St Petersburg - Vasilyevsky Island (PDF Chapter)
This is the Vasilyevsky Island chapter from Lonely Planet’s St Petersburg guide-book.
This large, triangular island is among the oldest neighbourhoods in St Petersburg. Crammed with classical buildings housing excellent museums such as the Kunstkamera and Menshikov Palace, this is the best place to start your exploration of the island.
- take in one of the best views of the city from Strelka, the historic spit of land that crowns Vasilyevsky Island and boasts flaming Rostral Columns during national holidays
- explore Peter the Great’s ghoulish collection of anatomical oddities as well as other ethno-graphic curiosities at Kunstkamera
- check out St Petersburg’s best modern art museum, Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art, with a huge collection of Russian works from the late Soviet and post-Soviet era
- restaurants & bars
Coverage includes: Sights, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife, Shopping, Sports & Activities.
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