Top 5 things to do in St Petersburg during the White Nights

Top 5 things to do in St Petersburg during the White Nights “It was a miraculous night…the sky was so starry and the sky so light” – Belye Nochi, F.M. Dostoevsky The White Nights/белые ночи are a magical time in St Petersburg when the days draw out and the dark nights almost completely disappear. This special time of year is an ideal time to visit St Petersburg, not just because it is very beautiful, but because there are many special events that run throughout the summer. So, if you are looking for a break from the football fever, look no further. Here are our top 5 picks of things to do during the White Nights:   Stars of the White Nights – «Звёзды белых ночей» During the White Nights the Mariinsky Theatre puts on a special programme of events. This year will be the 26th year of the ...


Goodbye to our Italian Intern Anna

First of all: this experience for me was amazing. There’s not a single thing that in these past three months went wrong. I spent most of my time in the school, attending classes in the morning and working in the afternoon. Everything started and finished here at Liden and Denz, and now I feel like I’m really part of this school. I know that many people traveled and lived in a different country for longer periods, but these months have meant the world to me. I challenged myself in ways I didn’t before, I studied, worked and lived in a place which is so far and so different from home, and I now feel really proud of myself. When I decided to spend some time in Saint Petersburg, I wanted to achieve a personal goal and feel more comfortable talking in Russian. I’d like to than ...


2018 FIFA World Cup: Everything You Need to Know Before it Starts

fifa gold cup and a ball

The 2018 Fifa World Cup will be the 21st quadrennial international football tournament contested by the national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It will take place in Russia from June 14th to July 15th and will involve 32 national football teams. What we know for sure is that there will be an amazing opening ceremony and that Russia and Saudi Arabia will play the very first match on June 14th at 4 pm at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. There are 11 Russian host cities — Kaliningrad, Kazan, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Volgograd, and Yekaterinburg — with a total of 12 stadiums. All the cities are in or just outside the European part of Russia to reduce travel time for the teams in the huge country. As millions of tourists and foo ...


From Moscow campus to the heart of Caucasus

a view of a typical bike tour route on the Caucasus mountains

In Liden & Denz, we love to incorporate outdoor activities like sightseeing, boat trips, and city tours into our Russian language courses package of offers. That’s because we want our students to experience Russian language learning experience in the destination of their choice and discover Russia in the best way possible. However, sometimes this goal requires a step forward. For example, how about closing Russian language book for a while and getting in touch with Russian environment, culture and people by exploring the country in a more immersive way? This is the case of two adventurous former students of our Moscow campus: Max from England and Frederic from France, who decided to discover Russia with an original bike tour, under the guidance of our travel enthusiast Russian teacher, ...


Farewell to our Intern Leah

our intern Leah in front of the Hermitage at night

Our fellow blogger Leah is leaving after a seven-week internship at Liden & Denz St. Petersburg…but her stay is not over yet! Tell us a little more about yourself!  Hi! My name’s Leah and I’m 28 years old. I’m from the UK but love to travel – I have previously studied in China, worked in Italy, and backpacked around Asia and South America. Now I’m in Russia, this time with a partner and cat in tow! We’re out here for the long-haul – he’s working as English teacher while I’m supporting myself as a freelance writer and editor. I decided to do this internship because it seemed like a great way to meet people, get to know a new city, and most importantly learn Russian!  Now that your internship has come to an end, do you feel like you understand Russian culture better?  Absolutely – ...