I thought the book was disjointed on the kindle, and when I saw the paper version, it was the same! There was not enough detail about places like the Fortress of Sts. Peter and Paul, which has a very good military ceremony at noon which we just happened upon. Also there was not enough details about the Hermitage. Russia is so interesting - it deserves better coverage than provided here!
A Customer on Jun 07, As the founder of a company devoted to enriching cultural and business travel to Russia, we are always looking for a good, general guidebook for clients. Petersburg" has good neighborhood guides to the two main cities of Russia. The entertainment, bar, restaurant and hotel suggestions are comprehensive as far as quantity and general pricing range, although the pricing and quality levels cited are not always accurate.
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One annoyance is that there are no Cyrillic displays of a sight's name just transliterations into Latin script , which means that you are likely to miss a sign right in front of you for, for instance, the Toy Museum. It is particularly annoying to see the inaccurate reference to David Lean filming part of "Dr. Zhivago" in the Hotel Metropole-the closest the cast and crew came to Russia was Finland. All in all, we recommend "Fodor's Moscow and St. Petersburg" as a good additional guidebook to bring if you are staying more than a few days, or if you want to bring just one book for your journey of Discovering Russia's two greatest cities, Moscow and St.
By Tamara M. Wood on Mar 17, This guide is perfect for my upcoming trip. A good balance of things to see and do on all budgets. By Diana Johns on Nov 03, The book is very comprehensive, but to the type of tourist I am, hundred pages of just descriptions is not good. For tourist that can only dedicate 4 to 5 days to each city, we would like to see lots of pictures of the most important places we should not miss in the city.
The book doesn't have any pictures. The gardens of the palace are absolutely fantastic, with the highlight of the springs of water flushing from every statue, step, and fountain. So you can not appreciate them in its full beauty and glory. We went to St. Petersburg in October and the fountains were closed in Peterhof, but the garden is worth visiting, even if they are not working in full. By Amazon Customer on Feb 06, By Educated Consumer on Feb 26, It had a lot of information and details about the area where you will be visiting.
Lots of helpful hints including language expressions and translations. As a frequent traveller who has always depended on Frommers, I purchased for the first time a Fodors guide to Russia alas, Frommers will not publish one for a few months. I am sorry to say that I find this book to be confusing in finding activities to see in Moscow and St.
Keep in mind that I am both a Reading teacher and an English teacher, so that if I had difficulty sorting out where to go and how to find the sight, it must really be weak. Pulkovo Airport serves most of the air passengers departing from or arriving to the city. Saint Petersburg has an extensive city-funded network of public transport buses, trams , trolleybuses and several hundred routes served by marshrutkas. Trams in Saint Petersburg used to be the main mean of transport; in the s this was the largest tram network in the world, but many tracks were dismantled in the s.
Buses carry up to three million passengers daily, serving over urban and a number of suburban bus routes. Saint Petersburg Metro underground rapid transit system was opened in ; it now has 5 lines with 69 stations, connecting all five railway terminals, and carrying 2. Traffic jams are common in the city due to daily commuter traffic volumes, intercity traffic and excessive winter snow.
The construction of freeways such as the Saint Petersburg Ring Road , completed in , and the Western High-Speed Diameter , completed in , helped reduce the traffic in the city. Saint Petersburg is an important transport corridor linking Scandinavia to Russia and Eastern Europe.
The average amount of time people spend commuting with public transit in Saint Petersburg, for example to and from work, on a weekday is 69 min.
The average amount of time people wait at a stop or station for public transit is 11 min, while The average distance people usually ride in a single trip with public transit is 7 km, while The city is also served by passenger and cargo seaports in the Neva Bay of the Gulf of Finland , Baltic Sea , the river port higher up the Neva and tens of smaller passenger stations on both banks of the Neva river. Meteor hydrofoils link the city centre to the coastal towns of Kronstadt , Lomonosov , Petergof , Sestroretsk and Zelenogorsk from May through October.
In the warmer months many smaller boats and water-taxis maneuver the canals throughout the city. The city is the final destination for a web of intercity and suburban railways, served by five different railway terminals Baltiysky , Finlyandsky , Ladozhsky , Moskovsky and Vitebsky , [c]  as well as dozens of non-terminal railway stations within the federal subject. The new train, known as Sapsan , is a derivative of the popular Siemens Velaro train; various versions of this already operate in some European countries.
These services are branded as "Allegro" trains. Vitebsky Station. Moskovsky Station. Baltiysky Station. Finlyandsky Station. Ladozhsky Station. Saint Petersburg is served by Pulkovo International Airport ,  and also by three smaller commercial and cargo airports in the suburbs. Lappeenranta Airport , which is near Saint Petersburg but on the Finnish side of the border is also popular among Russian travellers.
Pulkovo airport was opened to passengers as a small aerodrome in As of [update] , the Pulkovo airport, which handles over 12 million passengers annually, is the 3rd busiest in Russia after Moscow's Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo. As a result, the steadily increasing passenger traffic has triggered a massive modernization of the entire airport infrastructure. A newly built Terminal 1 of the Pulkovo airport was put into operation on 4 December and integrated international flights of the former terminal Pulkovo The renovated terminal Pulkovo-1 has been opened for domestic flights as an extension of the Terminal 1 in Saint Petersburg is home to many parks and gardens.
Some of the most well-known are in the southern suburbs, including Pavlovsk , one of Europe's largest English gardens. Sosnovka is the largest park within the city limits, occupying ha. The Summer Garden is the oldest, dating back to the early 18th century and designed in the regular style. It is on the Neva's southern bank at the head of the Fontanka and is famous for its cast iron railing and marble sculptures. The most common trees grown in the parks are the English oak , Norway maple , green ash , silver birch , Siberian Larch , blue spruce , crack willow , limes , and poplars.
Important dendrological collections dating back to the 19th century are hosted by the Saint Petersburg Botanical Garden and the Park of the Forestry Academy. In order to commemorate years anniversary of Saint Petersburg a new park was laid out. The park is in the northwestern part of the city. The construction was started in It is planned to connect the park with the pedestrian bridge to the territory of Lakhta Center 's recreation areas. In the park trees of valuable sorts, decorative apple-trees, 70 limes.
These trees were presented to Saint Petersburg by non-commercial and educational organizations of the city, its sister-cities, city of Helsinki, heads of other regions of Russia, German Savings Bank and other people and organizations. Aerial view of the Field of Mars. Saint Petersburg Botanical Garden. Catherine Park , Tsarskoye Selo.
The crime dynamic in Saint Petersburg is tightly associated with the general social situation in the country. By then the city had fallen under the control of a number of organized criminal groups such as Tambov Gang , Malyshev Gang, Kazan Gang and ethnic criminal groups, engaged in racket , extortion , paying off local government and violent clashes with each other. According to official sources the number of crimes committed by foreigners in Saint Petersburg in increased by Law enforcement authorities consider this was associated with an increased number of people from some CIS republics who live in Saint Petersburg illegally.
The official portal of the Government of Saint Petersburg provided data on significant improvements in the crime situation. In , Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs warned LGBT travellers about a vaguely worded law in Saint Petersburg that came into effect on 17 March , making it a criminal offence to publicize acts of male or female homosexuality, bisexuality, or transgenderism.
The intention of the law is to protect minors.
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