The 10 Best Things to Do in Leningrad Oblast, Russia

November 9, 2017 Stefan Strunk

Leningrad Oblast (Russian: Ленингра́дская о́бласть, tr. Leningradskaya oblast’, IPA: [lʲɪnʲɪnˈgratskəjə ˈobləsʲtʲ]) is a federal subject of Russia (an oblast). It was established on August 1, 1927, although it was not until 1946 that the oblast's borders had been mostly settled in their present position. The oblast was named after the city of Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). Unlike the city, the oblast retains the name of Leningrad.
Restaurants in Leningrad Oblast

1. Alexander Svirsky Monastery

Lodeynopolsky District, Staraya Sloboda 187729, Russia +7 813 644-45-30
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5 based on 89 reviews

Alexander Svirsky Monastery

Reviewed By bark2007 - Moscow, Russia

Восстановленный в 90-х годах прошлого века, монастырь. Со сложной и интересной историей. В церкви, расположенной на территории монастыря, покоятся мощи Александра Свирского, частицы мощей других святых. Одна из семи копий площаниц(оригинал находится в Турине) иисуса. Расположен в живописном месте, на берегу реки Свирь. Познавательно!

2. Alvar Aalto Library

City Park, Vyborg 188800, Russia +7 813 782-11-53
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5 based on 101 reviews

Alvar Aalto Library

Reviewed By cool_alaska - Juneau, Alaska

Beautiful building with amazing architecture. After renovation it became even more beautiful. Twenty years ago I used to visit this library every day working on my thesis. Today its not only for Reading. They have a nice exhibition hall and they even give tours to visitors.

3. Tikhvin Assumption Monastery

Tikhvinskaya st., 1, Tikhvin 187550, Russia +7 813 675-10-84
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5 based on 101 reviews

Tikhvin Assumption Monastery

Reviewed By samsoniks - Oxford, United Kingdom

Really good place to visit with the family. Learn some history, try some traditional russian food and visit one of the Russian holiest sites with the Theotokos of Tikhvin icon. You can visit the museums of where the royal family members stayed when they visited the Monastery. Visit the tower of bells with the most wonderful view of the small Tabori lake. Also you can purchase traditional Russian Orthodox jewelry and enjoy some fresh made bakery that is just to die for. It is free to visit the site, but you will have to pay a small fee to buy the visitor tickets for the museums and the bell tower.

4. Palace Park

Krasnoarmeysky prospekt, 1, Gatchina 188307, Russia +7 813 712-15-09
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4.5 based on 170 reviews

Palace Park

Reviewed By Januarius Z

the park of the imperial estate is very spacious. with a lot of water! beautiful. many historic Bridges, monuments and pavilions. some of them in great condition, some still in need of reconstruction. but all in all an interesting display of sights.

5. Gatchina Palace

Krasnoarmeiskiy Ave., 1, Gatchina 188307, Russia +7 813 719-34-92
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4.5 based on 238 reviews

Gatchina Palace

Reviewed By Tikhon-Chicago - Brussels, Belgium

Definitely one of the top 5 places to see in and around Saint Pete. During the tour it was shocking to see only Russian language groups, as it seems that travel agencies and foreign tourists simply ignore this palace. Yes, it is the last in line for restauration funds (relative to Pushkin, Petrodvorets, Pavlovsk and Hermitage) and remains work in progress, but this is the only former czar palace which is rather a castle and indeed resembles a smaller version of Versailles.
Great guides, interesting history, real feeling of the restauration works and the unique underground cellar experience. Treat yourself!

6. Oreshek Fortress

Oreshek snt, Shlisselburg 187320, Russia +7 921 951-91-32
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4.5 based on 146 reviews

Oreshek Fortress

Reviewed By denver60 - Denver, Colorado

Located at the head of the Neva, Shlisselburg is a short day trip from St. Petersburg. What a find!! Rich in history and situated in a stunning location. Oreshek fortress held out against the Nazis for nearly 500 days during the Siege of Leningrad & ruins of the prison chapel are a memorial to this feat. The Tsar's Tower, the oldest surviving section of the fortress is quite imposing. A fact of which I was unaware prior to my visit: Lenin's brother, Alexander Ulyanov, was hanged here for treason in 1887 at the New Prison (1884). A plaque shows the site of his execution. Highly recommend a visit to this fascinating fortress!

7. Monrepos Park, Historical, Architectural and Natural Museum Preserve

Open-Air Museum "Park Monrepo", Vyborg 188800, Russia +7 813 782-59-97
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4.5 based on 786 reviews

Monrepos Park, Historical, Architectural and Natural Museum Preserve

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Reviewed By Leaboss - Bielefeld, Germany

You can walk here for a day and enjoy the nature. It's explored easily by wearing normal sneakers. I even saw there women wearing high heels which is doable but not comfortable and there are a lot of stones and corners where you can climb onto but they couldn't.
We came here just for 1,5 hours in the evening.
It was a nice atmosphere, we could sit down here and there on rocks and enjoy the view. We regret that we didn't take a bottle of hot tea. That would've made it a perfect little evening walk.

8. Statue of Torkel Knutsson

Krepostnaya Square, Vyborg, Russia
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4.5 based on 107 reviews

Statue of Torkel Knutsson

Reviewed By maksim_ivanov - Kaliningrad, Russia

основатель Выборга. When Tavastland had been attacked by the Republic of Novgorod, in 1292, marshal Torkel led the third Swedish crusade against Novgorod, in 1293 and conquered parts of Karelia, where he founded the stronghold of Viborg.

9. Vyborg Castle

Vyborg, Russia +7 931 281-13-78
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4.5 based on 969 reviews

Vyborg Castle

Reviewed By RV0681 - New Delhi, India

Vyborg is the last city of Russia, before you enter Finland. The castle is a 16th century monument. Its around 2-3 hors drive from St Petersburg, worth seeing as a weekend getaway. Dont expect much from the castle. Minor play games are organised for kids in the area behind the castle.
The town is nice to go around.

10. Priory Palace Museum

Chkalova St., 22A, Gatchina 188304, Russia +7 813 717-64-67
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4.5 based on 124 reviews

Priory Palace Museum

Reviewed By Januarius Z

as far as I know it's only open during summer.
newly renovated palace at the edge of the imperial park. it's a nice walk along the lake to reach the palace. one can also walk through town and visit st basil and/or st paul on the way.

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