Your currency:      USD | EUR
Express to Russia
Read Express to Russia on Google+ Follow Express to Russia on Twitter
Culture for Kids
Customers reviews:
Shari, USA
Yulia, thankyou so much for designing our trip to Russia. My grandson Sean and I had the most wonderful time. The sights were amazing. We were able to do a little exploring on our own too. Every one was so helpful. It was especially nice we had the same guide...   read more
Graham, South Africa
We have just arrive back in South Africa after a week in the UK. Yes we enjoyed our holiday in Russia very much. The boat trip was fantastic and certainly lived up to our expectations. Thank you to you and your team, especially Galina who assisted us with the bookings...   read more
Sailesh, USA
Dear Elena, I would like to thank you and your team for organizing our trip to Moscow and St Petersburg which went of very well. Everything was perfect and to our full satisfaction. We have already recommended your group to some of our friends who plan to visits Russia shortly. Best   read more
We accept
we accept

Free Download
St. Petersburg


The Vasilevsky Island Spit

The Rostral Columns

Vasilievsky Island is connected to the historic heart of St. Petersburg by Palace Bridge. The main attraction of the island is the ‘strelka’ (spit) which has brilliant views of Peter and Paul Fortress, the Hermitage and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. The Rostral columns can be seen from the other side of the embankment and were originally lighthouses for the port. The sculptures decorating the columns are considered to be embodiments of four key Russian rivers: the Volga, Dnepr, Neva and Volkhov. Until the mid-19th Century, Vasilievsky spit was in fact a trading port. With the passing of time, the buildings of the ensemble, designed by Jean Baptiste Toma de Tomon at the beginning of the 19th Century, found themselves occupied by predominantly cultural institutions.

At the centre of the ensemble, recalling ancient temples, is the building of the Stock Exchange (1810). Today, it is home to the Naval Museum. There are several other museums on this small island including the Kunstkammer. The oldest museum in St. Petersburg and often referred to as the Ethnographical and Anthropological Museum, includes many oddities and is not one for the fainthearted! Other museums include the Zoological and Soil Science museums, Pushkin House and Mikhail Lomonosov Memorial Museum. Along University Embankment, as well as the Kunstkammer, are the buildings of the Saint Petersburg State University. The Twelve Colleges are now all part of the university but were originally built for the government ministries.

Essential Information for Visitors

The nearest metro station is Vasileovstrovskaya or Admiralteyskaya.

» Back to top

Staying in a apartment in St. Petersburg is a must for any traveler wishing to visit St. Petersburg, Russia

We offer trips to apartments in St. Petersburg in both the winter and the summer. To inquire, please contact us

Moscow Tours | St. Petersburg Tours | Russian Visa | Russian Train Tickets
Russian Apartments | Moscow Hotels | Russian River Cruises | Sitemap | Blog
Moscow Vacation | Travel to Siberia
Express to Russia, St. Petersburg, Russia. Tel.: +7 812 570 6342, +7 812 570 4709
in the USA, call us toll free at 1-800-553-9034