St Petersburg - Vasilyevsky Island (PDF Chapter)

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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.

  • taking in one of the best views of the city from the historic Strelka, the spit of land that crowns Vasilyevsky Island and boasts flaming rostral columns during national holidays.
  • maps
  • exploring Peter the Great’s private collection of anatomical oddities at the ghoulish Kunstkamera
  • transport
  • checking out St Petersburg’s best modern-art museum, 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, Local Life, Getting There & Away, Sights, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife, Entertainment and Shopping.

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