The Great Patriotic War is one of the most terrible and decisive events in Russian history. Our ancestors gave their lives for peace for future generations, so it is our duty to keep the bright memory of the heroes of that terrible war. During this trip you will visit the museum-reserve "Breakthrough of the Siege of Leningrad", where you will get acquainted with the details of the war events of 1943 and see the military equipment of those years, learn about how the Road of Life was built, the history of Lake Ladoga in the museum "Road of Life", as well as visit the memorials "Steel Road" and "Crossing".
Today we will visit the museum-reserve "Breakthrough of the Siege of Leningrad", have lunch in the cafe "At the Lighthouse" with a view of Lake Ladoga, visit the museum "Road of Life", as well as memorials "Steel Road" and "Crossing".
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We will start this journey by visiting the museum-reserve "Breakthrough of the Siege of Leningrad", which is a military historical memorial complex. On the territory of the museum there are many exhibits that keep the memory of those heavy battles of 1943, a monument to the T-34 tank, complexes "Nevsky Pyatachok" and "Sinyavskie Heights", an exhibition of military equipment, but the main attraction of the museum is the diorama "Breakthrough of the Siege of Leningrad". The diorama is an artistic canvas that illustrates the events of 1943, namely Operation Spark, whose aim was to break the blockade. Many historians, artists, designers and even veterans took part in the creation of the canvas, which helped to convey all the tragedy of the situation and heroism of soldiers who were ready to give their lives for the peaceful future of their country. In the museum itself you can see the reconstruction, the breakthrough of the blockade of Leningrad, where each exhibit can even be touched. There is also a showcase with the soldiers' personal belongings, maps of operations and historical photos.
We will have lunch at the cafe "U lighthouse", which offers a beautiful view of Lake Ladoga. Here you can taste hot fish and meat dishes, a wide variety of pasta, hot soups and delicious desserts. You can have lunch in the cozy atmosphere of the dining room or on the sun-drenched terrace, enjoying the fresh air.
The next point of our route will be the museum "Road of Life", on the site of which during the Great Patriotic War and started the same highway, which gave the name to the museum. In the building of the museum there are many exhibits telling about the history of creation and importance of the Road of Life, thanks to which several thousand lives were saved during the war. Here you will learn everything about how the highway was created, about the historical past of Lake Ladoga, you will see cars and military equipment of that time.
The "Steel Way" memorial marks the breakthrough of the blockade and the first train, as well as a reminder of the heroism of the railway workers who in 1943 built the railway to the Finnish Railway Station in just 12 days!
The next monument on our way will be the "Crossing" memorial, dedicated to the memory of the pontoon soldiers who, after breaking the blockade, built a crossing and a railway line across the Neva, connecting besieged Leningrad with the country.
We will finish our journey with a dinner at "Estate" restaurant, where you can enjoy Caucasian dishes and real Armenian wine in a pleasant and cozy atmosphere.