11:30-18:00. It is possible to take a 15-minute aerial tour along the 10 km long portion of the Neva, between the Blagoveshchensky and Alexander Nevsky Bridges, during weekends from May to October, starting from the helipad right outside the Peter and Paul Fortress' walls, but it is quite expensive and noisy. 5000 руб.
  • 2 Yelagin Island (Tram icon SPB.svg: 21, 48 to stop 'ЦПКиО'). Inexpensive boats can be rented for the ponds. In the winter, skis, sleds, and ice skates can be also be rented.


Groceries, Supermarkets[edit]

  • 1 Perekrestok Supermarket, Riverside Shopping Center (Перекрёсток), Ulitsa Akademika Pavlova ( ул. Академика Павлова, 5) (Share taxi icon SPB.svg: К10, К131, К149, К175A, К223, К369, К690. or Bus 128, Trolley 31 to stop 'Ulitsa Akademika Pavlova'), +7 (812) 313-0038. Daily 09:00—23:00.
  • 2 Pyatyorochka Grocery, ave. Dobrolyubova (просп. Добролюбова), 20, Bldg. 1A (Spb metro line5.svg:Sportivnaya (Спортивная). Inside the Artyom Shopping Center), +7 812 237-02-57. 09:00-23:00. This is a unit of All Russia Grocery store chain. List of Spb shops




  • 1 Pizza Hut, Кamennoostrovski prospekt, 37-д, +7 812 329-34-28. Pizza international chain.
  • 2 U Tyoshi na Blinakh, Sytninskaya (У тёщи на блинах), Sytninskaya ulitsa, 16 (Tram icon SPB.svg: 6 or 40 to stop 'Сытный рынок'), +7 812 232-7669.


  • 3 Kafe Tbilisi, Sytninskaya ul, 10 (Spb metro line2.svg Gorkovskaya (Горьковская) behind the market), +7 812 232-9391. Georgian food. The dishes prepared in pots are excellent.


Saint Petersburg Mosque interior
  • 4 Austeria (Аустерия), Iohann Alley (Иоанновский равелин), Peter & Paul Fortress (Near the entrance to the fortress), +7 812 230-0369, . noon-midnight. This restaurant, offering a very European setting with mostly Russian high quality food, nabs a lot of tourists visiting the fortress. But nonetheless, the service and food remain phenomenal - while tourists are trapped here, it is no tourist trap. Off season, particularly during the snowy winter months it place can be almost magical, as you get the beautiful restaurant more or less to yourself. Meals start at 1150 руб but can reach much higher.
  • 5 Na Zdorovye! (На здоровье!), П.С. пр. Большой , 13/4 (3 blocks up Bolshoy Prospect from the Sportivnaya metro station, Share taxi icon SPB.svg: К10, К30, К32, К127, К149, К175A, К183, К209, К252, К298, К346, К690 to stop Pionerskaya ulitsa). noon-23:00. This is the kitschiest kitchen in town, but it's no tourist trap, not by a long stretch. Its way off on the Petrograd Side north of the stadium, and is frequented mostly just by Russians, who come to enjoy the fun over-the-top decor, and the delightful "tastes just like babushka makes it" cooking. Sending the kitsch even further over that top are the performances of Russian/Gypsy folk music and singing 19:00-23:00 daily. 900 руб.


  • Underground (ex-Tunnel), Zverinskaya ulitsa (Metro: Sportivnaya). Reputedly Russia's first techno club and certainly its most legendary, Tunnel is back after an extended shutdown. This unused bomb shelter isn't exactly pretty and the crush and "face control" at the entrance when the doors open at midnight sharp are legendary, but the crowd and the DJs are worth it. Entry 250-350 руб depending on who is playing.


Most travellers choose to stay at the Center. There are a few options available in the northern boroughs as well.

Stay safe[edit]

Don't wander anywhere near the stadium after matches of FC Zenit.


This district travel guide to Petrograd Side is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.