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. Kurgal reserve, N.K. Roerich Museum in Izvara, Baron Wrangel Manor.

We will take a short trip along the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland: lighthouses and wild nature of the Kurgalsky Nature Reserve. We will see the place where Nikolai Roerich spent his childhood and youth and the palace where Alexander Dumas visited. And for the trip to be not only interesting, but also warm, take a thermos of tea with you, it will come in handy.

History and Culture, Arts and Creativity, 🎅 Winter Trips. From: Saint Petersburg

Ksenia Beskova. Traveller.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: South of the Gulf of Finland and lighthouses

We'll take the dike to Kronstadt to see lighthouses from different centuries. We'll drive along the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland, exploring the "Kurhalsky Nature Reserve". In the evening we will warm up in a noisy English pub in Kingisepp.

Russian village Shuvalovka

Here you can learn how to make dolls and make pots, find out more about the tradition of vodka drinking in Russia and visit the cattle yard. Sign up for the activities in advance at [website](https://www.shuvalovka.ru/).

Шепелёвский маяк

Cast-iron tower made by the hands of French craftsmen. Graffiti of Soviet militarism on the walls of buildings, sandy beach. Nearby a tower topped with an "alien" saucer 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 the moment, the Kurgalsky Nature Reserve remains a place where negative human impact remains minimal. Diversity of flora and fauna. Unexpectedly in the forest wilderness there is a road made of stones, probably a reminder of the war years of the 30s. The smell of pine resin and the sea. And the sunset near the sea with a mug of hot tea in your hands... It will be unforgettable!

Кресто-Воздвиженская Церковь

The church is not far from the highway, located in the middle between Tallinn and St. Petersburg. The church is still in operation and has been well preserved to the present day. If we're lucky, there will still be a service in the church (it starts at 5pm), and you can see its interior decorations. Hours of operation: Mon-Fri until 5pm. Saturday-Saturday to 20

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

A popular place in Kingisepp. In the evening, locals often come to the pub to pass the time with a glass of Belgian beer. The staff is attentive and quick to respond to your wishes.

Day 2: Manors of the Leningrad region

Today we will look at how beautifully preserved manors are in the Leningrad region. We will compare different eras and architectural styles.

Усадьба Н.К. Рериха

Spreading spruces, low clouds. The exposition is quite tiny, the great value lies in the fact that Roerich spent his youth here. After the death of her husband, the mother of the artist and archaeologist sold the house. The building housed a school and a library. There are restrictions on the number of visitors in the museum: in the exhibition halls - up to 5 people, outdoors - up to 25 people. Monday and Tuesday are days off.

Музей-усадьба «Рождествено»

It's hard to resist driving past this manor house. It rises majestically above the road. Climbing up the old stairs on the hill, you get even more amazed. The building is completely made of wood. The XVIII century. It turns out that Vladimir Nabokov lived here. He lived here for a year, but quite a large part of the museum is devoted to the writer and his family. There are restrictions on the number of visitors in the museum: in the exhibition halls - up to 5 people, to visit the manor for sure - book tickets in [social network of the museum](https://vk.com/app5887784_-12957350) or order a tour by phone on [website](http://www.rozhdestvenomuseum.ru/). The museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

У Самсона Вырина

Lovely place with a Russian flavour in a picturesque location. Serves Russian cuisine.

Усадьба барона Врангеля

The farmstead is half-destroyed, there is no roof and windows, the walls are gradually crumbling, but while it is still light you can wander among the ruins, take a look. The farmstead used to be a village school.

Milky

For an early dinner we stop at the cozy Milky Café. Here they serve very tasty risotto with mushrooms.