Nevsky Prospekt
Nevsky Prospekt
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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This famous Russian street that cuts through the center of St. Petersburg is a hub for shopping, nightlife and entertainment, and is lined with historic and picturesque buildings and churches.
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2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Nevskiy
How to get there
  • Ploshchad Vosstaniya • 2 min walk
  • Mayakovskaya • 5 min walk
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CATIWARIG
Noida, India479 contributions
Aug 2019
Nevsky Prospekt is the main street of saint petersburg and all the prime malls, shopping complexes, restaurants, bars etc are situated. wide road with european architecture buildings on the both sides. An evening walk from palace square to the other end of the road is a very enjoying journey. You can see lots of hawkers, street performers and shops to make it lively. There are many small streets that start from this road and one of them is dumskaya ulitsa which is famous for many joints specially for young crowd.
Written June 1, 2020
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MANsour ABDoli
Tehran, Iran88 contributions
Feb 2022
Long street that is impossible to visit saint petersburg without walking on this street. Starting from Winter Palace toward old Lavra and passing next to main train station.
I highly recommend you to book a hotel on this street and walk on Nevsky every day, Dont miss any building because they all have different stories.
Written October 1, 2022
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia15,583 contributions
Apr 2021
Nevsky prospekt is the main and longest street of Russian Imperial capital.
It runs from the Admiralty by the Palace square to the Moscow railway station going over several canals. It's a main shopping street with boutiques, shopping malls, restaurants,...etc.
Of special interest I'd point out the Kazan Cathedral and the Singer building across it.
Written May 22, 2021
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Mr-Akbarizad
Yazd, Iran142 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
24 hours live street with many Artists, tour operators, shoppings, fast foods, restaurants and everything .. every thing you may need can be find here😄
It’s the main street of Saint Petersburg and most of must-see sights are here around and easily achievable. So a great recommendation for you is choosing your hotel or hostel here on this nice street😊
Written January 19, 2019
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svegor
St Petersburg839 contributions
If you want to explore the main part of St Petersburg’s main street, start from Mayakovskaya metro station and walk down Nevsky in the direction of the Admiralty (you will see its gilded spire at the very end of Nevsky). This section of Nevsky is built up with 19th-century houses: don’t miss the classical yellow-and-white building of the former rental house that used to be owned by the wealthy family of the Yusupovs, and the pinkish building of the Beloselsky-Belozersky mansion right on the corner of Nevsky prospect and the Fontanka river.

Cross the Fontanka by the famous Anichkov bridge decorated with sculptures of horse-tamers and proceed down Nevsky walking past the Anichkov Palace on your left and Ostrovsky square with the monument to Catherine II and Alexandrinsky Drama Theater in the background. Take a picture of the ornate building of the Yeliseev food store (now closed for renovation) across the street from the square.

Keep walking down Nevsky passing Gostiny Dvor (the Merchants’ Yard), the huge 18th-century building of the city’s biggest department store (generally overpriced, but there might be some sales going on). Cross Nevsky to Grand Hotel Europe (one of St Petersburg’s finest hotels) and walk past the hotel down the short Mikhailovskaya street, which connects Nevsky to Arts Square (Ploshchad’ Iskussv), one of the most elegant classical style architectural ensembles in Europe. Cross the square to the Russian Art Museum and turn left, walking past the museum building to the Griboedov canal. Turn right and walk in the direction of the Church on Spilled Blood down the canal embankment. Stop on the bridge across the canal to admire the famous view of the church (consider visiting the church – it is open every day except Wednesday). Beware of pickpockets – the area around the church is notorious this way! There is a big souvenir market on the other side of the church – walk through the market to the furthest stalls for the best prices (the ones at the entrance are normally the most expensive). Take another shot of the Church on Spilled Blood from the “Brides’ bridge” behind the market (the bridge where wedding parties come to pose for a beautiful picture after the wedding ceremony).

Walk back towards Nevsky down the opposite bank of the Griboedov canal. The impressive building on the corner of the canal and Nevsky Prospect (the former office of the Singer Company) now houses the city’s central bookstore, the House of Books. Books on St Petersburg (in many different languages) are downstairs on the main level. Consider having a cup of coffee in the Singer Café upstairs with a splendid view over the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan across the road.

