The Leningrad Region is capable of surprising no less than the Northern Capital itself. It is not without reason that these places have long been a source of inspiration for poets, artists and composers. If you want to rest from the bustle of the city, expand your horizons and touch the history, this trip is for you. Following the itinerary, you will visit the fort Krasnaya Gorka, explore Koporie and Ivangorod Fortress and visit active and dilapidated cathedrals.
Today we plan to drive along the coast of the Gulf of Finland and visit the most interesting historical and cultural sites, and in the evening to stop in Kingisepp.
First stop is Krasnaya Gorka fort. Once it was among the fortifications that defended Kronstadt. Today there are many objects that remind you of those times, such as command posts and two impressive railway transporters. Working hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and public holidays.
In the small town of Sosnovy Bor there is an original Andersengrad theme park. It was opened in honor of the birthday of the writer Hans Christian Andersen, and today it is a very interesting place. You can see a lot of unusual stylized architectural objects and sculptures of fairy tale characters on its territory. Entrance to the park is free. Sosnovy Bor is located in the border area, so do not forget to take your Russian passport with you.
Stop by a small cozy restaurant in Sosnovy Bor for lunch. Visitors praise the quality of service as well as the local desserts. A table can be booked by phone +7 (813) 697-33-11.
One of the most interesting historical objects that we met on our way, we can safely call Koporsk fortress. The walls of the fortress were built almost seven centuries ago, and for a long time they served as an important defensive frontier of these lands. At the moment and for the next two years the fortress is closed for restoration, you can see it only from the outside.
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.
Catherine's Cathedral looks majestic and immediately attracts attention with its unusual architecture. It was built by the famous Italian architect Antonio Rinaldi, who managed to combine features of late baroque and classicism. Opening hours: Every day from 08:00 to 19:00.
Tokio-City is probably the best cafe in the city for a family dinner. Bright interior, fast service, varied menu. By the way, they make very tasty pizza here.
In the morning you will be taken to the border with Estonia - Ivangorod. There are several very remarkable places on its territory, which will appeal to history and art lovers.
Buy your groceries for the road at the store, as all the local cafes are still closed.
Ivangorod museum complex includes several historical sites, one of which is the fortress of the same name. A tour here is inexpensive, and a walk through the fortress walls and other rooms, which offer great views of the Narva River, leaves a very strong impression. In order to get to the borderland, you need to make an application at least three days in advance. You can find out how to do so in the [official museum community](https://vk.com/ivangorodfortress?w=wall-57835167_3034).
Everything about the history of art and culture of Ivangorod can be found at the Ivangorod Museum of Art. It has a rather extensive collection of various works, including paintings, sculptures and various objects of arts and crafts. Working hours: Daily from 10:00 to 18:00 (box office until 17:30); Monday and Tuesday are days off.
Before you leave for St. Petersburg, have lunch at a familiar cafe. For sure, there are items on the menu that you wanted, but did not have time to try.
Unfortunately, not all historical sites are given enough attention, but even in its dilapidated state the Church of the Holy Trinity makes a strong impression.
On your way to St. Petersburg, make a stop in Gatchina and explore The Birch House. An unremarkable wooden log cabin hides a truly luxurious interior.
The culmination of the trip will be dinner at the Nordic Restaurant. The restaurant is equipped with an open kitchen and you will be able to watch how culinary masterpieces are created. You can reserve a table by calling +7 (812) 219-77-70.