Family weekend in the southwest of the Leningrad region – Road.Travel

Family weekend in the southwest of the Leningrad region

Road Trip Route. Take a picture in a pensive pose at the monument to Alexander Pushkin, a lycee, Imagine yourself as a pupil of the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum, To take a walk along Sarskaya Myza - the former Tsarskoye Selo, Witness signals of the Shepelev Lighthouse, Make a wish under the umbrella of Ole-Lukoya in Andersengrad, Watch Koporskaya fortress being destroyed, Find out secrets of the Priory Palace.

This is an entertaining and informative itinerary for the whole family. We'll start in Pushkin, where we'll learn how Alexander Pushkin studied at the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum. We will visit the Russian village of Shuvalovka and become a blacksmith's apprentice for a while. We will visit Andersengrad in Sosnovy Bor and Koporsk fortress on Izhorskaya hills. And at the end of the trip we will walk around the Priory Palace in Gatchina.

Families with Kids, History and Culture, 🎅 Winter Trips. From: Saint Petersburg

Alina Maslova. Travel Expert.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: To lyceum student Alexander Pushkin and Count Ivan Shuvalov.

We'll spend the first half of the day in Pushkin. Let's look in educational classes of the Imperial Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum, see the bedroom of the young Alexander Pushkin, walk around the Lyceum garden. After we go to the Russian village of Shuvalovka and get acquainted with the Russian life of two hundred years ago.

Памятник А. С. Пушкину

Let's go to the city of Pushkin. Our first stop is a monument to either the thoughtful or bored lyceum student Alexander, established for the centenary of the great writer in the Lyceum Garden. During the Great Patriotic War, the monument was buried by locals immediately in the park, thanks to which it was possible to preserve it.

Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum (Царскосельский лицей)

Visit the famous Lyceum, where Alexander Pushkin was brought up from 1811 to 1817. Here he met loyal friends who were faithful to a strong Lyceum brotherhood. Here, "near waters shining in silence", the muse began to "appear to him". The museum recreates the atmosphere of life of that very first Pushkin's graduation. We will be able to have a look at the library, classrooms and dormitories of the pupils. Museum-apartment of Alexander Pushkin, the museum-lyceum and museum-estate of G.R.Derzhavin are open on Saturdays and Sundays. Manor Garden works as usual. Tickets must be purchased at the entrance to the park, passport may be required upon purchase.

Catherine Park (Екатерининский парк)

It's time to take a walk in the most beautiful park, which appeared thanks to Peter I, who gave his future wife Catherine the land conquered from the Swedes. By the way, it was called the Saarland Manor at the time. Thus, the name "Tsarskoye Selo" comes from the word "Saarskoye Selo", and the relation to the Tsar is quite indirect.

Хлебниковъ трактиръ

We'll have lunch in an authentic restaurant, located in a XIX century mansion. The view of the cathedral square of Pushkin city, the atmosphere of the past centuries, as well as the delicacies of Russian and European cuisine, served at the royal tables more than a hundred years ago awaits us. You can reserve a table by calling +7 (812) 941-67-22.

Шуваловская деревня

We move to the Russian village of Shuvalovka. The land, on which the Russian life of two hundred years ago is recreated, once belonged to Count Ivan Shuvalov, a favorite of Elizabeth I. Now it is an interactive open-air museum. We will learn the details of life in the village, we will reincarnate as pottery masters and blacksmiths. We will visit our smaller brothers in the poultry and cattle yard. And at the end we'll have a tea ceremony "the Russian way". Important: Clarify the start time of the master classes and the possibility of organizing a tour by calling +7 (931) 980-65-80 or in [the official Vkontakte group](

Шепелёвский маяк

On the way to Sosnovy Bor we will have a look at the lighthouse, standing majestically on the shore of Gulf of Finland. By the way, it is functioning. Every 16 seconds, the 38-meter-high structure gives two long red or white signals, depending on the direction of travel to the lighthouse. Important: Sosnovy Bor is located in the border area, so please take your Russian passports with you.

Gazpromneft filling station #11

Isn't it time to stop on vacation? You can warm up, fill up and buy goods on the way at Gazpromneft's filling stations.


It is worth having dinner in a small but cosy restaurant. Visitors praise the kind and caring staff and advise to take borscht and dumplings. You can book a table by phone +7 (813) 697-33-11.

Day 2: From Andersengrad to the Priory Palace.

We visit the medieval town, created on the basis of fairy tales by G. H. Andersen. Then we'll move to the Kopor fortress, which is on the edge of Izhora Upland. In the afternoon we will learn the secrets of the Order of Malta in the Priory Palace and try to solve the mystery of what hides the birch house in Gatchina Palace Park.


Would you prefer to start the day with baked cheesecakes or bruschetta and hummus? And how about an Indian roll with masala tea? We'll have breakfast in a really cozy coffee shop with huge windows and go to one curious place.


Welcome to a medieval town based on H.H. Andersen's fairy tales! Everything is real here: even the fortress wall with towers and Town Hall Square are available. The Children's Town was built to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the great storyteller, and every object here is associated with his works. The total area of Andersengrad is 2 hectares. You can go for a walk, take part in the proposed entertainment and meet the characters of your favourite fairy tales. All information about the events can be found on the [official website]( The area is open to the public and entry is free.

Копорская крепость

We will reach Koporsk fortress, the destiny of which since the XIII century and until now is full of difficulties and even hardships. Founded by German knights, the fortress repeatedly passed from the Russians to the Swedes and back again. It was repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt, the last time in the early XVI century. Due to the state of failure of some of the buildings, the fortress is now closed and then reopened to the public. At the moment and for the next two years the fortress is closed for restoration. You won't be able to look inside, but you will certainly be inspired to see it from the outside. Check [website]( for the latest information.

Pelmenya (Пельмения)

Dinner with dumplings of the peoples of the world in Gatchina. There is a difficult choice: dumplings, dumplings, hinkali, manty, ravioli, gyoza, dim sum or khanum. Have you made up your mind? You can reserve a table by phone +7 (931) 994-75-02.

Приоратский парк

We will visit a very unusual castle located in Gatchina, on the shore of the Black Lake. It was built for the French prince and Prior of the Order of Malta, Conde, with the permission of Paul I. It is a case where the Russian ruler's passion for mysticism played into the hands of both the Frenchman and us. Priory palace is erected by technology of earthwork. Its walls are completely made of earth. And you wouldn't even guess! Take a walk through the Priory Park and continue on your way home. Opening hours: Weekends - January 11, 12, 18, 19, 25; Gatchina Palace Entrance through the Arsenal Tue - Wed 10:00 - 18:00 (till 17:00) Rest days: Monday Priory Palace Wed - Wed 10:00 - 18:00 (box office until 17:00) weekend: monday and tuesday Gatchina Park Open daily 06:00 - 22:00 Entrance free You can buy tickets for excursions, as well as find additional rules of visiting at [official website]( In addition, an individual tour of the Priory Palace can be pre-ordered by phone +7 (813) 719-34-92.


Discuss the day's experiences in the new northern cuisine restaurant. We will be able to watch the process of preparing gourmet dishes in the open kitchen. Pay attention to the tasting sets of 7 and 13 dishes. You won't find such author's combinations anywhere else! You can reserve a table at +7 (812) 219-77-70.