How often do you think it would be great to go somewhere far away from the city bustle this weekend? If often, it's time to gather the whole family and go for a rest outside the city, as well as to visit some of the most interesting sights of the Leningrad region.
On the first day of our trip we will visit the famous Oreshek fortress and visit the historical museum of the Breakthrough of the Siege of Leningrad. Also we will stop at the lake for a while, we can have a small picnic. Apart from the Oreshek Fortress, we will also visit the Old Ladoga Fortress, which is the visiting card of the Old Ladoga.
Why don't we stop at the lake for a little while? We'll take a little walk, there's a long road ahead of us. The lake is surrounded by a pine forest, so it breathes easily and the views are fascinating.
The fortress was founded back in 1323 by the Novgorodians, and since 1612 it has belonged to Sweden for almost a hundred years, only in 1702 Peter I returned it. Such famous historical figures as Evdokia Lopukhina, the first wife of Peter the Great, Emperor John VI Antonovich, were imprisoned in the fortress. In 1941-1943 the garrison of the fortress heroically defended almost 500 days and did not let the fascists to the legendary "Road of Life". You can get to the island from the pier in Shlisselburg by boat, ferry or boat.
Lunch I offer in a cozy establishment delicious pizza. Here is a very pleasant atmosphere and inexpensive!
Another place that's definitely worth a visit. Museum-Reserve "Breakthrough of the Siege of Leningrad" was established in 1990 on the basis of the museum-diorama, opened in 1985, and memorable places of the Great Patriotic War.
The fortress is the main attraction of the Old Ladoga. Here you can plunge into the atmosphere of the Middle Ages. The fortress will seem to be a portal to the past and both adults and children will enjoy their stay. The mode of work of museum complexes changes depending on a season, to specify the schedule and cost is possible on [site](http://www.ladogamuseum.ru/about/1/). And it is possible to examine massive walls and the ancient constructions surrounding them at any time of year.
It's time to get back to modernity. We have dinner at a cozy loft cafe and discuss today's adventures.
The plan is to learn more about the history of the city of Volkhov. Walk around the Maryino estate and try the entertainment that is offered there. On the way we'll visit Tikhvin church and learn its history.
We have a long and interesting day ahead of us, so we need a good breakfast.
A small and cozy museum, why not pay attention to it? It was opened in 1969 in the house of Heinrich Osipovich Graftio, author of the project and chief engineer of Volkhov hydroelectric power plant.
The Maryino estate is a family nest of the counts Stroganov and Golitsyn princes, and one of the most lush palace and park ensembles of the XIX century. Here you can stroll in the park, which was restored by watercolors and drawings of the first half of the XIX century. There is also a stables, where you can take a horse for a walk around the area. On the territory of the estate there are also other interesting entertainments: rental of historical costumes, boat rides on the Tosne River, skiing, cycling and much more.
After an interesting walk on the estate it's time for lunch!
A place with strong energy and a complicated history. Once upon a time, instead of several wooden churches, there was a stone Tikhvin church in this area. However, with the advent of new power, the church was destroyed. The last services in the stone Tikhvin church were in 1938: the last abbot was arrested and shot in Levashovskaya heath near St. Petersburg.
The final point of our trip will be a good restaurant near St. Petersburg. Here you can have dinner and share your impressions of the trip.