Today over 1.4 billion people on Facebook use Groups every month. When it comes to looking for unique insight on life in cities, Groups offer users an original way to explore new places or have experiences and often present recommendations that can rarely be found in travel agencies.
Those who come to St. Petersburg will no doubt benefit from local advice on where to embrace the vibe, culture and architectural beauty of this unique city. Facebook reached out to several local Groups on Facebook and, based on their knowledge and tips, prepared a city guide that will take you through streets, the most unusual places and routes and must-see cultural sites of St. Petersburg. Such city guides are already available on Bordeaux, Lisbon, Leipzig and Oslo and offer various options on how to spend a few days in a new city from checking out the citys healthy eating food points to exploring the best views from historical rooftops. Here is a glimpse of what St. Petersburgs communities recommend to visitors who have seen the Hermitage and want to really feel the citys vibe. Find the full guide at https://cityguides.fb.com/ or in the SPIEF 2019 mobile app.
Seeing the city on foot: 3 scenic city walks by Petersburg 15:15
Tours 15:15 is a community with useful and unusual city tours for savvy travelers, which take place every day at 15:15 in St. Petersburg, as well as in more than 40 European cities.
See whats happening on Malaya Konyushennaya
This is one of the few pedestrian streets that always «lives and breathes». In summer the street hosts book fairs, various performances and events, and sometimes photo exhibitions and art installations. At the beginning of the street you can find the policeman, a little-known monument that guards the street come rain or shine. Dont miss the small horse figures on the lanterns those little statues remind us that the Stable Yard is very close by.
Peep into the Capella Yards
To get the most enjoyment, you need to focus on the details: have you noticed that all the buildings that form the yard are of different height? This is the right spot to watch St. Petersburgs inhabitants running across the courtyards at a brisk pace, and how the facades of buildings look so pompous compared to the faded neighbouring houses. But the most important thing here is to listen in spring and summer there is always music as the Capella still functions. Musicians are constantly rehearsing in its different classrooms, and in good weather there are classical music concerts.
Embankment of the Griboyedov Canal
From Kazan Cathedral to St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral, this is the classic St Petersburg walk for healing the soul. Start at the statue of griffins on Bank Bridge and walk all the way to the Bridge of Four Lions. As you walk along the canal, you gradually pass from imperial St. Petersburg to the Dostoevsky era. By the way, as you walk you will understand why the canal was called Krivusha River, which means curvy. Its many turns make you think about all the turns of life and put you in a philosophic mood.
A walk along the Naberezhnaya of Griboyedov Canal, which reveals the Kazan Cathedral from an unexpected angle
Exploring the city from a birds eye view with PANORAMICROOF
St. Petersburg really shows its face when you see it from its iconic rooftops. Famous cathedrals, ancient courtyards, monuments and ordinary buildings look very different when you look at them from 100 metres above the ground. There is no bustle in the streets, only the sky and the spirit of the city. Staying safe on such trips is key, so make sure to pick a tour that ensures total safety; ask PanoramicRoof for advice.
When selecting which high points to see, do not miss the Air Defence towers built all over St. Petersburg in the late 30s and early 40s; originally there were about 180 of them. Recently some «street artists» painted towers as works of art, which gives a rather fresh look to the city. The first painting of this sort appeared at the beginning of 2014 in the yards off Ligovsky Prospekt. The tower was named the TARDIS because it was designed to look like a telephone booth from the TV series Doctor Who.
St. Petersburg by bike: route by Velosipedization
Walking the streets of St. Petersburg is a classic option, but exploring it by bike is a step up for those who want to stay fit, see more and contribute to the citys environment! Velosipedization knows best where bikes are welcome in the city and has created a special route for those who have a few days to see the citys sights.