What to do and see in Northwestern District, Russia: The Best Places and Tips

September 12, 2017 Enriqueta Cusson

Discover the best top things to do in Northwestern District, Russia including St. Basil's Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peterhof Grand Palace, WindTunnel FlyStation, The Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Kronstadt, Millennium of Russia, Alexander Svirsky Monastery, Church of The Holy Virgin, Trinity Cathedral, The Holy Dormition Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery.

1. St. Basil's Cathedral

Krasnaya Sq., 2, Moscow 109012, Russia +7 495 698-33-04
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

St. Basil's Cathedral

Built by Ivan the Terrible in the 1550s, this intriguing Cathedral bordering Red Square consists of nine separate chapels, each capped with its own individually shaped and colored dome.

Reviewed By Lynn B - Gatineau, Canada

Moscow's iconic St Basil's Cathedral on Red Square is absolutely extraordinary! It is possibly the most unique looking attraction I've ever seen! I loved it!
St Basil's colorful and ornate exterior, with its remarkable onion domes, makes it a recognizable symbol of Moscow around the world. I found the interior also quite unique. It is made up of nine chapels. A maze of galleries takes you from chapel to chapel.The walls are painted in floral and geometric patterns. I recommend going inside!
St Basil's was built by Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century to commemorate a military victory. It became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1990.
Visiting St-Basil's had been on my bucket list for a long time. It was totally worth it!

2. Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Griboyedov Canal Emb., 2A, St. Petersburg 191011, Russia +7 812 315-16-36
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5 based on 17 reviews

Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Built to memorialize Alexander II following his assassination in 1881, this magnificent church with Italian pink marble floors and numerous mosaics was modeled after 16th and 17th century churches, contrasting sharply with the prevailing architectural styles.

Reviewed By Mozgolosky - Toronto, Canada

You've got to see this beautiful church in person. It's on par with the one in Red Square and just screams "Russia" when you see it. I never went inside but some friends did and they said that it wasn't really worth it. Just look at it from the outside and take some photos. Truly iconic church in St. P

3. Peterhof Grand Palace

Razvodnaya St., 2, Peterhof, St. Petersburg 198516, Russia +7 812 450-52-87
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Peterhof Grand Palace

Once a formal garden built for Peter the Great, this popular park still has more than 80 of the original marble statues and sculptures and houses Peter's Summer Palace, a simply designed two-story building that now displays many of the ruler's own artifacts.

Reviewed By Allkuans - Singapore, Singapore

We traveled to Peterhof Grand Palace by commuter train from Baltiisky Railway Station (Baltic Railway Station) to Novly Peterhof (New Peterhof) Station. From here, we took UberX to the Palace gate.
The entrance was poorly signposted but we walked in the general direction of the palace and reached the palace park. During winter season, there is no charge to enter Lower Park The entrance to the Grand Peterhof Palace is located in the centre of the building flanked by the Special Treasury Exhibition and the Church Wing, at the further end.
We had earlier done online booking for all 3 attractions. The Special Treasury was worth visiting and Grand Peterhof Palace was not to be missed. The Church Wing ... well, in my opinion only if you have the time.
The exchange of the online booking voucher for the entry ticket was straightforward. Audio guide was available only for the Grand Peterhof Palace. One tip is to bring your own earphones to plug into the audio guide. Tour of Special Treasury was conducted only in Russian.
Grand Peterhof Palace has been masterfully restored and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Peterhof is comparable to Versailles Palace in almost every aspects. The Lower Park was very beautiful in winter and the Cascade was stunning even though the water Fountain was not functional in winter. One advantage of visiting during winter is the smaller crowd.

4. WindTunnel FlyStation

7th Km of Toksovskoye Hwy, Kuzmolovsky 188663, Russia +7 800 555-59-66
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5 based on 770 reviews

WindTunnel FlyStation

Reviewed By Nata78 - Espoo, Finland

Easy to get from St. Petersburg. Place for the great experience, but also having professional coaching. Highly recommended! Отличное место попробовать и научиться летать на потоке воздуха. Тренера профессиональные - тренируют от души!Спасибо за отзыв. Ждём вас в гости снова. / Thank you for your words about our wind tunnel. Come to us again, we will be happy to see you.

5. The Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Kronstadt

Yakornaya sq, 1, Kronshtadt, St. Petersburg 197762, Russia 601-09-94
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5 based on 2 reviews

The Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Kronstadt

Reviewed By ronvoyage - Sequim, Washington

Just an hour drive from St. Petersburg is the Naval Cathedral in Kronstadt which is an active Russian Naval Base. The town was once closed to foreigners, but now everyone is allowed to visit. The Cathedral is a beautiful building that honors Russian sailors who perished at sea. There is no cost, so the drive is worthwhile. Public transportation is also available.

6. Millennium of Russia

Novrogod Kremlin, Veliky Novgorod, Russia +7 905 290-86-86
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5 based on 608 reviews

Millennium of Russia

Shaped like a bell and surrounded by 128 bronze figures, this monument to Russia's millennium honors the politicians and other people who most contributed to the development of the country between 862 and 1862.

Reviewed By Rachel F - London, United Kingdom

This sculpture - in the middle of Novgorod kremlin - was made for the millenium and depicts the history of Russia. It's so detailed, you can spend ages looking at it, trying to identify famous figures and events. People featured include Mother Russia on the top, and Peter the Great on the second level. Well worth a look if you're in the area.

7. 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!

8. Church of The Holy Virgin

Dubrovitsy Settlement, 1/1, Dubrovitsy 142132, Russia +7 496 765-16-44
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5 based on 188 reviews

Church of The Holy Virgin

Reviewed By Dim150 - Moscow Oblast, Russia

This visit will be very interesting if you understand russian ortodox architecture . There is not church in Russia like this. The church unusual inside and outside. There is nice park around of church, you can walk, see a river's slow waters and enjoy the sunny glare of the crown at the top of the church.

Kremlin, 2/1, Pskov 180000, Russia +7 811 272-40-59
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5 based on 305 reviews

Trinity Cathedral

Reviewed By WI_Traveller - Mebane, North Carolina

We enjoyed visiting the Trinity Cathedral and the Kremlin. The church itself is beautiful, and the whole Kremlin area is neat. Not really a lot to see, I would plan on spending an hour or so at most.

10. The Holy Dormition Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery

Mezhdunarodnaya St., 5, Pechory 181500, Russia +7 911 360-11-77
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5 based on 320 reviews

The Holy Dormition Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery

Reviewed By Antonio Tomas L - Milan, Italy

Beautiful colorful building complex, main parts are open to visitors. Some parts only after booking for it. Dress soberly to visit it: No sleeveless tops, no shorts or mini shirts. Women should cover their head. No entrance fee, donations for taking photos are welcome.

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