Coloured Bridges of St. Petersburg

There are an impressive 342 bridges spanning across the many canals in St. Petersburg.  You can look out for the four Coloured Bridges (Цветные Мосты) that cross the Moika River (Река Мойка) while enjoying a relaxing stroll through the city. A pleasant evening walk begins in front of St Isaac’s Cathedral (Исаакиевский собор), as you follow the canal eastwards towards the Field of Mars (Марсово Поле) and pass by these bridges along the way. Linking St. Isaac’s Cathedral with Voznesensky Prospekt and Antonenko Pereulok, you will see the Blue Bridge (Синий мост). This is the widest in St. Petersburg with a width of 97 metres. Carry on up the canal and the next sight you will come to is the distinctive Red Bridge (Красный мост), connecting both sides of Gorokhovaya Ulitsa. Standing here, you g ...

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St. Petersburg from above at Makaronniki

Residents of St. Petersburg know that the best views of their city are from the rooftops and Makaronniki (Макаронники)is a must if you want to admire the skyline in chic surroundings. Situated on the historical Petrogradsky Island (Петроградский остров) in a smart office block, a short walk away from Sportivnaya Metro station, you need to be in the know to find this place. But take the lift up to the top floor and you’ll enter into a beautiful, naturally lit restaurant revolving around a bar in the centre. Served by hipster staff, the venue attracts a well dressed crowd but the prices are reasonable nonetheless. Outside there is a huge covered veranda and rooftop seating area with hammocks, loungers and picnic benches. The Italian inspired menu is delicious but service isn’t the fastest &# ...

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August 16: Riga City Day

Though Liden & Denz will open its new language centre in Riga (Latvia) only in January next year, we already want to make you familiar with the city and its beauties. Today (August 16), Riga celebrates its city day with an yearly festival – “Rigas Svetki”. The most important celebrations are traditionally held on the city embankment and in Vermanes Park. However, the festive mood expands also out of the city centre, reaching the suburbs. The city festival goes on for three whole days, and includes concerts, artistic exhibitions, competitions and sport activities. At night-time, there is also a race called “Night OKarte race”, where many visitors and residents come together. The second day of the city festival is particularly funny, since there are Latin-American dance parties with prof ...

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Art-Café Sunduk

Just a couple of minutes away from Tavrichesky Park (Таврический Сад) is located one of the most particular and strange bars in St. Petersburg. Art-Café Sunduk (Арт-Кафе Сундук) will impress its visitors with a unique style with a mixture of soviet, hipster and kitsch. The Russian word “sunduk” (meaning “box”) is really appropriate: the bar is really like a box stuffed with things of every kind. You will find colourful decorations in a “Tim-Burton-meets-Repin” style, and even the toilet will surprise you. Packed with useless objects like vynils, broken mirrors, urns and fluorescent keys, Art-Café Sunduk is probably the most oddest bar you can go to in St. Petersburg. But the bar is good not only on the visual side: the menu is great as well. There are food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drin ...

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St. Petersburg’s House of Books

Dom Knigi (Дом книги) is situated on the corner of Nevsky Prospekt (Невский Проспект) and Canal Griboedova (Канал грибоедова). The bookstore is on the first floor of the historic ‘Singer House’ building, named after an American sewing machine company who designed the building we know today in 1904. Singer house has become somewhat of a St. Petersburg landmark as it is one of the tallest buildings along Nevsky and so is easy to spot from quite a distance. The art nouveau style distinguishes Singer House thanks to its clear glass and turquoise design, plus sculptures of angels adorned on the side. Apart from a good stock of Russian and foreign prose, Dom Knigi also sells postcards, local guidebooks and St. Petersburg souvenirs. For Russian language students, there is an international section ...

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