South of the Gulf of Finland and NK Roerich Museum – Road.Travel

South of the Gulf of Finland and NK Roerich Museum

Road Trip Route. Kurgalsky Reserve, NK Roerich Museum in Izvara., Museum-Estate PE Shcherbov.

We are going to take a short trip along the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland. Lighthouses on a sandy beach and the wildlife of the Kurgal Nature Reserve. We will see the house of cartoonist Shcherbov and the place where Roerich spent his childhood and youth. And in Izvar we'll even visit a touching village art cafe.

History and Culture, Arts and Creativity. From: Saint Petersburg

Ksenia Beskova. Traveller.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: south of the Gulf of Finland

We'll take the dam to Kronstadt, look at the lighthouses of different centuries. We'll take a ride along the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland, exploring the "Kurgal Reserve". In the evening we'll warm up in a noisy English pub in Kingisepp.

Музей маячной службы

The road over the dam led us to a unique museum, and also to the city of Kronstadt. The evolution of the lamps on the lighthouses is clear. In the half-dark room of Fresnel's lens. The staff is pleased with the guests and ready to give a tour even for one visitor, boasting new additions to the collection.

Шепелёвский маяк

Continuing the theme of beacons. A cast-iron tower made by the hands of French craftsmen. Graffiti of Soviet militarism on the walls of buildings, a sandy beach. Next to the tower, overlooking the lighthouse from above and the coast of the Gulf of Finland.

Кафе Норд-Вест

The laconic interior of the place. Quick service and large portions. We'll walk along the natural reserve and have a snack at the cafe.

Кургальский заповедник

At present, the Kurgala Reserve remains a place where the negative impact of humans remains minimal. Variety of flora and fauna. Unexpectedly, a road made of stones, probably a reminder of the war 30s, can be found in the forest wilderness. A sandy beach, waves of lambs and huge juniper. The smell of pine resin and sea.

Кресто-Воздвиженская Церковь

The church is located not far from the highway, in the middle between Tallinn and St. Petersburg. It is still in Russian-Byzantine style. It is surrounded by a neat old apple orchard. Let's rest in the shade of the trees.

Gazpromneft filling station #74

Ahead of the Gazpromneft filling station. A good reason to make a stop: refuel with quality fuel, drink coffee and just warm up.

The Collection

It's a popular place in Kingisepp. In the evening the pub is filled with locals, spend time with a glass of Belgian beer. The menu includes both mash cutlets and roasted catfish. The staff is attentive and quick to respond to your desires.

Day 2: Manors of the Leningrad region

Today we will look at how the estates in the Leningrad region are preserved. We will compare different epochs and architectural styles. For the evening Georgian cuisine in a restaurant overlooking a small pond.

Усадьба Н.К. Рериха

Sprawling spruce, low clouds. The exposition is very small and of great value is the fact that Roerich spent his youth here. After her husband died, the mother of the artist and archaeologist sold the house. The building housed a school and a library. Monday and Tuesday are weekends.

Арт-кафе «Извара»

Coffee is brewed here, and this is unfortunately not common in the Kingisepp area. An interesting institution, similar to the village library, has several shelves of books for visitors. Of course, Nikolai Roerich is the protagonist of this place.

Музей-усадьба «Рождествено»

It's hard to resist and drive past this estate. It's very majestic, it rises above the road. Climbing the old stairs to the high ground, you are even more surprised. The building is completely built of wood. It's 18th century. It turns out that Vladimir Nabokov lived here. He lived here for one year, but most of the museum is dedicated to the writer and his family.

Усадьба барона Врангеля

Pleasant desolation. There is no roof and windows, walls are gradually collapsing. Once there was a village school in the manor. Now the locals are gradually dragging bricks for their daily needs. Well, the ruin lovers come for walks.

Ресторан "У Пруда"

On weekdays there are practically no visitors, it's nice to be alone on the summer veranda overlooking the pond. Georgian cuisine is presented