Cross Nevsky to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan (the city’s major Russian Orthodox Cathedral, definitely worth a visit). There are lots of coffee shops nearby (and if you are looking for a fast food place, there is a Subway only a couple of minutes’ walk away, on the opposite side of Nevsky). Keep walking towards the Admiralty past the ornate pink-and-white 18th-century building of the Stroganoff Palace on the corner of Nevsky and the Moika River.

Crossing the Moika, you get to the former commercial part of Nevsky – many of the buildings still house banks and insurance offices, but there are quite a few expensive boutiques as well. Cross Nevsky again, and turn right to walk down the short stretch of Bolshaya Morskaya street that connects Nevsky to Palace Square, the city’s main square. Bolshaya Morskaya street is closed up by the arch of the General Army Headquarters building. Walk through the arch – and you will find yourself in Palace Square, one of St Petersburg’s most famous sights.

Return to the crossing of Nevsky and the Moika and take a pleasure boat (there are a few piers right by the bridge) for a cruise of St Petersburg’s rivers and canals – a must-do tour for anyone who comes to visit St Petersburg.
Written September 14, 2010
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cowfart
Singapore, Singapore290 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
If staying at St Petersburg for tourism, make sure your hotel is somewhere near to Nevsky Prospect - most of the attractions are nearer to the northwest-end (where the house numbers are smaller), and accommodation gets cheaper as you go down the Nevsky towards the Southeast.

This is a very cool boulevard, much more interesting than the usual European shopping street Oxford Street / Champs-Élysées and the like, as the are enormously varieties of things on sale, and many stores are quintissentially Russian - of course one can't avoid "Макдональдс" and "Старбакc кофе", but this street is certainly less touristy than most other major European-capital boulevards.

I felt relatively safe here as I walked about only in broad daylight (which means 5am-11pm in July).
However, a simple Google search will reveal loads of brazen criminal activity along this street - be VERY aware of your surroundings, and please do not carry your valuables/passport around with you. Just some money (Rouble please), a credit card, and perhaps a photocopy of your passport and/your entry visa would suffice in a hidden pouch - and you can roam about with a peace of mind.

For history buffs, take note: Most buildings on Nevsky are monuments and the occasional buildings on the street built in the last hundred years are considered relatively new. One being the bizarre fortress-like former Aeroflot building at number 7, another on the same side is number 21 the former Mertens Fur Trade House. This Neo-Renaissance building has glass walls set in three arches mounted between slim rustic stone piers. Over on the north side at 28, is the old HQ of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, which is now Dom Knigi, the largest book store in town. On the upper section of Nevsky only 3 buildings have been erected since the Revolution, including the Central District Tax Office at 68 (destroyed), and the school house at No.14, upon which is a simple memorial recalling the days of the horrific German siege between 1941-44. A plain blue sign has the words "Citizens! This side of the street is the most dangerous during artillery bombardment" stencilled in white.
Somewhere along Nevsky is the Anichkov Bridge (reviewed separately), which bears WW2 scars.

Other information
- You can see St Issac's Cathedral and the Church of Spilled Blood from at the upper half of Nevsky Prospect.
- If you're taking the train to Moscow, the train station to go to is at the lower half of the Nevsky, it is called the "Moskovsky vokzal"
- TAKE NOTE that the train station here in St Petersburg is called the "Moskovsky vokzal", which actually means "Moscow Station" - and meanwhile the station which you will finally arrive at in Moscow is called "Leningradsky vokzal", which actually means "Leningrad (former name of St Petersburg) Station". Confusing? Welcome to Russia!
Written August 5, 2013
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TwoOhTravelers
Cincinnati, OH92 contributions
Jun 2013
I was warned by a friend to watch my wallet in St. Petersburg, so I did. I was not warned about the camera that was in my zipped backpack that I was carrying around and almost had it stolen as I walked down the street with my wife. Since returning home, we have done several searches about the crime and it is more rampant than we expected. Having to be on edge like this detracts from the rest of the offerings around you, in my opinion.

