St Petersburg - Vasilyevsky Island (Chapter)
This is the Vasilyevsky Island chapter from Lonely Planet's St Petersburg guidebook.
Vasilyevsky Island's eastern edge was originally to be the city's administrative heart, but today it is largely residential, with several busy shopping streets. The western edge is more empty and industrial, but houses the new Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art, the main reason to visit.
• take in one of the best views of the city from the historic Strelka, the spit of land that crowns Vasilyevsky Island, has a superb Neva panorama and boasts flaming rostral columns during national holidays
• explore Peter the Great's private collection of anatomical oddities at the ghoulish Kunstkamera
• check out St Petersburg's best new art space, the huge Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art, where you'll see Russian works from the late Soviet and post-Soviet era
• restaurants & bars
Coverage includes: Neighbourhood Top Five, Explore: Vasilyevsky Island, Local Life, Getting There & Away, Sights, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife, Sports & Activities and Sports & Activities.
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