5 unconventional activities to do in Saint Petersburg

St. Petersburg has a lot of sights and conventional activities on offer, such as visiting the Hermitage or a day trip to ‘Peterhof’. But what unconventional activities can you do here? And what about the slightly unusual sights, just waiting to be discovered? Well, have a read of the following blog and you’ll discover a whole range of interesting activities. King of the trees If you want to do something that’s a bit sporty and a lot of fun, try visiting the ‘King Kong‘ Rope Park on the outskirts of the city. It’s just as enjoyable for children as it is for adults. If the weather isn’t great, you can even find some indoor parks right in the centre of the city. So, pack your sports clothes and swing over! Up and down In Saint Petersburg, your plans will often depend on the weathe ...

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A small guide to Loft Project Etagi

Ten years have passed since what used to be an old bakery opened as Loft Project Etagi on Ligovsky prospekt, a 15-minute walk from Площадь Восстания (Ploschad Vosstaniya). Some might say it is the definition of a hipster’s paradise; there is a craft beer bar at the entrance, they sell fancy coffee, vegan (and non-vegan) food and clothes out of rebuilt shipping containers. And need I mention that many are local start-ups? Some things still remain to reveal its past, but most of the interior is new and there are always some new projects going. If you have some hours to spare, here is a little guide to seven things you can do at Etagi: Drink mulled wine  I have lost count of how often there has been a “фестиваль глинтвейна” (mulled wine festival) on the rooftop of Etagi. Ess ...

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Small dictionary of Autumn

Autumn is one of the most beautiful and colourful times of the year. It’s a poetic season during which Russia strongly reveals her beauty: colours change from green into gold, while leaves begin to fall. Let’s learn some words and expressions related to Russian autumn through this small dictionary! 1) Бабье лето (Indian summer) A final glow of warmth at the end of September or in the first half of October: during Babie lieto Russians can enjoy warm, dry and sunny weather. Why is it called “Babie leto”? It can be literally translated as “old woman’s summer”: a time in which old women can still get warmed by the autumn sun. But Babie leto’s origins also go back to the time when Russian economy was mostly agrarian: this expression is associated ...

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Best free activities in SPB

Saint Petersburg isn’t always a cheap destination, but there are some places that you can visit for free –so take note! Normally entertainment comes with a price tag so make use of the many parks, art galleries and stunning cathedrals. Make use of free admission Some museums have free entrance days. The Hermitage has one on the first Thursday of every month and at the Kunstkamera it is the third Thursday of every month. The Sigmund Freud Museum of Dreams is free all year round and you’ll find that many of the orthodox cathedrals are too! If you are a student and you have an international student card there are many museum entries for free. Relax in parks and gardens If you like nature, don’t miss Saint Petersburg’s beautiful parks and be sure to visit some of the stunning gardens the city ...

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До свидания Lauriane!

The time has come, once again, to say goodbye to a fellow intern. Lauriane is leaving back to Geneva after three months at Liden & Denz St. Petersburg. Lauriane, tell me a little bit about yourself. I am 23 years old and I come from Switzerland. I live in Geneva, in the French part. I just finished my Bachelor in Russian Language and Culture. I came to St. Petersburg to finish my education. This is not your first time in Russia and as well not your first time at Liden & Denz, right? Yes, this is my fourth time in Russia at Liden & Denz, although this is my first time as an intern. I thought this was such a good thing to do for my future, so here I am. The first time when I was here I was only staying for two weeks and I felt like this was not at all enough time to really improv ...

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