Our incident was on a rainy day and happened as I was pushing one man away from my wife as he tried to "sell" us a boat trip or something. I didn't even feel the unzipping and only realized what happened when a good citizen told me my camera was about to fall out of my backpack.

If you are going here, do some searches before you go.
Written July 15, 2013
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springbank
Greve, Denmark3,638 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
You find a street with everything. All the tourists but Russians as well. The street is great for strolling and visiting all the shops with the "right" brand, cafes, bars, .... You can visit it at midnight and there are still many people out walking around. Not to forget looking at the architecture of the buildings.
Written July 15, 2013
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Miriahm D
Boulder, CO1,122 contributions
Sep 2014 • Solo
Just walking out of the hostel onto Nevsky Prospect was so exciting. Yes, the traffic noise was overwhelming ( ah for the good ol' days of the when the horses pulling the trolleys had their hooves muffled), but it is St. Petersburg's main happening thoroughfare. The old long skirt days, the newer Revolution days, the days of the German siege, this street was at the heart of it all.

Many postings write of sophisticated pickpocket scams. One writes of being tracked coming out of expensive stores, or restaurants, or their backpacks grabbed. Hey guys, no backpacks, in fact no fanny packs, and no wallet in you pocket! There are things to be worn under your clothes,where
you can put a credit card, big bills, and a passport if you must carry that (a xerox copy is better). Also no expensive jewelry or fancy clothes, as little as possible to attract attention. I am a female who has traveled the world, often solo, in countries considered dangerous and have NEVER experienced a pickpocket, or even been threatened or made to feel unsafe. Also don't stop on a corner with an open Lonely Planet or a map looking confused, inattentive and vulnerable. Never attract attention! This isn't unique to Russia. Think NewYork City in the 60s.
Written January 24, 2015
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pukkadave
Warwick, RI130 contributions
Jul 2011 • Couples
Came to St. Petersburg, Russia, to attend the Hermitage Museum. Went this morning . . . had late lunch at Tandoor . . . planning to walk back to the Metro and train back to our hotel . . .

Lunch was very good, with a bottle of wine, so we were pleased with ourselves as we strolled in the thick crowds along Nevsky Prospekt . . . maybe too pleased . . . it was so crowded . . . it is the double holiday of St Cyril & St Methodius in the Czech Republic, maybe it is the same in Russia.

A tiny voice was warning me that my wallet was in my hip pocket instead of a front pocket, so I was thinking about moving it, but the crowd was so thick that I didn't wanna . . . dummy, dummy, dummy . . .

I felt the predictable tug in my pocket. I half spun and swiped with my hand, caught a t-shirt: "YOU SONUVAB***H!" I yelled, and the young pup in my grasp cringed.

Someone else grabbed me and shouted, "NO! He's not the one," so I lost my focus . . . I am not in training, and my awareness was down . . .

I know the drill: the dip, the stall, the mis-direction, and disappear, but I still faltered. When I looked back at the interceder, some fatso in a red gimme cap pointed with authority back behind me, and I turned, So then the two rabbits scarpered . . . so I count 4 in the gang, counting the one my wallet was handed off to, at least . . . if there was a fifth with a shiv, the enforcer, well, that would have been too bad . . . but I grieve how I patsied for them. They got 3000 rubles, 200 euros, and 1500 Crowns, screw 'em.

I have no recourse except to blog the heck out of this incident, to report that to the momentarily unalert, Nevsky Prospekt is a steaming lair of the predatory . . . that the russian grasp on the difference between enterprise and criminality is incomplete, whether overcharging for mediocre wines and rancid food, or the plethora of bureaucratic nicks & dings one experiences just maneuvering thru the dilapidated society, but most importantly, in the elementary understanding that THEIR freedom ends where MY Nose begins, no matter how lax ones definition of Freedom may be.

All the ravishing blue-eyed young beauties, all the kind, menial clerks that speak English, all the genial, heart-broken, golden-souled men that have crossed our path in these few days, notwithstanding -- this place sucks . . . stinks of oppression, depression, desperation, furtiveness, fear, futility, failure, shabby showiness, and insufficient attention to personal hygeine.
Written July 7, 2011
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