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Journey - a quest for abandoned villages and estates

Road Trip Route. Take unforgettable photos of abandoned estates, Picnic lunch in a pine forest, Find answers to history's riddles.

Did you know that in the Leningrad region more than 80 settlements were abandoned in the last century for various reasons. Some of them are really worth your attention. This trip-quest has been created for the fans of antiquity and hunters of curious shots. These places keep the secrets of history and riddles, they excite the mind and attract the mystery that envelops them. Like frozen stone giants, they remind us of how time and history change everything around us. Hurry to see them while they're still in their place.

Uninhabited Nature, Unobvious locations. From: Saint Petersburg

Darina Frantz. Travel Expert.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Ruins and nature

The journey starts from Krasnoselsky district, where you will find an abandoned factory settlement and the ruins of the palace of Emperor Alexander I. Spend your lunch in the countryside in the coolness of a pine forest, to the sound of a murmuring stream. And don't forget to visit the nearby N.K. Roerich Manor. Wander around and find the building of the Agricultural Colony School, the Trout Tower and the ruins of the former lime factory, where giant kilns have been preserved. All this is a reminder of what the village of Izvara was like in the past.

Fabrichnyy Poselok

The factory settlement in Krasnoye Selo can't be called an abandoned village of the Leningrad Region, as it has never been an independent territorial unit. But it's one of the most interesting atmospheric places that is easy to get to. Today, the factory village is more like an American fictional town of Silent Hill in miniature. Not a single preserved window, in some places the ceilings have been destroyed, and somewhere you can see traces of fires.

Руины дворца Александра I

The building itself was erected at the end of the XVIII century. At first it was the estate of the owner of a paper mill, but then it was converted into a palace for the Emperor. After the revolution nobody occupied the building, it was made into an ordinary dwelling house, which was slightly modernized by adding a third floor and rebuilt the stables. The former residence of Alexander I began to collapse in the late 60s. Today, only ruins are in its place.


Buy all the necessary food for the picnic, which will be on the riverside during lunch.


You have to spend time in silence and unity with nature. Take your time anywhere, find your ideal place and just be in the moment. If you are lucky with the weather, be sure to swim in the waters of the Bronnicki quarry. Have a picnic in nature, dream about the beautiful and go further towards adventure.

Усадьба Н.К. Рериха

Now on the place of ancient Novgorod settlement there is an estate of artist, writer and philosopher - Nikolay Roerich. The park adjacent to it has the status of a natural monument, there is a system of unfrozen spring lakes, an alley of love, the source of the river Izvarka and other natural and landscape objects that make this place so romantic and atmospheric. Excursions in the museum are on schedule: 12:00, 14:00, 16:00 The museum is open during the year from 10-30 to 17-30, weekends - Monday and Tuesday. Sanitary day is the last Wednesday of each month.

Успенский храм

This one-dome stone church was built in the style of classicism. Later, a bell tower was added to it. The church has survived heroically wars and destruction, and in front of you is its fifth building. Make sure you reach the almost abandoned quarry that is nearby. In it you'll find six extinct kilns where limestone was mined. The landscape here is equally beautiful and mysterious in all seasons.

The Collection

Look into this wonderful Irish gastropub. The institution offers an excellent level of service and huge portions. Visitors recommend to try saltpan, soup with meatballs, homemade cutlets with mashed potatoes.

Day 2: Back in time.

The second day of the trip will be equally exciting. You will visit an abandoned mansion with the strange name "Consolation" and the closed church of the Holy Virgin. And of course lunch is a picnic in the countryside with a magnificent view from the cliffs of the Devonian.

Gazpromneft filling station #74

There's a gas station coming up. If you are tired, make a comfortable stop - come for a coffee!


Buy all your outdoor dining needs with beautiful cliff views.


This former nobleman's estate, located in the picturesque valley of the Sumy River, has a strange name "Comfort". Its first owners were Life Guard Colonel Ivan Albrecht. This estate was often visited by poet Lermontov, whose cousin Alexandra came here to rest and invited her cousin for quiet walks in the picturesque surroundings. Rumor has it that the estate is about to be reconstructed, so be sure to catch its pristine appearance!

Церковь покрова пресвятой богородицы

More than one hundred years ago, the Church of the Intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary was built in the village of Hotněža, designed by the famous architect Nikonov. The temple experienced its heyday and all wars of the 20th century. At the moment the temple is closed and awaiting its revival.

Девонский обрыв

It's lunchtime. We suggest you find a shady place in a picturesque pine forest overlooking the spring and enjoy the beauty of this region.

Мемориал Партизанской Славы

Memorial dedicated to the combat brotherhood of partisans of three regions: Leningrad, Novgorod and Pskov. Make a stop and honor the memory.


Remember the most memorable moments of the day during a delicious dinner. This cozy restaurant offers a wide range of European and Russian dishes.

Day 3: In search of answers

The third day is no less mysterious than the previous two. Keep unravelling the mysteries of history hidden in ancient places along your route.

Музей-усадьба «Рождествено»

Rozhdestvenno is an estate that once belonged to relatives of the famous classic of Russian literature Vladimir Nabokov. In his childhood and adolescence, the writer often spent time at the estate, references to this time can be found in the novel "The Other Shores". Please note, you can visit the farmstead from Wednesday to Sunday.

Усадьба барона Врангеля

This estate belonged to the famous Lieutenant General Peter Wrangel, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Southern Russia. He was a representative of one of the many branches of the Scandinavian Barons Wrangel. The ruins of the once majestic Baron mansion and park begin right in the yard of the local administration. The house was built for "English Gothic". Even in its current terrifying form, the mansion looks elegant, surrounded by scattered crowns of linden, larch, oak and ash trees.

Кафе "Марнеули"

Lunch at this cozy restaurant. It serves delicious dishes of Caucasian cuisine.

Церковь Святой Троицы

According to the chronicles, the place was called "Pyatigorskaya Manor". In XVIII century the estate was owned by Jacob Bruce - Russian statesman, military man, engineer and scientist. He was considered to be a magician, who in his estate was engaged in alchemical and spiritual experiments, and invented a new explosive substance for the Russian Emperor. Rumor has it that in a clear, frosty weather, an unusual milky white glow can be seen in a grove five kilometres north of the village. One of the last owners of the estate was the widow Olga Briskorn, who erected a church in memory of her husband - rotunda, which you can also find.

Дворец Елизаветы Трубецкой

Another secret place is a manor house with a centuries-old history in the village of Dylitsy. It was owned by such famous families as Volkonskie, Shkuriny and Trubetskie. This manor has gone through many troubles and was reborn many times. The main exhibit of the estate is the tree of the Trubetsky family. At the moment, tourists have a unique opportunity to go inside and walk through the luxurious halls, studying the stucco on the walls and ceilings, shiny parquet and spectacular chandeliers. The entrance to the building is closed on Mondays.

The Scotch Bar

Our fascinating journey has come to an end. You must be pretty hungry by now. This gastropub will pleasantly surprise you with its large and delicious portions.