There are many mysterious and amazing places in the Leningrad region. If you want to touch the history, enjoy the picturesque views and take atmospheric photos, then this trip is for you! You will see the residence of the last Russian emperor, visit the abandoned estates, half-destroyed church, medieval fortress, visit the local desert and unique radon lakes. Bring comfortable shoes with you! ** Book hotels along the route with cachebacks up to 10%. At the end of the route you will find a special offer for Mastercard holders!
On the first day of the trip you will see the Egyptian Gate, take a walk in the Alexander Park, visit the Birch House Pavilion, head for an amazing desertlike career and see the ruins of the Holy Trinity Church.
The first point of the route is the gate, created on the basis of the art of Ancient Egypt during the period of Egyptomania. It was designed by the architect Adam Adamovich Menelas in 1827-1830 and served as a gateway to Tsarskoye Selo. The facade of the gate depicts scenes from Egyptian mythology. Here are the god Osiris, the goddess Maat, the goddess Isis with a child in her arms - the goddess Mount, and scenes of initiation to the pharaohs, and images of Egyptian agricultural activities.
You can take a walk in the picturesque park, which is an architectural monument of the XVIII-XIX centuries. In the park there is the Alexander Palace, the residence of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II. You can also see the White Tower, the Arsenal, where the collection of weapons was kept, the Children's House, the ruins of the Chinese theatre, the Big Chinese Bridge, Dragons Bridge and much more! Entrance free!
There is an unusual structure in the Palace Park in Gatchina - the Birch House. From the outside it is decorated with birch logs, and behind a rather modest facade there are rooms with luxurious interior. The house is open for visitors from Tuesday to Sunday.
Lunch will take place in a cozy restaurant in Gatchina. The menu offers a wide range of dishes: various salads, cold snacks, pasta, pizza, rolls, steaks, burgers, soups, fish dishes, desserts and much more! Everyone can find a dish to their liking!
The next stop is one of the most amazing, unusual and beautiful places in the Leningrad region: a clear lake with azure water and a large quarry with sand-colored hills that create a feeling of being in the desert. Here you can take atmospheric photos! Be sure to wear comfortable shoes.
From here you can take a walk through the ruins of the temple. This mysterious and legendary place is located in the village of Fifth Mountain. The construction of the temple began in 1826 after the death of the owner of the estate Fyodor Maksimovich Briskorn. According to the official version, his widow decided to build a temple in memory of her late husband. The temple was built of fragile stone, which was heavily affected by the environment, so it began to deteriorate quite quickly. However, there is a legend that the temple was built by a noble person to conceal her sins, 12 columns inside the temple are the memory of 12 musicians brought to her death, and the rapid destruction of the temple means that her sins were never forgiven.
Dinner will be waiting for you at Paradise Valley Restaurant. The menu offers dishes of Russian, Caucasian and European cuisine. Here you can taste delicious dishes on coals, hot dishes from fish and meat with various garnishes, khinkali, khachapuri and many other things! Enjoy a nice evening!
The second day will start with an abandoned manor house, then you'll visit the monument of medieval defensive architecture - Koporje fortress, walk around the territory of Radon lakes in Lopukhinka, visit an abandoned manor house in Lomonosov district. The trip ends with dinner in a restaurant in St. Petersburg.
The day will begin with a trip to the village of Torosovo to an abandoned manor. It was built in 1870 in Gothic style. Its last owner was Georgy Wrangel, a cousin of the Black Baron, a famous White Guard general Peter Wrangel. Now this two-storey red brick manor house is a ruin, there is no roof, and part of the walls has been destroyed.
The fortress is a monument of medieval defensive architecture. In chronicles, the first mention of the castle dates back to 1240. The fortress was rebuilt several times. At the present stage, the restoration works were practically not carried out, which allowed to maintain authenticity. The fortress includes defensive walls, gates, bridge, chapel and church. Attention: The entrance to the fortress is still closed, emergency works are being carried out. However, you can walk along the walls and touch the history!
Then you will head to the village of Lopukhinka and walk along one of the most famous natural monuments of the Leningrad region - radon lakes and springs. Water reservoirs are considered healing because they contain inert radon gas and the water in them has a turquoise emerald tint. A great place to relax and enjoy the beauty of local nature.
Lunch will take place in a cafe. The room reminds the interior of a village house with a stove. On the stove you can see various clay pots and other household items, attract attention samovars. The walls are decorated with paintings from the works of Gogol. The menu offers dishes of Russian and European cuisine.
You will visit another old abandoned manor house in the village of Gostylitsy. In XVII century the estate belonged to Alexey Razumovsky, also the estate was visited by Catherine II, Elizabeth, Peter III. The ruins are very atmospheric, this is where you can feel the spirit of history like nowhere else! There is a small stone bridge in the grounds of the manor park, which offers a beautiful view of the pond.
The trip ends with a dinner in a luxurious restaurant, where you can taste delicious dishes of one of the most famous chefs of St. Petersburg - Evgeny Vikentiev. The restaurant is located in the premises of a former jewelry workshop. Vintage windows, floor and other decorative elements give a special atmosphere. **Try original dishes and get a glass of wine or a cup of coffee as a compliment when paying with Mastercard premium card. To receive the privilege of ordering, please inform the waiter that you are a Mastercard Premium Card holder. [Full stock rules](https://www.mastercard.ru/ru-ru/consumer/offers-promotions.html?offer=hamlet-jacks)**